About this Vendor
Joyful & Elegant, Personalized Ceremonies
Your wedding ceremony is a beautiful opportunity to celebrate your unique love story. I am an interfaith minister who is fun, creative, and personable and would love to talk with you about your upcoming wedding. Contact me for a complimentary consultation.
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Christian, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim, Pagan, Secular, Spiritual, Unitarian, Wiccan
Prior to getting married, my wife and I discussed what the ceremony meant to both of us and how we wanted to set the tone for the reception. My wife and I come from very distinct cultural backgrounds (Asian and Nicaraguan) while having a hugely diverse set of friends with different backgrounds, belief structures and general set of expectations for weddings. We are both people pleasers and wanted to make sure that our guests felt included and felt free to have fun with no rigidity. The most important piece, in our opinion, was the Justice of the Peace. We researched all of the major websites like this one and found one common name. Mary Coburn. We read nothing but great reviews from couples that were married by her and vendors that dealt with her consistently. Nothing but praise! We decided on her, I mean from what we saw she was a cut above the rest. After our initial meeting, we were blown away at her candor, professionalism, and warmth. She made the process a wonderful exploration of our relationship. She made the process about our love. She took into account everything we asked for and was willing to keep us involved intimately with the process. After setting up the ceremony and getting our input we received the final draft of the written ceremony. As a man I am not ashamed of admitting that it made me tear up. Mary was able to beautifully and succinctly describe our journey and convey the love we have for each other and those in our lives. I was expecting a good ceremony, but I wasn’t expecting something to touch me and us the way it did. Needless to say that the wedding went off without a hitch and Mary pulled off a great ceremony. Our families felt connected and our guests felt welcomed. I cannot say enough about Mary but will conclude by saying that she will be the best decision you make.
I truly believe Mary is the best decision we made regarding our wedding day. She costs more than the average officiant but you also get much more. From the moment we first reached out to Mary, she was responsive, flexible, and ready to guide us through the process of getting married. She arranged to meet with us at a location that was convenient for us and it was like meeting up with an old friend - her genuine interest in your story puts you at ease. Once we signed a contract, Mary provided us with an amazing variety of resources for planning the ceremony, on everything from selecting a reading to writing vows. She personally researched the legalities of getting married in our venue's town and provided us with a detailed packet of instructions--Google Maps print-out included!--for obtaining our marriage license. These sort of thoughtful gestures were typical throughout our working relationship. Mary is a deeply considerate person and it translates into the ceremony she crafts for you and your loved ones to enjoy together. She has a warm yet commanding presence that deeply impressed our guests, and she provided true leadership throughout our wedding weekend. Mary is worth every penny -- before you splurge on your decorations or cake, consider the part of your wedding day that you'll truly want to remember for the rest of your lives.
My husband is Jewish and I am Catholic and we were unsure of how to even approach our ceremony. We met with Mary Coburn and she sat down with us to help us outline each and every part of our ceremony. She worked with us to ensure that everything was perfect and that we were both present in the moment. She knew the names of everyone at our rehearsal and it felt like she was part of the family. Mary is the kindest person and being around her makes you feel at ease. I felt calm at my wedding by knowing that she was leading the ceremony. We received so many compliments after the ceremony about how wonderful Mary was. They said things such as "she really knows how to command the audience", "she is such a warm, kind, thoughtful individual," "the way she speaks is incredible," "she really captured your story." We thought Mary was incredible too. We absolutely adored working with her and she is truly the best. Thank you!
Mary is the absolute best of the best. My husband and I had seen Mary conduct two weddings prior to booking her for our own. Mary leaves quite an impression and I knew immediately I would want her for my own wedding. Mary really gets to know you, your spouse and your love story. So many of our guests came up to us after the ceremony to say how personal and special it was and that Mary was the absolute best they had ever seen. Mary is easy to work with, flexible and truly wants to ensure your wedding ceremony is perfect. Mary met with me and my husband an extra time after an unexpected death in the family to ensure we were OK and provided tips to help us stay calm and composed during the big day. If you are looking for a meaningful ceremony that you will never forget - you NEED to hire Mary!
Picking Mary as our officiant was both the easiest and the best decision we made for our wedding. When we first met Mary we knew right away that our search was over and that she had to be our officiant. Mary took the time to really get to know us and our story. She crafted a beautiful ceremony that was extremely personal and meaningful. She also made the process very easy and our rehearsal with her allowed us to be as relaxed as possible for the wedding itself. Our marriage ceremony itself was wonderful and every guest we spoke with wanted to know how we knew Mary and complimented the ceremony. Many mentioned that they had been to a lot of weddings but had never seen such a great ceremony with such a phenomenal officiant. If you want the best, you must get married by Mary!
Mary Coburn was an integral part of our wedding process. We met Mary for our initial meeting and we instantly felt her genuine warmth in getting to know us and our story. Mary crafted a wedding ceremony that people cherished months later. Mary pays attention to all of the details that matter. We shared follow up phone calls and mentally prepared for all aspects of the wedding: from being grounded in the moment, to practicing and authoring vows, and managing the day from start to finish. Mary was just as much a part of our day as our family and friends. Beginning with the rehearsal dinner the night before, she masterfully brought our wedding party and families together to kick off our memorable weekend. She made such an impact on everyone, that even one of the restaurant staff asked for Mary's contact for her future wedding! Anyone who is fortunate to work with Mary gets so much more than an officiant: you get a precise and thoughtful author, a caring guide, a helpful advisor, and warm friend that we are lucky that was part of our marriage story.
From the first time we spoke to Mary we could feel her warmth and kindness and we absolutely loved the ceremony that Mary wrote for us. Based off our few meetings and discussions she was able to tell our story in a way that felt like she was there with us the entire time. We knew that we made the right decision when after the ceremony our friends and family came up to us and asked how long we had known Mary. She just has a presence about her of an old friend you can always count on.
Mary did an absolutely wonderful job for our wedding! Many of our guests commented to us how impressed they were with the ceremony. Mary is extremely professional and user friendly. She customizes her ceremonies based on what is important to you (we have two different religious backgrounds and was very thoughtful about how to incorporate both), an in-person meeting and an open form question sheet that each the bride and groom need to fill out. Mary then shares her initial draft of the ceremony with you to make sure it is what everyone envisioned. She is very open to input and will make changes to the ceremony to better reflect what is important to you. I believe Mary is pricier than other officiants, but it is definitely worth it given how wonderful of a job she does and how seriously she takes her responsibility in conducting your wedding ceremony.
Mary was absolutely amazing! If I could give more than 5 stars, I gladly would. I think every single one of our guests commented on how great our ceremony was, how meaningful & personal it was, and how fantastic Mary was as the officiant. She is pricier than the standard JP, but she is worth every single penny!!! What you get from her is head and shoulders above what a run of the mill JP will provide. We highly recommend her. She absolutely made our wedding day!!!
Mary is very special. Our ceremony was the most important aspect of our wedding to us, so who performed it and how meant a lot. Mary was recommend to us by our DJ and it was synchronicity. From the moment my husband spoke to her on the phone he was immediately excited and relaxed about our ceremony. She took the time to meet with us in person - our meeting went long over what she probably planned. She understand our vision, the feeling we hoped our ceremony would convey, and really got to know us as individuals and a couple. She was the most important guide for us throughout the planning process. When we were not sure of what readings to include, Mary sent us very specific readings that fit our ceremony and story perfectly. Mary is insightful, intuitive, and truly gifted in what she does. When we received the first draft of our wedding ceremony it only further confirmed that Mary was the officiant for us. The way she interwove our story past and present, included family and friends, and even our dog was perfect, emotional, loving, and funny. Our ceremony, thanks to Mary set the tone for the rest of our wedding and it was exactly what we hoped - and more. To this day, when people talk about our wedding they talk about how wonderful our ceremony and officiant was. We are truly blessed to have had Mary marry us. If you get the chance to have Mary as your officiant consider yourself lucky. We lover her!
In our fifty-five plus trips around the sun, we have participated in and attended many weddings. However, we never really thought that we would be the main event. Being gay in Texas, we didn’t think a wedding was a personal experience we would ever have ourselves. And we were okay with that. In our hearts, we had made commitments to each other. We had built a life together spanning twenty-eight years. We could have gotten married abroad or in another state but we are both native Texans and stubborn. We would get married when we were legally allowed to do so in our home...in Texas. Much to our surprise on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court made that possible by removing the last of our excuses. There was no hesitation, deliberation, or delays in deciding who would do the deed. Mary and I were college roommates and we have known each other for almost forty years. Mary Coburn was the only person we even considered. And when Mary wasn’t available on our chosen date, we moved the date. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration. We wanted those closest to us to be there to bear witness to participate and to enjoy the evening. We could not have done this without Mary. But having been together so long already we were reluctant and even adverse to “typical” wedding stuff. Mary gently led us through her process of gathering information that she then used to create a personal, intimate, meaningful, and memorable ceremony. We could not believe how perfectly she capture the moment, our intent, our love. Our friends and family were enthralled and are still talking about it. Many of them have declared it “the best wedding ever.” We couldn’t agree more.
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding day was to work with Mary Coburn. She truly takes the time to get to know each of you individually and your story and then works those details into your ceremony. We received so many compliments on the overall flow of the ceremony and how special it was for our guests to learn about us. Mary was very responsive and made working with her super easy. She made herself available for questions, offered up her advice and made the overall process of planning our wedding enjoyable and relaxing. She also took the time to put together a nice package of our ceremony in a keepsake book and presented it to us after the wedding. Overall a FANTASTIC experience. We highly recommend Mary Coburn!
Mary was the celebrant at our wedding in May 2016 and was without a doubt the single best vendor decision we made. The number of complements that we received from our guests on our ceremony was ASTOUNDING and nearly every person who came up to us remarked that our ceremony was the nicest, most loving, and most thoughtful wedding that they had ever been to. Personally, we loved every minute of it and couldn't have imagined a better ceremony than we had with Mary. At every stage, Mary exceeded even our highest and most lofty expectations. She was prepared, friendly, and made a significant effort to get to know us in a real way so that she could write a meaningful, personal ceremony- and she did just that. Furthermore, Mary was a pleasure to work with and really seemed to care about us, our family, friends, and guests, and our ceremony. My wife and I are from different religious backgrounds but Mary did the most wonderful job interweaving our traditions and making everyone feel welcome and involved in our ceremony. She truly made it about us, and told our story to our guests in the nicest and most loving way. We recommend her in every way possible.
Choosing Mary to be our officiant was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding day. One of the compliments we receive most often is how great the ceremony was, thanks to Mary. She captivated all of our guests and kept us all in the moment. She delivered a heartfelt, humorous and genuine story that felt like us. Even long before the ceremony, when we first met Mary, she seemed like someone we knew for years. She was incredibly helpful through the whole process. Her experience is evident in her professionalism and valued guidance. You would never regret choosing Mary as your officiant, only regret missing the chance to have her alleviate your planning worries and enhance your special day.
Mary is just the most amazing officiant. She sat down with Dan and I and got to know us, and our story. She told it so beautifully at our ceremony. Everyone said that that was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been too because of her. She also was the officiant at a wedding me and my husband were the photographers at. She is a pleasure to work with as the couple, and as another vendor!
Mary was absolutely awesome! She was thorough, thoughtful and genuinely excited to be a part of our big day. She made us feel comfortable and confident about every aspect of our ceremony. What we loved most was that she made the ceremony personal, funny and unique. I would highly recommend Mary as an officiant for your special event!!
Mary was an incredible person to work with for our wedding day. Planning a wedding is hectic, but we got our ceremony written well in advance, and were able to review the drafts, make changes, etc., and that eased some of the stress! She made the whole process very smooth and was there for us every step of the way. Everyone commented on how our ceremony was SO personal and was the best ceremony they've ever witnessed! There was not a dry eye in the crowd as the ceremony was very personalized and filled with emotion. I recommend Mary very highly for her personal touches and great deliverance of the ceremony. So many guests were complimenting on how amazing our ceremony was. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant!
Mary was the most amazing officiant my wife and I could have ever dreamed of having for our special day. She makes the ceremony so personal and takes the time to get to know you and your story so that she can make the ceremony truly unique. I have been to numerous weddings and ours was the only one that didn't have the feel that the ceremony came from a template that the officiant just plugged the bride and grooms names in. I would definitely recommend getting a videographer like we did so that you will be able to relive your magical day over and over!
We had the most wonderful ceremony because of Mary Coburn!! She is so amazing, talented, and eloquent!! We had so many compliments on our ceremony, it was crazy!! She took people on our journey during her speech and had all of our guests laughing, smiling, and tearing up, it was moving. Not only did she give us the best ceremony we could ask for, she was there for us throughout the whole process and provided us with tips and was even there for us emotionally which was a HUGE help. I can't say enough how lucky we were to have her as our officiant and how over and beyond she went for our wedding. A truly spectacular experience that I owe all to her!!
Mary came highly recommended, so I already knew she would be amazing. Amazing doesn't even begin to describe my experience! Mary went above and beyond, she went to great lengths to personalize our story, and to make sure she got the details correct. Our ceremony was so beautiful and moving. There wasn't a dry eye in the place (Big strong men included). Her words stuck, and created a powerful energy (for all that attended) that lasted throughout the entire event. Not only did Mary create a wonderful ceremony, but she became that extra set of eyes at our event, coordinating with the DJ, and just checking in before the event. Mary is a true professional, you will get every bit of what she promises and a little more.
Mary is the best!! 😊 I must say, Mary Coburn was the 1st and best choice for us!! We got married in May 2015 at the Riverview in Simsbury, Connecticut. I began my search for an officiant in/near CT on The Knot and came across Mary's name within the first few results. I was happily surprised to see so many positive reviews for her, expressing just how wonderful she was! I will admit, I was hesitant to inquire because the rate was a little higher than some I saw but the others all paled in comparison. I definitely do not regret going with my gut instinct in choosing Mary. She was worth every penny and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding celebrant/officiant. From the moment we received her first reply, I knew we made the right choice. We had arranged to meet in person to discuss the wedding and our ideas, preferences and get an overall feel for each other. Again, we knew the moment we met that this was the right choice. We talked and laughed for hours. It was like we all knew each other forever! Within the first few minutes of our meeting, we knew we found our officiant! We could not be happier with how everything went!! Mary guided us through the entire process and provided a questionnaire for each my husband and I to fill out to get to know our story a little deeper. This was so she could complete our personalized ceremony with her own special way with words. Mary truly has a gift. We were so incredibly pleased with the ceremony and heard nothing but great things from our happy guests. Many people said it was the best ceremony they've ever head and everyone raved about Mary! If you are looking for an officiant for your wedding, your search is over! You will be happy you chose Mary Coburn!! 😊 Thank you, Mary, for giving us the best gift of bringing my husband and I together in marriage and giving us all the memories that will last a lifetime! With much love, Ben & Becky S.
Mary was a wonderful addition to our wedding! She made the day truly about us. She seemed so genuinely happy to be there with us and to tell our story. I never thought much about the ceremony until we spoke with Mary for the first time. We really liked her approach, and with the amount of people that told us how beautiful our ceremony was...clearly we made the right choice! It was no cookie cutter template - Mary wrote the ceremony specifically for us. She took the time to learn about us and our relationship and even our families. She even knew my nephew's name! With all of the time and energy we put into planning everything, it was so nice to have her do the same! She really made us feel special and my mom said Mary was "beaming" from the moment she got there and all through the ceremony. Even my mom loved how happy Mary seemed to be to marry us. It was a really special feeling on such an important day.
The best decision we made!Reviewed on 11/17/2015 Karen V
If you are looking to have a wedding ceremony that is memorable, unique, and personal, Mary is the best resource to make that happen! Choosing Mary to be our officiant was, by far, the greatest and easiest decision we made for our wedding. It’s not often that people remember details of a wedding ceremony, but we’ve been married for almost 5 months now and we still hear from our guests about how great Mary was. She truly has a passion for what she does and it shows. She not only creates an amazing ceremony, but she is so well-spoken, caring, organized, responsive, provides great advice (like how to walk down the stairs in a wedding dress without falling!), and makes you feel at ease. We only met with Mary a few times, but you would think we had known her for years, The ceremony that she created for us depicted our entire story in a way that captivated our guests the entire time. She was able to incorporate some Filipino wedding traditions, which was very special for my family who traveled all the way from the Philippines to attend our wedding. Mary made our guests feel like they were part of the ceremony. I was nervous that I would regret not having a church wedding because my family is very religious, but I couldn’t imagine having anyone else as our officiant other than Mary. We can’t thank Mary enough for everything she did for us!
Best decision we made!Reviewed on 10/22/2015
There are no words to adequately describe how unbelievably amazing Mary was throughout our entire wedding process. From the minute we first met, she greeted my husband and I with open arms and made us feel so comfortable and welcoming. Since my husband and I were living in Texas at the time, Mary was so accommodating when it came to scheduling meetings and helping us through the process of planning a long-distance wedding. She provided us with tons of resources and examples to help us make our ceremony exactly as we had imagined. And let me tell you, the ceremony was INCREDIBLE. I cannot begin to tell you how many people complimented us on the ceremony and how amazing of a job Mary had done. It made my husband and I so happy that our guests truly enjoyed the wedding ceremony. Mary was really able to take the information she got from us and form it into such an eloquent, personal, and fun program, which we will cherish forever. I wholeheartedly recommend having Mary as your celebrant, it was one of the best decisions we made!
Best Officiant!Reviewed on 10/17/2015
Mary Coburn is a superb officiant, and I would recommend her to ANYONE! We wanted to have a ceremony that was thoughtful and well spoken, and she did just that. She took the time to meet with us, get to know us on a personal level, and take all those little things and incorporate them into a flawless ceremony. I would say 97% of the guests who complimented our ceremony and reception made it a priority to point out how wonderful the ceremony was, thanks to Mary. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you did not choose her to officiate your wedding! Don't look elsewhere, just go with Mary!
Meet The Owner
When creating your wedding ceremony, I consider how things look, sound, and feel. I love what I do and bring my best energy and creative talents to this work. My ceremonies are of the highest quality, delivered with warmth and grace. You will find me easy and fun to work with as well as professional, organized, and focused on your needs. I am happy to travel for weddings, to all areas of Connecticut, as well as western Rhode Island and southern Massachusetts. Contact me and let’s talk about your upcoming wedding!