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We contracted Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur to perform our wedding ceremony eight months prior to our wedding date and paid him the required deposit to reserve the date. Less than two months before the wedding, we were notified by his representative that he would not be able to perform our ceremony due to unfortunate circumstances. Although the terms of the contract clearly call for a full refund of our deposit, his representative refused to provide us a refund. We contacted PayPal to dispute the transaction but they only allow disputes within 180 days of the transaction. His representative notified us of his unavailiablity to perform the service on the 181st day after the payment. We have since disputed the matter with our credit card company. We emphasize with the Jolicoeur family, but denying a refund for work that was paid for but not performed is shockingly rude and unprofessional behavior, especially considering the substantial investment we made to procure his services. We therefore cannot recommend using his services to anyone.
An unfortunate circumstance left him unable to perform our ceremony. After speaking with his wife we were finally refunded our deposit
I cannot say enough good things about Reverend Fred! From the first time we met him at my older sister's wedding three years ago, we knew he would be a perfect fit to officiate our wedding. He is so sweet and caring. He makes sure everything is perfect and that the ceremony is exactly what you want. We were able to personalize our ceremony to fit our personalities. Reverend Fred is very knowledgable about everything wedding and was wonderful in giving advice to what would work for us in our ceremony. He listens to everything that you want and makes it happen! Reverend Fred made our day one to remember forever because of his thoughtfulness, extremely kind and caring personality, and wonderful smile! :) We would highly recommend him to anyone that has any kind of special event that they are planning. He will truly make it a wonderful and memorable event! :) We love Reverend Fred!!!! :)
Reverend Fred was perfect for us! He is wonderful to work with in every way. He worked around our busy work schedules for our initial meetings and not only spent time getting to know us, but gave us a look into his life and passion for what he does, which really made us feel a lot more connected to him. His ceremony is completely customizable, which was perfect for us as we wanted to include some of the more traditional aspects of a Catholic wedding into ours. He delivered the ceremony and dinner blessing just beautifully. We received many many compliments on how wonderful he was and how much everyone enjoyed the ceremony. He really made our day truly special and memorable.
While we ended up paying slightly more than we budgeted for to get Reverend Fred, we couldn't have been more happy with how things went- it was absolutely worth the slight extra cost! Reverend Fred is just the type of person who goes above and beyond the usual- he made designing our custom ceremony so easy and kept working with us through many different drafts until we had it exactly how we wanted it! I was also a little unprepared for the rehearsal and he stepped up and helped run things and it went surprisingly smooth. You can just replace all the experience this man has, he's an expert-that's for sure! I highly recommend spending a little more to book him, he was amazing and me and my husband could not have been happier with how things ended up!
Perfect ceremony. Perfect dinner blessing. We were able to create our entire ceremony with Reverend Fred. He did an amazing job! We are so happy with our ceremony and how beautiful it turned out!
Please take a look at his responses when he doesn’t receive his typical 5-star review. He buckles under criticism and redirects blame elsewhere when his weaknesses are identified. At the second meeting, his demeanor was sour and annoyed. He confused our ceremony details with others, rescheduled/cancelled meetings, “fired” himself and took the deposit and ran. He's wonderful and flexible until he receives correction, direction, guidance, edits etc. from his paying clients. He “fired” himself (we never implied nor ask to cancel our agreement) and upon him canceling on us, we requested our $250 deposit be returned and he has refused and said, "go ahead and send your lawyers after me". Be aware.
Reverend Fred was wonderful to work with. He was very supportive and knowledgable. He created a ceremony that was entirely tailored to us. It truly was a pleasure to work with Fred. We will never forget what he brought to our special day. Absolutely, wonderful! (Oh, and we look at our wine box on a daily basis.) :).
A pleasure to work with!Reviewed on 1/22/2016 Lesley S
Rev. Fred officiated our wedding on 1/16/2016 and was a pleasure to work with. He wants to make sure that the ceremony is just what you want it to be and gives you plenty of opportunity to give as much input as you like. His book of wedding ceremonies is a great resource and gives lots of good ideas. He also did a great job once it came time for the ceremony.
Reverend Fred, we couldn't have chosen a better officiate for our wedding. Your attention to detail, and understanding the importance of all our special parts to our wedding didn't go un-noticed. All your recommendations were so helpful. Thank you for believing in our outside, Michigan, November wedding..Who can forget standing out in 30mph gust, and still rocking our ceremony. Thank you again!!
We love working with Reverend Fred! He is kind, sweet and lovable. It is always a pleasure to see him and we know that brides and grooms are in good hands when they choose him as their officiant.
AmazingReviewed on 10/31/2015 HANNA S
The amount of flexibility Reverend Fred gave us to make our ceremony OURS was something that made our experience more than I ever thought it could be. If anyone ever asks if I know someone, I always tell them Reverend Fred will make it exactly what they are looking for no matter their background and passions.
The BEST in the business!Reviewed on 10/28/2015 Robyn K
Rev. Fred performed our wedding ceremony this past weekend, and we couldn't be HAPPIER with everything he did for us! From start to finish, he was knowledgeable, professional, prompt, accessible when we needed him, patient, and most importantly - a very kind man, with tons of experience. Our ceremony was personalized just for us, and we loved that he was able to convey the thoughts and feelings we have for each other, when we were a bit lost for words. I could go on and on about how wonderful he was, but I'll just say if you are looking for the perfect officiant for your wedding (or other ceremony), look no further than the one, the only, Reverend Fred. A million thanks for making our special day, even more memorable. Robyn & Ryan Stanton
AwesomeReviewed on 10/28/2015
Rev. Frederick Jolicoeur was a good fit. He is able to take your ideas and sketch out your ceremony. He is open to suggestions to making your day yours. He has everything, and I mean everything, already pre-typed. He keeps this all in a binder that he sends you home with. In the binder are the pre-typed ceremonies and you pick your favorites.
Simply the best!Reviewed on 10/28/2015 Matt F
Reverend Fred felt like family from the moment my wife and I met him. He is very thorough and detail-oriented. His giant book of weddings will literally walk you through every facet of the ceremony. He was always quick to respond to our questions and had an innate ability to know exactly what we wanted without us needing to spend too much time explaining things, which is really helpful considering how busy you get in the weeks leading up to the big day. He has decades of experience and it really shows with how professional and simply, good, he was at it. We were blessed to have him perform our ceremony as well as the blessing prior to the meal. We received compliments from those in attendance for both of those aspects of our wedding. Outside of marrying the girl of my dreams, choosing Reverend Fred was the best decision I've made in my life. He took the most stressful part of the wedding and made it a breeze. Everyone thought the ceremony was "us" and that's exactly what Reverend Fred will do for you. We'll be repeat customers for the rest of our lives (baptisms etc.). We'll also refer him to anyone that asks. Thank you Reverend Fred!
Words alone cannot express how wonderful our ceremony was for not only us but for our guests as well. Reverend Fred made sure that the ceremony was perfect for us we could not have been happier with our day. We selected Reverend Fred based on all the positive feedback and just as important was his personal responses to every single review. He knows how important your wedding day and works personally with you to make sure that your ceremony is exaclty what you want it to be...perfect. You can hear in his voice how honored he was to be a part of our day and the compliments that we received from all of our friends and family confirmed that his sentiment was able to be heard by all. To all Detroit area couples looking for an officiant that will make sure that your day is just as special as you both deserve then let us recommend Reverend Fred. Thank you for everything!!!
Absolutely Amazing!Reviewed on 10/27/2015 Brian O
Reverend Fred was amazing! Part of his process involves providing you with a gigantic binder of different ceremonies to either choose, mix'n'match, or simply get inspiration from. We ended up doing a mix and match of a few, with a bit of ourselves mixed in, so that what we had was perfect for us. He was very thorough and accepting of any questions. One thing that stuck out, which was evident through his binder of previous ceremonies, is that he wanted the ceremony to be what we wanted it to be. Whether you are devoutly religious, not at all, or anywhere in between, Reverend Fred was there to help you have the ceremony you want and make it special. You can definitely tell that he was never going through the motions and genuinely cared about us and providing a beautiful ceremony. He responded quickly to emails and phone calls. He also was able to handle a last minute change without blinking an eye.
Awesome!Reviewed on 10/13/2015 Katie E
My husband and I were extremely pleased with Reverend Fred. He is very easy to work with and open/adaptable to any of your ideas and more than prepared to offer suggestions if your ceremony plans are up in the air like ours were. You will not be disappointed with Rev. Fred!
Inspiring!Reviewed on 7/31/2015 Brittany P
My new husband and I were married one week ago today by Reverend Fred. I am happy to say that the ceremony was the absolute best part of my entire day! (As it should be, that's why you're there any way :-)) I would also like to add that out of all the vendors and businesses I dealt with throughout wedding planning, Reverend Fred was a breath of fresh air! So wonderful and inspiring from the very first email! Due to some other issues we had to find an officiant online at the last minute, which made me very anxious. As soon as Reverend Fred contacted us, all anxiety was washed away. We had barely two months left until the wedding, but Rev Fred made everything so easy. If you are like me and have no idea how a wedding really works, I recommend contacting him from the beginning of your wedding planning. He came to our first meeting prepared with a warm smile and an enormous folder full of wonderful and useful information (which he allowed us to take home and study) to help make your wedding planning a little more organized. He had plenty of sample weddings and ideas to help you decide what you would want. He is in no way pushy or judgmental based on what you want your ceremony to be like; and he is extremely caring and patient. He is very quick on getting back to you about any comments or concerns. It is clear as day that he truly enjoys what he does and he truly wants it to be the most perfect ceremony for the couple. We had so many compliments about what a beautiful ceremony Reverend Fred had written and how everyone could see us in the words spoken. So it was not only beautiful, but personal. He also gave our dinner blessing which we received even MORE compliments about. Some people said it was the most beautiful blessing they had ever heard. Rev Fred was kind enough to stay for dinner and many relatives and friends commented on what a truly wonderful man he is. Not only did he go above and beyond in providing his services, he is a kind, beautiful soul (which is so rare these days) and I was so grateful to have had him be a part of such a special day in our lives. I was in no way nervous or scared, even in the seconds before walking down the aisle because I knew Rev Fred would make it perfect and he did not disappoint one bit. My only regret is that I did not find him sooner! We would absolutely recommend him to anyone and everyone! He is so very inspiring! And we most certainly would love to have him baptize our future children, God willing. Because he does baptisms too FYI! ;-)
Beautiful CeremonyReviewed on 3/15/2015 Alyssa Y
I'm probably not the best bride. That is to say that I'm a procrastinator, and it's bad. But using We Are Gathered was an amazing experience. Reverend Fred kept me on top of things and emailed me when he needed more information from me. He allowed me and my husband to create our own ceremony and make it uniquely ours. It was everything I could have asked for and I'm so happy and blessed that he was a part of our special day.
Rev FredReviewed on 12/11/2014 Melissa o
I cannot believe what a wonderful experience we had with rev Fred during our wedding! Fred is a very sweet, caring, professional man that will take everything you want into consideration and work it out to make your day perfect! I could not imagine anyone more perfect for the day!
Simply the best!Reviewed on 12/08/2014
Reverend Frederick Jolicoeur was truly a gift from heaven! From our initial meeting, through the customization of our wedding ceremony and vows, the rehearsal and finally the big day, Reverend Fred was an absolute delight. His many years of experience combined with his wonderful demeanor made the whole process a real pleasure. A true professional in every sense of the term, Reverend Fred made our wedding ceremony a day to remember. There are many options out there but if you are looking for the best, there’s only one that I would recommend, Reverend Fred!
Reverend FredReviewed on 10/30/2014 Carrie R
Excellent performance at the ceremony. Well spoken and articulate. Worked with us to customize our ceremony over several iterations.
Wedding OfficiantReviewed on 10/21/2014 Stacy S
Fred provided a beautiful service and blessing! We were able to customize our ceremony to make it personal to us. He was always very responsive and answered all of our questions regarding the ceremony and marriage license.
Performed beautiful baptism for our sons!Reviewed on 10/15/2014 Renee G
We were very happy with Reverend Fred's services. We were referred to him by a family member who he had recently married and they were very happy with him as well. The Reverend was responsive, professional and performed a beautiful baptism for our sons. He was helpful and flexible as we planned the ceremony providing just the right amount of guidance. We would definitely recommend.