1st Officiant

FUN, PERSONALIZED WEDDING CEREMONIES

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Do you look at bridal magazines and think, “That’s just not us.”? Then we’re probably a great fit!

Most ministers and officiants say the same thing for every couple, every weekend and I think there should be a better option. Your nondenominational wedding ceremony should be about you! I invest seven or eight hours of work into each ceremony because they’re totally personalized and unique to each coupe. Your ceremony won’t sound like any your guests have heard. Listen to samples here.

My ceremonies tell a story and I’ll help you relive some favorite memories, hopefully making your ceremony your best memory yet. We’ll include only those elements that are meaningful to you. Your ceremony can be spiritual without being religious, allow you to dress however you like, can take place anywhere, unite two different faiths or cultures, unite a same-sex couple, may include children from a previous relationship, even have your dog carry your rings down the isle. I actually dressed up like Julius Ceasar for a themed wedding!

My goal is for your ceremony to ROCK! My goal is for your guests to think we’ve known each other for years, and to tell you that your ceremony was the best they’ve been to. I want you to be so thrilled with your experience, that you couldn’t imagine recommending anyone else to your friends who get engaged. If I’m already scheduled to officiate for another couple on your wedding date, Rob or Kyle can help.  Click here to meet the team.

Testimonials

  • "Matt blows all other officiants away!!! He made our ceremony so memorable and personable!!! All my family and friends kept complimenting us, and are still complimenting us on our incredible ceremony. Everyone said that our ceremony was by far the best they have been to and the first one they actually paid attention to. Everyone actually enjoyed listening! Matt really understands the importance of making your ceremony unique to you and is always willing to provide suggestions to help you achieve that. He also adds some surprising twists to the readings that I don’t want to ruin! But no worries there… They are smart, heartfelt, and charming. It will make you both laugh and cry. I wouldn’t change a thing and couldn’t ask for anything better."

    Amber and Shawn P.
  • "Matt was hands down the most amazing vendor we booked for our wedding. He set the entire day up to be full of love and laughter and was everything we hoped for and more in an officiant. He is a very kind and caring man, and it is obvious he actually cares about his clients. He took the time to get to know my fiance and I, which was reflected in the ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how amazing he was, and thought that we knew him personally. I would recommend Matt a thousand times over to anyone who is getting married and wants a memorable ceremony."

    Jamie and Jeremy D.
  • "Matt, we can't thank you enough. You are a master at your craft and everyone commented on how incredibly thoughtful you made our ceremony. Our photographer Monique commented on Facebook that, "one of the most heartfelt and fun weddings I have ever captured to date." You were outstanding and we are so pleased that we chose you, and more importantly, got to know what a great person you are. Let's keep in touch. Thank you for everything."

    JP & Krystal S.
  • "Matt is simply an OUTSTANDING Wedding Officiant. Our wedding, one week ago today, was perfect. Matt was so involved with us from the first day we spoke, wanting to understand our story, what my wife and I love about each other, and the special moments between us that we share. Matt wove all of that into an amazing ceremony, punctuated with the most wonderful sentiment that made for an absolutely unforgettable service. Without exception, every guest at our wedding gushed at how great he was and how amazing it was to hear our story. Matt has an amazing story himself, and is someone anyone would be blessed to have as a friend. Anyone getting married in the Phoenix area needs to have Matt as their officiant. Matt is not only the First Officiant, he's the Only Officiant!!!! You will not regret working with him! I hope we can work with him again when we renew our vows!"

    Sherry and Hywel E.
  • "Matt, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! You made our wedding so incredibly special and I can't thank you enough. So many people came up to me after asking me how you knew all that stuff and said that the ceremony was so personal and perfect to Jeff and my personality. You were amazing and we will always remember how special you made our biggest day yet. Thank you!"

    Katie and Jeff
  • "I wanted to let you know how wonderful of a job Vance and I thought you did officiating our wedding! It was perfect and it was the fun/relaxed/silly wedding we always wanted. A lot of people said it was the best wedding ceremony they’ve ever been to. Everybody wanted to know who you were; a lot of them thought you had to be a close friend of ours based on how personal you made the ceremony. Everyone thought you were awesome. If you ever need a reference, I’d be happy to recommend you to others."

    Lindsay and Vance M.
  • "Matt's services for our wedding ceremony were pure perfection. The first thing from any of our guest's mouths when commenting on the evening was either, "That's the best ceremony I've ever heard" or "How long have you known the officiant?" He put together a ceremony that was not only personal and very specific to our history as a couple, but also delivered it in such a warm and genuinely excited way that people didn't believe he wasn't a close personal friend. Not to mention, he's a wonderful person and a joy to work with! If you want an amazing ceremony - go with Matt Nathanson!"

    Mallory and RJ M.
  • "Matt blows all other officiants away!!! He made our ceremony so memorable and personable!!! All my family and friends kept complimenting us, and are still complimenting us on our incredible ceremony. Everyone said that our ceremony was by far the best they have been to and the first one they actually paid attention to. Everyone actually enjoyed listening! Matt really understands the importance of making your ceremony unique to you and is always willing to provide suggestions to help you achieve that. He also adds some surprising twists to the readings that I don’t want to ruin! But no worries there… They are smart, heartfelt, and charming. It will make you both laugh and cry. I wouldn’t change a thing and couldn’t ask for anything better."

    Amber and Shawn P.
  • "Matt, we can't thank you enough. You are a master at your craft and everyone commented on how incredibly thoughtful you made our ceremony. Our photographer Monique commented on Facebook that, "one of the most heartfelt and fun weddings I have ever captured to date." You were outstanding and we are so pleased that we chose you, and more importantly, got to know what a great person you are. Let's keep in touch. Thank you for everything."

    J.P. & Krystal S.
  • "Matt was hands down the most amazing vendor we booked for our wedding. He set the entire day up to be full of love and laughter and was everything we hoped for and more in an officiant. He is a very kind and caring man, and it is obvious he actually cares about his clients. He took the time to get to know my fiance and I, which was reflected in the ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how amazing he was, and thought that we knew him personally. I would recommend Matt a thousand times over to anyone who is getting married and wants a memorable ceremony."

    Jamie and Jeremy D.

Services & Fees

$595 includes ($475 June-August):

-Totally personalized ceremony.  I invest seven or eight hours of work into each one so that it will not sound like any your guests have heard
-Personal meeting with you as a couple
-Unlimited support via phone, email, Skype or text
-Your choice from my ceremony scripts, readings, vows, etc.
-We can include anyone or anything special to you, guest readers, your dogs, etc!
-Any Imagery: unity candle, sand, wine sharing, letter box, wine box, etc.
-Signing and filing of your marriage license
-Digital audio file of your ceremony
-Keepsake Word file of your ceremony
-One of your fondest memories.  I promise it’ll be great

Rehearsal fee is an additional $95.  I don’t attend very many.  Your site coordinator generally handles this.

Elopement package is $475:  Includes everything from the $595 package, but generally excludes weekend evenings

Premarital workshop: separate $500 fee,administered by www.prepare-enrich.com

Mobile minister license signing is $150: Click here

Ghost writing best man and maid-of-honor speeches is $200: If you’ve got a speech to give and aren’t sure what to do, let me write it for you!

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