Your Personal Ceremony

Your Personal Ceremony

5.0Exceptional(5 reviews)


Our niche is personalized wedding ceremonies. We officiate many interfaith weddings, hand-fastings, both large and intimate wedding ceremonies. We also do elopement in our lovely home or backyard. We also enjoy waterfall and nature-inspired locations as we are avid hikers.

I love meeting new couples, hearing their stories, working together to find just the right material to create a personalized ceremony that will be appropriate for them, their families and guests. We have a wealth of material to share, but want to nail it down to what will work for each couple. I enjoy assisting to create a deeply satisfying wedding experience, helping to calm any jangled nerves and take care of last minute details. And I enjoy meeting family and friends.


Hired 1 time
2 employees
28 years in business
Serves Portland , OR

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Ceremony type

Wedding, Elopement, Commitment ceremony, Vow renewal

Service type / affiliation

Jewish, Buddhist, Interfaith, Non-denominational (mentions God), Non-religious (no mention of God)

Number of guests

20 guests or fewer, 21 – 50 guests, 51 – 100 guests, 101 – 150 guests, 151 – 200 guests, 201 – 300 guests

Need help writing vows

I can work with couples who need help writing vows, I can work with couples who do not need help writing vows

Ceremony language(s)


Officiant needed at rehearsal

I can attend rehearsals, I do not need to attend rehearsals

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  • Reviews

    0 reviews

    Megan C.

    Thank you so much for working with us, and doing an outstanding job officiating our wedding. Both of our parents have been raving about how much they like you, and tons of our guests let us know how impressed they were too.
    From the very beginning at our first meeting, we knew that we wanted to work with you and we didnt need to meet with anyone else to officiate our wedding. Joanie is so kind, and very helpful. My husband and I looked through some sample wedding ceremonies that Joanie had performed in the past, and we got to use some ideas to help us create our very own unique and perfect ceremony. It really was our Personal Ceremony.
    If you are lucky enough to work with this team, you will not regret it! Ill be sure to recommend Your Personal Ceremony to anyone we know that may be in need of your services.
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    August 07, 2019

    Justin A.

    Super easy to work with, very professional, and even helped us find a better location in the gorge than we had originally planned. Joan did all this all on short notice (days) as our original officiant bailed on us last minute. It worked out for the better and we couldnt be happier with the way everything turned out
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    July 01, 2019

    Tara M.

    Fast response time and very easy going and willing to do whatever you want. Highly recommend!
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    June 04, 2019

    Dara S.

    Professional, easy-going, listened to what we wanted, reasonably priced.
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    April 25, 2019

    Stephenie B.

    Simple, meaningful, welcoming, ceremony!
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    March 30, 2019

    Frequently asked questions

    We meet with couples at our home or via Skype to develop just the right ceremony for your wedding day.  We offer the possibilities and couples choose what they feel suits them.  We have no agenda - it’s your ceremony.  You have final edit.

    Yehudah is a nurse while Joanie is a dance ethnologist, hence her interest in your cultural background.  Joanie has helped couples choreograph their first dance.  We are both Compassionate Listening Facilitators with We listen well.

    Our price depends on location, number of guests, if you want us to lead a rehearsal, if we are co-officiating with another minister.  We offer couples a sliding scale.

    Services offered

    Wedding Officiant