Same-Sex Wedding Officiants in Sonoma County
For any couple planning a wedding, the person who officiates their ceremony is an integral part of what makes their nuptials special — and this is especially so for same-sex couples, who often must ensure that their officiant not only fits their needs but also respects, and indeed celebrates, same-sex unions wholeheartedly.
The soul that guides the soon to be newlywed down the path to saying “I do” is almost as important at the I do’s themselves. Finding the right person is a very personal choice but listed below are three unique Sonoma County options to assist you in your search.
To help take the guesswork out of your research, we can tell you in advance that each of the wedding officiants included in this list proudly officiates same-sex weddings in Sonoma County and has been highly reviewed by the couples who have worked with them. Of course, there are many options for wedding officiants in Wine Country. This is just a starting point.
Petaluma-based Rabbi Meredith Cahn extols her delight in performing spiritual and meaningful marriage ceremonies of all kinds between loving couples on her website saying, “I joyfully officiate at interfaith weddings and same sex weddings.”
That said, Jewish same-sex couples in particular will likely find Rabbi Meredith an ideal officiant as her model for “inherently equal ceremonies,” accessible to Jewish and non-Jewish guests alike. She promises to “combine each couple’s sensibilities with Jewish tradition, making that moment of holiness relevant to your lives, from chuppah (the wedding canopy) to circling to create the sacred and energetic boundaries of your relationship, to vows and the Sheva Berakhot (Seven Blessings), to stepping on the glass.”
One East Coast-based same-sex couple that planned a destination wedding in Wine Country with Rabbi Meredith said of her services:
“I feel that she really got to know us, sought to understand what we were hoping for, and structured the ceremony around that. Beyond that, she helped us to focus on each other and what the wedding was truly about, which helped us to put things in perspective and not worry as much about some of the annoying little planning details that come with every wedding. The ceremony itself was amazing — warm, welcoming, and inclusive. There was not a dry eye, and almost every single guest commented to us about how wonderful Rabbi Meredith was. We recommend her as highly was we possibly can.”
High praise indeed.
Rev. Richard Meyer considers himself a modern spiritualist with a background in Christian ministry, and as a wedding officiant he performs ceremonies that range from traditional and religious to spiritual, non-denominational, or 100 percent custom. And he has been doing so in Sonoma County for more than 30 years in Sonoma County.
Most importantly, Reverend Meyer “considers it a privilege to participate in all weddings” and promises to bring a style that will at once blend elements of downhome luxury and the organic with a spirit that is classic, humorous and knowledgeable, all set against some of the world’s most spectacular scenery in Sonoma County’s Wine Country.
In addition to performing your wedding ceremony, Reverend Meyer can make suggestions and offer wedding vow options, or provide guidance to couples that wish to write their own vows.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
So says the website of the popular Northern California wedding officiant simply known as Reverend Saundra. (For the record, any minister who quotes Voltaire is already a winning choice in my book and perhaps she will be in yours.)
A non-denominational minister Reverend Saundra writes, ”I work with all couples in love to customize your story, your commitment into a celebration you will cherish for years to come.” Moreover, she acknowledges having worked “with a myriad of couples who vary greatly in their perspectives — from agnostic couples to couples who are devout followers of their faith.” Perhaps best of all, for couples requiring spiritual and practical guidance, Reverend Saundra can also act as a wedding planner or day of wedding coordinator. How about that for streamlining your big day?
As mentioned above, there are many options for wedding officiants in LGBT-welcoming Sonoma County. For more information and options, see the Sonoma County Wedding Guide or take advantage of SCT's complimentary wedding assistance by filling out a free wedding assistance form.