and other ceremonial events

All Are Welcome

Officiant, Celebrant, Non-Denominational Minister

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 If you’d like to talk in person or by phone about how I can help, call me at (541)345-5058, or email me via the form below and I will get right back to you. This initial conversation is offered at no charge.

Weddings, Blessings, Celebrations

All beliefs and traditions are welcome

The Planning Process:

We meet initially to discuss your needs, in person or over the phone, to give you give you an opportunity to ask questions, to discuss costs, and to get acquainted. This introductory meeting is offered at no charge. Planning the ceremony usually requires three basic steps:

  • Getting to know you and your partner and your desires for the special day
  • Understanding the roles others will play – children, family members, friends, pets
  • Planning the ceremony logistics with you and others

Although you may not have answers to any of these questions right now, and it’s just fine if you don’t, some people prefer to have a list of things to think about before meeting.

The Ceremony:

Here are some questions to ponder before the wedding day. Some may not be relevant or important to you, I include them all as food for thought. Let me know what you would like. Download the list here

1. Procession – Will you each be entering from different part of the courtyard? entering together? or separate. Is there music you’d like played as you come in or in the beginning? Will the wedding party be part of the procession?

2. Do you want the witnesses standing or sitting on either side of you? Their role is to sign the papers at the end of the ceremony

3. Welcome – This is where I welcome you both and the witnesses and any others you’ve invited to the wedding ceremony of (what order for your names)? anything else you’d like me to say here?

The next three parts can be in any order you’d like:

4. I ask you each “Will /Do you (name) lawfully wed (name)? ” order of names. Wording?

5. Vows – Do you each want to say or read anything to each other? Do you want the vows said as you exchange rings?

6 Exchange – Do you want to exchange anything as a token of your love and
 commitment to each other? (Rings?) Usually done with vows.

7. I will say: “By the authority vested in me by the state of Oregon, I now pronounce you lawfully _______”  (What would you like me to say here? Example: spouses, wives, partners for life, your names). This phrase is what makes your marriage legal in Oregon.

8. Would you like me to say, “You may now kiss?”
9. Witnesses and I will sign marriage certificate and I will deliver it to Lane County.

Barb Ryan

  • Minister, ordained by the Hearth of the Dancing Drum
  • MS in Counseling
  • Over 30 years in private practice
  • Ten years as life coach and inspirational speaker


  • Weddings
  • Commitment Ceremonies
  • Anniversary Celebrations
  • Blessings
  • Pre-marital Counseling


"a wonderful wedding"


"best day of my life"


Contact Barb

(541) 345-5058


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