Words cannot express how grateful we are for having Katie as our wedding officiant! Heading into our wedding planning process we knew we wanted our ceremony to speak about us as individuals as well as have it highlight our love for each other. Katie walked us through the ceremony planning steps with such ease. Before we knew it we had a ceremony that was PERFECT for us.
On the day of the wedding Katie went above and beyond to take the lead on making sure everything was in place, our readers were prepared, and that we were stress-free (as much as you can be on your wedding day!). Our guests raved about the ceremony and Katie will always hold a special place in our hearts for making our day so perfect!
Having Katie officiate our ceremony was hands-down one of the best decisions I made in our wedding planning process. Not only was the ceremony script insanely beautiful, but she made the entire experience so easy from the time we reached out to her, till the day of our wedding. Katie has such a kind spirit and you can tell through your interactions with her, via email, text, etc, that she truly is interested in making your wedding ceremony exactly what you want it to be.
I have received endless compliments since the wedding about how perfect our ceremony was, and how much everyone loved our officiant. I highly recommend Katie... wedding day was that much more perfect because of her!
We were clueless - we wanted to get married and pledge ourselves together in front of friends and family, but didn’t want to take the usual church service route. Katie listened to what we wanted and provided a variety of resources for us to work from. I had no idea my husband and I were so particular about things like how we would address each other in the service until we went through the process Katie provided.
While we are not specifically religious, both sets of our parents are. We wanted to note and honor their beliefs as much as our own personal beliefs. Katie was amazing to work with. She listened to what we wanted as a couple pledging ourselves to one another and helped us incorporate language and traditions that were meaningful to our families without making it an overly religious service. We’ve had at least two family members ask us for copies of the wedding script to keep or to share with other friends as an example of being able to combine traditional and modern services.
Katie did the most wonderful job officiating our wedding this past August! Right from the get go, she was organized, communicative, collaborative and full of inspired ideas. Before working with Katie, my husband and I felt pretty frozen about vows and the overall language of the ceremony. We knew that wanted it to be meaningful without being very traditional or religious. Katie helped us zone in on our vision and figure out the exact right feeling for the ceremony and made it very personal. Katie took our responses and crafted a thoughtful, funny, and completely heartwarming service. I definitely teared up while reading the draft that she sent us to preview.
On the day-of, Katie was polished and professional, a very calming presence. Her meditation on marriage was impeccable - laughs, tears and overwhelming love. I can not count the number of guests that told me how much they enjoyed the ceremony. I honestly can not imagine any way that it could have been better. I can not recommend her highly enough!
Rev. Katie is absolutely wonderful! She was able to perfectly combine our idea of an original, more secular ceremony with slight hints from both of our parents' faiths (Catholic and Buddhism). We really valued how much she got to know us and how personal the ceremony was. She took the time to meet with us for several hours to ensure our ceremony would be true to us and one-of-a-kind! It was so much more than we imagined, and we could not be happier with how everything turned out!
I wanted Katie to officiate our ceremony from the moment we met her. She is a kind, compassionate, creative person who helps couples think purposefully and seriously about the institution of marriage and the importance of their wedding ceremony. While Gregg and I had been to many weddings, none really captured our values and beliefs. Under Katie’s direction we were able to put our feelings into words. She brought to light (literally) connections between us that we hadn’t realized were there. Katie is organized and professional, and helped plan a perfect wedding. Our friends and family continue to sing her praises. Oh, and she’s one hell of a story teller! I highly recommend Rev. Katie Rouse for all couples, regardless of religious affiliation.
Katie was the officiant for our wedding in the summer of 2011. We had special requirements, such as a specific theme and direct involvement of our two young children. Based on those guiding principles she was able to create a ceremony rich in meaning and beauty. We were amazed at the quality and quantity of the ceremony content she was able to develop for us. The ceremony definitely represented our love and dedication and she put so much thought into things like mounting our vows and involving the kids. Katie was extremely professional and prepared as well as kind and supportive. We highly recommend Katie!
We want you to know how amazing the wedding was. It could not have been better. There was not a dry eye in the house, the vows were so touching, and your words were inspirational. We can tell you that everything was perfect. Our friends and family told us it was the best wedding they have ever attended.
Officiant Coaching & Consulting
When I was asked by good friends to be their wedding officiant, I was honored but also nervous. I wanted to ensure that the ceremony had the right feeling and was personalized. I met with Katie and she gave me great advice. Katie helped me understand the important elements of any ceremony, along with several ideas for how to help the guests understand the couple and the beauty of their relationship. Katie provided me with direction, support, and a lot of confidence. If you are afforded the honor to officiate a wedding, invest some time and meet with Katie first. You won't believe how helpful it will be or the praise you will receive from the wedding guests.