May 05, 2016
Michael and I initially had plans for a Catholic wedding ceremony performed at our venue. We eventually found out (after booking our venue) that it would be next to impossible. Instead, we decided to have a civil ceremony with the intention to have it convalidated at a later date.
After researching costs and customer satisfaction, we decided to go with All Seasons for our wedding officiant.
After reading many of the profiles and reviews, we chose Michael O’Callaghan to be our wedding officiant.
Keeping in mind that we were booking from Australia, Michael was prompt during all our email communication, always kind and polite. Before we met him, he had already given us a number of important documents to look through, including our Declaration of Marriage and logistics form to fill out.
With his years of experience, he was able to give us a number of ceremony scripts to choose from, with clear encouragement that we could customize it further to suit our personalities. He also provided a number of different reading suggestions to explore.
It was a pleasure to meet him in person over coffee on May 5, 2016. He was very caring and thoughtful. We were also pleasantly surprised to see how prepared he was – with a dossier of all necessary paperwork and copies of our customized wedding ceremony. Michael then took the time to run through every step of our ceremony, including any changes, who stands where, facing which direction, prompts, etc. There were no silly questions and we didn’t feel rushed in any way.
He was extremely understanding and didn’t even bat an eye when we told him we still had not finalized our wedding vows!
After the amount of time he spent with us at our first meeting running through the logistics and timeline of the wedding ceremony, it was absolutely not necessary to have him run an official rehearsal. We did, however, invite him to attend our ‘rehearsal dinner’ to meet the family and enjoy some food. He politely declined, saying that it was his personal rule not to attend rehearsal dinners or wedding receptions. He explained that if he accepted one invite, he would feel obligated to accept every client’s invitation – which is often not physically possible given his potential commitments.
On our wedding day, he arrived early and was able to run through a few last minute details. We especially appreciated the opportunity to honour my dad’s absence by lighting a candle in his memory during the ceremony. (Despite practicing ahead of time, it was so windy and cold that we still had trouble doing it!) The only thing we had to complain about was… it was incredibly windy, and cold! As a result, Michael decided not to use a microphone (would’ve been too noisy picking up the wind) and so our guests had quite a bit of difficulty hearing the ceremony. 😦
Overall, we were very happy with our experience in having Michael O’Callaghan officiate our wedding and would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for an officiant!