As an officiant of weddings, I have the pleasure to meet wonderful couples. They are excited, nervous and unsure of exactly what they should do. I love talking to the couples. I listen to their ideas and questions. It is important that we, in a sense, bond quickly. I want their confidence in me. This is one of the reasons I have been awarded the Best of 2015, 2016, and 2017, 2018,2019,2020,2021,2022,2023 Officiant Award by
One listens to their story. Smiles easily come to everyone’s face as “Meet Cute” as the movies call it are told to me. A real sense of your personalities needs to come out in the words of the ceremony. I enjoy talking about options for your ceremony.
 Let me help you. It is a no pressure chat. You need to feel at ease with me and know that I am going to give you what you want and in a way that exceeds expectations. I do not just read the words like a 5th grader reading a text book or as some officiants do with little life and no spirit. I speak to you these words with compassion, love and true feelings. Now you see why it is important for us to have a bond.
With this said, take a look at my most popular nuptial text.


Think about how we can personalize it for you as you read through the following.

Today I Marry My Best Friend

A question I often ask is what was it that made these two people fall in love and want to spend all the days of their lives together?
Typically they tell me how the two met. 
Sometimes they knew each other as children, over time they meet again. Sometimes it is the internet. Perhaps a relative played matchmaker.
However it is, they meet each other and discover an attraction that is hard to deny.
Maybe it is the common experiences and likes.
Whatever it is, they find they have become friends. Over time their relationship becomes more than just friendship. It is now clear that each considers the other a friend with whom they feel safe and comfortable.
This is someone that they can be together with yet still have room to be themselves.
They respect each other.  
They want to be around each other. It’s the first person they want to call or text.
They can have their own opinions and know that whether the other agrees or disagrees, the commitment to the friendship is strong.

Now imagine the greatest glue that bonds two hearts together is added to this relationship.

Love is that bond.
Can you imagine your joy when you discover the love you have for each other is patient, kind, and envies no one.

At some point our Couple discovers that their Love for each other is never boastful, or conceited, nor rude nor selfish, not quick to take offense. This is a love that keeps no score of wrongs, does not gloat over the other’s faults. They feel there is nothing their love cannot face.

CinThe reason all of us are here is because Love has formed a bonding of the hearts of the Groom and Bride. They come now to become one in marriage and welcome you t
Ao celebrate this time of joyful commitment of love to one another in marriage because you are special to them.

From where I am standing as the Officiant, what impresses me most and makes our Couple so happy is that you accepted their invitation and are all here because of the love you have for our Couple.

Prelude to The Vows:

Bride and Groom, from the moment the Big Question was answered with “yes”, you have been making commitments and plans.

All of those conversations that were held driving somewhere, or while you sat across from each other for a meal, or during long walks—all those conversations that began with, “After we get married,” and continued with “I will” and “you will” and “we will”—all those late night talks that included “someday” and “somehow” and “maybe”—and all those promises that were made while you held hands, are the real process of a wedding.


To both of you I say: Please hold hands and look into each other’s eyes.
Groom, these are the hands that will work alongside yours, as together you build your future.

These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch, will comfort you like no other.

Bride, these are the hands of your best friend, strong and full of love for you.

These are the hands that will provide for you, protect you and defend you today, tomorrow, and forever.

To both of you I say: Bride and Groom, these hands you are holding are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.

And lastly, these are the hands that even when aged, will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

The Vows:

The vows that you are about to make are a way of saying to one another, “You know all those things that we’ve promised, and hoped, and dreamed—well, I meant it all, every word.”
Look at one another and remember this moment in time. Before this moment you have been many things to one another—acquaintance, friend, companion, lover, dancing partner, even teacher, for you have learned much from one another.

Shortly you shall say a few words that will take you across a threshold of life, and things between you will never quite be the same.

For after today, Bride you shall look at Groom and say, “This is my husband.” And you Groom shall look at Bride and say, “This is my wife.”

Groom, will you laugh with Bride and cry with her
through the best and the worst,
through the difficult and the easy,
Whatever may come will you always be there?

Groom answers: I Will.

Groom, do you promise to be Bride’s partner in life
and one true love?
Do you promise to cherish and respect her?
Do you promise your love to her and her only always?
Do you promise to support and to honor Bride?
As you have given her your hand to hold
Do you give her your life to keep?
Groom, do you take Bride to be your wife?

Groom: I do.

Bride, will you laugh with Groom and cry with him
Through the best and the worst;
Through the difficult and the easy;
Whatever may come will you always be there?

Bride answers: I Will.

Bride, do you promise to be Groom’s partner in life
and one true love?
Do you promise  to cherish and respect him?
Do you promise your love to him and him only always?
Do you promise to support and to honor Groom?
As you have given him your hand to hold
Do you give him your life to keep?
Bride, do you take Groom to be your Husband?

Bride answers: I Do.

The Blessing or Dedication of the Rings

The circle is the symbol of the sun, earth, and universe which we all share. Circles have no beginning and no end, and so in the long and sacred tradition of marriage the ring has come to symbolize eternal love.

They have been given by lovers to each other as tokens of love as well as a tangible sign of a promise given and kept through the days of their lives together.

Heavenly Father, we ask you to bless these rings. Grant that Groom and Bride may wear them with deep abiding Love.

As these rings encircle their fingers, Heavenly Father, may the Blessing of your divine and constant love encircle their hearts. May the blessing of the White Light of the Holy Spirit surround and protect the wearers of these rings now and for all their days. This we ask through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I bless these rings in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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Alternate Dedication ending:

As these rings encircle your fingers, may constant love encircle your hearts.

The Ring Vows

Now, Groom, will you take Bride’s left hand,
look into her eyes
and as you slide the ring on her finger,
repeat after me.
I Groom, take you Bride,
to be my wife,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for richer or for poorer,
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
to be devoted to you,
in sickness and in health
and to you only,
With this ring,
I thee wed
For as long as we both shall live.

Now, Bride, will you take Groom’s left hand,
look into his eyes and as you slide the ring on his finger, repeat after me.
I Bride, take you Groom,
to be my husband,
to have and to hold,
from this day forward,
for richer or for poorer,
for better or for worse,
In sickness and in health,
to be devoted to you,
and to you only,
as long as we both shall live.
With this ring, I thee wed,
For as long as we both shall live.

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The Pronouncement

Groom and Bride let us reflect on your commitment to each other.
You have promised to give the best of yourselves and ask no more than the other can give.

With each promises may the blessing of God’s grace from the Creator of Marriage be upon you: (religious vows)

You have promised to respect the other as a person. May you never take each other for granted May you see each other through love’s kind and patient eyes!

You have promised to support each other.  Therefore, may you minimize each other’s weaknesses and be swift to praise and magnify each other’s strengths.

You have promised fidelity to each other. May you take time to tend the flame. Don’t let commitments, household chores, or anything else cause you to neglect each other. For if you do, you will always have the glow and the warmth of the love you have for each other today.

You have promised a lifelong commitment to each other.                                                                                      May it be that when you have reached the winter of your lives together, may you still be reaching for the other; still giving  your spouse 

the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.

               Now Groom and Bride, Because you have proclaimed your Love and Respect,                                  your Fidelity , Support and to Honor each other,

Authority is given to me by the State of Ohio to proclaim:
Groom and Bride, I now pronounce you Husband and Wife.

Groom, you may kiss your Bride.

Conrad will then present you to your guests for the first time as

Mr. and Mrs. __________________  _____________________________.

Don’t you think these nuptials are beautiful?

Some say goosebumps chilled them; some say tears blurred the words and we have not even begun to customize these vows for you. I have a couple of alternatives as well that shorten the ring vows.

Naturally, I use this as an outline for you to make yours. It is easy to insert your own vows.

Thank you for letting me present this beautiful Nuptial Draft to you. Kindest Regards, Conrad          While I have you here, why not take a minute and send me your info. Even if you don’t know what to ask, I think just a friendly chat will put you at ease.  Go to the Contact Us Page.

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Sharon said,Conrad officiated grace, humor, professionalism and compassion. He is top-notch. His communication skills are excellent. He incorporated the wishes of the family and made the ceremony very personal and meaningful.”           Stephanie said,”He immediately was interested in us and our story.”     Stephanie said, “He personalized everything to my husband and I. When we first met Conrad, I wasn’t sure what to expect. He was so nice and down to earth. He asked questions about my husband I so he could make our ceremony more personable . I loved that ! Katie said,”Conrad really took the time to get to know us and our families, which, in the end, really made it feel like we had another family member standing up with us.” Cindy said, “He made the ceremony beautiful with his words and how he made our guests feel involved.” Linda and Glen said, “His delivery was heartfelt, warm, and every guest felt exactly the way we wanted them to feel: special, integral to our lives, and part of our future.”

Sarah said, “Our guests were so involved in the ceremony and so many people said it was truly the best ceremony they’d every been too – – they laughed, they cried, they loved! That is exactly what we wanted for our special day and Conrad helped us achieve that. We are so grateful for his services!! We would HIGHLY recommend Conrad!!”
Anna said, “his ability to accommodate the unconventional or diverse. We believe he sees the deep unity in all of the great traditions and is able to shine forth wisdom and insight as he conducts the matrimony ceremony in a variety of contexts.
Andrea said, “The day of the wedding he sat down with our 7 year old daughter and talked her through her parts of the ceremony, it was so touching. He talked to the photographer and told her exactly where to stand during the ceremony to get the best photos. ”
Lyndsey said, ” He brought a tear to almost everyone’s eye during the ceremony, so you know he did well. Bottom line, book him if he is available!” Crysta said, “if you don’t book Conrad, that will be your first mistake!”
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