Weddings

What I want for your wedding is what you want: simple or elaborate, religious or nondenominational, romantic or playful. This is about creating the ceremony that’s right for you, whether a traditional wedding, a same-sex marriage or a renewing of vows. That means anything goes, from wearing costumes to having your pet at the altar. The ceremony is the heart of your wedding and sets the tone for your marriage so it’s your love that matters, and sharing that love with all attending your wedding in the way that best expresses the two of you.

The Knot is proud to announce that Rev. Lynn Gladstone has been selected as a 2016 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests. This is the second year in a row that she has been selected by The Knot: Rev. Lynn was also a 2015 winner. Rev. Lynn thanks all of her incredible wedding couples for their support.

The Process

I look forward to working with people from all faiths, unique philosophies, countries and backgrounds to design Custom Ceremonies that weave personal beliefs and traditions seamlessly together. This collaboration develops through the following process:

  • A complimentary thirty-minute consultation where we’ll start to get to know each other.
  • A basic fee of $500 for a Custom Ceremony.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $250 to hold the wedding date.
  • Up to two meetings to discuss the ideas and details of your ceremony, giving consideration to your wishes, values and the role of your family.
  • A questionnaire that is carefully designed to help me know you and learn what you truly want for your ceremony.
  • Ongoing communications over email, phone or video.
  • The option to review the first draft of the ceremony.
  • Should they arise, help resolving family members’ differing expectations.
  • Resources for music and readings.
  • Coordinating with your wedding professionals.
  • Help planning out the details of your wedding day.
  • Help developing your Wedding Program.
  • The option of holding a separate rehearsal for an additional cost of $100.
  • Wedding day: 10 minute pre-ceremony meeting.
  • Travel expenses apply for distances over an hour in each direction.
  • Balance of fee paid before the ceremony.
  • Presentation of the ceremony.
  • Legalizing and filing of the marriage license.
  • Charitable donation: a portion of your fee is donated to a charity of your choice.

A Sweet and Simple Service is another option for couples seeking a more modest local ceremony or elopement ceremony, which includes the following:

  • A complimentary consultation by phone, video or in-person.
  • A basic fee of $350 for a Sweet and Simple Service.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $175 to hold the wedding date.
  • A brief questionnaire to learn more about you as a couple.
  • A short service with your choice to include: welcoming of your guests and god/spirit, if appropriate; presenting how you met, and your reasons for getting married; introducing vows you create or I provide; conducting a ring exchange and a blessing.
  • Witnesses provided for a fee of $100, if needed.
  • Balance of fee paid before the ceremony.
  • Presentation of the ceremony.
  • Legalizing and filing of the marriage license.
  • Charitable donation: a portion of your fee is donated to a charity of your choice.

Pricing

My basic price for a custom wedding service is $500. A non-refundable deposit of $250 will be requested to hold the wedding date. The option of holding a separate local rehearsal is an additional cost of $100. I do local and destination weddings and am happy to officiate or co-officiate. Travel expenses apply for distances over an hour from Los Angeles, California. Please know that I donate a portion of your fee in your honor to a charity of your choice.

If you have any questions about my pricing, please contact me and I would be happy to discuss it. I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Testimonial

"Amazing Wedding Celebrant! We are so incredibly grateful to you for everything you have done to make our wedding so special. Your insight and your compassion have made the planning process so enjoyable. We appreciate all the advice you offered and all of your guidance to create a ceremony (and a great foundation for marriage) that is perfect for us. Thank you for always being a phone call away."

Katie & Nick, Married

Oct. 2012

"A Wonderful Wedding Ceremony With Rev. Lynn Gladstone. When Hillary and I first spoke to Lynn she was warm, welcoming and very calming. We understood that she performs wedding ceremonies as a passion. A thoughtful guide, really listening to what YOU want, she is a beautiful writer, and has a talent for digging deep to really know you and your significant other. The ceremony was a perfect mix of humor, reflection and tradition. We are proud to be the first same-sex couple that she wed, and would without hesitation recommend her to anyone looking for a superb interfaith reverend."

Danna & Hillary, Married

Oct. 2013

"The Perfect Wedding Ceremony; Truly Captured the Two of Us. We chose Rev. Lynn based on her reviews, which were outstanding. I can say now, they were accurate. I can't tell you how many guests approached my husband and I after the ceremony to tell us how personal, special, and unique they found our wedding performed by Rev. Lynn. Rev. Lynn focused on what WE wanted out of the ceremony and what was important to the two of us. She took the time to get to know my husband and me: how we met, how our relationship has evolved, what we love about each other. It was as if time stood still; something that we will cherish always. We enthusiastically recommend Rev. Lynn..."

Becca and Joe, Married Dec. 2013

"I have to confess, when my fiancé and I first came to Reverend Gladstone to talk about our wedding ceremony, we were completely clueless. Thankfully, our lack of direction didn't faze Lynn. She put us at ease as she patiently guided us through the planning process. In the end, she gave us a beautiful ceremony that captured everything we felt and wanted to say to our friends, to our families, and to each other. It truly felt like OUR wedding–we weren't simply playing a part in someone else's idea of what a wedding ceremony should be. Thank you so much, Lynn, for gathering our scattered thoughts and putting them into words. It was a moment neither of us will forget."

Abbie & Masato, Married Dec. 2012

"What a wonderful wedding - we received so many compliments about the ceremony, you did such an excellent job!"

Laura and James, Married

Nov. 2013

"Life Affirming Ceremony. My best friend, of thirty years, was dying in St. John's Hospital, with a non-curative prognosis. He has always been my Forrest Gump, and I, his Jenny. When Lynn married us, in the hospital room, the miracles began. Her sense of the two of us, expressed through the most profound nurturing, divine grace, and gentleness of spirit, completely turned my husband's condition around. The doctors, nurses, and, most especially, the hospital chaplain were, and continue to be, astounded by Lynn's healing. She gave my husband HOPE, and a reason to live. That is every bit as powerful as modern medicine. Our gratitude is exponential."

Jessica & Andrew, Married Jul. 2013

"The moment you began speaking, everyone present at Laura and James’ wedding ceremony knew you had taken the time to get to know them individually and as a couple, and that the ceremony would be a personal one. We cannot thank you enough for making the wedding ceremony one that they will remember always."

Cheryl and Joe

Parents of the Bride, Nov. 2013

"A Magical Evening. We were so happy to have had Lynn as the officiant at our daughter's wedding. She brought a spiritual warmth to the event, and made it welcoming to all regardless of their religious orientation. She provided good support to the wedding couple as they prepared for their day, and helped ease their concerns and anxieties. But most importantly, she led a beautiful ceremony that was personal, moving and unique."

Joan and Jeff

Parents of the Bride, May 2013

“It Was Magic. I can’t say enough about the part you played in the wedding of my son and his new wife. The time you spent with them before the wedding and the warm and loving ceremony you helped them create and bring to life was obvious to all that attended. It was the perfect way for everyone to feel that they had a part in starting these two on their way to what will hopefully be a life rich with friends, family and their love.”

Hilary

Mother of the Groom, May 2013

"So Much More Than What I Expected... It was immediately clear after meeting you at the rehearsal dinner why my stepson and daughter-in-law were so happy and pleased with your counsel and advice. The ceremony was perfect and the perfect reflection of their love for family, friends and each other. I especially appreciated your advice on the chuppah I made. Until your ceremony, I thought I was just making a beautiful gift. You made it into an heirloom that will be used for generations to come. Thank you for making the day so much more special."

Joe

Stepfather of the Groom, May 2013

"Beautiful Wedding Ceremony. It was a beautiful wedding that I know that you put extra effort into. It showed, and along with our translator friend made a truly memorable joining of two very different families."

Mother of the Bride

Jun. 2013

Photography: © Farnaz K Studio

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To give you a flavor of one type of ceremony we could create together, the following is a wedding I performed October 2012 in New York City. It incorporates the bride’s Irish/Jewish heritage with the groom’s French/Jewish one through cultural and traditional ceremonial elements. Download Sample Ceremony PDF.