Reviews

Toronto, Oshawa, Durham, Port Hope and Cobourg Wedding Officiant for commitment ceremony, renewal of vows, marriage, elopement, handfasting

Thank you too all of my wonderful couples and families who have taken the time to write a review of my services and ceremonies!

Avril was referred to us through family who’s worked with her before and, we couldn’t have been happier to use her as our officiant. She is very personable, super professional and, an extremely fun person overall. She was also able to answer any questions we had and responded to our inquiries quickly. Allowing us so many choices in our ceremony really helped ease any concerns we had over the fit of our ceremony to who we are as a couple. We would most definitely recommend Avril as having her in our party was like having a friend along with us.

B&S

We had no idea what to expect when we first hired Avril as our officiant. We were relieved at how easy she made the process for us and so surprised at how personalized the ceremony could be! Avril’s calm, reassuring demeanour was a blessing for the planning of the ceremony and even during the ceremony itself.
We are forever grateful that she was the one to marry us and wouldn’t change a single thing.
We recommend Avril to anyone looking for an officiant – you won’t regret it!

M&K

Avril was amazing to work with from initial booking to re-scheduling, putting us at ease through a quick rehearsal and then supporting us every step of the way through our 20 minute outdoor ceremony – we are so blessed to have worked with her!
Our day was even better than we could have imagined. Thanks Avril!

J&B

Professional, reliable and warm, Avril was able to take all our wishes and incorporate them into a thoughtful, beautiful, fluid ceremony that covered them all! As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, we would recommend Avril for queer positive events!

A&D

Avril did an amazing job officiating our wedding she was kind and professional. She met all our requests and made things feel so easy. Her vow books are beautiful and custom to each wedding. We would recommend her to anyone!

R&M

When we first got engaged we were really uncertain of how to find an officiant that would work well for the kind of wedding we wanted- a non traditional Halloween wedding. One of our friends found your Halloween ceremony post in an fb group and it felt like it was meant to be! I loved how enthusiastic the post was about doing a Halloween wedding, how it said you were excited to dress up and would love to be in costume. Even from our first email conversation it was clear how enthusiastic you were about our wedding ideas and how you already had a great pumpkin dress for the ceremony. Even though we had to postpone and change things around because of covid, you were always so accommodating and it was wonderful; it really helped as we were already stressed with everything else. We absolutely loved the Halloween script you created for the ceremony, we felt as though it really reflected our feelings but also left room for us to add in personal touches.

Among the many things we appreciated about you, one was how you took control of the ceremony once you got the our venue. Scott and I were both feeling very anxious and nervous about how the ceremony would play out but you really helped calm our nerves and we felt as though you were very considerate of our emotions during our vows. It was easy to tell that you’re a true professional and you are absolutely worth it. Our guests told us many times how personable you made our ceremony and how they felt it was not like any other wedding they had ever been to, in a wonderful way.

We will be sure to recommend you to everyone!! Thank you again Avril!!

C&S

Avril is amazing. From the pre-ceremony coaching, to the personalized vows, to the perfect outfit to match our theme…. she was more than we could ask for. She helped to calm down our nerves and knew exactly when to pause to keep me from crying (yikes!) Her quiet words of encouragement meant everything to us during our ceremony.
She truly cares about the couples that she is bringing together and there is no better feeling when you are standing in front of friends and family.
Thank you Avril. Thank you for everything!

L&D

On behalf of my family and myself, I wish to thank you again for your heartwarming words and leadership through our commemoration for our parents last Saturday.  
I received glowing comments from everyone about your presence and messages!
After waiting such a long time to hold this gathering, we all came away feeling it was everything we had hoped. 

The Family of George and Gwen

Avril was the officiant for our wedding and we could not be more pleased with how the ceremony went! She was great at communicating, and was punctual and professional. Wedding planning can be stressful and thanks to Avril I did not feel stressed about the logistics of the ceremony.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to other couples looking for an officiant.

M&M

Avril is one of those rare people who combine organization, efficiency, professionalism and attention to detail. To top it off, she’s truly pleasant to work with and passionate about what she does. She communicated effectively and let us know exactly what to expect. She listened and crafted a perfectly personalized wedding ceremony for us. Avril was an absolute joy to be around and we’re so glad she was part of our special day.

J&R

We wanted to thank you for being an absolute rock during our ceremony. I know you are used to highly charged emotional moments like that, but your coaching was exactly what I needed. I couldn’t have gotten through the vows without completely losing it if it weren’t for you. We both feel that we made the perfect choice in selecting you as our officiant. You are amazing, so thank you so much!! I kind of wish I was trapped in a groundhog day loop of that day hahah, it is one of the happiest days of my life.

S&G

Avril is such a friendly and professional individual! She made sure our ceremony was personable and exactly what we wanted. She provided additional resources for us to use as well, which was super helpful! I cannot thank Avril enough for her quick wit when it came to something that didn’t quite go according to plan on our end. Thank you so much Avril!!

L&D

Avril was very easy to work with and many of our guests assumed she was a friend we already knew! She gently directed us when we were unsure of where to look or what was next and allowed us to take a breath when we got emotional. The readings she suggested for our ceremony were perfectly-suited to our personalities, and she kept things light and humourous – which was soooo appreciated! I would definitely recommend Avril to anyone looking for a professional, personable officiant. You won’t be disappointed!

D&T

Avril is amazing and I am so glad we chose her as our officiant for our wedding! She did a great job at easing our nerves and making us feel comfortable. She is extremely professional and personable and I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. Thank you Avril!

T&D

We cannot thank you enough for being so patient and working with us as we rescheduled twice. You were such a pleasure to work with and have around on our day! We got comments from all our family members about what a beautiful, yet simple ceremony it was which is exactly what we asked for! We appreciate you so much and couldn’t have asked for a better day. Thank you again. 

T&J

Thanks so much my family all commented on the ceremony and how great you were.
We super appreciate everything!!

T&J

Avril is simply amazing. Her attention to detail and extremely organized process, made our wedding ceremony feel flawless and stress-free. She was a delight to work with and we felt very blessed to have her be part of our special day!

C&M

We would highly recommend Avril to anyone getting married ! She went above and beyond and made our wedding day that much more special. From the start she had everything organized so we Avril – thank you SO SO much for making our day so perfect. We couldn’t be happier with you as our Officiant you honestly went above & beyond for us. You are a master at your craft. I’m sure we will see you around Port Hope & I hope we do! The vow books are such a special touch and so thoughtful. Thank you for everything you’re seriously the best!

J&J

We would highly recommend Avril to anyone getting married ! She went above and beyond and made our wedding day that much more special. From the start she had everything organized so we knew the exact layout of the ceremony. We opted to write our own vows and Avril made Vow Books for us so that we didn’t have to worry about carrying anything up with us and they were made very nicely that we have decided to keep them for our wedding album.

We received so many compliments from our guest about how she was so welcoming and friendly she fit right in and she made everyone feel like she was a family friend! Our photographers was also so impressed with the communication she offered to make sure throughout the ceremony they got all the special moments they needed like placing of the rings and the first kiss.

Thank you so much Avril for making our wedding day that much better!

E&J 

Thank you for helping to make today possible.  Your well timed emails made this an easy and enjoyable process and took all the stress out of our day.  I recommend your services to anyone. 
 The vow books are going to be a beautiful momento of our special day.  Thank you for making them match our location.  Those little touches are what will stand out in our minds.

K&D  

Avril is the best of the best! She is a wealth of knowledge on every detail of all things Wedding!
She is kind, compassionate and super sweet!
If you are looking to have your Wedding go perfectly, Avril is your lady!!

J.J.

Our plan all along was to do a small garden wedding ceremony at our house. Avril was such a pleasure to work with, there was absolutely no stress from our end. Even though we had to postpone our wedding due to COVID, Avril was very accommodating as I tried to find a new date and put together a wedding in 7 weeks.
I highly recommend Avril for any and all celebrations, she is organized, professional, detailed and punctual. Thank you for being part of our special day!

S&N

After nearly 15 years together we decided that 2020 would be our year to tie the knot…what a year! Our first concern was how would we secure an officiant during a pandemic! We were blessed to find Avril! We found her through a Facebook post and from the first day of contacting her online we knew she was the one! Avril was extremely considerate, knowledgeable and attentive during such a difficult year. She gave us much-needed guidance on our vows, even suggesting passages that we used in our ceremony. She was quick to provide updates on restrictions and was such a cheerleader for us to have our very best day despite the limitations we had to work around! We highly recommend her!

J&G

I am so happy I found Avril on Instagram to officiate our October 2020 ceremony! She was so easy to work with and very accommodating. We had to deal with a lot of changes due to COVID and after our original June date had to be postponed and our pastor moved our west, leaving us scrambling over the summer to figure something out, Avril made everything feel easy! The guide she provided was really helpful for writing our own vows and we both enjoyed getting to see the run through of the ceremony beforehand so we had a good sense of what would happen when. She worked hard to make the ceremony very personal and I love the personalized vow books! They make such a nice keepsake from our special day.
I really appreciated her take on not needing to do a full rehearsal the day before, it definitely saved us some time and stress! It’s a lot of little touches that make her amazing, like how she moved out of the way for our first kiss – which I didn’t think much of at the time, but it meant our photographer was able to grab an awesome shot with no one in the background!! I would definitely recommend Avril to anyone looking to have a personalized experience!

T&B

We just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your hard work and dedication when it has come to our wedding! From the very moment you signed on to be our officiant, I know you were something special! As the months continued and we stayed in contact I knew I was right! Not only did you provide services for us, but you became someone I wanted to talk to. You helped calm the nerves of a very nervous bride during a pandemic and you played on with performing weddings however you were allowed. Your poured your heart into writing our ceremony and making sure it was absolutely perfect in every way! You supported us, coached us, guided us, and finally married us. I am forever grateful to have found not only the best vendor to perform our wedding, but that the lady behind it all turned out to be as awesome and caring as you! We appreciate everything you have done for us and I will continue to stay in touch! We hope you enjoy this drink on us (in your new mug!) and we cannot wait to see what our future holds. Cheers!

M&M

Our plan all along was to do a small garden wedding ceremony at our house. Avril was such a pleasure to work with, there was absolutely no stress from our end. Even though we had to postpone our wedding due to COVID, Avril was very accommodating as I tried to find a new date and put together a wedding in 7 weeks. I highly recommend Avril for any and all celebrations, she is organized, professional, detailed and punctual.
Thank you for being a part of our special day!

S&N

My husband and I are basking in the glow of being a newly married couple, and this is largely because of Avril. Working with Avril throughout our wedding planning journey was always a delight. She was always quick to respond if we had any questions, and her guidance and tips along the way were so valuable, especially when writing our own vows. On our wedding day, she was a calming and guiding force as she coached us through our ceremony. Though we both had some nerves, she kept us focused. Avril is such a strong public speaker, and she has a great cadence to her delivery. We can’t imagine our big day without her, and are so thrilled that she is a part of our love story.

Thank you, Avril! 

O&A

From the start (during COVID-19) Avril has been my rock! She has helped counsel me through bridal anxieties, general life stress and has just been an ear to talk to (even when that certainly isn’t what she signed up for!). She went above and beyond in serving us and making sure we had everything we needed and were taken care of from the first message to our wedding day and even after! Avril took it upon herself to build and maintain a relationship with myself and my husband in order to perform the best ceremony possible. She learned about our lives, interests, hobbies and vision of our big day to ensure it was everything we had dreamed of and more! Avril has gone above and beyond to work closely with our other vendors (such as our photographer) in order to coordinate and work together to get the absolute best shots possible! I could not have imagined our day without Avril’s shining personality and calm nature! She is everything we had dreamed of in our officiant and more. Not only did we gain the pleasure and memories of having her perform our ceremony we gained a friend along the way! I cannot say enough good things about Avril and her work ethic, her ability to make you comfortable, her ability to coach you, guide you, marry you. I would recommend Avril to ANYONE that asks for an officiant because she truly is the best!

M&M

From the moment we started corresponding, I knew we had to book Avril. Thankfully I came by Avril’s services by chance on Facebook. I sent a message and within minutes she had responded. We corresponded a few more times and it didn’t take long for us to confirm that she had to be our officiant.

After booking Avril (unlike many other vendors) she kept us in the loop and helped with any questions/ concerns we had – especially CoVid related. Our wedding was on August 5th and we booked Avril in early April. Not once did we feel it was a one and done deal. We had many questions/ concerns for her and Avril’s replies were prompt and detailed. Avril is easy going, fun, punctual and down to earth.

On the day of our wedding, Avril engaged our guests – laughed when we laughed (and maybe shed a tear when we cried). Our guests are still talking about how great she was.

I hope this review helps anyone who is looking for an Officiant and considering booking Avril. She is professional & down to earth. Words cannot described how satisfied we are with her – Thank you Avril.

J&J

We have not even gotten married yet but throughout COVID, Avril has been keeping us posted on any changes to regulations and has been incredibly accommodating to changes we have made. I have every confidence that our COVID wedding will be wonderful and stress-free thanks to Avril.

M&C

Thank you so much for being our Wedding Fairy Godmother!
After our first attempt was cancelled by Covid we didn’t know what we were going to do.
Luckily our paths crossed because you gave us our wedding back and helped to plan the most special day. We literally could not have done this without you and we are so grateful for you. Keep making magic happen!

E&K

Avril went above and beyond for our wedding. We didn’t want to make it much of a fuss, but there were definitely obstacles we faced and Avril just went with the flow. She really does adapt for your needs and your vibe. We felt comfortable the entire time and are super grateful we found her. Thanks again for everything Avril!!! 

B&R

We cannot express our gratitude enough to Avril for her wonderful service performing our wedding. Her kind words and warm personality made our day less stressful as we didn’t have to worry. We would definitely recommend Avril to anyone who asked. Thanks so much for everything you did for us on our special day!!

J&S

Prompt replies, professional, and personalised wedding options. Avril has her services perfected.

K.L.K.

Avril’s attention to detail is second to none. Always quick to reply regardless of the time. Very very impressed indeed

W.G.

Reliable, resourceful and Godsent.
In every arena she performs with a masterful grace. Search not a moment further because your special day/event is best guided by her expert hands!

G.I.J.

Avril is a radiant woman who brings great energy to everything she does. Inspiring, Organized, and guaranteed to add a touch of magic to your special day.

J.B

Avril has an amazing energy and she will work with you to make sure your service is everything you want it to be!!

S.C.

Avril is organized, on time, and well spoken. She responds very quickly and will go above and beyond to make the day special.

R.E.

Avril is very professional and has been great with giving us lots of hints and tips for our big day .

C.S.

Avril knows her stuff. She follows up and commits to a project. She is a caring individual who does her best always to make every event a success. I respect her honesty and integrity.

T.L.

Avril Ewing cares about your experience. She is passionate about the service she provides. Any couple would be fortunate to have her officiate their wedding!

C.V.T.