Your Wedding Ceremony, Tailor-Made, Fun & Original
Would you like a ceremony that expresses who you are?
Your ideas, feelings & beliefs?
Without being confined by religious tradition?
I can help.
My goal is to write and present a personalized ceremony that honors you, your family, friends– and expresses who you are.
After we discuss your ideas, beliefs and preferences, I will write a ceremony, tailor-made for you. Perhaps you'll choose to include themes of love, life's journey, nature, spirituality, infinite wisdom and happiness. Or, something else. I am here for you.
Together, we'll create your one and only ceremony.
Together, we will touch hearts with love, light and laughter.
Ira officiated my daughter's spacetastic wedding that was out of this world! It was not your typical wedding, it was more a Star Wars vs. Star Trek event. Ira entertained the crowd and played into the theme of the ceremony with enthusiasm and energy. I highly recommend Ira and give him top stars. Family and friends are all commenting it was the best wedding they have ever attended.
Ira was the officiant for our wedding and he was an absolute joy to work with. He met with us the night of our rehearsal dinner to introduce himself and made us feel completely at ease. He walked us through step by step during practice, and mingled with all of the guests while keeping the mood very fun and light. He made sure to ask us if there were any changes or questions we had in mind. The day of the ceremony was spectacular; as I was anxiously waiting for everything to begin, he pulled me (the groom) aside to make sure I was content and ready to go. He was punctual, professional, personal and funny, and he delivered our vows with grace. I would highly recommend him to any couple out there who is getting ready to tie the knot.
Ira did a fantastic job for our wedding! Very professional and helpful during the whole evening. We were on schedule for all of the events we planned and our guests really enjoyed him. Would definitely use him again.
I had the pleasure of working with Ira for my 20-year vow renewal ceremony. He did a fabulous job of working with me and my husband on creating vows that were very specific to our relationship and love for one another. At the ceremony, he was engaging and funny and a joy to have. I had multiple friends and family come to me after the ceremony and say that they really enjoyed him.
Ira officiated my niece's wedding. His approach is heartfelt, sincere, caring and personal. I felt as though he was actually a member of the family. He actually navigated the room and spoke with all the guests PRIOR to the ceremony to ascertain their relationship and where they traveled from. These pieces of knowledge were then integrated into his presentation. The ceremony verbiage flowed like poetry with appropriate sentiment and emotion. I highly recommend Ira's services.
Response from Ira G. Liss Wedding Officiant:
I am delighted and grateful that a member of the bride's family took the time and care to write such generous and kind words about my work -- writing and conducting his niece's wedding ceremony.
This work can be delicate, intimate, and joyful. Couples trust me -- and honor me -- with their lifetime moment, their wedding day.
I feel fortunate and privileged to be in this role, at the turning point of many lives. (It's not only the couple who step into a new phase of life, their parents, friends and family, also walk down the aisle. I I'm grateful to be able to see this.)
As they enter into the loving commitment we call marriage, it's gratifying and life-affirming, when a family member feels moved to acknowledge my work with their sweet words.
The words written for the ceremony were amazing and fun. He and his wife are amazing people through and through and we are very pleased with how this went with his help :) could not reccommend him more I wish there were more stars great is not even the proper word :)
My wife and I had the true pleasure and real honor of having Ira Liss perform our marriage ceremony in Malibu, California last summer. She is Greek Orthodox Christian and I come from a secular but spiritual background. Ira was especially good at respecting our families' varied beliefs, and he helped us convey exactly what we wanted to about our own beliefs and values, and what our marriage means to us as a newlywed couple. I strongly recommend Ira as a wedding officiant. He is very thoughtful, well spoken and he does a terrific job.
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What to Expect
For those who do not consider themselves religious, or are not following a particular religious tradition, I offer my writing services. I will help you co-create a ceremony that is memorable, fun and expressive of who you are.
And, while we're at it, let's make it fun, light and easy. (When planning your own wedding, you have enough to think about!)
The first step is getting to know you, your preferences, ideas and beliefs. So, we might talk on the phone, meet in person (if mutually convenient), skype or video-chat.
I will write a 1st draft of your ceremony soon after our conversation.
You'll review the written ceremony and let me know your thoughts. I'll be happy to make several revisions to make sure we have it right. I want you to be fully delighted with the words that are said on your special day.
When the words are right, we're more than half-way there!
As your officiant, I will be there for your wedding rehearsal, coordinating with your event planner and/or party planner and working with any friends or family members who are a part of helping your special day run smoothly.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, now living in Colorado with his family of three generations (spouse, step-daughter and 9-year-old grandson), Ira G. Liss began writing and conducting wedding ceremonies when a family member first asked him to officiate at their wedding, about 10 years ago.
The couple was not practicing any particular religious tradition at that time, yet wanted a ceremony that would be meaningful, respectful and heart-opening – all while having a lightness and sense of humor running through it.
Some of the guests said it was the most unique ceremony they've attended. The ceremony included a long series of "I do's," with an opportunity for the assembled friends and family to say "I do," as well.
"I do," with laughter & love...
As part of a series of questions that began with "Do you promise...," I asked all the assembled guests, "Do you promise to stay in touch with this lovely, loving couple? Do you promise to support them in keeping their promises? Do you promise to be present and available as loving friends as this couple faces life's challenges?"
It was unanimous. All 82 guests happily shouted, "I do," in unison, with laughter and love.
That wedding led to the next wedding – a friend of the family's.
With the beauty of the Rocky Mountains as backdrop for their outdoor venue, the couple asked me to include the beauty of nature as a theme in their ceremony. With that request, I was happy to write and perform a ceremony that included the imagery and poetry of nature and that wedding's beautiful outdoor setting.
Today, I am here to help you create a ceremony that is memorable, fun and expressive of who you are. And, make that ceremony fun, light and easy.
By the way, for several decades, I've performed for many audiences as a musician, composer, pianist, singer/songwriter, improvisor, interviewer, host, MC, spoken word artist, poet and actor. I've played numerous venues in NYC, Arizona and Colorado's Front Range.
I am ordained through the Universal Life Church.
Past Booked Events
|September 08, 2018 • 5:30pm - 10:30pm||Wedding Reception|
|June 21, 2018 • 10:00am - 11:00am||Wedding Ceremony|
|July 30, 2017 • 7:30pm - 8:00pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|June 17, 2017 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm||Wedding Ceremony|
|April 20, 2017 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm||Wedding Reception|