Benjamin J Roberts

With a background in stand-up comedy, I have always had a knack for making people laugh, and have been able to do so on a stage. While attending The Georgia Institute of Technology, I earned income by doing stand-up comedy gigs and hosting various events on campus. After graduating, I focused on my career in web development, but occasionally would still host events, or do speaking engagements for Weight Watchers. My comedy was reserved to those occasions, or enflicted upon my friends while hanging out.

Three years ago, a close friend was getting married and had trouble finding an officiant. I was the only person she knew who was comfortable speaking in public and I had become very close friends with her (now) husband as well. I was so honored that she thought of me! I was able to tap into the serious side of myself for her wedding, and kept my composure, despite the urge to tell a joke or three. Once images and video of this wedding hit cyber space, word of my ordination grew.

In the three years since, I have performed six weddings, ranging from the serious to the funny! I have enjoyed every second of it and love that I get to bring a couple so much joy. See my testimonials page to hear the couples tell you their story in their own words!

My Speeches
I tailor my speeches to each couple's needs. I can be as engaging and funny as you want, or as serious and composed as you'd like. I can write my own speaach or read something you have in mind, or a combination of the two! I will of course incorporate the classic wedding vows and I do's, or we can create something even more special and unique. I like to meet with the couple a few times beforehand, not just about the wedding, but to get to know you, and to get to know your story. The more I know about you, the more personal I can make the speech instead of reading of the same stuff you hear at every wedding. I will insert Bible verses and passages, as well as sing a song.

Ok, I won't sing a song, but I'll whistle or hum a tune if need be!

I am getting married myself this May, and I can now fully relate to all the pressures that lead up to the big day, and hope that I have brought some releif to the couples I've officiated for. I remember the first wedding I officiated, and it wasn't until I was standing right between the bride and groom while they read their vows to each other that I really felt the power of what it means to officiate a wedding. I take what I do very seriously and hope that I not only garner clients from my services, but also friendships.

Sample Speech
Ladies and gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the joining of Amanda and Ryan in marriage. With love and commitment, they have decided to live their lives together as husband and wife.

Much like the isle leading to where we stand, they have ventured here on their own, but as they will leave this alter together, hand in hand, they will walk back down the isle of life with each other, side by side. The road they have traveled is bumpy, as the road of love always is, but traveling on this road with someone special, can make for a smooth ride. As you leave here today I want you to remember every bump in that road, and I want you to remember what you learned from it, and how it made your love grow.

Remember to treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves often of what brought you together. Take responsibility for making the other feel safe, and give the highest priority to the tenderness, gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration, difficulty and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships at some time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you, not just the part that seems wrong. In this way, you can survive the times when clouds drift across the face of the sun in your lives, remembering that, just because you may lose sight of it for a moment, does not mean the sun has gone away. And, if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together, it will be marked by abundance and delight." Never forget you are each others best friends, so listen as a best friend would, help as a best friend would, love as a best friend would. Remember to live each day with each other as if it was your last, and love like it was first.

The step which you are about to take is the most important into which human beings can come. It is a union of two people founded upon mutual respect and affection. Your lives will change, your responsibilities will increase, but your joy will be multiplied if you are sincere and earnest with your pledge to one another.


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