• Do you want your marriage to be either Catholic, Christian, Non-denominational or civil in tone and content but do not know who to ask to officiate your ceremony?
  • Do you want more than a 5 or 10 minute ceremony performed by a Justice of the Peace or a Judge?
  • Do you want a ceremony that is well planned and meets your hopes and needs?
  • Do you want a tasteful and/or prayerful ceremony in a chapel, church, garden, park, home, hall or other wedding venue?"
  • Do you need help finding a place, including churches and chapels, where you will be welcome to celebrate your marriage?
  • Do you want someone who has the resources and experience to help you plan the ceremony for your wedding?

If you answered yes to any of these questions I can help...

The process is simple:

If you have questions or would like to make arrangements to meet in person, please send me an e-mail at bill@billproudofficiant.com and leave me either your email address or a phone number where you can be reached. You can also call me, Bill Proud, at (513) 492-7034.

I meet with couples twice before the wedding. I do not attend rehearsals. Most wedding venues have a staff member who directs the rehearsal. When a wedding venue does not offer this service, I provide written detailed instructions on how to conduct a rehearsal and review them with the couple at our second meeting. These instructions give the couple a simple and effective way to conduct a wedding rehearsal.

FEE: My fee is $375. This includes everything including transportation, meetings, multiple ceremony text samples, ceremony text preparation, rehearsal preparation, e-mail, and/or phone consultation through the whole process and, after the wedding ceremony is completed, filing the legal documents that the couple obtains from the appropriate Probate Court.

DEPOSIT AND FINAL PAYMENT: I ask for a $100 non-refundable deposit to reserve the date and time of the wedding. The Final Payment of $275 is due at our second meeting. Couples are welcome to meet with me at no obligation before making a decision to use my services.

What I do

Since 1994, I have celebrated over 1000 weddings in the Greater Cincinnati area. It is a ministry that I enjoy because I believe I provide a unique service for a growing number of people who:
  • are either Christian and/or Catholic, but for one or more reasons cannot or choose not to be married in their own tradition or
  • Are not connected to any organized religion but want a wedding ceremony that reflects their personalities, preferences, personal beliefs and who they are on their journey as they celebrate their wedding

About Bill

I am a former Catholic Priest. I served happily in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for 28 years. In 1993, I resigned from the priesthood and married Patty. We live in Deerfield Township near the Mason Montgomery/Fields Ertel exit off of I 71. I have three stepsons.

I am a member of CITI, Inc. A Society of Christ's Priesthood, an affiliate religious society with the International Council of Community Churches. CITI, Inc is made up of married Roman Catholic Priests who are continuing in their priestly ministry. The United States Department of Defense recognizes the International Council of Community Churches as an official Ecclesiastical Endorsing Organization. I am licensed to witness marriages.

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