Despite only 5 days to get to know us, it is a testament to your professionalism that you made it work. We will sing your praises to everyone who will listen; it cannot be easily stated how wonderfully you settled our anxiety, and how easy you made our chaotic week.
Andrew and Courtney Lipke (07-03-21)
Mother of Bride: Wedding at the Warren Conference Center, Ashland MA 07-03-21
My now-husband found Mike Backer on the internet almost immediately after we booked our wedding venue. We began our wedding planning in the spring of 2020 – right as the pandemic started affecting most wedding vendors (and every day life). Mike’s website detailed his extensive list of credentials, and he responded quickly to our inquiry. Mike invited us to meet with him personally at his home – he was so much fun to work with! Mike is very organized, super respectful, and very easy to communicate with. He brought a great sense of humor and calm to the whole experience. He provided us with a binder to help us craft our entire ceremony, and he welcomed and gave great suggestions for customizing everything just for us. We also asked Mike to join us at our rehearsal which was a great help especially as we were married on October 31st (a short 8 months after our engagement). Mike was great about keeping in touch over email as we made wedding plans virtually with our vendors. His pricing is very reasonable and we highly recommend him! We can’t thank him enough for making our special day magical!! – Kat & Kris Dufour (10-31-2020)
We were so happy to have our officiant be Mike Backer. He was so helpful, responsive and most of all, reassuring. He reminded us several times that our ceremony would be as personal as we wanted it to be. There was nothing that couldn’t be changed, added or removed. Of all our vendors, Mike was the most responsive, even adding our vows into the ceremony the DAY OF THE WEDDING (because we were crazy busy and forgot to send ahead of time). He was so patient and informative about where to get our marriage license, what fees we would incur, etc… we likely won’t be getting married
again in the future but if we did, we would use Mike Backer again! Kat and Mike (10-03-2021)
We can promise you will not be disappointed choosing Michael for your wedding ceremony. He is professional, humorous, extremely helpful. He guided us through the entire process from start to finish. He is a great listener and personalizes the ceremony for the bride and groom. We had so many guests comment on how personal and beautiful our ceremony was. Do not hesitate at all to book Michael. You will not be disappointed. It was one of our top planning decisions. Alyssa and Nick (10-31-2020)
Mike incorporated information from our bride/groom questionnaire to customize vows that were perfect for our personalities and reflected our values as a couple. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about how wonderful the ceremony was. He was very personable and easy to work with from start to finish. Emily and Joe (09-12-2020)
Absolutely Perfect according to Kathy and Ben…
I’m literally tearing up right now writing a review for Mike Backer thinking about how perfect our wedding ceremony was. We had a fall wedding at the Cyprian Keyes venue in Boylston, MA and booked Mike as our officiant based off the recommendation from our coordinator at Cyprian Keyes as well as all of the recommendations online. My husband and I live in Virginia and Mike was able to skype with us, mail us his binder (more on this magical book later!), and work with us to meet in person once before the rehearsal when we visited Massachusetts. Mike is personable, professional, and made us both feel at ease when thinking about our ceremony. We knew that we wanted an outdoor ceremony by a justice of the peace (we’re from two separate religions and this was a good way to compromise on our families’ traditions), but still wanted the ceremony to be special, last at least twenty minutes, and be personal to us as a couple. Mike sent us a magical binder that is literally the best thing in the world – seriously you can spend two weeks googling ideas for your wedding ceremony and get stressed out or you can use Mike’s binder and be actually happy. We took our binder with us to dinner one night and read through it, circling everything we liked over chips and guacamole. We sat down again with it a week or so later and narrowed down to the sections that spoke to us the most and sent the choices to Mike. He made some suggestions to add a few more things and re-order a few things to make sure it was the length we had in mind and flowed well. We loved the rose ceremony he recommended and decided to write our own second reading with Mike’s encouragement that this was our wedding and should be exactly what we wanted. We wrote our own vows and had two readings done by our sisters – Mike printed out what we each were going to say in big font and had it laminated so we didn’t have to worry about having notecards or anything and our sisters didn’t have to worry about carrying anything except their flowers. Mike was in charge for our rehearsal the evening before the wedding and walked us and our wedding party through what was going to happen. We were ready and excited, and just when it couldn’t have been more perfect, it was – Mike had had us both fill out questionnaires about ourselves and our relationship (separately) and send them to him. He took our words and our stories and put them in our ceremony. I had so many family come up to me after the ceremony and tell me that it was so beautiful, and they felt like they actually knew my husband and I better after listening to our ceremony. Mike gave us a take-home keepsake of our ceremony as well, which is beautiful and something we will be able to take out and read on our anniversary. I cannot recommend Mike enough and so thankful that he was a part of our wedding day.
Kathy and Ben 9-28-19 Cyprian Keyes, Boylston, MA
Emily and Joe said…
Having Michael as our Justice of the Peace was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. Michael didn’t know us at all before we contacted him for his JOP services but you wouldn’t know that from the personal and engaging ceremony he performed. Michael takes the time to sit down and get to know you before committing to anything. His ceremony options are extensive and we felt like our ceremony was truly unique to us as a couple. I really appreciated the efficient and involved dress rehearsal; we felt prepared and excited for the big day. After the ceremony we had guests tell us we had one of the best ceremonies they had ever seen. True to mine and my husband’s personalities, Michael kept our ceremony light with jokes and laughter and he kept it moving along. Michael was also very quick and responsive with our email communication, I never had to chase him down. I would go back to Michael in a heartbeat (though hopefully I won’t have to!).
Thank you so much for all your help over the past few months. We will definitely be referring you to friends and family 🙂
Emily and Joe
Wedding 10-12-19 at the Martha Mary Chapel, Sudbury
With deep gratitude, Judy and Tony (Parents of Bride)
Wedding at Elm Bank, Wellesley, MA, 7-28-12
We couldn’t be happier with the way the ceremony went. You gave such a beautiful elegance to such sweet words that no rain nor thunder could over shadow.
For All you did, we thank you. Steffen and Karrie
Wedding on board the Odyssey Boston, 7-18-12
Thank you again! Sincerely, Nicole and Billy
Dear Mike, – from Christine and Rich
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