Melissa Smith, Ph.D. crafts and officiates 
secular wedding ceremonies 
for couples of all backgrounds in Asheville, North Carolina. 
Based in Asheville, North Carolina, I craft secular (non-religious) marriage ceremonies that honor your story. Whether you are looking for something short and simple, or a longer and more elaborate ceremony, the end product will be a symbolic representation of your relationship with your partner. 

I proudly officiate weddings for couples of all gender identities.

A recent client said, "We consider ourselves so lucky to have found Melissa! We were looking for an officiant who would help us create a wedding ceremony unique to us and Melissa more than delivered... She listed to all our rambling thoughts and offered organized, open-minded and nonjudgmental options for us to consider... It was clear, her only agenda was to help us make our ceremony exactly what we wanted."

Ceremony fees are typically $275 (see example contract). I also write ceremonies for couples who have a special someone to actually officiate the wedding (please contact me for fees). Helping couples create a personal and memorable ceremony is my priority; no two ceremonies will ever be the same. I celebrate weddings because of the happiness it brings me to be included in such an important moment in a couple's life. Since October 2011, I have happily officiated 60 weddings. I am endorsed as a Humanist Celebrant by the Humanist Society (a non-profit corporation of the American Humanist Association) through a process equivalent to that of ordination in a traditional religious body. 

Please contact me for a free consultation to discuss your wedding ceremony!