Michelle and Brian
Reverend Bruce Danzara lead our wedding ceremony this past week and my husband and I are so glad that we got to meet him. He was so kind, pleasant voice, spoke clearly, and just a great person to be around.
We loved him the moment we met him!
He gave us tons of different options for our ceremony (religious or not) and was very helpful throughout our planning (with marriage licenses and etc). We're so happy Rev. Bruce married...
Bruce's high energy and sense of humor made our ceremony so fun and memorable! The time he spent offering great ideas and listening to our ideas made the ceremony so unique and meaningful for us. For all the time we spend on everyone related to the wedding day, the ceremony really is the most important part of the day, and Bruce really brought it all together for us!
Bruce was great. He really made me feel comfortable when I was up there waiting for my bride to be. Spoke loud and clear so everybody could hear even if you were in the back.
Reverend Bruce made our wedding as beautiful and meaningful as we imagined. With is help, we shaped our vows to reflect our personal story and he delivered them with great warmth. Rev. Bruce came early to our venue and was instumental in helping us with the placement of chairs and gave us invaulable advice on the practical elements of the ceremony. He was a pleasure to have around and we can't thank him enough for all that he did for us. We would recommend Rev. Bruce to everyone!
Reverend Bruce was great! The tone of our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. It was beautiful.
Reverend Bruce has a great website and provides you with many options to have the ceremony you want. Every aspect we wanted was in our ceremony. The ceremony time was appropriate for what we wanted. Not too long and not too short. After the ceremony, many of our guests complimented the words and Reverend Bruce.
The method which I chose to use to find OUR officiant was to call several based off of their reviews from various wedding related sites, and to try to get a feel or vibe from them while speaking to them. Right away from the first time speaking with Rev. Bruce Danzara I felt very comfortable and confident that he would be the right choice. Sure enough, when we met in person both me and my fiance (wife now) were certain with our choice. Even though we chose not to do a wedding rehearsal, moments before we were to walk down the aisle, Rev. Bruce Danzara carefully explained to the entire wedding party how the ceremony would go and made everyone feel at ease, especially me. The ceremony went by smoothly and beautifully.
Planning for a wedding can be a very stressful time and sometimes the stress doesn't let up until the last wedding guest has gone home. So it was very very nice to feel confident that there was one part of the planning process that allowed us to feel a bit more at ease..our decision to use the services of Rev. Bruce Danzara.
Denise and Jeff
** Big appetite and all about what people say about him rather than you**
Rev Danzara seemed like the right fit when we first met. He responded to our email and set up a time and place to meet with him. He was friendly and made us comfortable with choosing him. Plus his price fit with our small budget. He advertises unlimited emails and phone calls. What that means is you can email him as much as you like, but he won't respond. When it came time to choosing our ceremony selections I had to send him several emails just to get him to respond to me. Once he would respond, thing would go smoothly and I knew exactly what to expect for my ceremony.
Expect to plan your own ceremony. His fee is for his appearance, performance and use of his website to select and plan your ceremony. Which really didn't create too much of a problem until I had questions and he wouldn't respond to emails.
His fee does not include rehearsal, but he did email me a suggestion on how to perform the rehearsal. We had a small wedding at a small venue and because he wasn't there, I used some of his suggestions but I made the wedding what I wanted it to be. We decided we did not want our backs to our guest but rather we would face them, and that is how we rehearsed. In addition, we had a sand blending ceremony with our children so facing our guests made more sense.
When he arrived, he was given instructions by my Matron of Honor and my father's wife. When he was told we would face the guests and not him, he didn't like that and told my dad's wife he would NOT marry us if that's how we wanted it. My wedding day was going absolutely perfect until they approached me to tell me what he had said. They sent him up to speak to me. He said that he had done a wedding like that and he didn't think it went well because guests had complained about his performance. Since he is the one speaking, he needs to face the guests. I simply told him that's is how we rehearsed, the kids knew what to do based on rehearsal and because of the small venue and the intimate feel, we would face the guests. He tried arguing it but I told him we would face the guests and he could stand to the side instead of his back to the guests. It was a backyard wedding with 30 guest, standing to the side wasn't an issue. He had a lapel mic anyhow and there wouldn't be an issue with hearing him. He eventually agreed to that but if he's not going to participate in rehearsals then he will need to be flexible when he arrives to the ceremony and the bride and groom have made decisions without him. I wasn't too concerned about his threat not to perform our ceremony, as I had a back up plan, however, it was extremely unprofessional for him to even speak that way.
He was very concerned with what guests would say about him and his performance. Overall, he did just fine with the ceremony, but my guests didn't comment on his performance of the ceremony. What they did comment about was his appetite and performance after the ceremony. Cocktail hour immediately followed the ceremony. I did plan to feed my vendors so I wasn't too concerned about him eating. However, according to my guests, he planted himself in the kitchen area and as our chef would load up a plate of hors d'oeuvres to be passed around, Bruce would just about empty the plate before it could be passed. Several guests commented to us how he had more hors d'oeuvres than they had and they thought that was very unprofessional. One of our servers told us he had seen what Bruce was doing so he began to load a plate and avoid Bruce completely so he could get the plates passed around to our guests. Even the head chef told the servers to stop serving Bruce. In fact, our best man finally gave him his payment, hoping he would leave and stop hoarding the food. My mother and father in-law are ministers as well, and they said they had never seen a minister be so unprofessional.
I'll give him this, when he left, he did have the sense to apologize to me about his behavior before the wedding.
Glad he was cheap but really wasn't worth it.
I'm very surprised to see that Bruce got some bad reviews. We had Bruce as our wedding officiant and he made our ceremony wonderful. Personally, we didn't need a lot of follow up and I didn't have a lot of time to constantly follow up with him. I trust if I book someone they will do as they say and he did. I've been to many weddings where the minister screwed up, kept mis-pronouncing the bride's name, were just dry and boring or overly preachy. Bruce was wonderful, warm, and funny. I would recommend him as a wedding officiant.
Bruce and his wife did such a wonderful job! His prices were more than reasonable. We had never been to California, so we left it to him to recommended a location. He recommended Little Corona Beach, and it was the most beautiful place ever, better than we even imagined. He was professional, helpful, and prompt. I would highly recommended his services to anyone. We couldn't have been happier! Thanks Bruce : )
If my husband and I could sum up Bruce with one word, it would be awesome!!!
I had a wonderful experience with Rev. Bruce Danzara. From the first meeting we knew we wanted to have him be a part of our wedding day! He was always available for my calls and always answered my emails in a timely manner.
We are a young couple who wanted a hip but professional officiant that wasn't boring and old fashioned. Bruce is very professional, organized and has lots of great options to choose from. We wanted a one of a kind ceremony that included our own style and he was very flexible to your needs and made our ceremony just the way we wanted. Bruce was confident, and casually humorous w/out being cheesy. He dressed in a sharp suit, engaged our guests, made us cry and laugh and our guests really enjoyed the ceremony. The rest of the night we had lots of guests complimenting how heartfelt the wedding ceremony was.
He made my wedding ceremony special and meaningful. Each word he spoke was very heartwarming. You can tell he loves his job and truly puts his heart and soul into his ceremonies. He also has a very great personality and made us laugh during the whole process! I highly recommend him, you will LOVE him! Thank you so much again Bruce for making our wedding so special!
Reverend Danzara performed our wedding ceremony and was extremely professional and friendly. He put us at ease and let us select our own vows which was important to us. My family and friends still rave about how wonderful our wedding ceremony was and what a great job he did. In fact my friend who attended the wedding is going to hire him for her wedding in October.
After our wedding my husband and I were very happy with Bruce and the ceremony he provided us with. We met with him a few days before our wedding during which he took the time to explain the ceremony and put our minds at ease. He gave us a number of selections to choose from for the entirety of the ceremony. It was great to have a say in what was said during the wedding, but not to actually have to write any of it ourselves, or to have to memorize anything. We also chose to have a sand blending ceremony performed, which was absolutely beautiful and went along with the beach theme to our wedding.
The only issue we had with Bruce was his responsiveness to our e-mails and phone calls. After booking him, until about two weeks before the wedding, it was really almost impossible to connect with him. I will give him this though, the day before the wedding he called me to reassure me about some questions I had e-mail him.
The day of the wedding he showed up about an hour before the ceremony to prepare the sand blending ceremony and make sure everything was in place for the rest of the ceremony. We were very happy with the whole ceremony. He really made sure we had the ceremony we wanted.
The fact that we were the only wedding he had that day put our minds a little bit at ease considering some of the other reviews we read.
Really the only negative thing we have to say is that his ceremony fee does not including him coming to the rehearsal, which we would have liked to have had as an option.
All in all, we were extremely happy with Bruce, and most importantly he provided us with the perfect ceremony. Our guests could not stop telling us what a great ceremony we had!
Stephanie and Darrell
Rev. Bruce Danzara did a great job at our Ceremony. We had many compliments from the guests about our officiant. We were very happy with the Ceremony. Thank you Bruce!
Rev. Danzara did an amazing job with our ceremony. He had several options for each portion of the ceremony that we could choose from so we could completely customize it without feeling pressured to come up with something on our own. The ceremony was short (as we requested) but still felt special and meaningful. I love how laid-back he is while still being professional. At the rehearsal he walked us through the main steps as many times as we requested without acting impatient or bored. Many of our guests were late arriving to the ceremony and Bruce told us just to wait until everyone came, there was no hurry. I would highly recommend him if you want a somewhat less formal, relaxed ceremony (he may do a great formal ceremony too, but I can't vouch for that since ours was more casual). He can be difficult to get through to via email, but I had no problem reaching him over the phone. Overall I was really happy with the whole process of working with Bruce and with the results at the wedding.
Rev. Bruce was a great addition to our wedding day. His website was incredibly helpful and straight forward when it came to writing our ceremony. He brought a great energy to our wedding ceremony and engaged our audience while still keeping the focus on the words and love that we brought. He was occasionally slow to get a hold of during planning when I had questions, but he did always respond, it just took a little longer than I would have liked. He came highly recommended by our venue and I can say with confidence that I would recommend him to any other bride.
Lovebirds in October
Reverend Bruce did a wonderful job leading our ceremony. He made us laugh and kept our guest involved and attentive. He made everything very simple for us. He's an excellent speaker and also accommodating to make our vows special to us.
Rev. Bruce did a beautiful job with our ceremony. He was there on time and looked the part. I asked him to add a special section to the ceremony as a memorial to our grandparents that had passed, and he added it no problem. Sometimes he seems hard to get a hold of via email, but I assume that he's busy. Great job and recommended.
Rev. Bruce is a very warm individual. I especially like his selection of readings, poems and imagery. He made sure our ceremony was light and sweet.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!! posted 10/26/2011
We loved Bruce right from the start. Extremely personable, but most important to us was his character and sincerity. Bruce truly cared about us, and performed our ceremony just beautifully. We wanted to write our own vows and Bruce gave us suggestions. We wanted a few other 'special' things and Bruce was excited about letting us try them. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was something Bruce suggested. The guys, with Bruce in the lead, and my handsome groom in the rear all got to come up the aisle to the "ROCKY" theme. We loved it! And do did the guests. We also wanted a nautical theme and Bruce helped with that, too. He did a fantastic calming everyone's nerves at the rehearsal (no easy feat!) and even pitched in to help with the set up! He arrived in ample time and helped to make our day so very special. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! ..
Nice guy but sped through my ceremony to get to his next gig and for some reason he seemed nervous, his hands were shaking throughout the ceremony. He said he has all the words memorized but that was not the case during the ceremony, he was reading from pages taped to his "bible" and stumbled on his words a few times. But that didn't ruin our ceremony because I preferred that the ceremony be short and quick.