*Catholic Mass in the time of COVID19
I have known Michael and Ken for years in the wedding industry as we are fellow wedding officiants. When my grandfather died unexpectedly during this COVID19 crisis I found out just how hard it is to deal with the *Catholic Church in the time of a pandemic.
My grandfather had always requested that he have a full *Catholic Mass for his funeral. When I called his church and explained that we needed to be able to Zoom the *Catholic Mass for our family in Ireland, they refused. I called a few other parishes before I realized that the *Catholic Church was not going to be adapting for the pandemic.
As I said, I knew Michael and Ken as I had referred weddings to them before. When they learned of my grandfather’s passing they were kind enough to email me to offer condolences. That is when it hit me – ask Michael and Ken to help!
I had already planned to officiate a celebration of life for him but we still had not solved for the *Catholic Mass. When I asked them there was no hesitation. They were so eager to assist me and to make it perfect. They even let me take a look at the ceremony script before hand so that my family members could make edits.
Michael and Ken were such a God-send, a true blessing! They helped me arrange a full funeral service, with *Catholic Mass and a celebration of life, in 21 hours!!! In less than a day we were all together, across 3 continents and 7 different time zones, for a live *Catholic Funeral on ZOOM!
I cannot thank you both enough, on behalf of my whole family. As I said at the end of the service, “at a time when it is virtually impossible to have a *Catholic funeral, you made it possible- virtually!”
So many family members shared with me afterwards how moved they were by the experience that I am already in contact with them about offering these for our clients in the future. It is my true wish that all those who are experiencing the loss of a loved one in this time, still be able to make meaningful rituals to celebrate and mourn our loved ones with respect and dignity. I look forward to working with Michael and Ken to fulfill this wish in the near future!
Rev. Laura Cannon
*Note: *Catholic: independent non-roman catholic rite Mass
We Cannot Thank Them Enough
In March 2020, my fiancé and I had to postpone our Grand Cayman wedding three days beforehand due to COVID-19. We set a new date in June, but we were notified in May that we would need to delay again. Wanting to keep our date, we cancelled our destination plans and started arranging a backyard wedding in our hometown.
We only had a few weeks, so our first search was for an officiant, which is how we came across the Men in Black. Their reviews were outstanding, and from the videos we watched of them, we could see why. We decided to reach out – and we are so happy we did.
From the very start, they were engaging and focused on making sure our ceremony was EXACTLY how we intended. We did not have long before the wedding, but they took what little time we did have to understand our vision and then provided us with options to choose from and/or personalize. They also sent us several useful ceremony tips and resources to help guide us along the way.
We could go on about how great they are. But if we had to give one reason why we highly recommend them, it would be the experience. They made everything simple, fun, and most importantly, they made it about the two of us. We cannot thank them enough for creating such a special and sacred ceremony.
John & Christina
Greetings Christina and John,
Thank you for your very kind words. We are so appreciative.
There is an expression . . . “When God closes the front door, He opens, all the windows!”
That is what we have dealt with Couples during this Pandemic, in having their wedding plans dashed and wedding ceremony rescheduled and yet rescheduled once again. We have opened the windows for them to see a wonderful alternative in having their wedding be special. We have a passion for officiating at wedding ceremonies. We have been doing this now (about 2200 weddings over the years) in us giving 120% in every wedding. It’s really in our blood so to speak. We custom design every ceremony around the Couple. We do not use a “shelf canned ceremony” where 1 shoe fits all. This bride said it correct, couples choose us, they write great reviews of us and refer us to others . . . because of our many many years of experience and us acknowledging it’s the couples BIG day, not our day. In the ceremony, we are inviting and engaging with the Couple, family members, relatives and guests to enter and be present in the ceremony with the Couple . . versus just being a bored spectator “hoping the reception starts soon”. The event of a Marriage provides us all with Hope & Joy as love becomes the wondrous journey for 2 people to join together on, not just as Husband & Wife, but also as each other’s confidant and true best friend. We insert humor in the right places during the ceremony and we also stand in Awe of the Sacred commitments occurring and being made in the exchange of Vows and Rings. So we are most grateful for the great review we have gotten from this Couple and we wish them God Speed on their new journey as Husband & Wife.
Revs. Carroll and Warne
Bless Rev. Ken & Msgr. Michael during COVID 19 Wedding!
Reverend Ken & Msgr. Michael did a wonderful job performing our ceremony. The COVID 19 crisis had us recreate our plans to adhere to the guidelines. Rev. Ken and Msgr. Michael met the challenge with dignity, grace, support, kindness, incredible efficiency, attention to details, and a wonderful sense of humor. The day was terrific. The short homily provided during the ceremony was so touching and beautifully said. Despite the ceremony being very small . . . it was mighty! Delightful, genuine, and kind individuals. It could not have been any better.
Elizabeth & Richard
May 9, 2020
My husband is Catholic and I am not, and it was very important to him that we have a Catholic Ceremony. A church wedding was something that I had never pictured for myself and we had to find a way to have our dream wedding outside of a church. Insert MIB. We were thrilled when we learned about their services and even more thrilled when we met them in person. Not only was our ceremony beautiful, but they were able to incorporate aspects that were important to me as well as my husband.
Ken and Michael were so very patient with me, my husband our daughter, and our gang of hooligans. They made sure that our ceremony was fun and engaging for our guest.
We were very pleased with our ceremony and would use Ken and Michael again!
Layla Hooke & Michael Hooke
Bunker Hill, WV 25413
Made Our Day Even More Memorable
We highly recommend Men in Black Wedding Officiants. We could not have been more pleased with the way our Vow Renewal turned out. Greatly appreciated the effort that MIB took to get to know us and work with us to tailor the ceremony so that it was unique and something everyone could connect with instead of just a standard service. Everyone enjoyed the light touches that were woven in making our beach ceremony memorable. Our guests keep complimenting us on having Reverend Msgr. Michael and Deacon Ken officiate. They helped make our 30th wedding anniversary truly a special occasion. Have no doubt about hiring Men in Black for your event.
Geri & David
Dewey Beach, DE
Most Meaningful Ceremony
Michael and Ken did an absolutely wonderful job. This was one of the most meaningful ceremonies I’ve ever attended. The ceremony was personalized and respectful. It was lovely that both the mothers and fathers were included. With such a lovely touch to have the mothers present the wedding rings to the couple. I would highly recommend them. Mary Gould – Wedding Guest
Absoluety The Best
Ken and Michael were an absolute delight to work with. I had the pleasure of working with these two from a wedding planners point of view. They were very thorough in their details for the ceremony when working with the bride and groom. They helped make their ceremony so meaning full and quite memorable. They are so friendly, easy to work with and added fun to the ceremony. But as the same time very professional. They are definitely going on my preferred vendor list. I will use them every chance I get as my wedding officiates.
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Absolutely the best from start to finish
Ken and Michael were amazing to work with. We wanted a casual vibe while keeping with religious traditions. Their wedding ceremony process is unsurpassed and resulted in a ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for. The true testament of both of them is the numerous compliments our guests had of them. We heard from guests that is was the best – most beautiful ceremony that they have been to. Ken and Michael are knowledgeable about their craft and just wonderful guys with life size personalities.
Jason and Maryellen
September 14, 2019
Rehoboth Beach, DE
Perfect Ceremony for us!
Ken and Michael helped us prepare an intimate ceremony that we personalized with their suggestions along with special readings. They know wedding ceremony pitfalls and challenges better than any wedding planner. The hints they provided made our ceremony by the water perfect. They joined our reception like family, and all had a blast. Our friends are still talking about Ken and Michael. If you want a special ceremony, these two are the right ones. Thanks Michael and Ken!
Pat and Gary
September 7, 2019
Men in Black are the best!
All I can say is that finding The Men in Black Wedding Officiants (Ken and Michael) made all my wedding wishes come true! All my questions were answered immediately and with the upmost reassurance that I so desperately needed! We only had 1 week to plan our wedding and the Men in Black made that happen! We couldn’t be happier! Thank you Kenneth and Michael! You will always have our 100% recommendation!
Kathleen Cocuzzi and Joseph Gallo
Ocean City, MD on 08-12-2019
Ken and Michael were Outstanding
Ken and Michael were outstanding. We found them by chance through another officiate who could not make our wedding. They work with you far in advance and it can be as large a ceremony or as compressed a ceremony as you would like. We also had them do a sunrise ceremony besides the evening event at 5 pm. We invited them to the party and they were funny and great and felt like they were part of the family. You would not be disappointed.
Rose and Greg 8/20/19
Parents of the Bride
Reply from MIBWO: We are glad we had the opportunity to Officiate at this couples wedding ceremony and we also got the chance to get to know their family and guests at the Reception. The ceremony was very meaningful, inviting and engaging. MANY of the guests made it a point to come up to us and tell us how very much they enjoyed, not just the wedding ceremony itself, but mostly the words in our Sermon message we gave as well. We appreciate all these kind words, as Deacon Ken works 120% to provide the planning communications and the creation of a custom-designed wedding ceremony script just for a couple as to be a unique and memorable special moment in the new Bride and Grooms new marriage. We wish this couple and their families, happiness, and health for the many years to come.
My wife Lauren and I couldn’t be any happier with our officiants. Their experience has clearly bred expertise, I cannot recommend them enough. They are wonderful people with warm hearts who know what they’re doing. They do an excellent job of keeping couples on schedule in preparing their highly customizable ceremony. Their anecdotes were both meaningful and entertaining. They also had the little things down pat – for example, our maid of honor got 2 coughs into an allergy-driven coughing fit mid-ceremony and Ken somehow had a lozenge on hand to discretely give to her. Incredible. Do yourself a favor and book them, if you haven’t already! Thank you Michael and Ken!
They felt like old friends – we are so happy
“When we were looking for an officiate for our wedding, we weren’t sure where to go or what to do. By chance, we stumbled across Men in Black Wedding Officiants. Let me tell you, I am so happy that this happened! They were so helpful with everything and had no problem answering any questions that I (or my now husband) had! They were so patient throughout all the chaos that was going on and they kept me calm. The day went flying by and they made it so easy for us! They made it so personal for us! … And even cracked a joke in the middle of it because a couple of frogs (we had an outdoor wedding) would not stop croaking. Got everybody laughing (honestly, it put me more at ease). I would always recommend them to anyone who is getting married! I’m generally very shy and not quick to open up. and I was just happy to have them there at the wedding and to share our special day with them! Thanks again, Men in Black Wedding Officiants!”
The Wedding was Perfect in Every Way!
We had the Men in Black Wedding Officiants perform the marriage of our daughter in Charleston, SC in mid-April. I had attended a wedding in Philadelphia more than 4 years ago where they officiated – the wedding ceremony was just beautiful and so memorable. I reached out to Monsignor Carroll and Reverend Warne thinking that they would be perfect for our daughter’s wedding. They were!! They traveled a great distance to Charleston to marry Megan and Brendan – the wedding was perfect in every way! The ceremony blended a non-traditional approach with simplicity and deep spirituality. As Roman Catholics, it was important to us that there be a spiritual element to the wedding ceremony as well as a personal touch. Both officiants were very professional, warm, funny, personal and very memorable. It’s clear that they truly care about ensuring that everyone involved in the wedding is pleased with the outcome – especially the bride and groom! After the wedding, several of our guests complimented their part in a very memorable ceremony! We hope to see them again!
Eileen Finn & Associates, 100 Park Ave, 16th Floor | New York, NY 10017
MIBWO Reply: This was just one of those great fairy tale weddings you hear about, but one that has come true! What a wonderful family and extended family to officiate a wedding ceremony for. Their attention to detail and listening to our advice involvement was over the top. Their steady commitment to follow through on all the many details of such a complex wedding in logistics just made our work in officiating planning easier. Especially when we were juggling logistics to attend a venue over 10 hours away. We have become dear friends in the process. We met Eileen, the bride’s mother, as a guest at another wedding almost 5 years ago. Such an honor for us to have had her reach out to us to officiate at her daughter’s wedding. So so many of their guests attending the wedding ceremony we officiated at, came up to us during the reception and stated to us over and over that it was the best wedding ceremony they ever attended! We are most flattered. We wish them health, wealth and deep love for many years to come as husband and wife. Thank you again, Men In Black Wedding Officiants
These guys are the best!
My husband decided to plan an impromptu Vow Renewal for our 12 year Wedding Anniversary after he lost his wedding ring in the ocean while on vacation a week before our Anniversary. He had less than a week to get everything together including getting new rings and finding someone to perform the ceremony on such short notice.
He contacted Men in Black and they were so helpful and friendly. They took care of everything ceremony related and traveled to his chosen location, which happened to be the beach where he lost the ring. The ceremony was beautiful and absolutely perfect and we were able to exchange our new rings in a place that means so much to us.
The Men in Black were an absolute joy to work with and we couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out.
The Men in Black offer a superior service. Memorial Service and Spreading of Ashes at Sea
The Men in Black exceeded my expectations with exceptional service. Rev. Msgr. Michael K. Carroll, USAFR & Rev. Mr. Kenneth R. Warne performed my husband’s burial at sea and scattering of ashes. We sailed out of Lewes, Delaware where the Delaware Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. Extremely organized and detail-oriented, The Men in Black offer a superior service. Highly recommend.
The Perfect Fit
We cannot express how thankful we are for Michael and Ken. They were warm and welcoming right from the start, taking the time to explain their process to us over breakfast. They were funny and friendly and kept us informed. They were so accommodating to what we envisioned for our ceremony, and provided us with multiple examples and options of how we could piece it all together to make it perfect for us. Ken was so patient with me as a stressed out Bride and didn’t seem offended when I kept jumping the gun. We are again so thankful for their service, our ceremony was perfect and so “us”.
10/10 would definitely recommend.
Best Wedding Ceremony Ever
As mother-of-the-bride, I would, of course, think my daughter beautiful anyway. Men In Black were part of the reason she was so radiant. Their personalized ceremony was perfect for a couple who are spiritual without being bound to any precise denomination. Jake and Joey were adamant about including all faiths, and all beliefs in their ceremony and Men In Black did just that.
Their friendliness and good humor set the tone for a beautiful ceremony.
My daughter told me I would love you guys, and she was right. Thank you for giving Jake and Joey the wedding ceremony of their (and my) dreams.
“Such a Memorable Day”
Men in Black! Michael and Ken . . . words really cannot describe the extent of the positive experience we have had. Not only for our wedding but also all our children’s Baptisms. Thank you so much for being a part of our family life.
“Men in Black are Phenomenal with Genuine Compassion”
The Men in Black are phenomenal and were phenomenal on our big day. They made my wife and I’s wedding everything we hoped it would be. They listen (to your requests, preferences), advise (what to anticipate, hear your back story and acknowledge your heritage), and manage in a compassionate manner. My wife and I’s wedding meant everything in the world to us and they made sure to genuinely accommodate. Not only will they offer assistance but they will continue to reach out to you throughout the wedding process as friendly reminders. I would recommend them to anyone in a heartbeat and still can not thank them enough. It took me weeks to approach a review because words alone can’t capture what they bring to the table. I had the honor to be a guest at a wedding they officiated and now have the honor to say they officiated my wife and I’s.
“They are top-notch true professionals and are the best of the best!”
“Rev. Msgr. Michael K. Carroll, USAFR & Rev. Mr. Kenneth R. Warne had everything and more which made me feel extremely comfortable having them as our officiants. They were with Ty and I the entire time through our wedding planning moments before and after the wedding. I am beyond grateful for everything they offered to Ty and I like pre-wedding discussion documents to talking through our relationship wants and needs. Whenever we were with Ken and Michael, they always were friendly, kind, caring, funny and compassionate. ”
“Perfect Combination of Professionalism and Charm”
We are so happy we picked Men in Black to officiate our wedding! Working with Kenneth and Michael was truly a pleasure from start to finish. They helped us prepare the perfect script and made us feel at ease on our big day. We received multiple compliments on the ceremony and would recommend them to anyone looking for the perfect combination of professionalism and charm.
“The Best in the Biz!!”
Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!
Words really cannot describe the extent of the positive experience my wife and I had dealing with the Men in Black. From start to finish the MIB were extremely responsive, informative, helpful and wonderful to deal with. The amount of information they had and suggestions in helping to form the ceremony made our lives so much easier and allowed us to focus our time and energy in other aspects of the wedding.
The guys are extremely detail oriented and organized which allowed for a flawless ceremony that our guests raved about. They listened to our wants and needs and time constraints and formulated a perfect religious ceremony that mirrored our personalities and humor. The timing, the feel, the readings, the music and the little jokes they told about created the perfect balance between a normal mass and casual setting.
In short, these guys are absolute pros at what they do. They are caring, funny, professional, reliable and very well organized. I would recommend them to anyone from any background looking to tie the knot. It was an honor and a pleasure working with them and I would highly recommend them to any of my friends or family members looking to marry.
“Men In Black Officiants Make Your Wedding As Special As It SHOULD Be!”
Being in the wedding industry myself, I’ve had the opportunity to work with The Men In Black Officiants quite a few times over the years. From the beach to the country…and large venues to smaller intimate gatherings… they always do such an outstanding job.
While other officiants may forget names, lose their place, go off on tangents or even speak so quietly that you can’t hear them (even with a microphone)….the Men In Black are engaging and exemplify professionalism during a wedding ceremony. They are truly the exception to the rule when it comes to wedding officiants in this market.
Being involved in the wedding industry since 1989, I’ve seen (first hand) the difference that a professional service can make. Sadly, we live in a time when many couples choose to forgo a professional service and choose a family member or friend (with little to no experience in this field) to officiate their wedding ceremony. Though some go well…I can’t tell you how many couples have expressed remorse (after the fact) that they didn’t choose a professional.
Maybe you, yourself, have been a wedding guest and were not impressed by a wedding officiant. I’m certain that it could be very easy to dismiss this part of your big day. Maybe your thought is that “anyone can do that”. Yes, that’s the truth anyone “can” do it….but not everyone can-do-it-well-and makes the ceremony special. In fact, you may have no earthly idea of how special it can actually be, when done correctly. Smiles, tears, laughter, memories, and encouragement are all elements that make up a unique ceremony….but in many cases, they are missing. This is YOUR wedding. It’s YOUR once in a lifetime event. It SHOULD be amazing!
With the Men In Black…it’s never hit or miss. They always deliver what they promise. They take the time to work with each couple to create a one of a kind ceremony that is truly centered around each couple’s unique relationship together. They’re easy to get in touch with during your planning stages and are quick to return all inquiries.
Always smiling, always on time, always prepared, and always giving 100 Percent. Both you and your wedding guests are guaranteed extraordinary memories. In short, when we do things with LOVE, they are done well. I can tell you that the Men In Black love what they do… and do what they love. It shows at every wedding.
Regards, Steve Moody. The area’s leading choice for Wedding Reception Entertainment. www.SteveMoody.com
“Within 24 hours Men In Black had Found 2 Venue Locations”
“A week before our wedding on the beach my fiancé (at the time) and I were faced with the possibility of bad weather. We were so upset because of all of the planning and decorations and the dream we had of our wedding was crumbling around us. We couldn’t find a venue that wasn’t already booked or that was close to a location that included food and hotels for our family. We spoke to The Men in Black Wedding Officiants and they immediately got to work looking for a venue and preparing our ceremony. It was unbelievable! Within 24 hours they had found 2 venue locations. One of them we actually fell in love with and got it for a phenomenal deal. Ken didn’t waste any time coordinating, he called and spoke with the manager and setup a meeting for us to see the location and meet the owner. They even rearranged their schedule to accommodate the meeting so we could sit down and go over everything with us to get a game plan since we had less than a week to get everything together. The Men in Black officiated our wedding on 10/28/2018. They kept in contact throughout the whole wedding process, even offering advice about the ceremony table and chair layout, which we found super helpful! Ken and Michael are so great to work with! They will customize your ceremony script to make your day extra special! On the day of the ceremony, I had forgotten the easel for the “cord of three strands” ritual as well as forgetting to untie the braids before beginning the ceremony. It was the only ritual I wanted and it meant so much to me. I thought it was ruined but Ken and Michael turned without missing a beat and revealed their own cord of three strands that they had actually made for us as a gift. I was moved to tears. The fact that two people who had just met us could care so much about our wedding day. They were determined to make our day special and they made it absolutely unforgettable. They were absolute angels from God! At every step of the way we faced some obstacle and they smiled and had a solution. Thank you so much for everything! We look forward to seeing you at our 5-year vow renewal!”
“Couldn’t Be Happier”
Kenneth and Michael were awesome! My wife and I couldn’t be happier that we decided to chose the Men in Black Wedding Officiants for our big day! I would recommend them for others moving forwards!
“Such a Memorable Day”
My fiancé and I were faced with the challenge of moving our wedding date up to accommodate his very ill parents. It was super important for his parents to be there for our wedding day, but their health was failing……BOTH of them at the same time. We decided to forego the traditional “big family wedding” and opted for an intimate, immediate “family only” ceremony in the matter of weeks.
Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but having to put EVERYTHING together in a few weeks is almost impossible. I was looking for a wedding officiant who was flexible, organized, competent and most of all, had a warm and welcoming sense of humor. The Men In Black exceeded all of those expectations beyond our wildest imagination. They were responsive from the first inquiry, and from there, it was flawless…….Absolutely SUPER ORGANIZED……NO MATTER WHAT DENOMINATION OR FAITH YOU PRACTICE, MEN IN BLACK CAN AND WILL ACCOMODATE YOU. I was so hesitant about shying away from the “the traditional church wedding”, but time was not on our side. The MEN IN BLACK were a God sent . . . I cannot thank them enough for their professional service, quality of ceremony and amazing communication throughout.
If you are looking for an officiant, please . . . LOOK NO MORE . . . THE MEN IN BLACK ARE EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. Congrats on your big day!!!! You have enough to worry about . . . Let the Men In Black do what they do best!!!!!!
Two very special men!!! Thank you so much for making our celebration a such a memorable day!!! It certainly would not have been the same without you ❤️
The wisdom, love, acceptance, guidance, and elegant spirituality you effortlessly radiate
Dear Michael and Kenneth,
To express our gratitude to the both of you seems impossible. The wisdom, love, acceptance, guidance, and elegant spirituality you effortlessly radiate taught us so much.
Michael, you spoke of God in such fluid, caring, and comfortable terms making it effortless for the first time in many years, for us to accept and believe without reservation that God does indeed love, accept, and bless what we have. The way you lead our ceremony with the appreciation of diverse religions expressing the same message of love through different traditions was so poignant.
Kenneth, your friendly ways and your accepting and inclusive nature from the moment we all met, we felt a connection with you. When we met you at your home, the love and devotion you express through the care of your home, through the nurturing of your gardens, and by your attention to detail for facets of life you know will strengthen us with the beauty of unconditional love.
Thank you both for everything. Our blossoming friendship with you is very much looked forward to on our new “married” journey together. K & T
“Perfect Mix of Funny and Poignant Moments”
We can’t express our gratitude enough for the great job done by Kenneth and Michael during our wedding ceremony this past Saturday. It was the perfect mix of funny and poignant moments and our guests were blown away by how good it was. Kenneth and Michael put a lot of hard work into making sure the ceremony goes according to plan and have a lot of great ideas on how to make your special day the best it possibly can be. If you book Men in Black officiants, you will not be disappointed! Thank you for everything Kenneth and Michael!