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Asheville, NC 28704
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Jackie Simms, humanist Ethical Culture Officiant,  officiates wedding and commitment ceremonies tailored to the couple. With them she develops a ceremony uniquely reflecting the couple and their union.  Jackie loves officiating weddings and volunteers her time; honorarium to the Ethical Society of AVL is tax deductible.

Mrs. Simms (Jackie) typically meets with the couple two times prior to the rehearsal meeting and rehearsal. The first is an interview in which, both, the Ethical Culture Officiant and the couple get to know each other and determine if they will work together to create a wedding or commitment ceremony. If desired Jackie shares some possible materials that the couple can include in their ceremony. A second meeting occurs after the couple has shared their ceremony ideas with Jackie; they confer on the actual ceremony. At a brief meeting prior to the rehearsal the couple is expected to provide the wedding license and the honorarium in the form of a money order or cashier's check made out to the Ethical Society of Asheville and adaptations to the ceremony can be made. On the wedding day Jackie will arrive an hour prior to the wedding time and assist as needed. Following the ceremony Jackie will meet briefly with the two witnesses required to sign the marriage license (if ceremony is held in North Carolina). She will be happy to offer "words before eating" at the reception.

The Ethical Society of Asheville is a humanist, educational, philosophical, non-theistic alternative to traditional religions. It is affiliated with the American Ethical Union, which is affiliated with the American Humanist Association and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Members are inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of human life is working to create a more humane society. Their commitment is to the worth and dignity of the individual and to treating each human being so as to bring out the best in him or her.  Information:, or


Loved the way Jackie helped us through the planning and our wedding ceremony.

Dec 21, 2012

Jackie was everything we wanted for our wedding day and we thank her. Amanda Diorio and Michael Drains

Jun 26, 2012