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Officiant in Santa Barbara, CA,
(503) 750-3487

About Us

Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers non-denominational, mixed-faith, spiritual, and secular ceremonies in traditional or modern styles. Whether you’re looking to get married, consecrate a domestic partnership, or simply share your commitment with the world, Dusty would like to help celebrate your special day.

My Generation Weddings serves couples in and around Santa Barbara, California, as well as in San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. Dusty prides himself on honoring the unique connections between every couple. His primary focus is understanding you and your partner, so he can develop the beautiful ceremony you envision. He also speaks some German.

In 2008, two of Dusty’s friends asked him to officiate their wedding. Afterward, several more friends and family members asked him to marry them too, and his passion for officiating weddings was born. The praise and encouragement he received inspired him to start Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings in 2012. Since then he as performed over 160 weddings. Dusty has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California - Santa Barbara and is licensed through the Universal Life Church. His expertise about contemporary wedding rituals and personalized ceremonies has been featured in the New York Times.

Services Offered
Dusty Hoesly - My Generation Weddings offers two kinds of ceremonies: a simple, romantic ceremony ($300) or a more personalized ceremony ($450). For either kind of ceremony, Dusty will work with you in person, by email, or phone to craft the perfect wedding for you. He shares drafts with couples to get your feedback and tailors ceremonies to your desires; you will see the final draft before your wedding day. Dusty also performs rehearsals and can help coordinate your ceremony.

The simple, romantic ceremony is centered on love and commitment. It includes the standard elements of a classic wedding and offers a variety of vows, readings, and phrasings. Couples can choose to write their own vows, add readings, include rituals, or otherwise shape the ceremony as they like. Dusty has nonreligious, nondenominational, interfaith, and Christian templates he can use to begin creating your unique ceremony.

The highly personalized ceremony includes a couple’s “love story” of how you met, fell in love, and decided to marry. This is based on discussions with the couple and an emailed questionnaire. A more personalized ceremony may also include expanded interfaith or multicultural traditions, more complex rituals (such as handfasting), bilingual passages, and additional elements. Please contact me to learn more.

There is a $100 charge for a rehearsal. I am also happy to perform weddings with no rehearsal, depending on your preference.

I perform weddings in all locations, indoors and outdoors. For weddings outside the Santa Barbara area, I charge a travel fee starting at $100 (depending on distance).

Payments can be made via cash, check, Venmo, and Zelle.

From conducting a consultation in person, over the phone, or through email to participating in the rehearsal for your ceremony to celebrating your wedding, Dusty is with you through every step to ensure your wedding is perfect. If it’s a wedding or a vow renewal, or any ceremony that celebrates your unique love and commitment, Dusty is glad to help honor your special day.

Dusty can officiate ceremonies that are:

  • Non-denominational
  • Spiritual
  • Secular
  • Non-religious
  • Interfaith
  • Agnostic
  • Catholic
  • Jewish
  • Quaker
  • Episcopalian
  • Evangelical
  • Methodist
  • Baptist
  • Unitarian
  • Earth-based
  • Pagan

Allison M.

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  • Dusty is warm and kind which allowed us to feel comfortable having him officiate our vows. He was generous with his support and guidance through the process. We would 100% recommend Dusty!

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 300.00

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 300.00

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


    What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

    $ 100.00

    What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

    $ 150.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling, Bilingual

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Quaker, Unitarian

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins.

    In which states are you licensed?

    CA, LA, MS, OR, WA

    What languages do you speak?

    English, German

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