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The Uncommon Officiant


My name is Robert Kannal Jr, and I am the Uncommon Officiant. I serve brides and grooms in and around Ohio, catering to all kinds of fun and unique ceremonies. I would absolutely love to help you create the most incredible wedding experience!

I am a state certified, non-denominational officiant, and I specialize in writing and performing unique wedding ceremonies. I work with all types of people, from all walks of life, and from all backgrounds. At my core, I am a storyteller and I love celebrating people in any and all of the ways that make them happy. While I am Columbus’ premiere non-religious officiant, I am happy to celebrate a couple in whatever way they want. I hand write and custom tailor each wedding to the couple getting married and in the last 8 years of my officiating career, I have never performed the same ceremony twice. The tone of my ceremonies tends towards fun, friendly, and laid back, but I can also be strictly formal if the occasion calls for it. I am not a stand-up comedian, but I do blend a little humor alongside the sentimental moments of a wedding ceremony, so that the experience isn’t stuffy or boring. Your ceremony is the first encounter all of your guests have with your wedding as a whole and I have always taken pride in creating an experience for everyone to get the night started off right.

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I call myself The “Uncommon” Officiant simply because I do things a little differently. Rather than simply insert your names into an existing ceremony template, I specialize in making sure your ceremony is personal and enjoyable. I take the time to walk you through the process prior to your wedding, get to know the both of you, and write custom ceremony that is only about you and your relationship; all while adding a little personality into things to ensure everyone has a good time.


As a member of the LGBTQ community, absolutely.
Absolutely. I pride myself on being able to blend unique backgrounds into a meaningful ceremony.
Nope. That process is entirely controlled by the county courthouse. You can generally get started with that process online, so check their website. I am the one to legalize it once you get it though.
In many places, no. As a professional public speaker, I project very well. But I am happy to use one if we are outside. I do ask that it be a lapel pic though. My hands are busy during the ceremony and stands get in my way, so a hand held microphone is a bad option.
Generally no. You hire me to perform the ceremony for you and your guests which I am happy to do. But after that I usually quietly sneak out once paperwork and pictures are taken care of. You are under no obligation to feed me :)



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