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Making marriage easy and affordable, the Appalachian way.









Michelle - married on 07/03/2016

Wonderful, fun, and moving

Her mother Pam provided this testimonial:


David officiated my daughter's wedding on

July 3, 2016. It was an informal, Hawaiian-themed backyard wedding. David performed a wonderful, fun, and moving ceremony. 




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Martha - married on 09/24/2011


Composed and competent

David officiated my wedding in September 2011. It was a custom pagan handfasting that still spoke to the universality of love for our families of mostly Christian backgrounds. The ceremony was very meaningful and David was a composed and competent minister that helped make the day even more special!


About Us

Appalachian Life Rituals was founded in 2022 on the belief that in today’s constantly changing world, more and more people are looking for alternatives to traditional or religious wedding ceremonies. At Appalachian Life Rituals, we work hard to offer personalized marriage officiation with convenience and transparency. We understand the difficulty of juggling the demands of daily life, that’s why we’re committed to making the process affordable, convenient, and easy; the Appalachian way. Our wedding officiant is David L Shaffer (pictured at right.) He has been ordained with Universal Life Church and Monastery (see link below) since 2007. We are registered with the State of West Virginia and Ohio as an officiant. Although providing an affordable wedding officiant is our primary goal, we offer so much more. We offer in-person and remote Notary services. Our business will be expanding over the coming months to include homemade products like soy candles, incense, herbal remedies, and teas. Browse our current products and stay tuned for additional services and products to be announced in the future!

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