Dan Henkel, Indiana wedding officiant
Venue: Simon Reading Room, Indianapolis central library
Photo: Brittany Erwin Photography
We liked Dan from our first meeting. He had many good examples of services to inspire us, really helped us incorporate aspects of both of our faiths, and was flexible when both of our inner academic editors took over. He had great advice, was incredibly organized on the day, and was really good interacting with family.
Venue: Mustard Seed Gardens, Noblesville, IN
Dan was wonderful as our officiant! It was important to my husband and I that we find someone who married everyone! It was important to us to find someone who made sure we were comfortable and let us be a part of the ceremony writing process. We ended writing most of our ceremony with Dan’s input and frequently asking for his advice! He insisted on meeting us for a dinner with he and his wife before we started so he had a better sense of us and what we wanted included so he was very insightful. He also offered plenty of previous ceremonies for us to have a good starting place as well different ideas. He was warm and endearing throughout the process and had perfectly relaxed and comfortable delivery during our ceremony. I can’t say enough good things about Dan and the entire year we spent planning with him and our beautiful ceremony because of him! We were so, so very blessed and grateful to find him!
Words cannot express how amazing of an experience we had working with Dan leading up to and during our wedding day. He came up with solutions before problems could arise, he guided us through moments when our emotions threatened to get the best of us, and long after the ceremony ended, people were still talking about how beautiful it was. The best day of our lives was made even better because Dan was right there beside us. We don’t just consider him our officiant. We consider him part of the family
Venue: Gallery 42, Indianapolis
Photo: Beyond the Focus Photography
Love is a tug of war—and everybody wins!
Venue: Purgatory Golf Club, Noblesville, IN
Photo: Sweet Cheeks Photography
As a lesbian couple we were so relieved to find such a caring and helpful individual to perform our wedding. He was responsive, flexible to our schedules and very understanding for all the aspects that we wanted to include in our wedding. We were so happy we chose him and highly recommend him, you won’t regret it!
Dan did an amazing job with our wedding ceremony. We met with him prior to our wedding to discuss his approach and to learn more about each other. We then worked with him to write our vows and he provided great support and guidance. He met with us for our wedding rehearsal and spent time getting to know our family during the rehearsal and at dinner afterwards. On our wedding day Dan arrived early and was very prepared. He has a calming approach and took control of the ceremony and it was flawless. He was professional but also very warm and welcoming to all of our guests. We would highly recommend Dan and consider him a friend. If you use Dan you can be assured he will do a professional job and your wedding ceremony will be something you remember the rest of your life.
Venue: The Hawthorns Golf Club, Carmel, Indiana
Photo: Theresa Hartsock
Venue: The Neidhammer, Indianapolis
Photo: Summerly Photography
We had Dan officiate our wedding and we couldn’t have been more pleased with the work and the grace he put in. He made our ceremony beautiful and very personalized to us. I loved how he helped us along the way leading up to the big day as it was all new to us. I especially loved how he added a religious touch for me while still keeping it pretty simple as my husband is not religious. It was absolutely beautiful and I couldn’t be more happy. He helped my special day be even more wonderful.
Dan was so great!! He helped us in every aspect of our ceremony. He checked on us throughout the process and we had an exceptional ceremeny. Thank You, Dan, for a ceremony well done. We will never forget you!!!!
Venue: Sunken Garden, Garfield Park, Indianapolis
Venue: Valle Vista, Greenwood, Indiana
Photo: The Pros
Choosing Dan as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made during our wedding planning journey. He was genuinely interested in getting to know us as a couple and creating the ceremony we envisioned. We specifically requested a secular ceremony that included readings, our love story, and a few different rituals. Dan accommodated all of our requests with no issue and wove them into a beautiful, cohesive ceremony that was uniquely ours. He presented us with a first draft well in advance, responded very quickly to all of our messages, and continued to work with us on drafts until we had our perfect script. Dan was also a big help in leading our rehearsal and made sure that there were no questions left unanswered by the end. His performance on our wedding day was great and we heard from several of our guests that he’d left an impression on them. For the reasons above and more, we would definitely recommend Dan to any couple looking for an officiant in the Indianapolis area or beyond.
Our original Officiant dropped the ball literally weeks before my wedding! Frantically, I was researching more officiants that would hopefully be available to officiate my wedding. THANK THE HEAVENS I picked Dan Henkel. Right away he was ready to take on the task, had the date available and dove right into his duties. He was always available for questions and got back to me right away. He continuously checked in on me before the wedding and covered his bases. I could not have been more pleased with how the ceremony went. Dan did not skip a beat, was loud enough, clear enough, didn’t stumble and was completely on que. Not only that but he is a very kind man as well. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a GREAT, above par officiant.
Venue: Dye’s Walk Country Club
Venue: Plum Creek Golf Club
Dan would be the perfect officiant for any ceremony! From the beginning, Dan was very warm, welcoming, and responsive. He took his time getting to know me and my husband and our wishes for the ceremony. Dan also offered unbiased insight towards our ceremony. Our friends and family loved Dan’s energy on our wedding day! We could recommend him to anyone.
It’s been 10 years Since Dan and his wife performed our ceremony on their wedding anniversary and I’m thankful that they were part of our day. We really got to know them and they us, and I enjoyed their company. I didn’t grow up religious, so I struggled with how to have a meaningful ceremony without falling back to what I’d seen/heard at religious weddings. Dan and Beth really helped us figure out what was right for us. It was clear that they did the ceremonies primarily because it was something they really enjoyed. My marriage is hetero, but I’m confident that Dan and Beth are warm and welcoming to LGBTQ couples as well.
Photo: Rebecca Tabor
Venue: Salt Creek Golf Retreat, Nashville, Indiana
Dan was an amazing officiant. He is open to all relationships and worked with us to create a ceremony that we will remember forever. He was also fun and made us laugh during rehearsal. He was very professional and was the perfect officiant. We would highly recommend his services for any couple looking to get married. He also helped us to make a script that was exactly what we wanted.
As soon as I met Dan, I got a sense of his genuine love for what he does and his sincere desire to perform a ceremony that would make us happy. In order to do that, he spent a good amount of time getting to know us and asking important questions about our beliefs, our wishes, our families, etc. We didn’t want the traditional cookie-cutter vows that everyone practically knows by heart, but we were also clueless on how to write our own vows. And quite intimidated by the thought of doing so! But Dan sent us many samples of vows and ceremonies that we were able to review. That allowed us to pick verses from the different samples in order to create our own unique version, without having to actually come up with the wording on our own. He also went above and beyond by researching my groom’s heritage (Latvian) to find some ideas for traditional customs that we could incorporate into our ceremony. I HIGHLY recommend Dan; he is helpful, funny, personable, and cares deeply about making this a great experience for everyone!
Photo: Janet Payne
Venue: The Sanctuary on Penn, Indianapolis
Dan was wonderful! He took the time to get to know my husband and I, along with my two daughters, to create the perfect experience at our wedding. Whether you are into a religious, spiritual, or non-religious feeling for your ceremony, Dan is your guy! We can not recommend him enough.
We would highly recommend Dan. He was very intuitive and created a beautiful ceremony that felt authentic to us while also respecting the various beliefs of our guests. He was also very flexible despite our busy schedules and responded quickly to emails. He offers a selection of his previous ceremonies, which was extraordinarily helpful with planning our own. He is kind, genuine, and was a delightful presence to have on our wedding day.
George Street Photo & VideoVenue: Ritz Charles, Carmel, Indiana
Courtney Sinclair Photography
Venue: Butler Winery, Bloomington, Indiana
Dan Henkel was an obvious choice from the very beginning. Since our families come from very diverse backgrounds, we were concerned about having a ceremony that felt alienating to some our guests. However, Dan did a wonderful job of crafting a beautiful and inclusive ceremony that catered to so many different cultures, lifestyles, and nationalities. Throughout the planning process, we also wanted to be very intentional about having an officiant who shared similar values on marriage equality. We were so grateful to stand alongside such an incredible ally who is doing great things in our state. In addition, planning the ceremony was truly effortless. Dan was incredibly quick to respond and provided us with many previous ceremonies to work off of. He incorporated sections we liked from other ceremonies while integrating original elements that we requested. We would highly recommend Dan Henkel to any couples looking for a genuine, caring officiant.
Dan was wonderful to work with, and we cannot recommend him enough. We feel so incredibly lucky to have had him officiate our wedding! Planning was easy and straightforward, and Dan brought a lovely, thoughtful presence to our ceremony.
Venue: Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington, Indiana
Venue: Balmoral Golf Club, Fishers, Indiana
Dan is absolutely wonderful and my husband and I HIGHLY recommend him to officiate your wedding. From the first time we talked with him it was clear his goal was to make sure we were happy and comfortable. He took the time to get to know us and know our story. He also made it a point to tailor everything to exactly what we wanted for the ceremony. He was always easy to get hold of and made sure we were able to meet before the wedding. With everything to worry about on your wedding day, Dan made sure the ceremony was not one of them.
Dan officiated our wedding with joy, respect and a good sense of presence and direction. His perpetual smile made everything a joy! I was able to write, with his suggestions, our own service and then he performed it beautifully! We had a wonderful service filled with joy, laughter and solemnity to create the perfect wedding ceremony. Would we recommend Dan to perform your special day? Absolutely!!
"If the ring fits, you must commit!" Venue: Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis
Jennifer Van Elk Photography Venue: Highland Country Club, Indianapolis
We were very happy to have Dan officiate our wedding. We wanted a nondenominational, laidback ceremony. Dan’s experience and relaxed presence made this possible. Our ceremony felt like us. We would recommend anyone to work with Dan on their special day.— Ben and Zoe
We were so thankful to have both Dan and Beth at our wedding. Dan took the time to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we envisioned and he had ideas every step of the way to help guide us. Where Dan really shined is the day of the wedding where he kept everyone calm and organized. Dan and Beth are such an amazing resource for ceremony planning. Their passion and excitement was genuine and touching.
Venue: Grove Haus, Indianapolis
Photo: Riley Paulsen
Out of all of the stressful choices we made leading up to our big day, working with Dan and Beth was one of the easiest and best decisions we could have made. We can honestly say, they tailored our ceremony to us in such a beautiful way, that not only was the ceremony perfect for us—it completely transformed the hearts of those in attendance who were still on the fence about same-sex marriage. Thank you, Dan and Beth!!
Dan’s professionalism combined with his warm nature and humor were exactly what we wanted for our wedding service. More than 10 years later, our friends still comment on how beautiful and fun our wedding service was.
Venue: Sarkine Park, Avon, Indiana
Venue: The Propylaeum, Indianapolis
Photo: Ryan Breeden
From the moment my husband and I met Dan and his wife, Beth, we knew Dan was the perfect fit for us. He listened and considered everything we had to say about our wishes and dreams for our wedding ceremony. He shared ideas, gave suggestions, and allowed us to be creative.During the wedding day, Dan was part of the groom’s and groomsmen’s support system as we anxiously waited for the ceremony to begin. He spoke with eloquence and made everyone feel comfortable and excited to be in this moment. Unless you are used to performing in front of an audience, the thought of sharing your love and commitment to someone in front of so many people can seem daunting, but Dan created a smooth ebb and flow that allowed us to be fully enraptured in our moment.
Dan Henkel performed our special wedding service. He worked closely with us on everything from wording to music to timing. He cares about making your service special for you. I highly recommend Dan.
Dan's comments are based on his experience of 20+ years helping plan and conduct wedding ceremonies. He offers some thoughts and suggestions to help you plan your service. Above all, make it authentically your own!