Dan Henkel, Indiana wedding officiant
Venue:Dye’s Walk Country Club, Greenwood, Indiana
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.
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.
Venue: Plum Creek Golf Club
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.
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.
Photo: Rebecca Tabor
Venue: Salt Creek Golf Retreat, Nashville, Indiana
Photo: Janet Payne
Venue: The Sanctuary on Penn, Indianapolis
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!
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.
Photo: Riley Paulsen Venue: Grove Haus, Indianapolis
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
Photo: Ryan Breeden
Venue: The Propylaeum, Indianapolis
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'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!