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Alisa Tongg, Celebrant as seen on @offbeatbride

Alisa Tongg is a certified wedding celebrant who specializes in creating wedding ceremonies from scratch. Trained to compose and perform non-denominational, intercultural, interfaith, secular and humanist wedding ceremonies and celebrations, Alisa is known for her ability to craft personal stories into inspired ceremonies. And due to the generosity and enthusiasm of the couples she has worked with, Alisa has gained national recognition in the wedding industry, including most recently, The Knot Best of Weddings 2015 Pick and the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Award 2015.

As a celebrant she connects with aisle-bound couples to learn what makes their relationship distinct and takes the time to understand what matters most. Alisa is especially great at navigating the competing interests that come with wedding planning. She understands both the priorities and challenges a couple faces and incorporates unique traditions and sentiments to turn a ceremony from mundane to amazing.

In 2011, she founded the Bacon + Lox Society an interfaith congregation whose purpose is to build community and celebrate fellowship around a shared meal. Alisa is an ordained interfaith minister and finds significance in the journey of every relationship. Members meet throughout the year to both create and perpetuate interfaith traditions.

Growing up in a small cowboy town in upcountry Maui, “home” was and continues to be, made up of a diverse array of cultural traditions and pockets of community. Inspired by the space between what makes each of us unique and also the same, she is fluent in infusing meaning into the experiences she creates. Alisa brings her nothing-is-impossible attitude and big picture knowledge about events to create truly unique and beautiful ceremonies for her clients.

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How I cater to Offbeat Brides

One of the first questions I ask my couples is “Why did you hire me in the first place?” While each couple has their own expectations and family dynamics to navigate, the answer to this question tends to be, surprisingly, similar for all my couples.

All of my couples, no matter their age or background, can’t imagine themselves “just going through the motions” and saying “I do” in a cookie-cutter ceremony. Instead, they say it’s important that their “love story give context to all that is said and done throughout their wedding.” "We wanted something personal and memorable, something unique to us. We want our ceremony to be about us. Something that shows our guests how much love we have for each other.”

Often, couples feel that “a standard religious ceremony would not adequately express their unique relationship and hopes for the future.” They want their wedding ceremony to be about them and not a particular religion. Alternatively, many of my couples come from different faith and/or cultural traditions, and they want to “weave important themes and elements from their heritage into a broader story that celebrates them as a couple.”

Without a doubt, all of my couples feel that the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding day, “the reason why all our friends and family are coming together…” They want their ceremony to create an “experience that makes a lasting impression on everyone in attendance.” They want their guests “to have a great time”, “to be included”, to feel “the warmth, love and spiritual nature of their commitment.” They want their guests “to leave the ceremony feeling inspired and with big smiles on their faces.”

If this also resonates with you, please visit my website to learn more about how I create wedding ceremonies from scratch and perform them for couples who want an inspired, distinct story to be the centerpiece of their wedding. My goal is always to create authentic ceremonies that transform routine into inspired.
Lots of Love,

Examples of my work

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