Mike Beato. The wedding officiant.

Wedding Ceremony

The world-wide COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many wedding plans scheduled for the spring and summer of 2020.

With social distancing and travel restrictions, you may decide that it’s best to postpone your wedding until a later date. However, if you would like to get married now rather than wait — perhaps for health, insurance or other reasons — I am a wedding officiant and can help you get married with a simple, pandemic-safe ceremony anywhere in the Western New York area. I will wear a mask and position myself a safe distance from the bride, groom and any guests attending.

You will then be free to plan your dream wedding reception when the time is right.

I’d be happy to talk with you!

Mike Beato. The wedding officiant.


Your Wedding. Your Way.

If you’re looking for a memorable, stress-free, and affordable way to marry the love of your life, look no further than right here. Meet Mike Beato. He’s a registered non-denominational minister in the Universal Life Church – referred by clergy for those couples who need a sound alternative to a conventional church wedding.

Maybe you don’t want, can’t have or can’t afford a traditional church wedding, but you still need someone to legally officiate your ceremony.

That’s where I can help.

I’m based in Buffalo, New York but am happy to travel anywhere for your wedding. I’d love to talk with you if you’re looking for a traditional, secular, civil, spiritual, religious, unconventional, or LGBTQ wedding ceremony!

Getting Married

Wedding rings

Marriage is for everyone in love, as it should be.

Loving couples come from different backgrounds and faiths – or sometimes no faith at all. My personal wedding ceremonies are designed to be respectful to all.  I am happy to work with you to create a personal, caring ceremony that meets your own specific desires. 

Unfortunately, some religious institutions have arbitrary rules about who they will and will not marry, and even where they’re willing to perform a wedding ceremony. I welcome diversity and loving creativity in weddings. I believe:

  • The lack of church membership or religious affiliation should not be a barrier to getting married. 
  • It doesn’t matter if one or both individuals are divorced and their marriage was not annulled.
  • Blending different faith traditions can be a wonderful way to build a life together. 
  • Indoor, outdoor, and themed weddings can be beautiful. The only restriction is your own imagination.
  • You should marry who you love. I fully support marriage equality and embrace same-sex weddings. 

Wedding Services

My ceremonies are relaxed, personal and customized to a couple’s requests. Types of weddings I offer:

  • Religious
  • Spiritual
  • Non-Denominational
  • Interfaith
  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Civil
  • Same-Sex
  • Vow Renewals
  • Religious
  • Spiritual
  • Non-Denominational
  • Interfaith
  • Traditional
  • Contemporary
  • Civil
  • Same-Sex
  • Vow Renewals

For destination weddings, there’s a growing trend for couples to have a simple wedding ceremony prior to the trip in order to eliminate complications and legal issues with remote locales or countries. If this is something you’re planning, I would be more than happy to officiate your wedding before your travels begin.

Love Letters

Officiating Nancy & Bobby's wedding ceremony

    “Mike’s been a friend for 30+ years, and we were so excited to hear he’d become ordained. He was the perfect person to perform our wedding! He was organized, he did his homework (asking us in detail what we wanted, didn’t want, etc.) and he made our small, outdoor ceremony intimate, personal and perfect.”

Nancy & Bobby

Officiating Peggy & Brian's wedding

    “My wife and I were searching for a celebrant to perform our wedding recently when a mutual friend mentioned that Mike Beato was recently ordained. We arranged to meet with Mike and realized from that initial introduction that Mike was the person we wanted to perform our intimate outdoor wedding ceremony. As we met, Mike asked pertinent questions, took notes, listened to our desires and offered suggestions.

    On our wedding day Mike was the utmost professional. He was fully prepared and dignified. Mike was simply the best! We highly recommend Mike as a Professional Wedding Celebrant.”

Peggy & Brian


Classic Ceremony

  • Initial telephone, email interview planning session
  • Personalized options based on couple’s requests
  • Arrive 45 minutes prior to ceremony
  • Perform wedding ceremony or vow renewal
  • Sign and file marriage license

Customized Ceremony

All items from Classic Ceremony, plus:

  • In-Person meeting
  • Additional ceremony customization options


Rehearsal: If a ceremony is more involved, a rehearsal may be necessary. Rehearsal fee is an additional $100.

Travel Expenses: Additional travel expenses may apply depending on distance and other variables, per the couple’s request.


Contact me with more information and to discuss potential dates.

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