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GREAT Celebrations: Ceremony Specialist

“Your transitional moment – Your ceremony – Your way”

Be it a wedding, memorial service or any other milestone event, a ceremony is an occasion to acknowledge and celebrate an important life transition. It should reflect your needs, beliefs and values. Each ceremony we prepare is built from the bottom up, beginning an extensive thought evoking interview that results in a uniquely, one of a kind customized ceremony.

As an ordained non-denominational minister, we meet the legal requirements to solemnize marriages in the states of Pennsylvania and Ohio.  We offer you the choice of a secular or religious wedding ceremony. Having the distinguished certification as a Life Cycle Celebrant ® our clients enjoy a process that leads them to a wedding day confident in the unique customized ceremony that their guests will witness. With nearly two decades of experience as a wedding celebrant in Harrisburg PA and in the event planning industry, we happily pass on the benefit of our experience to at no additional cost to the client.

Be it a wedding, memorial service, or other celebration of life ceremony, we guarantee your ceremony will meet your every expectation.


Wedding Celebrant in Harrisburg PA


Meet Jacqueline

Jacqueline Smith-Bennett
Ordained Minister
Life Cycle Celebrant
Event Expert
Ceremony Specialist
Wedding Officiant

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What People Are Saying…

Great Celebrations handled the arrangements for my 50th birthday celebration. Jacqueline who also emceed is a master at planning and a gifted speaker. It was a special time in my life that I will always remember…

Brenda John

Harrisburg, PA

The planning of our “comeback” Borough Amani Festival was expertly coordinated and facilitated by Jacqueline and her team. Her guidance and articulation inspired confidence in the Board and kept us all moving toward the same goals. It was a tremendous success…

Mayor Tim Scott

Carlisle, PA

Reverend Smith-Bennett delivered personalized scriptural remarks during my mother’s memorial service. Her words were heartfelt and comforted my family during a time of unexpected and great sorrow…

Steve Greenlaw

Solon, OH

When Rev. Bennett is called upon in an officiating capacity, I’ve noticed her care to include everyone with language that acknowledges and takes into consideration all beliefs and non-beliefs. I highly recommend her as a public speaker…

Stephanie Christ

Upper Allen Township, PA

Over the past two years, when partnering with Jacqueline on personal and professional projects I have always found her to be creative, artistic and efficient. Her spiritual talents are evident and brings a feeling of calmness in tense situations…

Pat Gadsden

Life Esteem Holistic Wellness Center, Harrisburg, PA

Officiant provided our wedding elopement ceremony as requested. Very flexible service and very professional. A great experience. Thank you!!!!

Debra Y

Camp Hill, PA

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