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There will never be a better choice than Scott for your officiant. Run, don't walk, to jump on his calendar! First impressions: During our first Skype "introduction", we found Scott to be a consummate professional, asking thought-provoking questions intended to guide us in curating our ideal wedding ceremony. He put us at ease and radiated happiness when he spoke; we thought, this is a man that truly loves what he does! He was respectful and enthusiastic about both of our backgrounds (being of two religions) and went over every aspect in detail, from what we would like for him to wear, to offering options on fun traditions that were outside the box. In the interim: Scott immediately followed up with a recap via email and took the time to attach the entire ceremony for our review WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS. Communication was always friendly and prompt, and when my father unexpectedly fell ill from Covid and passed within months of our ceremony, Scott was so sensitive and considerate in altering wording to reflect our new reality. Day of: When you have guests coming up to you REPEATEDLY to ask where you located your officiant and complimenting his jokes and demeanor, you know that you made the right choice! Scott visited with both of us prior to the ceremony to calm our nerves and review what we discussed. He landed an excellent ice breaker at the beginning of the ceremony and had exactly the amount of joy and gravitas we could only hope for. Our guests had so much fun chatting with him throughout the reception, and it seems that half the party walked away with a story to tell from speaking with him! Long story (not) short, we are so grateful to have found Scott, and we can't thank him enough! Miranda & Bhavik



Scott is the absolute best! We are so thankful he got to be part of our wedding. He is such a kind and caring person. I loved that he took the time, before the ceremony, to run through and practice what we'd be saying. It helped relieve some nerves, haha! So many guest came up to us after the ceremony to tell us how much they enjoyed our officiant. He brings the perfect balance of sentimental and comedy. I couldn't imagine having anyone else be our officiant. Thank you so much Scott! Amy & Athen


Scott was everything we could have wanted/needed in an officiant. He truly got to know us and our values before the big day. He stayed in touch and was so kind and helpful throughout our re-scheduling due to COVID. Our guests all wanted his phone number after because they want him for their wedding now too!! Loved his energy and heart on our special day. So blessed we got to book him :-) -- Cheryl and Liran Braun

You truly cannot get anyone better than Scott. Not only did he capture our audience with his humor and presence, he helped us to stay present throughout our ceremony. Scott went above and beyond for us to ensure that we were ready for the big day. Scott is an excellent communicator, and he knows his stuff. He has endless ideas for ceremonies, and will create a beautiful ceremony that reflects you and your partner perfectly. He was truly there for us every step of the way, and we felt like his priority. Scott even took time the day of the wedding before to meet with us both separately before our "I do's" to ensure that we were feeling good with everything, and confident in what to say and do during the ceremony. He gave us gentle reminders during the ceremony that in, no way felt like he was calling out our jitters, but instead were very kind and helpful. If we had to do it all over again, we would choose Scott a million times over. You simply cannot go wrong by choosing Scott! Nikole & Kurt

Thank you so much for everything Scott! The wine box idea was a huge hit, and is perfect for us wine lovers. When I asked everyone the following day their favorite part of the day, multiple people answered “The ceremony itself was special. Your officiant was amazing!” We couldn’t agree more. You made our ceremony one to remember and that is very special to us!! We are honored to have met you and have you be our amazing officiant!!

With love, Erika & Andy

Scott Payne is one of the best officiants that I have ever seen at a wedding, yes I am biased because he officiated ours, but when you have multiple people from out of state ask for his card, you know he is that good. He is organized, smooth, and knows every situation that can come which is very helpful on the big day.

He has a beautiful booming voice that everyone can hear and can control a crowd like no other. He knows every reading by heart and truly cares about your input in the ceremony. I give Scott an 11 out of 10 stars and he made our day so special with taking as much stress off of us as possible. He is the nicest, most energetic, and godly man you can ask for marrying you. Thank you, Adam & Diane Hundelt

Scott is incredibly charismatic and coordinated. He was responsive to every last-minute change and attentive to every detail of our ceremony. He made it go as smoothly as I could hope for. He handled unexpected noises and surprises with ease and made us all feel very comfortable. He has excellent advice for little details that will get you beautiful pictures throughout the ceremony. I highly recommend doing a rehearsal with him because with so many details, you'd be thankful you came prepared. He guides you through everything, but it's nice to know those details ahead of time because it take a huge weight off your shoulders when there are a million things you're already worried about. I couldn't imagine having as smooth of a wedding with any other officiant after that experience!

Caitlyn & Braden

Scott Payne did an absolutely amazing job at our wedding. He's full of great ideas and was very easy to work with. He helped keep us calm throughout the whole process and really left a lasting impression on everyone at the ceremony. I can't imagine anyone else officiating our wedding and I would recommend him to everyone.

Aaron & Brittney

Scott is one the most genuine human being’s that I have ever had the pleasure of meeting! You can tell that he honestly loves what he does. He offers many packages and creates a ceremony specifically for your and your fiancé. Scott even helped us set up a few decorations the day before our rehearsal! He didn’t have to do that, but out of the kindness of his heart offered to do so. He was so sweet, we had to have him as one of our guests for a few hours after the ceremony. We will forever be thankful to have shared our big day with him. Five out of five stars, I would recommend him ANY DAY! -The Castanedas

From: Mercedes & Marcus

Hey Scott, let me start off by saying you made our day so memorable! You made us feel so comfortable and at ease. You were the talk of the wedding! I had all my guest coming up to me saying “ the officiant was so good how did you find him”, “if I know someone that’s getting married I’m going to recommend him.” I couldn’t have been more happy choosing you to help make our day that much better! I know God put you in our path for a reason so once again thank you! From, Ramirez Family

ZOOM WEDDING REVIEW from Rose & Anay

"We were so sad that we couldn't have our wedding as planned on May 15th. Luckily, we told Scott that we still wanted to get married that day and he came to rescue! He sent us the ceremony script and even added a wonderful heartfelt song that he personally wrote and sang it to us all with his guitar. We were so touched and cried even before we said our vows. Despite COVID-19 and us being away from our family and friends, we were able to have our "mini-mony" via Zoom with our family and it was so sweet thanks to Scott! We can not wait to celebrate with everyone at our actual wedding where Scott will marry us one more time! If you are in a similar predicament as us this year or are just researching officiants for your wedding in Austin, we highly recommend Scott. You will not be disappointed. Thanks again, Scott!"

FIVE STARS

Where do we begin?! Scott Payne is simply AMAZING. We are so happy we were able to have him a part of the best day of our lives. From day one, he had prompt communication, truly took the time to get to know us, and we felt an instant connection to him. Scott truly listened to what we wanted as a couple, and made us feel so much more at ease on the day of. We were both nervous, but Scott did an incredible job making us feel comfortable and stay in the moment. He even generously presented our wedding license signing/wine box ceremony, and said a wonderful blessing before our dinner. Our guests all loved him, too! They had nothing but marvelous things to say all night long. We wholeheartedly recommend him - he's the absolute BEST!!!!!!

Emily & Joseph

Sorting through options and vendors for a wedding can be an extremely stressful process. Luckily, my husband and I were referred to Scott through our venue's preferred vendor list! From chatting through email, to meeting in person, Scott made Kyle and I feel right at home! Like old friends, we spent about 2 hours talking, getting to know each other, and piecing our ceremony together so that it was unique to our relationship and religious preferences. Just talking about the ceremony, words, and passages had us all in tears at starbucks! Scott sent us a draft of our ceremony quickly after our meeting, and made it a point to meet up with each of us separately on the day of to ensure we were prepared and confident walking down the aisle. We couldn't have chosen a better minister for the job! He had us, and all of our friends and family, laughing and crying happy tears throughout the whole ceremony. The compliments and praises kept coming during reception from all of our guests! We are so happy and fortunate to have had Scott involved on one of our most important days, and to have made such a genuine friend! Thank you so much for making us feel so special and loved! We would highly recommend him for any style of wedding ceremony!

-Crissy & Kyle


From Piper & Colt

When our journey began to plan a wedding in 3 months (engaged on 9/3/20 and married on 12/18/20), we never thought we would find an officiant of Scott’s caliber! We knew the 3 big necessities to book ASAP were the venue, the caterer and the officiant. Once we found the venue, they helped with the rest. They recommended Scott. Then, we saw Scott’s name recommended on another venues list. Then, he popped up on The Knot and it seemed like everywhere we turned, everyone had nothing but nice things to say about him. Well, we decided to email Scott. Within minutes, Scott wrote back.


First of all, wedding planning can be tedious and rarely do people contact you back when you want them to. Well, not only did Scott email us back, he was so organized. He provided prices, which lets be honest...is the one thing everyone wants to know about. Then, he literally sent us information on every type ceremony he offered. Scott can truly do it all! Next thing we knew, we were on a phone call with him planning our ceremony and laughing through the whole meeting. Scott made it all so incredibly comfortable. Scott’s easy nature and sense of humor makes everyone relax and take note. Within a couple days of that zoom call meeting, Scott sent us our ceremony completely typed out. That was our first big hurdle. When you see your ceremony on paper, you can take a deep breath!


Fast forward to our wedding day. Scott showed up and collected everything he needed (rings, scarves, marriage certificates, etc). He visited the groom first and then the bride and made everyone relax by offering a quick summary and tips to look out for. He said it was to keep our wedding “from ending up on America’s Funniest Home Videos!”


As soon as we were together at the altar, Scott loosened up the crowd (& the bride & groom) with a few jokes! It was a great ice breaker and I believe it truly helped us regain our center so that we were in a better state where we could focus on remembering the vows we made to one another!


Scott is a pro! Anyone who wants THE BEST officiant there is to offer should seriously consider Scott. Hands down, Scott is a dream officiant & an excellent choice for anyone getting married!


"Scott was absolutely incredible from our first contact to the day off the wedding. We are truly blessed to have stumbled upon him and have him be a part of the day we will remember for the rest of our lives. He responded quickly to our first email and from there out he truly took the time to get to know us and help us put together a ceremony that was just for us and reflected our relationship perfectly. He listened to what we wanted, offered suggestions, and was thorough with the planning process. During the ceremony he made us laugh, played beautifully on guitar as I walked down my trail isle at Enchanted Rock State Park, and truly made our ceremony special. We can't thank him enough."

One pre-review before the wedding:

We are both very excited and looking forward to this ceremony - as you have allowed us to put our fingerprints on the process which means so much to us. Until Then, Jason & Karen

Hey Scott! We wanted to write to you, and tell you how amazing you were at our ceremony on Friday. You were truly brilliant in everything you did(including the dancing), and you helped make our day perfect. I cannot say thank you enough! We will definitely be writing you a review, and Im sure you can tell by this email, that it will be a great one! I hope all is well, and we both hope to see you again sometime in the future! Ashley and Olly.

We got so lucky to stumble upon Scott's website while we were planning our wedding. We didn't have much time to plan, so we were so happy that he agreed to do it on such short notice! From the moment we met him he made us feel comfortable and at ease--wedding planning is stressful! He was interested to hear how we met, how we fell in love, which all goes to show that he is so involved in the ceremony, more than any officiant I had ever seen before. He gave us a really lovely gift, a really great book and a printed out ceremony for us to frame! He also kept in contact to the time leading up to the wedding, asking us how we were doing and if he could help with ANYTHING. And I know if I would have asked him to help with anything he would have! It goes without saying that he officiated our wedding SPECTACULARLY. He delivered our ceremony with such passion and also helped us feel comfortable when we were so nervous. All the guests LOVED him and were really enraptured (not bored like I've seen at some weddings). So we only paid him to be our officiant, but he stayed after to help with photos and to help move things along during the cocktail hour! The best part is next, during the reception he stuck around to talk with all the guests( a lot of the guests didn't know each other as they were from out of town). However, by the end of the reception you would think that they had known one another for years! This was solely down to Scott. He greeted everyone with his wonderful enthusiasm; he spoke to every single guest there and made everyone feel as comfortable as they would be in their own home! It didn't stop there, as the music continued... well so did Scott to the dance floor. This is where he really showed he was the life of the party! His Incredible dance skills along with his knack of generating a crowd round him wherever he goes ensured that many guests were on their feet, and having a really fun time.

All in all, there's so much I could say about Scott, but just would not have the time! All we will say though is, BOOK HIM! A truly amazing person, with a heart full of joy, who just makes you feel so good every time you meet him. He was a major part of our day, and we could not imagine having anyone else as our officiant that day.

God bless you Scott and thank you so much for everything you did for us, not only on that day, but in the months leading up to wedding. Will never be forgotten! Ashley & Olly.

It's all about making your day just right! and Scott Payne is the best officiant I have ever met to do just that! He is more than a minister for your wedding; he is a coordinator, an entertainer, a photographer's right hand man, and a bride and groom's best friend! He is well worth every penny you pay for his services!!!! Scott makes the event fun, memorable and function smoothly! He takes the stress out of the day. Scott knows the good posses that a bride and groom want and will assist the photographer in getting them just right.

I think to express it best is at our son's wedding after lighting the unity candle the bride wanted a song played. The DJ played a few bars then faded out. The bride whispered I wanted the whole song played. Instead of going on with the ceremony, Scott announced, "everyone, this is the Bride and Groom's day and they want to hear the whole song, so Mr. DJ if you'd be so kind and play their song for us". WONDERFUL! It IS THEIR day and it should be as they wanted. I was thrilled! After the ceremony Scott assisted the Bride and Groom with certain posses for the photographer and mingled with the guests as the rest of pictures were taken.

I can't say enough about Scott. If you really want someone that will help make your day JUST RIGHT, then Scott is your man!

Thank you Scott! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU

Deborah Morris, (Steven’s Mother)

Hey Scott! Thank you very much again for all you did to make our wedding extra special! I have heard nothing but great compliments from our families and friends about what an awesome job you did! Once again, thank you so much! MaKailey & Steven

Much more than expected! We weren’t sure what to expect with an Officiant. Scott put us at ease from the start. Before we could even think about what we wanted for our ceremony, Scott send us ample information, choices and even guidance of what we could do. My husband and I are very relaxed, like to have fun and really wanted to enjoy the ceremony (life for us is too short for us to be so formal). We wanted to ensure Scott could help us create that kind of feel for the ceremony. After our initial conversation, we were quickly put at ease. He was funny, easy to talk to and seemed to genuinely want to give us what we were looking for. After deciding what we wanted, Scott became the least of our worries on our wedding day (he does a great job of relaxing you). The ceremony turned out much better than expected, much funnier than expected (no fears for those that want something a bit more formal—this is what my husband and I wanted – I have no doubt Scott can create any type of feel you’d like). Even looking back at the video, what Scott did for us during our ceremony is the only thing about the wedding I wouldn’t have changed!

Scott, I cannot tell you how much we loved the way you did our wedding ceremony. We received so many compliments about how great you were and how much everyone loved you! I attached some photos of the ceremony. Thank you for everything!!! You are highly recommended in our books! Kenna & L.

A definite answer to prayer!

About 3 months before my daughter's wedding, she told me she had not booked anyone to perform the ceremony and she didn't want anything to formal or religious. She found Scott's website and instantly knew he was exactly what she was looking for. I was a little concerned about 'finding someone on the internet to perform your ceremony.) It seemed impersonal but I didn't say anything. I met Scott the week before the ceremony and knew he was exactly what she wanted/I needed. He was so engaging and we immediately felt a connection. He was able to provide what they wanted in their ceremony but he also did it from a place that I needed. He was great - the rehearsal was awesome, he even attended the rehearsal dinner (shrimp boil) with his wife and was exactly what we all needed the day of the wedding. He is so endearing and knows exactly what to say to everyone (individually and as a group). As with the other reviews, he stayed for our reception also and was the hit of the party. I cannot say enough about Scott except we were blessed to have found him for the ceremony but also now have a life long friend!

Scott, We will never be able to express how much it meant to us to have you perform the ceremony on our special day. We truly appreciate all of the time and effort you gave in helping us to create a ceremony that was “ours”.

We will cherish this memory for the rest of our lives. We are truly blessed to have such special people helping make our day perfect! Thank You & God Bless! Keith & Shelly H.

He made it great! Wedding Location: Vintage Villa

Scott Payne made our ceremony everything that we hoped it would be. It was such a beautiful and touching ceremony. He is such a wonderful man with a kind heart. I recommend him to anyone and everyone who is going to tie the knot! Preston & Jenny T.

Wow! What a terrific day! Scott did a fantastic job for us on our special day! We wanted a very casual wedding--we even went through the ceremony bare-footed! It was an amazing experience on the lake bank. Scott went over everything with us in advance. There were no surprises--except when he broke out with "magic" tricks and entertained all of the children (and many of the adults!) at the reception! He made everyone feel comfortable and welcome with his warm smile, kind words, and wonderful personality. I can think of no other person I would rather have had officiate our wedding than Scott. I would (and do) recommend him to anyone who is ready to make that commitment of marriage! We love you Scott! Jody and Leanne L

An Amazing Wedding Day We had set the wedding date of September 6, 2008 but didn’t have any details worked out until I made a trip to the Payne’s house in July 2008 with my sister in law. I went home and told my now husband I know where I want to get married. I want to get married at the Payne’s on their perfect “wedding stage” overlooking the lakes at sunset. Scott did more than just marry us – he kept us laughing, he kept our guest entertained and he was genuine and sincere when doing our vows. He opened his home to us and to our guest. He allowed us to move in chairs and tables and rearrange things to fit our needs. He provided his DJ equipment and his talents to provide music at the reception. He offered many suggestions for awesome picture poses. We really enjoyed our wedding. It was a wonderful day enjoyed by many and we have Scott Payne to thank for making our day so special. - Kara Morrison - Houston, Texas

Minister, Best man, best friend

Scott and I have known each other since 1973. He is the best friend I have ever had. When I finally met the woman of my dreams, I had no one else in mind but Scott to marry us. What a honor to be married buy someone as wonderful as him. He has a genuine love and care for everyone. You couldn't find a better person to get married by. When my Mother fell ill she requested to us that Scott do her eulogy. He has been there for me in my happiest of times and saddest. He comforted our family beyond belief. Jim & Gloria C.

Simply Fabulous!

Scott united us in marriage in February of 2006. We just wanted a simple, no frills ceremony with our union as the most important detail. Not only did we get very memorable vows, which he picked out just for us after sitting and getting to know us, but he also provided a personal serenade afterward that was just beautiful! He opened his own property to us to use as a beautiful backdrop to our ceremony and also made sure there were plenty of pictures so we could remember our day! There aren't enough stars on here for a true rating of our experience. He took our ceremony from just three people standing before God to a really nice experience. Music - GREAT, Ceremony - GREAT, Photography - GREAT! Scott is a very caring minister who goes the extra mile to make your day as special as it should be no matter how simple or elaborate you want it to be. Larry & Angela W.

At the last minute...... On December 2 ,2007, Steve and I decided that we would be married the following Saturday, December 8. Since Scott had married, I don't know how many of my family members and others, I decided to contact him to see if he could accomodate a wedding that was less than a week away. He said we could make it happen! Then Steve fell ill on that Wednesday and ended up in the hospital. We thought he would be out by Friday, but on Friday we found out that it would be Sunday, at the earliest, so I called everyone to put the wedding on hold. I called Scott and he asked, that if Steve did get out on Sunday, would we want to do it then. Knowing that Scott is a minister and his Sundays are usually very busy, I did not want to commit, but he told me to let him know anyway. Sunday morning came and we were told that Steve could go home around noon. I called Scott to let him know and he said "How about 4:00 o'clock?" Steve said yes and so we all got it in gear. We called the guests, checked Steve out of the hospital, my best friend, Kellie, brought BBQ, Steve's mother brought a cake and flowers, my family got there so my Dad could "walk me down the aisle" (from the bedroom to the living room of Steve's house), Mom brought the something borrowed, something blue, Scott rearranged the furniture to seat the guests and sang a song for us to start the wedding and we had the most intimate ceremony there in the living room. Steve was very weak and I was very tired, but we did it and only 1 day later than we planned. Everything that looked so impossible, was possible because Scott cared enough to make it work for us. He is very talented and dedicated to his work, whether it be in his service to the Lord or his clients. We would recommend him anytime! Steve & Donna Palousek

Amazing Ceremony

Our wedding was in 1998 and Scott officiated the wedding - however, he did more then just marry us. He was a great help in keeping us calm so we could really enjoy the ceremony. He was funny too ! Our guest really enjoyed the ceremony and the humor he brought and it was such a calming affect. One of the things that still gets talked about today (12 years later) from our guests - is that the DJ couldn't find the song we were supposed to walk down the isle to after we married - so after a brief moment, Scott told us to start walking and he starting singing (no music) and it was so amazing!! Our guests and us were so impressed!! It was totally unplanned and with his good voice and quick thinking it was better then what we had even planned. Again folks still talk about it to this day ! The other thing that made that moment special was it is a song that my Grandmother and I love and it's a song that is special to the both of us - she had even requested that that be played at our wedding (without Scott even knowing that). Again making it so much better then what we had planned. Thanks Scott so much for a memorable day!! Missy H.

The word is Flexibility!

Once we decided to get married, we did not wait much, so we had a fast approaching date. The Knot Tyer was accommodating and worked with our schedule. We are glad he was there since our wedding was a little unusual and he filled a role of managing our guests as needed, so the word is flexibility. Everything went great and I heard good comments from our guest about The Knot Tyer.


Wedding On A Windy Day

In 1997 Scott married my husband and I on a very beautiful but windy day, setting was in the blue bonnets with a lake as the back ground, he was instrumental in keeping the ceremony on time and giving our vows to us was quite a feat on such a windy day, he helped us with the words considering how nervous I was. I would recommend Scott to be the officiant to anyone who is looking for a professional who can also make you feel at ease on what can be a very stressful day. Debbie R Heffington

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