Cantor Marci Vitkus
About your Officiant
Since 2001, I have served as the cantor of the Jewish Congregation of Venice and began officiating Jewish and Interfaith weddings throughout Sarasota in 2003.
I have officiated over 200 Jewish/Interfaith weddings in places near and far. I began officiating when a colleague took a position in Italy. With eight weddings scheduled after her departure date, she recommended me to officiate! Best training ever...eight weddings in nine weeks. It was magical and I have never looked back.
I consider myself truly lucky to have this amazing job that doesn't feel like a job! The deep cantorial roots in my family, going back 17 generations, make this career feel extra fulfilling and extraordinarily "full-circle".
Why do I officiate?
Because I believe in the sanctity and beauty of marriage
Because I believe everyone deserves the right to marry the person they love
Because it thrills me to make a personal, warm, meaningful ceremony
What do I officiate?
Primarily, my niche is Jewish/Interfaith ceremonies. I believe anyone who wants Judaism in their life should never be told they aren't "jewish enough" or jewish in the right way. Plus I have been happily married for 27 years to a non-Jew. I know it can and does work.
I started officiating secular wedding ceremonies after a friend asked me to officiate her wedding. I find secular weddings to be every bit as spiritual and meaningful as religious weddings.
I am thrilled to officiate same sex weddings. All I can say is it is about time I am able to do so legally!
What makes me unique?
I customize each service to meet the your wishes. You are encouraged to celebrate your diverse backgrounds by incorporating rituals, blessings, readings and traditions that reflect your spirituality and heritage.
I help you understand what each component of a religious or spiritual wedding entails. You choose if & how you want to incorporate it. I guide you through the order of the ceremony, and help you envision your wedding, exactly the way you want it to be.
I am flexible, honest, cheerful & able to put people at ease.