Rev. Richard Holcomb

Rev. Richard Holcomb
Certified Premarital CounselorPhoto by: Donae Cotton Photography

Reverend Richard brings a wealth of experience in public speaking, performance and teaching as well as business training. He holds a Masters Degree in English and has taught English classes at both High School and College levels. He is also an accomplished actor and spent seven years working at the Guthrie Theater.

The father of three grown children, Rick feels blessed to have experienced the joys of those life-changing moments in their lives, thus far, though none are married. He feels equally blessed when selected to participate in such life-changing moments with couples who are about to begin a new journey together.

His religious background is wide and varied and he accepts what beliefs and rituals each individual and couple finds meaningful for their ceremony. He believes the more the ritual reflects who the persons involved truly are, the more meaningful and lasting the ceremony will be for everyone.

Rick understands the importance of making the ceremony a welcoming and joyous experience. Having managed and supervised customer service departments for two large, non-profit organizations, he is comfortable in taking a leadership role to ensure the success of each event. Being semi-retired, Rick thoroughly enjoys the interaction with couples and families on their special occasion. He hopes to reflect his inner compassion and joy and to provide respect and integrity to these important life experiences. For him, it is a privilege and honor to participate with couples and families at this time in their lives.


Dear Susan & Richard, We wanted to thank you both so much for marrying us! We will never forget your kind help and guidance in creating a meaningful ceremony that reflected our personalities, interests, and dreams. We are back in Columbus enjoying married life (and getting back to work! with the wedding over Alex finally has time to get back to his thesis and Kel just started a new rotation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital ER). Thank you both so much again!

Kel & Alex ~ October 7th, 2018

Reviewed on the Knot:  I was so beyond impressed with Susan and Rick for helping make our ceremony everything we dreamed of! Susan was great about helping us plan the perfect ceremony that truly fit us as a couple! Rick was wonderful at helping us get ready at both the rehearsal and right before the ceremony and everything went just perfectly. Everyone had nothing but nice things about how the ceremony went and we couldn’t have been happier with how it all turned out! I would definitely recommend both Susan and Rick if you are looking to put together a wonderful ceremony that everyone will remember!

Ashlie & Nick ~ October 21st, 2017

Hi Susan, I just wanted to share how impressed we were with Richard.  He was fantastic!  He conducted the ceremony with such passion and personal insight….very impressed! Thanks again for all your help!!!

Reviewed on the Knot: We were very impressed with Susan and her team…..especially Rick who conducted our ceremony. He was very passionate and provided personal insight into our readings. The ceremony that Susan put together was amazing due to the fact that she had very little information about us…..she hit the nail on the head. We had several guests ask about where we got our readings for the ceremony as well as commented on the passion of Rick. We would recommend Affordable I Do’s to everyone… need to look further! Thank you again for making our day special from the start!!

Annette & Dominic ~ September 9th, 2017

Hi Rev. Susan!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know that I couldn’t have been happier with ‘Affordable I Do’s’, or Rev. Holcomb! He was wonderful! What a professional, classy man! At age 62 it’s doubtful anyone will ask me for an officiant referral, but if they do, you guys will get it hands down!Thank you both for helping to make our day special!

Jack and Denise ~ September 24th, 2016


Tom and I wanted to send you a sincere thank you note for being our officiant at our wedding.  We had a wonderful time meeting and talking with you, discussing our relationship and our ceremony.  You were so calm and pleasant at all times, so easy to talk with in the midst of all the stress of the wedding.  So many of our guests commented on what a wonderful job you did and how unique our ceremony was.  Our wedding was perfect due to your influence and we really enjoyed working with you through this.  Thank you so much for everything, it has been wonderful!

Brianna & Tom ~ March 21st, 2015

Dear Rev. Susan and Rev. Holcomb, We want to say thank you for creating the best wedding ceremony in the world!! It came out so beautifully perfect and that is thanks to you. We got so many compliments from our guests saying that it was the best wedding ceremony they’ve ever seen and how genuine the ceremony was. So again, thank you so much for helping make our wedding day perfect!

JoAnna & Trevor, October 6th, 2012

Wedding Wire Review: We LOVED our officiant, Richard from Affordable I Do’s. The business has a handful of officiants to choose from, and we were able to meet and get a feel for him before signing anything. We chose the hands-on option for ceremony design, which was stressful at times but worth it in the end. The options provided for ceremonies are nearly endless, so it turned out to be very unique—nonreligious, handfasting, several readings. We loved it, and our guests enjoyed it as well. Rick was able to do not only our wedding, but a short pre-marital counseling session as well. Not being church folks, I didn’t expect to feel any connection with the person performing our wedding, so Rick was a pleasant surprise.

Nicole & Matt ~ September 21st, 2012

THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rick was the best! I am getting tears in my eyes writing this. Please feel free to use us as a reference! We were told we had the best wedding ever.

Chris & Brenda, August 11, 2012

Hi Susan, Everything went perfect Saturday!  Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the planning process! Richard did a fantastic job performing the ceremony, we are very pleased with everything you guys did for us!

Rachel & Rusty ~ June 23rd, 2012

Dear Rev. Lee-Wright, Thank you for writing such a beautiful ceremony for us! We received so many comppliments on both the ceremony and Rev. Holcomb… Richard, we appreciate your contributions that made our wedding day so  beautiful and special!

Joe & Nora, June 2012

Hi Susan,

Jared and I just wanted to say thank you to both you and Richard for such a wonderful wedding ceremony. We really enjoyed Rev. Richard and thought he did a great job. Thanks again!

Lauren & Jared ~ May 19th, 2012

Dear Rick, Jack and I feel extremely lucky to have found you! You were absolutely exceptional officiating our October wedding at Semple Mansion. We appreciated your professionalism, positive personality and willingness to incorporate a little humor into our ceremony. Best of all, we received numerous compliments form our family and friends on your officiating.

Jack & Susan, October 2011

Rev. Richard, thank you so much for performing our ceremony. You really did a great job! The weather was a bit warmer the we wanted but it went really well and was truly beautiful!

Brian & Andrea, September 2011

Dear Richard, Thank you so much for helping us on our wedding! You made us both feel at ease and made the ceremony a success!

Taras & Kari, September 2011

Dear Susan, I wanted to let you know that Rev. Holcomb did an outstanding job officiating our wedding. Both Stuart and I were very pleased with how he performed our marriage ceremony. We felt like he was one of our friends! Thanks once again for making our day so special!

Margaret & Stuart, May 2011

Rev. Holcomb was great! I was worried about having someone who didn’t “know” us perform our wedding ceremony, but our only other option was to have a friend of ours become ordained and do our ceremony as my husband and I do not have any religious affiliations. I was not comfortable with the friend route since I preferred to have a professional, so we went with Affordable I Do’s based on a recommendation from our photographer. I am glad we did. Rev. Holcomb immediately put me at ease. He was professional, timely, prepared, dressed appropriately, he took his time and did not make us feel rushed, he has a very good ceremony pace, intonation, and voice, he also made sure to take care of ALL of the details…which is HUGE when you have a bunch of other things you are worrying about. We were able to completely customize our ceremony, but were provided with all the direction we needed, which I appreciated.

Joe & Veronique, September 2010