Choosing an Officiant That is Right For You

It is very important to find your officiant early, they are an invaluable resource in planning your ceremony and in answering any questions you might have. In choosing this person, you will want to be sure that he or she is not only willing but able to reflect accurately what you want your ceremony to convey. You will want to find someone who can reflect the quality of your love and speak meaningfully to you and your partner. Think about the following questions:

1. Does the officiant reflect or embody the spirit you want to create at your wedding?

2. Do you feel comfortable with him or her? Will you be able to express your preferences about content; speak up about matters of concern in the preparation of the ceremony; voice objections you might have or ask for silly, even seemingly trivial things to be included in the ceremony?

3. Will the officiant show you a finished ceremony in a format that is best for you (via email or fax)?  And will the officiant change the ceremony upon your request?

4. Do you like the sound of his or her voice?

5. Do you have a connection with the officiant that allows you to trust that what he or she will say will be appropriate for the two of you? A person that has a sense of you and understands the uniqueness of your relationship?

6. Above all, will you value what this person has to say? Will he or she have delightful, meaningful, moving reflections that will elevate the ceremony from ordinary, generic, and formal to personal, beautiful and unforgettable?

7. Last but not least, relax in choosing an officiant. When you are all together, having a consultation, discussing how you celebrate your love and the type of ceremony that you have envisioned, you will know if that minister/officiant is the right one for the two of you. Something will click and there will be a connection.

So, how does finding and hiring the right officiant with Hudson Valley Ceremonies work? Here’s how:

  • First we have you set up a phone, Facetime or skype consultation with the officiant of your choice or one that has been chosen for you. You can see our officiants Bio’s here.
  • The officiant will ask you many questions about you and your fiance and what you most want for your ceremony.
  • Please ask them as many questions as you want, they are very happy to answer and assist.
  • If you wish to speak to another officiant we can set that up also.Finally you will choose the officiant that you have the best connection with and then choose a package.

Please check out our reviews, Hudson Valley Ceremonies has the best officiants in the valley!

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Sara and Dan, A Private Estate

Sara and Dan

A Private Estate

June 15, 2018

Venue:  A Private Estate (Northwood)

Wedding Planner:  Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Photographer:  Jacquelyne Pierson Weddings

Videographer:  Hello Super Studios

Caterer:  Lola’s Catering

Ice Cream Truck:  Sweet Central Express

Florist:  The Rosery Flower Shop

Rentals:  Events Unlimited

Band:  Brian Killeen Band

Hair and Makeup:  Annaliese and Co.

Transportation:  Birnie Buses

Rehearsal Dinner:  Helsinki Hudson

Cupcakes:  Stephanie Keyser

Other Services:  WB Golf Carts and Stone Industries Portable Bathrooms

 

Mollie and Sean, Diamond Mills

Mollie and Sean

Diamond Mills

June 23, 2018

 

Wedding Location: Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern in Saugerties, NY
Ceremony Officiant: Lawrence McCauley, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photographer & Videographer: Secret Fire Media
DJ/BandPlatinum Party Events (no longer in NY)
Musicians: Andrea Shaut — ceremony and cocktail hour piano
Limos/Buses: none
Florist: The Colonial Flower Shop, New Paltz NY
Coordinator/Planner: Bethany Boyce at Diamond Mills
Bridal Attire: David’s Bridal
Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Rings/Jewelry: Bride’s rings from Yeraz Collection on Etsy, Bride’s earrings from Pandora, Groom’s ring from Chalmer’s Jewelers in Middleton, WI
Hair/Makeup: Primp and Glow — Caitlyn Rauh
Invitations: David’s Bridal
Favors: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

 

Brittany and Andrei at Locust Grove

Brittany and Andrei

Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie NY

June 25, 2016

Ceremony Officiant: Rev Elizabeth Roth, Renee Cyr (friend of the couple)
Photographer: Peter Demuth Photography
Catering: Lola’s Cafe
Cake: Jenn Hines (Blissful Bites)
DJ/Band: Jimmy Lutz (Lutz Entertainment)
Florist: Heather Lundy (A Night in Bloom)
Bridal Attire: Bridal by Demetrios
Men’s Attire: Jack Victor
Rings/Jewelry: Point No Point Studio (groom’s ring), Macy’s (bride’s ring)
Hair/Makeup: Dutchess County Hairstylist
Invitations: Magnet Street   Favors: Lovingly planted and nurtured by the mother-of-the-bride
 
Advice to other couples:
-Take your time with the planning and be good to each other during it, even when stress-producing issues arise. 
-Determine your budget and how you’ll be financing your wedding (and your new life together!) at the very beginning.
-Listen to hear, not to react, and always remember to show your partner love and respect.
-Take five minutes after the ceremony to be alone with one another to simply enjoy where you are.

Alex and Bryan, Basilica Hudson

Alex and Bryan

November 11th and 12th, 2016

Basilica Hudson

Photographer:  Red Anchor Photography

Band:  Cracked Ice

Florist:  A Night in Bloom

Caterer:  Bridgecreek Catering

Rentals:  Events Unlimited Party Rentals

Hair and Makeup:  La Tua Bella

Welcome Dinner Caterer:  Victoria’s Wood Fired Pizza

Brunch and Accommodations:  Rivertown Lodge

Transportation:  Coxsackie Transport

Photo Booth:  Hudson Valley Ceremonies

 Welcome Dinner

Flower and Decor by couple’s friend Gabriel and Hudson Valley Ceremonies

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Alanna and Dominic, Private Home in New Paltz

Alanna and Dominic

October 8, 2016

Private Home in New Paltz

Church:  St. Joseph’s Church New Paltz

Photographer:  Nicole Detone Photography

Caterer:  Lola’s Cafe and Catering

DJ:  Lutz Entertainment

Florist:  Green Cottage

Rentals:  Events Unlimited Party Rentals

Hair and Makeup:  Studio One

Kathryn and Matthew, Senate Garage Kingston NY

Kathryn and Matthew

November 5, 2016

Wedding Planner:  Lauren Brown, Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Venue: Senate Garage

Florist: Petalos Floral
Photographer:  Kimberly Coccagnia 
Videographer: Tweed Weddings
Specialty Cocktails: Designed by Red & Brown
Ceremony Music: Apassionata Players
Played Edith Piaf’s La Vie En Rose, Pachelbel’s Canon in D for the processional
The Shirelle’s And Then He Kissed Me for the recessional (a song loved by both the bride and groom).

Rentals: Columbia Tent Rentals 

Hair/Makeup: Joseph Taylor Salon
Transportation: First Student Bus
Photobooth: Lauren Brown
Accommodations: Kingston Best Western
After Party: 2 Ravens
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The photographer has decided to not post photos on this blog but have us include a link to the photos:

http://www.kimberlycoccagnia.com/portfolio-item/senate-garage-hudson-valley-wedding-kathryn-and-matthew/

Sarah and Travis, Sunny Hill Resort in the Catskills

Sarah and Travis

Sunny Hill Resort in the Catskills

October 17, 2015

Photographer:  Hudson River Photographer

DJ:  Patrick Del Rosario

Florist:  The River Garden

Rentals:  Events Unlimited and Big Top

Food Truck for Cocktail Hour:  Slidin’ Dirty

Photo Booth:  Saratoga Photo Booth

Church:  St. Mary’s Church, Coxsackie

Hair and Makeup:  Strut Spalontique

Kerry and Matt Nelson, Roundhouse at Beacon

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Your new married names: Kerry & Matt Nelson
Wedding Location: The Roundhouse, Beacon NY
Photographer:  Levi Stolove
Ceremony Officiant: Rev Jim Rooney
Videographer: n/a
DJ/Band: 74 Events – Ben Carlin
Musicians: n/a
Limos/Buses: First Student
Florist: A Night in Bloom
Coordinator/Planner: Jeanne Stark
Bridal Attire: Dress: Leanne Marshall from Lovely NY, Shoes: Jimmy Choo & Kate Spade for Keds (dancing sneakers)
Men’s Attire: Alton Lane
Rings/Jewelry: Greenwich Jewelers (rings), BHLDN (earrings)
Hair/Makeup: Hair – Melissa Scrofani/Makeup – Meredith Hayman
Invitations/Favors: Invitations – Spark Letterpress, Favors – brewed by Matt’s uncle
Other Vendors: Virtual event design & welcome table hurricane display – Michelle Edgemont,
Lighting – Vivid Events
Our advice to other couples:
Hire vendors who not only share your vision but also who you also have a personal connection with (like Hudson Valley Ceremonies!). This way, you’ll be surrounded by people you like and trust on your big day and you won’t have to worry about a thing!
Don’t sweat the small stuff – something unexpected is bound to happen on your big day but just go with the flow and remember that no one is going to even realize or remember if something small goes wrong.
Leading up to the big day, everyone is going to try to give you advice and sway your decisions, but don’t lose sight of what your wedding is all about – your marriage!

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A Hudson Valley Ceremonies Wedding in Coxsackie, NY

Natasha & Adam

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Venue: Private Home, Coxsackie, NY
Caterer: Hickory BBQ & Victoria’s Wood Fire Pizza
Bakery: Deising’s Bakery
Rentals: Events Unlimited
Flowers: Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Photography: Monarch Photography
Transportation: Coxsackie Transport
Planning/Coordination: Jeanne Stark, Hudson Valley Ceremonies
Invitations: Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Advice from the happy couple:
“Our wedding day was absolutely perfect and one of the happiest days of our lives yet! Yes, it rained not just a few raindrops, a monsoon, but I would not have changed a thing. Take a moment during the Reception to thank everyone that helped along the way and to everyone there that is our only regret we never got a chance to do that!! It was amazing to have Jeanne and her support team we felt like they were family and loved every moment of our day. Couples that are starting on the journey…there will be fights, tears, laughter and always love because with anything that is truly special you must work at it to get the very best and it is worth every second. 😊”

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