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A Wedding Officiant and Registered Celebrant

New York , NY
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219 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009 US (map)

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917-494-6273

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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your engagement!

I will combine your story, beliefs and values, interweaving family & friends creating a unique ceremony that expresses your love and... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement!

I will combine your story, beliefs and values, interweaving family & friends creating a unique ceremony that expresses your love and commitment. I honor all traditions.; secular, spiritual, interfaith and intercultural.

As your Celebrant it is an honor to craft and conduct a ceremony that is your choice. We start with a No-Obligation Complimentary Consultation. I will structure, organize and perform your ceremony with grace and warmth. I bring more than 30 years of experience offering a unique convergence of skills as a Celebrant Foundation Graduate, published writer and university professor.

As your Celebrant I am your co-creator, resource person, encourager, and Legal Wedding Officiant. I create unique ceremonies and with each wedding that I write, I draw upon my writing skills to crystallize your story. My organizational skills as a director combine with my teaching skills to create an atmosphere of compassion. My vocal skills and command of language merge to beautifully express what is in your heart. For your no obligation complimentary consultation and to check my availability please call or Email. Thank-you for considering me as your Celebrant. I



Website: www.Shaunaweddings.com

Email: Shaunacelebrant@yahoo.com

Phone: 917 494 6273

Serving New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, Hudson Valley, Westchester.

Shauna Kanter is a legal registered wedding officiant, an ordained non-denominational minister and a celebrant. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
All ceremonies are written and approved in advance with each couple. Every word, phrase, poem and quote is approved by every couple.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, of course.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
I have many many selections that are Emailed to couples so they can choose vows, re-write and/or change existing vows or get their own ideas to create their very own original vows.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, either the day before or one or two hours before the ceremony.

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Alex
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Shauna was officiant for our wedding in Central Park Sunday October 12th. I can't imagine a better officiant than Shauna; she was friendly, very professional, quickly responded to emails, and took an interest in our story and helped make our vows and wedding personalized and special. Shauna put together our personal story into a beautiful ceremony. She arrived in Central Park before the ceremony to prepare, and helped us find the best location for the ceremony. As my (now wife) is from Japan, and her family attended, we hired a translator so that the family could clearly understand the details and subtleties in the vows as English is not their first language. This meant that Shauna had to go slowly with the ceremony and pause during the translation; this she did patiently and gracefully; I felt that she was very happy to be a part of it and make it a special day for everyone. I would highly recommend her as officiant - professional, courteous and considerate in every way. Thank you Shauna!
Shauna was officiant for our wedding in Central Park Sunday October 12th. I can't imagine a better officiant than Shauna; Read more...
Shauna was officiant for our wedding in Central Park Sunday October 12th. I can't imagine a better officiant than Shauna; she was friendly, very professional, quickly responded to emails, and took an interest in our story and helped make our vows and wedding personalized and special. Shauna put together our personal story into a beautiful ceremony. She arrived in Central Park before the ceremony to prepare, and helped us find the best location for the ceremony. As my (now wife) is from Japan, and her family attended, we hired a translator so that the family could clearly understand the details and subtleties in the vows as English is not their first language. This meant that Shauna had to go slowly with the ceremony and pause during the translation; this she did patiently and gracefully; I felt that she was very happy to be a part of it and make it a special day for everyone. I would highly recommend her as officiant - professional, courteous and considerate in every way. Thank you Shauna! Read less
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Laurie
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Shauna is a DOLL and is super patient, responsive and flexible. We had a small wedding and organized it remotely from Australia in just 2 weeks time. No processional, no DJ, no wedding party -- and she guided us along so that we could craft vows that were more in line with a comedy skit than a traditional wedding. She also let us edit her opening to feel like it was more "us". Furthermore, on the day of the wedding, we forgot the rings and she calmed us while one of us went to go grab them and made light of the situation. She was a fantastic officiant, incredibly compassionate and all around lovely to work with. I highly recommend her! PS - thank you so much!!
Shauna is a DOLL and is super patient, responsive and flexible. We had a small wedding and organized it remotely from Read more...
Shauna is a DOLL and is super patient, responsive and flexible. We had a small wedding and organized it remotely from Australia in just 2 weeks time. No processional, no DJ, no wedding party -- and she guided us along so that we could craft vows that were more in line with a comedy skit than a traditional wedding. She also let us edit her opening to feel like it was more "us". Furthermore, on the day of the wedding, we forgot the rings and she calmed us while one of us went to go grab them and made light of the situation. She was a fantastic officiant, incredibly compassionate and all around lovely to work with. I highly recommend her! PS - thank you so much!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shauna is amazing! From the first phone call I knew she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Shauna has a calming effect on you and creates a relaxed atmosphere that really puts you at ease. We met in person and shared our love story with Shauna. She then did a fantastic job in 1) creating a detailed time line for us 2) writing a beautiful ceremony 3) being very open and responsive to any changes we had. The day of the wedding I was a nervous wreck. Once Shauna walked in I felt calm and in control of the day. She led a beautiful ceremony and my guests left talking about the ceremony (not just the reception!). I would recommend her to any couple. She has a wealth of knowledge/past experience to help guide you in creating your perfect day.
Shauna is amazing! From the first phone call I knew she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Shauna has a calming effect Read more...
Shauna is amazing! From the first phone call I knew she was the perfect fit for our ceremony. Shauna has a calming effect on you and creates a relaxed atmosphere that really puts you at ease. We met in person and shared our love story with Shauna. She then did a fantastic job in 1) creating a detailed time line for us 2) writing a beautiful ceremony 3) being very open and responsive to any changes we had. The day of the wedding I was a nervous wreck. Once Shauna walked in I felt calm and in control of the day. She led a beautiful ceremony and my guests left talking about the ceremony (not just the reception!). I would recommend her to any couple. She has a wealth of knowledge/past experience to help guide you in creating your perfect day. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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We could not have asked for more from a wedding officiant. From the start when we first met her, Shauna really won us over with her warmth and sense of humor. She worked so hard to create a personal and intimate ceremony for us. On the day, our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be, all thanks to Shauna. She made our guests feel so welcome and relaxed, and we all had smiles on our faces from start to finish. She also made sure we were well prepared and had everything we needed for the big day. We're so thankful to Shauna for everything she's helped us with, and for making our wedding ceremony such a special time for us and our guests.
We could not have asked for more from a wedding officiant. From the start when we first met her, Shauna really won us over Read more...
We could not have asked for more from a wedding officiant. From the start when we first met her, Shauna really won us over with her warmth and sense of humor. She worked so hard to create a personal and intimate ceremony for us. On the day, our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it to be, all thanks to Shauna. She made our guests feel so welcome and relaxed, and we all had smiles on our faces from start to finish. She also made sure we were well prepared and had everything we needed for the big day. We're so thankful to Shauna for everything she's helped us with, and for making our wedding ceremony such a special time for us and our guests. Read less
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Shir
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
I had a hard time finding an officiant, and Shauna Kanter was sort of a last resort—I didn't know her or anyone she worked with: I found her during an online search, and decided to give it a shot. Well, it was the best decision I made... From the first email communication, through phone conversations and the entire process of writing the vows and editing them, Shauna was extremely professional, aware and sensitive to family dynamics and character and to the differences in communication between my husband and myself, and the result was a ceremony that was moving in its simplicity and honesty and as" close to home" as it could possibly be. If I had to do this again, I would not change a thing.
I had a hard time finding an officiant, and Shauna Kanter was sort of a last resort—I didn't know her or anyone she worked Read more...
I had a hard time finding an officiant, and Shauna Kanter was sort of a last resort—I didn't know her or anyone she worked with: I found her during an online search, and decided to give it a shot. Well, it was the best decision I made... From the first email communication, through phone conversations and the entire process of writing the vows and editing them, Shauna was extremely professional, aware and sensitive to family dynamics and character and to the differences in communication between my husband and myself, and the result was a ceremony that was moving in its simplicity and honesty and as" close to home" as it could possibly be. If I had to do this again, I would not change a thing. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shauna worked us to create a beautiful wedding. From our first contact with her she was warm and calming. As a same-sex couple (two grooms) we did not have a long history of wedding tradition to fall back on. With Shuana, we developed a ceremony that called on some traditional aspects while also recognising what makes us as individuals, and as a couple, unique.

She listened to our history to interpret our "love story", she worked with us to develop our vows and she included parts that made our guests feel welcome and part of the ceremony. We really enjoyed working with her. She was an oasis of calm in the long process of planning and executing a wedding.
Shauna worked us to create a beautiful wedding. From our first contact with her she was warm and calming. As a same-sex Read more...
Shauna worked us to create a beautiful wedding. From our first contact with her she was warm and calming. As a same-sex couple (two grooms) we did not have a long history of wedding tradition to fall back on. With Shuana, we developed a ceremony that called on some traditional aspects while also recognising what makes us as individuals, and as a couple, unique.

She listened to our history to interpret our "love story", she worked with us to develop our vows and she included parts that made our guests feel welcome and part of the ceremony. We really enjoyed working with her. She was an oasis of calm in the long process of planning and executing a wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Shauna officiated our wedding, and we could not have been happier! The search for an officiant was difficult, as we wanted to make sure we connected with the person. We knew Shauna was the right person on our first call. She was very responsive and was easy to work with. When she arrived the day-of, she was efficient and helped to calm our nerves. We would recommend her to anyone!
Shauna officiated our wedding, and we could not have been happier! The search for an officiant was difficult, as we wanted Read more...
Shauna officiated our wedding, and we could not have been happier! The search for an officiant was difficult, as we wanted to make sure we connected with the person. We knew Shauna was the right person on our first call. She was very responsive and was easy to work with. When she arrived the day-of, she was efficient and helped to calm our nerves. We would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Adam
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
After being together for nearly four years, my partner Martin and I decided to officially tie the knot in New York City. After reviewing and communicating with many of the officiants on wedding wire, we decided to ask Shauna to officiate our ceremony. We couldn't have made a better choice. Shauna was extremely professional yet very easy to talk to and plan with. We had very little experience with New York's venues, but Shauna provided very helpful advice which helped make our big day extremely special. We had high expectations for our ceremony and Shauna met and exceeded each expectation. The ring vows that Shauna had provided us were some of the most beautiful vows that I have ever heard she conducted the ceremony as though she had known us for years. I would recommend Shauna without reservation to anybody who is planning on getting married in the New York area.
After being together for nearly four years, my partner Martin and I decided to officially tie the knot in New York City. Read more...
After being together for nearly four years, my partner Martin and I decided to officially tie the knot in New York City. After reviewing and communicating with many of the officiants on wedding wire, we decided to ask Shauna to officiate our ceremony. We couldn't have made a better choice. Shauna was extremely professional yet very easy to talk to and plan with. We had very little experience with New York's venues, but Shauna provided very helpful advice which helped make our big day extremely special. We had high expectations for our ceremony and Shauna met and exceeded each expectation. The ring vows that Shauna had provided us were some of the most beautiful vows that I have ever heard she conducted the ceremony as though she had known us for years. I would recommend Shauna without reservation to anybody who is planning on getting married in the New York area. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Shauna worked with us to develop a personal ceremony. She was incredibly responsive and organized and made sure that we had the ceremony and vows complete in advance. We went back and forth on drafts 3 or 4 times until we had it just right, and Shauna was very responsive each time. We picked Shauna over other officiants because of her organization and attention to detail but also because of her manner -- when we met her she was happy and vibrant and so pleasant to be around. Her voice is just lovely and we knew that her personality and presentation would create the warm, personal ceremony we wanted for us and our guests. We highly recommend Shauna if you want to create a personal ceremony that is all your own and not worry about any details with your officiant!
Shauna worked with us to develop a personal ceremony. She was incredibly responsive and organized and made sure that we Read more...
Shauna worked with us to develop a personal ceremony. She was incredibly responsive and organized and made sure that we had the ceremony and vows complete in advance. We went back and forth on drafts 3 or 4 times until we had it just right, and Shauna was very responsive each time. We picked Shauna over other officiants because of her organization and attention to detail but also because of her manner -- when we met her she was happy and vibrant and so pleasant to be around. Her voice is just lovely and we knew that her personality and presentation would create the warm, personal ceremony we wanted for us and our guests. We highly recommend Shauna if you want to create a personal ceremony that is all your own and not worry about any details with your officiant! Read less
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Sevgi
Wedding:
2/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Shauna was great throughout the entire process. She was always quick to respond to our questions and concerns and very receptive to our personal needs. She provided us with a great frame to structure our wedding vows.

My husband and I had a ceremony at the Boat House in Central Park on Valentine's Day. We had made sure everything was set up with the management beforehand, but were still met with some resistance from the general manager once we arrived. Shauna quickly intervened in the conversation and diffused the situation very kindly as well as with our best interests in mind. She is a pro!!!

She was well-organized and performed a beautiful and an intimate ceremony, with her lovely voice :), that everybody loved..

We recommend her to everyone..

WE LOVE YOU, Shauna :)
Sevgi & Eric
Shauna was great throughout the entire process. She was always quick to respond to our questions and concerns and very Read more...
Shauna was great throughout the entire process. She was always quick to respond to our questions and concerns and very receptive to our personal needs. She provided us with a great frame to structure our wedding vows.

My husband and I had a ceremony at the Boat House in Central Park on Valentine's Day. We had made sure everything was set up with the management beforehand, but were still met with some resistance from the general manager once we arrived. Shauna quickly intervened in the conversation and diffused the situation very kindly as well as with our best interests in mind. She is a pro!!!

She was well-organized and performed a beautiful and an intimate ceremony, with her lovely voice :), that everybody loved..

We recommend her to everyone..

WE LOVE YOU, Shauna :)
Sevgi & Eric Read less
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