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Alisa Tongg, Celebrant

Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Nyc, Destination , PA
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Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, New Jersey, NYC, Destination, PA 18360 US (map)

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570-369-3955

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ABOUT US

Congratulations on your engagement!

One of the first questions I ask my couples is “Why did you hire me in the first place?” While each couple has their own expectations and... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement!

One of the first questions I ask my couples is “Why did you hire me in the first place?” While each couple has their own expectations and family dynamics to navigate, the answer to this question tends to be, surprisingly, similar for all my couples.

All of my couples, no matter their age or background, can’t imagine themselves “just going through the motions” and saying “I do” in a cookie-cutter ceremony. Instead, they say it’s important that their “love story give context to all that is said and done throughout their wedding.” "We wanted something personal and memorable, something unique to us. We want our ceremony to be about us. Something that shows our guests how much love we have for each other.”

Often, couples feel that “a standard religious ceremony would not adequately express their unique relationship and hopes for the future.” They want their wedding ceremony to be about them and not a particular religion. Alternatively, many of my couples come from different faith and/or cultural traditions, and they want to “weave important themes and elements from their heritage into a broader story that celebrates them as a couple.”

Without a doubt, all of my couples feel that the ceremony is the most important part of the wedding day, “the reason why all our friends and family are coming together…” They want their ceremony to create an “experience that makes a lasting impression on everyone in attendance.” They want their guests “to have a great time”, “to be included”, to feel “the warmth, love and spiritual nature of their commitment.” They want their guests “to leave the ceremony feeling inspired and with big smiles on their faces.”

If this also resonates with you, please visit my website www.alisatonggcelebrant.com to learn more about how I create wedding ceremonies from scratch and perform them for couples who want an inspired, distinct story to be the centerpiece of their wedding. My goal is always to create authentic ceremonies that transform routine into inspired.

Lots of Love,

Alisa

Now serving New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Lehigh Valley and the Poconos.

Contact at 570-369-3955 or hello@alisatonggcelebrant.com to set up a free and no-obligation consultation. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Jenny
Wedding:
7/17/2015
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Alisa has far exceeded what we imagined our wedding ceremony could be. Early on in the process, I asked Alisa if she would be comfortable planning a ceremony for us that would have an element of surprise- we wanted to wait until our wedding ceremony to hear our story along with family and friends. Alisa was extremely professional while still bringing her warm personality to the planning process. She patiently and quickly answered our all of questions, and fully engaged us so that the ceremony would be a true representation of us as individuals and as a couple.

In a word, our ceremony was magical. Many of our friends and family assumed that Alisa was a friend we had known for years, and I feel confident saying she brings this familiarity and warmth to every ceremony she creates. Of all of the pieces that made our wedding day special, I couldn’t imagine our day without the love, sincerity, and magic that Alisa brought. I would recommend her unconditionally to anyone who is looking for a ceremony that feels authentic and personal. She truly made our ceremony an experience we will always treasure.
Our experience with Alisa has far exceeded what we imagined our wedding ceremony could be. Early on in the process, I Read more...
Our experience with Alisa has far exceeded what we imagined our wedding ceremony could be. Early on in the process, I asked Alisa if she would be comfortable planning a ceremony for us that would have an element of surprise- we wanted to wait until our wedding ceremony to hear our story along with family and friends. Alisa was extremely professional while still bringing her warm personality to the planning process. She patiently and quickly answered our all of questions, and fully engaged us so that the ceremony would be a true representation of us as individuals and as a couple.

In a word, our ceremony was magical. Many of our friends and family assumed that Alisa was a friend we had known for years, and I feel confident saying she brings this familiarity and warmth to every ceremony she creates. Of all of the pieces that made our wedding day special, I couldn’t imagine our day without the love, sincerity, and magic that Alisa brought. I would recommend her unconditionally to anyone who is looking for a ceremony that feels authentic and personal. She truly made our ceremony an experience we will always treasure. Read less
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Leah
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Alisa made our BIG day perfect! We got married in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/11/15 and Alisa helped tell our love story like it had never been told before. We wanted a ceremony that was US - and we got exactly that. There were tears, giggles and everything inbetween. The personalized process was amazing and we could not have asked for anything more. A number of our wedding guests said that it was the best ceremony they have attended and really appreciated the uniqueness!
THANK YOU Alisa for making our BIG day a PERFECT day!! xoxo
Alisa made our BIG day perfect! We got married in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/11/15 and Alisa helped tell our love story like it Read more...
Alisa made our BIG day perfect! We got married in Stroudsburg, PA on 7/11/15 and Alisa helped tell our love story like it had never been told before. We wanted a ceremony that was US - and we got exactly that. There were tears, giggles and everything inbetween. The personalized process was amazing and we could not have asked for anything more. A number of our wedding guests said that it was the best ceremony they have attended and really appreciated the uniqueness!
THANK YOU Alisa for making our BIG day a PERFECT day!! xoxo Read less
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Teddi
Wedding:
6/22/2015
5.0/5.0
After deciding to elope in a rather unconventional way, we had been struggling to find an officiant willing to go along with our crazy plan to hike four miles down a mountain, near a bunch of waterfalls, and get married along the way. Our photographers recommended Alisa, whom they had worked with in the past and held in extremely high regard. We were thrilled when we emailed her and she was up for the challenge! It’s not everywhere that you can find a celebrant to custom craft an extremely intimate and personal wedding ceremony, hike down a mountainside, and wade out into streams to marry you in front of waterfalls on a Monday evening. Alisa couldn’t have been more perfect! We weren’t sure exactly how the ceremony would work, but she brilliant wove it into our hike; we stopped at several magical places on the course of the four mile jaunt for bits and pieces of the ceremony, each more touchingly written and personal than the last. Alisa stood in rushing streams, climbed over rocks and logs, and was a huge help in every way, all with extreme grace, while wearing a glittering gown and hiking boots! She was also a huge help with little details on the day of the ceremony, willing to help fix up hair and makeup or to give a hand when hiking over rough terrain, or to help out with yet another blast of bug spray. I cannot recommend Alisa enough- whether you’re planning a more traditional wedding, or an out-of-the-box elopement, Alisa will craft your ceremony with the utmost care, fill it with your unique personalities, and leave you touched beyond words. Not only is she a pleasure to work with, from the originally email exchanges through the day of the event, she’s a truly wonderful and vibrant person that honestly wants you to have a most memorable and personalized wedding ceremony and will go to lengths to make sure your dreams of an absolutely perfect wedding day come true. I’ll be recommending her to everyone we know.
After deciding to elope in a rather unconventional way, we had been struggling to find an officiant willing to go along Read more...
After deciding to elope in a rather unconventional way, we had been struggling to find an officiant willing to go along with our crazy plan to hike four miles down a mountain, near a bunch of waterfalls, and get married along the way. Our photographers recommended Alisa, whom they had worked with in the past and held in extremely high regard. We were thrilled when we emailed her and she was up for the challenge! It’s not everywhere that you can find a celebrant to custom craft an extremely intimate and personal wedding ceremony, hike down a mountainside, and wade out into streams to marry you in front of waterfalls on a Monday evening. Alisa couldn’t have been more perfect! We weren’t sure exactly how the ceremony would work, but she brilliant wove it into our hike; we stopped at several magical places on the course of the four mile jaunt for bits and pieces of the ceremony, each more touchingly written and personal than the last. Alisa stood in rushing streams, climbed over rocks and logs, and was a huge help in every way, all with extreme grace, while wearing a glittering gown and hiking boots! She was also a huge help with little details on the day of the ceremony, willing to help fix up hair and makeup or to give a hand when hiking over rough terrain, or to help out with yet another blast of bug spray. I cannot recommend Alisa enough- whether you’re planning a more traditional wedding, or an out-of-the-box elopement, Alisa will craft your ceremony with the utmost care, fill it with your unique personalities, and leave you touched beyond words. Not only is she a pleasure to work with, from the originally email exchanges through the day of the event, she’s a truly wonderful and vibrant person that honestly wants you to have a most memorable and personalized wedding ceremony and will go to lengths to make sure your dreams of an absolutely perfect wedding day come true. I’ll be recommending her to everyone we know. Read less
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Stewart
Wedding:
6/14/2015
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Alisa made our ceremony the highlight of our big day by taking our guests on an emotional roller-coaster full of laughter, tears and even cheering! Her custom celebrations will wow you, and your partner. Your guests will all tell you your ceremony was by far the most beautiful and memorable wedding they've ever attended. From our friendly Skype chats, questionnaires and email exchanges she crafted a personalized ceremony for us that celebrated our love story. She was always quick to respond to our questions, was extremely professional and always available. Not to mention the fact that she is by far the best-dressed option you can pick for your special day. :-)

When we finally met Alisa in person a couple of hours before our ceremony started it felt like we had already known her for years. In fact the ceremony was so personal and full of anecdotes that our guests were wondering after the fact if she was a long time friend. She was also such a sweetheart that (without being asked) she took a ton of pictures with her iPhone and became the unofficial second shooter of our wedding day :)

Please do not underestimate the role the officiant plays in your wedding day (if you think about it your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding event, and not the choice of entree etc.) and never question Alisa's ability to make your wedding ceremony perfect. I am so earnest and heartfelt about my recommendation of Alisa that if she happens to already be booked on your day, it is worth seriously considering switching your date :)

xo
Stewart & Eduardo
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Read more...
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Alisa made our ceremony the highlight of our big day by taking our guests on an emotional roller-coaster full of laughter, tears and even cheering! Her custom celebrations will wow you, and your partner. Your guests will all tell you your ceremony was by far the most beautiful and memorable wedding they've ever attended. From our friendly Skype chats, questionnaires and email exchanges she crafted a personalized ceremony for us that celebrated our love story. She was always quick to respond to our questions, was extremely professional and always available. Not to mention the fact that she is by far the best-dressed option you can pick for your special day. :-)

When we finally met Alisa in person a couple of hours before our ceremony started it felt like we had already known her for years. In fact the ceremony was so personal and full of anecdotes that our guests were wondering after the fact if she was a long time friend. She was also such a sweetheart that (without being asked) she took a ton of pictures with her iPhone and became the unofficial second shooter of our wedding day :)

Please do not underestimate the role the officiant plays in your wedding day (if you think about it your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding event, and not the choice of entree etc.) and never question Alisa's ability to make your wedding ceremony perfect. I am so earnest and heartfelt about my recommendation of Alisa that if she happens to already be booked on your day, it is worth seriously considering switching your date :)

xo
Stewart & Eduardo Read less
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Eduardo
Wedding:
6/14/2015
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Alisa made our ceremony the highlight of our big day by taking our guests on an emotional roller-coaster full of laughter, tears and even cheering! Her custom celebrations will wow you, and your partner. Your guests will all tell you your ceremony was by far the most beautiful and memorable wedding they've ever attended. From our friendly Skype chats, questionnaires and email exchanges she crafted a personalized ceremony for us that celebrated our love story. She was always quick to respond to our questions, was extremely professional and always available. Not to mention the fact that she is by far the best-dressed option you can pick for your special day. :-)

When we finally met Alisa in person a couple of hours before our ceremony started it felt like we had already known her for years. In fact the ceremony was so personal and full of anecdotes that our guests were wondering after the fact if she was a long time friend. She was also such a sweetheart that (without being asked) she took a ton of pictures with her iPhone and became the unofficial second shooter of our wedding day :)

Please do not underestimate the role the officiant plays in your wedding day (if you think about it your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding event, and not the choice of entree etc.) and never question Alisa's ability to make your wedding ceremony perfect. I am so earnest and heartfelt about my recommendation of Alisa that if she happens to already be booked on your day, it is worth seriously considering switching your date :)

xo
Stewart & Eduardo
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Read more...
If you are looking for a memorable and unique ceremony that is universally lovable and poignant you must hire Alisa Tongg. Alisa made our ceremony the highlight of our big day by taking our guests on an emotional roller-coaster full of laughter, tears and even cheering! Her custom celebrations will wow you, and your partner. Your guests will all tell you your ceremony was by far the most beautiful and memorable wedding they've ever attended. From our friendly Skype chats, questionnaires and email exchanges she crafted a personalized ceremony for us that celebrated our love story. She was always quick to respond to our questions, was extremely professional and always available. Not to mention the fact that she is by far the best-dressed option you can pick for your special day. :-)

When we finally met Alisa in person a couple of hours before our ceremony started it felt like we had already known her for years. In fact the ceremony was so personal and full of anecdotes that our guests were wondering after the fact if she was a long time friend. She was also such a sweetheart that (without being asked) she took a ton of pictures with her iPhone and became the unofficial second shooter of our wedding day :)

Please do not underestimate the role the officiant plays in your wedding day (if you think about it your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding event, and not the choice of entree etc.) and never question Alisa's ability to make your wedding ceremony perfect. I am so earnest and heartfelt about my recommendation of Alisa that if she happens to already be booked on your day, it is worth seriously considering switching your date :)

xo
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Emily
Wedding:
6/5/2015
5.0/5.0
On June 5, Alisa conducted my wedding ceremony against the beautiful backdrop of Ka'anapali Beach on Maui. Because I was engaged to her brother, I was treated to the added intimacy of being married by family. I might be a bit biased, but I had several friends (even the stoic types you would never expect to shed a tear) tell me tearfully afterwards that it really was the most perfect ceremony they had ever attended.

Alisa struck a wonderful balance between traditional and non-traditional elements, poignancy and humor. The fact that she can so deeply personalize the experience in a way that makes it simple and streamlined really impressed me. This is a celebrant who respects the fact you might be overwhelmed and bogged down with the details, so she really makes the most of the time and energy you can commit. Her poise and delivery are impeccable, and her whole persona radiates a genuine appreciation of everything that new couples are celebrating. This is someone whose love of her job is infectious. Alisa enriched every element of our special day that she touched.
On June 5, Alisa conducted my wedding ceremony against the beautiful backdrop of Ka'anapali Beach on Maui. Because I was Read more...
On June 5, Alisa conducted my wedding ceremony against the beautiful backdrop of Ka'anapali Beach on Maui. Because I was engaged to her brother, I was treated to the added intimacy of being married by family. I might be a bit biased, but I had several friends (even the stoic types you would never expect to shed a tear) tell me tearfully afterwards that it really was the most perfect ceremony they had ever attended.

Alisa struck a wonderful balance between traditional and non-traditional elements, poignancy and humor. The fact that she can so deeply personalize the experience in a way that makes it simple and streamlined really impressed me. This is a celebrant who respects the fact you might be overwhelmed and bogged down with the details, so she really makes the most of the time and energy you can commit. Her poise and delivery are impeccable, and her whole persona radiates a genuine appreciation of everything that new couples are celebrating. This is someone whose love of her job is infectious. Alisa enriched every element of our special day that she touched. Read less
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James
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
We are so lucky to have found Alisa and truly believe that our wedding would not have been so perfect without her. Alisa Tongg is the Celebrant who makes dream ceremonies come to life. She asks the questions that allow you to share your deepest feelings for your future husband or wife and then creates a ceremony that gets more beautiful each time you hear it.

We and our family and friends cannot say enough great things about her. She gave us a personalized ceremony that touched everyone's hearts. Multiple guests said that they would love to have Alisa do their wedding when it is their turn to get married.

Thank you so much Alisa for giving us a ceremony that we will want to replay over and over again!

Forever Grateful,
Jayne and James Lisi
We are so lucky to have found Alisa and truly believe that our wedding would not have been so perfect without her. Alisa Read more...
We are so lucky to have found Alisa and truly believe that our wedding would not have been so perfect without her. Alisa Tongg is the Celebrant who makes dream ceremonies come to life. She asks the questions that allow you to share your deepest feelings for your future husband or wife and then creates a ceremony that gets more beautiful each time you hear it.

We and our family and friends cannot say enough great things about her. She gave us a personalized ceremony that touched everyone's hearts. Multiple guests said that they would love to have Alisa do their wedding when it is their turn to get married.

Thank you so much Alisa for giving us a ceremony that we will want to replay over and over again!

Forever Grateful,
Jayne and James Lisi Read less
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Tiffany
Wedding:
5/29/2015
5.0/5.0
Alisa Tongg is absolutely amazing, and working with her was such a wonderful experience!! She created a handcrafted ceremony that reflected perfectly our unique story, and the love that we share for each other! She made the wedding feel intimate, and our families and guests feel included. It by far surpassed our expectations! So many of our guest commented on how great she was, and mentioned how much better they feel like they know us as a couple, after hearing our story told through her words. I cannot say enough good things about her!
Alisa Tongg is absolutely amazing, and working with her was such a wonderful experience!! She created a handcrafted Read more...
Alisa Tongg is absolutely amazing, and working with her was such a wonderful experience!! She created a handcrafted ceremony that reflected perfectly our unique story, and the love that we share for each other! She made the wedding feel intimate, and our families and guests feel included. It by far surpassed our expectations! So many of our guest commented on how great she was, and mentioned how much better they feel like they know us as a couple, after hearing our story told through her words. I cannot say enough good things about her! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Alisa was nothing short of amazing! She put together the most wonderful, unique ceremony for us. We had guests telling us all night how beautiful it was and different from anything they had seen before. We are SO thrilled with how the ceremony turned out, and all due to Alisa! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Alisa was nothing short of amazing! She put together the most wonderful, unique ceremony for us. We had guests telling us Read more...
Alisa was nothing short of amazing! She put together the most wonderful, unique ceremony for us. We had guests telling us all night how beautiful it was and different from anything they had seen before. We are SO thrilled with how the ceremony turned out, and all due to Alisa! I would highly recommend her to anyone. Read less
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Robert
Wedding:
5/22/2015
5.0/5.0
I have not read the other reviews here about Alisa. I don't have to, I know they are fantastic. (I was right, wasn't I?) What a great experience it was getting to tell our story and share our marriage vow through a wonderful celebrant, who truly sees the big picture and can make others see it as well. To allow someone to preside over such a moment requires a certain amount of trust. Alisa proved fully worthy of that trust. (Crying a little bit right now!) Alisa facilitated a great sharing of mutual support and love and joy for everyone at our wedding. Thank you, Alisa!
I have not read the other reviews here about Alisa. I don't have to, I know they are fantastic. (I was right, wasn't I?) Read more...
I have not read the other reviews here about Alisa. I don't have to, I know they are fantastic. (I was right, wasn't I?) What a great experience it was getting to tell our story and share our marriage vow through a wonderful celebrant, who truly sees the big picture and can make others see it as well. To allow someone to preside over such a moment requires a certain amount of trust. Alisa proved fully worthy of that trust. (Crying a little bit right now!) Alisa facilitated a great sharing of mutual support and love and joy for everyone at our wedding. Thank you, Alisa! Read less
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