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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?” While each couple has their own expectations and family dynamics to... Read more
Congratulations on your engagement!

One of the first questions I ask my couples is “Why did you hire me?” 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?
Less than 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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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From our very first Skype conversation with Alisa to our wedding day, Alisa was amazing. We were actually married in private five years before at the courthouse, so our ceremony was a very emotional moment for us as we shared with friends and family our happiness. We also had the added challenge of blending in a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony with the modern elements, but Alisa took it on enthusiastically and offered ideas to seamlessly work them together. She really listened to who we are as a couple, what we wanted our ceremony to feel like, and was able to convey it in a beautiful ceremony.

Many guests shared with us after that it was the most beautiful ceremony they’d ever been to, and that it was in a word, elegant. My partner and I were running late for the day-of rehearsal, and when I was flustered, I almost gave into the demands of other people on where to stand. I appreciated that Alisa paused and affirmed that it was absolutely about what I wanted for my vision. She is genuine, kind, and truly the most professional person we worked with for our wedding.
From our very first Skype conversation with Alisa to our wedding day, Alisa was amazing. We were actually married in Read more...
From our very first Skype conversation with Alisa to our wedding day, Alisa was amazing. We were actually married in private five years before at the courthouse, so our ceremony was a very emotional moment for us as we shared with friends and family our happiness. We also had the added challenge of blending in a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony with the modern elements, but Alisa took it on enthusiastically and offered ideas to seamlessly work them together. She really listened to who we are as a couple, what we wanted our ceremony to feel like, and was able to convey it in a beautiful ceremony.

Many guests shared with us after that it was the most beautiful ceremony they’d ever been to, and that it was in a word, elegant. My partner and I were running late for the day-of rehearsal, and when I was flustered, I almost gave into the demands of other people on where to stand. I appreciated that Alisa paused and affirmed that it was absolutely about what I wanted for my vision. She is genuine, kind, and truly the most professional person we worked with for our wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Alisa wrote the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony for us. It was sacred without being religious and felt genuine through and through. We received a ton of comments from our guests, many said they have never paid such attention to a ceremony and were pulled in by the story Alisa wove for them. Alisa was available since booking for questions and got to know us so she could incorporate our story honestly. She reviewed our vows and offered comments. You can tell she takes her work very seriously and we can't say how much we appreciate the special and unique ceremony she put together for us.
Alisa wrote the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony for us. It was sacred without being religious and felt genuine through Read more...
Alisa wrote the most beautiful, heartfelt ceremony for us. It was sacred without being religious and felt genuine through and through. We received a ton of comments from our guests, many said they have never paid such attention to a ceremony and were pulled in by the story Alisa wove for them. Alisa was available since booking for questions and got to know us so she could incorporate our story honestly. She reviewed our vows and offered comments. You can tell she takes her work very seriously and we can't say how much we appreciate the special and unique ceremony she put together for us. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough amazing things about Alisa. She went above and beyond to create the wedding ceremony of our dreams. We had compliment after compliment from our wedding guests on how personal and unique our ceremony was. Many guests said they had never heard anything like it before. Alisa took the time to learn about our relationship and our wishes for our wedding ceremony. She even reviewed our vows and helped to make suggestions to ensure they were perfect for our special day. I would recommend Alisa to any couple who is looking for a ceremony they will always remember!
I can't say enough amazing things about Alisa. She went above and beyond to create the wedding ceremony of our dreams. We Read more...
I can't say enough amazing things about Alisa. She went above and beyond to create the wedding ceremony of our dreams. We had compliment after compliment from our wedding guests on how personal and unique our ceremony was. Many guests said they had never heard anything like it before. Alisa took the time to learn about our relationship and our wishes for our wedding ceremony. She even reviewed our vows and helped to make suggestions to ensure they were perfect for our special day. I would recommend Alisa to any couple who is looking for a ceremony they will always remember! Read less
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Vi
Wedding:
5/20/2016
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Where do I even begin! Amazingggg isn't even good enough to describe Alisa. She's absolutely the BEST person you could get if you want a memorable ceremony. Let's be honest, I always hear most people hate attending wedding ceremonies because they're boring. But isn't that a huge part of a wedding day? Of course the partying afterwards is fun, but the meaningful and emotional part of the day is the actual ceremony. After researching like crazy for someone to do our ceremony, I came across Alisa's reviews and website and the following morning I told my fiancé I had found the person. At the time, I didn't even know Alisa would do what she actually would do. I just read that it was personal and used details of the relationship, but I mean, never in a million years would I ever imagine she'd come up with the beautiful ceremony that she did! When we got our first draft we were blown away. We couldn't believe she wrote the way she wrote, included all the details she did, and made it something that seemed out of a fairy tale. She was so helpful in giving advice on what our ceremony needed or didn't need, knew what would make it more special, and even wanted to coordinate her outfit with our wedding colors. When we finally met her in person on the day of the wedding, I was so excited! I gave her a huge hug bc she truly felt like a close friend! I seriously love her! My fiancé didn't want me to read our drafts too much because he was afraid it would lose its meaning for the big day. I couldn't resist though, I read that thing probably at least 50 times in secret bc I loved it so much. And then on the big day, still got super emotional and loved every part bc her voice is calming but powerful. She really knows how to capture a room! She's gorgeous inside and out. Tears and laughs throughout! Book her!!! One of the best decisions we ever made while planning our special day!!!
Where do I even begin! Amazingggg isn't even good enough to describe Alisa. She's absolutely the BEST person you could get Read more...
Where do I even begin! Amazingggg isn't even good enough to describe Alisa. She's absolutely the BEST person you could get if you want a memorable ceremony. Let's be honest, I always hear most people hate attending wedding ceremonies because they're boring. But isn't that a huge part of a wedding day? Of course the partying afterwards is fun, but the meaningful and emotional part of the day is the actual ceremony. After researching like crazy for someone to do our ceremony, I came across Alisa's reviews and website and the following morning I told my fiancé I had found the person. At the time, I didn't even know Alisa would do what she actually would do. I just read that it was personal and used details of the relationship, but I mean, never in a million years would I ever imagine she'd come up with the beautiful ceremony that she did! When we got our first draft we were blown away. We couldn't believe she wrote the way she wrote, included all the details she did, and made it something that seemed out of a fairy tale. She was so helpful in giving advice on what our ceremony needed or didn't need, knew what would make it more special, and even wanted to coordinate her outfit with our wedding colors. When we finally met her in person on the day of the wedding, I was so excited! I gave her a huge hug bc she truly felt like a close friend! I seriously love her! My fiancé didn't want me to read our drafts too much because he was afraid it would lose its meaning for the big day. I couldn't resist though, I read that thing probably at least 50 times in secret bc I loved it so much. And then on the big day, still got super emotional and loved every part bc her voice is calming but powerful. She really knows how to capture a room! She's gorgeous inside and out. Tears and laughs throughout! Book her!!! One of the best decisions we ever made while planning our special day!!! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
5/14/2016
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved working with Alisa for our recent wedding! The process of actually creating the story for our ceremony was really fun & enjoyable. The ceremony itself was perfect, thanks to Alisa! She was able to make the ceremony so personal & sincere - many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony and appreciated the personal touches. Alisa was also kind enough to snap some photos of us before & after the ceremony and emailed them to us the next day, which we thought was so nice. Alisa was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her for other couples!
We absolutely loved working with Alisa for our recent wedding! The process of actually creating the story for our ceremony Read more...
We absolutely loved working with Alisa for our recent wedding! The process of actually creating the story for our ceremony was really fun & enjoyable. The ceremony itself was perfect, thanks to Alisa! She was able to make the ceremony so personal & sincere - many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony and appreciated the personal touches. Alisa was also kind enough to snap some photos of us before & after the ceremony and emailed them to us the next day, which we thought was so nice. Alisa was an absolute pleasure to work with and we would highly recommend her for other couples! Read less
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Katelyn
Wedding:
4/2/2016
5.0/5.0
All my husband and I wanted on our wedding day was to share our love story with our closest friends and family. We weren’t adding religious elements to the ceremony, and it was important to us that it felt personal and inclusive.

After our initial Skype meeting, we had no doubt that we wanted Alisa to tell our story. She is a true professional, incredibly responsive, and so very talented at what she does. She has a positive energy that makes her a delight to be around—in fact, though I ‘met’ her for the first time on the day of my wedding, she felt like an old friend joining in the fun!

The ceremony was PERFECT. If I may quote one of our guests…“there were grown men crying!” During the cocktail hour and reception, as we made our way around the room to greet our guests, countless friends and family members remarked on how “beautiful”, “romantic”, “emotional”, and “personal” the ceremony was. In fact, some of our guests are still gushing about Alisa and the ceremony.

After the ceremony, Alisa came into the bridal suite to congratulate us and spend a few private moments with us. She even helped my mom bustle my dress!

Alisa was a dream to work with and we could not be happier. She has our highest recommendation!!
All my husband and I wanted on our wedding day was to share our love story with our closest friends and family. We weren’t Read more...
All my husband and I wanted on our wedding day was to share our love story with our closest friends and family. We weren’t adding religious elements to the ceremony, and it was important to us that it felt personal and inclusive.

After our initial Skype meeting, we had no doubt that we wanted Alisa to tell our story. She is a true professional, incredibly responsive, and so very talented at what she does. She has a positive energy that makes her a delight to be around—in fact, though I ‘met’ her for the first time on the day of my wedding, she felt like an old friend joining in the fun!

The ceremony was PERFECT. If I may quote one of our guests…“there were grown men crying!” During the cocktail hour and reception, as we made our way around the room to greet our guests, countless friends and family members remarked on how “beautiful”, “romantic”, “emotional”, and “personal” the ceremony was. In fact, some of our guests are still gushing about Alisa and the ceremony.

After the ceremony, Alisa came into the bridal suite to congratulate us and spend a few private moments with us. She even helped my mom bustle my dress!

Alisa was a dream to work with and we could not be happier. She has our highest recommendation!! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
1/15/2016
5.0/5.0
OMG, where do I begin? Alisa was AMAZING. Completely blew my expectations away. Alisa made my ceremony something my guests are still talking about. She took what myself and my husband said about each other, and crafted the most personalized, beautiful story of our love for us and our guests. So many people have complimented me on how perfect our ceremony was. Alisa is one of the sweetest women I've come in contact with. She responds immediately and suggests wonderful unique additions for you to add to create a more special ceremony. Her delivery was meaningful and flawless. If you are reading this, BOOK HER! You will not regret it. If anything, you will be sad she cannot remain in your life as a friend :)

We loved everything you did for us Alisa. The memories you created will last in our hearts forever. Thank you.

Christine & Steve
OMG, where do I begin? Alisa was AMAZING. Completely blew my expectations away. Alisa made my ceremony something my guests Read more...
OMG, where do I begin? Alisa was AMAZING. Completely blew my expectations away. Alisa made my ceremony something my guests are still talking about. She took what myself and my husband said about each other, and crafted the most personalized, beautiful story of our love for us and our guests. So many people have complimented me on how perfect our ceremony was. Alisa is one of the sweetest women I've come in contact with. She responds immediately and suggests wonderful unique additions for you to add to create a more special ceremony. Her delivery was meaningful and flawless. If you are reading this, BOOK HER! You will not regret it. If anything, you will be sad she cannot remain in your life as a friend :)

We loved everything you did for us Alisa. The memories you created will last in our hearts forever. Thank you.

Christine & Steve Read less
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Connie
Wedding:
12/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Selecting Alisa for our ceremony was the best decision we made. From the day she invited us into her home to begin talking about our vision, we knew that we had found the person that we wanted standing with us on the day of our wedding. She provided so many wonderful, fresh ideas, wrote an incredibly touching script and was receptive to all of our requests and thoughts during the process. We saw family members alternating between laughter and tears during the ceremony, having learned intimate details about our relationship that we had not even shared with them. Our audience literally hung on every word, and after the ceremony, one question kept coming our way: "Who is that woman and where did you find her? She is FANTASTIC!" Many assumed she was a close friend, and by the end of the planning process, she was. You've made it this far, so you're halfway home. If you are planning a wedding today, tomorrow or anytime in the future, make sure it is Alisa standing with you on that date. We promise, it will be the best decision you can make! -- Bryan & Connie, 12/19/15
Selecting Alisa for our ceremony was the best decision we made. From the day she invited us into her home to begin talking Read more...
Selecting Alisa for our ceremony was the best decision we made. From the day she invited us into her home to begin talking about our vision, we knew that we had found the person that we wanted standing with us on the day of our wedding. She provided so many wonderful, fresh ideas, wrote an incredibly touching script and was receptive to all of our requests and thoughts during the process. We saw family members alternating between laughter and tears during the ceremony, having learned intimate details about our relationship that we had not even shared with them. Our audience literally hung on every word, and after the ceremony, one question kept coming our way: "Who is that woman and where did you find her? She is FANTASTIC!" Many assumed she was a close friend, and by the end of the planning process, she was. You've made it this far, so you're halfway home. If you are planning a wedding today, tomorrow or anytime in the future, make sure it is Alisa standing with you on that date. We promise, it will be the best decision you can make! -- Bryan & Connie, 12/19/15 Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
11/15/2015
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about how excellent Alisa is. We knew as soon as we met her that she was the perfect person to steer us on the journey we were on. From offering ideas to listening to every wish we had, she exceeded in every way. She was initially someone we wanted to perform our wedding but became so much more. Now we consider her a close friend, and we can't imagine our experience could have been any better. Alisa we can't say enough about how awesome you are !! xxoo
I cannot say enough about how excellent Alisa is. We knew as soon as we met her that she was the perfect person to steer Read more...
I cannot say enough about how excellent Alisa is. We knew as soon as we met her that she was the perfect person to steer us on the journey we were on. From offering ideas to listening to every wish we had, she exceeded in every way. She was initially someone we wanted to perform our wedding but became so much more. Now we consider her a close friend, and we can't imagine our experience could have been any better. Alisa we can't say enough about how awesome you are !! xxoo Read less
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Stacey
Wedding:
11/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Thank you Alisa for such an amazing experience. Happy tears and sad tears combined to make a very memorable day, and you were an important part of it. So easy to work with, a great listener and and now a true friend. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but please know how important you are to us and we can't say enough about the journey we were on together...
Love L & S :-)
Thank you Alisa for such an amazing experience. Happy tears and sad tears combined to make a very memorable day, and you Read more...
Thank you Alisa for such an amazing experience. Happy tears and sad tears combined to make a very memorable day, and you were an important part of it. So easy to work with, a great listener and and now a true friend. Thank you just doesn't seem like enough, but please know how important you are to us and we can't say enough about the journey we were on together...
Love L & S :-) Read less
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