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Custom Ceremonies

Oneonta , NY
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Oneonta, NY 13820 US (map)

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The best wedding ceremony your guests have ever attended - and you will remember it forever! Emily VanLaeys provides meaningful ceremonies for those who recognize the importance of the... Read more
The best wedding ceremony your guests have ever attended - and you will remember it forever! Emily VanLaeys provides meaningful ceremonies for those who recognize the importance of the words and ritualsthat will bind you together for a lifetime of shared experiences. Emily specializes in nonreligious, interfaith, spiritual, intercultural, and civil ceremonies. As a graduate of the Celebrant Foundation and Institute USA, she has been trained in the art and orchestration of ceremony.

Emily will create a heartfelt wedding ceremony that reflects your beliefs and values, and your unique love story. Emily's individualized ceremonies include not just your choices of readings and vows, but a script written just for you, based on your feelings and stories about each other. The bride and groom have the final say about every word.

Emily's services include an interview, unlimited consultation during the ceremony planning and writing process, use of a sound system as needed, the rehearsal, and a keepsake ceremony. She will officiate at the ceremony with warmth and joy. Fees are variable depending on the complexity of the ceremony and the distance of the venue from Oneonta.

Please contact Emily via her website: http://www.customweddingceremoniesbyemily.com 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, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
MD, NY

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Omid
Wedding:
10/16/2015
5.0/5.0
Emily was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and always quickly responded to any questions we had. She really made it easy for us. We would definitely recommend her for anyone else looking to get married.
Emily was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and always quickly responded to any questions we had. She Read more...
Emily was a pleasure to work with. She was extremely helpful and always quickly responded to any questions we had. She really made it easy for us. We would definitely recommend her for anyone else looking to get married. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Keely
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Working with Emily was wonderful! When our plans with our Officiant fell through just 6 weeks before our wedding, we contacted Emily after reading other great reviews on Wedding Wire. We were living out of state but it was very easy to work with Emily via phone and email and she was always very prompt in responding and with revisions or suggestions. She gave us many options to chose from and guided us with her expertise to create the perfect custom ceremony. I really liked that she provided detailed Rehearsal instructions that we were able to use with our venue since we decided not to have her attend the rehearsal due to distance. From start to finish she was clear, organized and helpful. The keepsake ceremony that she mailed us after our wedding was an added bonus! I would recommend Emily's services to anyone planning a custom wedding ceremony.
Working with Emily was wonderful! When our plans with our Officiant fell through just 6 weeks before our wedding, we Read more...
Working with Emily was wonderful! When our plans with our Officiant fell through just 6 weeks before our wedding, we contacted Emily after reading other great reviews on Wedding Wire. We were living out of state but it was very easy to work with Emily via phone and email and she was always very prompt in responding and with revisions or suggestions. She gave us many options to chose from and guided us with her expertise to create the perfect custom ceremony. I really liked that she provided detailed Rehearsal instructions that we were able to use with our venue since we decided not to have her attend the rehearsal due to distance. From start to finish she was clear, organized and helpful. The keepsake ceremony that she mailed us after our wedding was an added bonus! I would recommend Emily's services to anyone planning a custom wedding ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Robert
Wedding:
8/30/2015
5.0/5.0
We were absolutely delighted to work with Emily on our wedding ceremony. Not living nearby, our conversations took place via phone and email. This was not a barrier as Emily was always thorough, prompt and professional throughout our communications.

My favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony. I attribute a significant part why to the work and dedication Emily put forth in crafting our story. She was able to weave our experiences as a couple into a greater narrative about the journey of life and the preciousness of existence and love. The presentation was personal but had a timeless quality. It informed many who had not known our story and its message left an indelible mark on others. Attendees of all stripes, cynical and otherwise, praised the beauty of the ceremony and the simple elegance of the affair that Emily helped to create.

I highly recommend Emily.
We were absolutely delighted to work with Emily on our wedding ceremony. Not living nearby, our conversations took place Read more...
We were absolutely delighted to work with Emily on our wedding ceremony. Not living nearby, our conversations took place via phone and email. This was not a barrier as Emily was always thorough, prompt and professional throughout our communications.

My favorite part of our wedding was the ceremony. I attribute a significant part why to the work and dedication Emily put forth in crafting our story. She was able to weave our experiences as a couple into a greater narrative about the journey of life and the preciousness of existence and love. The presentation was personal but had a timeless quality. It informed many who had not known our story and its message left an indelible mark on others. Attendees of all stripes, cynical and otherwise, praised the beauty of the ceremony and the simple elegance of the affair that Emily helped to create.

I highly recommend Emily. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Emily was excellent! We had her write a ceremony for a friend to perform. She sent a great list of questions which my fiance and I had a blast answering independently. She has great options for readings and ceremonies to choose from and was also open to any ideas and options we brought to the table. Based on the surveys she was able to get a very good idea of who we were and what made our relationship special. She wrote about it so eloquently. We had MANY/MOST people come up to us and comment on how much they loved the ceremony and how personal and meaningful it was. A friend that was at our wedding is hiring Emily now to write her ceremony:) It meant so much to me that everyone in attendance "felt it" the way we did during the ceremony... there were happy tears everywhere. The quality of ceremony made the entire event! Thank you Emily!
Emily was excellent! We had her write a ceremony for a friend to perform. She sent a great list of questions which my Read more...
Emily was excellent! We had her write a ceremony for a friend to perform. She sent a great list of questions which my fiance and I had a blast answering independently. She has great options for readings and ceremonies to choose from and was also open to any ideas and options we brought to the table. Based on the surveys she was able to get a very good idea of who we were and what made our relationship special. She wrote about it so eloquently. We had MANY/MOST people come up to us and comment on how much they loved the ceremony and how personal and meaningful it was. A friend that was at our wedding is hiring Emily now to write her ceremony:) It meant so much to me that everyone in attendance "felt it" the way we did during the ceremony... there were happy tears everywhere. The quality of ceremony made the entire event! Thank you Emily! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I give Emily 5 out of 5 stars as she did a great job officiating our wedding from start to finish. One of the most important things to have with your wedding vendors is communication. Emily did a great job always staying on point and in contact with us throughout the process. The process started with a meeting in person to go over some wedding details and us giving her information on what we were looking for in our ceremony. One of the best things about Emily is that she will help you create a unique and special ceremony, tailored to the couple. She has plenty of ideas and suggestions for your ceremony, but was never forceful with her thoughts. As for the value, she was a little bit more pricey than other officiants, however being a firm believer of you get what you pay for, we were not disappointed in the least. If you are looking for a perfect wedding ceremony, choose Emily!
I give Emily 5 out of 5 stars as she did a great job officiating our wedding from start to finish. One of the most Read more...
I give Emily 5 out of 5 stars as she did a great job officiating our wedding from start to finish. One of the most important things to have with your wedding vendors is communication. Emily did a great job always staying on point and in contact with us throughout the process. The process started with a meeting in person to go over some wedding details and us giving her information on what we were looking for in our ceremony. One of the best things about Emily is that she will help you create a unique and special ceremony, tailored to the couple. She has plenty of ideas and suggestions for your ceremony, but was never forceful with her thoughts. As for the value, she was a little bit more pricey than other officiants, however being a firm believer of you get what you pay for, we were not disappointed in the least. If you are looking for a perfect wedding ceremony, choose Emily! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jill
Wedding:
8/22/2015
5.0/5.0
Emily performed an amazing ceremony for us. She takes the time to get to know a couple through a detailed couple's questionnaire which was my favorite part of wedding planning-- reading my husband's responses was really a touching experience. This allowed Emily to craft a ceremony for us that was truly intimate and thoughtful. A number of people commented to us afterwards how much they loved our ceremony and wanted to know how Emily knew us so well..... a true testament to her gift for writing beautiful ceremonies. My parents also loved the parent recognition and it meant a lot to us to be able to thank them on our big day. Emily was thoughtful, responsive and detail oriented during all the planning .. highly recommend.
Emily performed an amazing ceremony for us. She takes the time to get to know a couple through a detailed couple's Read more...
Emily performed an amazing ceremony for us. She takes the time to get to know a couple through a detailed couple's questionnaire which was my favorite part of wedding planning-- reading my husband's responses was really a touching experience. This allowed Emily to craft a ceremony for us that was truly intimate and thoughtful. A number of people commented to us afterwards how much they loved our ceremony and wanted to know how Emily knew us so well..... a true testament to her gift for writing beautiful ceremonies. My parents also loved the parent recognition and it meant a lot to us to be able to thank them on our big day. Emily was thoughtful, responsive and detail oriented during all the planning .. highly recommend. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We found Emily through wedding wire and we were on short notice given our plans. She was extremely responsive in her emails. As we were planning from out of town, we conducted our meetings via Skype and only met her on the day! In our first Skype meeting we were very impressed at how thorough she was in her questions. It seemed she really wanted to know us and our story to make sure she made the event personalized and special for us. She provided great ideas and worked well with us as we made edits and suggestions to get to the final script for the day. Given we were coming from out of town we did not have a rehearsal. She arrived early as stated and did a quick walk through with us. The wedding went extremely well and people commented on how they liked how personal it seemed. We definitely recommend Emily if you are looking for an officiant for your wedding.
We found Emily through wedding wire and we were on short notice given our plans. She was extremely responsive in her Read more...
We found Emily through wedding wire and we were on short notice given our plans. She was extremely responsive in her emails. As we were planning from out of town, we conducted our meetings via Skype and only met her on the day! In our first Skype meeting we were very impressed at how thorough she was in her questions. It seemed she really wanted to know us and our story to make sure she made the event personalized and special for us. She provided great ideas and worked well with us as we made edits and suggestions to get to the final script for the day. Given we were coming from out of town we did not have a rehearsal. She arrived early as stated and did a quick walk through with us. The wedding went extremely well and people commented on how they liked how personal it seemed. We definitely recommend Emily if you are looking for an officiant for your wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jenny
Wedding:
7/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Emily was JOY to work with from start to finish on our lovely destination wedding. We live far away from her, so we mostly communicated through email. But the emails felt like we were chatting with an old friend. Emily is warm, responsive, helpful, kind, and has a great sense of humor. She maintained her stong presence at our ceremony amid some last minute challenges. The story she wrote for us and performed for our guests was moving and poetic. Do not hesitate to hire Emily if you want a personalized ceremony and a smooth, stress-free experience!
Emily was JOY to work with from start to finish on our lovely destination wedding. We live far away from her, so we mostly Read more...
Emily was JOY to work with from start to finish on our lovely destination wedding. We live far away from her, so we mostly communicated through email. But the emails felt like we were chatting with an old friend. Emily is warm, responsive, helpful, kind, and has a great sense of humor. She maintained her stong presence at our ceremony amid some last minute challenges. The story she wrote for us and performed for our guests was moving and poetic. Do not hesitate to hire Emily if you want a personalized ceremony and a smooth, stress-free experience! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/24/2015
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony was absolutely perfect! It was completely personalized for us. Our guests are still commenting on the uniqueness of our ceremony. We were unable to meet with Emily prior to our event and coresponded entirely through email. She was very easy to work with, extremely organized and very prompt to respond to our emails. She put together a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish for the rest of our lives.
Our ceremony was absolutely perfect! It was completely personalized for us. Our guests are still commenting on the Read more...
Our ceremony was absolutely perfect! It was completely personalized for us. Our guests are still commenting on the uniqueness of our ceremony. We were unable to meet with Emily prior to our event and coresponded entirely through email. She was very easy to work with, extremely organized and very prompt to respond to our emails. She put together a beautiful ceremony that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Emily was great to work with from start to finish for my daughter's wedding. Emily is a "Life Cycle Celebrant" who truly can appreciate the joys of a marriage and help to share that vision with all who participate. She worked closely with my daughter and her fiance to make the ceremony uniquely theirs. We highly recommend Emily!
Emily was great to work with from start to finish for my daughter's wedding. Emily is a "Life Cycle Celebrant" who truly Read more...
Emily was great to work with from start to finish for my daughter's wedding. Emily is a "Life Cycle Celebrant" who truly can appreciate the joys of a marriage and help to share that vision with all who participate. She worked closely with my daughter and her fiance to make the ceremony uniquely theirs. We highly recommend Emily! Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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