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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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kaitlyn
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
The wedding ceremony was my favorite part of the big day largely because of the beautiful work that Emily prepared. She took her time to get to know us as a couple and her words truely celebrated us as a couple. She seamlessly tied in multiple traditions, as we are an interfaith couple, and was at the ready to accommodate any request that we threw her way. Yet, when she saw that something might not work exactly as we envisioned, she was quick to come up with multiple solutions that were better than the original. She is very professional and extremely quick to answer emails and inquires, which I greatly appreciated. I cannot thank Emily enough for all she did. I have already had many people come up to me saying that the ceremony was the most beautiful and unique ceremony that they had ever been a part of.
The wedding ceremony was my favorite part of the big day largely because of the beautiful work that Emily prepared. She Read more...
The wedding ceremony was my favorite part of the big day largely because of the beautiful work that Emily prepared. She took her time to get to know us as a couple and her words truely celebrated us as a couple. She seamlessly tied in multiple traditions, as we are an interfaith couple, and was at the ready to accommodate any request that we threw her way. Yet, when she saw that something might not work exactly as we envisioned, she was quick to come up with multiple solutions that were better than the original. She is very professional and extremely quick to answer emails and inquires, which I greatly appreciated. I cannot thank Emily enough for all she did. I have already had many people come up to me saying that the ceremony was the most beautiful and unique ceremony that they had ever been a part of. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I got married on August 20th Emily was always on top of emails she always made me feel like she was there to listen if I had any questions throughout the planning of the wedding they sent out samples of vowels and wording so I could put together. Emily wasn't able to do our wedding so she had her husband Mark do a for us. He was very professional and super sweet also. Everything on the day of the wedding went so perfectly...They added a special touch of sweetness everyone said how amazing everything was put together. They also said that they never went to a wedding where they actually wanted to listen to what the officiant was saying and mark had everyone's attention and had everyone in tears, Even the men were crying. Once again Super romantic ,supers sweet , super professional I wouldn't have it any other way ...it was worth every single penny. I would recommend in them in a heartbeat.
I got married on August 20th Emily was always on top of emails she always made me feel like she was there to listen if I Read more...
I got married on August 20th Emily was always on top of emails she always made me feel like she was there to listen if I had any questions throughout the planning of the wedding they sent out samples of vowels and wording so I could put together. Emily wasn't able to do our wedding so she had her husband Mark do a for us. He was very professional and super sweet also. Everything on the day of the wedding went so perfectly...They added a special touch of sweetness everyone said how amazing everything was put together. They also said that they never went to a wedding where they actually wanted to listen to what the officiant was saying and mark had everyone's attention and had everyone in tears, Even the men were crying. Once again Super romantic ,supers sweet , super professional I wouldn't have it any other way ...it was worth every single penny. I would recommend in them in a heartbeat. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kristin
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We were told by almost every guest at our wedding that Emilys ceremony script and delivery made our wedding one of or the best ceremonies they had heard. The script was so personalize, and wonderfully delivered, that many guests told us they felt like they were really a part of our wedding and of the experience. We cannot describe the extent of our appreciate for Emilys time and involvement, she was an integral part of what made our day absolutely perfect for us!
We were told by almost every guest at our wedding that Emilys ceremony script and delivery made our wedding one of or the Read more...
We were told by almost every guest at our wedding that Emilys ceremony script and delivery made our wedding one of or the best ceremonies they had heard. The script was so personalize, and wonderfully delivered, that many guests told us they felt like they were really a part of our wedding and of the experience. We cannot describe the extent of our appreciate for Emilys time and involvement, she was an integral part of what made our day absolutely perfect for us! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Claude
Wedding:
6/18/2016
5.0/5.0
Working with Emily was great! We only got to meet her on the day of the wedding so we worked everything out through email. Even with her standard package she still made sure to include personal details about us and make the ceremony truly unique to us. We got many compliments on the beautiful words and readings that were read. She also provided a wonderful keepsake ceremony for us to remember the words we chose on our wedding day. Thanks again for the amazing job!
Working with Emily was great! We only got to meet her on the day of the wedding so we worked everything out through email. Read more...
Working with Emily was great! We only got to meet her on the day of the wedding so we worked everything out through email. Even with her standard package she still made sure to include personal details about us and make the ceremony truly unique to us. We got many compliments on the beautiful words and readings that were read. She also provided a wonderful keepsake ceremony for us to remember the words we chose on our wedding day. Thanks again for the amazing job! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Carla
Wedding:
5/28/2016
5.0/5.0
Emily was amazing. She put together the most beautiful ceremony and told our love story so elegantly. She had our crowd laughing, crying and cheering.
Emily was amazing. She put together the most beautiful ceremony and told our love story so elegantly. She had our crowd Read more...
Emily was amazing. She put together the most beautiful ceremony and told our love story so elegantly. She had our crowd laughing, crying and cheering. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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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:
1+ year ago
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:
1+ year ago
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
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