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Custom Ceremonies

Oneonta , NY
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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... 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 warm, personalized 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. 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?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
MD, NY

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Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
(Bride here.) The fiance and I decided to get married a month after we got engaged so I could be on his health insurance, and saved the "real" wedding for a year down the road. We needed an officiate FAST, and found Emily through Wedding Wire. We were immediately attracted to the fact that she offers completely nondenominational, non-spiritual ceremonies. For our short civil ceremony, Emily worked with us every step of the way, providing us with a brief questionnaire, the answers to which she then crafted into a personalized ceremony. It went so well that we asked her to officiate our big wedding too! This time she gave us a slightly longer questionnaire, and the three of us went back and forth working on it until it was perfect.

Several of our guests commented on how great the ceremony was, and how well it expressed our personalities with some romance and a little humor thrown in. They were all surprised to learn that Emily did most of the work. Since it reflected us so well, they assumed we had written it all ourselves. Emily was a real pleasure to work with, and had great communication. Definitely recommended!!
(Bride here.) The fiance and I decided to get married a month after we got engaged so I could be on his health insurance, Read more...
(Bride here.) The fiance and I decided to get married a month after we got engaged so I could be on his health insurance, and saved the "real" wedding for a year down the road. We needed an officiate FAST, and found Emily through Wedding Wire. We were immediately attracted to the fact that she offers completely nondenominational, non-spiritual ceremonies. For our short civil ceremony, Emily worked with us every step of the way, providing us with a brief questionnaire, the answers to which she then crafted into a personalized ceremony. It went so well that we asked her to officiate our big wedding too! This time she gave us a slightly longer questionnaire, and the three of us went back and forth working on it until it was perfect.

Several of our guests commented on how great the ceremony was, and how well it expressed our personalities with some romance and a little humor thrown in. They were all surprised to learn that Emily did most of the work. Since it reflected us so well, they assumed we had written it all ourselves. Emily was a real pleasure to work with, and had great communication. Definitely recommended!! Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily was great to work with! Our ceremony was personal, yet to the point. Everyone remarked how beautiful it was.
Emily was great to work with! Our ceremony was personal, yet to the point. Everyone remarked how beautiful it was.
Emily was great to work with! Our ceremony was personal, yet to the point. Everyone remarked how beautiful it was. Read less
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Christina
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband Joseph and I couldn't have been happier with Emily and our ceremony. Joe and I live on Long Island. It's about 4 1/2 - 5 hours away from where we had our ceremony in Burlington Flats, Ny. Emily was insightful and was in constant contact with us throughout our wedding planning. We had only 5 months to get everything in order and we couldn't have pulled it off without Emily. The couples homework I found to be enjoyable. I enjoyed answering those questions and thinking back to the very begining. Then to share our answers with each other deffinantly brought our relationship to a whole new level. It made our ceremony even more special and we will cherish it forever. Joseph and I look forward to a future vow renewal. Thank you!

Love,
Joseph & Christina
My husband Joseph and I couldn't have been happier with Emily and our ceremony. Joe and I live on Long Island. It's about Read more...
My husband Joseph and I couldn't have been happier with Emily and our ceremony. Joe and I live on Long Island. It's about 4 1/2 - 5 hours away from where we had our ceremony in Burlington Flats, Ny. Emily was insightful and was in constant contact with us throughout our wedding planning. We had only 5 months to get everything in order and we couldn't have pulled it off without Emily. The couples homework I found to be enjoyable. I enjoyed answering those questions and thinking back to the very begining. Then to share our answers with each other deffinantly brought our relationship to a whole new level. It made our ceremony even more special and we will cherish it forever. Joseph and I look forward to a future vow renewal. Thank you!

Love,
Joseph & Christina Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
9/19/2014
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Emily was the officiant for our wedding this past September at Cutler Botanical Gardens in Binghamton, NY. My husband and I live out of town so all of our communication with Emily leading up to the wedding was through email; she is SO quick to respond every single time we had a small or large inquiry. She has you fill out a questionnaire to help format the ceremony - and she does an amazing job piecing your responses together to make a personal and witty ceremony! The first draft she sent to us was so perfect. I loved how many examples she had of each detail of the ceremony and that we were able to pick and choose exactly what we wanted to be incorporated. She truly caught who we are as individuals and who we are as a couple.
Emily was the officiant for our wedding this past September at Cutler Botanical Gardens in Binghamton, NY. My husband and Read more...
Emily was the officiant for our wedding this past September at Cutler Botanical Gardens in Binghamton, NY. My husband and I live out of town so all of our communication with Emily leading up to the wedding was through email; she is SO quick to respond every single time we had a small or large inquiry. She has you fill out a questionnaire to help format the ceremony - and she does an amazing job piecing your responses together to make a personal and witty ceremony! The first draft she sent to us was so perfect. I loved how many examples she had of each detail of the ceremony and that we were able to pick and choose exactly what we wanted to be incorporated. She truly caught who we are as individuals and who we are as a couple. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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j
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Going with Custom Ceremonies was one of the best vendor decisions we made. Whereas, with other vendors, we constantly had to be checking in and making sure they still remembered us, with Emily, we always felt fully attended to. In fact, she stayed on top of us to make sure we were getting everything done on time. (It was much needed.) She is incredibly organized and efficient.
The ceremony itself turned out great. We laughed; we cried; it was better than Cats. It is now a month later and guests are still telling us how surprised they were by the emotional spectrum they experienced, all thanks to Emily's well-chosen questions and eloquent synthesis of our answers. We're very grateful.
Going with Custom Ceremonies was one of the best vendor decisions we made. Whereas, with other vendors, we constantly had Read more...
Going with Custom Ceremonies was one of the best vendor decisions we made. Whereas, with other vendors, we constantly had to be checking in and making sure they still remembered us, with Emily, we always felt fully attended to. In fact, she stayed on top of us to make sure we were getting everything done on time. (It was much needed.) She is incredibly organized and efficient.
The ceremony itself turned out great. We laughed; we cried; it was better than Cats. It is now a month later and guests are still telling us how surprised they were by the emotional spectrum they experienced, all thanks to Emily's well-chosen questions and eloquent synthesis of our answers. We're very grateful. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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sueanne
Wedding:
8/31/2014
5.0/5.0
The ceremony held at West Branch resort (Hancock, NY) on 8.31.14 was beautiful! Emily arrived promptly for the rehearsal (after a time change) and walked through the ceremony in a warm, calm, and professional manner. The next day, from the time I entered the pavilion (MOB) I was mesmerized by Emily's calm delivery and how easily the ceremony flowed. She added just enough humor and personal stories to make it a very memorable ceremony. Not only me but many, many guests asked me if Emily was related since she spoke as if you knew the bride and groom. I would highly recommend Emily for creating a unique, special and personal ceremony!
The ceremony held at West Branch resort (Hancock, NY) on 8.31.14 was beautiful! Emily arrived promptly for the rehearsal Read more...
The ceremony held at West Branch resort (Hancock, NY) on 8.31.14 was beautiful! Emily arrived promptly for the rehearsal (after a time change) and walked through the ceremony in a warm, calm, and professional manner. The next day, from the time I entered the pavilion (MOB) I was mesmerized by Emily's calm delivery and how easily the ceremony flowed. She added just enough humor and personal stories to make it a very memorable ceremony. Not only me but many, many guests asked me if Emily was related since she spoke as if you knew the bride and groom. I would highly recommend Emily for creating a unique, special and personal ceremony! Read less
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Shannon
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Emily provided us with a very personalized and warm wedding ceremony. Even thoughh we were unable to meet with her before the ceremony because we don't live in the area, she got to know us through emails and a questionnaire and wrote a sweet and meaningful ceremony for us. She helped us to include the perfect vows and reading. Many of our friends and family members commented on how beautiful the ceremony was.
Emily provided us with a very personalized and warm wedding ceremony. Even thoughh we were unable to meet with her before Read more...
Emily provided us with a very personalized and warm wedding ceremony. Even thoughh we were unable to meet with her before the ceremony because we don't live in the area, she got to know us through emails and a questionnaire and wrote a sweet and meaningful ceremony for us. She helped us to include the perfect vows and reading. Many of our friends and family members commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Charlotte
Wedding:
8/3/2014
5.0/5.0
The ceremony Emily performed for us was so beautiful and meaningful. She was extremely responsive to our feedback and ideas.

We received so many compliments about the ceremony from our guests, who all said it was so thoughtfully written and reflected our relationship perfectly.
The ceremony Emily performed for us was so beautiful and meaningful. She was extremely responsive to our feedback and Read more...
The ceremony Emily performed for us was so beautiful and meaningful. She was extremely responsive to our feedback and ideas.

We received so many compliments about the ceremony from our guests, who all said it was so thoughtfully written and reflected our relationship perfectly. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Emily wrote a beautiful ceremony script for our wedding. Our friend was the officiant and enjoyed reading it very much and afterwards several guests told us how perfect the ceremony itself was- religious, touching, and funny all in one- there were several moments where people were cracking up during the ceremony and then crying the next. She was very easy to work with and we would certainly recommend Emily to write your ceremony script- and I'm sure she's a wonderful officiant as well!
Emily wrote a beautiful ceremony script for our wedding. Our friend was the officiant and enjoyed reading it very much and Read more...
Emily wrote a beautiful ceremony script for our wedding. Our friend was the officiant and enjoyed reading it very much and afterwards several guests told us how perfect the ceremony itself was- religious, touching, and funny all in one- there were several moments where people were cracking up during the ceremony and then crying the next. She was very easy to work with and we would certainly recommend Emily to write your ceremony script- and I'm sure she's a wonderful officiant as well! Read less
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dina
Wedding:
7/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I very recently got married and Emily was fantastic! Our wedding was unique not only because there was a blending of two faiths, there were also some bittersweet details that were happening for both my husband and me and Emily wove theses things together seamlessly. Our guests were so touched by the personal nature of the ceremony and loved how Emily told our story while weaving both Christian and Jewish customs/traditions throughout. My father had recently passed prior to our wedding and Emily effortlessly brought his spirit to life as she talked about him and paid remembrance to him. My mother, sister and I will forever be grateful for how beautifully she did this. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone-she was simply wonderful.
I very recently got married and Emily was fantastic! Our wedding was unique not only because there was a blending of two Read more...
I very recently got married and Emily was fantastic! Our wedding was unique not only because there was a blending of two faiths, there were also some bittersweet details that were happening for both my husband and me and Emily wove theses things together seamlessly. Our guests were so touched by the personal nature of the ceremony and loved how Emily told our story while weaving both Christian and Jewish customs/traditions throughout. My father had recently passed prior to our wedding and Emily effortlessly brought his spirit to life as she talked about him and paid remembrance to him. My mother, sister and I will forever be grateful for how beautifully she did this. I would highly recommend Emily to anyone-she was simply wonderful. Read less
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