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Dreams Made Real

Neptune City , NJ

LOCATION

20 Oliver Drive
Neptune City, NJ US 07719 (map)

PHONE

732-894-3727

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

We’re Joe and Kathy McLaughlin, Ordained and Certified Wedding Celebrants. With your help, we can orchestrate a beautiful and personalized wedding made just for you. Every wedding is as... Read more
We’re Joe and Kathy McLaughlin, Ordained and Certified Wedding Celebrants. With your help, we can orchestrate a beautiful and personalized wedding made just for you. Every wedding is as unique as the couples themselves.

We believe that your wedding should reflect your style and let your love and joy be the focal point of the day. Your ceremony can be as religious or as non-religious as you want. You can include The Sand Ceremony, The Rose Ceremony, Hand-Fasting, and of course, The Family Unity Ceremony, if you’d like. You are only limited to the creation of your imagination. All couples are welcome since we strongly believe that every one deserves a chance at happiness.

We are located in Belmar, Monmouth County, NJ, but have performed weddings all over the state. We have performed weddings on the beach, in parks, gazebos, even on a riverboat!

We have been married to each other since June 1995. Joe started out as an Ordained Fire Chaplain with his local fire department. His duties included funeral services for fallen firefighters and counseling services for the surviving family members. He started doing wedding ceremonies in 2003 when his son asked him if he could officiate his wedding. Since then, Joe has done numerous wedding celebrations and reaffirmations. Joe feels it is a joy and an honored privilege to be a part of a couple’s special day.

Kathy has been a certified bridal consultant since 1994, but has helped brides plan and organize their weddings since 1982. She became certified through Weddings Beautiful, Inc. and is now a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants and International Association of Wedding and Event Professionals. She has worked in several bridal shops and has a secret talent for matching brides with the perfect bridal gown and accessories. She is also a Certified Ordained Minister. Kathy has written and published many articles on the aspects of planning a wedding. Joe and Kathy have also had their own wedding vows featured in, "The Complete Book of Wedding Vows", by Diane Warner.



If you are interested in contacting us to see what we can do for you, please call us at 732-894-3727. We look forward to helping create your very unique and very personal wedding. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. We do weddings wherever the couple prefers. We have done weddings in parks, on the beach, in garden gazebos, and even on a riverboat!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
We most certainly are. We work with you to create memorable vows made just for you. You provide the words and ideas and we create a ceremony with your story and your love as the main focus. Your vows can be as traditional as those written in "The Book of Common Prayer" or as non-traditional as you like. This is your day and therefore it should reflect your style and your tastes.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Most definitely! Every couple is asked if they prefer to write their own vows or if we can custom write them for you with your beliefs, your style and your dreams in mind.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No. Each couple is encouraged to choose readings from wherever they find inspiration. They are not required to have any readings if they do not want them.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, since we are non-denominational.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
We will orchestrate your rehearsal as well as work with your banquet manager, wedding coordinator or your maitre'd.

REVIEWS

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Kristy
Wedding:
8/20/2011
4.9/5.0
Dreams Made Real actually DID MAKE our dream a reality!!!!!!

Ceremonies tend to be generic and boring. We had no idea how unique and special a wedding ceremony could (AND SHOULD) be!!!!! Thank you Joe & Kathy for making our ceremony just as SPECIAL AND WONDERFUL as our party!

Kathy was great to work with and was always available for help, questions, etc. (perfect for a stressed busy bride!) and Joe did a great job with our ceremony.

It was A PLEASURE working with both of them. I would HIGHLY recommend Dreams Made Real to anyone!!!
Dreams Made Real actually DID MAKE our dream a reality!!!!!!

Ceremonies tend to be generic and boring. We had no Read more...
Dreams Made Real actually DID MAKE our dream a reality!!!!!!

Ceremonies tend to be generic and boring. We had no idea how unique and special a wedding ceremony could (AND SHOULD) be!!!!! Thank you Joe & Kathy for making our ceremony just as SPECIAL AND WONDERFUL as our party!

Kathy was great to work with and was always available for help, questions, etc. (perfect for a stressed busy bride!) and Joe did a great job with our ceremony.

It was A PLEASURE working with both of them. I would HIGHLY recommend Dreams Made Real to anyone!!! Read less
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Tammy
Wedding:
12/19/2010
5.0/5.0
We couldn't be happier with the service you provided. You were very professional but personal and thoughtful. Even though it was a winter out door wedding, near a lake no less, you provided us with the service we wanted without hesitation. It was a pleasure to deal with some one so knowledgeable and considerate, I would highly recommend your services to anyone. Thank you once again for doing such a wonderful job! Sincerely, Tammy Vreeland
We couldn't be happier with the service you provided. You were very professional but personal and thoughtful. Even though Read more...
We couldn't be happier with the service you provided. You were very professional but personal and thoughtful. Even though it was a winter out door wedding, near a lake no less, you provided us with the service we wanted without hesitation. It was a pleasure to deal with some one so knowledgeable and considerate, I would highly recommend your services to anyone. Thank you once again for doing such a wonderful job! Sincerely, Tammy Vreeland Read less
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moongirl110
Wedding:
12/19/2010
4.6/5.0
They were really great!

Pointers For Future Brides:

-Always remember to have everyone that will be in the ceremony in the rehearsal
-Never let someone who really know whats going on mandate flowing of the ceremony
-Always keep a smile on
They were really great!

Pointers For Future Brides:

-Always remember to have everyone that will be in Read more...
They were really great!

Pointers For Future Brides:

-Always remember to have everyone that will be in the ceremony in the rehearsal
-Never let someone who really know whats going on mandate flowing of the ceremony
-Always keep a smile on Read less
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dlyons518
Wedding:
9/4/2010
5.0/5.0
everyone loved our ceremony, we loved being able to have so much input
everyone loved our ceremony, we loved being able to have so much input
everyone loved our ceremony, we loved being able to have so much input Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
2/6/2010
5.0/5.0
Both Kathy & Joe were great! They helped me along with the process with such ease! Great recommendations on vendors! Thanks guys!
Both Kathy & Joe were great! They helped me along with the process with such ease! Great recommendations on vendors! Read more...
Both Kathy & Joe were great! They helped me along with the process with such ease! Great recommendations on vendors! Thanks guys! Read less
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Carissa
Wedding:
11/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Kathy and Joe at Dreams Made Real were fantastic. They were extremely helpful and responded right away with all of our questions/concerns. They went above and beyond to make our day special. Thank you again for a perfect ceremony!
Kathy and Joe at Dreams Made Real were fantastic. They were extremely helpful and responded right away with all of our Read more...
Kathy and Joe at Dreams Made Real were fantastic. They were extremely helpful and responded right away with all of our questions/concerns. They went above and beyond to make our day special. Thank you again for a perfect ceremony! Read less
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Vanessa
Wedding:
10/11/2009
5.0/5.0
Joe and Kathy were wonderful to work with. They were helpful in designing the ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Our wedding was perfect! I would absolutely recommend their services to anyone.
Joe and Kathy were wonderful to work with. They were helpful in designing the ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Our Read more...
Joe and Kathy were wonderful to work with. They were helpful in designing the ceremony exactly how we wanted it. Our wedding was perfect! I would absolutely recommend their services to anyone. Read less
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Denise
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I needed to find an officiant very quickly. I found Dreams Made Real online, and contacted them via email. I received a quick and detailed response, and confirmed our date. Kathy was a great help in putting together our vows and everything was ready for our wedding day. They were beyond helpful and patient on our day (the bride and groom were late!!!). But everything went as planned, and we are extremely satisfied with Dreams Made Real and definitely recommend them to officiate any ceremony.
My fiance and I needed to find an officiant very quickly. I found Dreams Made Real online, and contacted them via email. I Read more...
My fiance and I needed to find an officiant very quickly. I found Dreams Made Real online, and contacted them via email. I received a quick and detailed response, and confirmed our date. Kathy was a great help in putting together our vows and everything was ready for our wedding day. They were beyond helpful and patient on our day (the bride and groom were late!!!). But everything went as planned, and we are extremely satisfied with Dreams Made Real and definitely recommend them to officiate any ceremony. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/18/2009
5.0/5.0
We found Kathy and Joe through Wedding Wire when we were looking for a non-traditional officiant for our wedding. Neither my husband nor I are very religious, and we wanted something meaningful and personal for our wedding. Kathy and Joe met with us at our wedding site and discussed many non-traditional ceremony options with us. They were kind and personable and extremely helpful from the first day we came into contact with them.

One of Kathy and Joe's strengths is their responsiveness. Kathy would get back to me within a day- and most of the time, within hours- of my emails to her. I cannot express how grateful I was for this aspect of working with them. Kathy is wonderful to work with- always optimistic and supportive and working hard to find exactly the right words to express exactly what we wanted.

Though we only met with them in person once, Kathy and Joe acted as if we had known them for years. I honestly got to the point where I felt that I was emailing back and forth with a friend. I would recommend Kathy and Joe to anyone looking for a wedding officiant, and their price was extremely reasonable considering the amount of time and work they spend helping and preparing for each ceremony.

Thank you, Kathy and Joe!
We found Kathy and Joe through Wedding Wire when we were looking for a non-traditional officiant for our wedding. Neither Read more...
We found Kathy and Joe through Wedding Wire when we were looking for a non-traditional officiant for our wedding. Neither my husband nor I are very religious, and we wanted something meaningful and personal for our wedding. Kathy and Joe met with us at our wedding site and discussed many non-traditional ceremony options with us. They were kind and personable and extremely helpful from the first day we came into contact with them.

One of Kathy and Joe's strengths is their responsiveness. Kathy would get back to me within a day- and most of the time, within hours- of my emails to her. I cannot express how grateful I was for this aspect of working with them. Kathy is wonderful to work with- always optimistic and supportive and working hard to find exactly the right words to express exactly what we wanted.

Though we only met with them in person once, Kathy and Joe acted as if we had known them for years. I honestly got to the point where I felt that I was emailing back and forth with a friend. I would recommend Kathy and Joe to anyone looking for a wedding officiant, and their price was extremely reasonable considering the amount of time and work they spend helping and preparing for each ceremony.

Thank you, Kathy and Joe! Read less
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daniella1030
Wedding:
6/5/2009
5.0/5.0
Kathy and Joe are amazing to work with. Everybody is talking about how beautiful my ceremony was. I was very happy with everything and I highly recommend them for your wedding.
Our ceremony had to be strictly "non-religious" due to differences of faith within he family and it worked out amazing.
Kathy and Joe are amazing to work with. Everybody is talking about how beautiful my ceremony was. I was very happy with Read more...
Kathy and Joe are amazing to work with. Everybody is talking about how beautiful my ceremony was. I was very happy with everything and I highly recommend them for your wedding.
Our ceremony had to be strictly "non-religious" due to differences of faith within he family and it worked out amazing. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
5/3/2009
4.4/5.0
We hired Dreams Made Real to officiant our wedding in NJ. They were extremely pleasant to deal with and helped us put together the actual ceremony. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we couldn't have been more pleased. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.
We hired Dreams Made Real to officiant our wedding in NJ. They were extremely pleasant to deal with and helped us put Read more...
We hired Dreams Made Real to officiant our wedding in NJ. They were extremely pleasant to deal with and helped us put together the actual ceremony. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we couldn't have been more pleased. I would definitely recommend them to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Due to my wedding date, we were unable to use their services. They referred us to another officiant and we couldn't have been happier with them.
I'd like to thank Kathy for all of her help with helping us get in touch with the other officiant.
She was such a great help and had an excellent referral.
Thanks Kathy!
Sue
Due to my wedding date, we were unable to use their services. They referred us to another officiant and we couldn't have Read more...
Due to my wedding date, we were unable to use their services. They referred us to another officiant and we couldn't have been happier with them.
I'd like to thank Kathy for all of her help with helping us get in touch with the other officiant.
She was such a great help and had an excellent referral.
Thanks Kathy!
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Dreams Made Real responded with the following comments:

Thanks Sue, I was so glad to help! I'm glad that Pattie and Kenny did such an amazing job for you. Congratulations and good luck to you both.
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Kristine
Wedding:
10/18/2008
3.8/5.0
Got the date and place confussed a few times and didnt show for our 2st meeting but the day of went great. They were early and Kathy helped me with last minute things! Cant beat the price either..
Got the date and place confussed a few times and didnt show for our 2st meeting but the day of went great. They were early Read more...
Got the date and place confussed a few times and didnt show for our 2st meeting but the day of went great. They were early and Kathy helped me with last minute things! Cant beat the price either.. Read less
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Dreams Made Real responded with the following comments:

Our first meeting was rescheduled because bride sent an email stating that she and her fiance were having car problems. We met with her the following week. Also, she was constantly changing her ceremony even though her deadline had passed. 4 hours before her ceremony, she actually sent me her newest edition of the ceremony making us scramble to redo everything. When we got to the venue, she has us decorating her site, and she was not charged for this additional work. I feel we were more than accomodating for this couple and spent more time with her and on her ceremony than any other couple we've had the pleasure of working with. I was very disappointed that she was not happy with our services.
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Reneexyz
Wedding:
6/15/2008
4.0/5.0
We were mostly happy with this service. He showed up early and provided what we needed. However, he did forget to say "you may now kiss your bride". This was a renewal of vows ceremony and I had to remind him to say it.
The price they charge is so much better than anyone else. So if you are looking to save money, they are well worth hiring!
We were mostly happy with this service. He showed up early and provided what we needed. However, he did forget to say "you Read more...
We were mostly happy with this service. He showed up early and provided what we needed. However, he did forget to say "you may now kiss your bride". This was a renewal of vows ceremony and I had to remind him to say it.
The price they charge is so much better than anyone else. So if you are looking to save money, they are well worth hiring! Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
5/31/2008
5.0/5.0
Both Kathy and Joe were great to work with. They made our ceremony exactly what we wanted. They were also punctual and prompt through the entire process. I highly recommend them!
Both Kathy and Joe were great to work with. They made our ceremony exactly what we wanted. They were also punctual and Read more...
Both Kathy and Joe were great to work with. They made our ceremony exactly what we wanted. They were also punctual and prompt through the entire process. I highly recommend them! Read less
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Smilee2260
Wedding:
5/3/2008
5.0/5.0
We met Joe & Kathy to discuss their services and after telling them what we wanted and haearing what they do we knew they were the perfect fit for us. We are both not religious and wanted a purely non denominational ceremony. They provided us with exactly what we wanted. They provided us with sample ceremonies and there was one in particular that we loved. We chose that ceremony but they made it personal by adding a little story in the beginning of the ceremony. I provided Kathy with details about our relationship and she came up with a paragraph. She let my change what I wanted and I was very pleased. We received many comments about how great Joe was. My father in law was especially impressed by the beautiful ceremony. He is a hard person to please. All in all they were outstanding the whole length of our planning process. I highly recommend them.
We met Joe & Kathy to discuss their services and after telling them what we wanted and haearing what they do we knew they Read more...
We met Joe & Kathy to discuss their services and after telling them what we wanted and haearing what they do we knew they were the perfect fit for us. We are both not religious and wanted a purely non denominational ceremony. They provided us with exactly what we wanted. They provided us with sample ceremonies and there was one in particular that we loved. We chose that ceremony but they made it personal by adding a little story in the beginning of the ceremony. I provided Kathy with details about our relationship and she came up with a paragraph. She let my change what I wanted and I was very pleased. We received many comments about how great Joe was. My father in law was especially impressed by the beautiful ceremony. He is a hard person to please. All in all they were outstanding the whole length of our planning process. I highly recommend them. Read less
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April
Wedding:
12/4/2005
5.0/5.0
Was very accomodating to our requests when preparing for the ceremony.
Was very accomodating to our requests when preparing for the ceremony.
Was very accomodating to our requests when preparing for the ceremony. Read less
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