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Elizabeth Phaire, Master Life-Cycle Celebrant® & Officiant

Westchester , NY
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Westchester, NY 10528 US

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914-980-7572

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ABOUT US

Are you thinking: “I want a ceremony that is “US”?

Not sure where to begin? No problem! We will work collaboratively as I skillfully guide you through the process, providing... Read more
Are you thinking: “I want a ceremony that is “US”?

Not sure where to begin? No problem! We will work collaboratively as I skillfully guide you through the process, providing creative ideas and resources to make your ceremony unique.

Placing your ceremony hands of an expert you are assured:

-no worries about what your Officiant will say or do

-full review and approval of the ceremony content

-an enjoyable creative process that gives you the opportunity to connect with one another more deeply

-a warm and engaging Officiant who will get to know you and craft a meaningful ceremony that really reflects you.

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Shinto, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes, and most of my ceremonies take place at banquet halls, mansions, restaurants, hotels, Central Park and other parks, gardens, private homes, and chapels that are rented for the occasion.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear an elegant suit, dress, or a white ministerial robe, depending on the couple's wishes.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, my services are highly personalized. Flexibility and creativity are key in how I work with my clients. The wording of my ceremonies is customized to suit the couples preferences in meaning and overall tone. I create the script based on the information and preferences that I have gathered from the couple. They get to read the script and can make or request any changes that they desire. They have final say over the ceremony wording and content.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, and I am happy to provide a guide on how to write vows, and samples of vows to use as inspiration.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
If the couple would like to include a reading, I have a wide selection that they can choose from. They can also use a reading from their own resources or internet research.
How long are your ceremonies?
They range from the "petit ceremony" which is 5 minutes long, to 1/2 hour which is the average length. Longer ceremonies are available on request.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, I do not require pre-marital counseling. However for those couples who desire pre-marital counseling, I offer a referral to an excellent facilitator.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes, I am happy to perform a rehearsal if needed.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our wedding ceremony was just last night with Elizabeth. When we first started looking for an officiant, we were worried that we would not find one who was open minded about performing our ceremony in an unconventional manner. After searching through officiants in the NY area, we came across Elizabeth. Her previous reviews sounded great and her profile seemed like she would be a good match for us.

We could not be more pleased with our experience with Elizabeth. She is very professional and was attentive to our desires on what we wanted included in our ceremony, made her own suggestions, and guided us through the process step by step. We highly recommend Elizabeth and would definitely work with her again!! Thank you for making our special night so beautiful!!
Our wedding ceremony was just last night with Elizabeth. When we first started looking for an officiant, we were worried Read more...
Our wedding ceremony was just last night with Elizabeth. When we first started looking for an officiant, we were worried that we would not find one who was open minded about performing our ceremony in an unconventional manner. After searching through officiants in the NY area, we came across Elizabeth. Her previous reviews sounded great and her profile seemed like she would be a good match for us.

We could not be more pleased with our experience with Elizabeth. She is very professional and was attentive to our desires on what we wanted included in our ceremony, made her own suggestions, and guided us through the process step by step. We highly recommend Elizabeth and would definitely work with her again!! Thank you for making our special night so beautiful!! Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth is one of the most compassionate individuals I've ever met in my life. My husband and i were beyond pleased with her attentiveness leading up to the event. She took the time to meet with us and learn about the inner workings of our relationship. I was a bit nervous about our ceremony because I was raised Catholic and my fiance Jewish and was worried that the ceremony wouldn't be rooted in the values and traditions of our individual faiths, but Elizabeth was able to craft a ceremony that incorporated elements of both our religions without being overtly religious. She also spoke with us before the ceremony and provided us with support leading up to the big moment. Our families were beyond pleased with the ceremony. I feel blessed to have worked with someone as thoughtful as Elizabeth and highly recommend her to all!
Elizabeth is one of the most compassionate individuals I've ever met in my life. My husband and i were beyond pleased with Read more...
Elizabeth is one of the most compassionate individuals I've ever met in my life. My husband and i were beyond pleased with her attentiveness leading up to the event. She took the time to meet with us and learn about the inner workings of our relationship. I was a bit nervous about our ceremony because I was raised Catholic and my fiance Jewish and was worried that the ceremony wouldn't be rooted in the values and traditions of our individual faiths, but Elizabeth was able to craft a ceremony that incorporated elements of both our religions without being overtly religious. She also spoke with us before the ceremony and provided us with support leading up to the big moment. Our families were beyond pleased with the ceremony. I feel blessed to have worked with someone as thoughtful as Elizabeth and highly recommend her to all! Read less
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Tiawana
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an ABSOLUTELY beautiful wedding day and the highlight was the ceremony officiated by Elizabeth! It could not have been any more perfect. Elizabeth helped us symbolize our dedication to each other by providing options for meaningful rituals like the candle lighting and ring warming ceremonies, both of which we used. From our first meeting with her a whole year before our wedding day, Elizabeth provided gentle guidance and unyielding support to us. My husband says she was like a "floating angel." It's amazing that you can meet someone and instantly feel like they've been a part of your life for many years. That was the feeling we got from our interactions with Elizabeth. She blended notes from our meetings, emails and phone conversations and used them to craft a personal, unique ceremony that told the story of our love in a very special way. She even included a brief translation for the benefit of my husband's parents who do not speak English. We would choose Elizabeth over and over again for our vow renewals at the 10, 20, and 50 year marks because that's how long we plan to be in love! We extend our highest recommendation of Elizabeth as a wedding officiant for a truly memorable occasion!
We had an ABSOLUTELY beautiful wedding day and the highlight was the ceremony officiated by Elizabeth! It could not have Read more...
We had an ABSOLUTELY beautiful wedding day and the highlight was the ceremony officiated by Elizabeth! It could not have been any more perfect. Elizabeth helped us symbolize our dedication to each other by providing options for meaningful rituals like the candle lighting and ring warming ceremonies, both of which we used. From our first meeting with her a whole year before our wedding day, Elizabeth provided gentle guidance and unyielding support to us. My husband says she was like a "floating angel." It's amazing that you can meet someone and instantly feel like they've been a part of your life for many years. That was the feeling we got from our interactions with Elizabeth. She blended notes from our meetings, emails and phone conversations and used them to craft a personal, unique ceremony that told the story of our love in a very special way. She even included a brief translation for the benefit of my husband's parents who do not speak English. We would choose Elizabeth over and over again for our vow renewals at the 10, 20, and 50 year marks because that's how long we plan to be in love! We extend our highest recommendation of Elizabeth as a wedding officiant for a truly memorable occasion! Read less
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Hyewon
Wedding:
9/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth made our wedding ceremony flawlessly perfect and special. From the beginning of our meeting to the ceremony, she was very thorough in her preparation and in execution of officiating the wedding. Elizabeth advised on the order of the ceremony, types of rituals we could include in our ceremony (which took place at Conservatory Garden in Central Park - we chose a coin tossing ritual), readings, vow exchange and ring ceremony. I think the highlight of the ceremony was her writing on the couple's story. She took many notes during our first meeting and showed the draft. After several drafts back and forth, VOILA! Her reading of our story of the couple and other opening/closing words was a combination of beauty, humor and truthfulness. She reads clearly and has a very professional and pleasant manner. I highly recommend Elizabeth Phaire to anyone who isn't into overt religious tone of ceremony. She will make the occasion beautiful and smooth.
Elizabeth made our wedding ceremony flawlessly perfect and special. From the beginning of our meeting to the ceremony, she Read more...
Elizabeth made our wedding ceremony flawlessly perfect and special. From the beginning of our meeting to the ceremony, she was very thorough in her preparation and in execution of officiating the wedding. Elizabeth advised on the order of the ceremony, types of rituals we could include in our ceremony (which took place at Conservatory Garden in Central Park - we chose a coin tossing ritual), readings, vow exchange and ring ceremony. I think the highlight of the ceremony was her writing on the couple's story. She took many notes during our first meeting and showed the draft. After several drafts back and forth, VOILA! Her reading of our story of the couple and other opening/closing words was a combination of beauty, humor and truthfulness. She reads clearly and has a very professional and pleasant manner. I highly recommend Elizabeth Phaire to anyone who isn't into overt religious tone of ceremony. She will make the occasion beautiful and smooth. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth helped bring magic and something transformative and electrifying to the atmosphere I felt yesterday for our wedding. She works so hard work and is so thorough in preparation, as well as compassionate, and commanding in her presentation of our ceremony. She is so special. She has an incredible gift and is one of the most creative, artistic and perceptive people I know.
Elizabeth helped bring magic and something transformative and electrifying to the atmosphere I felt yesterday for our Read more...
Elizabeth helped bring magic and something transformative and electrifying to the atmosphere I felt yesterday for our wedding. She works so hard work and is so thorough in preparation, as well as compassionate, and commanding in her presentation of our ceremony. She is so special. She has an incredible gift and is one of the most creative, artistic and perceptive people I know. Read less
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Karina
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was exactly the way we imagined it would be. She really poured her heart out on crafting our ceremony and getting to know us individually, and as a couple. Our ceremony was personalized in a way that told our unique story, far from a templated type of ceremony. Every word, and each reading was focused on what was most important to us as a couple, love and compassion. Elizabeth is very natural at officiating. Her calm demeanor and angelic voice set the tone for a beautiful ceremony. It was magical. Two months into our marriage, friends and family are still talking about the ceremony, wondering how we found Elizabeth, and expressing how much the ceremony really spoke to them in a profound way. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing you gift with us on our special day!!
Elizabeth was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was exactly the way we imagined it would be. She really Read more...
Elizabeth was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was exactly the way we imagined it would be. She really poured her heart out on crafting our ceremony and getting to know us individually, and as a couple. Our ceremony was personalized in a way that told our unique story, far from a templated type of ceremony. Every word, and each reading was focused on what was most important to us as a couple, love and compassion. Elizabeth is very natural at officiating. Her calm demeanor and angelic voice set the tone for a beautiful ceremony. It was magical. Two months into our marriage, friends and family are still talking about the ceremony, wondering how we found Elizabeth, and expressing how much the ceremony really spoke to them in a profound way. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing you gift with us on our special day!! Read less
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Susan
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
I found Elizabeth through the Internet. Being a bit of a last minute bride, I contacted Elizabeth with only about a month to spare before our wedding date. When we first met Elizabeth we were quite undecided as to how we might create our ceremony. We were extremely impressed that, without any judgments or biases, Elizabeth presented us with many options to choose from - from different readings, to vows, to various symbolic rituals we might perform during the ceremony. She collected our story and we tweaked a couple rough drafts back and forth, via email, and in a very efficient and professional manner we had the perfect ceremony in a very short time. It had just the right amount of light hearted moments and deep meaningful ones. As my mother said, after the ceremony, "wow, you found the right officiant. That was a beautiful ceremony." I highly recommend Elizabeth. She truly cared about creating the perfect ceremony for us, and she succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. It was perfect.
I found Elizabeth through the Internet. Being a bit of a last minute bride, I contacted Elizabeth with only about a month Read more...
I found Elizabeth through the Internet. Being a bit of a last minute bride, I contacted Elizabeth with only about a month to spare before our wedding date. When we first met Elizabeth we were quite undecided as to how we might create our ceremony. We were extremely impressed that, without any judgments or biases, Elizabeth presented us with many options to choose from - from different readings, to vows, to various symbolic rituals we might perform during the ceremony. She collected our story and we tweaked a couple rough drafts back and forth, via email, and in a very efficient and professional manner we had the perfect ceremony in a very short time. It had just the right amount of light hearted moments and deep meaningful ones. As my mother said, after the ceremony, "wow, you found the right officiant. That was a beautiful ceremony." I highly recommend Elizabeth. She truly cared about creating the perfect ceremony for us, and she succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. It was perfect. Read less
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Majlinda
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We had a great experience with Elizabeth Phaire as our Wedding Officiant. She was very professional, composed, and attentive. Initially we had a few unique requests due to private circumstances, and she was willing to work with us, which was much appreciated. She listened to our concerns and needs and tried to accommodate them. She even helped us with our vows, which we had no time to prepare ourselves. She wrote a beautiful summary of our life story, and kept our guests entertained with a combination of telling our story in a personalized way as well as adding some humor to it. Our guests also commented on how nice the Ceremony was and how much they liked our Officiant. I highly recommend Elizabeth Phaire to anyone.
We had a great experience with Elizabeth Phaire as our Wedding Officiant. She was very professional, composed, and Read more...
We had a great experience with Elizabeth Phaire as our Wedding Officiant. She was very professional, composed, and attentive. Initially we had a few unique requests due to private circumstances, and she was willing to work with us, which was much appreciated. She listened to our concerns and needs and tried to accommodate them. She even helped us with our vows, which we had no time to prepare ourselves. She wrote a beautiful summary of our life story, and kept our guests entertained with a combination of telling our story in a personalized way as well as adding some humor to it. Our guests also commented on how nice the Ceremony was and how much they liked our Officiant. I highly recommend Elizabeth Phaire to anyone. Read less
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Gee
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
While planning our wedding my wife and I always believed the ceremony to be the most important part. That said, finding the right officiant was going to be as crucial (well, almost) as finding the right gown. As a same sex couple with some extended family who I'm sure still had questions needing to be answered in attendance, the officiant would have their plateful. Thankfully, we found Elizabeth. Meeting Elizabeth made us even more excited about our wedding it made it real! Elizabeth had this warm vibe of genuinely nice person upon our first meeting, it was easy to trust her. We allowed her full access into our personal lives knowing that she would take great care of Jess and I's story. And that she did. Elizabeth crafted such a beautiful ceremony that had our guests crying and laughing at the same time. The ceremony was indeed a reflection our personalities. There is something to be said when friends comment on your wedding ceremony first before they tell you how amazing the food was at the your wedding. My father-in-law still keeps saying it that it was the best ceremony he has ever attended. Thank you, Elizabeth!
While planning our wedding my wife and I always believed the ceremony to be the most important part. That said, finding Read more...
While planning our wedding my wife and I always believed the ceremony to be the most important part. That said, finding the right officiant was going to be as crucial (well, almost) as finding the right gown. As a same sex couple with some extended family who I'm sure still had questions needing to be answered in attendance, the officiant would have their plateful. Thankfully, we found Elizabeth. Meeting Elizabeth made us even more excited about our wedding it made it real! Elizabeth had this warm vibe of genuinely nice person upon our first meeting, it was easy to trust her. We allowed her full access into our personal lives knowing that she would take great care of Jess and I's story. And that she did. Elizabeth crafted such a beautiful ceremony that had our guests crying and laughing at the same time. The ceremony was indeed a reflection our personalities. There is something to be said when friends comment on your wedding ceremony first before they tell you how amazing the food was at the your wedding. My father-in-law still keeps saying it that it was the best ceremony he has ever attended. Thank you, Elizabeth! Read less
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Joseph
Wedding:
1/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Elizabeth worked so hard to make this so special for everyone. She made the ceremony simply beautiful, and one that no one will ever forget.

She is knowledgable and caring. She presents in such a warm and genuine way. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was - and we owe this to her.

I could not recommend her more.
Elizabeth worked so hard to make this so special for everyone. She made the ceremony simply beautiful, and one that no one Read more...
Elizabeth worked so hard to make this so special for everyone. She made the ceremony simply beautiful, and one that no one will ever forget.

She is knowledgable and caring. She presents in such a warm and genuine way. Everyone commented on how beautiful the ceremony was - and we owe this to her.

I could not recommend her more. Read less
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