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HeartAndSoul Matters, Rev. Janice Arlene Rost

Briarcliff Manor , NY
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LOCATION

Westchester and Surrounding Areas, NY, NJ, CT
Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510 US (map)

PHONE

914-747-9188

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

I’m Reverend Janice, an experienced, contemporary ceremonial artist offering beautiful, meaningful, personalized ceremonies joyously presented with elegance, warmth & spirit. Ordained... Read more
I’m Reverend Janice, an experienced, contemporary ceremonial artist offering beautiful, meaningful, personalized ceremonies joyously presented with elegance, warmth & spirit. Ordained Interfaith, my ministry is Inclusive: spiritual, faith, humanistic, civil, tradition, theme, lifestyle, same sex.

Pre and Post wedding counseling is available for the enrichment of your relationship.

I can travel to your venue or I can accommodate small groups in my Briarcliff Manor location, indoors or out by the lake.

The heart of a wedding is the ceremony - a unique and precious timeless moment. Together, we'll craft a ceremony to reflect your traditions, personality, heart, and soul, one that will strengthen your connection, expand your love and support a thriving relationship. You and all present will feel the love and personalization in the ceremony that unites you in marriage.


Please read much more about my offerings and me at

www.HeartAndSoulMatters.com

See how I stand for love and for you!

I look forward to meeting and celebrating with you!

Call anytime at 914-747-9188

Janice@HeartAndSoulMatters.com



Dennis and I want to thank you for making our wedding so incredibly beautiful. The service was exactly what we wanted. It was very personal, in that it depicted who we are, how our relationship has evolved, and what marriage means to us. You did a terrific job of tying it all together and presenting it beautifully. Our guests commented on your service and I’m sure you will be recommended by all of us! We can’t wait to see the video back so that we can hear the vows all over again!
Thank you so much, Sandy and Dennis"
Pt. Chester, NY

“Hi Janice, ...I see many weddings, but this was such a special one since Gaby and Jim’s intimate ceremony was personally written and therefore so meaningful. I really respect the way you spoke and read the ceremony as I tell the brides and grooms who come to see me how important it is for friends and family to be the witness to vows of commitment. Sometimes they are so caught up in the huge plans, (probably thought about since childhood) that they can forget the why of it all. Perhaps because I’ve spent so much time in 3rd world countries, photographed wars, refugee camps and all kinds of other stories, I can get a grip on the joy and the meaning of the ceremony as well as the fun of the party...
Much regards, TRIX"
TRIX ROSEN, Photojournalist www.Trixrosen.com 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, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Definitely!
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I wear a purple robe with colorful stole - goes well with wedding party colors! Please see my site for picture. No one has asked, but let me know if this does not work for you; I can be flexible. Once I enjoyed dressing for the wedding's Halloween theme!
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes, my criteria is meaningful, personal and appropriate to enhance the ceremony and of course, your relationship!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes, and I'm good with polishing your thoughts into vows or the words spoken to you beloved prior to your vows. Most couples end up choosing their vows from my large selection.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
Yes, i have a large list and I'm open to new suggestions.
How long are your ceremonies?
Length depends on what you choose; average is 20 minutes. I don't charge by length of ceremony. You will have many choices for selecting what is meaningful for you with basic and additional ceremony components.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
Pre-marital counseling is not a requirement. However, since I will standing there with and for you on this most important day, we do need "get to know each other" time. Meeting in person is preferred, yet sometimes it is done on a conference call. 
 
 With or without marital counseling, the session will help you feel comfortable with me, your ceremony, and also, that you've enriched your relationship. For the couple that wants to go deeper, I offer a package with more time for relationship enhancement called "I Love My Relationship" - please see my www.HeartAndSoulMatters.com for details.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes
Do you supply a sound system?
No, have never needed one.

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Tao
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Dear Janice, I wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful ceremony you gave us yesterday. It touched us and many of our guests. Many commented that it was the most personal and heart filled ceremony they had ever experienced. Your words will remain in our heart for the rest of our lives. It was particularly meaningful to me since you have been my life coach and support in last few months…I felt blessed by the air, wind, sun and the mother earth. I cannot thank you enough for the gift you gave us. I am so happy that you are a big part of my/our new journey. With much love. Tai
Dear Janice, I wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful ceremony you gave us yesterday. It touched us and many of Read more...
Dear Janice, I wanted to say thank you for the most beautiful ceremony you gave us yesterday. It touched us and many of our guests. Many commented that it was the most personal and heart filled ceremony they had ever experienced. Your words will remain in our heart for the rest of our lives. It was particularly meaningful to me since you have been my life coach and support in last few months…I felt blessed by the air, wind, sun and the mother earth. I cannot thank you enough for the gift you gave us. I am so happy that you are a big part of my/our new journey. With much love. Tai Read less
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gilberto
Wedding:
6/8/2012
5.0/5.0
very good service, good flexibility, quality, and very human
very good service, good flexibility, quality, and very human
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Janice- We wanted to express to you the gratitude and fulfillment we felt having you as the facilitator of our wedding ceremony. First, we gained this additional, tremendous understanding of each other following our couple’s process session with you. The introspective work was wonderfully helpful. Likewise, the ceremony was exactly how we envisioned it; from the perfect setting to the heartfelt words you expressed throughout. We were also grateful to develop a relationship with you through the process and because of it, know that our wedding day would meet all our expectations and more. Our guests continue to express that this was the most thoughtful wedding ceremony they had ever been to! Thank you for your passion, your kindness and your support throughout the entire process.
Janice- We wanted to express to you the gratitude and fulfillment we felt having you as the facilitator of our wedding Read more...
Janice- We wanted to express to you the gratitude and fulfillment we felt having you as the facilitator of our wedding ceremony. First, we gained this additional, tremendous understanding of each other following our couple’s process session with you. The introspective work was wonderfully helpful. Likewise, the ceremony was exactly how we envisioned it; from the perfect setting to the heartfelt words you expressed throughout. We were also grateful to develop a relationship with you through the process and because of it, know that our wedding day would meet all our expectations and more. Our guests continue to express that this was the most thoughtful wedding ceremony they had ever been to! Thank you for your passion, your kindness and your support throughout the entire process. Read less
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Adriana
Wedding:
8/4/2007
4.9/5.0
We were so pleased to have found Reverend Janice Arlene Rost to co-officiate our wedding. She spent a lot of time getting to know us and understanding what we wanted out of our wedding ceremony. She was incredibly flexible in coordinating details with our other officiant (long story-but basically the family friend we had originally set up to marry us couldn't legally do it in the state we were getting married but we still wanted them involved) and the day went super smoothly. The ceremony was beautiful and we received many compliments from our guests on how heartfelt and meaningful it was. She is a special lady who we still keep in contact with 5 years later. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone we know!
Jason & Adriana Brooks
Of Newtown, CT
We were so pleased to have found Reverend Janice Arlene Rost to co-officiate our wedding. She spent a lot of time getting Read more...
We were so pleased to have found Reverend Janice Arlene Rost to co-officiate our wedding. She spent a lot of time getting to know us and understanding what we wanted out of our wedding ceremony. She was incredibly flexible in coordinating details with our other officiant (long story-but basically the family friend we had originally set up to marry us couldn't legally do it in the state we were getting married but we still wanted them involved) and the day went super smoothly. The ceremony was beautiful and we received many compliments from our guests on how heartfelt and meaningful it was. She is a special lady who we still keep in contact with 5 years later. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone we know!
Jason & Adriana Brooks
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HeartAndSoul Matters, Rev. Janice Arlene Rost responded with the following comments:

Thank you for taking the time to write this heartwarming review. so pleased that I served you well and that we are still connected.
Blessings and love, Janice
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
0.1/5.0
It was extremely stressful working with her. She was not flexible at all with questions or requests. She wanted our wedding to be what she thought it should be and not what we wanted. In the end found excuses to continue charging more money. Talked over me during discussions and continued to tell me how terrible i was to work with. I thought officiants were supposed to be kind and patient but that was not my experience at all. My husband and i had knots in our stomach thinking about how uncomfortable it would be for us to stand up at the alter with her. Despite all the arguing that went on Months up until the wedding with Janice and us she handled the wedding day with no grudge or reminder of our bad relationship.
It was extremely stressful working with her. She was not flexible at all with questions or requests. She wanted our Read more...
It was extremely stressful working with her. She was not flexible at all with questions or requests. She wanted our wedding to be what she thought it should be and not what we wanted. In the end found excuses to continue charging more money. Talked over me during discussions and continued to tell me how terrible i was to work with. I thought officiants were supposed to be kind and patient but that was not my experience at all. My husband and i had knots in our stomach thinking about how uncomfortable it would be for us to stand up at the alter with her. Despite all the arguing that went on Months up until the wedding with Janice and us she handled the wedding day with no grudge or reminder of our bad relationship. Read less
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HeartAndSoul Matters, Rev. Janice Arlene Rost responded with the following comments:

Here’s my response to this bride’s story.
I pride myself on giving warm, skilled and personal service. I always strive to make the ceremony and the wedding day an amazing experience for all involved, and have been successful for countless couples over many years of service.
As any professional knows, there are sometimes difficulties, especially for such an important event. I found this couple increasingly hard to work with. For over a year I experienced numerous and continued issues of unresponsiveness and attitude. I worked well with the mother who became very involved and added music and songs to the ceremony. I worked with a great deal patience and accommodation, well above and beyond my average generous time. A month prior to wedding, as per contract, I charged a minimal fee to barely compensate for prior time and effort; the same issues and use of time continued thereafter for which I was not compensated, nor did I ask.

They all acknowledged and apologized for these issues, told me how much they appreciated my time and care to continue working with them, and insisted I stay for the reception. I am surprised to read the review and sorry that although the ceremony and all involved throughout their big day was wonderful, she is still so unhappy with how everything turned out.

Please log on to my website’s testimonial page for many unsolicited reviews. http://www.heartandsoulmatters.com/testimonials-ceremony-services/

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