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Murphy Birdsall, Celebrant

Montclair , NJ
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60 Forest Street
Montclair, NJ 07042 US (map)

PHONE

973-655-0310

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ABOUT US

Do you want a wedding ceremony that is unlike those you've seen? Are you hoping your guests will come away feeling that they know you a little bit better? From the "downright angelic!"... Read more
Do you want a wedding ceremony that is unlike those you've seen? Are you hoping your guests will come away feeling that they know you a little bit better? From the "downright angelic!" to the "unique and beautiful", my work will clearly be your ceremony. As a Wedding Celebrant certified by the Celebrant USA Foundation, I am delighted to help you create the wedding that is yours and yours alone. Throughout the months leading up to your wedding, I get to know the two of you and together we fashion the ceremony. On your wedding day, I officiate with warmth and humor, lending a calm, and calming, hand.

Your wedding begins with the ceremony. Everything that follows reflects the light cast by the two of you standing before your family and friends.

I am now also bringing my Wedding Celebrant & Officiant services to the Mid Hudson Valley, centered in Pine Plains, NY.

Contact me by email: murphy@ceremonialdays.com, by phone: 973 665-0310, or visit my website: CeremonialDays.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, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian, Quaker, Taoist, Unitarian
In which states are you licensed?
CT, NJ, NY, PA, WV

REVIEWS

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Paolo
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
We went with a celebrant as neither myself or my wife are particularly religious. Murphy ensured that the ceremony still had a spiritual feel to it and 5 months on guests still bring up how much they enjoyed it for its uniqueness.

Murphy brought fresh ideas and really listened to what we wanted. My wife and I were instantly sold after our first meeting with her, she laid out ideas and took the time to get to know us- asking about how we met, how I proposed, our family member and other members of the wedding party etc. Her planning was excellent and it never felt like a chore to answer questionnaires or choose elements of the ceremony when she got in touch.

What we liked most about Murphy was her emphasis on the wedding being about us. Nothing was too important to have in the ceremony if we didn't like it and no detail was too small if we wanted to include it.

Couldn't recommend Murphy enough!
We went with a celebrant as neither myself or my wife are particularly religious. Murphy ensured that the ceremony still Read more...
We went with a celebrant as neither myself or my wife are particularly religious. Murphy ensured that the ceremony still had a spiritual feel to it and 5 months on guests still bring up how much they enjoyed it for its uniqueness.

Murphy brought fresh ideas and really listened to what we wanted. My wife and I were instantly sold after our first meeting with her, she laid out ideas and took the time to get to know us- asking about how we met, how I proposed, our family member and other members of the wedding party etc. Her planning was excellent and it never felt like a chore to answer questionnaires or choose elements of the ceremony when she got in touch.

What we liked most about Murphy was her emphasis on the wedding being about us. Nothing was too important to have in the ceremony if we didn't like it and no detail was too small if we wanted to include it.

Couldn't recommend Murphy enough! Read less
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Nicole
Wedding:
2/21/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot recommend Murphy enough! My husband and I ended up changing our wedding plans last minute and we found Murphy on Wedding Wire. We are now so glad that we did! Although we had only a month until our wedding day, you would never know it. Murphy created such a beautiful ceremony for us that truly reflected our love.

Murphy took the time to get to know the two of us and you could definitely tell that in the ceremony. The ceremony was heart warming, touching, and had just the right amount of laughter. Murphy made our wedding day perfect and we highly recommend her!!!
I cannot recommend Murphy enough! My husband and I ended up changing our wedding plans last minute and we found Murphy on Read more...
I cannot recommend Murphy enough! My husband and I ended up changing our wedding plans last minute and we found Murphy on Wedding Wire. We are now so glad that we did! Although we had only a month until our wedding day, you would never know it. Murphy created such a beautiful ceremony for us that truly reflected our love.

Murphy took the time to get to know the two of us and you could definitely tell that in the ceremony. The ceremony was heart warming, touching, and had just the right amount of laughter. Murphy made our wedding day perfect and we highly recommend her!!! Read less
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Eric
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Hiring Murphy was one of the best things we did for our wedding day….

My wife and I found Murphy through WeddingWire after our original wedding officiant went MIA two and a half months before our wedding. We were panicked that we wouldn’t find someone in time, but luckily Murphy was still available and quickly responded to our inquiry. After our first meeting with Murphy, it was evident that we had significantly upgraded our ceremony.

Everything that has been written in previous reviews is true. Murphy is a true professional when it comes to planning a ceremony. Probably the best part of working with her is how committed she is to giving you the best ceremony she can. Murphy spent a lot of time getting to know us, our relationship, and our expectations of our wedding day in order to create a one-of-a –kind ceremony.

As you find out when planning a wedding, it can be frustratingly difficult to get in contact with certain people, regardless of how soon the wedding is. Murphy, by comparison, was always easy to get in touch with. She was always prompt to meetings and quick to reply to emails. She gave us a schedule of when things would be done and was always on time.

In the end, our ceremony turned out AMAZING. Murphy created a very personal ceremony that reflected our relationship perfectly. We are still getting compliments about our ceremony, months after the wedding.

We are forever grateful Murphy! Thank you again!

-Eric & Lisa
Hiring Murphy was one of the best things we did for our wedding day….

My wife and I found Murphy through Read more...
Hiring Murphy was one of the best things we did for our wedding day….

My wife and I found Murphy through WeddingWire after our original wedding officiant went MIA two and a half months before our wedding. We were panicked that we wouldn’t find someone in time, but luckily Murphy was still available and quickly responded to our inquiry. After our first meeting with Murphy, it was evident that we had significantly upgraded our ceremony.

Everything that has been written in previous reviews is true. Murphy is a true professional when it comes to planning a ceremony. Probably the best part of working with her is how committed she is to giving you the best ceremony she can. Murphy spent a lot of time getting to know us, our relationship, and our expectations of our wedding day in order to create a one-of-a –kind ceremony.

As you find out when planning a wedding, it can be frustratingly difficult to get in contact with certain people, regardless of how soon the wedding is. Murphy, by comparison, was always easy to get in touch with. She was always prompt to meetings and quick to reply to emails. She gave us a schedule of when things would be done and was always on time.

In the end, our ceremony turned out AMAZING. Murphy created a very personal ceremony that reflected our relationship perfectly. We are still getting compliments about our ceremony, months after the wedding.

We are forever grateful Murphy! Thank you again!

-Eric & Lisa Read less
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Joshg
Wedding:
2/12/2011
5.0/5.0
My wife and I really appreciated the thought that Murphy put into crafting a ceremony that was right for us. She has a kind, soothing voice which, in the high-stress environment of planning a wedding, comes in handy and made both of us feel relaxed when it came to exchange our vows. Additionally, Murphy's knowledge and experience ably addressed any questions we had, especially when she led both our families through the wedding rehearsal, a process that could've been difficult but that under her direction went smoothly.

Not only that, but as we were on a low budget, she was willing to work with us to make affordable choices. Based on all these points, we highly recommend Murphy as she did an outstanding job.
My wife and I really appreciated the thought that Murphy put into crafting a ceremony that was right for us. She has a Read more...
My wife and I really appreciated the thought that Murphy put into crafting a ceremony that was right for us. She has a kind, soothing voice which, in the high-stress environment of planning a wedding, comes in handy and made both of us feel relaxed when it came to exchange our vows. Additionally, Murphy's knowledge and experience ably addressed any questions we had, especially when she led both our families through the wedding rehearsal, a process that could've been difficult but that under her direction went smoothly.

Not only that, but as we were on a low budget, she was willing to work with us to make affordable choices. Based on all these points, we highly recommend Murphy as she did an outstanding job. Read less
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CarrieC
Wedding:
10/10/2010
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough great things about Murphy! Murphy married my brother and sister-in-law back in 2006 and I remember thinking to myself at that time, "What a beautiful ceremony!" As soon as I got engaged, I could think of no other person I would want to marry me and my now husband. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted it to be, funny and light-hearted, just like us. It was personal, yet entertaining for our guests. We had so many of our family and friends come up to us after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and what a great job Murphy did. Murphy even sent us a beautiful copy of the written-up ceremony after the wedding with a touching note. If you want an original ceremony encompassing your true selves, Murphy is the celebrant to choose. I guarantee you won't regret it.
I cannot say enough great things about Murphy! Murphy married my brother and sister-in-law back in 2006 and I remember Read more...
I cannot say enough great things about Murphy! Murphy married my brother and sister-in-law back in 2006 and I remember thinking to myself at that time, "What a beautiful ceremony!" As soon as I got engaged, I could think of no other person I would want to marry me and my now husband. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted it to be, funny and light-hearted, just like us. It was personal, yet entertaining for our guests. We had so many of our family and friends come up to us after the wedding to tell us how much they enjoyed the ceremony and what a great job Murphy did. Murphy even sent us a beautiful copy of the written-up ceremony after the wedding with a touching note. If you want an original ceremony encompassing your true selves, Murphy is the celebrant to choose. I guarantee you won't regret it. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Rosemary
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Murphy is not only a celebrant, she's a visionary. When I got married, it was precisely the experience I had dancing in my imagination for years -- only better. Murphy can tap into your emotional and stylistic impulses and not only honor them but improve upon them. Don't feel like you have to come to the table having mapped out your wedding down to the last detail. (Although you can, and that would also be fine!) We played around and tinkered and learned a lot in the process, and ended up with a ceremony that made us and our guests feel a lot of love. So many people came up to me afterwards to say it was the nicest wedding they had ever attended. (It was a relatively low-budget, low-frill affair, so they were responding to mood and inclusiveness, not production value.) I admit to having a certain advantage, because Murphy is my aunt and I've been close to her all my life. But I know how she is with everyone, and that is: curious, warm, enthusiastic, and deeply attuned to the joyous things in life. She can really make your wedding a true celebration.
Murphy is not only a celebrant, she's a visionary. When I got married, it was precisely the experience I had dancing in my Read more...
Murphy is not only a celebrant, she's a visionary. When I got married, it was precisely the experience I had dancing in my imagination for years -- only better. Murphy can tap into your emotional and stylistic impulses and not only honor them but improve upon them. Don't feel like you have to come to the table having mapped out your wedding down to the last detail. (Although you can, and that would also be fine!) We played around and tinkered and learned a lot in the process, and ended up with a ceremony that made us and our guests feel a lot of love. So many people came up to me afterwards to say it was the nicest wedding they had ever attended. (It was a relatively low-budget, low-frill affair, so they were responding to mood and inclusiveness, not production value.) I admit to having a certain advantage, because Murphy is my aunt and I've been close to her all my life. But I know how she is with everyone, and that is: curious, warm, enthusiastic, and deeply attuned to the joyous things in life. She can really make your wedding a true celebration. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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zarby
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Words alone cannot begin to describe how happy we were with Murphy. I discovered Murphy when she officiated at a friends wedding in 2007 and knew she exactly what we were looking for. My husband and I are not religious and really wanted a ceremony that was about us. We wanted it to be personal, but also involve our friends and family who mean the world to us. What Murphy put together was absolutely perfect. I can't tell you how many people came up to us after the ceremony and said "that was the best ceremony I've ever been to" or "what a touching ceremony!" We laughed, we cried - everything was perfect! The ceremony was our favorite part of the entire day and it was all because of Murphy. We'd get married all over again just to work with her again.

Mary
Married Sept. 2010 in Columbia County, NY
Words alone cannot begin to describe how happy we were with Murphy. I discovered Murphy when she officiated at a friends Read more...
Words alone cannot begin to describe how happy we were with Murphy. I discovered Murphy when she officiated at a friends wedding in 2007 and knew she exactly what we were looking for. My husband and I are not religious and really wanted a ceremony that was about us. We wanted it to be personal, but also involve our friends and family who mean the world to us. What Murphy put together was absolutely perfect. I can't tell you how many people came up to us after the ceremony and said "that was the best ceremony I've ever been to" or "what a touching ceremony!" We laughed, we cried - everything was perfect! The ceremony was our favorite part of the entire day and it was all because of Murphy. We'd get married all over again just to work with her again.

Mary
Married Sept. 2010 in Columbia County, NY Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
9/16/2010
5.0/5.0
Murphy did a wonderful job with our wedding. At times my husband and I had different thoughts about what we wanted, and Murphy was able to incorporate all of our various ideas into the ceremony seamlessly. We didn't want an elaborate wedding, and so she created a ceremony that was short and simple but very meaningful. Murphy has a great sense of humor and the ceremony had the appropriate blend of lightheartedness and solemnity.
Overall we had an excellent experience- she is professional, warm and patient. Highly recommended.
Murphy did a wonderful job with our wedding. At times my husband and I had different thoughts about what we wanted, and Read more...
Murphy did a wonderful job with our wedding. At times my husband and I had different thoughts about what we wanted, and Murphy was able to incorporate all of our various ideas into the ceremony seamlessly. We didn't want an elaborate wedding, and so she created a ceremony that was short and simple but very meaningful. Murphy has a great sense of humor and the ceremony had the appropriate blend of lightheartedness and solemnity.
Overall we had an excellent experience- she is professional, warm and patient. Highly recommended. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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richandmary2010
Wedding:
6/5/2010
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend Murphy. She helped us put together a unique and beautiful ceremony. She's great at what she does, and it's clear she enjoys doing it. She's responsive, reliable, thorough, full of ideas, and a great writer. We're glad we chose her to play such a key role on our special day.
We highly recommend Murphy. She helped us put together a unique and beautiful ceremony. She's great at what she does, and Read more...
We highly recommend Murphy. She helped us put together a unique and beautiful ceremony. She's great at what she does, and it's clear she enjoys doing it. She's responsive, reliable, thorough, full of ideas, and a great writer. We're glad we chose her to play such a key role on our special day. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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melazam
Wedding:
8/8/2009
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a more special, personal, humorous, unique ceremony. It was exactly what we had hoped for! We are still getting compliments from family and friends on how they all felt like part of the ceremony and what a wonderful job our celebrant (Murphy) had done! Murphy's beautiful ceremony speech set the tone for our entire marriage - one that is happy and filled with love.
We couldn't have asked for a more special, personal, humorous, unique ceremony. It was exactly what we had hoped for! We Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a more special, personal, humorous, unique ceremony. It was exactly what we had hoped for! We are still getting compliments from family and friends on how they all felt like part of the ceremony and what a wonderful job our celebrant (Murphy) had done! Murphy's beautiful ceremony speech set the tone for our entire marriage - one that is happy and filled with love. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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