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Rev. Lawrence Grecco, Buddhist Monk

New York , NY
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New York, NY 10014 US (map)

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212-989-3456

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ABOUT US

I am an ordained Zen Buddhist monk and licensed Marriage Officiant in New York City. I perform Civil, Spiritual, Interfaith, Buddhist, and Non-Denominational wedding ceremonies for all... Read more
I am an ordained Zen Buddhist monk and licensed Marriage Officiant in New York City. I perform Civil, Spiritual, Interfaith, Buddhist, and Non-Denominational wedding ceremonies for all sorts of people from all over the world. I specialize in weddings that are spiritual but not religious.

The ceremonies I help couples create embody a spirit of diversity, uniqueness, creativity, and joy.

I offer services ranging from simple, affordable budget weddings to customized wedding experiences based on what best reflects your personality, taste, and lifestyle.

Your wedding can be as traditional or as unconventional as you like: it's your day so it should be just the way you want it to be.

My goal is to help you create a memorable wedding ceremony that honors your relationship and speaks to who you are both as individuals and a couple.

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I work with people of all spiritual traditions and help couples create wedding ceremonies that reflect and honor their unique personalities and beliefs.

I also respect the right of all people to choose not to follow any spiritual path at all. There is nothing "superior" or "better" about those of us who are drawn to spiritual practice or religion, and I know many wonderful, ethical, and happy people who do not adhere to any particular spiritual system. Everyone has the right to live their life as they see fit, in a way that feels true and appropriate for who they are.

I also work as a Life Coach and Meditation Teacher, and often counsel individuals and couples in need of emotional support. Often I see couples for one or more pre-marital coaching sessions before their wedding date.

My ordination was granted by the Five Mountain Zen Order, and as a priest I dedicate my life to serving people in several ways.

In the past I've had experience as a crisis counselor at the Long Island Crisis Center, youth support group facilitator, and received chaplaincy training from the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care that gave me the opportunity to offer spiritual care and support to terminally ill patients in a hospice residence.

I am very happy to work with all people including gay and lesbian couples.

I truly love working with people and find it immensely rewarding to serve in a capacity that helps people grow both as individuals and together as a married partners. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist

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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco was amazing! Upon our initial meeting my fiancé and I found Rev. Grecco to be knowledgeable and friendly. We knew immediately that we wanted him to officiate our ceremony. He took the time to get to know us and always responded to emails in a timely manner. He worked with us to create a personal, creative and heartfelt ceremony. He also gave us feedback on the readings we wanted to include in the service. So many of my guests asked, "Where did you find Rev. Grecco?" I had an amazing wedding and having Rev. Grecco officiating made my wedding experience extra special. He is the best!
Rev. Grecco was amazing! Upon our initial meeting my fiancé and I found Rev. Grecco to be knowledgeable and friendly. We Read more...
Rev. Grecco was amazing! Upon our initial meeting my fiancé and I found Rev. Grecco to be knowledgeable and friendly. We knew immediately that we wanted him to officiate our ceremony. He took the time to get to know us and always responded to emails in a timely manner. He worked with us to create a personal, creative and heartfelt ceremony. He also gave us feedback on the readings we wanted to include in the service. So many of my guests asked, "Where did you find Rev. Grecco?" I had an amazing wedding and having Rev. Grecco officiating made my wedding experience extra special. He is the best! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco went out of his way to understand us before crafting his first draft of our ceremony. He then took input from us in creative sessions and worked with us to develop an incredibly meaningful and powerful ceremony. After the ceremony, many of our guests took a moment comment on how our unique ceremony was deeply meaningful to them as well.

Rev. Grecco's warmth and compassionate are the first things you will experience and both will remain with you long afterwards.
Rev. Grecco went out of his way to understand us before crafting his first draft of our ceremony. He then took input from Read more...
Rev. Grecco went out of his way to understand us before crafting his first draft of our ceremony. He then took input from us in creative sessions and worked with us to develop an incredibly meaningful and powerful ceremony. After the ceremony, many of our guests took a moment comment on how our unique ceremony was deeply meaningful to them as well.

Rev. Grecco's warmth and compassionate are the first things you will experience and both will remain with you long afterwards. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
I always wanted to find a way to have a ceremony that was really special and meaningful without getting in a church. I'm not involved in any organized religion and my husband is not religious at all. When I came across Lawrence's profile and read the description on his website of "spiritual but not religious" ceremonies, I felt I couldn't have done a better job of putting into words exactly what we wanted!

Lawrence wrote a beautiful introduction that truly captured our relationship and was the perfect way to start off our ceremony. He worked with us closely to design a completely customized ceremony where all parts had special meaning to us as a couple. He provided a suggested format and examples for inspiration, which were a great starting place, and then we worked through each part of the ceremony together. We picked most of our selections from a great book called "The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions." He customized our vows by combining elements of a few different ones that we liked. We also added a unity candle ceremony. His presence and delivery during the ceremony were wonderful and the overall feeling of the ceremony was everything we wanted. Thank you!
I always wanted to find a way to have a ceremony that was really special and meaningful without getting in a church. I'm Read more...
I always wanted to find a way to have a ceremony that was really special and meaningful without getting in a church. I'm not involved in any organized religion and my husband is not religious at all. When I came across Lawrence's profile and read the description on his website of "spiritual but not religious" ceremonies, I felt I couldn't have done a better job of putting into words exactly what we wanted!

Lawrence wrote a beautiful introduction that truly captured our relationship and was the perfect way to start off our ceremony. He worked with us closely to design a completely customized ceremony where all parts had special meaning to us as a couple. He provided a suggested format and examples for inspiration, which were a great starting place, and then we worked through each part of the ceremony together. We picked most of our selections from a great book called "The Knot Guide to Wedding Vows and Traditions." He customized our vows by combining elements of a few different ones that we liked. We also added a unity candle ceremony. His presence and delivery during the ceremony were wonderful and the overall feeling of the ceremony was everything we wanted. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Tricia
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was wonderful. My husband and I knew we wanted to be married by someone who had practiced Buddhism for a long time, someone who we saw as a guide spiritually while we took our vows. Lawrence was all of these things. We did a session with him before the wedding and found him very easy to talk to. During the ceremony we were so excited to see him and all of our guests (many of whom were not familiar with Buddhist philosophy) commented on how wonderful he was. Lawrence was flexible, as we changed our minds a few times and incorporated a few Jewish customs that he blended into the ceremony beautifully. We were also worried about choosing our vows - we wanted something that felt personal to us but was still somewhat traditional. Lawrence had printed out options that we choose from and ended up loving. I would highly recommend Lawrence.
Lawrence was wonderful. My husband and I knew we wanted to be married by someone who had practiced Buddhism for a long Read more...
Lawrence was wonderful. My husband and I knew we wanted to be married by someone who had practiced Buddhism for a long time, someone who we saw as a guide spiritually while we took our vows. Lawrence was all of these things. We did a session with him before the wedding and found him very easy to talk to. During the ceremony we were so excited to see him and all of our guests (many of whom were not familiar with Buddhist philosophy) commented on how wonderful he was. Lawrence was flexible, as we changed our minds a few times and incorporated a few Jewish customs that he blended into the ceremony beautifully. We were also worried about choosing our vows - we wanted something that felt personal to us but was still somewhat traditional. Lawrence had printed out options that we choose from and ended up loving. I would highly recommend Lawrence. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Ian
Wedding:
9/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was wonderful from first contact and we can't recommend him highly enough. A wonderful soul with a warm and peaceful nature - he put us completely at ease. The words of his ceremony were beautifully written and he really took the time to know us best he could and understand our story.
So happy he agreed to officiate for us - he helped make our day the most amazing day of our lives.
Lawrence was wonderful from first contact and we can't recommend him highly enough. A wonderful soul with a warm and Read more...
Lawrence was wonderful from first contact and we can't recommend him highly enough. A wonderful soul with a warm and peaceful nature - he put us completely at ease. The words of his ceremony were beautifully written and he really took the time to know us best he could and understand our story.
So happy he agreed to officiate for us - he helped make our day the most amazing day of our lives. Read less
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Laura Kim
Wedding:
9/12/2015
5.0/5.0
There are few people in life who actually affect you the minute you meet them. The Venerable Lawrence Grecco is just such an individual. From the first time I spoke with him over the phone, to our face to face meeting at his home prior to our wedding, to the actual day of our nuptial, he was the picture and embodiment of grace and professionalism.

My husband suggested that since I am Buddhist we should have a monk officiate over our wedding. I found Lawrence Grecco through Weddingwire.com. When I first read all of his reviews I have to admit, I was skeptical. Who is really worthy of a 5 out of 5 star rating on nearly every review? Answer...Lawrence Grecco. He will treat you at all times with a professionalism and calming demeanor that will instantaneously put you at ease. When my husband and I traveled to his home in NYC to meet with him just prior to our big day, we did not know what to expect. What we found is a man who is schooled in his duties, refined in his manner, devoted in his beliefs, and dedicated to serving his people be they paying clients or indigent souls seeking only his good ministrations.

I cannot emphasize enough the satisfaction and happiness that Lawrence brought to our wedding experience. He is full of patience, humor, and humility. And these qualities shine through as he conducts whatever ceremony you invite him to in your life. I am already thinking of ways we can include him in celebrations to come.

We wish you only happiness and joy in your upcoming life event. And we wish our monk peace, good health, and continued prosperity for all the years to come.
There are few people in life who actually affect you the minute you meet them. The Venerable Lawrence Grecco is just such Read more...
There are few people in life who actually affect you the minute you meet them. The Venerable Lawrence Grecco is just such an individual. From the first time I spoke with him over the phone, to our face to face meeting at his home prior to our wedding, to the actual day of our nuptial, he was the picture and embodiment of grace and professionalism.

My husband suggested that since I am Buddhist we should have a monk officiate over our wedding. I found Lawrence Grecco through Weddingwire.com. When I first read all of his reviews I have to admit, I was skeptical. Who is really worthy of a 5 out of 5 star rating on nearly every review? Answer...Lawrence Grecco. He will treat you at all times with a professionalism and calming demeanor that will instantaneously put you at ease. When my husband and I traveled to his home in NYC to meet with him just prior to our big day, we did not know what to expect. What we found is a man who is schooled in his duties, refined in his manner, devoted in his beliefs, and dedicated to serving his people be they paying clients or indigent souls seeking only his good ministrations.

I cannot emphasize enough the satisfaction and happiness that Lawrence brought to our wedding experience. He is full of patience, humor, and humility. And these qualities shine through as he conducts whatever ceremony you invite him to in your life. I am already thinking of ways we can include him in celebrations to come.

We wish you only happiness and joy in your upcoming life event. And we wish our monk peace, good health, and continued prosperity for all the years to come. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco provided the simple, personal ceremony my wife and I were looking for. He was very warm and did a wonderful job with the ceremony. I would recommend him to anyone.
Rev. Grecco provided the simple, personal ceremony my wife and I were looking for. He was very warm and did a wonderful Read more...
Rev. Grecco provided the simple, personal ceremony my wife and I were looking for. He was very warm and did a wonderful job with the ceremony. I would recommend him to anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco was above all expectations. He carefully crafted our ceremony taking into account our preferences and requested, and he suggested reading to be included. We loved it when we reviewed it before the wedding - spiritual and uncomplicated. But the way he delivered, the high energy he created was absolutely majestic. Our wedding was such a memorable and special experience to all our guests in large part thanks to him.
Rev. Grecco was above all expectations. He carefully crafted our ceremony taking into account our preferences and Read more...
Rev. Grecco was above all expectations. He carefully crafted our ceremony taking into account our preferences and requested, and he suggested reading to be included. We loved it when we reviewed it before the wedding - spiritual and uncomplicated. But the way he delivered, the high energy he created was absolutely majestic. Our wedding was such a memorable and special experience to all our guests in large part thanks to him. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco has conducted a ceremony that was absolutely perfect for us.
He created an uplifting and inspiring energy at our wedding that touched people and penetrated deeper than words. It was magic of kind.
Rev. Grecco has conducted a ceremony that was absolutely perfect for us.
He created an uplifting and inspiring energy Read more...
Rev. Grecco has conducted a ceremony that was absolutely perfect for us.
He created an uplifting and inspiring energy at our wedding that touched people and penetrated deeper than words. It was magic of kind. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
12/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was wonderful, and provided a peaceful atmosphere for our wedding. He was open to including all the elements that were important to us, and made it a special and memorable event.
Lawrence was wonderful, and provided a peaceful atmosphere for our wedding. He was open to including all the elements that Read more...
Lawrence was wonderful, and provided a peaceful atmosphere for our wedding. He was open to including all the elements that were important to us, and made it a special and memorable event. Read less
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