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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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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Suit and tie, or formal Buddhist robes
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Very flexible.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely, yes.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No but I can offer suggestions.
How long are your ceremonies?
anywhere from 5 minutes - 30 minutes depending on what the couple wants and needs.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Lawrence worked closely with us to create a ceremony that completely captured our relationship. We did not want a "traditional" service, and he listened to our ideas, provided some of his own, and really made a memorable ceremony that we were both extremely happy with. Several of our guests commented that it was the best they have ever heard. He was very professional, kind, calm, and exactly the person we wanted for our special day. Highly recommend!
Lawrence worked closely with us to create a ceremony that completely captured our relationship. We did not want a Read more...
Lawrence worked closely with us to create a ceremony that completely captured our relationship. We did not want a "traditional" service, and he listened to our ideas, provided some of his own, and really made a memorable ceremony that we were both extremely happy with. Several of our guests commented that it was the best they have ever heard. He was very professional, kind, calm, and exactly the person we wanted for our special day. Highly recommend! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was a pleasure to work with. He wrote a heart-felt and touching ceremony that still has our family and friends talking about it. Lawrence was also very available during the planning process and met with us in person several times. We are grateful to have worked with him and highly recommend his services.
Lawrence was a pleasure to work with. He wrote a heart-felt and touching ceremony that still has our family and friends Read more...
Lawrence was a pleasure to work with. He wrote a heart-felt and touching ceremony that still has our family and friends talking about it. Lawrence was also very available during the planning process and met with us in person several times. We are grateful to have worked with him and highly recommend his services. Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
It was such a pleasure working with Lawrence for our wedding.
My husband has been researching Buddhism for several years and his findings interested me, especially since I do not consider myself religious. So when it came time to choose a wedding officiant I knew I wanted to go down the Buddhism route.
The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding but since we are not religious I was stumped as to what I wanted to do. I wanted it to be meaningful and spiritual, but not mushy or quirky. Rev. Lawrence found the perfect balance for us.
I wanted a kind-of pre-marriage counseling where Lawrence could also get to know us, so after meeting with him a handful of times over the year of our engagement Lawrence wrote us the most beautiful, personalized ceremony that greatly exceeded my expectations. He listened to who we are and we're about and it was eloquently reflected in his words. He was flexible with us when we wanted to add a knot-tying ceremony and incorporated it beautifully into the rest of the ceremony.
We were a little worried about the responses of some of our family members and friends who are staunch Catholics, but they were the guests who raved the most about how perfect the ceremony was and how wonderful Lawrence was. I think that attests to his ability to perform a spiritual ceremony that does not exclude people of any religion.
It was a little bit more expensive than I had planned on, but this was only because we chose the customized option- I know that he has less expensive choices.
I would definitely choose Lawrence again and I highly recommend him to others.
It was such a pleasure working with Lawrence for our wedding.
My husband has been researching Buddhism for several Read more...
It was such a pleasure working with Lawrence for our wedding.
My husband has been researching Buddhism for several years and his findings interested me, especially since I do not consider myself religious. So when it came time to choose a wedding officiant I knew I wanted to go down the Buddhism route.
The ceremony is the most important part of the wedding but since we are not religious I was stumped as to what I wanted to do. I wanted it to be meaningful and spiritual, but not mushy or quirky. Rev. Lawrence found the perfect balance for us.
I wanted a kind-of pre-marriage counseling where Lawrence could also get to know us, so after meeting with him a handful of times over the year of our engagement Lawrence wrote us the most beautiful, personalized ceremony that greatly exceeded my expectations. He listened to who we are and we're about and it was eloquently reflected in his words. He was flexible with us when we wanted to add a knot-tying ceremony and incorporated it beautifully into the rest of the ceremony.
We were a little worried about the responses of some of our family members and friends who are staunch Catholics, but they were the guests who raved the most about how perfect the ceremony was and how wonderful Lawrence was. I think that attests to his ability to perform a spiritual ceremony that does not exclude people of any religion.
It was a little bit more expensive than I had planned on, but this was only because we chose the customized option- I know that he has less expensive choices.
I would definitely choose Lawrence again and I highly recommend him to others. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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My partner and I were blessed to meet Lawrence and have him celebrate our union with all of our family and friends. We met Lawrence at his studio in New York and with that one time meeting and a few email exchanged and it was like if we knew each others for a long time. Our ceremony was in Atlantic City and Lawrence made himself available to travel. Lawrence has a gift of expressing emotions through words, expressing YOUR emotions. He captured our love story and offered this beautiful journey to our guests in such a way that we will always remember. Thank you Lawrence!!!!!
My partner and I were blessed to meet Lawrence and have him celebrate our union with all of our family and friends. We met Read more...
My partner and I were blessed to meet Lawrence and have him celebrate our union with all of our family and friends. We met Lawrence at his studio in New York and with that one time meeting and a few email exchanged and it was like if we knew each others for a long time. Our ceremony was in Atlantic City and Lawrence made himself available to travel. Lawrence has a gift of expressing emotions through words, expressing YOUR emotions. He captured our love story and offered this beautiful journey to our guests in such a way that we will always remember. Thank you Lawrence!!!!! Read less
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Philip
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was the perfect officiant. It would not be possible to find better. He is kind and considerate, responsive, creative, and above all wants to make sure everyone he is working with is happy. He was always on time and responsive, we met with him four times before our ceremony. He was a pleasure to work with.
Lawrence was the perfect officiant. It would not be possible to find better. He is kind and considerate, responsive, Read more...
Lawrence was the perfect officiant. It would not be possible to find better. He is kind and considerate, responsive, creative, and above all wants to make sure everyone he is working with is happy. He was always on time and responsive, we met with him four times before our ceremony. He was a pleasure to work with. Read less
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Aften
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I feel so very fortunate to have found Lawrence as our wedding officiant. For us, finding an officiant that best understood how to incorporate our spiritual background and beliefs (Judaism. Protestant Buddhist, Catholic) with our narratives individually as well as a couple was very important, and Lawrence was exactly what we were looking for. Leading up to the wedding, we always looked forward to our meetings with Lawrence as he is very personable, professional and very in tune with what his clients are looking for. When we got stuck on what types of reading we wanted for the ceremony, Lawrence shared many examples that reconciled our beliefs/ preferences with content that we knew our parents would like. We ended up going with a beautiful Buddhist reading that Lawrence wrote himself. On the wedding day, he was absolutely perfect, and many of our guests approached us to compliment how much the ceremony really reflected us in addition to being concise, authentic and sweet. By the end of the process we felt like we had known Lawrence for years. We can't recommend him highly enough for your wedding.
My husband and I feel so very fortunate to have found Lawrence as our wedding officiant. For us, finding an officiant that Read more...
My husband and I feel so very fortunate to have found Lawrence as our wedding officiant. For us, finding an officiant that best understood how to incorporate our spiritual background and beliefs (Judaism. Protestant Buddhist, Catholic) with our narratives individually as well as a couple was very important, and Lawrence was exactly what we were looking for. Leading up to the wedding, we always looked forward to our meetings with Lawrence as he is very personable, professional and very in tune with what his clients are looking for. When we got stuck on what types of reading we wanted for the ceremony, Lawrence shared many examples that reconciled our beliefs/ preferences with content that we knew our parents would like. We ended up going with a beautiful Buddhist reading that Lawrence wrote himself. On the wedding day, he was absolutely perfect, and many of our guests approached us to compliment how much the ceremony really reflected us in addition to being concise, authentic and sweet. By the end of the process we felt like we had known Lawrence for years. We can't recommend him highly enough for your wedding. Read less
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Emma
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
My partner and I are extremely pleased with the ceremony that Reverend Lawrence Grecco created for us. Reverend Grecco took the time to get to know us and listened to our request for an intimate, spiritual ceremony. Because he took that time to learn who we are, we had a personalized ceremony that reflected us.

We don’t live in NY, so we only met Reverend Grecco once, about two months prior to the wedding, but he had us feeling comfortable throughout the entire process, which included telephone calls and questionnaires.

Reverend Grecco is professional, flexible and above all, kind. He felt more like a member of the family and made our wedding a joyous day.

Thank you, Lawrence.
My partner and I are extremely pleased with the ceremony that Reverend Lawrence Grecco created for us. Reverend Grecco Read more...
My partner and I are extremely pleased with the ceremony that Reverend Lawrence Grecco created for us. Reverend Grecco took the time to get to know us and listened to our request for an intimate, spiritual ceremony. Because he took that time to learn who we are, we had a personalized ceremony that reflected us.

We don’t live in NY, so we only met Reverend Grecco once, about two months prior to the wedding, but he had us feeling comfortable throughout the entire process, which included telephone calls and questionnaires.

Reverend Grecco is professional, flexible and above all, kind. He felt more like a member of the family and made our wedding a joyous day.

Thank you, Lawrence. Read less
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M
Wedding:
4/6/2014
5.0/5.0
We wanted a simple, yet meaningful ceremony. Rev. Greco not only respected our wish for simplicity, but was able to add depth and a sense of dignity to the event. His calm demeanor was reassuring and soothing. Highly recommended.
We wanted a simple, yet meaningful ceremony. Rev. Greco not only respected our wish for simplicity, but was able to add Read more...
We wanted a simple, yet meaningful ceremony. Rev. Greco not only respected our wish for simplicity, but was able to add depth and a sense of dignity to the event. His calm demeanor was reassuring and soothing. Highly recommended. Read less
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Bruce
Wedding:
3/30/2014
5.0/5.0
I do not write recommendations. Reverend Grecco was fantastic enough to get me to do so. Since it was a second marriage for both of us, my wife and I were looking for a simple, spiritual way to get married. Reverend Grecco was responsive & professional in arranging a date that worked for us and made us feel so comfortable in his space it was an experience our 4 witnesses called "the best wedding ever". We couldn't agree more. Would not hesitate recommending Reverend Grecco if you were looking for a small, spiritual, simple ceremony. We feel really blessed to have had him be part of our special day.
I do not write recommendations. Reverend Grecco was fantastic enough to get me to do so. Since it was a second marriage Read more...
I do not write recommendations. Reverend Grecco was fantastic enough to get me to do so. Since it was a second marriage for both of us, my wife and I were looking for a simple, spiritual way to get married. Reverend Grecco was responsive & professional in arranging a date that worked for us and made us feel so comfortable in his space it was an experience our 4 witnesses called "the best wedding ever". We couldn't agree more. Would not hesitate recommending Reverend Grecco if you were looking for a small, spiritual, simple ceremony. We feel really blessed to have had him be part of our special day. Read less
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Rachel and LaToya
Wedding:
3/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Was really helpful with everything from information on how to apply for a wedding license to the weather in New York.
Was really helpful with everything from information on how to apply for a wedding license to the weather in New York.
Was really helpful with everything from information on how to apply for a wedding license to the weather in New York. Read less
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