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Rev. Lawrence Grecco, Buddhist Monk

New York , NY
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New York, NY US 10014 (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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Our day was perfect and Lawrence helped to make it even better!! He made us feel totally comfortable and was extremely flexible (which we needed due to weather). We would absolutely recommend him!!
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Tamzen
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was extremely accommodating, considerate and kinda. We feel we chose a wonderful person to bless our lives together. Thank you Lawrence for being part of our story.
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Susan
Wedding:
11/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev Lawrence did an amazingly fantastic ceremony. My wife and I couldn't be happier with the way the entire event was performed. We worked together as a team from start to finish. The personal touches we seen and heard throughout the ceremony. We wouldn't change a thing. It was all the most perfect wonderful day ever. Thank you so much Rev for being a part of our very special day and a part of our lives for evermore
Susan and Jean Monaco 11-2-13
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Could not have been better. Thank you Lawrence!
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Helene
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so very happy that we learned about Lawrence Grecco and asked him to be our Marriage Officiant. We had created a very simple ceremony, and invited only four guests, and were married in Lawrence's beautiful, peaceful studio. As simple as our ceremony was, Lawrence made it so special for us and for our guests. The two couples (family and friends) we invited hadn't ever met each other before. We worried that it might be a little awkward at first, but Lawrence was so splendid in the way he made everyone feel comfortable, at home, and -- even better -- connected with each other in their happiness for us. As a lesbian couple living together for twenty-five years, it was very important to us to have someone like Lawrence to ease our way into marriage, to celebrate with us, and to make it a totally joyous occasion. One of our guests later remarked on how elegant the ceremony was, and we attribute this not only to what we had put together but -- most importantly -- to the loving way in which Lawrence crystallized it for us. I would recommend him as Officiant for anyone's marriage ceremony in any venue, whether in his studio or elsewhere. Any couple of any sexual, spiritual, or even atheistic orientation will feel supported, understood, and welcomed by Lawrence's graceful presence. He made it even more special for us than we had imagined it could be.
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
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Lawrence was very kind and was happy to accommodate all our needs and requests. We asked Lawrence to prepare a speech based on some information we provided and the results were above our expectations. It was so emotional that it made our witness cry!

We were very satisfied with Lawrence and would highly recommend him to any friend.
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Gary
Wedding:
8/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Lawrence provided a wonderful guiding voice to ensure that the ceremony was poignant and memorable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco was a delight to work with in planning our service, and was wonderful during the service itself and in handling the official paper work. We highly recommend him, and thank him again for being part of an amazing day!
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Ray
Wedding:
6/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was everything we could have wished for in a celebrant. Warm, friendly, helpful, accommodating, spiritual. He became an integral part of our wedding party and helped make our special day special. For us he was perfect.
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jason
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was extremely accommodating during the planning process. We feel like he really put alot of thought into customizing our ceremony. It couldnt have gone any better. His compassion can be felt in the whole room.
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James McDonald &
Wedding:
2/23/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a wonderful experience, We enjoyed his energy and knowledge.
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Lisa and Anthony
Wedding:
12/28/2012
5.0/5.0
What could I possibly say to articulate the experience of such a beautiful ceremony. Lawrence made the most special day for us the most special...EVERYONE mentioned how moved and heartfelt the ceremony was. Lawrence's words were so guiding..so poignant..  He is really something very very special and we appreciate him and his efforts. What he brought to our wedding was heartfelt, elegant, and powerful …The focus was on love, honesty, and compassion, and it was an incredible experience for both of us. Lawrence was welcoming and open to our wishes for the ceremony. He was reliable and supportive during what could have been a stressful time. His voice is wonderful and his visual presentation striking and elegant.
Lawrence helped to create something beautiful for us, with us. We will always remember this day. I would strongly encourage every future bride and groom to choose Lawrence to officiate their wedding. You will be thrilled with the results and you will remember your wedding ceremony forever.
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Paula
Wedding:
10/26/2012
5.0/5.0
It was a very nice wedding. Lawrence is kind, generous, and gave us a very meaningful ceremony. Many thanks Lawrence for your time, your words and for make us feel so well!
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Maureen
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING PART OF MY WEDDING. WITHOUT THE GUIDANCE OF LAWRENCE, THE SERVICE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN BEAUTIFUL. LAWRENCE WAS OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY, NOT A DRY EYE IN THE ROOM. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL SERVICE
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Tom
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Lawrence was extremely helpful and a wonderful presence at our wedding!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Very professional and did an outstanding job. Made some suggestions and overall we had a very nice ceremony.
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gjrm
Wedding:
5/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco worked with us to develop the perfect service for our needs. He is a warm and caring individual and deeply committed to doing an excellent job.
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P
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Lawrence spent time to really understand the ceremony that would mean the most to us and a personal touch. He was able to adapt and help us create a truly special and personal day. So many people still tell us how unique and special they though our ceremony was.

So happy how things turned out!!
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Petax
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
He was perfect for us then we wanted a none religious. One tip is to ask him if he can conduct the ceremony on his roof top it has a gorgeous view over south Manhattan.
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J_Kaplan
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Grecco provided exactly the type of service we were looking for!
We spoke prior to the wedding and he took all of our concerns into consideration.
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Solangewillis
Wedding:
8/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Lawrence helped to make my wedding day the most beautiful and special day of my life! He met with us ahead of time and really listened to what my fiance and I wanted - he performed our ceremony with warmth and humor and a loving presence that set the perfect tone for our special day. I can not thank him enough!
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Justin
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Very pleasant and easy to deal with. A++
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Lawrence was a wonderful guide and officiant as we planned and executed our wedding. His insights, warmth, straightforwardness and humor were welcome amidst the sometimes stressful process of planning and hosting a wedding. He wrote and led a guided meditation for us and our guests that started the event off on a peaceful loving note. While my husband and I wanted a Buddhist ceremony, our families practice other spiritual traditions. Rev. Grecco was able to guide a meditation that honored all the traditions present and allowed everyone to open their hearts without judgement to both universal love and to witnessing the partnership we were about to sacredly cement. His advice and ears in the months before the ceremony enabled both of us to be more grounded in the moment when we actually wed. We were so happy to have his smiling blessing upon our union and highly recommend his services.
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C
Wedding:
7/30/2011
4.8/5.0
Lawrence is great! He's incredibly warm, friendly, and insightful. He made himself very available to us, and did a wonderful job tailoring our ceremony to our Buddhist spiritual beliefs. He had lovely insight on love, commitment, and generosity. Throughout the process, Lawrence maintained an attitude of enthusiastic support and humor which helped make this day extra special.
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