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Richard J. Colonna Ministries

Garwood , NJ
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321 Willow Avenue
Garwood, NJ 07027 US (map)

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973-945-1481

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ABOUT US

Richard J. Colonna Ministries is based in Garwood, NJ. I am a certified Minister and I am able to perform the following services:

Weddings/Baptisms/Memorial Services
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Richard J. Colonna Ministries is based in Garwood, NJ. I am a certified Minister and I am able to perform the following services:

Weddings/Baptisms/Memorial Services

My gift to humanity is to comfort those who need comforting, to unite people who believe in the power of love and to welcome the newly born into this world of opportunity.

A very special person in my life told me that as long as we have laughter, we have love. Therefore my goal is to bring peace, joy, comfort and most of all laughter to anyone I come in contact with.



About Me:

As a leading provider of Ministry Services I take pride in meeting your needs and the needs of your family and friends.

I am an licensed Ordained, Interfaith, Non-Denominational Minister who goes beyond traditional limits to help you create the most unique, customized, loving, and personalized service you have ever wanted or dreamed of.

Your wedding ceremony, civil union or commitment exchange, is the cornerstone of your marriage, and it should reflect who you are, your unique relationship, and include those you love.

Whether your guest list is 2 or 200, your ceremony should be as unique as your relationship, and your Officiant should be fun and flexible.

If your service involves a baptism or a blessing of a renewed life, I commit to making it a memorable event. If you've experienced the loss of a friend or loved one, allow me to bring comfort to your heavy heart and help you celebrate their life. Whatever the need is, please honor me with the opportunity to make it a special experience. Read less
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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, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Presbyterian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CT, NJ, NY, PA, VT

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jfaith028
Wedding:
7/3/2016
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were married a few weeks ago and had Revered Richard Colonna officiate our interfaith wedding ceremony. Richard represented the Catholic traditions in my family, and we had a cantor officiate for the Jewish traditions on my husband’s side. The two of them worked so wonderfully together. When we first met with Richard, he was so professional and organized. He had a packet of ceremony samples for my husband and I to use as a reference (some traditional and some more modern). He walked us to through every single step of the ceremony. The processional, who sits where, who stands where, who says what, etc. Just to keep everyone on the same page and make sure we knew how our ceremony would flow. Richard is very timely in responding to emails or phone calls. The four of us had many conversations throughout the planning process which put us all at ease and made us feel comfortable with the ceremony outline. I can’t thank him enough for all of his help and support to make our wedding ceremony absolutely perfect. Our ceremony was a lovely balance of both our traditions and we have him to thank for that. He was truly a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him for any type of wedding ceremony. Our ceremony was the most beautiful & important part of our wedding day. We have received countless compliments on the ceremony officiating and all of our guests were truly amazed by the perfect mix of traditions that we incorporated. Richard was absolutely fantastic and would recommend him for any and all wedding ceremonies.
My husband and I were married a few weeks ago and had Revered Richard Colonna officiate our interfaith wedding ceremony. Read more...
My husband and I were married a few weeks ago and had Revered Richard Colonna officiate our interfaith wedding ceremony. Richard represented the Catholic traditions in my family, and we had a cantor officiate for the Jewish traditions on my husband’s side. The two of them worked so wonderfully together. When we first met with Richard, he was so professional and organized. He had a packet of ceremony samples for my husband and I to use as a reference (some traditional and some more modern). He walked us to through every single step of the ceremony. The processional, who sits where, who stands where, who says what, etc. Just to keep everyone on the same page and make sure we knew how our ceremony would flow. Richard is very timely in responding to emails or phone calls. The four of us had many conversations throughout the planning process which put us all at ease and made us feel comfortable with the ceremony outline. I can’t thank him enough for all of his help and support to make our wedding ceremony absolutely perfect. Our ceremony was a lovely balance of both our traditions and we have him to thank for that. He was truly a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him for any type of wedding ceremony. Our ceremony was the most beautiful & important part of our wedding day. We have received countless compliments on the ceremony officiating and all of our guests were truly amazed by the perfect mix of traditions that we incorporated. Richard was absolutely fantastic and would recommend him for any and all wedding ceremonies. Read less
Services Used: Officiant, Wedding Planning
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Alli
Wedding:
5/15/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev. Richard Colonna helped make the ceremony relaxing, entertaining, and family oriented. Richard was recommended by Russell (the owner of the Watermark) and after reading all of his wedding wire reviews I had to call. Richard met with us about 6 months before our wedding and went over the ceremony structure and ideas. He had us laughing from the get go and I knew that he would be a perfect fit in our special day. We did not have a rehearsal but Rich promised us that this would not be an issue and that he would make sure everything would run smooth. And it did!!! My husband’s grandmother was not able to make the wedding so we had her on facetime. Rich made sure to include her in the ceremony by having all the guests shout hello to her before the ceremony started and after we exchanged rings. It was personal touches like that and his light hearted sense of humor that made the ceremony perfect. Days after the wedding was over people kept asking me how long we knew Rich, which made me feel great because that is the family and friend feel we were going for. Do yourself a favor and hire Rich today. He books up fast and you will not regret having him perform your ceremony.
Rev. Richard Colonna helped make the ceremony relaxing, entertaining, and family oriented. Richard was recommended by Read more...
Rev. Richard Colonna helped make the ceremony relaxing, entertaining, and family oriented. Richard was recommended by Russell (the owner of the Watermark) and after reading all of his wedding wire reviews I had to call. Richard met with us about 6 months before our wedding and went over the ceremony structure and ideas. He had us laughing from the get go and I knew that he would be a perfect fit in our special day. We did not have a rehearsal but Rich promised us that this would not be an issue and that he would make sure everything would run smooth. And it did!!! My husband’s grandmother was not able to make the wedding so we had her on facetime. Rich made sure to include her in the ceremony by having all the guests shout hello to her before the ceremony started and after we exchanged rings. It was personal touches like that and his light hearted sense of humor that made the ceremony perfect. Days after the wedding was over people kept asking me how long we knew Rich, which made me feel great because that is the family and friend feel we were going for. Do yourself a favor and hire Rich today. He books up fast and you will not regret having him perform your ceremony. Read less
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Jenna
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Rev Rich is the best. He takes care of everything. We didn't have a rehearsal and I was nervous, but I didn't need to be. He took care of everything. Seriously, this guy is top notch. He made the whole thing come together beautifully. He is an organized and professional planner, and a charismatic and warm officiant. We wanted it short and sweet and he made it happen while guiding us in the right direction. He really listens to you and personalizes the ceremony. Can't say enough good things. I would recommend Richard Colonna again and again.
Rev Rich is the best. He takes care of everything. We didn't have a rehearsal and I was nervous, but I didn't need to be. Read more...
Rev Rich is the best. He takes care of everything. We didn't have a rehearsal and I was nervous, but I didn't need to be. He took care of everything. Seriously, this guy is top notch. He made the whole thing come together beautifully. He is an organized and professional planner, and a charismatic and warm officiant. We wanted it short and sweet and he made it happen while guiding us in the right direction. He really listens to you and personalizes the ceremony. Can't say enough good things. I would recommend Richard Colonna again and again. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Tracy
Wedding:
12/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Reverend Rick is the best officiant anyone could have to perform their wedding ceremony. Every guest RAVED about our ceremony. It was personalized and exceeded all expectations!! He is thorough, never missing a detail and on point the entire time. My husband and I cannot rave about him enough.
Reverend Rick is the best officiant anyone could have to perform their wedding ceremony. Every guest RAVED about our Read more...
Reverend Rick is the best officiant anyone could have to perform their wedding ceremony. Every guest RAVED about our ceremony. It was personalized and exceeded all expectations!! He is thorough, never missing a detail and on point the entire time. My husband and I cannot rave about him enough. Read less
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Alina
Wedding:
11/14/2015
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Richard we knew he would be the perfect person to marry us. We had a non denominational wedding at the venue and incorporated some traditions from both of our religions. Richard took the time to research one of the traditions he wasn't AS familar with and the other traditions he was very well informed about. He performed the ceremony perfectly and our parents and guests all raved about how effortless he made it look. We totally recommend Richard to any couple! Thanks again! Pete & Alina!
From the moment we met Richard we knew he would be the perfect person to marry us. We had a non denominational wedding at Read more...
From the moment we met Richard we knew he would be the perfect person to marry us. We had a non denominational wedding at the venue and incorporated some traditions from both of our religions. Richard took the time to research one of the traditions he wasn't AS familar with and the other traditions he was very well informed about. He performed the ceremony perfectly and our parents and guests all raved about how effortless he made it look. We totally recommend Richard to any couple! Thanks again! Pete & Alina! Read less
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Kat
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
Richard was very enthusiastic, friendly and great to work with. He conducted the ceremony very smoothly and had everyone laughing at some point or another. Would definitely recommend to others.
Richard was very enthusiastic, friendly and great to work with. He conducted the ceremony very smoothly and had everyone Read more...
Richard was very enthusiastic, friendly and great to work with. He conducted the ceremony very smoothly and had everyone laughing at some point or another. Would definitely recommend to others. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Richard Colonna was absolutely amazing! He came highly recommended from our friends who has also used his services and did an amazing job. When he first came to meet with us he was well prepared with all the information we needed and was able to answer any questions we had. He made us feel incredibly comfortable and with all the other things to worry about with a wedding we knew he had everything with the ceremony under control. Our ceremony was perfect and we could not have asked for anyone better. We would highly recommend him to anyone! I cannot say enough about his talents.
Richard Colonna was absolutely amazing! He came highly recommended from our friends who has also used his services and did Read more...
Richard Colonna was absolutely amazing! He came highly recommended from our friends who has also used his services and did an amazing job. When he first came to meet with us he was well prepared with all the information we needed and was able to answer any questions we had. He made us feel incredibly comfortable and with all the other things to worry about with a wedding we knew he had everything with the ceremony under control. Our ceremony was perfect and we could not have asked for anyone better. We would highly recommend him to anyone! I cannot say enough about his talents. Read less
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Melanie
Wedding:
9/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Having Rev. Rich perform our ceremony was a real pleasure. He walked us through all the decisions about our ceremony and made it truly easy. He sat with us to learn about us as a couple and talk about us for a good hour and as a result it felt as though we were married by a friend. He answered all our questions and provided great advice. On our special day he was truly wonderful. I highly recommend Rich Colonna to any couple.
Having Rev. Rich perform our ceremony was a real pleasure. He walked us through all the decisions about our ceremony and Read more...
Having Rev. Rich perform our ceremony was a real pleasure. He walked us through all the decisions about our ceremony and made it truly easy. He sat with us to learn about us as a couple and talk about us for a good hour and as a result it felt as though we were married by a friend. He answered all our questions and provided great advice. On our special day he was truly wonderful. I highly recommend Rich Colonna to any couple. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Kate
Wedding:
8/15/2015
5.0/5.0
From the moment my husband and I met Richard, there was an instant connection. We told him what we were looking for in a ceremony and what elements were important to us. Richard not only had a creative solution for every detail, he assured us that no part of the ceremony or no word out of his mouth would happen unless approved by us. While we would have trusted him to go “off book”, it was nice to feel we weren’t stuck with anything we didn’t want. He provided suggestions for readings and for alternate blessings, some of which we chose to use (loved the Hand Blessing). Though my husband and I aren't super religious, our families are so Richard did a nice job of being sensitive to that while honoring our wishes and making it feel like OUR ceremony.

Richard scored big points on the wedding day. When he arrived, my husband and I were out taking pictures. I can't imagine what kind of chaos Richard walked in on with bridal party/family members milling around. Richard dove in introducing himself and getting everyone acquainted with their roles in the ceremony. By the time my husband and I returned, every member of the bridal party knew exactly what he/she was supposed to do and everyone was set. It was also nice to see Richard joking and getting along with everyone as we got pulled away for other things. He set everyone at ease, including us.

Richard’s coordination efforts made the ceremony seamless. His commanding presence and voice set the tone, and his ability to think on his feet made some of the awkward moments (the best man dropping the rings) funny things everyone could laugh at. His warmth throughout the ceremony made it feel so personal. Our guests still rave about how meaningful and emotional our ceremony was, and how it set the tone for the rest of the evening.

We knew that the ceremony and hiring the right officiant was the most important part of the wedding – Richard was the absolute best choice, and he comes with our highest recommendation!
From the moment my husband and I met Richard, there was an instant connection. We told him what we were looking for in a Read more...
From the moment my husband and I met Richard, there was an instant connection. We told him what we were looking for in a ceremony and what elements were important to us. Richard not only had a creative solution for every detail, he assured us that no part of the ceremony or no word out of his mouth would happen unless approved by us. While we would have trusted him to go “off book”, it was nice to feel we weren’t stuck with anything we didn’t want. He provided suggestions for readings and for alternate blessings, some of which we chose to use (loved the Hand Blessing). Though my husband and I aren't super religious, our families are so Richard did a nice job of being sensitive to that while honoring our wishes and making it feel like OUR ceremony.

Richard scored big points on the wedding day. When he arrived, my husband and I were out taking pictures. I can't imagine what kind of chaos Richard walked in on with bridal party/family members milling around. Richard dove in introducing himself and getting everyone acquainted with their roles in the ceremony. By the time my husband and I returned, every member of the bridal party knew exactly what he/she was supposed to do and everyone was set. It was also nice to see Richard joking and getting along with everyone as we got pulled away for other things. He set everyone at ease, including us.

Richard’s coordination efforts made the ceremony seamless. His commanding presence and voice set the tone, and his ability to think on his feet made some of the awkward moments (the best man dropping the rings) funny things everyone could laugh at. His warmth throughout the ceremony made it feel so personal. Our guests still rave about how meaningful and emotional our ceremony was, and how it set the tone for the rest of the evening.

We knew that the ceremony and hiring the right officiant was the most important part of the wedding – Richard was the absolute best choice, and he comes with our highest recommendation! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Desiree
Wedding:
7/25/2015
5.0/5.0
There are no words to describe what an incredible experience we had with Rev. Richard Colonna!! He took our offbeat, non-denominational, and customized ceremony ideas and turned it into something so beautiful and memorable. Richard was the only person we talked to before booking him as our officiant. That's how sure that we were about him.

When we told him that we weren't sure whether we wanted to have a bridal party, and that we weren't sure whether we wanted to write our own vows or not, and that we were pretty sure we wanted to have a sandwich in the ceremony, he didn't even flinch. He said "okay, let's figure it all out". And we did!! He was there along the entire way and he wrote us a beautiful ceremony including all of our customized vows. And the sandwich ceremony... people are still talking about it 5 months later.

Not to mention how he ran the rehearsal the day before. We had no idea what we were doing but he showed up, ran the ceremony, and we all felt completely at ease.

I couldn't even tell you how many people came to us and told us how incredible our ceremony was. And that our officiant was one of the gentles, most heartfelt, and charismatic officiants they'd ever seen. No lie!

Don't even hesitate. Richard is outstanding!
There are no words to describe what an incredible experience we had with Rev. Richard Colonna!! He took our offbeat, Read more...
There are no words to describe what an incredible experience we had with Rev. Richard Colonna!! He took our offbeat, non-denominational, and customized ceremony ideas and turned it into something so beautiful and memorable. Richard was the only person we talked to before booking him as our officiant. That's how sure that we were about him.

When we told him that we weren't sure whether we wanted to have a bridal party, and that we weren't sure whether we wanted to write our own vows or not, and that we were pretty sure we wanted to have a sandwich in the ceremony, he didn't even flinch. He said "okay, let's figure it all out". And we did!! He was there along the entire way and he wrote us a beautiful ceremony including all of our customized vows. And the sandwich ceremony... people are still talking about it 5 months later.

Not to mention how he ran the rehearsal the day before. We had no idea what we were doing but he showed up, ran the ceremony, and we all felt completely at ease.

I couldn't even tell you how many people came to us and told us how incredible our ceremony was. And that our officiant was one of the gentles, most heartfelt, and charismatic officiants they'd ever seen. No lie!

Don't even hesitate. Richard is outstanding! Read less
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