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Spirited Weddings with Deborah Roth

New York , NY
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New York, NY 10025 US (map)

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212-665-9660

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ABOUT US

Congratulations – you’re engaged! And looking forward to a magical wedding day to launch the rest of your lives together. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister and I love helping couples... Read more
Congratulations – you’re engaged! And looking forward to a magical wedding day to launch the rest of your lives together. I am an ordained Interfaith Minister and I love helping couples create a wedding ceremony that reflects your unique personalities, spiritual beliefs and heartfelt feelings. My Master's thesis was on the power of transformative ritual, and I truly believe that weddings are the highest form of sacred play! Together, we craft a memorable, creative ceremony that elegantly (and playfully!) expresses your love for and commitment to each other.

When my husband Peter and I were married in 1981, we created our own ceremony with a minister and rabbi – pretty radical idea at the time. I certainly never thought I’d be helping couples do the same, 30 years later! Sometimes the couples I work with are from different faith traditions, as Peter and I were, and want to find common spiritual ground to celebrate this most joyous of life's passages.

Other times, couples are simply looking for a unique, creative way to express their love for and commitment to one another; they want someone to partner with them in creating a very personal and meaningful ceremony with little of the language, music, or visual symbols of a "traditional" wedding.

And of course, I'm delighted to work with same-sex couples who want to sacralize their bond in a special way as well. In all instances, we work together to craft a simple and beautiful ceremony which blends your vision and my expertise.

CREATING YOUR IDEAL CEREMONY

When you decide to create your own wedding ceremony, the world's traditions are your playing field. Certainly, you can opt for a creative blend of the religions of your respective families. You may even want to have more than one officiate present to represent different faith traditions. I have co-officiated with Rabbis, Buddhist Priests, and Christian Ministers, sometimes even with 2 others!

Or, you might want a contemporary ceremony which is completely original, drawing on elements and rituals from multiple traditions, including Native American, Celtic, Sufism, Islam, Earth-Centered Spirituality, Hinduism, Egyptian, to name a few.

You're invited to bring all your ideas to our first planning session and we'll also draw from the resources I've compiled over the years. If you're undecided about the location for your ceremony, I have lots of suggestions in the New York metro area as well. This is your ceremony and it will be as elaborate or simple as you want it to be.

ADDITIONAL WEDDING SERVICES

Pre-Marital Coaching
Sometimes it's helpful to have an objective third party hold the space for a couple as they contemplate the big issues of creating and sustaining a lifelong relationship. Work, family time, children, in-laws, spiritual life… these are some of the areas we can address so you can begin this new journey with confidence and excitement.

This can be done in 2 or 3 informal sessions, or you might want to consider the more structured 5-week program (complete with 55-page workbook) called "Partners in Life" (PIL). For more information on this powerful program, please check the bottom of the Relationship Coaching page on my website.

Bridesmaid CelebrationCircle
Imagine creating a magical web of support the day before the wedding with all of the special women (and girls) in the bridal party. We create an atmosphere of sacred play, allowing them to celebrate what they love most about the bride and giving her an opportunity to thank them for all their love and support.

Magical Bridal Showers
These are typically arranged with someone other than the bride and provide an opportunity for her friends and family to create a truly meaningful (but still thoroughly fun) celebration for her. Sorry, I'm not giving any details here… it's a surprise, so have your Maid of Honor call me!

Vow Renewals Whether you’ve been married 5 years or 25 years, renewing your marriage vows can be a powerful re-commitment to all of those promises you made when you were first married… as well as adding some important new insights you’ve gained since then! I’ve created intimate ceremonies with some couples and more elaborate ones for others as part of their larger “Happy Anniversary” festivities. As with the wedding ceremony, we tailor it to meet whatever style fits with your vision of a special anniversary celebration.

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So, if you want to create a personal, meaningful ceremony with a creative, experienced professional, please do give me a call at 212-665-9660 or email me so we can set up an FREE introductory meeting! 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, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

INFO FOR UNIQUE SERVICES

What service(s) do you provide?
Tarot Card Reading

REVIEWS

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
If you are looking for an Officiant around New York, look no further! We could not recommend Deborah more highly. We were organising the ceremony from the other side of the world with little idea of what we wanted and she made it so easy, even with our very different cultural and religious backgrounds. Deborah's combination of energy and calm on the day really helped steady us through a lot of tears and the guests all found her manner to be spot-on for both of us. When the time comes to renew our vows, we will be heading straight back to New York. Thanks Deb, you really helped make our day perfect.
If you are looking for an Officiant around New York, look no further! We could not recommend Deborah more highly. We were Read more...
If you are looking for an Officiant around New York, look no further! We could not recommend Deborah more highly. We were organising the ceremony from the other side of the world with little idea of what we wanted and she made it so easy, even with our very different cultural and religious backgrounds. Deborah's combination of energy and calm on the day really helped steady us through a lot of tears and the guests all found her manner to be spot-on for both of us. When the time comes to renew our vows, we will be heading straight back to New York. Thanks Deb, you really helped make our day perfect. Read less
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Joyce
Wedding:
2/20/2016
5.0/5.0
There is not enough i can say about Deborah. Finding her was a blessing. She is a warm, kind person with amazing energy who helped us create a special wedding ceremony. Not only that she's been coaching us with our relationship which i find so much fun and important in building a strong healthy marriage. She is passionate about what she does and it shows. You will not be disappointed in working with her. I highly recommend it.
There is not enough i can say about Deborah. Finding her was a blessing. She is a warm, kind person with amazing energy Read more...
There is not enough i can say about Deborah. Finding her was a blessing. She is a warm, kind person with amazing energy who helped us create a special wedding ceremony. Not only that she's been coaching us with our relationship which i find so much fun and important in building a strong healthy marriage. She is passionate about what she does and it shows. You will not be disappointed in working with her. I highly recommend it. Read less
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Scott
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1/2/2016
5.0/5.0
My now-wife and I were deciding between using a friend as an officiant or going with someone more experienced, and our “external” search began and ended with Deb. We loved her vibe and energy and instantly knew she was the right person to marry us.

It’s absolutely no surprise that her reviews on here are uniformly glowing. She was a true professional throughout the entire process, providing us with a roadmap of where we were going and holding our hands – as much or as little as needed – throughout the journey. She was warm, insightful, and funny, and took a genuine interest in us throughout the process. And when it came time for the ceremony, she was of course at her best – flawless in execution, eloquent in delivery, and charming as always.

My wife and I cannot possibly recommend her anymore enthusiastically.
My now-wife and I were deciding between using a friend as an officiant or going with someone more experienced, and our “ Read more...
My now-wife and I were deciding between using a friend as an officiant or going with someone more experienced, and our “external” search began and ended with Deb. We loved her vibe and energy and instantly knew she was the right person to marry us.

It’s absolutely no surprise that her reviews on here are uniformly glowing. She was a true professional throughout the entire process, providing us with a roadmap of where we were going and holding our hands – as much or as little as needed – throughout the journey. She was warm, insightful, and funny, and took a genuine interest in us throughout the process. And when it came time for the ceremony, she was of course at her best – flawless in execution, eloquent in delivery, and charming as always.

My wife and I cannot possibly recommend her anymore enthusiastically. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Deborah was absolutely great! My partner was in California and I was in Australia while we were planning our wedding in NYC. Deborah guided us through the whole process, clearly outlined her service options and fees, was very timely in her responses and addressed all our questions. Her ceremony templates were very helpful in planning and guiding our ceremony, and allowed for customisation to make it ours.

On the day, Deborah was punctual, patient, warm and friendly. My parents had come all the way from Australia for the day, and Mum couldn't stop raving about how genuine and lovely Deborah was. She helped us feel at ease, and lead a beautiful ceremony.

All in all, we couldn't recommend Deborah enough!!
Deborah was absolutely great! My partner was in California and I was in Australia while we were planning our wedding in Read more...
Deborah was absolutely great! My partner was in California and I was in Australia while we were planning our wedding in NYC. Deborah guided us through the whole process, clearly outlined her service options and fees, was very timely in her responses and addressed all our questions. Her ceremony templates were very helpful in planning and guiding our ceremony, and allowed for customisation to make it ours.

On the day, Deborah was punctual, patient, warm and friendly. My parents had come all the way from Australia for the day, and Mum couldn't stop raving about how genuine and lovely Deborah was. She helped us feel at ease, and lead a beautiful ceremony.

All in all, we couldn't recommend Deborah enough!! Read less
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Wedding:
10/4/2015
5.0/5.0
We were looking for a ceremony that would encompass the feel of a formal wedding without the strong religious component. Deborah delivered this perfectly for us. She was very professional from the first phone conversation through the day of the wedding. She has mastered her craft and really knows how to read couples and help them customize the ceremony effectively. She clearly has a significant amount of experience that comes across on the big day. We received many inquiries on her services in the days following. As said, although we are both Catholic, we were doing a beach ceremony and didn't want to use a priest, she was the perfect solution and went way beyond our expectations.
We were looking for a ceremony that would encompass the feel of a formal wedding without the strong religious component. Read more...
We were looking for a ceremony that would encompass the feel of a formal wedding without the strong religious component. Deborah delivered this perfectly for us. She was very professional from the first phone conversation through the day of the wedding. She has mastered her craft and really knows how to read couples and help them customize the ceremony effectively. She clearly has a significant amount of experience that comes across on the big day. We received many inquiries on her services in the days following. As said, although we are both Catholic, we were doing a beach ceremony and didn't want to use a priest, she was the perfect solution and went way beyond our expectations. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Deborah is THE best! Not only was the process of putting our ceremony together fun and interesting, but the ceremony itself was so unique, special and very well delivered. We had so many people comment on how great and different our ceremony was.

Over the course of the 6 months we were working with Deborah, she was able to guide us on our vision for the ceremony, give many options for all areas, and help us put the pieces together into a beautiful experience for us both. For people that don't think the ceremony will be fun for anyone- think again! We loved that part of the day and so did our guests!
Deborah is THE best! Not only was the process of putting our ceremony together fun and interesting, but the ceremony Read more...
Deborah is THE best! Not only was the process of putting our ceremony together fun and interesting, but the ceremony itself was so unique, special and very well delivered. We had so many people comment on how great and different our ceremony was.

Over the course of the 6 months we were working with Deborah, she was able to guide us on our vision for the ceremony, give many options for all areas, and help us put the pieces together into a beautiful experience for us both. For people that don't think the ceremony will be fun for anyone- think again! We loved that part of the day and so did our guests! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We were recommended to Deborah by the Central Park Wedding Planners and were very glad they did so. She was warm, caring and performed a wonderful ceremony for me and my wife. Would definitely recommend.
We were recommended to Deborah by the Central Park Wedding Planners and were very glad they did so. She was warm, caring Read more...
We were recommended to Deborah by the Central Park Wedding Planners and were very glad they did so. She was warm, caring and performed a wonderful ceremony for me and my wife. Would definitely recommend. Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Deborah made our wedding ceremony better than we could have imagined! She walked us through the ceremony design step-by-step, encouraging us to stretch our comfort zone to make the ceremony unforgettable. We were thrilled with the way she was able to put it all together in a way that made it uniquely ours, while giving our guests a wonderful presentation.
Deborah made our wedding ceremony better than we could have imagined! She walked us through the ceremony design Read more...
Deborah made our wedding ceremony better than we could have imagined! She walked us through the ceremony design step-by-step, encouraging us to stretch our comfort zone to make the ceremony unforgettable. We were thrilled with the way she was able to put it all together in a way that made it uniquely ours, while giving our guests a wonderful presentation. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Laura
Wedding:
9/5/2015
5.0/5.0
Deb was fantastic to work with and helped us create a truly personal and unique ceremony. From the beginning, she was very responsive and gave a very clear explanation about how this process would work, which we weren't really sure about! She gave us so many options and examples of readings, rituals, and ceremony structures, so that we really felt like what we created was our own and reflective of what we wanted to express at our wedding. She is a beautiful writer, and did a perfect job at capturing the character of our relationship in the ceremony. She helped us write our vows as well, and made sure before we shared them that they fit together and were appropriately similar in length and style (again, something we weren't really sure about before we started with her!). We had so many people after the wedding comment on how beautiful and unique our ceremony was, everyone wanted to know where we found her! We felt very secure and comfortable with Deb and would highly recommend her to other couples looking to create a personalized Interfaith ceremony.
Deb was fantastic to work with and helped us create a truly personal and unique ceremony. From the beginning, she was very Read more...
Deb was fantastic to work with and helped us create a truly personal and unique ceremony. From the beginning, she was very responsive and gave a very clear explanation about how this process would work, which we weren't really sure about! She gave us so many options and examples of readings, rituals, and ceremony structures, so that we really felt like what we created was our own and reflective of what we wanted to express at our wedding. She is a beautiful writer, and did a perfect job at capturing the character of our relationship in the ceremony. She helped us write our vows as well, and made sure before we shared them that they fit together and were appropriately similar in length and style (again, something we weren't really sure about before we started with her!). We had so many people after the wedding comment on how beautiful and unique our ceremony was, everyone wanted to know where we found her! We felt very secure and comfortable with Deb and would highly recommend her to other couples looking to create a personalized Interfaith ceremony. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Christine
Wedding:
7/17/2015
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were looking for someone to officiate our wedding and our search ended with Deborah. As soon as we met with her, we knew she was the right choice for us. We wanted our ceremony to be personalized, special, and unique. Deborah was able to do all of that and more. We created our very own ceremony, choosing rituals that tied in with our interfaith marriage. We felt that the ceremony was “so us.” I can’t explain how many compliments we received from our guests about how wonderful and different our ceremony truly was. They were blown away. If you’re looking for someone to personalize your big day, Deborah is a must.
My husband and I were looking for someone to officiate our wedding and our search ended with Deborah. As soon as we met Read more...
My husband and I were looking for someone to officiate our wedding and our search ended with Deborah. As soon as we met with her, we knew she was the right choice for us. We wanted our ceremony to be personalized, special, and unique. Deborah was able to do all of that and more. We created our very own ceremony, choosing rituals that tied in with our interfaith marriage. We felt that the ceremony was “so us.” I can’t explain how many compliments we received from our guests about how wonderful and different our ceremony truly was. They were blown away. If you’re looking for someone to personalize your big day, Deborah is a must. Read less
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