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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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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!

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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 212-665-9660or 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?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT

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

REVIEWS

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Michael
Wedding:
5/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Deborah was amazing warm, articulate and enthusiastic. She was excellent in the pre communication and made our ceremony one that we will fondly remember, I highly recommend her!
Deborah was amazing warm, articulate and enthusiastic. She was excellent in the pre communication and made our ceremony Read more...
Deborah was amazing warm, articulate and enthusiastic. She was excellent in the pre communication and made our ceremony one that we will fondly remember, I highly recommend her! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Deborah did an amazing job. From our first telephone call to the time we met, she put us at ease and was very flexible. She listened to us and really grasped and was able articulate the way we felt about each other, and our families. We got so many compliments on the ceremony, her words and the delivery.
Deborah did an amazing job. From our first telephone call to the time we met, she put us at ease and was very flexible. Read more...
Deborah did an amazing job. From our first telephone call to the time we met, she put us at ease and was very flexible. She listened to us and really grasped and was able articulate the way we felt about each other, and our families. We got so many compliments on the ceremony, her words and the delivery. Read less
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Anonymous
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What made our wedding was the ceremony. It's was mattered most to us and we could not be happier with the final product, all of our guests felt the love and emotion that we wanted to convey. She was able to make the wedding ceremony feel "spiritually" connected but blend our families beliefs - seamlessly. Deb, was a pleasure to work with and we enjoyed our meetings - I recommend two. I also highly recommend reading and writing your own vows as well. We would not change one thing about the ceremony - and I know that a lot has to do with Deb's magic!
What made our wedding was the ceremony. It's was mattered most to us and we could not be happier with the final product, Read more...
What made our wedding was the ceremony. It's was mattered most to us and we could not be happier with the final product, all of our guests felt the love and emotion that we wanted to convey. She was able to make the wedding ceremony feel "spiritually" connected but blend our families beliefs - seamlessly. Deb, was a pleasure to work with and we enjoyed our meetings - I recommend two. I also highly recommend reading and writing your own vows as well. We would not change one thing about the ceremony - and I know that a lot has to do with Deb's magic! Read less
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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Deborah was simply amazing! She was caring, thoughtful and wanted to learn about us. She was professional, personal and made the ceremony truly special.
Deborah was simply amazing! She was caring, thoughtful and wanted to learn about us. She was professional, personal and Read more...
Deborah was simply amazing! She was caring, thoughtful and wanted to learn about us. She was professional, personal and made the ceremony truly special. Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Deborah was the perfect blend of professional and friendly advisor when planning and performing our wedding ceremony. She helped us craft the service that was just right for us and made it simple to work with her despite being across the country from one another. We were thrilled!
Deborah was the perfect blend of professional and friendly advisor when planning and performing our wedding ceremony. She Read more...
Deborah was the perfect blend of professional and friendly advisor when planning and performing our wedding ceremony. She helped us craft the service that was just right for us and made it simple to work with her despite being across the country from one another. We were thrilled! Read less
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Cynthia
Wedding:
9/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Deborah is an absolute pleasure to work with. She was referred to us by a friend and we couldn't be more pleased with our experience. She is warm and a professional and feels like family by the time the ceremony rolls around. Working with Deborah, we were really able to make our ceremony our own. We chose our own readings/ poems, traditions and vows. Nearly every guest at our wedding commented on how lovely the ceremony was and asked how we found Deborah. The guests comments were how meaningful and personable it was. A beautiful ceremony that brings tears to my eyes whenever I read through it. I highly recommend Deborah, she's a wonderful soul.
Deborah is an absolute pleasure to work with. She was referred to us by a friend and we couldn't be more pleased with our Read more...
Deborah is an absolute pleasure to work with. She was referred to us by a friend and we couldn't be more pleased with our experience. She is warm and a professional and feels like family by the time the ceremony rolls around. Working with Deborah, we were really able to make our ceremony our own. We chose our own readings/ poems, traditions and vows. Nearly every guest at our wedding commented on how lovely the ceremony was and asked how we found Deborah. The guests comments were how meaningful and personable it was. A beautiful ceremony that brings tears to my eyes whenever I read through it. I highly recommend Deborah, she's a wonderful soul. Read less
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Anonymous
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Deborah was wonderful! She was very prepared and made the process of crafting our wedding ceremony incredibly easy. Deborah also was very flexible with what we wanted to incorporate and how we wanted the ceremony to be ordered. On the day of the wedding, we received a lot of complements from our guests about how great she was.
Deborah was wonderful! She was very prepared and made the process of crafting our wedding ceremony incredibly easy. Read more...
Deborah was wonderful! She was very prepared and made the process of crafting our wedding ceremony incredibly easy. Deborah also was very flexible with what we wanted to incorporate and how we wanted the ceremony to be ordered. On the day of the wedding, we received a lot of complements from our guests about how great she was. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
A month before our wedding, we found Deborah through Weddingwire and we cross referenced reviews with The Knot. We didn't realize that people usually book officiants months ahead of time so we were in a slight panic trying to find the right officiant for us.

We interviewed a few officiants who all seemed perfectly nice but there was something about Deborah that stood out. For me, it was her voice and articulation which conveyed professionalism, experience, and mastery of diction and vocabulary (which mattered for me actually - in our introduction phone call, I counted at least five GRE-level words that made me feel satisfied that we were communicating at the same verbal capability). If you watch her video on her website where she performs a ceremony on The Today Show, you'll get a sense of what I mean.

The process of putting together the ceremony was very streamlined (just the way a Gantt chart carrying bride likes it). However, Deborah also made it feel special and was able to customize around the values that we wanted to highlight in our ceremony. It was simply a stress free process that yielded a wonderful outcome.

Can't recommend Deborah enough!
A month before our wedding, we found Deborah through Weddingwire and we cross referenced reviews with The Knot. We didn't Read more...
A month before our wedding, we found Deborah through Weddingwire and we cross referenced reviews with The Knot. We didn't realize that people usually book officiants months ahead of time so we were in a slight panic trying to find the right officiant for us.

We interviewed a few officiants who all seemed perfectly nice but there was something about Deborah that stood out. For me, it was her voice and articulation which conveyed professionalism, experience, and mastery of diction and vocabulary (which mattered for me actually - in our introduction phone call, I counted at least five GRE-level words that made me feel satisfied that we were communicating at the same verbal capability). If you watch her video on her website where she performs a ceremony on The Today Show, you'll get a sense of what I mean.

The process of putting together the ceremony was very streamlined (just the way a Gantt chart carrying bride likes it). However, Deborah also made it feel special and was able to customize around the values that we wanted to highlight in our ceremony. It was simply a stress free process that yielded a wonderful outcome.

Can't recommend Deborah enough! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My now husband and I chose Deborah Roth for our officiant when we got married in Central Park Sept. 2014. She was absolutely unbelievable, and we are still getting praises from our guests on how amazing her ceremony was. We had initially been given a list of potential individuals to work with, and after reviewing her Spirited Living website, she clearly stood out amongst all of the others. Since we were not local to New York, she set up a teleconference for myself and my husband to informally meet her over the phone and get a chance to discuss what we were hoping for. We all hit it off immediately, and from that time until the actual wedding, we communicated back and forth by email to come up with a ceremony that was uniquely suited to us as a couple. She shared with us different readings and or rituals that we might want to include, but in the end left all of the decisions up to us. On the day of the wedding she arrived early as promised and quickly met with both my husband and I separately to reiterate the plan and cover any last minute details. As an extra nice touch Deborah had printed out the vows that we had each written ahead of time and put them in her ceremony book that she held up for each of us so that we could hold hands throughout the entire ceremony. I could sum up working with Deborah by saying she simply thought of every little detail to make it perfect. My guests also specifically described her as having a powerful presence which made everyone want to hear what she had to say next. My husband and I both strongly recommend Deborah to any couple looking for an officiant that will make your ceremony extra special!
My now husband and I chose Deborah Roth for our officiant when we got married in Central Park Sept. 2014. She was Read more...
My now husband and I chose Deborah Roth for our officiant when we got married in Central Park Sept. 2014. She was absolutely unbelievable, and we are still getting praises from our guests on how amazing her ceremony was. We had initially been given a list of potential individuals to work with, and after reviewing her Spirited Living website, she clearly stood out amongst all of the others. Since we were not local to New York, she set up a teleconference for myself and my husband to informally meet her over the phone and get a chance to discuss what we were hoping for. We all hit it off immediately, and from that time until the actual wedding, we communicated back and forth by email to come up with a ceremony that was uniquely suited to us as a couple. She shared with us different readings and or rituals that we might want to include, but in the end left all of the decisions up to us. On the day of the wedding she arrived early as promised and quickly met with both my husband and I separately to reiterate the plan and cover any last minute details. As an extra nice touch Deborah had printed out the vows that we had each written ahead of time and put them in her ceremony book that she held up for each of us so that we could hold hands throughout the entire ceremony. I could sum up working with Deborah by saying she simply thought of every little detail to make it perfect. My guests also specifically described her as having a powerful presence which made everyone want to hear what she had to say next. My husband and I both strongly recommend Deborah to any couple looking for an officiant that will make your ceremony extra special! Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Deborah officiated over our wedding ceremony at Ladies Pavilion, Central Park. She has a wonderful calming presence and is very easy to work with. She gave us wonderful suggestions to make the ceremony more personal and encouraged us to write our own vows, which really made the ceremony very touching for everyone. I highly recommend Deborah, she's great!
Deborah officiated over our wedding ceremony at Ladies Pavilion, Central Park. She has a wonderful calming presence and is Read more...
Deborah officiated over our wedding ceremony at Ladies Pavilion, Central Park. She has a wonderful calming presence and is very easy to work with. She gave us wonderful suggestions to make the ceremony more personal and encouraged us to write our own vows, which really made the ceremony very touching for everyone. I highly recommend Deborah, she's great! Read less
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