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The Reverend D

Forest Hills , NY
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Forest Hills, NY 11375 US (map)

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917-301-6665

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I know exactly what it's like to wander from the beaten wedding aisle and I love helping other brides create their own unique traditions. I go out of my way to make the process fun and... Read more
I know exactly what it's like to wander from the beaten wedding aisle and I love helping other brides create their own unique traditions. I go out of my way to make the process fun and stress-free, and I am open to any ideas you're willing to throw at me. Because at the end of the day, *you* are what will make your wedding unique. So essentially, my job is to help you express you.

Now let me tell you a little bit about myself.

People become wedding officiants for a lot of different reasons. Some do it to fulfill a spiritual calling. Some do it so they can perform their sister's wedding. And some just do it for the money. Me, I did it out of sheer frustration.

Back when I first got engaged, I literally spent hours and hours typing words like "offbeat, gothic, punk, metal, sci-fi, gay and lesbian, Halloween, funny" and "rock and roll" combined with "NYC wedding officiant" into search engines in a futile attempt to find someone I could actually relate to. What I ended up slogging through were dozens of websites of officiants who all made the same generic promise to give me a "personalized, caring and memorable experience." Ugh. For the most part, they seemed a bit lacking in the offbeat category and a LOT lacking in the fun category. And for a DIY bride who was paying for her own wedding, it both offended and annoyed me that they all charged an awful lot of money for what would essentially boil down to 10-20 minutes of my life. It was maddening; I wanted to pull my hair out.

In defiance, I registered as a NYC Officiant, thinking I would just perform my own wedding. Sadly, I soon learned that there's only one state you can do that in (and it's not New York) so that idea got shot down. But I suddenly found myself sitting around with a perfectly legitimate Reverend status, a grudge against the wedding machine that had denied me the fun, offbeat, and affordable officiant that I had so desperately wanted, a sharp sense of humor and an idea: maybe, just maybe, if *I* was looking for all of those things, well then maybe someone else was too. And I thought: who better to fill that void than someone who's been through it herself?

And so I embarked upon my mission: to give all of you brides out there *exactly* the wedding that you want. You want to get married by a chick in full gothic regalia? Done. Want to get married by Slave Leia? Done. Want an Officiant who tells dirty jokes? Leads a pagan hand-fasting ritual? Incorporates your performance art into the service? Belts out a rock and roll love song for you and your significant other? Dresses like Elvira or a zombie for your Halloween wedding? Reads the entire service in Klingon? Or who FINALLY gets to perform legal, same-sex ceremonies with simple beauty and dignity? Or maybe you just want someone who understands your lifestyle and thinks it's awesome. You get the picture. No idea is too wild, too weird, or yes, even too normal. Your wedding can be anything you want it to be; my only goal is to help you achieve it.

Oh, and the best part? It's not gonna cost you an arm and a leg. Weddings are expensive enough without a total stranger demanding a ton of cash to perform a service pretending she's known you forever. I won't give my rate away here, but unlike most other officiants, I am honest and upfront about the price and post it right on my website. So trust me, I'm cheap. But I ain't easy.

Oh wait.

Yes I am. ;) Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious

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katy
Wedding:
1/3/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev D was fantastic from start to finish - our service was so intensely personalized, thoughtful, and honest. We loved working with her, and she was always incredibly patient and responsive, offering recommendations and ideas that aligned with how we envisioned our ceremony. Anything we asked to be included was enthusiastically accommodated and communication was always clear and consistent.

She had everyone--including us--laughing and crying the whole time...it was absolutely wonderful. She's got great energy and a wicked sense of humor, a perfect combo!

Also worth mentioning she braved slippery/snowy roads to get to us about 1/2 hour north of NYC, and was cool as a cucumber when she arrived. So if you are on the hunt for a hilarious, honest, affordable, dedicated, supportive individual to kick off your commitment...you got her.
Rev D was fantastic from start to finish - our service was so intensely personalized, thoughtful, and honest. We loved Read more...
Rev D was fantastic from start to finish - our service was so intensely personalized, thoughtful, and honest. We loved working with her, and she was always incredibly patient and responsive, offering recommendations and ideas that aligned with how we envisioned our ceremony. Anything we asked to be included was enthusiastically accommodated and communication was always clear and consistent.

She had everyone--including us--laughing and crying the whole time...it was absolutely wonderful. She's got great energy and a wicked sense of humor, a perfect combo!

Also worth mentioning she braved slippery/snowy roads to get to us about 1/2 hour north of NYC, and was cool as a cucumber when she arrived. So if you are on the hunt for a hilarious, honest, affordable, dedicated, supportive individual to kick off your commitment...you got her. Read less
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Marc & Michelle
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an amazing ceremony, and we have Donna’s efforts to thank for it. She understands that ceremonies are life-marking events, and made every effort to get to know us and craft an occasion that was truly personal. We each filled out surveys that told Donna who we were as individuals, and as a couple, which enabled her to write vows that all our guests agreed were distinctly “us” (not a dry eye in the house!) It felt like a close friend was marrying us. She was funny and beautifully articulate. It felt like our ceremony could have been transported into our home, it was that comfortable and personal.
We had an amazing ceremony, and we have Donna’s efforts to thank for it. She understands that ceremonies are life-marking Read more...
We had an amazing ceremony, and we have Donna’s efforts to thank for it. She understands that ceremonies are life-marking events, and made every effort to get to know us and craft an occasion that was truly personal. We each filled out surveys that told Donna who we were as individuals, and as a couple, which enabled her to write vows that all our guests agreed were distinctly “us” (not a dry eye in the house!) It felt like a close friend was marrying us. She was funny and beautifully articulate. It felt like our ceremony could have been transported into our home, it was that comfortable and personal. Read less
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Candice
Wedding:
11/11/2014
5.0/5.0
We used The rev as our officiant at our elopement in NYC on 11th November 2014. Coming from Australia we had no idea where to start, I knew I never wanted a stuffy and uptight celebrant because that's not who we are, so why would we want that on our most amazing day. The Rev was perfect she helped us with any questions in regards to locations, transport and just general inquires. The vows she wrote for us were sweet, funny, personal and out of this world. We are extremely happy that we had such an original and caring person at our wedding. You can tell she really cares about each service she is performing and she was just a super cool chick. I would 300% recommend The Rev D, she made our day so much more memorable. Thanks again rev! Candi and Dale :)
We used The rev as our officiant at our elopement in NYC on 11th November 2014. Coming from Australia we had no idea where Read more...
We used The rev as our officiant at our elopement in NYC on 11th November 2014. Coming from Australia we had no idea where to start, I knew I never wanted a stuffy and uptight celebrant because that's not who we are, so why would we want that on our most amazing day. The Rev was perfect she helped us with any questions in regards to locations, transport and just general inquires. The vows she wrote for us were sweet, funny, personal and out of this world. We are extremely happy that we had such an original and caring person at our wedding. You can tell she really cares about each service she is performing and she was just a super cool chick. I would 300% recommend The Rev D, she made our day so much more memorable. Thanks again rev! Candi and Dale :) Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Donna is the absolute best and made our wedding the absolute best! She personalizes each of her ceremonies and we talked for days about how she truly nailed it, probably without even realizing how well she truly nailed it. I had the guests all asking me where I found her, and the photographer asking her for her contact information by time the ceremony was through. After everything I consider her more a friend than just our officiant and no lie I would hit her up with ideas and get her advice. She is one of a kind and I wish we were getting married again just to hear her ceremony one more time!!
Donna is the absolute best and made our wedding the absolute best! She personalizes each of her ceremonies and we talked Read more...
Donna is the absolute best and made our wedding the absolute best! She personalizes each of her ceremonies and we talked for days about how she truly nailed it, probably without even realizing how well she truly nailed it. I had the guests all asking me where I found her, and the photographer asking her for her contact information by time the ceremony was through. After everything I consider her more a friend than just our officiant and no lie I would hit her up with ideas and get her advice. She is one of a kind and I wish we were getting married again just to hear her ceremony one more time!! Read less
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Kristina
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough about Reverend D! We first saw her perform the ceremony for our friend's wedding and new she would be perfect for us. She's witty, funny, and loves hardcore music like us...how could we not go with her! She performed our wedding on October 12, 2014 and we are still getting compliments about how everyone loved her. Reverend D personalizes the ceremony to fit both of you, and it really adds such a wonderful personal touch! If you are looking for someone who is not so traditional, you must go with her!
I cannot say enough about Reverend D! We first saw her perform the ceremony for our friend's wedding and new she would be Read more...
I cannot say enough about Reverend D! We first saw her perform the ceremony for our friend's wedding and new she would be perfect for us. She's witty, funny, and loves hardcore music like us...how could we not go with her! She performed our wedding on October 12, 2014 and we are still getting compliments about how everyone loved her. Reverend D personalizes the ceremony to fit both of you, and it really adds such a wonderful personal touch! If you are looking for someone who is not so traditional, you must go with her! Read less
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Joe
Wedding:
8/29/2014
5.0/5.0
My Husband & I had such a wonderful wedding ceremony with The Reverend D, and we are so glad that she officiated our ceremony! She listened to our specific needs and customized a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. She is very professional, prompt and had a lovely spirit that really shined through on our wedding day. We would recommend Donna to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding day!
"THANK YOU SO MUCH DONNA, WE & PUPS LOVE YOU"
My Husband & I had such a wonderful wedding ceremony with The Reverend D, and we are so glad that she officiated our Read more...
My Husband & I had such a wonderful wedding ceremony with The Reverend D, and we are so glad that she officiated our ceremony! She listened to our specific needs and customized a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. She is very professional, prompt and had a lovely spirit that really shined through on our wedding day. We would recommend Donna to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding day!
"THANK YOU SO MUCH DONNA, WE & PUPS LOVE YOU" Read less
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Risa
Wedding:
8/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Donna/Reverend D. Not only did she create an amazing ceremony for us, she was helpful and supportive for things that were eminently Not Her Job. She created a safe environment for us and was the best possible officiant for this untraditional, unreligious, yet really crazy couple.
I cannot say enough good things about Donna/Reverend D. Not only did she create an amazing ceremony for us, she was Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Donna/Reverend D. Not only did she create an amazing ceremony for us, she was helpful and supportive for things that were eminently Not Her Job. She created a safe environment for us and was the best possible officiant for this untraditional, unreligious, yet really crazy couple. Read less
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Annika/Gary
Wedding:
8/16/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverand D. She is AWSOME!!!! I don't think anyone else could have done what she did. NO ONE! It seems as though reverand D knew us. What she said during our ceremony couldn't have been better. She included fun tid bits of our lives. From the heartfelt to the weird and extremely funny things. She takes the time to get to know us. She is down to earth, not judgmental of anything or anyone. She most defiantly works with what you want and creates such an amazing smooth flowing fun atmosphere to be surrounded in during your ceremony. She is hands on but very cool. She makes it about you as if nothing else matters but us. She speaks very well!! Hands down she made our ceremony awesome, which set the stage for having an amazing reception. She goes above and beyond. She wasn't just a stranger standing on stage not knowing who we were, saying words that had no substance. Reverand D knew us, had a connection. She is just amazing because she has been in our shoes and you can tell she loves what she does. You simply can't get anyone better than her.
Reverand D. She is AWSOME!!!! I don't think anyone else could have done what she did. NO ONE! It seems as though reverand Read more...
Reverand D. She is AWSOME!!!! I don't think anyone else could have done what she did. NO ONE! It seems as though reverand D knew us. What she said during our ceremony couldn't have been better. She included fun tid bits of our lives. From the heartfelt to the weird and extremely funny things. She takes the time to get to know us. She is down to earth, not judgmental of anything or anyone. She most defiantly works with what you want and creates such an amazing smooth flowing fun atmosphere to be surrounded in during your ceremony. She is hands on but very cool. She makes it about you as if nothing else matters but us. She speaks very well!! Hands down she made our ceremony awesome, which set the stage for having an amazing reception. She goes above and beyond. She wasn't just a stranger standing on stage not knowing who we were, saying words that had no substance. Reverand D knew us, had a connection. She is just amazing because she has been in our shoes and you can tell she loves what she does. You simply can't get anyone better than her. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
7/20/2014
5.0/5.0
The Reverend D ROCKS!! She took our 30 + years in the making love story and made it her own ! She was able to articulate our love to the crowd with warmth, humor and sentimentality without making it too mushy or boring! She is just one very cool chick. She has the looks, the brains and is just so dynamic , you can't help ,as my Husband says, "love her". Thank you so very much for the effort and time you spent on making our day a memorable one. Oh and she is ridiculously underpriced!! Book her if you can!!
Allison & Frank 7/20/14
The Reverend D ROCKS!! She took our 30 + years in the making love story and made it her own ! She was able to articulate Read more...
The Reverend D ROCKS!! She took our 30 + years in the making love story and made it her own ! She was able to articulate our love to the crowd with warmth, humor and sentimentality without making it too mushy or boring! She is just one very cool chick. She has the looks, the brains and is just so dynamic , you can't help ,as my Husband says, "love her". Thank you so very much for the effort and time you spent on making our day a memorable one. Oh and she is ridiculously underpriced!! Book her if you can!!
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Simon
Wedding:
7/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend D was the absolute best to work with! She went above and beyond what we expected of her and delivered a ceremony that all our guests said was the most memorable wedding they had ever attended. We will highly recommend her to everyone we know who is getting married. We just simply can't believe how much effort she put in to give us exactly what we hoped for. Simply amazing!!!!!
Reverend D was the absolute best to work with! She went above and beyond what we expected of her and delivered a ceremony Read more...
Reverend D was the absolute best to work with! She went above and beyond what we expected of her and delivered a ceremony that all our guests said was the most memorable wedding they had ever attended. We will highly recommend her to everyone we know who is getting married. We just simply can't believe how much effort she put in to give us exactly what we hoped for. Simply amazing!!!!! Read less
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