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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant

New York , NY
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444 East 86th Street
New York, NY 10028 US (map)

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212-628-2596

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ABOUT US

Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! As your Celebrant, I will ensure that your ceremony is a dream come true, special in every way.

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Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! As your Celebrant, I will ensure that your ceremony is a dream come true, special in every way.

I will work with you to understand your dreams and visions for this special day. After getting to know you, I will create a customized ceremony that is unique. Your ceremony can be anything you want it to be. Throw away old ideas about what a ceremony should include, and start fresh! Whether you want a religious, interfaith, secular, cultural, non-denominational, civil ceremony, or a blend of them all, I can create it! Your wedding will be a memorable event, full of personal touches.

We will discuss family, cultural, and other traditions that reflect your story. We may discover practices you were not aware of that will enhance your ceremony. I will research traditions, vows, poems, readings, music, including the time-honored and the original.

I am a Certified Celebrant and ordained nondenominational Minister. I have a diploma in Marriage Celebrancy through the Celebrant USA Foundation, of which I am also a member. I am a licensed officiant in New York City and also serve eastern New Jersey, Westchester County New York, and The Berkshires Massachusetts, where I have a second home.

I will be happy to meet with you for a no-obligation interview. Let’s discuss how I can help make your wedding ceremony dreams come true!



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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 - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, 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?
Professional
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
We will work together until your ceremony is perfect!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Absolutely!
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
You can choose your own, or I will be happy to make suggestions
How long are your ceremonies?
Are ceremonies are customized based on the couples desire. Typical ceremonies are 15-20 minutes but can be longer or shorter depending on each unique situation.
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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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
It took us almost 44 years to finally get married and we could not have been more pleased than to have Val Coleman perform our ceremony. We wanted something short and sweet but something that would be meaningful for both ourselves and our guests. Val's warmth and expertise helped make our wedding the most beautiful day of our long and happy time together. Thank you Val!
It took us almost 44 years to finally get married and we could not have been more pleased than to have Val Coleman perform Read more...
It took us almost 44 years to finally get married and we could not have been more pleased than to have Val Coleman perform our ceremony. We wanted something short and sweet but something that would be meaningful for both ourselves and our guests. Val's warmth and expertise helped make our wedding the most beautiful day of our long and happy time together. Thank you Val! Read less
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Clare
Wedding:
9/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Val made our wedding day perfect! We travelled from the UK for the wedding day which meant that all of our communication prior to the day was via email. Val was always quick to respond to all questions and gave us really sensible advice to make sure that everything went smoothly. The ceremony that Val wrote for us was beautiful and made really good use of the information that we provided in the questionnaires to create the words that so carefully described our relationship and created a happy and good humoured atmosphere for our ceremony. My wife and I (still not used to saying that!!!) unreservedly recommend Val to other couples seeking a perfect wedding ceremony in New York.
Val made our wedding day perfect! We travelled from the UK for the wedding day which meant that all of our communication Read more...
Val made our wedding day perfect! We travelled from the UK for the wedding day which meant that all of our communication prior to the day was via email. Val was always quick to respond to all questions and gave us really sensible advice to make sure that everything went smoothly. The ceremony that Val wrote for us was beautiful and made really good use of the information that we provided in the questionnaires to create the words that so carefully described our relationship and created a happy and good humoured atmosphere for our ceremony. My wife and I (still not used to saying that!!!) unreservedly recommend Val to other couples seeking a perfect wedding ceremony in New York. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad you were happy with your wedding ceremony! You two were very cute, smiling and laughing through the ceremony. I hope our paths cross again!
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Claribell
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Val's personal touch to our story made our wedding day very special. Her investment in our ceremony showed thru and thru. She made our ceremony in Central Park shine bright, full of laughter and emotional moments. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a professional, detailed and caring officiant.
Val's personal touch to our story made our wedding day very special. Her investment in our ceremony showed thru and thru. Read more...
Val's personal touch to our story made our wedding day very special. Her investment in our ceremony showed thru and thru. She made our ceremony in Central Park shine bright, full of laughter and emotional moments. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking a professional, detailed and caring officiant. Read less
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Caroline
Wedding:
8/14/2014
5.0/5.0
From the very first moment we spoke with Val, we knew we had found the one! Val was very sweet and encouraging, and explained the process to us every step of the way. She was always there when we called or emailed with questions. The ceremony she wrote for us was perfect, capturing our relationship so well. She allowed and encouraged us to write our own vows, which meshed perfectly with our ceremony. She recommended a beautiful spot in Central Park to us when our original spot fell through, and on the big day was very accommodating as we found the exact spot for the ceremony for the best light of all.

I would highly recommend Val to anyone wanting a very special wedding!
From the very first moment we spoke with Val, we knew we had found the one! Val was very sweet and encouraging, and Read more...
From the very first moment we spoke with Val, we knew we had found the one! Val was very sweet and encouraging, and explained the process to us every step of the way. She was always there when we called or emailed with questions. The ceremony she wrote for us was perfect, capturing our relationship so well. She allowed and encouraged us to write our own vows, which meshed perfectly with our ceremony. She recommended a beautiful spot in Central Park to us when our original spot fell through, and on the big day was very accommodating as we found the exact spot for the ceremony for the best light of all.

I would highly recommend Val to anyone wanting a very special wedding! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I absolutely adored working with you two! You are such a happy, loving couple and seem to have so much fun together. Thank you for letting me be part of your special day!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
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Val was excellent! She was great to work with and put together the perfect ceremony. Highly recommend her!
Val was excellent! She was great to work with and put together the perfect ceremony. Highly recommend her!
Val was excellent! She was great to work with and put together the perfect ceremony. Highly recommend her! Read less
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Elissa
Wedding:
7/14/2014
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Val was very professional from the start. We travelled from Melbourne, Australia to marry in NYC and she was very helpful. Val was quite flexible when meeting prior and very friendly.
Val was also very calming on the day especially after I forgot the marriage licence and sent my Dad off to get it. After a short delay it all went very smoothly.
Val's ceremony was beautifully written, I couldn't have said it better myself!
Val was very professional from the start. We travelled from Melbourne, Australia to marry in NYC and she was very helpful. Read more...
Val was very professional from the start. We travelled from Melbourne, Australia to marry in NYC and she was very helpful. Val was quite flexible when meeting prior and very friendly.
Val was also very calming on the day especially after I forgot the marriage licence and sent my Dad off to get it. After a short delay it all went very smoothly.
Val's ceremony was beautifully written, I couldn't have said it better myself! Read less
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Wendell
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
When we decided to get married on our 17th anniversary we were in a quandary: we knew where to have it, what to wear, whom to invite and even what rings we wanted, but we had no idea what to do with the ceremony. We knew “traditional” wasn’t appropriate for us, but beyond that we were stumped. There were lots of scattered ideas, but no real plan. Then we met Val: her insightful questionnaire drew out all the disparate ideas we had had and then she, in a matter of days, wrote an extraordinary ceremony that we kept intact with only one edit. On the day of the wedding she came early, made negotiating the paperwork technicalities a breeze, and then basically took over so we didn’t have to worry about the details. All in attendance said it was an amazing, out-of-the-box ceremony, and a friend who is an event planner (“you know I’ve done hundreds of weddings . . .”) said it was the most moving and most meaningful ceremony he’d ever seen. We are forever in Val’s debt for making our wedding day the most perfect day we could have hoped for.
When we decided to get married on our 17th anniversary we were in a quandary: we knew where to have it, what to wear, whom Read more...
When we decided to get married on our 17th anniversary we were in a quandary: we knew where to have it, what to wear, whom to invite and even what rings we wanted, but we had no idea what to do with the ceremony. We knew “traditional” wasn’t appropriate for us, but beyond that we were stumped. There were lots of scattered ideas, but no real plan. Then we met Val: her insightful questionnaire drew out all the disparate ideas we had had and then she, in a matter of days, wrote an extraordinary ceremony that we kept intact with only one edit. On the day of the wedding she came early, made negotiating the paperwork technicalities a breeze, and then basically took over so we didn’t have to worry about the details. All in attendance said it was an amazing, out-of-the-box ceremony, and a friend who is an event planner (“you know I’ve done hundreds of weddings . . .”) said it was the most moving and most meaningful ceremony he’d ever seen. We are forever in Val’s debt for making our wedding day the most perfect day we could have hoped for. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I selected Val to officiate my wedding because my now husband and I wanted to customize our wedding ceremony from start to finish. We wanted something unique, very much personalized, but yet have a few traditional elements tied in. Val was exactly what we were looking for! As soon as we booked her for our wedding date, Val sent us a detailed questionnaire that both bride and groom were to complete. Our responses provided her with material to customize 'the story of us' to be told to all our guests on our big day. Val was so patient and helpful in nudging us along when we were having difficulty completing the questions. Val truly loves what she does. Upon receiving my long response to the questions, Val immediately replied to my email with such enthusiasm towards reading my story. There was always great transparency when working with her, which is such a relief to someone who is wedding planning! I never had to wait long to hear back from her. If Val knew she was going to be away and unavailable for any length of time, she would always let me know. She was very helpful by providing suggestions to my questions regarding concerns about having an outdoor ceremony. At every step of the process, I felt confident that everything would be done on time and done well. Val certainly delivered! Marc and I were thrilled with the results and all the guests loved the personalized ceremony that kept them on their toes. We couldn't have been happier! Thanks to Val, our vision of a perfect wedding ceremony was realized with no stress or hassle!
I selected Val to officiate my wedding because my now husband and I wanted to customize our wedding ceremony from start to Read more...
I selected Val to officiate my wedding because my now husband and I wanted to customize our wedding ceremony from start to finish. We wanted something unique, very much personalized, but yet have a few traditional elements tied in. Val was exactly what we were looking for! As soon as we booked her for our wedding date, Val sent us a detailed questionnaire that both bride and groom were to complete. Our responses provided her with material to customize 'the story of us' to be told to all our guests on our big day. Val was so patient and helpful in nudging us along when we were having difficulty completing the questions. Val truly loves what she does. Upon receiving my long response to the questions, Val immediately replied to my email with such enthusiasm towards reading my story. There was always great transparency when working with her, which is such a relief to someone who is wedding planning! I never had to wait long to hear back from her. If Val knew she was going to be away and unavailable for any length of time, she would always let me know. She was very helpful by providing suggestions to my questions regarding concerns about having an outdoor ceremony. At every step of the process, I felt confident that everything would be done on time and done well. Val certainly delivered! Marc and I were thrilled with the results and all the guests loved the personalized ceremony that kept them on their toes. We couldn't have been happier! Thanks to Val, our vision of a perfect wedding ceremony was realized with no stress or hassle! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

You two had such an interesting love story and I was so pleased to be able to create a ceremony that included such wonderful history together. You obviously are perfect for each other and were meant to be together!
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Vivienne
Wedding:
6/15/2014
5.0/5.0
My Partner of 20 years Laura and I originally came to New York to go to the Clerks Office to get a marriage license, come back in 24 hrs and get married. As we walked in we were given a number and waited for our turn. As we waited I kept thinking " is this what we waited 20 years for" I looked at Laura and our two friends that had traveled with us to be our witnesses and said, " I wonder if it would be to late to get an officiant" We only had 48 hours before we were returning to Tennessee. I googled NY officiant . We both new immediately after looking at Val's picture that we wanted her to be the one. She looked gentle and kind. Much to our surprise with such short notice, she was able to meet us the next day at Bryant Park. What would have been a very uneventful few minutes at the clerks office turned out to be Magical to say the least. Val knew just what to say. Everything was perfect. It was like she had known us for years. A very special lady. It is obvious Val loves what she does. We are appreciative her beyond words.
My Partner of 20 years Laura and I originally came to New York to go to the Clerks Office to get a marriage license, come Read more...
My Partner of 20 years Laura and I originally came to New York to go to the Clerks Office to get a marriage license, come back in 24 hrs and get married. As we walked in we were given a number and waited for our turn. As we waited I kept thinking " is this what we waited 20 years for" I looked at Laura and our two friends that had traveled with us to be our witnesses and said, " I wonder if it would be to late to get an officiant" We only had 48 hours before we were returning to Tennessee. I googled NY officiant . We both new immediately after looking at Val's picture that we wanted her to be the one. She looked gentle and kind. Much to our surprise with such short notice, she was able to meet us the next day at Bryant Park. What would have been a very uneventful few minutes at the clerks office turned out to be Magical to say the least. Val knew just what to say. Everything was perfect. It was like she had known us for years. A very special lady. It is obvious Val loves what she does. We are appreciative her beyond words. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I am so happy I was available for your last minute ceremony! You are right, you deserved better than a City Hall wedding after waiting 20 years to get married! I'm glad you had a magical day!
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Chan
Wedding:
5/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Val was the first and only officiant we met with. Needless to say, we chose her to marry us! Val is professional, personable, warm and caring. At our first meeting, she asked us what we envisioned for our day. She listened to what we had to say while offering her own suggestions. From there, Val sent us a very thoughtful and thorough questionnaire whose answers she used to craft our ceremony. She put together a draft and sent it to us for edits. We had very minor changes which she made right away. Our ceremony was light-hearted, touching, and funny, sweet, and just the right length! What a memorable day! Thanks, Val!
Val was the first and only officiant we met with. Needless to say, we chose her to marry us! Val is professional, Read more...
Val was the first and only officiant we met with. Needless to say, we chose her to marry us! Val is professional, personable, warm and caring. At our first meeting, she asked us what we envisioned for our day. She listened to what we had to say while offering her own suggestions. From there, Val sent us a very thoughtful and thorough questionnaire whose answers she used to craft our ceremony. She put together a draft and sent it to us for edits. We had very minor changes which she made right away. Our ceremony was light-hearted, touching, and funny, sweet, and just the right length! What a memorable day! Thanks, Val! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Jackie and Eric, you two are such an adorable couple and your warm and fun personalities came through loud and clear during your ceremony! Thank you for choosing me as your officiant!

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