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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

You've found the perfect mate, now let's have a perfect wedding! Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! You should hire an officiant that... Read more
You've found the perfect mate, now let's have a perfect wedding! Your wedding day is going to be one of the most memorable days of your life! You should hire an officiant that understands your needs and your vision, and then creates it! Here's what one of my couples said: "She says she does it because she just loves it. She may not realize it but Valerie Coleman is amazingly gifted in creating and writing the most beautiful, simple, romantic and very moving wedding ceremonies. Our guests remarked that our wedding was full of personal touches and was the best they had ever attended! Thank you so much Val for making a great success of the best day of our lives!" I promise that if you hire me, you will feel the same joy that all of my couples have felt on their wedding day. And isn't that what it's all about! You'll tell me all about yourself, your love story, your hopes and dreams for your wedding. I will then design a ceremony that is unique to you and reflects exactly who you are as a couple. The ceremony will be full of personal touches. Guests often tell me that it felt as if I knew the couple for a very long time. I am a Celebrant and ordained nondenominational Minister. I have a diploma in Marriage Celebrancy through the Celebrant Institute. 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. Let's meet to discuss how to make your ceremony truly special. valcelebrant@yahoo.com 212-628-2596 home office 917-846-1431 cell www.ceremonycelebrant.com www.gaynewyorkcityweddings.com 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, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
30-60 Mins., <30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
NJ, NY

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Eric
Wedding:
3/27/2015
5.0/5.0
Val was a wonderful resource as my husband and I planned our small "elopement" style wedding in NYC. She provided lots of advice about venues and wrote a great ceremony script. She truly personalized things which drew in all our guests. We were very fortunate to find Val to help us start our life together.
Val was a wonderful resource as my husband and I planned our small "elopement" style wedding in NYC. She provided lots of Read more...
Val was a wonderful resource as my husband and I planned our small "elopement" style wedding in NYC. She provided lots of advice about venues and wrote a great ceremony script. She truly personalized things which drew in all our guests. We were very fortunate to find Val to help us start our life together. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

You two are a very sweet couple and I enjoyed working with you. I wish you two all the best! Come back to New York when it's warmer, so Francisco can enjoy being here!
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Gayla and Tisha
Wedding:
3/11/2015
5.0/5.0
We had to travel from Texas to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to be married in. Val was extremely knowledgeable of places within Central Park to have our ceremony and provided great insight into the steps that we should take in advance to ensure that everything would go smoothly on our special day. 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 humored atmosphere for our ceremony. Thank you Val for making our wedding special.
We had to travel from Texas to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to be Read more...
We had to travel from Texas to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to be married in. Val was extremely knowledgeable of places within Central Park to have our ceremony and provided great insight into the steps that we should take in advance to ensure that everything would go smoothly on our special day. 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 humored atmosphere for our ceremony. Thank you Val for making our wedding special. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I am thrilled you chose me to be your officiant! It was such a beautiful day and you two looked so happy! Congratulations!
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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
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
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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