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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 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
NJ, NY

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Dena
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Valerie was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was very organized, very patient (my husband is dyslexic and I am ADHD, so getting our vows done and under a page took us quite a while lol) She wrote a beautiful ceremony script and has been one of the kindest people I've ever met! She even had her wonderful assistant taking pictures before and during the ceremony! She uploaded them to a page my husband and I could get to, which is awesome because my official photographs aren't ready yet. And not only was she completely non-judgmental and open minded (I'm pagan/spiritual and my husband is spiritual and into metaphysics as well- our familes are catholic & evangelical christans), working on the ceremony included her sharing kind words when religious family members were upsetting our non-religious selves over the ceremony details. We simply wanted a theme of universal love. She made us feel at ease during the whole process which in turn lead to a magical wedding day! Additionally, she mailed us a beautiful copy of the wedding ceremony script with the marriage license. Valerie is a wonderful person! Please book with her, you'll be thrilled you did!! <3
Valerie was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was very organized, very patient (my husband is dyslexic and I am ADHD, Read more...
Valerie was an absolute pleasure to work with! She was very organized, very patient (my husband is dyslexic and I am ADHD, so getting our vows done and under a page took us quite a while lol) She wrote a beautiful ceremony script and has been one of the kindest people I've ever met! She even had her wonderful assistant taking pictures before and during the ceremony! She uploaded them to a page my husband and I could get to, which is awesome because my official photographs aren't ready yet. And not only was she completely non-judgmental and open minded (I'm pagan/spiritual and my husband is spiritual and into metaphysics as well- our familes are catholic & evangelical christans), working on the ceremony included her sharing kind words when religious family members were upsetting our non-religious selves over the ceremony details. We simply wanted a theme of universal love. She made us feel at ease during the whole process which in turn lead to a magical wedding day! Additionally, she mailed us a beautiful copy of the wedding ceremony script with the marriage license. Valerie is a wonderful person! Please book with her, you'll be thrilled you did!! <3 Read less
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Lyle
Wedding:
5/31/2015
5.0/5.0
We were married in a beautiful location in upstate New York. We were going to get married in the garden of the park. Unfortunately there was a small monsoon that day and an outdoor wedding was impossible. Val was great in helping us plan where we would be married indoors and making the transition really smooth. My bride to be was late to the wedding. Not her fault, but because of a variety of little mishaps! Val helped keep everyone in good humor and never was concerned at all that the ceremony was running late.
Most importantly the ceremony! Val helped guide us through the process of writing our wedding vows and making our wedding our vision and what we wanted. She was fantastic every step of the way. Her suggestions were always helpful and with caring and thought.
The ceremony was beautiful and Val officiated the ceremony with love, humor and respect for our special day. She really was sharing in our day. When I looked at her during the ceremony it was obvious that she was enjoying our special moment with us. We had never met Val before the ceremony but she felt like she belonged and felt like part of our extended family.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful, caring and giving she is.
I doubt that anyone can find a celebrant anywhere that can do a better job and make a more valuable contribution on this most special of days.
Hope you and Joan are well and happy. If it didn't upload let me know and i will do it again.
Please give the keepsake to Roy if you can as I will see him next month.
Besos y abrazos,
Lyle and SIlvia
We were married in a beautiful location in upstate New York. We were going to get married in the garden of the park. Read more...
We were married in a beautiful location in upstate New York. We were going to get married in the garden of the park. Unfortunately there was a small monsoon that day and an outdoor wedding was impossible. Val was great in helping us plan where we would be married indoors and making the transition really smooth. My bride to be was late to the wedding. Not her fault, but because of a variety of little mishaps! Val helped keep everyone in good humor and never was concerned at all that the ceremony was running late.
Most importantly the ceremony! Val helped guide us through the process of writing our wedding vows and making our wedding our vision and what we wanted. She was fantastic every step of the way. Her suggestions were always helpful and with caring and thought.
The ceremony was beautiful and Val officiated the ceremony with love, humor and respect for our special day. She really was sharing in our day. When I looked at her during the ceremony it was obvious that she was enjoying our special moment with us. We had never met Val before the ceremony but she felt like she belonged and felt like part of our extended family.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful, caring and giving she is.
I doubt that anyone can find a celebrant anywhere that can do a better job and make a more valuable contribution on this most special of days.
Hope you and Joan are well and happy. If it didn't upload let me know and i will do it again.
Please give the keepsake to Roy if you can as I will see him next month.
Besos y abrazos,
Lyle and SIlvia Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad you two were happy with the ceremony! Despite the weather it all worked out beautifully!
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Gloria
Wedding:
5/30/2015
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When my now-husband and I first set out to find an officiant for our wedding, we were at a complete loss on where to start. It seemed like an incredibly daunting task. Our experience from previous weddings was that officiants typically delivered ceremonies that were simple and elegant, but dull and cookie-cutter. Instead, we were looking for something that could give our guests a better idea of who we were as a couple and why we were getting married.

With few options, we forged ahead with interviewing people we found online for months, but the results were disappointingly inexperienced, unreliable, or otherwise lacking. Until, at long last, we found Val! From the moment we met with her, we felt at ease and could sense that she genuinely cared about us as a couple. Her initial ideas for the ceremony, clear experience, and strong writing samples more than sealed the deal.

Despite all the craziness of wedding planning, Val worked with us closely and patiently to craft our ceremony and nail down all the details until it was perfect—though with her skills, we had very few edits to make to her initial draft (as someone who works in the Publishing field, such instances are rare!).

On the big day itself, Val delivered on everything we had hoped for and more. She infused our ceremony with warmth, humor, and wit, and gave our ceremony life and meaning. She even took the technical difficulties that we had due to the unexpectedly windy day in her stride and expertly kept the momentum going. I am not sure what we would have done without her. We are so glad to have had Val take part in our wedding—we couldn't be happier!
When my now-husband and I first set out to find an officiant for our wedding, we were at a complete loss on where to Read more...
When my now-husband and I first set out to find an officiant for our wedding, we were at a complete loss on where to start. It seemed like an incredibly daunting task. Our experience from previous weddings was that officiants typically delivered ceremonies that were simple and elegant, but dull and cookie-cutter. Instead, we were looking for something that could give our guests a better idea of who we were as a couple and why we were getting married.

With few options, we forged ahead with interviewing people we found online for months, but the results were disappointingly inexperienced, unreliable, or otherwise lacking. Until, at long last, we found Val! From the moment we met with her, we felt at ease and could sense that she genuinely cared about us as a couple. Her initial ideas for the ceremony, clear experience, and strong writing samples more than sealed the deal.

Despite all the craziness of wedding planning, Val worked with us closely and patiently to craft our ceremony and nail down all the details until it was perfect—though with her skills, we had very few edits to make to her initial draft (as someone who works in the Publishing field, such instances are rare!).

On the big day itself, Val delivered on everything we had hoped for and more. She infused our ceremony with warmth, humor, and wit, and gave our ceremony life and meaning. She even took the technical difficulties that we had due to the unexpectedly windy day in her stride and expertly kept the momentum going. I am not sure what we would have done without her. We are so glad to have had Val take part in our wedding—we couldn't be happier! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Gloria, I absolutely loved working with you and Ben! Your story was so incredible and so fun! I adore you two. I'm glad you were so happy! Please stay in touch!
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stephanie
Wedding:
4/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Valerie is very caring person who take the time to gathering the information about the couple to write the most amazing ceremony. She is also a very giving person, she gifted her services to my girlfriend, Gwen Redman, surprise vow renewal. I am very grateful for her kindness.
Valerie is very caring person who take the time to gathering the information about the couple to write the most amazing Read more...
Valerie is very caring person who take the time to gathering the information about the couple to write the most amazing ceremony. She is also a very giving person, she gifted her services to my girlfriend, Gwen Redman, surprise vow renewal. I am very grateful for her kindness. Read less
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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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