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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant

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

PHONE

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

REVIEWS

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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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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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Rebecca
Wedding:
5/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Valerie was a lovely Celebrant - so attentive, so patient, and so very quick to respond to messages. She helped us design a moving, heartfelt wedding ceremony that pleased our family and friends while, at the same time, not making this very shy couple feel uncomfortable in the "spotlight." And Valerie was wonderful and accommodating on our wedding day, when the bride was very sick with a badly-timed case of the flu. Valerie's warm and compassionate demeanor helped keep a feverish bride, and the wedding itself, on-track. We would wholeheartedly recommend Valerie to any friends and family looking for a kind, caring, and very organized wedding officiant. Thanks again from Rebecca and Chris!
Valerie was a lovely Celebrant - so attentive, so patient, and so very quick to respond to messages. She helped us design Read more...
Valerie was a lovely Celebrant - so attentive, so patient, and so very quick to respond to messages. She helped us design a moving, heartfelt wedding ceremony that pleased our family and friends while, at the same time, not making this very shy couple feel uncomfortable in the "spotlight." And Valerie was wonderful and accommodating on our wedding day, when the bride was very sick with a badly-timed case of the flu. Valerie's warm and compassionate demeanor helped keep a feverish bride, and the wedding itself, on-track. We would wholeheartedly recommend Valerie to any friends and family looking for a kind, caring, and very organized wedding officiant. Thanks again from Rebecca and Chris! Read less
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suzanne
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Val did a really wonderful job of making our day special. She's a pro through and through.
Val did a really wonderful job of making our day special. She's a pro through and through.
Val did a really wonderful job of making our day special. She's a pro through and through. Read less
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Jaime
Wedding:
5/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We had to travel from South Carolina to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to be married in. Val was extremely knowledgable 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 available to discuss the ceremony and go over edits that we wanted to make. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect, stress free day for our wedding. Thank you Val!!

Lisa & Jaime
We had to travel from South Carolina to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to Read more...
We had to travel from South Carolina to New York for our wedding, so we were not familiar with the area that we wanted to be married in. Val was extremely knowledgable 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 available to discuss the ceremony and go over edits that we wanted to make. We couldn't have asked for a more perfect, stress free day for our wedding. Thank you Val!!

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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was such fun, and having your family there was so meaningful! You two looked so very happy together. Thanks for selecting me to officiate!
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Holly
Wedding:
5/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Our most sincere thanks to you Val, for guiding Lee and I through the most important part of our wedding day! Thank you for your understanding and your thoughtfulness and having our ceremony filled with what was important and special to us. Thank you for the beautiful way you helped us to include our daughter and our family and friends into our ceremony. It was a ceremony that was intimate, real, honest, spiritual....perfect. Thank you for everything, we feel very blessed to have had you as our officiant and to share in our day.
Lee & Holly Thomas
Our most sincere thanks to you Val, for guiding Lee and I through the most important part of our wedding day! Thank you Read more...
Our most sincere thanks to you Val, for guiding Lee and I through the most important part of our wedding day! Thank you for your understanding and your thoughtfulness and having our ceremony filled with what was important and special to us. Thank you for the beautiful way you helped us to include our daughter and our family and friends into our ceremony. It was a ceremony that was intimate, real, honest, spiritual....perfect. Thank you for everything, we feel very blessed to have had you as our officiant and to share in our day.
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I absolutely loved creating your wedding and suggested ways to incorporate your daughter! Your wedding had a true family feel to it, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the ceremony!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
What a wonderful ceremony we had and Val was a big part of it all. The ceremony was perfect and she recommended a wonderful restaurant where we could have both the ceremony and a wonderful dinner! We had the best table in the house! What an exciting time it was!

Val guided us through the entire process, starting with her questionnaire. She responded to all our questions immediately, clearly and warmly. She took our answers and feedback and created a ceremony that exceeded our hopes.

We were originally going to get married at the court house but we are so happy we found Val who captured the depth of the meaning of marriage. We waited 31 years to make it legal and we found in Val the perfect Celebrant.
What a wonderful ceremony we had and Val was a big part of it all. The ceremony was perfect and she recommended a Read more...
What a wonderful ceremony we had and Val was a big part of it all. The ceremony was perfect and she recommended a wonderful restaurant where we could have both the ceremony and a wonderful dinner! We had the best table in the house! What an exciting time it was!

Val guided us through the entire process, starting with her questionnaire. She responded to all our questions immediately, clearly and warmly. She took our answers and feedback and created a ceremony that exceeded our hopes.

We were originally going to get married at the court house but we are so happy we found Val who captured the depth of the meaning of marriage. We waited 31 years to make it legal and we found in Val the perfect Celebrant. Read less
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Rita and Stephanie Reed
Wedding:
3/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Val was the perfect officiant for my wife Rita and I. We were an out of state couple and Val helped us every step of the way to guarantee that our ceremony would be exactly as we wanted for our special day. She was able to capture our goofiness and our quirks as a couple to customize a ceremony that will never be forgotten. We cant even begin to thank her enough for making our day a dream come true!!

Rita King and Stephanie Reed King
Val was the perfect officiant for my wife Rita and I. We were an out of state couple and Val helped us every step of the Read more...
Val was the perfect officiant for my wife Rita and I. We were an out of state couple and Val helped us every step of the way to guarantee that our ceremony would be exactly as we wanted for our special day. She was able to capture our goofiness and our quirks as a couple to customize a ceremony that will never be forgotten. We cant even begin to thank her enough for making our day a dream come true!!

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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was a magical day and I am so glad I was a part of it!
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Colleen
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Wonderful and perfect are the two words that come to mind with Val! After searching for a Celebrant we knew immediately that Val was a perfect fit for us. A phone conversation and a few emails we were certain of our selection. The questionnaire is very thorough and the information that she gathers is extremely vital for the personal ceremony that she creates. The finished product is as if she has been a life long friend! Val was on top of every detail, extremely prompt in responding to changes and had a very positive influence keeping Bridezilla at bay. With the ceremony so perfect all the rest just fell into place very smoothly. We are so grateful and blessed that she was part of our special day!
Wonderful and perfect are the two words that come to mind with Val! After searching for a Celebrant we knew immediately Read more...
Wonderful and perfect are the two words that come to mind with Val! After searching for a Celebrant we knew immediately that Val was a perfect fit for us. A phone conversation and a few emails we were certain of our selection. The questionnaire is very thorough and the information that she gathers is extremely vital for the personal ceremony that she creates. The finished product is as if she has been a life long friend! Val was on top of every detail, extremely prompt in responding to changes and had a very positive influence keeping Bridezilla at bay. With the ceremony so perfect all the rest just fell into place very smoothly. We are so grateful and blessed that she was part of our special day! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Your wedding was so unique! I loved meeting all your friends who traveled from all over the world to be with you on your special day. Best wishes for many happy years together!
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Hailey
Wedding:
2/1/2014
5.0/5.0
We were looking for a very simple but memorable ceremony and that is exactly what we got! Valerie listened to what we wanted and turned it into the perfect ceremony for us. It was short and sweet yet encompassed exactly what we wanted it to and left us and our family with huge smiles on our faces!
We were looking for a very simple but memorable ceremony and that is exactly what we got! Valerie listened to what we Read more...
We were looking for a very simple but memorable ceremony and that is exactly what we got! Valerie listened to what we wanted and turned it into the perfect ceremony for us. It was short and sweet yet encompassed exactly what we wanted it to and left us and our family with huge smiles on our faces! Read less
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Taavi
Wedding:
12/14/2013
5.0/5.0
Like many couples who come to NYC to get married, we had no idea who to use as an officiant so we searched online as you are probably doing now. We had narrowed it down to two people based on the glowing reviews and awards but what finalized our decision was how flexible she was with our ever changing schedule and how quick she was to respond. And we are so happy we made that decision because after our ceremony, all our friends and family kept complimenting the great job our officiant had done. She was so calm and relaxed and put everyone at ease. The questionnaire she had us fill out prior to the ceremony was extremely helpful in creating the perfect ceremony and vows. Plus she has a great sense of humor! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for the ideal officiant!
Like many couples who come to NYC to get married, we had no idea who to use as an officiant so we searched online as you Read more...
Like many couples who come to NYC to get married, we had no idea who to use as an officiant so we searched online as you are probably doing now. We had narrowed it down to two people based on the glowing reviews and awards but what finalized our decision was how flexible she was with our ever changing schedule and how quick she was to respond. And we are so happy we made that decision because after our ceremony, all our friends and family kept complimenting the great job our officiant had done. She was so calm and relaxed and put everyone at ease. The questionnaire she had us fill out prior to the ceremony was extremely helpful in creating the perfect ceremony and vows. Plus she has a great sense of humor! I highly recommend her to anyone looking for the ideal officiant! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

You two were a pleasure to work with! You seemed so happy and so in love, and you positively glowed. I love following you on Facebook!
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Rosa
Wedding:
12/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Val was wonderful she made our ceremony a beautiful experience!
Val was wonderful she made our ceremony a beautiful experience!
Val was wonderful she made our ceremony a beautiful experience! Read less
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Helen
Wedding:
12/5/2013
5.0/5.0
From start to finish Val made our special day possible. Everything was unfamiliar to us, but Val's personalized professionalism made us feel comfortable and at ease. My partner of 20 years and I were from out-of-state and had never been to NYC before. Add to the mix a marriage ceremony and we should have been overwhelmed beyond belief, but Val was with us every step of the way. The vows she wrote, the place she picked and the ceremony she performed was magical. We can't thank her enough and we will never forget her.

Helen & Theresa
From start to finish Val made our special day possible. Everything was unfamiliar to us, but Val's personalized Read more...
From start to finish Val made our special day possible. Everything was unfamiliar to us, but Val's personalized professionalism made us feel comfortable and at ease. My partner of 20 years and I were from out-of-state and had never been to NYC before. Add to the mix a marriage ceremony and we should have been overwhelmed beyond belief, but Val was with us every step of the way. The vows she wrote, the place she picked and the ceremony she performed was magical. We can't thank her enough and we will never forget her.

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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

You two were so sweet! You tugged at my heart and I'm so glad I could make your day special for you.
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Carol
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Val was just the perfect officiant for us. Throughout the process she was warm and cordial - very accessible and also very professional. As soon as we met her we felt such a rapport, it was as if we had known her for a long, long time. She is calm and so well organized! As we were a bit frazzled with last minute preparations when she walked in, we were so happy to have her calming influence as she explained how the ceremony would proceed. The service she wrote was, in a word, awesome. Afterwards, everyone talked about how beautiful the ceremony was, and what good ideas Val had. We were beyond satisfied!
Val was just the perfect officiant for us. Throughout the process she was warm and cordial - very accessible and also very Read more...
Val was just the perfect officiant for us. Throughout the process she was warm and cordial - very accessible and also very professional. As soon as we met her we felt such a rapport, it was as if we had known her for a long, long time. She is calm and so well organized! As we were a bit frazzled with last minute preparations when she walked in, we were so happy to have her calming influence as she explained how the ceremony would proceed. The service she wrote was, in a word, awesome. Afterwards, everyone talked about how beautiful the ceremony was, and what good ideas Val had. We were beyond satisfied! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

It was so nice to see three generations of your family present to celebrate your big day! I wish you all the best in your goal of achieving marriage equality in your home state. Please let me know how it all works out!
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Aaron
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Val was an absolute pleasure throughout the journey. I would have no concern in recommending her to friends and family.
Val was an absolute pleasure throughout the journey. I would have no concern in recommending her to friends and family.
Val was an absolute pleasure throughout the journey. I would have no concern in recommending her to friends and family. Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about Val. She was a joy to work with and it was just wonderful the way she "got" us and captured it all in the ceremony. Everything was so well-planned and worked so smoothly. We highly recommend Val as your officiant.

Diana and Toy
We cannot say enough good things about Val. She was a joy to work with and it was just wonderful the way she "got" us and Read more...
We cannot say enough good things about Val. She was a joy to work with and it was just wonderful the way she "got" us and captured it all in the ceremony. Everything was so well-planned and worked so smoothly. We highly recommend Val as your officiant.

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Gayle
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
To have the perfect wedding day, select Val Coleman as your celebrant. She is so warm and intuitive and will customize and deliver the ceremony you want. She is so organized and she senses and delivers the words and atmosphere that will make your special day a dream come true. Val captured the overall spirit of the wedding we wanted and wove together a beautiful ceremony that was even better than we had imagined.
Gayle and Joni
To have the perfect wedding day, select Val Coleman as your celebrant. She is so warm and intuitive and will customize and Read more...
To have the perfect wedding day, select Val Coleman as your celebrant. She is so warm and intuitive and will customize and deliver the ceremony you want. She is so organized and she senses and delivers the words and atmosphere that will make your special day a dream come true. Val captured the overall spirit of the wedding we wanted and wove together a beautiful ceremony that was even better than we had imagined.
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Anjali
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Valerie wrote the most amazing service for our wedding. We are from the UK so we were not sure what to expect from a celebrant, but as soon as we met Valerie we knew she would be a great person to marry us in New York. The questionnaire was a little daunting at first, but in fact became a wonderful thing for us both to focus on in the months before the wedding. Valerie used it to write exactly the right ceremony - both in content and tone. She was also patient with all our small changes and questions. Many of our wedding guests said it was the most beautiful wedding service they had ever been to and I would definitely recommend Valerie wholeheartedly.
Valerie wrote the most amazing service for our wedding. We are from the UK so we were not sure what to expect from a Read more...
Valerie wrote the most amazing service for our wedding. We are from the UK so we were not sure what to expect from a celebrant, but as soon as we met Valerie we knew she would be a great person to marry us in New York. The questionnaire was a little daunting at first, but in fact became a wonderful thing for us both to focus on in the months before the wedding. Valerie used it to write exactly the right ceremony - both in content and tone. She was also patient with all our small changes and questions. Many of our wedding guests said it was the most beautiful wedding service they had ever been to and I would definitely recommend Valerie wholeheartedly. Read less
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Catherine
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Val married me and my partner of 14 years on September 21st of this year. From the very start working with Val was a pleasure. The questionnaire we filled out for her was very well written and provided alot of information about us and our relationship so that she could personalize our service and make it truly special and unique. She helped us find a location in Central Park that was just perfect and was very patient when it seemed like getting our family all gathered together was like herding cats!! Val’s attention to detail and her warm,friendly demeanor really made our wedding wonderful. We highly recommend Val and are fortunate to have met her.
Val married me and my partner of 14 years on September 21st of this year. From the very start working with Val was a Read more...
Val married me and my partner of 14 years on September 21st of this year. From the very start working with Val was a pleasure. The questionnaire we filled out for her was very well written and provided alot of information about us and our relationship so that she could personalize our service and make it truly special and unique. She helped us find a location in Central Park that was just perfect and was very patient when it seemed like getting our family all gathered together was like herding cats!! Val’s attention to detail and her warm,friendly demeanor really made our wedding wonderful. We highly recommend Val and are fortunate to have met her. Read less
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Janet
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Valerie provided as requested a simple ceremony but made it very personal. she is very personable and easy to work with. My partner and I have been together 34 and she made the day PERFECT!
Valerie provided as requested a simple ceremony but made it very personal. she is very personable and easy to work with. Read more...
Valerie provided as requested a simple ceremony but made it very personal. she is very personable and easy to work with. My partner and I have been together 34 and she made the day PERFECT! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Valerie is a wonderful celebrant. We are from Australia and had intended to be married in Boston, but the instant I began to chat to Valerie by email I knew she was the celebrant for us. She is warm and understanding and wrote a beautiful service for us which was personal and exactly what we wanted. She is also professional and efficient and kept in touch with us to ensure that we were on track for our important day. In person Val is as lovely as she seemed by email and our wedding was perfect. We couldn't have chosen anyone better as our celebrant and I would recommend Valerie to anyone needing a celebrant in her area.
Valerie is a wonderful celebrant. We are from Australia and had intended to be married in Boston, but the instant I began Read more...
Valerie is a wonderful celebrant. We are from Australia and had intended to be married in Boston, but the instant I began to chat to Valerie by email I knew she was the celebrant for us. She is warm and understanding and wrote a beautiful service for us which was personal and exactly what we wanted. She is also professional and efficient and kept in touch with us to ensure that we were on track for our important day. In person Val is as lovely as she seemed by email and our wedding was perfect. We couldn't have chosen anyone better as our celebrant and I would recommend Valerie to anyone needing a celebrant in her area. Read less
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Claire
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband Nick and I got married over Labor Day weekend and we could not possibly be more thrilled about the way our ceremony turned out! Val did the most AMAZING job putting together a heartfelt, personal, sweet, and funny ceremony. Nick and I wanted to do something a bit different - we had a non-denominational ceremony despite my Catholic upbringing, but we still wanted to retain some of the traditions like readings and a memorial candle lighting to give structure to the ceremony. Honestly, as someone who had mostly attended Catholic ceremonies, I wasn't even sure how I envisioned the ceremony running. From the moment we contacted Val, she conducted herself in the most sincere and professional manner and demonstrated that she was a true pro at this and could craft any style of ceremony that we wanted. We met Val in person for coffee when we hired her and we could tell right away that this was a warm and caring person that truly enjoyed being a part of the happiest day in her clients' lives. She sent us an extremely thoughtful questionnaire that we each filled out about what we loved about each other and it was an awesome exercise to remind ourselves why we were getting married in the first place. Even more than that, she used it to craft the most personal ceremony I've ever read/heard. You get to see a draft (excluding any personal vows, etc. that you'd like to keep secret from one another) and she's welcome to any edits you may want to make. We had almost no edits though and I seriously cried my eyes out when I read it because it was completely "us." It was wonderful for us to sit down and read the story she had crafted based on our answers. Countless guests came up to us during the reception to say what an amazing job Val did and how unique and personal our ceremony was. Nick and I were thrilled and we cannot recommend Val enough. Seriously - you will not regret hiring Val as your officiant. She made our big day so special. THANKS VAL!!!
My husband Nick and I got married over Labor Day weekend and we could not possibly be more thrilled about the way our Read more...
My husband Nick and I got married over Labor Day weekend and we could not possibly be more thrilled about the way our ceremony turned out! Val did the most AMAZING job putting together a heartfelt, personal, sweet, and funny ceremony. Nick and I wanted to do something a bit different - we had a non-denominational ceremony despite my Catholic upbringing, but we still wanted to retain some of the traditions like readings and a memorial candle lighting to give structure to the ceremony. Honestly, as someone who had mostly attended Catholic ceremonies, I wasn't even sure how I envisioned the ceremony running. From the moment we contacted Val, she conducted herself in the most sincere and professional manner and demonstrated that she was a true pro at this and could craft any style of ceremony that we wanted. We met Val in person for coffee when we hired her and we could tell right away that this was a warm and caring person that truly enjoyed being a part of the happiest day in her clients' lives. She sent us an extremely thoughtful questionnaire that we each filled out about what we loved about each other and it was an awesome exercise to remind ourselves why we were getting married in the first place. Even more than that, she used it to craft the most personal ceremony I've ever read/heard. You get to see a draft (excluding any personal vows, etc. that you'd like to keep secret from one another) and she's welcome to any edits you may want to make. We had almost no edits though and I seriously cried my eyes out when I read it because it was completely "us." It was wonderful for us to sit down and read the story she had crafted based on our answers. Countless guests came up to us during the reception to say what an amazing job Val did and how unique and personal our ceremony was. Nick and I were thrilled and we cannot recommend Val enough. Seriously - you will not regret hiring Val as your officiant. She made our big day so special. THANKS VAL!!! Read less
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Frances
Wedding:
7/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Val Coleman is an excellent officiant. She capture my wedding vows perfectly. Not only were we happy with the service, my family and friends were extremely happy with the service. We recommend her 100%. Val was a perfect choice for our wedding day officiant.
Val Coleman is an excellent officiant. She capture my wedding vows perfectly. Not only were we happy with the service, my Read more...
Val Coleman is an excellent officiant. She capture my wedding vows perfectly. Not only were we happy with the service, my family and friends were extremely happy with the service. We recommend her 100%. Val was a perfect choice for our wedding day officiant. Read less
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Cheryl
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Our Wedding day was, of course, very special to us but Val made it even more special with the services that she provided and her attention to detail.
Her questionnaire allowed us to provide personal details about us that were then incorporated beautifully into our ceremony. We could tell she took the time to get to know what we are all about.
We came from out of town to be married in Central Park in NYC, on what we considered our 30th anniversary.
Val made sure that we had everything we needed to make it a carefree fun experience instead of a hectic whirlwind. We therefore had an extremely happy and memorable ceremony. Her tailored ceremony produced laughter, tears of joy and happy memories that will last a lifetime.
Our only regret is that we can never use her services again because this marriage is sure to last another 30 years.
Thanks Val & Joan (pictures)

Cheryl & Mo
Our Wedding day was, of course, very special to us but Val made it even more special with the services that she provided Read more...
Our Wedding day was, of course, very special to us but Val made it even more special with the services that she provided and her attention to detail.
Her questionnaire allowed us to provide personal details about us that were then incorporated beautifully into our ceremony. We could tell she took the time to get to know what we are all about.
We came from out of town to be married in Central Park in NYC, on what we considered our 30th anniversary.
Val made sure that we had everything we needed to make it a carefree fun experience instead of a hectic whirlwind. We therefore had an extremely happy and memorable ceremony. Her tailored ceremony produced laughter, tears of joy and happy memories that will last a lifetime.
Our only regret is that we can never use her services again because this marriage is sure to last another 30 years.
Thanks Val & Joan (pictures)

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Services Used: Officiant, Photography
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Angela
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Val was amazing from the start. I scheduled my from Virginia and she made it as painless as possible. She did an excellent job writing my ceremony. It was so sentimental to me and my partner. I couldn't of asked for a better person to officiate my marriage. She always responded right away to my emails. I recommend Val to anyone who wants a amazing ceremony.
Val was amazing from the start. I scheduled my from Virginia and she made it as painless as possible. She did an excellent Read more...
Val was amazing from the start. I scheduled my from Virginia and she made it as painless as possible. She did an excellent job writing my ceremony. It was so sentimental to me and my partner. I couldn't of asked for a better person to officiate my marriage. She always responded right away to my emails. I recommend Val to anyone who wants a amazing ceremony. Read less
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Aggi
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
We came all the way from Australia to be married in the city of New York and couldn't be happier that we chose Valerie to officiate at our wedding in Central Park. A dream come true. And Valerie was the ideal choice on all counts and to help make our dream a reality. Thank you so much.
We came all the way from Australia to be married in the city of New York and couldn't be happier that we chose Valerie to Read more...
We came all the way from Australia to be married in the city of New York and couldn't be happier that we chose Valerie to officiate at our wedding in Central Park. A dream come true. And Valerie was the ideal choice on all counts and to help make our dream a reality. Thank you so much. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I was delighted to meet you two and be able to legally marry you, something LONG overdue in your 27 year relationship! I look forward to meeting you again one day in Australia!
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Hillary
Wedding:
6/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We scheduled our wedding with Val from Utah and had a great experience working long distance with her. She was always very quick to respond to our questions and requests. She sent us a questionaire which we filled out, and from that she was able to make a very personal and meaningful ceremony. She sent us a copy of our ceremony well in advance and was happy to make any changes we requested. She even asked our wedding colors and came dressed appropriately. We had a great experience working with Val and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant.
We scheduled our wedding with Val from Utah and had a great experience working long distance with her. She was always very Read more...
We scheduled our wedding with Val from Utah and had a great experience working long distance with her. She was always very quick to respond to our questions and requests. She sent us a questionaire which we filled out, and from that she was able to make a very personal and meaningful ceremony. She sent us a copy of our ceremony well in advance and was happy to make any changes we requested. She even asked our wedding colors and came dressed appropriately. We had a great experience working with Val and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I so enjoyed meeting you both and your families! Everyone seemed so happy for you, and for good reason. You're a beautiful couple. Best wishes to you both!
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Jim and Tara
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
We are from Toronto Canada. We did not have a chance to meet with Val before we engaged her to do our wedding. However, we made the exact right choice. Val was excellent. Her ceremony that she wrote was beautiful. She was personal in her words. She made incredible effort to meet with us before hand on the day before the wedding in Central Park. We loved her and we were grateful for everything she did for us.
We are from Toronto Canada. We did not have a chance to meet with Val before we engaged her to do our wedding. However, we Read more...
We are from Toronto Canada. We did not have a chance to meet with Val before we engaged her to do our wedding. However, we made the exact right choice. Val was excellent. Her ceremony that she wrote was beautiful. She was personal in her words. She made incredible effort to meet with us before hand on the day before the wedding in Central Park. We loved her and we were grateful for everything she did for us. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Jim and Tara, it was a true joy getting to know you both. Such a wonderful couple and so well matched! And thank you for the handmade hat---I'll certainly need it on cold winter days!
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Sean
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Living in Minnesota, we did not have the opportunity to meet with officiants in person before our ceremony. Val took what we thought would be a huge problem in getting to know us and ran with it. From across the country, she was able to get to know us to the fun and personal level we wanted reflected in our wedding. She helped us not only put together the ceremony we had imagined, but made sure getting our license and finding a venue in Central Park went as smoothly as possible. She is an amazingly gifted woman in her abilities. Both of our families loved what she put together, and were thrilled with how well she told our story. We are both truly honored to have had Val officiate our ceremony
Living in Minnesota, we did not have the opportunity to meet with officiants in person before our ceremony. Val took what Read more...
Living in Minnesota, we did not have the opportunity to meet with officiants in person before our ceremony. Val took what we thought would be a huge problem in getting to know us and ran with it. From across the country, she was able to get to know us to the fun and personal level we wanted reflected in our wedding. She helped us not only put together the ceremony we had imagined, but made sure getting our license and finding a venue in Central Park went as smoothly as possible. She is an amazingly gifted woman in her abilities. Both of our families loved what she put together, and were thrilled with how well she told our story. We are both truly honored to have had Val officiate our ceremony Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

You guys were so sweet and your families so supportive and wonderful. I LOVED what mom said at your wedding! Sorry it was a chilly day, but your love made the ceremony warm. All the best to you both!
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Rosario
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Val was exceptional in every way possible. We couldn't have done it without her. She worked with us on short notice (2 weeks) and did a wonderful job being our officiant. She delivered exactly what we wanted; something short and fun. If we were to do it again, I'll definitely call Val to officiate. We are so thankful we picked out someone like Val for our special day almost 7 years in the making. Thank you Val!!!

Frank & Rosario (Brooklyn, NY)
Val was exceptional in every way possible. We couldn't have done it without her. She worked with us on short notice (2 Read more...
Val was exceptional in every way possible. We couldn't have done it without her. She worked with us on short notice (2 weeks) and did a wonderful job being our officiant. She delivered exactly what we wanted; something short and fun. If we were to do it again, I'll definitely call Val to officiate. We are so thankful we picked out someone like Val for our special day almost 7 years in the making. Thank you Val!!!

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Angelo & Wilbert
Wedding:
3/19/2013
5.0/5.0
We couldn't have asked for a better person to be our officiant than Valerie. Her efforts were endless and she gave us a feeling of being family. She gathered information on how and when we met, what made us laugh about each other, and various other questions that she later included in our ceremony.
We couldn't have asked for a better person to be our officiant than Valerie. Her efforts were endless and she gave us a Read more...
We couldn't have asked for a better person to be our officiant than Valerie. Her efforts were endless and she gave us a feeling of being family. She gathered information on how and when we met, what made us laugh about each other, and various other questions that she later included in our ceremony. Read less
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Jeffrey
Wedding:
12/22/2012
5.0/5.0
Valerie made our wedding perfect in every respect. Everyone remarked about how the extraordinary service -- so personal and reflective of who we are as individuals and as a couple. I rate Valerie a 10 out of 5 in every respect. Her care and attention made our day beyond memorable, beyond our greatest expectations!
Valerie made our wedding perfect in every respect. Everyone remarked about how the extraordinary service -- so personal Read more...
Valerie made our wedding perfect in every respect. Everyone remarked about how the extraordinary service -- so personal and reflective of who we are as individuals and as a couple. I rate Valerie a 10 out of 5 in every respect. Her care and attention made our day beyond memorable, beyond our greatest expectations! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Val was exceptional in every aspect. She worked with and guided us to an ideal ceremony that will last in our memories forever. Thanks so much Val!
Val was exceptional in every aspect. She worked with and guided us to an ideal ceremony that will last in our memories Read more...
Val was exceptional in every aspect. She worked with and guided us to an ideal ceremony that will last in our memories forever. Thanks so much Val! Read less
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Anastasia & Valerie
Wedding:
11/21/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a double-wedding together with a couple of our longtime friends just before Thanksgiving and we’re really glad that we chose Val to officiate. It might not be an easy task to create an appropriate ceremony for two couples at one time to begin with, and Val had to do it on short notice as we’re quite impulsive people who never do anything in advance. Planning our wedding from the other side of the Atlantic didn’t make the task easier, but Val is quick in her response time and even via e-mail communication with her was a real pleasure and all the arrangements were made effectively. She proposed a location in Central park that was just perfect and performed a very sweet and touching ceremony. She also assisted us in finding a musician (my spouse wanted badly a saxophonist playing special tunes during the ceremony) and was very helpful in every point that we needed. All four of us and our guests will never forget the wonderful memories Valerie helped to create. Thanks Val!
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We had a double-wedding together with a couple of our longtime friends just before Thanksgiving and we’re really glad that we chose Val to officiate. It might not be an easy task to create an appropriate ceremony for two couples at one time to begin with, and Val had to do it on short notice as we’re quite impulsive people who never do anything in advance. Planning our wedding from the other side of the Atlantic didn’t make the task easier, but Val is quick in her response time and even via e-mail communication with her was a real pleasure and all the arrangements were made effectively. She proposed a location in Central park that was just perfect and performed a very sweet and touching ceremony. She also assisted us in finding a musician (my spouse wanted badly a saxophonist playing special tunes during the ceremony) and was very helpful in every point that we needed. All four of us and our guests will never forget the wonderful memories Valerie helped to create. Thanks Val! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

This was my first double wedding, and the first that had to be translated, but it was such fun! I'm glad you are happy with it. If I ever get to Russia, I'll be sure to visit!
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Last summer my fiancé, at the time, and I met with Valerie to discuss the possibility of having her officiate our wedding. We knew right away that she was a perfect fit. She clearly had a passion for her work, understood our varied backgrounds, and would be extremely helpful. We were right on all points!

Between that meeting and our wedding day, Valerie corresponded with us and asked the best questions ever. Answering her questions alone brought an increase of excitement to the whole process and confirmed in us how perfect we were for each other.

By the time our wedding day arrived, we were perfectly prepared for the joy that was about to take place, well, almost. The wedding was actually better than we ever could have imagined! Valerie's delivery of our ceremony was perfect allowing our humor, love and commitment to shine!

Thank you so much, Valerie for being such an important part of the best day of our life!

Elizabeth & Emily McLintock-Perea
Married September 8, 2012 at
City Winery, New York,NY
Last summer my fiancé, at the time, and I met with Valerie to discuss the possibility of having her officiate our wedding. Read more...
Last summer my fiancé, at the time, and I met with Valerie to discuss the possibility of having her officiate our wedding. We knew right away that she was a perfect fit. She clearly had a passion for her work, understood our varied backgrounds, and would be extremely helpful. We were right on all points!

Between that meeting and our wedding day, Valerie corresponded with us and asked the best questions ever. Answering her questions alone brought an increase of excitement to the whole process and confirmed in us how perfect we were for each other.

By the time our wedding day arrived, we were perfectly prepared for the joy that was about to take place, well, almost. The wedding was actually better than we ever could have imagined! Valerie's delivery of our ceremony was perfect allowing our humor, love and commitment to shine!

Thank you so much, Valerie for being such an important part of the best day of our life!

Elizabeth & Emily McLintock-Perea
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Owen
Wedding:
8/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We are a young couple from Sydney, Australia, and were wed in Central Park in August 2012.

We first found Val online and were initial skeptical about putting so much faith in a stranger to officiate our wedding, but we found a diamond with Val.

After preemptive email chat, and an in-depth questionaire (which was interesting and revealing for my wife and I), Val formed a ceremony in the style that we needed and created a soft, fun, and joyful environment. She helped us to enjoy our day and took good care of us (and the boring paperwork).

We would whole-heartedly recommend Val for a couple visiting NYC, and anyone wanting a calm and organised wedding experience.

Owen and Meagan V
Kellyville, Australia.
We are a young couple from Sydney, Australia, and were wed in Central Park in August 2012.

We first found Val Read more...
We are a young couple from Sydney, Australia, and were wed in Central Park in August 2012.

We first found Val online and were initial skeptical about putting so much faith in a stranger to officiate our wedding, but we found a diamond with Val.

After preemptive email chat, and an in-depth questionaire (which was interesting and revealing for my wife and I), Val formed a ceremony in the style that we needed and created a soft, fun, and joyful environment. She helped us to enjoy our day and took good care of us (and the boring paperwork).

We would whole-heartedly recommend Val for a couple visiting NYC, and anyone wanting a calm and organised wedding experience.

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Elizabeth
Wedding:
8/11/2012
5.0/5.0
Valerie is truly gifted in her profession! Her personalized ceremonies make for an unforgettable wedding experience. She created an ambiance that was both warm and sacred, with just the right amount of humor that engaged our guests. Our guests remarked that it was a touching ceremony that they will never forget!
Valerie is truly gifted in her profession! Her personalized ceremonies make for an unforgettable wedding experience. She Read more...
Valerie is truly gifted in her profession! Her personalized ceremonies make for an unforgettable wedding experience. She created an ambiance that was both warm and sacred, with just the right amount of humor that engaged our guests. Our guests remarked that it was a touching ceremony that they will never forget! Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
8/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Living in Florida, Valerie was selected simply from the internet and we had one phone conversation with her. All of our other correspondence was through email - this was a perfect means of communication as we both have demanding jobs. Valerie did an really nice job of weaving our individual responses to her questionnaire and we were hoping for something nice with our her first draft of the ceremony. What she delivered far exceeded our expectations - she managed to capture the essence of who were are individually and how we blend as a couple. She was quick with responses and our last minute additions, all with a joyful spirit. When we met her on our wedding night, if felt as if she was an old friend. We consider ourselves blessed and privileged to have her participation in the biggest moment of our lives together. She whole-heartedly has our approval and endorsement!
Living in Florida, Valerie was selected simply from the internet and we had one phone conversation with her. All of our Read more...
Living in Florida, Valerie was selected simply from the internet and we had one phone conversation with her. All of our other correspondence was through email - this was a perfect means of communication as we both have demanding jobs. Valerie did an really nice job of weaving our individual responses to her questionnaire and we were hoping for something nice with our her first draft of the ceremony. What she delivered far exceeded our expectations - she managed to capture the essence of who were are individually and how we blend as a couple. She was quick with responses and our last minute additions, all with a joyful spirit. When we met her on our wedding night, if felt as if she was an old friend. We consider ourselves blessed and privileged to have her participation in the biggest moment of our lives together. She whole-heartedly has our approval and endorsement! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Michael
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Val created a beautiful, personalized ceremony for us, which she graciously performed just a few hours before she left the city for an international trip. All of our interactions with her were very professional, and she really took the time to make a ceremony for us that was unique and perfect. Our families mentioned over and over how beautiful and fitting the ceremony she created was. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an officiant, without reservation!
Val created a beautiful, personalized ceremony for us, which she graciously performed just a few hours before she left the Read more...
Val created a beautiful, personalized ceremony for us, which she graciously performed just a few hours before she left the city for an international trip. All of our interactions with her were very professional, and she really took the time to make a ceremony for us that was unique and perfect. Our families mentioned over and over how beautiful and fitting the ceremony she created was. We would highly recommend her to anyone seeking an officiant, without reservation! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Amy
Wedding:
5/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend Valerie to any couple planning a wedding. We planned our wedding from Australia, and right from the beginning Valerie was very responsive, helpful and really took the time to get to know us, even though we couldn't meet face to face. Valerie also stayed very calm and patient when we realised we had forgotten the marriage licence and had to race back to the hotel to get it! Our ceremony was perfect and exactly what we wanted - thank you!
We would highly recommend Valerie to any couple planning a wedding. We planned our wedding from Australia, and right from Read more...
We would highly recommend Valerie to any couple planning a wedding. We planned our wedding from Australia, and right from the beginning Valerie was very responsive, helpful and really took the time to get to know us, even though we couldn't meet face to face. Valerie also stayed very calm and patient when we realised we had forgotten the marriage licence and had to race back to the hotel to get it! Our ceremony was perfect and exactly what we wanted - thank you! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Leyla
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We had a beautiful wedding ceremony! Valerie Coleman captured our spirit, with her attention to the most salient points we communicated for what we wanted our ceremony to convey (and all via email--may I add). Her professionalism and warm personality made everything easy for us. Thank you Valerie!
We had a beautiful wedding ceremony! Valerie Coleman captured our spirit, with her attention to the most salient points we Read more...
We had a beautiful wedding ceremony! Valerie Coleman captured our spirit, with her attention to the most salient points we communicated for what we wanted our ceremony to convey (and all via email--may I add). Her professionalism and warm personality made everything easy for us. Thank you Valerie! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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mcatk
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Val was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted an intimate, spiritual, yet full of life, love and laughter ceremony and Val delivered on all accounts. She wrote the most beautiful ceremony, perfectly capturing our love story. She incorporated our spiritual beliefs and all of our guests have commented it was simply a glorious, amazing affair. More importantly, we loved every second!!! Val was indeed the right choice for us.
Val was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted an intimate, spiritual, yet full of life, love and laughter ceremony and Val Read more...
Val was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted an intimate, spiritual, yet full of life, love and laughter ceremony and Val delivered on all accounts. She wrote the most beautiful ceremony, perfectly capturing our love story. She incorporated our spiritual beliefs and all of our guests have commented it was simply a glorious, amazing affair. More importantly, we loved every second!!! Val was indeed the right choice for us. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Bill & Ryan
Wedding:
4/19/2012
5.0/5.0
We had Valerie perform our Wedding ceremony in NYC, which was coordinated from FL. I thought this would be a difficult task for us, but Valerie proved otherwise.

Everyone - and I mean *everyone* at our reception - said it was the best ceremony they have ever attended. So really, a tremendous thanks to Valerie. She made our special day extra special. :-)
We had Valerie perform our Wedding ceremony in NYC, which was coordinated from FL. I thought this would be a difficult Read more...
We had Valerie perform our Wedding ceremony in NYC, which was coordinated from FL. I thought this would be a difficult task for us, but Valerie proved otherwise.

Everyone - and I mean *everyone* at our reception - said it was the best ceremony they have ever attended. So really, a tremendous thanks to Valerie. She made our special day extra special. :-) Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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chrismil
Wedding:
3/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We got married in NY, Brooklyn, and prepared our wedding from France where we come from. Val was very understanding and professional during that phase, even when we were late in our schedule ! The ceremony was lovely, it was exactly the way we had imagined, Val has the perfect tone and she really is heartfelt. I couldn't have wished for a better experience, especially organising this from abroad !
We got married in NY, Brooklyn, and prepared our wedding from France where we come from. Val was very understanding and Read more...
We got married in NY, Brooklyn, and prepared our wedding from France where we come from. Val was very understanding and professional during that phase, even when we were late in our schedule ! The ceremony was lovely, it was exactly the way we had imagined, Val has the perfect tone and she really is heartfelt. I couldn't have wished for a better experience, especially organising this from abroad ! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Tricia & Stuart
Wedding:
1/12/2012
5.0/5.0
We were able to relax and enjoy every moment of our wedding day thanks to the help and support of Val who made everything seem really easy. The detail in the service meant so much to us as it really did capture what we wanted to say. Choosing to get married away from home was such a big decision for us and we really valued the effort Val went to in keeping some of our home traditions within the service - Thank you Val x.
We were able to relax and enjoy every moment of our wedding day thanks to the help and support of Val who made everything Read more...
We were able to relax and enjoy every moment of our wedding day thanks to the help and support of Val who made everything seem really easy. The detail in the service meant so much to us as it really did capture what we wanted to say. Choosing to get married away from home was such a big decision for us and we really valued the effort Val went to in keeping some of our home traditions within the service - Thank you Val x. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Cris And Chris
Wedding:
12/10/2011
5.0/5.0
Valerie really took the time to get to know us, to develop our vows, and make them special based on our personal stories. She incorporated several details of our relationship into our ceremony and shared them with our friends and family during the ceremony. It made it VERY special for both of us...
Valerie is very sweet and kind, she took the time to get to know us personally before the ceremony, she was one of the family!
Valerie really took the time to get to know us, to develop our vows, and make them special based on our personal stories. Read more...
Valerie really took the time to get to know us, to develop our vows, and make them special based on our personal stories. She incorporated several details of our relationship into our ceremony and shared them with our friends and family during the ceremony. It made it VERY special for both of us...
Valerie is very sweet and kind, she took the time to get to know us personally before the ceremony, she was one of the family! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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G. Ramos-Santiago
Wedding:
11/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Valerie did a wonderful job at our wedding. She took the time to take our questionnaire and make our ceremony a personal and special experience.
She was very helpful guiding us through the process and quite accessable.
Highly reccommend her!
Valerie did a wonderful job at our wedding. She took the time to take our questionnaire and make our ceremony a personal Read more...
Valerie did a wonderful job at our wedding. She took the time to take our questionnaire and make our ceremony a personal and special experience.
She was very helpful guiding us through the process and quite accessable.
Highly reccommend her! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Brian
Wedding:
11/26/2011
5.0/5.0
Val was great! From the very beginning she made us feel comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. She offered a very personalized experience and created a custom ceremony for our informal and intimate gathering. Her professionalism and sensitivity made our destination wedding in New York City seamless. She helped us have a warm and spiritual event despite our different faiths. All of our family members commented how wonderful Val was. Thank you!
Val was great! From the very beginning she made us feel comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. She offered a very Read more...
Val was great! From the very beginning she made us feel comfortable and we knew we were in good hands. She offered a very personalized experience and created a custom ceremony for our informal and intimate gathering. Her professionalism and sensitivity made our destination wedding in New York City seamless. She helped us have a warm and spiritual event despite our different faiths. All of our family members commented how wonderful Val was. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Valerie
Wedding:
3/25/2011
5.0/5.0
"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. Thank you so much Val for making a great success of the best day of our lives!"
- Valerie and Guto (United Kingdom)
"She says she does it because she just loves it. She may not realize it but Valerie Coleman is amazingly gifted in Read more...
"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. Thank you so much Val for making a great success of the best day of our lives!"
- Valerie and Guto (United Kingdom) Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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rosella1976
Wedding:
10/17/2010
5.0/5.0
Val was AMAZING! The process was smooth and efficient. She got sick two days before the wedding and kept me posted the whole time and with her progress, took a miracle remedy and showed up with a big voice and a amazing smile. Could not have been happier with her service. Thanks
Val was AMAZING! The process was smooth and efficient. She got sick two days before the wedding and kept me posted the Read more...
Val was AMAZING! The process was smooth and efficient. She got sick two days before the wedding and kept me posted the whole time and with her progress, took a miracle remedy and showed up with a big voice and a amazing smile. Could not have been happier with her service. Thanks Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Melinda
Wedding:
4/18/2009
5.0/5.0
Val has the wonderful ability to adjust to each couple's style. If you are a "hands-on" type of couple (like us), she will work with you to tweak the details until you are completely satisfied. However, if you are more the "leave it to the pro" type of couple, then you can trust Val to prepare a thoughtful and complete ceremony for you. She arrives early & prepared, she has a great sense of humor, she handles herself with grace, and she stays cool & calm under pressure. We are so happy that she was the officiant on our very special day and would highly recommend her to anyone!
Val has the wonderful ability to adjust to each couple's style. If you are a "hands-on" type of couple (like us), she will Read more...
Val has the wonderful ability to adjust to each couple's style. If you are a "hands-on" type of couple (like us), she will work with you to tweak the details until you are completely satisfied. However, if you are more the "leave it to the pro" type of couple, then you can trust Val to prepare a thoughtful and complete ceremony for you. She arrives early & prepared, she has a great sense of humor, she handles herself with grace, and she stays cool & calm under pressure. We are so happy that she was the officiant on our very special day and would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Joan
Wedding:
4/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Valerie is very creative and responsive. We had an interfaith wedding and she provided appropriate rituals for us to include. She found wonderful ways to include others close to us in our ceremony, which made it especially meaningful!
Valerie is very creative and responsive. We had an interfaith wedding and she provided appropriate rituals for us to Read more...
Valerie is very creative and responsive. We had an interfaith wedding and she provided appropriate rituals for us to include. She found wonderful ways to include others close to us in our ceremony, which made it especially meaningful! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Georgia
Wedding:
6/15/2014
4.9/5.0
My now husband and I came to New York from Australia for our destination wedding and hired Val through an online search. She was very accommodating considering we could not meet with her until the day of the wedding. She helped with all the formalities and made the process smooth and easy which was exactly what we needed having to plan the entire event from afar. Val listened to what we wanted for our ceremony and I was extremely pleased with the end result. She was great value for money and I would highly recommend her for any future weddings.
My now husband and I came to New York from Australia for our destination wedding and hired Val through an online search. Read more...
My now husband and I came to New York from Australia for our destination wedding and hired Val through an online search. She was very accommodating considering we could not meet with her until the day of the wedding. She helped with all the formalities and made the process smooth and easy which was exactly what we needed having to plan the entire event from afar. Val listened to what we wanted for our ceremony and I was extremely pleased with the end result. She was great value for money and I would highly recommend her for any future weddings. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Congratulations to you both! You looked terrific, and it was so wonderful that so many of your family traveled to New York to be with you on your wedding day. Thank you for choosing me to be your officiant. All the best to you both!
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Celeste
Wedding:
5/16/2013
4.6/5.0
We contacted Valerie just two weeks before our wedding date, via email. She was so responsive and professional. We didn't expect that with such short notice and having not met us that she would write and share with us her comments. She emailed them to us, took our editing suggestions and offered a fine commentary during our ceremony. Valerie was genuinely happy for us and understood what a big deal it was for us, as lesbians, to get married after 27 years together.
We contacted Valerie just two weeks before our wedding date, via email. She was so responsive and professional. We didn't Read more...
We contacted Valerie just two weeks before our wedding date, via email. She was so responsive and professional. We didn't expect that with such short notice and having not met us that she would write and share with us her comments. She emailed them to us, took our editing suggestions and offered a fine commentary during our ceremony. Valerie was genuinely happy for us and understood what a big deal it was for us, as lesbians, to get married after 27 years together. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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