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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant

New York , NY
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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



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

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Nora&Gergo
Wedding:
9/16/2016
5.0/5.0
We contacted 5 or 6 officiants before our wedding and Valerie was by far the most sympathetic. She was always fast to reply to any of our questions, very flexible and open to our ideas and requests. We felt she really listened to us and helped us to organize our wedding just the way we wanted. The wedding was nice, simple and it wasn't stressful at all, it was great fun.
She is very friendly and professional at the same time. We would highly recommend her.
We contacted 5 or 6 officiants before our wedding and Valerie was by far the most sympathetic. She was always fast to Read more...
We contacted 5 or 6 officiants before our wedding and Valerie was by far the most sympathetic. She was always fast to reply to any of our questions, very flexible and open to our ideas and requests. We felt she really listened to us and helped us to organize our wedding just the way we wanted. The wedding was nice, simple and it wasn't stressful at all, it was great fun.
She is very friendly and professional at the same time. We would highly recommend her. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thanks so much for this great review! Your Coney Island wedding was unique, fun and sweet. It was so great meeting you two!
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Laura
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Val was a great fit for us and so easy to work with. We are a multicultural couple and she made it a point to not only incorporate our different backgrounds, but even gave a small blessing in another language. We gave Val guidelines for the type of ceremony we liked and expressed that we'd like a unity ritual and she came up with a ritual that couldn't have been more perfect for our personal history! Not only did Val offer years of experience, her personality was very easy to work with and her responsiveness and professionalism were much appreciated. We'd highly recommend hiring her if you are looking to create a personalized ceremony for a unique couple.
Val was a great fit for us and so easy to work with. We are a multicultural couple and she made it a point to not only Read more...
Val was a great fit for us and so easy to work with. We are a multicultural couple and she made it a point to not only incorporate our different backgrounds, but even gave a small blessing in another language. We gave Val guidelines for the type of ceremony we liked and expressed that we'd like a unity ritual and she came up with a ritual that couldn't have been more perfect for our personal history! Not only did Val offer years of experience, her personality was very easy to work with and her responsiveness and professionalism were much appreciated. We'd highly recommend hiring her if you are looking to create a personalized ceremony for a unique couple. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you Laura! It was so nice working with you and Florin to create a ceremony that was unique to you, and incorporating a ritual no-one expected, but fit perfectly! I wish you both all the best!
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Katherine
Wedding:
8/27/2016
5.0/5.0
Val was unbelievable. Everything she wrote for our ceremony really captured the essence of who my husband and I are, and she really listened to everything we had to say. She was professional, fun, polite and very helpful with my vows. I would highly recommend her! She is the best
Val was unbelievable. Everything she wrote for our ceremony really captured the essence of who my husband and I are, and Read more...
Val was unbelievable. Everything she wrote for our ceremony really captured the essence of who my husband and I are, and she really listened to everything we had to say. She was professional, fun, polite and very helpful with my vows. I would highly recommend her! She is the best Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thanks Katie and George! You two were such fun to work with. We had a great time! All the best to you both!
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Jessica
Wedding:
7/2/2016
5.0/5.0
Val was fantastic- very creative, flexible and patient! Thanks for creating a beautiful ceremony!
Val was fantastic- very creative, flexible and patient! Thanks for creating a beautiful ceremony!
Val was fantastic- very creative, flexible and patient! Thanks for creating a beautiful ceremony! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thanks Jessica and Max! It was great working with you and I enjoyed meeting your family and friends. Best wishes to you both!
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Laura
Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
I found Val online after searching for non-denominational officiants in Western MA. She doesn't typically do weddings in MA, but was happy to get the necessary license to to officiate our wedding. Val always responded to our emails within a day or two and worked closely with us to craft a ceremony that was personal and exactly what we were looking for. We worked remotely via phone/skype (we were in DC and she in NY) to design the ceremony and I felt like Val spent time getting to know us. She met with us multiple times to really understand what we were looking for in the ceremony and was always flexible and positive. She provided great suggestions for readings and ideas on how to make the ceremony really reflect our relationship and heritage. She also set deadlines for deliverables which I greatly appreciated, as i didn't want to be writing my vows the night before the wedding! So many guests commented on how beautiful, personal and unique our ceremony was. Tears were flowing and everyone was laughing throughout. For us and the guests it was the highlight of the whole wedding. You can't go wrong with Val!
I found Val online after searching for non-denominational officiants in Western MA. She doesn't typically do weddings in Read more...
I found Val online after searching for non-denominational officiants in Western MA. She doesn't typically do weddings in MA, but was happy to get the necessary license to to officiate our wedding. Val always responded to our emails within a day or two and worked closely with us to craft a ceremony that was personal and exactly what we were looking for. We worked remotely via phone/skype (we were in DC and she in NY) to design the ceremony and I felt like Val spent time getting to know us. She met with us multiple times to really understand what we were looking for in the ceremony and was always flexible and positive. She provided great suggestions for readings and ideas on how to make the ceremony really reflect our relationship and heritage. She also set deadlines for deliverables which I greatly appreciated, as i didn't want to be writing my vows the night before the wedding! So many guests commented on how beautiful, personal and unique our ceremony was. Tears were flowing and everyone was laughing throughout. For us and the guests it was the highlight of the whole wedding. You can't go wrong with Val! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Laura and Brett- thanks so much for the great review! One of the joys of my "job" is meeting fantastic, happy couples such as you two, and making their wedding dreams come true!
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Erin
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
We had originally found Val through the Celebrant Institute as we were looking for someone that had experience with interfaith marriages. We were referred to this institute by a friend of the family, and while we liked the idea, we had to begin our search for someone that would be a good representative at our wedding. We first discovered Val through her profile and immediately set up a phone conversation. We were instantly sold on her easy going personality, enthusiasm for her job and her ability to really understand our vision and how she could play an important role in our wedding ceremony. We had previously spoken to about 5 other celebrants, but decided that Val was the best choice.
From then on, the process was quite easy. Val had us each fill out a questionnaire so that she could best understand our personalities, our relationship and how we really felt about each other. The beautiful thing about having a celebrant officiate your wedding, especially under circumstances such as interfaith, was that the ceremony was going to be focused more on our love for each other and our own personal story.
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. I'm still not entirely sure how Val managed to capture our entire love story, providing our guests with a fun, yet emotional service that let everyone feel like they knew how in love with each other that we really are. We had so many rave reviews about our ceremony from the guests. Almost everyone that I heard from said it was by far "the best ceremony" they had ever seen.
We thank Val so much for her services and truly hope that anyone that desires such a ceremony feel confident in using her as well:)
We had originally found Val through the Celebrant Institute as we were looking for someone that had experience with Read more...
We had originally found Val through the Celebrant Institute as we were looking for someone that had experience with interfaith marriages. We were referred to this institute by a friend of the family, and while we liked the idea, we had to begin our search for someone that would be a good representative at our wedding. We first discovered Val through her profile and immediately set up a phone conversation. We were instantly sold on her easy going personality, enthusiasm for her job and her ability to really understand our vision and how she could play an important role in our wedding ceremony. We had previously spoken to about 5 other celebrants, but decided that Val was the best choice.
From then on, the process was quite easy. Val had us each fill out a questionnaire so that she could best understand our personalities, our relationship and how we really felt about each other. The beautiful thing about having a celebrant officiate your wedding, especially under circumstances such as interfaith, was that the ceremony was going to be focused more on our love for each other and our own personal story.
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. I'm still not entirely sure how Val managed to capture our entire love story, providing our guests with a fun, yet emotional service that let everyone feel like they knew how in love with each other that we really are. We had so many rave reviews about our ceremony from the guests. Almost everyone that I heard from said it was by far "the best ceremony" they had ever seen.
We thank Val so much for her services and truly hope that anyone that desires such a ceremony feel confident in using her as well:) Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thanks Erin and Matt for this great review! You two were so much fun to work with! I noticed your guests were smiling, laughing and crying, and that's what we hoped for! I wish you two all the best in life. You deserve it!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We had an out of state wedding and Val helped us with numerous details. She was very professional and made is feel very comfortable with the whole process. We truly enoyed working with her through out the entire process. I highly recommend her services.
We had an out of state wedding and Val helped us with numerous details. She was very professional and made is feel very Read more...
We had an out of state wedding and Val helped us with numerous details. She was very professional and made is feel very comfortable with the whole process. We truly enoyed working with her through out the entire process. I highly recommend her services. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thank you Elizabeth --- I'm so glad I was able to make your dreams come tru!
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Leanne
Wedding:
12/30/2015
5.0/5.0
Valerie performed a Vow renewal service for us in Central Park. we were celebrating 30 years of marriage. She did a wonderful ceremony based on our answers to her survey. From the start Val was very helpful, accommodating & friendly. We communicated by email as we live in Australia, and all replies, requests were met with efficiency.
It was lovely to meet her on the day, & we thoroughly enjoyed the celebration that she wrote for us. We would highly recommend Val .
Valerie performed a Vow renewal service for us in Central Park. we were celebrating 30 years of marriage. She did a Read more...
Valerie performed a Vow renewal service for us in Central Park. we were celebrating 30 years of marriage. She did a wonderful ceremony based on our answers to her survey. From the start Val was very helpful, accommodating & friendly. We communicated by email as we live in Australia, and all replies, requests were met with efficiency.
It was lovely to meet her on the day, & we thoroughly enjoyed the celebration that she wrote for us. We would highly recommend Val . Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

I loved meeting you two! 36 years together and you still seem so much in love. Everyone should be so lucky! Congratulations!
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Grace
Wedding:
12/12/2015
5.0/5.0
Val did an amazing job as officiant for our wedding. She truly captured the love of me and my husband and wrote a personal and beautiful ceremony. She guided the ceremony perfectly, sensitive to sticky situations, and situated herself so that the photographer could capture the super special moments. Val responded quickly and kept the everything on track. She is professional, kind, and truly gifted at her craft. I would recommend her to anyone getting married.
Val did an amazing job as officiant for our wedding. She truly captured the love of me and my husband and wrote a personal Read more...
Val did an amazing job as officiant for our wedding. She truly captured the love of me and my husband and wrote a personal and beautiful ceremony. She guided the ceremony perfectly, sensitive to sticky situations, and situated herself so that the photographer could capture the super special moments. Val responded quickly and kept the everything on track. She is professional, kind, and truly gifted at her craft. I would recommend her to anyone getting married. Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Grace, I absolutely loved making your wedding dreams come true for you and Oussama. Such an amazing couple! I wish you both much happiness!
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Melisa
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Val was so kind, and worked with us before the ceremony to make sure she really understood us. The ceremony was lovely, and we received so many compliments about it. I would recommend Val to anybody in need of an officiant!
Val was so kind, and worked with us before the ceremony to make sure she really understood us. The ceremony was lovely, Read more...
Val was so kind, and worked with us before the ceremony to make sure she really understood us. The ceremony was lovely, and we received so many compliments about it. I would recommend Val to anybody in need of an officiant! Read less
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Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant responded with the following comments:

Thanks Melissa and Stephen. The day was spectacular and I could see how much you enjoyed the ceremony. Your guests were smiling, laughing and crying as well. I enjoyed working with you!

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