Celia Milton Celebrant
Celia was great and a pleasure to work with. Phone calls, emails and Skype made it super easy to do business and communicate. The ceremony was very personalized, nicely written and well spoken by Celia. She provided good ideas and a foundation for our ceremony wording. Including our pets was a hit and highlightfor me!
Celia was absolutely amazing!! I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. She was professional, extremely responsive and very easy to work with. She always was available to work on our vows together and was responsive to our input. The ceremony was very reflective my relationship with my fiance and reflected our personality. It was just the right touch of humor and romance needed. I would book her all over again!!!!
Celia was more than AMAZING!!! She really takes the time to get to know you and turns your story into a work of art. We really wanted something that was non-religious, funny, and different and Celia was able to do that and more. Celia was able to give us an amazing ceremony that made everyone laugh and shed tears of joy. Celia is also easy to work with; she is very understanding, and flexible. From the moment you talk to her, you feel like you have known each other forever. Her positive energy and confidence definitely make you feel at ease. She is truly an amazing person and I would recommend her to everyone.
Dayana and Jordan :)
I highly recommend Celia to any bride – she was great to work with and we were so happy with the ceremony. Celia took the time to make a few revisions so the ceremony was really “us” and we were very happy with the end result. One of our guests actually asked us how we knew Celia – the ceremony was so personal that he thought we already had a relationship with her! So many people told us how great the ceremony was, and how it was one of the only wedding ceremonies they’ve seen that was actually fun. That was our ultimate goal, and Celia got us there!
Celia was personable, listened carefully to figure out the type of people we were, creative with lots of ideas but also extremely flexible, and has just has a great sensibility and way about her. Highly recommended!!
Celia goes beyond being your officiant: she's your poet, your artist, the person who can transcribe your memories and your dreams and craft them into a ceremony that your friends and family will never forget. The ceremony Celia wrote for us had everyone in the room laughing out loud and shedding a few tears of joy as well. It was just beautiful and moreover, it was *just* what we wanted.
Celia is so easy to work with! She doesn't waste time, but you never feel rushed. In her busy schedule, the client she's speaking to has her entire attention during each and every meeting. Every bride is number 1! She's very professional and at the same time very relaxed and easy to talk with. I couldn't have asked for a better ceremony or a better Celebrant. I recommend her whole-heartedly: she's...
Celia made our wedding exactly what we wanted. Both my husband and I grew up in religious families but chose not to have our wedding in a church. Celia was able to make it special, intimate and special. She made it about us, our love, the love of our families. her knowledge of ceremonies is vast and varied. After the service I received so many compliments from people about how wonderful it was and how people felt they knew us as couple better because of it. She is warm and friendly but takes what she does seriously. She wants to know what you want and will go in the direction that you both feel very comfortable about. She was there early and stuck around to talk to guests and answer any questions they had. She took care of the license agreement flawlessly. I highly recommend Celia to anyone who is looking for a officiant that creates ceremonies that are special without being tacky or overdone.
Celia's role in our wedding was really important to us- we wanted something fun, different, and free of any religion. After speaking with Celia on the phone about almost everything other than the wedding (music, food, restaurant industry, etc.) and meeting her at Panera Bread one Sunday afternoon, my husband and I knew we found the person who would marry us. Our friends and family continue to this day to rave about her.. everything from her confidence, positive energy, beautiful script( I think we used draft#6 hahahaha), and hand fasting ceremony (which was a big hit!) !!! Celia, we just want to thank you for becoming part of our lives that day!
Dana and Joseph
Celia provided a personalized ceremony that all guests enjoyed. Would recommend her to everyone!
We wanted our ceremony to be different, unique, and enjoyable. We searched and searched and finally came across Celia on the Knot.com. After hearing her answering machine message when I first called her, I knew she was the one we were going to use. Her chrisma and outgoing personality resonated through the phone. She took the time to get to know us and asked questions to really get a feeling of who we are as individuals, as a couple, and as a family. We were more than thrilled when we recieved the ceremony script. We have been to quite a few weddings where the ceremony was boring and unengaging. Ours was not be! Celia created the most beautiful wedding ceremony script for us. It was a week to our wedding and I was in tears as I read her words. Our ceremony turned out better than we ever dreamed of. Our guests talked about it for days and weeks. Anyone looking for a personalized, unique, special ceremony, Celia Milton is the officiant to do it for you. She has an amazing way with words and is a joy to work with. Celia, thank you so much for making our day so special!!
Our Officiant was Michael Yelle through Celia's services. Celia was very helpful and directed us to Michael Yelle. Michael Yelle was fantastic. He was very thorough and took the time to get to know us. He customized our ceremony and added a lot of personal touches and it was a very personalized wedding ceremony. Everyone enjoyed the ceremony and they said how great it was that it was so personal. He really took the time out for us, skyping with us before the wedding and a lot of email exchanges. He offered up a lot of suggestions and gave us a lot of ideas. We were very pleased with our ceremony!! I also wanted to add, we had less than a month to look for a good officiant and we were very to have found Celia and Michael!
My husband and I are so grateful that we were able to find Celia to be our officiant for our wedding! Not only did she write a beautiful, funny, memorable ceremony she also gave us ideas for our ceremony. Celia gave us two ideas, one was writing a love letter to each other and place it in a box with a bottle of red wine that will age in 10 years, on our 10 year anniversary we will read our letter to each other over the bottle of wine. She also had a fabulous idea that allowed our mothers to be part of the ceremony, our mothers were introduced and we gave them a rose and Celia explained the meaning of the rose as we gave them to our mothers. We had so many family members and friends come up to us even now and say how much they enjoyed our ceremony. Even though we did not know Celia for a long time, she provided such a heartfelt ceremony that everyone thought she was a long time friend. One of my guests, also a officiant, loved her ceremony so much that he is thinking of ways to incorporate some of her ideas into his ceremonies. Even my ceremony musician said that it was a one of a kind ceremony and he has never been to a wedding where everyone was enjoying themselves during the ceremony. Celia was also so great with our ideas and allowing us to change things around, we added a part to allow my husband's son to have a moment where we gave him a watch with our numbers engraved on the back, which represented that we are a family and he can call us anytime. One of my lifelong friends was able to write his own speech, instead of doing a reading. I also had an issue with my original venue and had to change venues 1 month before the wedding, Celia was awesome with that too!!! She said no problem with the change and even had info about the new venue since she has officiated ceremonies there before. All in all Celia was absolutely the BEST choice for a wedding officiant, I would recommend her to EVERYONE who is planning their wedding.
We were very nervous about picking a wedding officiant and had no idea where to even begin. I came across Celia's website while searching the internet for recommendations. We didn't really know what we wanted, but we knew what we didn't want and Celia's ultra customizable service seemed like a perfect fit. After a brief email exchange we scheduled a phone call where Celia explained her process and answered all of my questions. Next, we arranged a skype session where the three of us discussed many many different options for the ceremony and got to know one another. After we paid our 50% deposit Celia sent us cute little box with an activity to get prepared for the process. The first step was for us to separately fill out an extensive questionnaire and send it back to her. She used the information gathered from both of us to tell our story from both perspectives and we loved the outcome. She sent us a draft of the ceremony, we made edits, she sent another draft, we made a few more edits and then it was perfect!! She arrived early the day of our wedding and went straight to work getting everything organized and coordinating with the venue. I thought she was fairly priced given her extensive experience, but by no means was she inexpensive. In my opinion it was money very well spent!!
Celia was amazing!!! She really took the time to get to know our story and incorporated it into our ceremony. All of our guests complimented us on what an amazing ceremony we had. People are still talking about how personal and emotional it was. I would recommend her to anyone who is looking for a personal one of a kind ceremony. She is a pleasure to work with and we couldn't have been happier !!!
Celia was absolutely wonderful! Her unique off-the-beatin-path kinda style really had my husband and I looking forward to what she had in store. If you are the type of couple who is looking to have a mix of traditional, unique, and alternative elements in your ceremony then look no further Celia is the best! There is no need for a ceremony to be boring, after all, you only get married once... right? Be able to remember your ceremony being uplifting, lighthearted, witty, and most of all memorable. Celia will make sure you have all of these things!
Celia was great to work with. We were very choosy about our ceremony text , and she was happy to send copies back and forth until it was exactly right. Everyone told us how lovely and personal our ceremony was, and how much they liked her.
I would like to thank you for a WONDERFUL wedding. We pulled it together in seven weeks and you were so helpful and patient with me and my BIG Caribbean family. You kept our ceremony on schedule and gave me confidence knowing I was in good hands. My guests said they had never been to a more personal union and months later they are still raving that this was the best wedding they ever attended. You took the stress out of a situation that doubled in size in two weeks. Your professionalism and paramount and I highly recommend your responsiveness.
Nitza and David
We have had so many family and friends compliment us on our ceremony. Everyone loved it including us!!!! It was exactly what we envisioned.
Jamie & Bill Ference
My husband and I were married at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in NYC and were fortunate enough to have Celia Milton, officiate our wedding. Celia was amazing and really customized the readings and ceremony to reflect who we are as a couple. It was sweet, personalized and funny at times.
Celia, thank you so much for joining us in matrimony on our wedding day. The ceremony was perfect and we couldn't imagine it without you. All night, we received compliments about how great the ceremony was and how well you knew us. Thank you for everything!
Leah & Scott Rubner
Celia did an amazing job with our wedding. Her sense of humor and personality were a perfect fit with both of us. The script was tailored to our story, and she took so much time to get it just right. The ceremony was perfect - I wouldn't have changed a thing - and over 2 dozen guests came up to us to ask for her information.
What was important to us in a Celebrant was finding someone who could find a way to be humorous, classy and deliver a non-traditional but meaningful ceremony. From the moment we spoke to Celia we knew she was the one! She had a great sense of humor and she really worked hard to find what was important to us. She is a beautiful writer and her words were touching, funny and "us." Everyone at our ceremony raved about her. Most people remarked "she must know you very well" and "what an eloquent writer" and "the perfect ceremony" and "the most touching ceremony we've ever attended." It was spot on and wonderful. We couldn't have been happier with the experience from prep all the way to the day of.
Celia was absolutely incredible! After being highly recommended from a colleague, from the moment we spoke on the phone, we knew she would be the perfect person to officiate the wedding. Celia completely customizes the ceremony to you, and tells a beautiful story of your relationship. Every single aspect of our ceremony was perfect, and we are getting so many compliments about how nice and personal it was. You will not regret booking her. Thank you Celia!!
One of the best decisions of our wedding was asking Celia to officiate. Our ceremony was unique and personal, perfectly us. We received many, many compliments on the ceremony itself -- we couldn't have been happier. It was one of our favorite parts of the wedding (as it should be!) There are many, many officiants out there...but Celia is an excellent WRITER. She can take so much of your story and weave it together for an unforgettable ceremony. She responded to all of our emails, phone calls and revisions promptly. We had an inter-faith ceremony and Celia was respectful and very flexible with all of our requests. Would definitely, definitely recommend her to anyone hoping to have a very intimate, one-of-a-kind ceremony.
From the first phone call, we knew that Celia was the right officiant for us! She was extremely attentive to our requests and offered many unique ideas to help make our wedding ceremony something special. Our ceremony was personalized to tell our story, and it was absolutely beautiful. Celia was always professional and prompt. We received many compliments from our guests on how much they enjoyed every second of our ceremony. Celia is warm, friendly, and has a wonderful sense of humor. She made our wedding ceremony more than just a ceremony... it was unique, creative, and personalized to fit us as a couple. It was the perfect day and our ceremony couldn't have gone any better! Celia would be a wonderful person to have as your officiant...thank you, Celia!!
We used Eve Young from Celia's company. From the very beginning, Eve was extremely professional and helpful. I had no idea what goes into a wedding ceremony, but with Eve (and Celia's!) help it turned out to be a perfect representation of everything leading up to my marriage as well as what we want from our future.
After filling out a questionnaire, Eve created a script for our ceremony. She was extremely responsive to our comments and included so many special bits of information about me and my husband, including how and where we met, what we love most about each other, even our love for our dog.
We received so many compliments on our ceremony. Many guests asked how long we had known Eve, since the ceremony was so deeply personal. No one could believe we had only ever spoken on the phone, and didn't meet each other until 5 minutes before the ceremony.
Eve made our ceremony an unforgettable moment in our lives with her warmth and charisma. I would absolutely recommend her, as well as anyone else working...
Celia was wonderful from the beginning! She is very warm and inviting, which made us instantly trust her to create our perfect ceremony. She started with a "get to know you" session close to where we live so that she could really get a good sense of who we were in order to make the ceremony personal. She created the ceremony based on what we discussed plus a questionnaire we filled out and we loved it - we had very minimal changes and it was SUCH a hit! Our guests absolutely loved how personal it was and it gave them a sense of who we were together as a couple, beyond what many of them knew of us already, which was very special. She was amazing from beginning to end and I'd definitely 100% recommend her to anyone wishing for a nontraditional, personalized wedding ceremony!
Throughout our entire wedding planning Celia was there for anything we needed. She was always responsive to emails and phone calls. She was reliable and professional. One of the best decisions we made was hiring Celia as our officiant. Celia made our day the most personal and special day. It was even better than we could have imagined. Celia was by far the most amazing addition to our wedding. The ceremony was tailor made just for us. It was such a pleasure working with Celia and having her officiate our wedding. Our family and friends were so impressed. My only regret is that she didn't stay for the reception to dance and eat and celebrate with us, but she is one busy lady!! Celia made our day so spectacular and we are so thankful that she was a part of our day. THANK YOU, CELIA!!!!
Where do I even begin? It was a pleasure to work with Celia and we could not have asked for a better, more personal wedding ceremony. Celia really takes the time to get to know you as a couple through meetings and phone conversations and translates all of that into a beautiful ceremony. She sends you a copy of the ceremony before the wedding so you can make sure it is exactly what you want. There were tears and laughter all through the ceremony from us as well as our family and friends. I could not have imagined a more perfect ceremony and all of our guests kept telling us that it was the most beautiful/special/personal ceremony they had ever seen. Celia is the best!!
It was amazingly simple and the team was helpful from start to finish and continue to be helpful after the ceremony. I would say I would use them again but that may come out the wrong way. You get the picture. We liked working with them that much.
The best around!
Ginny and I had a hard time finding a gay friendly Celebrant/Minister, after much searching we were referred to Celia ! One of the most memorable times in my life she made much more memorable by personalizing our Ceremony to fit me and my wifes life together. We wanted something light hearted and kind of comical, we wanted our Ceremony to be different and better than the rest and without her that wouldnt have been possible. She was excellant ! She had patience with me and my wife and our families, she has a fabu sense of humor but can pull you right back in to a emoitional place. I have reccommended Celia to quiet a few people already, however I really didnt need to sell her to anyone as everyone was so impressed during the Ceremony they approached Celia themselves as well. Celia will not steer you wrong and probably the best price we got when we were looking for someone. I will be having Celia be our officiant when we marry in NY and whenever we renew our vows ! Perfect person to have as your officiant !!
Celia was awesome to work with. We're a quirky couple and she really got to know us and our unique stories. Celia really personalized our ceremony and it was so special and meant so much to us. Almost the whole room was in tears. I'd recommend Celia in a heart beat to anyone - she's super fun, easy to work with, very talented and delivers an unforgettable ceremony. Thank you so much!
celia was very attentive and friendly. She really took the time to make sure our ceremony was exactly how we wanted it down to the last detail. I loved the questionaire that my husband and I filled out to make it more personal. All of my wedding guests told me how much they loved my ceremony!
Celia was AMAZING!! Not only was she completely attentive to what we wanted but also helped us with things we didn't even know we wanted! Her creativity shined in the personalized ceremony for us! She was able to make everything sound amazing even when we only had a few ideas! She made me feel so comfortable with our multiple talks on the phone that it truly felt like a friend was marrying us! A ton of guests have since told us that her timing and delivery was clear and precise and they loved how she performed the ceremony! I would recommend Celia to everyone!!
Since the ceremony is really what your wedding is all about, finding the right celebrant/officiant is so important. We wanted someone who would understand a couple who came from families of different faiths, a couple who wanted an intimate ceremony, oh, and a couple who wanted to incorporate their dog into their special day, and I can say Celia was a great match.
From the beginning, she was always quick to respond to emails and provide suggestions and was always very friendly in her emails and phone calls. We even had a last minute change to part of the ceremony the day of the wedding, and Celia accommodated with no problem.
Her ceremony was humorous, serious, personal, touching, and multidenominational—a perfect (and challenging) blend and she did a great job. We received numerous compliments on her...
Yesterday, Celia performed the most beautiful, personal, loving ceremony at my wedding. It was truly magical. There are many folks on both sides of the family that believe the only place one should be married in is a church, but after much thought, my husband and I wanted something less religious and more personal. Celia was amazing to work with. She has such a gift for telling a couple's story and I spent over an hour chatting away happily with her on my very first call inquiring about availability for my wedding day. I instantly felt as though she understood my wishes for the day and after ending our call, I phoned my husband-to-be and said, "I found her. We can stop worrying about the ceremony."
We had a relatively small wedding (~50 guests) and wanted a really intimate ceremony. Given the traditionalists in our families, we weren't sure how they would respond to the handfasting and ring warming rituals we included, but people literally raved about Celia and the ceremony the entire reception. I was amazed by the response and blown away when guests even began asking if we had transcripts! At first I was nervous that the wind, which had picked up quite a bit during our outdoor ceremony, had prevent some people from hearing. But the response was, "No, I heard every word and I was actually in the last row. I've just never been to a more beautiful wedding in my entire life." After that, others asked if we had copies too and I knew our ceremony had not only been right for us, but the love and truth we hoped to have shared was felt by our guests as well.
I could echo almost every other positive review that's already been given here. To Celia, thank you so very much! To other engaged couples out there, if you want a beautiful ceremony personalized to celebrate your union, do not hesitate to choose Celia. She will make all of your dreams for your special day a reality!
Celia was our Officiant for our Wedding and she was awesome! She put so much work and time into writing and editing our ceremony that it truly felt like ours. She was available, flexible and made sure to take care of us through the whole wedding. It was great to have her experience to guide us. She has a great, joyful personality and quickly felt like family. We had such a wonderful day!
Celia was amazing! She truly worked closely with us to craft our ceremony and ultimately the "story of us." It read beautifully and had a natural flow that wasn't forced or too preachy for our tastes. Though both of our families share Catholic backgrounds and were used to that type of ceremony, we received rave, honest reviews on how our ceremony was so personalized , touching, loving and inviting. It literally brought all of our friends and family closer and made them more than just observers. To that end, we got everything we could have asked for in an officiant. Someone seasoned, responsive, adaptable, trustworthy, and genuine.
Lauren and Brian
My husband and I were looking for someone who would accomodate our requirements which was a non religious ceremony with hints of traditional and completely unique to our relationship. Celia met and exceeded all of those requirements. Celia was personable, down to earth and completely enthusiatic about being your officiant for the ceremony. She was very professional and knew what to do and how to have plan A,B,C ready if needed. She thought of everything.
After the Ceremony was over (which was beautiful and an amazing experience) we recieved SO many compliments from our guests about the ceremony. They could not stop singing Celia's praises about how unique and different the ceremony was. Our favorite comment was: 'I typically don't like Wedding Ceremonies. I find them boring. But this one was the best ceremony i've ever been to. I really enjoyed it'. Not only will we always remember our ceremony, but our guests will take away a truely amazing event. Thank you Celia!
I'm not sure it's possible for me to express in words how wonderful Celia is. She is very passionate and knowledgeable about wedding ceremonies..she gave wonderful advice and was very patient with my husband and I, who weren't really sure about what rituals we wanted to include in the ceremony, and who are both terrible procrastinators. Celia was able to create a funny, touching, beautiful, and personal ceremony that my husband and I, and many of our guests, will never forget. I truly feel that the ceremony Celia performed set the tone for our entire day and put everyone in a joyful mood. I cannot count the number of family and friends who came up to my husband that day to tell us how wonderful our wedding ceremony was, to praise Celia, and to ask how we found her. Even my grandmother, who is Catholic, and was disappointed to learn that I wouldn't be getting married in a Church, said it was one of the most beautiful ceremonies she's ever been to....To this day, friends and family members are still talking about how beautiful our ceremony was... Celia is an amazing person and I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than she did. Thanks Celia :) Sarah&Eric
Celia was exactly what we were looking for. Someone that listens to our story, and portrays exactly how we would, with some humor, and sentiment.
Celia was simply a pleasure to work with. After our first conversation on the phone I knew that she would be the person that I would want to marry my new husband and I. She makes the ceremony personal, sentimental and humorous. All the things that we had asked. The ceremony was absolutely my favorite part of my wedding. I knew it would be mine but it also ended up being my husbands favorite as well!! I would recommend Celia to anyone looking for someone to marry them.
Celia was amazing, and made our wedding ceremony truly special. We had multiple conversations before our wedding day and Celia sent us drafts of our ceremony so that we could make changes as we liked. She was incredibly kind and fun to work with, and our ceremony ended up being very personal.
Celia was wonderful to work with and made our ceremony so personal and memorable. So many of our guests told us it was hands down the best ceremony they've been to. She really made it about us and I think our guests got to know us even better during our ceremony. So often the wedding ceremony is the part of the wedding you have to suffer through before you can have fun - but Celia changed that. Our guests really enjoyed the ceremony and, even more importantly, WE really enjoyed the ceremony. My only regret is not having the ceremony on video tape. Thanks for giving us such an amazing ceremony Celia!!!
When I began planning our wedding, there was only one thing we knew for sure…and that was that we wanted a personalized ceremony. I had attended countless weddings where the ceremony was less than moving, seemed routine and didn’t engage guests at all. For us, the ceremony was THE reason we were gathering our friends and family on our wedding day - the reception was just gravy! Therefore, we wanted our guests to not just attend our ceremony, we wanted it to be an experience they’d never forget.
I had not only heard amazing things about Celia, but as an event planner myself, had gotten the opportunity to work with her through one of my brides. Therefore, Celia was our first stop and when Andres and I initially met with her, we were thrilled! Celia is warm and funny we just knew she was the right fit for our wedding day. Looking back, this was hands-down the easiest (and best) decision we made during our wedding planning process. We filled out questionnaires about ourselves and our relationship and about a month before our wedding day, Celia sent us the first draft of our ceremony script. We cried as we read it because it was so “us.” Celia is a talented writer and told our story in a way that our guests would enjoy. There were only minor edits to that first draft and Celia turned around the changes quickly, always answering my emails within only hours. As we got closer to the wedding day, Celia even checked in with me to see how I was feeling. She offered us so many ideas and we ultimately incorporated a Ring Warming Ceremony, we honored our mothers and ancestors and we had a Blessing of the Animals (because our pets do mean that much to us!)
Our guests were completely engaged throughout our ceremony and that day, we received many compliments about what an amazing job Celia had done. They were especially surprised at how personal our ceremony was and that was confirmation that we had gotten exactly what we had wanted all along! When I look back at our wedding day, our ceremony was truly the highlight of it all and we will never be able to thank Celia enough for that! Celia is a true professional and I highly recommend her to couples who don’t just want to go through the motions during their ceremony and instead want one that is special and meaningful to them and their families.
Are you looking for a unique, fabulous, and personal ceremony? Then look no further than Celia Milton.
Celia was absolutely fantastic. We had such a wonderful experience with her from the beginning. Since we live far away and couldn't meet with Celia in person, she met with us over Skype throughout our engagement to find out who we were, what we were interested in, and what made the most sense to include in our ceremony. She was always available to answer questions over the phone or email (and believe me, we did have quite a few questions!).
Celia did an amazing job at the ceremony. We had an intimate group gathered for our ceremony, and everyone thought she did a beautiful job. She included a good balance of prose, personal stories, and lovely rituals (we included a candle lighting and a ring blessing). I have never seen - nor do I anticipate that I will ever see again - a ceremony as personal, unique, and beautiful as the ceremony Celia conducted.
I cannot express how strongly we would recommend using her. She was simply fantastic.
Celia is an amazing person! We were very lucky to have found and had her perform our ceremony. My guests said that it was the best ceremony that they have ever been to, definately one to remember! Celia was always responsive to my e-mails and phone calls, highly organized and never left me hanging lol I highly recommened her to anyone who is looking for an upbeat, organized, and well spoken officiant! :)
We asked Celia to perform a very simple ceremony for us. We aren't big wedding people, and wanted to skip most of the normal wedding traditions. Like guests. Our wedding was completely private, but in a place and with vows that were meaningful to us. Celia was warm and flexible, and seemed to understand easily what we wanted. She gave us a nice text to start with and incorporated our specific words easily. She was also punctual, responsive and followed through with the legal things we needed.
We had a nice time at our little wedding. Thanks Celia!
Celia was an absolute delight and truly provided us with the wedding of our dreams. The service was exactly what we wanted - meaningful, warm, touching and funny. Celia listened to our story and was able to translate our thoughts and words into the most beautiful ceremony - more than we ever could have imagined. I would reccomend her to anyone without hesitation!
Celia officiated our Civil Union and did such a beautiful job. My wife and I were extremely pleased and have had all of our guests approch us with how beautiful they felt the ceremony was. Celia has such an open personality that made us love her from the 1st meeting. She did such a wonderful job putting our life together into a beautiful story for our guests and offered great ideas to include them all in the ceremony. We could not have picked a better person to officiate our wedding. Thanks a bunch Celia. Your the best :)
We loved the vows that Celia wrote for us. They were meant just for us and one of a kind.
Dave and I didn't meet Celia until the day of the wedding but when we did, we felt like we already knew her. We had talked to her on the phone several times, answered a questionnaire, and read and revised our ceremony script a few times. Celia wove our love story, our disparate traditions (Celtic, Hawaiian, Native American), and our personalities into a 20 minute ceremony that our guests couldn't stop talking about. Celia's beautiful ceremony convinced our fairly religious families that a wedding that didn't take place in a church with a priest could still be as meaningful--if not even more special.
My husband and I actually found Celia from her great reviews on Wedding Wire. The ceremony is the most important part of any wedding. It was really important to us to have the perfect person to tell our story and to marry us. My husband and I do not currently practice any religion. However, our families come from different religious backgrounds. My family practices Catholicism and my husband's family practices Judaism. Because we do not practice either religion, we did not want a religoius ceremony nor could we have one without converting to the other's religion. We decided on a non-religious ceremony but wanted to incorporate some Filipino and Jewish traditions that are important to us and our families.
What interested us at first about Celia was that she had a lot of experience in performing non-religious ceremonies. We set up a first consultation and Celia was flexible in traveling to meet in the middle between North Haledon and Philadelphia where we are from. Our first impression was great! Celia has a bubbly personality and is very vocal, expressive and articulate. When we told Celia the Filipino and Jewish traditions we wanted to incoprate, she responded with " Like the lasso and the veil and glass breaking? What's funny is I did a wedding not too long ago that incoporated both traditions!" That's when we knew we had to book her as our officiant. I was expecting have to explain the arras (coin) ceremony, the cord (lasso) ceremony and the veil ceremony in great detail but she already knew all about it and had successfully performed these traditions at another wedding. She explained how the other wedding incorporated these traditions and reassured us that was just one option but we could figure out our own way of doing it. It was such a relief to not have to worry about how these traditions could be incoporated! Furthermore, my husband's grandfather recently passed away and she had ideas about ways to remember him without taking away from the joy and happiness of the ceremony. Before the wedding, we each filled out a questionnaire and she wrote a final script that we edited until it was just right. Celia was available via telephone for all my concerns as an anxious bride.
On our wedding day, Celia arrived very early and did a mini-rehearsal and went over everyone's role. The ceremony was beautiful! Celia's delivery of the final script that we approved was really well done. She spoke passionately, eloquently and incorporated some humor here and there. It was as if she had known us for years. We couldn't have been happier with the ceremony or happier with choosing Celia as our officiant.
Even after the wedding, Celia took care of all the paperwork to send in for our marriage license. She sent us a nice thank you card and e-mail with details about what to do next to obtain our marriage license and everything I would need to take care of in regards to changing my name.
Overall, our ceremony was a beautiful representation of the love my husband and I have for each other but Celia truly delivered our love story in a way that not only touched our family and friends but also touched us.
Celia did a fantastic job officiating our wedding in June. We found her through the Wedding Wire and and all the reviews were true to their word and more. We arranged our wedding from the UK and all throughout Celia was reassuring, enthusiatic and genuinely cared about us. She wrote a fantastic ceremony, really capturing our personalities, our relationship and our hopes for the future. There were also plenty of laughs throughout. There was a real 'connection' to our story which guests commented was really special.
We both found Celia very easy to work with, which was great has we were arranging everything from afar and on a different timezone.
We would highly recommend Celia without any doubt, she is one in a million. Thanks again Celia!
It has been a pleasure to work with Celia. She has helped us tremendously through the process by sharing her ideas from many years of experience to make our wedding unique. Celia has been friendly from the moment we met and kept in touch with us till the day of the wedding to make sure everything was running smoothly. She definetely made our day special. She is a pro at what she is doing could not have asked for anyone better.
My husband and I can't begin to properly express how essential and formative Celia was to our wedding. We knew we wanted a personalized, loving and slightly irreverent ceremony, but we didn't know exactly how to pull it off.
Celia listened carefully to our needs, expectations and ideas and crafted a ceremony that was perfect for us. What surprised us most was how fresh and unexpected the ceremony felt despite our involvement in the whole process. It was as though we were hearing everything, our love story, for the first time. We received compliments about her delivery and the ceremony all night long, and the positive feedback continues to trickle in now almost three months later.
It's also worth mentioning we got in touch with her about a month before the wedding (LATE!) and live out of town from the wedding location, so we had to arrange everything via skype, email and phone calls. On top that, she made herself available for late night meetings and called us a few days before the wedding, "just to see how we were managing the last week craziness?" So sweet!
We HIGHLY recommend Celia!
We heard many compliments during and after our wedding but by far, the most were for our actual wedding ceremony. If you want an original and unique ceremony, Celia is who you want. She took detailed background information from us and then worked with us to come up with what she would say. Her personal story telling approach to the ceremony kept everyone interested. Even the husbands that have to be dragged to every wedding, came up to us and went on and on about how much they enjoyed listening to ours!
Celia is very easy to talk to and she was the first and only officiant we met with to know we wanted to book her and we are so glad we did!
We feel so fortunate to have found Celia! From start to finish, she made the ceremony writing process enjoyable and easy. We received so many compliments during and after the wedding about how enthusiastic and well spoken she was and how the ceremony was so beautiful and personal. We highly recommend Celia!
We found Celia online and were so pleased that we did! She took the time to get to know all about us through e-mail and phone calls and created a thoughtful and sweet ceremony that inspired us and our guests...all to the point of happy tears! Her contract is straightforward and she listened so well to us. Another officiant we spoke with gave the highest praise to Celia when he knew she was to perform our ceremony: He called her among the royalty of officiants, being featured in the media as a whiz at what she does. We were excited about so many things on our wedding day, but having Celia join us was one of our favorites. She helped make the day a truly memorable, heartfelt, personalized success.
Ladies, if you're looking for the BEST, look no further. Celia will not only write the ceremony of your dreams, but will become a friend who helps make sure you have everything (including vendor recommendations) you need on your special day...and beyond.
Long story short, Michael Yelle did an amazing job.
Along with Celia Milton, he guided my husband and I patiently through the process of creating our perfect ceremony. Going into the process, all we knew is that we wanted a comfortable and romantic atmosphere - which, while that sounds nice, is admittedly not very practical.
Leading up to the wedding, Michael used his experience and creativity to guide us to our vision. From our first phone call to five minutes before guests began arriving, he was invaluable - asking the right questions, accommodating our budget without question or judgement, negotiating my very divorced parents with ease and poise, suggesting last minute solutions to those pesky last minute problems (quietly, professionally, in other words, pretty perfectly!).
I don't want to get married again, but if I had to, at least I could work with Celia and Michael again.
I absolutely loved working with Celia! I had spoken to another officiant and just didn't feel that we were connecting, someone recommend Celia to me and she contacted me immediately. The thing that my husband and I found so refreshing about Celia was just how EXCITED she was for us. She is genuinely happy for you and wants to make sure that your day is special. She is always available on phone and email and willing to talk your ceremony out for as long as it takes to make it perfect!
Celia is a joy to work with and made our wedding day truly special! We recommend her without hesitation!
We feel so lucky we found Celia as the celebrant for our wedding. We did not want a dry impersonal, "one size fits all" cermony and were not going the Catholic route,(much to my mother's chagrin), although we do consider ourselves spiritual. So many people commented on how great the ceremony was and even my Mom was pleased. Celia told our story of how we met and the special things that we saw in each other. She was also so helpful with readings and making suggestions for the ceremony, although you are in control and she lets you review everything beforehand. She is a very nice lady and a true professional as well.
Peggy and Bob
Celia Milton and Cari Chrisostomou did a fabulous job of officiating our wedding.
Celia helped us plan and arrange the ceremony through Skype and between herself and Cari performed a moving and beautiful ceremony for us.
thank you Celia
Celia is a down to earth, fun and very easy going. she surpeised me with the way she spun our storry into a ceremony. I as well as all my guest were HIGHLY impressed with her. She is also very patient and punctual. I give her 10 stars!!!
When my husband and I were 3 weeks away from getting married our officiant bailed on us after very unprofessional behavior. We were completely distraught wondering how we would find someone in such a short time... He found Celia online and within hours we both knew she was the one. She was heaven sent to us.. She was supposed to marry us and be with us on our wedding day. She made everything so easy, the conversation flowed, her words were beautiful and everyone was impressed. We had written our own vows and actually saved them to read alone and used the vows she wrote because they were absolutely beautiful. Everything about Celia was super easy. She is an asset to any wedding ceremony.
Celia is WONDERFUL. She is thorough, funny, kind, and an overall wonderful person. I was glad to have her a part of our day. She catered our vows to us and we still get compliments from our wedding guests. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Celia is absolutely a genius at what she does! She is kind and funny with a wonderful energy. She made us feel special and comfortable and went above and beyond our expectations. All of our friends and family were very impressed with her skill. She truly is a wonderful soul and we were beyond blessed to have her marry us. I would recommend her to anyone, and plan on doing so!
Celia made our ceremony everything we wanted and more. She created a ceremony that was beautiful, sweet, and funny - nontraditional, but perfect for us. Celia chose beautiful readings and really tried to make the ceremony about us. She was always available if we had questions about anything, and was willing to make any edits we felt were necessary to our ceremony (but we didn't need to change anything because it was great!) Thanks so much Celia, we loved our ceremony, and we've been hearing nothing but compliments from our guests at how sweet it was and how it made everyone cry! :) We would definitely recommend Celia to everyone!
Celia was exactly the kind of officiant we were looking for when we were planning our wedding: kind, patient, collaborative, and most of all, DIFFERENT. While we are both spiritual people in our own way, we are not formally religious and did not want our ceremony to reflect sentiments we did not believe in or hold. Rather, we wanted our ceremony to reflect our own values and beliefs, our Italian and French heritage, our personal story, and the people who mean the most to us. Celia helped us to accomplish this and more. In a very short amount of time, she worked with us in a collaborative process to create the type of unique and memorable ceremony that we wanted. Instead of a rote exercise filled with cliched words and readings, we worked with her to craft something meaningful, a ceremony in our own words, with readings from important people in our lives that were taken from contemporary literature and poetry. There was also room for music that we selected ourselves. All the while Celia was patient and kind and exuded a sense of peace that is welcome to any couple planning and having a wedding. Many of our guests commented afterwards that it was one of the most beautiful and intimate ceremonies they'd ever witnessed. With Celia's help and guidance, we were able to make something special, which was a beautiful way to start off our new life together as husband and wife. To any couple who is looking for something different and unique for their wedding ceremony, who is not afraid to depart from the conventional and put more of themselves into an important part of a wedding that is often overlooked (or even if they're looking for a more traditional ceremony), we highly recommend Celia. She will help you tell your story and will transform your ceremony from a cliched and boring exercise you've heard 1000 times, into something unique and memorable that reflects you. That's the most one can ask of any wedding ceremony, and it's precisely what we wanted and received from Celia.
Celia was absolutely wonderful! She worked with us to craft a ceremony that truly reflected who we are as a couple. Not only were we thrilled, but everyone in attendance at our wedding commented to us that it was the best eceremony they had ever been to, and that is certainly saying something. It was warm and loving, and it incorporated our family and friends. It was perfect.
Celia did an amazing job officiating our wedding this past January! We received so many compliments on how intimate, funny, touching and beautiful the ceremony was. Many of our guests said it was one of the best ceremonies they ever attended. Celia really took the time to get to know me and my fiance before the ceremony, and we emailed back and forth until the vows were just right! She was also very patient and accommodating to some of our quirkier requests. I highly recommend Celia!!!!
We LOVE Celia!! I read so many reviews that absolutely rave about her and they were all on point! I have to admit, when you hear things like this they sound too good to be true, but trust me you get everything you hear with Celia. I was hesitant to believe guests of previous weddings thought Celia was a personal friend of her clients', but I cannot even count the amount of guests who asked me how I knew her and really believed she was a family friend! So many people stopped me specifically to ask about Celia and to compliment the ceremony. We both have religious families, and were worried we would hear some backlash about having a completely nondenominational ceremony, but not one person said a word. We were complimented so much on how engaging and personal it was and how it was different than any other ceremony they had ever been to. Celia was amazing to work with and made the whole process fun and easy. We just love her and personally recommend her to anyone!
Working with Celia was a pleasure from our first meeting. She was able to listen to our vision and ideas for our wedding day and created a beautiful ceremony that made us laugh and cry and truely expressed our sincere love for one another. Through the readings, quotes and our love story Celia created a very special, intimate and memorable ceremony that we were extremely pleased with. My guests, while some did not know what to expect, were pleasantly surprised as to how moving our ceremony was. Our guests were able to connect to us on a closer level by experiencing our love story as part of our wedding ceremony. I would highly recommend Celia to as your officiant. She was dependable, reliable, and extremely flexible and easy to work with. Thanks again for making our day so special!
Celia was the perfect person to perform our wedding. She is warm , imaginative, and funny. The cereomy she created for us was our own personal love story. Our guests truely enjoyed listening to her and I am so glad we chose her to be a part of our special day.
Celia Milton was everything we wanted in an officiant and more. She was down-to-earth, easy to talk to, and funny, but also spiritual-ish without going too far in the woo-woo direction. So much of wedding planning is stressful, but working with Celia was definitely the least stressful aspect of our wedding. So many guests commented on how unique and touching the ceremony was. Thank you, Celia, for making our wedding so special!
We could not have asked for a more perfect ceremony. We wanted something different (not a traditional church type ceremony) but we also wanted it to be heartfelt and to really reflect who we are as a couple. Celia took the time to get to know us and help us make that ceremony a reality. I generally hate wedding ceremonies (they are always the most boring part) but ours was absolutely perfect!! Now I may be a bit biased because it was our own, but we received tons of compliments from family and friends about how touching it was and how much they liked it... more importantly my husband even raved about (and he's usually the indifferent easy going type lol).
I would most certainly recommend Celia to any couple from any walk of life. She is incredibly flexible and has so much experience. If you know exactly what you want she can make it happen. If you are like we were and had pretty much no idea then she can help by giving you endless examples from different ceremonies she's done. We simply cannot say enough good things about her :)
Thanks again Celia!!
Meeting Celia Milton was "heaven sent". My fiance & I enjoyed her compassion, her wit & humor & her sense of appropriateness. She listened to us and wrote our commitment vows as though we were speaking them. Jim & I would love to know that Celia has performed her magic at your wedding or commitment ceremony.
Celia was very friendly and wrote the most amazing and beautiful ceremony for us. She incorporated our love story and interests, as well as, beautiful readings. Our guests loved Celia and our ceremony. I would absolutely recommend Celia Milton to future brides.
I found Celia on Wedding Wire and her feedback was so fantastic I had to see what all the buzz was about. After meeting with her she said, ok so you'll get back to me right? There was nothing to think about, we hired her right on the spot. From start to finish she was a pleasure and the response from our guests was amazing. They felt so personally connected to our love story and most who didn't know how we met or the road we took to this specific destination in life said it felt good to be a part of it all. Her attentiveness to detail and experience are priceless!
OH how we loved Celia. Celia came with a ton of original ideas that our friends and family have never seen at a wedding before. Some of these included a chocolate sharing, water wishing, sand ceremony and much more. The ceremony was amazing and our friends and family loved it.
Communicating with Celia was great. She was very responsive and got back to use even sometimes at midnight! We got to review everything that was said at our ceremony and we had 100% input as to what it said. I wouldn't have it any other way. I would strongly recommend Celia, she was truly amazing. We had a great vibe with her from day 1!
Celia gave my husband and I the gift of the most perfect ceremony. She is a true talent in the art of seeing love in other couples and manifesting that into a ceremony that every single one of my guests personally told me how beautiful it was. Her responsiveness and professionalism are incomparable. She handcrafted the story of our lives together with delicacy, humor and copious amounts of love. Celia is the best in what she does. The ceremony was the highlight of the day for my husband and I. If you are looking for a minister who will make you and all your guests laugh and cry with joy; she is your woman. I cannot thank her enough for making our wedding day flawless. Plus, she has the greatest laugh I have ever heard; contagious and warm.
Celia gave us the wedding of our dreams. Her ceremony was personal, meaningful, and fun. We were 100% satisfied with her prompt services from arriving early, to filing our marriage certificate while we were on our honeymoon. You will certainly be drawn to her good nature and warm heart.
Celia was an amazing, amazing addition to our wedding. We had her perform our civil ceremony and we have never met someone so upbeat, so positive, so creative, and SO GOOD at what she does! From the minute we had our first phone conversation, you could get the sense that this was a person who had such passion and energy that she would do anything and everything to ensure that your biggest day was as special as it could be. We have had NUMEROUS couples that loved the quotations she compiled for us to use in our programs and our families that were a part of our civil ceremony were blown away by her professionalism, her gentleness, and the way she carried herself. She has an amazing sense of humor, her ability to bridge a ceremony across all religions, all cultures, and all types of personalities is truly a talent that you don’t come by very often. Her costs were unbelievably reasonable and she was more flexible than I could have imagined! Dealing with soon to be married couples has GOT to be a constant state of stress and looking at Celia, you could never, ever even tell a feather was ruffled. I would use her again in a heartbeat and recommend that if you have the ability to use her talent, do so and you and your spouse, family, and friends will love it!!!
We can't thank Celia enough for what a wonderful job she did with our ceremony. It was exactly what we had hoped for- super personal & full of love. So many of our guests told us it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever witnessed! All her positive reviews on wedding wire really rang true- we would absolutely recommend her to other couples :)
Celia Milton made our wedding unique and memorable- we received so many compliments on our ceremony! I highly recommend her- she's imaginative, friendly, and open-minded. She was the best part of our special day!
Celia was the glue that made our wedding perfect. She was so helpful and calming at what can be a stressful time. Her experience helped us make certain decisions and we loved her personal touch in writing the ceremony. We were complemented by EVERYONE at how special the ceremony was.
When we approached Celia, we had no vision for our ceremony, but we knew wanted something unconventional, personal and special. Celia spent time getting to know us. She seemed to understand who are are, what we valued and what we hoped for. With her insights and keen intuition, she helped us to shape the ceremony that was exactly perfect for us.
Not only did we think it was just right, everyone else commented about how beautiful our cermony was. Celia had everyone laughing, hugging and crying. It was wonderful!!!
Celia was open to our ideas, yet helpful in structuring the ceremony. She was funny, kind, and friendly from the start; which made this seemingly stressful part of our wedding celebration not stressful at all.
Celia made great suggestions and made the ceremony about us--myself and my husband. Our guests loved hearing about us, and told us that our ceremony was truly unique and enjoyable, and not too long! :D
We were recommended Celia by a friend, and we would recommend her to others as well.
Celia was great from the beginning to the end. She was always responsive. She made our ceremony absoulutely beautiful. All our guests raved about our ceremony and it brought happy tears to their eyes. The ceremony was personable, touching, unique and different.
Celia Milton exceeded our expectations! Our ceremony was so beautiful and so personal, it will be something we (and everyone who attended) will never forget. People are still talking about how unique and special it was. I am so happy Celia was recommended to me. From the moment I spoke to her on the phone, I knew she was great! If you want a ceremony that is memorable and special and perfect, then she is the one for the job!
Celia was excellent! She took all the things that we wanted and really crafted them into a beautiful and memorable ceremony! Many of the guests complement us on how personal the ceremony was! We are so glad that we went with Celia!
There is no one like Celia out there. She makes you feel like she's known you for forever and you're the best of friends! She had coffee with us on our first meeting and shared stories from past weddings and ideas for ours and LISTENED to us and our story. She wanted to know our story and why we loved each other. Our ceremony was personal and beautiful. We still (7 months later) receive compliments about our beautiful ceremony. We would HIGHLY recommend Celia!
Celia Milton was the officiant for our wedding on 7/30/10. She did a very personalized ceremony which was sentimental, thoughtful, funny and most importantly memorable. Even the "tough guys" in the crowd had tears in their eyes, but the serious parts were very well balanced with the humorous ones which was very important to us. Celia also let's you customize it and really works with you to get a final draft that works for everyone. We were EXTREMELY happy with her and got many compliments from our guests on the ceremony thanks to Celia. I highly recommend her!
From start to finish Celia was a breath of fresh air. I am a very busy person in general, as most of us are, and I was an even busier bride. I never felt stressed out when I spoke to Celia, she related to me, and always assured me what I was going through was part of the whole wedding process. Celia came highly recommended from a friend of mine and I had the pleasure of watching her officiate at their wedding. Our wedding was July 24, 2010 and I am still receiving compliments about our beautiful ceremony. Most people who attended the ceremony did not know the story of how my husband and I met. They certainly left feeling that much closer to us. Celia had a vibrant personality, fantastic way with words and a true appreciation for the celebration of true love. Celia is responsive by both phone and e-mail and we never doubted the job she did would be fantastic. Celia exceeded our expectations and delivered a perfect ceremony, exactly the way we hoped. Celia will always have a very special place in our hearts. We highly recommend Celia for any wedding, vow renewal, etc. You will not regret choosing her!
Celia was wonderful to work with. From the first day we spoke on the phone, I knew she was the right Officiant for our wedding. She had such excitement when listening to me share my ideas for the wedding. I could tell she really loves to work with people and she really loves what she does. She was also so professional and so helpful. My husband and I were totally lost when it came to starting to plan the ceremony. We knew how we wanted our ceremony to feel, but we didn't know which readings to chose. Celia provided us with a folder of sample readings and ceremonies and even a list of wedding movies to help get us started. She found the perfect readings to match our relationship and the mood of the day. So many people complimented me after the wedding saying how awesome Celia was and that it was the best ceremony they have ever been to. Her passion and hardwork doesn't stop there. She makes sure you are prepared by providing you with all the information you need after the wedding to obtain your marriage license and change your last name. We are so happy we chose Celia Milton to be our Officiant!
Celia is the best! She made our wedding ceremony so amazingly special, and so personal. We have had requests, from several our guests, for copies of the ceremony as everyone enjoyed it so much! Celia really took the time to make the ceremony all about us. And even after the wedding she has been in touch with us with helpful tips and checklists, which we very much appreciate. We are extremely happy that we found Celia, and that she was available to do the ceremony. We would highly recommend her to anyone getting married.
Celia was amazing. She was so thorough and professional. She took our questionnaires and made it into a beautiful ceremony, exactly how we wanted it. She helped us through every aspect of getting the marriage license and preparing us for all the things we would need to do after the wedding was done. She is priced very well and worth every penny! Everyone was telling us afterwards how lovely the ceremony was.
Celia- Thank you so much for helping us create such a beautiful ceremony that truly reflected who we are as a couple!!! You took the time to personally meet with us, spent numerous hours on the telephone and was so fantastically quick replying to emails we sent. Our guests could not stop telling us how memorable our ceremony was. Aidan, our son, was so anxious to have his moment up there with us and you wrote the most beautiful words for him. I will absolutely be recommending you to any brides-to-be I run across. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!
Celia was everything we could have asked for in a celebrant! The ceremony was incredibly important to us, after all it is the bit that actually makes you married, and we really wanted to make it something that we would remember and that truly reflected us. We were travelling from the UK to get married in NYC and so all arrangements had to be made from afar. We spoke to several different officiants before making our decision, but Celia stood out from the start as we really clicked with her. She was friendly, bubbly and it felt like she was genuinely interested in us as a couple. Dealing with her remotely was no problem at all and even though we couldn't meet until the ceremony itself it felt as we'd known her for ages thanks to the frequent communication we'd had. Celia was very flexible in her approach and her writing was beautiful and really did capture us entirely. All our guests were extremely complimentary on what a great job Celia did and we agree. Professional, fun, superb speaker and a joy to work with. Thanks Celia! If we ever get married again, you'll be first on our list! :-D
Celia was a joy to work with! She is very open to any ideas you have in mind and brings original ideas to the table.
My wife was referred to Celia through a friend and the response Celia sent my wife, almost immediately, raised my eyebrows! Ease of access via email or phone. Questions were answered promptly--and this was just making an official date/appointment! Her presence was known at our ceremony and she has a comforting aura and personality. Very good speaker, excellent pitch and tone with emphasis on the bride and grooms vows. I know I will not be needing ANOTHER ceremony, but, if someone were searching for an officiant, CELIA MILTON is the way to go!!!!
As an attorney I always research, research, research before making a decision. When I was "shopping" around for an officiant, I found it overwhelming. There are so many who offer this service! My now-husband and I felt that the ceremony is indeed THE most important part of the wedding because it creates feelings that will lead into the reception. That will determine how the guests feel. So, we lined up a few people and the search began. Celia was THE absolute most responsive officiant we reached out to. Not only did we communicate via email immediately, but also by telephone. She did not hesitate to offer an in person consultation. We met halfway and that was when I knew she was the one for us. As we chatted during that meeting, I listened to her tone of voice, how she formed her sentences, the words she used, and even her body language while speaking. To be honest, she was on the pricier side of officiants I found, but for my ceremony I wanted the Mercedes and the Harvard/Yale/Princeton model. This is precisely what we got from Celia. Throughout the process she was the ultimate professional. No judgment, no criticism, no ego attached to the ceremony. The ceremony was eloquent, fluid, and beautifully delivered. Our guests, mostly lawyers who are not prone to romantic sentiments and emotional outbursts, were literally in tears because of how touching the ceremony was. Even our photographers who have seen hundreds and thousands of ceremonies were moved by not only the words but by how Celia delivered the words. Everybody was in the moment with us because of her and we really and truly could not thank her enough for making that part of our day so memorable. Our recommendation for every couple is to find Celia, hire Celia, and you will end up thanking Celia.
I was able to book my ceremony very quickly and easily. We wanted a very simple ceremony & Celia was able to customize our ceremony just as we wanted it so that everything went smoothly. She also suggested the sand ceremony which I loved. It was a pleasure working with Celia!
Celia did a fabulous job writing our ceremony. She was well prepared and always took our needs and wants into consideration. Celia was friendly and our ceremony truly expressed that she loves what she does and puts a lot of thought and effort into. Our guests all raved about the ceremony and Celia herself and she really made our day so much more special. Thanks Celia for the beautiful ceremony!
Celia Milton wrote and delivered a beautiful ceremony for our wedding day. It was completely personalized to our style and personalities. Celia picked readings and passages that were perfect for us. We made a few edits back and forth and it was perfect! She speaks well and is easy to work with. We received MANY compliments from our guests on how beautiful and articulate the ceremony was. We had a less traditional ceremony and the audience enjoyed learning about how we met and how our relationship developed up to our wedding day.
Words cannot describe what a beautiful ceremony Celia created for us. She captured both the joy and humor of the day. Our initial meeting was wonderful, and we knew right away that we would be a good fit for each other. Once we decided to hire her, Celia gave us a questionnaire to complete, so that she could get to know us even better. This had in-depth questions about how we met, fell in love, etc.
She then created a ceremony that was perfectly suited to both of our personalities. We wanted something spiritual, yet also fun - a ceremony that would reflect what we are really about as a couple. She began by telling the story of how we met and fell in love, something you don't often hear in a "traditional" ceremony. Her suggested readings fit us to a T. During the vow/ring ceremony, she suggested that we pass the rings amongst the guests. This was a beautiful idea, and we loved it. She also customized a wine ceremony for us, by incorporating a cultural tradition from Germany.
We had numerous phone conversations in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, and she helped to calm any of the nervousness that we had. Her joyous personality is absolutely infectious!
So many people complimented us on the ceremony that Celia created, saying how beautiful and personal it was. We found Celia quite by accident during a web search, and feel truly blessed that we were able to connect. We are so happy that Celia was a part of our day, and are grateful for the beautiful memories that she helped us create.
I do not know of any words in existence that can express my happiness with Celia! She was such a great person, friend, advisor throughout my entire wedding planning. I feel like I should film an infomercial for her that could run all day long on every channel. Celia listened carefully, advised wisely and calmed me immediately. She is flexible, reliable, fun, energetic, understanding, smart, witty and just all around fabulous! Our wedding included our 5 children between ages 6 - 11 and Celia was so laid back, and totally understood the importance of including our children in our ceremony. I received countless compliments on our ceremony. One common question, was if I had been friends with Celia before our wedding. We didn't know one another until I was planning my wedding! That is a true testament to how warm and engaging our ceremony was. I cannot thank Celia enough for giving us such a wonderful beginning to our lives together.
Vendor response to review
Thank you so much, Nicole and Michael; your wedding was truly an experience for me, and I feel so lucky to have been part of it. Your humor and ease was so evident in the ceremony and reception, and it will serve you well through life!
We had interviewed several Officiants before finding Celia, and no one came even close to her warmth and attention to detail. There are truly no words to describe just how wonderful she really is, but as this is a review I will do my best!
Right from the start, she was made us feel so comfortable and calm. And don't be fooled by her title - while she is an Officiant, she reached out to us several times to be sure that we knew she was there to help in any way she could.
Our ceremony was both funny and romantic. Our friends and family are still complimenting us on it. One person had said they loved it so much they wish they could go back and do their own wedding ceremony over!
Celia made our ceremony a story about us and our relationship, while simultaneously making our guests a part of the celebration and not "audience members". We could not have asked for anything more.
Thank you for making our day so wonderful Celia! We couldn't have imagined it without you.
Mike & Michele
Vendor response to review
You were just SO FUN! Loved your handwritten vows, and the lolli-pop wedding rings! I know you are headed for a life full of laughs and love, a great combo!
Celia is worth every penny- she has a special talent that I have yet to see in any other officiants- she really personalized our ceremony and made it spectacular. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been telling me how special it was and how they loved that our animals were included. I am so happy we decided to use her as our celebrant- her positive energy and creative style created the exact vibe we were searching for. I can’t thank her enough. If you are looking to add that “wow” factor to your ceremony- hire Celia. She is truly amazing.
Celia Milton was a great Celebrant. She helped with and answered any questions that I had. She preformed an amazing ceremony. Every could not stop talking about how beautiful it was. I would seriously recomend her to anyone.
Vendor response to review
thank you so much Jami! Your wedding was so heartfelt and family oriented; it was really a joy to meet everyone and help you celebrate such an important milestone. All my best wishes to you for your exciting future!
Celia was a pleasure to work with. It really seemed like she was a good friend doing a favor for us to create our perfect ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was truly memorable and our guests kept complimenting on how unique and personable it was and that Celia delivered the ceremony with such charisma and genuiness that it was like she knew us for years. We highly recommend her!
Celia played a huge role in making our wedding ceremony an unforgettable moment in our lives. She was a great pleasure to speak and work with, and she happily customized our ceremony specifically to our needs. Our guests had the nicest things to say about the unique ceremony that Celia developed for our special day. We are forever grateful!
- May Upiya
Celia Milton, Celebrant was great to work with. She was incredibly friendly, insightful, and delivered an absolutely perfect ceremony without meeting us in person before the big day! As my husband and I live in London, but got married in New Jersey, it was imperative to have an officiant with whom we could communicate easily over phone and email. Celia was very accessible, and she was very amenable to changes/accommodations to our plans. We had fun working on the ceremony, and it truly was the most memorable part of our wedding day. So many of our guests have commented on how wonderful, personal, and fun it was...and we agree!
We highly recommend Celia and at least one of our newly engaged guests got her contact information to begin their ceremony journey.
Thanks, Celia, for helping us make our day the perfect day that it was!
Vendor response to review
thank YOU!! Perhaps the best part of my 'job' is meeting so many fascinating people and hearing the amazing stories of their partnerships. You and Rami truly qualify and I thank you again!
We were thoroughly please with the work of Celia Milton. She helped make our special day a complete success. We will recommend her services to any and all of our friends in the future. Thank you for helping us to create such a magical moment for us.
Having Celia perform our wedding was one of the best decisions we made. My fiance and I waited 13 years to get married and it was definately worth the wait. Our guest have not stopped talking about the ceremony and I can't begin to tell you how many people have asked for the contact information....many have even mentioned renewing their vows so as to use Celia. The best, the absolute best!!!!!
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Thank you; what fun to work with you and to see Chris and Chris, your photographers again! I can't wait to see your pix! (Hint hint.....)
Celia Milton was fantastic! She is extremely personable and down to earth, she listened to everything we wanted (and didn't want) and wrote a beautiful and personal wedding ceremony. All of our guests loved her and we receive tons of compliments! She is punctual and reliable and really very sweet!
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Thank you so much! You had one of the more memorable ceremonies, and it was a wonderful start to the year! All my best wishes for a never ending string of surprises!
Celia was amazing and so helpful for our wedding! She met with us many times via in person, telephone and email. She was willing to work with anything we wanted and had the best suggestions that we NEVER would have been able to come up with on our own. She was comforting, smart, funny and brilliant. I'm so happy that we found her and that she was available! Everyone at our wedding raved about her!
~Wendy and Joe
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What a great photo! Thank you Wendy; you and Joe were so fun to work with, so creative,(the only couple to date who have used Depeche Mode as a recessional!) and so easy going it was a real treat. Thank you!
Celia Milton was just fabulous! Working with her to create the perfect ceremony for our wedding was personal and fun. She knew just which questions to ask to make the ceremony reflect our personalities and to take on the tone we envisioned. People both laughed and cried and were reminded of the importance of love - exactly what we wanted for our wedding. After the wedding, many of our guests commented that our ceremony was the best, most personal one they had ever been to.
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Well, yous twos had such an great love story that it was easy to write about you! Thanks so much!
Celia Milton performed my Civil Union on January 1st, 2009. She was great. My wife and I were very nervous and had millions of questions. We e-mailed Celia and called her a million and one times with questions, concerns, changes etc. Celia was very helpful and understanding with everything. She made sure she made the ceremony the way we wanted it. Celia is a wonderful women to work with. She tells you what she thinks will work or sound good but she is open to anything you want to do or say.
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Thank you so much! It was so wonderful to be part of your celebration. All my best wishes for a happy, exciting life together...
Celia Milton, Celebrant appreciates your review.
Excellent- very personable, professional, knowledgable.
No complaints. Everyone at our wedding had such wonderful things to say about Celia, in fact 2 people asked for her number so she can do there weddings-
I chose Celia Milton after viewing her personal website online. After our first conversation, I knew she was the right person for our celebration. She was warm, funny, and was open to whatever we wanted...to make us happy. She sent me some examples of vows/renewals, and we worked together to come up with a beautiful ceremony...one which received lots of compliments during our event night. I would definately recommend Ms. Milton; you won't be disappointed.
Celia wrote us a beautiful personalized ceremony. She is wonderful to work with and I highly recommend using Celia Milton. She is a pleasure to work with and is full of creativity!!
Thank you Celia, for making our ceremony so special!!
It doesn't get any better than Celia. She is friendly, witty, fun, and she is a consummate professional. I absolutely adore her and have even remained in contact since the wedding! Celia brought just the right note to our ceremony. She is always available to talk over any questions or issues and is a great resource for good ideas. I cannot recommend her highly enough!
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Thank YOU! It was so much fun to work on your wedding, and I appreciate your kind words!
I can't thank you enough for helping us make our wedding day exactly what I wanted it to be! That was avoiding pomp and circumstance and ostentatious display....rather communicating the sincerity, spirituality and deep emotional feeling we have for this union. And in YOUR own unique way, you were able to interpose warmth and humor into this all important ceremony.
Two days later, I can assuredly say that "celebrant" was the one and only way to go for us.
Thank you too for the handfasting cords you left with us. After everyone left, I saw just how much work you put into each one; the darling locket, the beads! Maybe I can slide a morsel of wedding cake into that locket to keep!
We are sending our our wedding announcements in a week or so, and you are mentioned in there!
Celia, we cannot thank you enough for the beautiful ceremony you created for us. We both agree that it was, hands down, the best part of our wedding day. Derek and I still get emotional thinking about it, and so many guests commented on howe much they loved it. I think they also enjoyed hearing our story; both those who knew it already, and those who were hearing it for the first time. Many family members and friends are used to "church" weddings, so I think gthey were surprised at how lovely and meaningful our choice of ceremony was...probably even more so than the the traditions that they are accustomed to! I know I will thank you more profusely by phone, and probably in several more emails, but until then, please know that you are so talented at what you do and brought a unique quality to the most meaningful ritual of our lives. Everyone remarked that they could tell you definitely love what you do!
Talk to you soon,
Vacation?? Who remembers! Everything went so fast!
We could not begin to thank you enough. You did a perfect job and everyone who was there cannot stop talking about it! We recently got the photos back and they are fabulous.
Again, thank you. I knew the moment we met you that you would be the perfect person to help us celebrate our special day,
Joe and Chris 06/07
Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you wrote for our son and new daughter in law, Jay and Ali. You took so much extra time and effort, and you really "got" them! I love tha part about "just driving to work is an event"! That was perfect. Life is truly all about the little things.
Once again, thank you for making this day so wonderful,
Barbara and Bill 10/08
Hello from Athens.. :O)
We both wanted to thank you for a most memorable & beautiful ceremony. Even the heavens held out for us... we both are so blessed and lucky in love & life.. and we thank you for making the "binding" that will keep us together.... forever.... Although many of my family members are quite religious.. you should be proud to know that even my most devout grandmother was moved.. and confirmed that our ceremony was one she would never forget. Nicole and Jim
Wow! Debbie was right! You were great!!! Everyone was soooo impressed by your ceremony. My friends got such a kick out the fact that you talked about our crazy nightclub lifestyle. They all had a big laugh. In all honesty, your ceremony was the one thing that left the biggest impression on my guests! They kept coming up to me telling me all night telling me what a great job you did!!! I can't thank you enough. I truly enjoyed working with you. I'm sending out a check to you today. Thanks!!!!!! Melanie
Our wedding was AMAZING!! THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!!!!!! EVERYONE kept saying how great
you were and how wonderful the whole ceremony was! A lot of people wished you had stayed :)
We're getting together with the photographer next weekend, so we'll have lots of pics to share! we'll
send you some as soon as we get 'em!
THANK YOU AGAIN...SO MUCH!!
-Kris & Ashley 10/06
Our words cannot adequately express our gratitude and appreciation for the magical work that you do. Thank you for making our ceremony so special and meaningful; not only for us, but for all our family and friends,
B and R August 2008
Thank you so much!!! The ceremony was beautiful. Family and friends were commenting about how lovely the ceremony was. They really, really enjoyed it. They wanted to hear more funny stories about our dating episodes! Nice touch! One of my girlfriends is getting married next year, and she really liked your work, so you should be hearing from her soon.
Thank you again for such a memorable ceremony. All that planning goes by so fast! In one night! It is hard to believe, it is really surreal!
Happy Holidays!!! You will always be remembered, you have a beautiful career!
J and T, 10/2008
Thank you so much for the beautiful ceremony you performed. I have to tell you that the feedback we got back right afterwards was overwhelming. Our friends and family said that they have never been to a ceremony that was so beautiful and personalized. Some of our friends said that they were "even listening" since most people can't wait for a ceremony to be over. But they all said how moving it was. We are putting the readings into our photo album and will think of you always. If anyone else we know is getting married, we will absolutely give them your name.
Sincerely, Joanna and Bill
Celia officiated a wedding here at Knoll Country Club West, aka Castle on the Hill, Saturday Evening April 6, 2013 and truly personalized the ceremony to the Bride and Groom! I personally felt that all appreciated the service performed by Celia! I would recommed her as a wedding officiant!
We have know Celia for many years and can tell you that her commitment to her craft is outstanding- a real pro ! She is friendly and will be open to your suggestions. Whether your life style fits inside the box or is way outside the box, you will be satisfied with Celia. We have never been dissatisfied with her services.
Celia is the Pro we all look up to. Always helpful when a question arises and very serious about fulfilling the wants of the Bride and Groom. If she is near you I highly recommend her services.
Reverend Larry Edwards
Awedlar Wedding Officiaint...
I have worked with Celia Milton several times with my clients and they absolutely loved working with her. She is a true professional, highly organized, responsible and takes her profession very serious. My clients appreciate her down to earth, sincere and warm personality. She really got to know each of my couples lives in such detail, therefore creating a complete custom ceremony that was truly unique to the pair of them. I look forward to working with her in the future! Jennifer of Metro Party Planners.
Celia is the greatest! A fun, sensitive and interesting woman who takes the time to know, really know, her clients. She always wants to work with them to create a ceremony experience that is fun, meaningful and personalized. After hundreds of weddings, you can count on her to present any blend of religious or spiritual traditions in a seamless and flowing style, never forgetting that getting married is supposed to be a joyous occasion. You can learn more about her approach, and her unique personality at her website.
Celia Milton, Celebrant is TOP at what she does! She and her Officiants are caring, and compassionate, lighthearted and serious all at same time. Her ceremonies are meaningful but not stuffy ~ a difficult combination to find! AND she will include your four legged friends in your day as well. For couples in the NJ and NY area, Celia is THE ONE you want to tend to the only necessary part of your day!
Having worked with Celia has been a real pleasure !!! We have witness the beauty of her ceremonies... We highly recommend her !!!
Ive interacted with Celia Milton through the social network of wedding vendors. She is very well respected in the online community, and her knowledge with vendors makes her a great vendor to network with.
Celia Milton is an intelligent, artistic and experienced professional wedding officiant with a warm smile. She works closely with couples to customize the perfect wedding ceremony, paying great attention to the details. She is clearly enthusiastic about her work, and we recommend her to our clients.
I love doing weddings where Celia Milton is the officiant because I know it will be personable, loving and funny. Her experience, level of integrity and wit makes her one of the top officiants I recommend.
Celia Milton is a wonderful and open minded officiant who can help you create the ceremony of your dreams. Always creative, completely professional, and a delight to work with. I highly recommend her for your wedding in the New Jersey area.
Here is a vendor, I prefer to say a Lady, that needs no endorsement, but I wanted to include mine anyway. This vendor has lots of experience, ideas and recommendations to help with any wedding occasion, and can uniquely match your wedding dreams to a setting that will delight you. We look forward to working with Celia and her associates when we plan our next cruise wedding in her area. Celia comes with a long list of client referrals and customer endorsements, thus she certainly does not need mine - however, I wanted to go on record stating that we truly cannot wait to send any of our clients to her because we know they will be in the best of hands. You should definitely contact this lady for your wedding plans in her area.
I've have known Celia for over a year, and we share professional information on a regular basis. Her knowledge and writing talent are unsurpassed. She has a real love of what she does, and it shows in her work. When I have a couple requesting services in her area, I always refer her!! For couples who want a ceremony truly reflecting them rather than a hollow ritual, she is the only choice! (She also has an infectious laugh and a love of all things canine.)
Celia is a joy to work with. It's obvious that she cares about her clients - you can see it in her smile throughout the ceremony. I would recommend her to any of my brides and grooms :)
Celia Milton is wonderful to work with. She has married many of our couples at the Graycliff.
Celia is a dynamic and lovely individual. She is most efficient in response to requests and planning details for ceremonies. She is well connected with other officiants if she is not available for your wedding day and this is quite valuable! A really nice person, fun person and responsible person - you can't ask for more!
Celia and I have shared a number of clients together. They have all said that they made a connection and were comfortable with choosing her. Nothing but great vibes from Celia! I'm looking forward to working with her again.
Celia's work as an officiant is outstanding. She's knows all of her couples well and is able to create the ceremony that matches them personally. There's nothing cookie-cutter about Celia Milton. I would recommend her any chance I had.
I highly recommend Celia to all of my clients! Celia creates ceremonies that are not only touching, humorous, and beautifully written, but a true reflection of the couple. I look forward to working with Celia again.
I had the opportunity to work with Celia. I am a wedding Dj and was providing the music for the ceremony. Celia was amazing from the beginning. She is a truly gifted celebrant. She was punctual, professional and personable. Over the past 13 years I have had the opportunity to work with a lot of celebrants. Celia is amazing and stands out among the rest. I would highly recommend Celia to anyone.
I've had the pleasure of knowing and working with Celia for 20+ years. She is my very first choice when recommending someone to officiate at a wedding. Her ceremonies have a warmth to them that comes from her sincere wish to know and convey who the couple is. She is also one of the easiest people I know to work with.
Celia is absolutely amazing. She was our wedding officiant when we married in 2009! Her work ethic is true and her personality is always a pleasure. Celia works hard to bring out each and individual couple's personality and love through the ceremony script she prepares. Considering Celia for the job? We highly recommend her!
Celia Milton should be you’re only thought when you think about the special ceremony that you have always dreamed of, one that would blend your family tradition or ritual with innovative ideas and personal touches!!
Celia and her over 20 years of party planning and design can also aid in helping make your special day one that family and friends will remember for years to come.
Simply the best!!
Two words, simply put .. The best!
There is never a hesitation for me to refer clients to Celia as a potential wedding officiant for them. Celia is experienced, talented, adaptable, conscientious, and creative. Beyone that, she really cares about each couple that she marries. Over the years I have heard such wonderful stories from her about weddings she has done...stories filled with respect, reverence, and, of course, humor.
As wedding DJs, we get to see a wide array of wedding officiants - some good, some not so much. If your looking for someone who can deliver a postive message, tell a great story and keep your guests attention, call Ceilia. you wont be dissapointed!
Celia brings a personalization and life to what many would call the "most boring" part of a wedding, when it should honestly be the MOST celebrated! She has a true passion for joining couples in marriage and captures the guests attention like no other, bringing many to tears with her flair, professionalism and clarity. Celia is a true asset to the wedding industry and any couple lucky enough to have her officiate their ceremony is truly blessed.
Since I am already married, when the time comes to renew my wedding vows . . . Celia is the only one I would consider! She is a creative genius when it comes to working with couples and helping them share the feelings they have in their hearts for each other but cannot find the words to express. Celia is the ultimate professional and I trust her with any client she guides as they prepare for one of the most important days of their lives. You are a gift!
Though I have never had the pleasure to work directly with Celia, I have gotten to know her through Wedding Wire and personal conversation. She is always Professional in her comments, amazingly Creative, and hilariously Witty. As a full-time Celebrant, Celia will create your ceremony to entertain as well as solemnize. I just know it will be an amazing experience for both you and your guests, to have a ceremony written and performed by Celia. Be prepared to laugh and cry with the joy and love Celia will bring into the open for all to enjoy!
I've been working with Celia for quite some time now. She has a wonderful personality for what she does. Very refreshing and pleasant. She'll customize everything and make it very personal and special. We worked together on a wedding this past weekend at Florentine Gardens. She did a chocolate sharing ceremony! How great is that? Give Celia a call!
Celia is a constant contributer on wedding information boards, with a ton of knowledge. I've read her blogs with great interest, and incorporate her articles on my own web site. She is a wealth of information, and a true professional. Any couple would be blessed to have Celia as their Celebrant!
Celia is an amazing wedding officiant she take the time to get to know clients and personalize their service. Her service brought a lot of guest to tears and I was truly moved. I would highly recommend her!
I've photographed weddings that Celia has witness and I must say she does it like no other. She makes the service so personal that you would think she knew the bride and groom their whole lives. When needing a civil servant Celia is the way to go.
Celia will take the time to get to know you as a couple and customize your service to make your special day very memorable. She's very friendly and personable also.
Celia is by far the customized wedding celebrant expert. Her ceremonies are personal and genuine and have a certain unique quality to them that makes them memorable and emotional.
You've said, "I will!" Now, how will you say, "I do"?
With all the style, humor and personality that makes you, well, you!
"Congratulations" is often the first word that follows, "We’re getting married!" Usually, the next ones are, "Tell us about
the ceremony!" Panic follows; you're certainly not boring and predictable; how do you make sure your wedding ceremony won't be that way?
The ceremony may seem like the most confusing piece of the puzzle. Of course, you want a ceremony that will mark your important commitment, but a traditional church setting may not be appropriate for you. You need an officiant who can help you create a ceremony that is spiritual and inspiring, without language or symbolism that restrictive or cliche.
And that is exactly what we can do together! As a Civil Celebrant, I've been uniquely trained to blend tradition, innovation, and ritual for the couple that wants an imaginative and personal wedding ceremony. You can truly have the celebration that you have dreamed about without compromising your personal beliefs or style! Your ceremony might be the first one your guests have ever listened to!
Who am I?
Honestly, it's not about me, but it is about us, so here goes! I bring a unique blend of talents to my work as a Celebrant. As an event planner, I have helped to orchestrate weddings and commitment ceremonies for over 20 year. As a motivational speaker, I create an atmosphere of excitement, of introspection and discovery. As a writer, I draw on a rich variety of traditional and contemporary resources, blending the inspiring and the significant with the humorous.
I have the best job in the world! I help my couples express themselves in ways that are truly meaningful to their families and friends. It is a wonderful way to start your journey as wedded partners in life!
- about including children, pets, relatives or other special guests in your ceremony.
- about including traditions from your backgrounds or creating new ones.
- about readings, music and art that you love.
- about celebrating milestone anniversaries and renewal of vow ceremonies.
- about searching for unusual and charismatic sites for your wedding or commitment ceremony.
- about the five other officiants who work with me.
I was raised in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, and have Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. I then studied Spiritual Direction at Fordham University, and completed my training at the Celebrant USA Foundation, in Montclair, NJ. My academic background is wide, and my research varied, but I have no agenda for my couples. Your ceremony is about you; my background simply allows me to find the words, rituals and music that will express you in a way that is joyful and authentic.
My aim is to delight and surprise; to act as the catalyst between you, your unique story, and your guests; to mark the joyous start of your new life together and have that joy renew the lives of the people who share your wedding day.
Can we incorporate ethnic or religious traditions into our ceremony?
Of course. It is your ceremony, and it can have many different elements such as handfastings, sand ceremonies, and unity candles, to name a few. We can honor the people, places and things that are dear to you; the individual passions that make your relationship unique.
What on earth is this going to cost!!
Breathe in, breathe out, repeat as necessary. This is a day that is so important, and the ceremony is the heart of the celebration. The ceremony should be interesting, funny, inspiring, and touching. It is your gift to the people who have come to support you on the new path of marriage. My fee reflects my professionalism; not only in the careful writing of your ceremony, but in the unfolding of the wedding day.
First, we will meet and talk about your history as a couple, your life together, and your ideas for the ceremony. Together we will pick readings, poetry, music that reflect your distinctive style and personality. You will receive a full script of your ceremony at least a week ahead of time, and we will edit it so it is completely comfortable for you.
On the day of your wedding, I will arrive early enough to brief your photographers, musicians, wedding planners and site staff on the details of your ceremony. They will all know exactly what to expect so that they can produce their best work. If you have friends or family that will be reading, I will work with them so they are calm and prepared. If you have flower girls or ring bearers, I’ll go over their roles along with your attendants and their parents. If you have a flower dog, I’ll bring a Milk Bone and take time to scratch behind the ears. Everyone involved on that day will feel the care you have put into orchestrating the ceremony, and they will be able to relax and enjoy their gift of participation.
What a great way to have the officiant you want (oh, that would be me, lol!) at a price that could be, well...