Clergy on Call ministries
I worried about finding a good officiant because neither my fiancé nor I had a pastor we knew personally so we worried about handing off this very important duty to a stranger. We put this task off for moths, and then we found Pastor Bill and we are so glad that he officiated our wedding on October 6th. Pastor Bill did a great job from beginning to end. His delivery was very warm and calm and above all the ceremony was extremely personal. One of the main reasons for this is that he took the time to meet with us beforehand to talk about love and marriage and how our own story could be worked into a ceremony. I couldn't have imagined a better, more personal or more well run ceremony. We had a really fun reception but most of our compliments came about how special the ceremony was. Thank you Pastor Bill!! If you are looking for an officiant, look no further....
Bill Britton was amazing. He is personable, friendly and extremely relevant for today's brides/grooms. Our ceremony was amazing. Even my in laws who really wanted us to get married in a church were RAVING about what a great ceremony we had. Pastor Bill Britton really makes your day special and he is even the star of our wedding recap video.
Definitely book Pastor Bill, you will be beyond happy you did :)
Our wedding ceremony went perfect and we owe this all to Pastor Bill. Pastor Bill did an excellent job, he helped us feel comfortable and kept the ceremony beautiful. Our guests were raving how flawless the ceremony was and how unique our vows were. They also loved that Pastor Bill helped introduce a little humor into our ceremony, as both my wife and I had been dating for 15 years prior to tying the knot. Thanks again for everything, we highly recommend Pastor Bill!
Rev.William Britton was definately the right choice for me when i was looking online for a minister.I found him to be very fast responding to my phone calls and e-mails and found out other info i needed for my wedding where i was planning from so far away..even recommended a great photographer for me to use..he made our day so perfect and memorable..If you are looking for a officiant to marry you,Rev William Britton is a man that would not steer you wrong..Thanks again for making our special day so perfect!
I wish I could give higher ratings for Pastor Bill's responsiveness, professionalism and flexibility.
Left without a wedding officiant three weeks before the wedding, I scrambled to find someone and Pastor Bill's name came up several times under "recommended" or "best of".
I assumed he would be good but I didn't know what to expect until my fiance and I met him. He was friendly, funny, a good listener, open-minded and very patient. He seemed to "get us" right away and we could tell there was a comfortable, positive dynamic in the short meeting we had. Within 10-15 minutes we had decided that he would be the one to officiate us.
Once the decision was made, Pastor Bill made it as seamless as possible for me to do the rest. He handled the paperwork (which was sooo easy to fill out!) send us several examples of customizing our ceremony (which impressed me because I had no idea what we wanted to include and we knew it had to be short and funny), helped me edit my choices down and rehearsed on his own. He was so easy to work with and understood what we were looking for and adapted his style perfectly to suit us.
The ceremony was perfect! It was short (10 minutes), funny and personal and a lot of our guests mentioned that it was one of the best they had been to!
Looking back on my wedding, there are vendors I liked and ones that weren't so great and Pastor Bill stands out as someone who was invaluable to our day.
Pastor Bill was so wonderful to work with and plan our ceremony with! He had wonderful ideas and suggestions to include different people and make our ceremony service a memorable one. We keep getting compliments on the the delivery of the service and how it seemed like we knew Pastor Bill for years! We cannot thank him enough for making our big day all the more special!
Theresa & John
Pastor Bill was very pleasant to work with. When my fiance (now husband) and I met with him the first time, we already knew we wanted him to be our officiant. He was very organized, well-prepared, and knowledgeable. We had a ton of questions regarding our ceremony since we wanted a non-denominational ceremony with some twists from a traditional Catholic wedding. We were able to do that, which made our ceremony unique and memorable. Pastor Bill and I worked on our ceremony templates, details, and contracts all by email, which made everything convenient and simple. He is very professional and punctual, a big plus on my book! Thanks again, Pastor Bill!!! - Liz & Brian
When searching for an officiant we wanted someone who was professional with a great sense of humor. We were lucky enough to find both in Pastor Bill. Pastor Bill was great to work with and tailored the ceremony to fit exactly what we wanted. The day of the wedding he was punctual and executed the ceremony beautifully. We are very happy he was a part of our special day!
Pastor Bill was wonderful! He was able to connect with everyone at our ceremony. We felt very comfortable with him and many people thought he knew both of us for years.
What more can one extremely happy bride and groom say about the caring services of Pastor William Britton. We chose to have a non-denominational ceremony and Pastor Bill fit the bill (sry about that ;)). It started with an initial meeting so we can all come together and decide if this works for all parties involved. Pastor Bill cares about who he marries. Several follow-ups via email or phone was the next order of business. Our ceremony was totally tailored for us. With Pastor Bills help, we were able to formulate a ceremony which Pastor Bill delivered with such grace. His demeanor is calm and peaceful with a great sense of humor. Pastor Bill will be with you from beginning to end. All of our guest had such high praise for Pastor Bill. He is the man you want to deliver your vows before God. EXCEPTIONAL!!!
We recently had Pastor Bill officiate our wedding ceremony and we could not have been happier! He met with us beforehand to ensure he understood us as a couple and what we were envisioning. He worked with us to create the perfect ceremony for our wedding. Many of our guests commented on what a truly meaningful ceremony it was. Pastor Bill was wonderful to work with and we highly recommend him!
The ceremony was wonderful. Rev. Britton endured the winds at the Fire Island Lighthouse like a trooper. He performed a beautiful ceremony and everyone thought we knew him for years!
Capriccio Ensemble has had the pleasure of working with William Britton from "Clergy on Call Ministries" on several occasions. At each ceremony he is smiling at the bride and groom, performs a warm, caring service and is very easy to work with. He is respectful of everyone he comes into contact with which to me is the hallmark of a person with class and dignity. If you contact him please mention that Natalie and CE/Capriccio Ensemble highly recommended him! You can't go wrong by booking Clergy on Call..
Here's what some of my couples have said:
Dear Pastor Bill, Thank you so much for being a part of our special day! From the first time that we met, we were so comfortable with you and we knew that you were a perfect fit for us! We love your orgainized style and your personal touch made our wedding a success! We couldn't have done it without you! All our love, Cynthia and Felix
Dear Pastor Bill, We wanted to thank you so much for the very beautiful and unique ceremony that you performed for us on Friday. Everyone, and we mean everyone, raved about it and how it was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever seen. We were so happy with it. We can't believe the whole day is over already though :( We can't wait to relive the ceremony when we see the video. So thank you again for all your preparation and attention to details. We are so pleased! Amber & Michael
Dear Pastor Bill, Lisa and I recently sat down to watch the DVD of our wedding day at the Oheka Castle, and we realized it has already been four quick and happy months since the wedding. ... The first time I spoke with you about how you conduct a wedding ceremony I knew you would be our officiant. I can remember describing you to Lisa as being organized, experienced, knowledgeable, and great for our ceremony. Of course, after our initial meeting in person, Lisa and I were in agreement that you would be the perfect person to provide the beautiful ceremony we'd desire; and you were. ... I know the two of us were very nervous especially in the moments leading up to the ceremony. I can speak for the both of us in saying that you had a calming effect on the two of us as we each met you at "the altar." We were able to enjoy everything we were experiencing during the ceremony especially the commitment we were promising each other before you. Lisa and I sincerely thank you .... Warm regards, Chris and Lisa
Yes. I am an ordained minister with the regular credentials and seminary training that you would expect from one. I have 20 years of pastoral experience, and I've conducted about 500 weddings.
Do you have testimonies from other couples?
Yes! Besides the few that I've listed on this site, I have bunch on my web site: clergyoncallministries.com
What are your prices?
The cost depends on what you want to do and where the wedding is to be held. I try to work with you to keep things as reasonable as possible.
Choosing An Officiant
Think about it. A wedding officiant can make or break your ceremony. An uncaring or unprofessional officiant can sometimes spoil the whole day. Even so, when it comes to finding an officiant, most couples simply focus on two things:
- Are you available on our date?
- How much is your fee?
If you were buying an iPod that would make sense. All you need to find out when you call around is "Do you have one?" and "How much does it cost?" - but this only works because you know all new iPods are basically the same. Obviously, when you’re talking about people, you just can’t make that assumption!
So, if I may, I would like to suggest a better approach.
Spend some time talking with your prospective officiant.
What kind of chemistry do you have?
Does he or she sound nice? easy to work with?
Does he or she have a pleasant speaking voice?
Is there a photo of the person that you can view - perhaps online?
Is the officiant focused on pleasing you,
or will you be expected to "do as you’re told?"
Does the officiant have any objections to your location,
music plans, desires for pictures or video?, etc.
Is the officiant familiar with Long Island and New York City weddings - with how "things are done around here?"
What experience does this person have,
and can you get references if you want them?
Finally, where is the officiant "coming from" -
not geographically, but ideologically?
I’d like to say one more thing about the issue of price. Try to keep your perspective. Weddings on Long Island and in New York City are amoung the most expensive in the country. If you save $100. on your officiant by compromising, how significant will that be in the overall scheme of things? Will it be worth it? Remember, it’s not like buying an iPod - it’s more like hiring a nanny (think "Mrs. Doubtfire!"). You need to wisely invest some time in the interview process - but in the end, you’ll be glad you did. Not all nannies – or officiants – are created equal!
I hope I can have a part in helping to make your wedding day special and memorable! If that sounds good, please contact me. In any case, I wish you all the best. Pastor Bill Britton (516) 242-3721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.