Rev. Jimmy Smith
Rev Jimmy Smith was the perfect officiant for our wedding. From the minute we met him we knew he would give us the personal ceremony that we wanted. He kept it interesting, light-hearted, personal, and professional. We truly felt like it was "our" wedding, not the cookie-cutter wedding you get from many other officiants. Rev Jimmy responded to every email quickly and answered any questions we had. Everybody has told us how much they enjoyed his service and we've already recommended him to our friends!
Reverend Jimmy Smith officiated my wedding on April 20, 2013 at The Oyster Point Hotel. When I first contacted him he responded right away. He worked with us and delivered the perfect ceremony. He spoke clearly, loudly and had great enthusiasm. We did not want a long ceremony and we did not want a religious. It was very easy to work with him in creating the the pefect fit for us. I would def recommend him if you are looking for a wedding offiant.
Rev Jimmy was wonderful for our ceremony at Bear Mountain. He completely personalized our ceremony and included our history and relationship perfectly. He was so fast to respond anytime we had a question or change and got our marriage license taken care of for us and quickly! Many of our guests complimented our ceremony and Rev. Jimmy! Our coach buses transporting guests were a little late and rev jimmy handled it very well, not rushing through the ceremony yet also keeping us as close to schedule as possible! Many of our guests thought we had known rev jimmy personally but we only sat down with him one time before our wedding. He did a great job! Thanks again rev Jimmy!!
Rev. Jimmy was the perfect officiant for our wedding. Not only was he able to customize our wedding, but his impromptu reactions during our ceremony give it that personalized feel that I'm sure every bride is looking for. I would highly recommend Rev. Jimmy!!
We hired Rev. Jimmy Smith for an outdoor wedding at the Rockleigh. Rev. Jimmy Smith was so cool. We hired him because he had done our friend's wedding and he seemed really flexible and down to earth. The ceremony was so honest and real that the guests said it was the first wedding that they went to that they could really relate to and understand the beauty of what marriage is all about from his sermon. We thank Rev. Jimmy Smith for making the wedding so honest and beautiful. He worked with us so the ceremony was everything we wanted it to be.
Reverend Jimmy did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He is friendly and warm, and he tailored our wedding ceremony just as we wanted. He is very easy to reach by email, and has several different format options for ceremonies. We were very happy having him as our officiant!
Reverend Jimmy was awesome!! He was so easy going from the very beginning and really made my husband and I so relaxed the day of our wedding. We received so many compliments on how he really kept a light mood during the ceremony. He made our ceremony everything I'd hoped for!
Rev. Jimmy Smith was great. He was very easy going and is flexible with anything you want to do in the ceremony. He gives a great outline of what the typical ceremony is and also gives you options. He also lets you know everything you need to do for your marriage license and is great with getting back to you by phone or email. Great officiant!
Hello All, Rev. Jimmy is the sweetest guy you can find to do your ceremony;) He was so flexible and always picked up the phone when we either had a question or needed something scheduled. He is full of humor and will give you a laugh anytime you need it. My husband and I had an interfaith ceremony ( Goddess Tradition of Spirituality) and he was more than willing to read what I had written for our vows. Rev. Jimmy, Thank you again;) Love, M and J Ohanian
We had Reverend Jimmy serve as the officiant for our wedding and we were extremely pleased. As soon as we met him, my now-husband and I got the warm and fuzzy while not being beaten over the head with a sappy ceremony draft. He was willing to meet with us several times before the wedding if we had any questions or concerns. The day of the wedding we had some delays and weather issues, and Reverend Jimmy didn't bat an eye and did his best to keep us at ease throughout it all. We would highly recommend him for anyone looking for a non-denominational officiant.
Rev. Smith did a fabulous job! We had so many compliments about our ceremony. People told us that it was the only wedding ceremony they ever enjoyed! It was touching without being corny and meant a lot to us. Also, Rev. Smith is friendly, flexible, and easy to reach.
Hi Rev. Jimmy,
We just wanted to say Thank you and tell you what a wonderful job you did at our wedding. We are so sorry we didn't get to speak with you after the ceremony. Thank you again, you did the best job we could have asked for! Thank you!!
Vinny & Michele Marzella
I am an ordained, non-denominational Wedding Ceremony Minister/Officiant who has performed 500 wedding ceremonies throughout New Jersey. I will help you create a warm, personal, and unique ceremony that reflects your own thoughts, ideas and beliefs.
I conduct faith based and non-religious wedding ceremonies and work with couples to tailor each wedding ceremony to their specific needs. Whether you want a traditional or a contemporary ceremony, I can make your day a truly wonderful experience.
My personalized ceremonies take place in the ceremony location of your choice… banquet facility, outdoors, restaurant, chapel, or in your unique location. Whether you are having simple wedding ceremony with a small group of guests or a large traditional wedding, let me help you create the kind of wedding ceremony that you desire.
Your wedding ceremony should be as unique and meaningful as your relationship. It is a reflection of who you are and will capture the celebration of your love, which has brought you to this memorable moment in your lives.
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1. If the bride lives in NJ, the couple applies in her town, if the bride doesn’t live in New Jersey but the groom does, it’s his town, if neither do, they apply in the town where the marriage is taking place.
2. Call the Registrar of Vital Statistics in the town and make an appointment. Hours are generally between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
3. Both the groom and bride must appear in person, (not necessarily at the same time) and each must be accompanied by the same witness.
4. The bride, groom and the witness bring two forms of identification. Both forms of ID must be government issued (from any government on the planet). One of the following must be a photo identification. If you don’t have a photo ID call the registrar before you go and let them know.
Proper identification is:
Photo Driver’s License or Driver’s License without photo
Social Security Card
Visa for staying in the United States (not credit card)
5. If this is a second (or more) marriage for either, if the cause of devolution was death, the death certificate, if legal annulment, the annulment order, or if divorce, bring the first page of the divorce decree showing, jurisdiction, docket number and date of filing. All previous spouses are listed on the application and on the license.
6. The license in New Jersey currently costs $28.
There is a legislatively mandated 72 hour waiting period required between application and issuance. In an emergency (illness, military leave, etc.), a Superior Court Judge (found in County Courthouses) can sign a waiver lifting the 72 hour waiting period. You apply for the License, seek out a Judge to grant the waiver, and then take that paper you receive from the Judge’s office to the town to have the License issued immediately.
7. When you get your license, carefully review every line for errors and have them corrected at once. Erroneous information will require a change order and delay your receipt of your “Proof of Marriage Documents”. The information on the license is used for many purposes, and like Birth and Death certificates, once the “Seal” is placed on the document, you live with that information as a permanent part of your record, SO MAKE SURE IT IS ACCURATE. This information is also given later to Social Security, so it must match what they already have on file. Show any errors to the registrar and have them give you a corrected license immediately.
8. You now have a four part carboned license to be wed. Keep it safe and DO NOT write on it or over it. On the day of the wedding the license is to be handed to the officiant performing the ceremony. We always suggest that even if the bride is very organized and the groom isn’t nervous, give the license to someone else to hand to the officiant, preferably someone who will be there before the ceremony, along with all the envelopes of payments that need to be distributed. Any payment due the officiant, place in the envelope with the license. The bride and groom are best advised to leave the business end of their wedding to someone else on that day and keep the love front and center.
9. After the celebrant and any two adults you choose (18 years or older) sign the license (sometimes it is the Best Man & Maid of Honor ; it can also be any other 2 people you wish to include that day), you are supposed to receive the pink copy of the license.
10. Take the pink copy on your honeymoon, it is your only proof that you are married. The pink copy has no legal force. It’s usual use is as a piece of memorabilia for filing in a draw and waiting for your real “proofs of marriage certificates.”
11. The marriage license must be filed by the officiant to the town where the wedding takes place within 5 days of the ceremony. Make sure your officiant will take care of this. The officiant holds onto the blue copy and sends in the 2 white copies.
12. Now for your proof of marriage. For the bride to take on the groom’s last name (with or without her own last name) on her drivers license, bank, insurance, and Social Security (we’ll go into that in a moment), she needs the “Proof of Marriage” that is obtained from the registrar of town where the wedding took place, or much later, if you are not in a hurry, from the State government in Trenton. Each town has a separate and different fee for each original and requires a “Request for Marriage Certificates” be filled out.
13. An Executive Order was issued in New Jersey on April of 2002. Only the Bride and/or Groom may apply in person or by mail for their Certified Proof(s) of Marriage. You need to obtain the application form from the township where the wedding has taken place. Again, you call the Registrar of Vital Statistics. You cannot obtain the proof until after the marriage license is filed by the officiant who conducted your wedding. If you are local to the town, one of you can walk in with and show the pink copy and a photo identification just as you first did when going for your marriage license.
I Cater to Couples Who:
May not belong to a church, synagogue or other religious organization, or whose family minister is not available for their wedding date, or is unwilling to travel to their wedding location
Want a customized personal wedding ceremony that fits their beliefs
Are of different faiths and want to blend the wedding customs of their faiths or prefer a neutral spiritual wedding ceremony
Want a civil/secular wedding ceremony with no reference to religion
Are divorced or belong to a church that does not accept their lifestyle
Want to include their children and/or their parents in their wedding ceremony
Have a non-traditional wedding location
Would like to incorporate their personal stories into their wedding ceremony
May want to have a variety of customs in their wedding ceremony such as the sand ceremony, blessing of the hands, glass breaking, cup of wine ceremony, Celtic handfasting ceremony, unity candle, unity circle, blessing of the rings, Native American readings and traditions, or many more options that are available.
My goal is to create the perfect wedding ceremony for you!
All religions, backgrounds, traditions, & ideas are honored and respected.