A CT Justice of the Peace & Minister

Mystic, CT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I became a wedding officiant, one who marry's those in love, because of the yahoo who married us 20 something years ago. So I basically live vicariously through my couples giving them the marriage I believe everyone deserves! That's why I've been Voted 1 since 2007 by The Knot, Weddingwire, Bride Magazine, CT Bridge & Modern Bride. I try to make my couples experiences really fun and lighthearted. I like to take the pressure off and be there for them. :)

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

OMG...I meet THE BEST people in the world! My couples are absolutely, hands down...the best! :)

Location

Mystic, CT 06355

Years in business

16

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Heather P. Jun 1, 2016
    Marie Tyler Wiley gave us a personalized thoughtful ceremony that will be remembered with love for a long time. We appreciated her ability to make our service meaningful both to us and our family and friends. She gave us the space we needed in the beginning and sent helpful reminders all through the planning. Marie was able to make suggestions on other vendors we were looking for, and the whole time kept it professional. We both recommend her to anyone looking to make their ceremony lively and fun! We loved every minute!
  • Stefanie C. Aug 20, 2015
    At first, Marie seemed like a very warm, loving person who cares a lot about her clients. I really thought she was going to do a great job. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan. Marie performed the wrong ceremony at our wedding. Instead of reading the personalized ceremony that my fiancé and I had written, she read one of her templates. The ceremony ended up being very generic, and honestly, kind of weird. She asked a random guest to come up and read an Apache love poem (no, we're not Native American). She teased us during the ceremony about our exceptionally long engagement. When it came time to recite the (incorrect) vows, she repeatedly criticized me for not speaking loud enough, even though I was trying not to cry and make a scene in front of everyone. I tried to whisper “This isn’t the right ceremony” several times throughout the ceremony, but she wasn’t paying attention to me. She was more concerned with cracking jokes and making the guests laugh. Marie has a very strong personality, and I felt that she tried to upstage us at our own wedding! When the ceremony was over, I asked her why she didn't perform the right ceremony. She actually started arguing with my fiancé and me! She insisted that she didn't read the wrong thing, and wouldn't admit she was mistaken until showed her the email that contained a copy of our ceremony. In the end, she gave $100 back to one of my groomsmen, and sent us an apology email. I was a little offended that she didn't offer us a full refund or even call us to apologize. Overall, I think she's a nice person, but I would never recommend her to anyone. She needs to be more careful about reading the right ceremony, or at least be willing to admit fault and apologize when necessary. Nothing will ever change the fact that I didn’t get to say “I do!” at my wedding, but an apology would have gone a long way.
    Replied to Stefanie C. - Nov 6, 2015

    Please let me extend a heartfelt apology. Yes, I did perform the wrong ceremony. And for that I am deeply sorry. . Though to suggest it was vastly different from what you had ended up creating using ~my work~ as the base… is unfair. I was actually caught off guard afterwards when you said I had performed the wrong one. I actually didn’t believe it because it had never happened with the over 1,500 ceremonies in 16 yrs. I had never heard those words before. What you construed as arguing was simply me being shocked at your words. I would never be rude to anyone EVER!!! If you google my name…never anywhere will you find anyone saying I was rude. That’s not me…that’s not my way. Surprise yes…in disbelief …completely. With that said I would like to share that while you may have been trying to let me know during the ceremony, I was unaware because it is my experience that most couples speak to each other during their ceremonies (and I just continue on). It has nothing to do with me...its private time for them (as this is the most exciting time in their life). So I must have assumed yours was the same. Again…Iam sincerely sorry. And to be honest…I feel it is a grave misrepresentation to suggest that I simply used a "template". I give all of my couples a questionnaire and from that I write all of my couples 3 completely detailed personal ceremonies. Each a different flavor of its own...highlighting personal fun information that you have shared with me in your questionnaire. I then send those 3 ceremonies that include all types of readings, blessings (non denominational) and let you do as you choose with the ceremonies  Some couples will maybe read the first one and think…excellent…we’ll go with this. Sometimes they will take a little bit from each to create a 4th ceremony . Basically, for me…it boils down to whatever you want you get!  I want all my couples thrilled  I want their guest thrilled. While I did make a mistake. It was not intentional and I am very sorry. I would like to mention that all of your guest came up to me afterwards, (unaware that I had not read the final draft ceremony) and complimented me on what an extroidary, fun- loving, joyful and “just like you”…heartfelt ceremony it was. I wish you two the very, very best. Peace! Marie

  • Sandi And Mike B. Apr 14, 2015
    My hubby and I were married in September of 2012 and people still talk about how our ceremony was amazingly fun and "us". I was concerned that it was too fun, but everyone loved it because it showed the personality of my hubby and myself. She helped personalize a wedding ceremony to us including sharing a pint of beer (instead of wine ceremony). Very professional and outstanding! She definitely caters to what the bride and groom desires with adding her own twist.
  • Heather P. Jun 1, 2016
    Marie Tyler Wiley gave us a personalized thoughtful ceremony that will be remembered with love for a long time. We appreciated her ability to make our service meaningful both to us and our family and friends. She gave us the space we needed in the beginning and sent helpful reminders all through the planning. Marie was able to make suggestions on other vendors we were looking for, and the whole time kept it professional. We both recommend her to anyone looking to make their ceremony lively and fun! We loved every minute!
  • Stefanie C. Aug 20, 2015
    At first, Marie seemed like a very warm, loving person who cares a lot about her clients. I really thought she was going to do a great job. Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan. Marie performed the wrong ceremony at our wedding. Instead of reading the personalized ceremony that my fiancé and I had written, she read one of her templates. The ceremony ended up being very generic, and honestly, kind of weird. She asked a random guest to come up and read an Apache love poem (no, we're not Native American). She teased us during the ceremony about our exceptionally long engagement. When it came time to recite the (incorrect) vows, she repeatedly criticized me for not speaking loud enough, even though I was trying not to cry and make a scene in front of everyone. I tried to whisper “This isn’t the right ceremony” several times throughout the ceremony, but she wasn’t paying attention to me. She was more concerned with cracking jokes and making the guests laugh. Marie has a very strong personality, and I felt that she tried to upstage us at our own wedding! When the ceremony was over, I asked her why she didn't perform the right ceremony. She actually started arguing with my fiancé and me! She insisted that she didn't read the wrong thing, and wouldn't admit she was mistaken until showed her the email that contained a copy of our ceremony. In the end, she gave $100 back to one of my groomsmen, and sent us an apology email. I was a little offended that she didn't offer us a full refund or even call us to apologize. Overall, I think she's a nice person, but I would never recommend her to anyone. She needs to be more careful about reading the right ceremony, or at least be willing to admit fault and apologize when necessary. Nothing will ever change the fact that I didn’t get to say “I do!” at my wedding, but an apology would have gone a long way.
    Replied to Stefanie C. - Nov 6, 2015

    Please let me extend a heartfelt apology. Yes, I did perform the wrong ceremony. And for that I am deeply sorry. . Though to suggest it was vastly different from what you had ended up creating using ~my work~ as the base… is unfair. I was actually caught off guard afterwards when you said I had performed the wrong one. I actually didn’t believe it because it had never happened with the over 1,500 ceremonies in 16 yrs. I had never heard those words before. What you construed as arguing was simply me being shocked at your words. I would never be rude to anyone EVER!!! If you google my name…never anywhere will you find anyone saying I was rude. That’s not me…that’s not my way. Surprise yes…in disbelief …completely. With that said I would like to share that while you may have been trying to let me know during the ceremony, I was unaware because it is my experience that most couples speak to each other during their ceremonies (and I just continue on). It has nothing to do with me...its private time for them (as this is the most exciting time in their life). So I must have assumed yours was the same. Again…Iam sincerely sorry. And to be honest…I feel it is a grave misrepresentation to suggest that I simply used a "template". I give all of my couples a questionnaire and from that I write all of my couples 3 completely detailed personal ceremonies. Each a different flavor of its own...highlighting personal fun information that you have shared with me in your questionnaire. I then send those 3 ceremonies that include all types of readings, blessings (non denominational) and let you do as you choose with the ceremonies  Some couples will maybe read the first one and think…excellent…we’ll go with this. Sometimes they will take a little bit from each to create a 4th ceremony . Basically, for me…it boils down to whatever you want you get!  I want all my couples thrilled  I want their guest thrilled. While I did make a mistake. It was not intentional and I am very sorry. I would like to mention that all of your guest came up to me afterwards, (unaware that I had not read the final draft ceremony) and complimented me on what an extroidary, fun- loving, joyful and “just like you”…heartfelt ceremony it was. I wish you two the very, very best. Peace! Marie

  • Sandi And Mike B. Apr 14, 2015
    My hubby and I were married in September of 2012 and people still talk about how our ceremony was amazingly fun and "us". I was concerned that it was too fun, but everyone loved it because it showed the personality of my hubby and myself. She helped personalize a wedding ceremony to us including sharing a pint of beer (instead of wine ceremony). Very professional and outstanding! She definitely caters to what the bride and groom desires with adding her own twist.
  • Cass M. Apr 13, 2015
    Marie was perfect from the moment we met her. Warm, funny, friendly, and hilarious. The day was a dream due to both her and my handsome groom. Seriously, she takes all the stress out of the day and makes it uniquely you. ❤️
  • Kendra N. Apr 13, 2015
    My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Marie back in September 2012. She was the MOST amazing justice of the peace! She married us at Elihu Island in Mystic, CT. Before you read anymore, she is the best! You have to book her for your wedding! She was there for us and went above and beyond for us. She took the time to have us fill out a questionnaire and spent time getting to know us so our day would be perfect. There were many emails back and fourth and phone calls to ensure that she understood exactly what we wanted and she gave us guidelines, she was awesome! Marie has the most bubbly energetic sincere personality and she makes you feel at ease, relaxed and ready for your special day. My husband and I highly recommend her, shes amazing. Look no further and book her today!
  • Liz B. Dec 14, 2012
    Marie married a couple at a wedding I recently attended. It was obvious that she took the time to get to know the couple and did her homework. Her service was heartfelt, intimate, caring, funny and best of all..just long enough.kudos Mrs. Wiley

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My process is simple. 1. I ask them to google my name so least they have a clear picture of what I'm about with regards to working with them. 2. we either speak on the phone, skype or meet up at my office in downtown Mystic, CT. We visit and share ideas and...if they like me and want to move forward... 3. they put down the non refundable save the date retainer and I email them the infamous questionnaire that I work off of to create their ceremonies. Each ceremony my couples recieve are completely different than anyone elses. :) 4. I always tell them I am there for them no matter what. I'm not just good for the ceremony...I'm good for the whole enchildada! :)
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Always!
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
The best way to differentiate my pricing system is to take you directly on my website where the different packages are listed. Just Google Marie Tyler Wiley :) This way you can see for yourself what it's all about. :)
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I became a wedding officiant because of the yahoo who married us. Suffice to say that I live vicariously through all my couples giving them the wedding I believe every deserves and wants!!!
What types of customers have you worked with?
Weddings (and btw...I marry any and everyone! Vow renewels Baby Blessings House/yacht blessings Life celebrations (aka funerals)
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Actually every wedding I do...I am proud of because I always do my best...and give them a ceremony they will never forget. :) Full of joy and happiness!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I suggest to all my couples that anyone for anything...having to do with your wedding...Google their names. Now a days...you get the Good...the Bad and the Ugly :O :)~
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish everyone when engaged...would first find their officiant. I know it's not as romantic as buying flowers or picking out a venue...but here's the deal...At the end of the day if you haven't gotten a wedding officiant...you simply have had a really expensive party. Where by...if you get me first...you don't have to re-invent the wheel. This is my business and literally w/in 24 hrs we have your entire wedding pulled together and wonderfully I might add! :) Trust me...I make it one stop shopping!!!