Rev. Abigail A. Henrich

Walpole, MA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I don't read a script! I engage with people while I lead a ceremony. And when you meet me, you'll know exactly how I will lead your service. Who I am day to day is exactly who I am as a wedding officiant.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

People! I truly love people and their stories. I love celebrating the momentous events in people's lives, even the sad ones, because I feel deeply privileged to be a part of another's story. So what could be better than celebrating LOVE at a wedding ceremony?

Location

Walpole, MA 02081

Background check

Complete

Times hired on Thumbtack

11

Reviews

19 Reviews
  • Chanda P. Aug 19, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abby has many wonderful reviews and I cannot for the life of me understand why my experience was so terrible. I really wanted to like her and insisted to my fiance that we should stick with her even after she showed up for our first interview 15 minutes late without an apology (when we were struggling to accommodate to her busy family life, even though my fiance is 5 hours ahead in England we agreed on a time good for her), even after she took a week to respond to us telling her that we wanted to hire her on, even after she responded to that message with an obvious copy-and-paste survey for us to fill out for our ceremony. Unfortunately we did not end up having a ceremony with Abby because we were, in her words, "clearly not a match", but I feel I need to share this on Thumbtack so that other hopeful couples and brides to be can be wary. When I first messaged back and forth with Abby it took her 2 days max to respond. Her lack of communication happened only after we told her we would hire her (of course). After we responded to her survey about our ceremony and yet another week passed, we emailed her again concernedly, wondering if she could not, after all, commit to officiating for us. We got an immediate out of office response saying that she was on vacation for two weeks!! She did not let us know beforehand. She responded to our message a week later saying that she was on vacation, that she wasn't paid enough for "constant emails" (we had emailed her 3 times total after we hired her, each a week apart), and that our contract would be terminated. My fiance and I had 2 months to find an officiant when we started searching. Abby led us on and had us waiting for an entire month, and we had already said no to other interviewed candidates. Now we only have 1 month.
  • Hollie B. Jul 26, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abigail officiated my marriage this past weekend, and I can't say enough great things about her. Her warm, engaging personality won us over from the first time we met her. Abi took the time to get to know us as a couple and to personalize our ceremony. She also did a wonderful toast for us and found the perfect words to acknowledge the recent loss of my husband's mother. All of my guests thought she was great. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
  • Emily F. Jul 8, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abby officiated our wedding on June 17th and we could not have been more happy with her! The first time we met her we knew right away that she was our gal! Professional, bubbly, personal, and flexible with whatever style of ceremony we were looking for. I would highly recommend Abby for your wedding!!
  • Michele L. Jun 13, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    What can I say about Abby. When my husband and I first met her in person she instantly made both of us feel comfortable, she has a glowing personality that is infectious. She really listened to us about what we wanted in our ceremony. We want to make sure it was personal and very "us" and with Abby only knowing us for a few short months she had us both write why we loved one another and sent it to her so that she can write the ceremony. It was my only surprise for the wedding and I am so happy it was - she did an amazing job, it was like she knew us all of our lives. My cocktail hour was mostly spent talking about the ceremony with my guests, they absolutely loved it! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone, I cannot say enough amazing things about Abby :-).
  • Grace R. May 25, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abby was incredible, such a kind and genuine person. She took the time to get to know my husband and me and create a ceremony that was meaningful and personal. She was very accommodating to all of my requests and traveled for our wedding. My family and friends commented over and over again about how incredible Abby was. There is nothing I would change. Thank you so much, Abby!
  • Jonathan V. Oct 9, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abby did an exceptional job with officiating our wedding ceremony. Abby cared about our feelings, emotions, and religious backgrounds to be able to come up with a personalized ceremony. She is a truly a compassionate person.
  • Colleen C. Oct 7, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Abby did a wonderful job keeping our ceremony light but acknowledging our love. She even helped us with family photos after! I definitely would recommend her!
  • Niall O. Sep 15, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I cannot recommend Abby highly enough. She officiated our wedding and was a star. She made us feel relaxed and involved the audience in proceedings. A great speaker and a wonderful person.
  • Emily R. Sep 7, 2015
    Abby married me and my husband in July. Her service was beautiful and our friends and family are still complimenting how great it was. Abby was able to combine my beliefs with my husbands to keep both sides of our families happy and feeling like our individual religious needs had been met. I would highly recommend Abby to anyone; her outgoing personality makes even the shyest of people(like myself) feel comfortable and at ease on their big day.
  • Sara D. Aug 30, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I would enthusiastically recommend Abby! She officiated my wedding and it could not have been a more joyful and loving ceremony. She patiently helped guide us to shape a ceremony that felt deeply personal and unique. She helped us find the perfect readings when we had no idea where to start. Her love and enthusiasm were noticed by many- we received so many compliments on her ceremony, from people of various religions who simply loved the message she gave. Abby simply made our wedding ceremony perfect.
  • Erin P. Jul 6, 2015
    Abby took the time to get to know who we were as a couple and put together a beautiful wedding service for us. MULTIPLE family members and friends commented on how it was the best wedding they had been to because of how personal it was.
  • Kelly M. Jul 1, 2015
    When my partner and I decided to get married with only a few weeks notice, the last thing on our minds was putting time into finding an officiant who would really take time to get to know us and personalize the ceremony. How lucky we were, then, to find Abby on Thumbtack! Although we never had a chance to meet before the ceremony, she talked with me by phone and was incredibly thoughtful and supportive of our decision, and sensitive to our particular spiritual backgrounds and beliefs. We got lots of comments after the ceremony about how great she was, and can't recommend her highly enough!
  • Cindy H. Jun 8, 2015
    I have worked with Abby for several years. She has been an amazing life coach for me. Abby listens intently, keenly analyzing and disecting situations. Most recently, I had a difficult problem to resolve and a close relationship to mend. Abby's guidance and assurance helped me to have the confidence and resolve to face the situation I had been avoiding and unwilling to deal with. She helped me strategically think through the best approach and realize the possible outcomes. Her support was constant through out and direction was spot on. I would encourage anyone seeking a life coach or guidance put your trust in Abby. She is truly gifted!
  • Greg W. Jun 1, 2015
    Abigail helped me immensely in finding a new job and negotiating a salary! She gave me a wonderful mixture of specific to dos and confidence building pep talks that were authentic and helpful. Highly recommended!
  • Rebecca P. May 29, 2015
    I have known Abby for close to 4 years. She has been an amazing life coach and support for both me and my family. She is extremely personable and easy to talk to and get along with. She has challenged me and I have grown immensely because of her!!
  • Anne C. May 28, 2015
    Abby officiated our wedding in 2008. She loves people and they love her!! We received many compliments about how awesome she is. She did a great job personalizing our service and we wouldn't change a thing!
  • Ron P. May 28, 2015
    I have known Abby for 10 years now. She is upbeat, practical and non-judgmental. On the few occasions I've needed it, her guidance and perspective has been spot-on. And, she is a very nice person!
  • Lisa D. May 20, 2015
    Abby officiated our wedding and we could not have been any happier! The ceremony was so meaningful and she personalized it for us in ways we never would have even thought of on our own. Several guests told us how unique and special the ceremony was. Abby truly understands the power of love.
  • Hayley T. May 19, 2015
    Abby was amazing! She went above and beyond in facilitating our wedding ceremony. We met with her twice beforehand and both sessions with her were not only helpful but fun! The actual day was an incredible success - she took the time to get to know both of us and made the ceremony really personal in a meaningful way. Our wedding day was so special - even more than we anticipated - in large part because of Abby. THANK YOU, ABBY!!! We will be forever grateful for you.

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I charge extra to attend a rehearsal. My pricing also depends on how far I have to travel.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to meet face to face with a couple once before creating their wedding ceremony. Occasionally this is difficult for a couple so we meet over the phone. After that we exchange information via email.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am lucky enough to attend multiple conferences and continuing education events every year with my colleagues. That said, I hold a masters of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I had a fabulous pastor in college. He was a kind and thoughtful man, the pastor of a small Methodist church. He simply loved the people he served. I would watch him Sunday after Sunday and I kept thinking to myself as I sat in the pew: I think I could do that! I want to do that! No longer after I attended graduate school and was ordained.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Straight, Gay, Religious, non-Religious, young, old, you name it!
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just recently married a couple that had been together for 20 years, but were never "officially" married. It was a beautiful challenge to create a service with them that honored their past together and celebrated their new beginning. Planning the service took me at least three hours, but was so enjoyable, I didn't notice the time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Pick someone with whom you feel comfortable, someone who really listens to who you are as individuals and as a couple.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
Do you want a traditional wedding or do you want to break with tradition? Do you need help writing your vows? Do you really need the officiant at the rehearsal (most couples don't these days)? Would you like a very brief service or a ceremony that is a celebration of the couple that you are?