Rev. Di Anna Ritola

Flushing, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Every couple is unique, both as individuals and in the way they relate to each other. My job is to help each couple I meet to highlight the things that make you special to each other and to create with you a ceremony that reflects who you are and the love you share with and for each other. As an Interfaith Minister, I am able to incorporate many spiritual traditions and elements while not being restricted to only one way. Whether secular or spiritual, or a combination of both, I'm here to say "Yes!" to making your wedding ceremony a time to celebrate your commitment to love and support each other.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I am absolutely thrilled by seeing the love that two people create within their relationship spread outward during the ceremony to include the friends and family who are invited to bear witness and to celebrate with them.
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Location

Flushing, NY 11355

Years in business

9

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

16

Reviews

27 Reviews
  • Katherine F. Jan 24, 2017
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Perfect ceremony
    Rev. DiAnna was simply perfect! We booked her without meeting but our first phone call left me giggling and smiling even after we hung up and I knew it would work! She guided us through the whole process, wrote a personalized ceremony, and made us feel so comfortable. Our guests couldn't believe that we hadn't known her more than 3 months! She felt like family the instant she walked into the room and I wish I would have asked her to stay for a glass of wine and dancing! Thank you for a seamless and heartfelt ceremony and for fixing my veil for the sake of our pictures! Cheers! xx
  • Sarah E. Nov 24, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    You cannot go wrong with DiAnna!
    DiAnna was a breath of fresh air for us throughout the entire process. My husband and I were very nervous about finding a reverend that could incorporate his Episcopalian background and my Earthy spirituality. Not only did she take care to incorporate both my and my husband's identity into the ceremony, she was an open ear throughout the entire year leading up to the wedding and consistently went above and beyond the call of duty on our behalf. If it was a spiritual guide we needed, DiAnna was available. If it was an advocate we needed, Dianna was ready to go to bat for us. And if it was just an open ear, she was always a phone call away. She was thorough, kind and most importantly, she was FUN! She made the entire wedding ceremony planning process so comfortable and smooth. And our guests adored her as much as we did! We had several requests for her contact info after our wedding. We would recommend DiAnna to anyone of any faith.
  • Shana K. Nov 15, 2016
    Asheville Officiant
    I cannot express how happy we were to find Rev. DiAnna! She responded immediately with her availability and we set up a skype meeting shortly after. She took the time to get to know both of us and made our ceremony completely about us. It really seemed like she knew us for years. When she found out we wanted to hike to say "I do" she was totally up for the challenge. We are so happy she was apart of the best day ever!
  • Kylie C. Nov 14, 2016
    Fantastic Officiant!
    Rev. DiAnna did a fantastic job as our officiant! Not only was she responsive during the planning process - a huge relief as ours was a destination wedding - but her "love message" was personalized, interactive and poignant. She was absolutely phenomenal, and we could not have been luckier to have her as part of the wedding.
  • Kathryn M. Nov 11, 2016
    Loved DiAnna as our officiant and councilor
    Rev. DiAnna led both our wedding ceremony and marriage counciling and we were super impressed. It was a perfect paring the way our personalities meshed. She was flexible and helpful willing to make our day about us. It was the best day of our lives made even more special with the words, energy and support of Rev. DiAnna. We absolutely loved the flow of the ceremony and the beautiful words she shared about us. We have already recommended her to a friend and will recommend her again. Thanks DiAnna!
  • Amy G. Nov 10, 2016
    Amazing Officiant
    Rev. DiAnna is an exceedingly bright, thoughtful, intuitive, and loving officiant. We couldn't have asked for someone more perfect to lead our wedding ceremony.
  • Kristin B. Aug 27, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    DiAnna stepped in a few weeks before our wedding due to our first officiant falling ill. She was amazing in getting to know us in a short time and helping to create a ceremony that was beautiful and fitting for us! Plus, she made it fun! We loved that she understood our humor, emotions and goals so quickly. Our ceremony had the perfect blend of spiritual, humor, and traditional pieces that we are still getting compliments from family and friends about how lovely it was. Thank you for saving our day!
  • Kelly S. Aug 16, 2016
    We loved DiAnna! We are non traditional and really wanted a ceremony that represented who we are, DiAnna helped guide us to make the perfect ceremony and listened to all of our ideas and made them a reality. She made the process of constructing a ceremony and vows fun and easy. During the ceremony our 3 year old daughter decided to make a declaration that she had picked a flower for me, DiAnna let her talk and incorporated the flower into our hand tying ceremony. DiAnna is the best and we recommend her 100%!!!!
  • Mike B. Aug 13, 2016
    DiAnna was a great fit for us. She had a solid understanding of us as people and what we wanted to accomplish. She was totally open to our secular and fairly non traditional ceremony.
  • Kim S. Jun 17, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rev. DiAnna is possibly the best decision we made while planning our wedding. From our very first meeting, we felt completely comfortable talking to her and allowing her into our relationship and one of the biggest days of our lives thus far. She was incredibly receptive to our feedback of what kind of ceremony we were hoping for, and she executed it perfectly. Everyone, to this day, is still talking about how great she was and how our day wouldn't have been the same without her. It truly wouldn't have been. Rev. DiAnna - we are so grateful for you and the role you played in our wedding day. Thank you!!!
  • Megan S. Jun 5, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rev. DiAnna was the perfect officiant for our wedding day! She brought love and laughter to our ceremony, and we loved the beautiful speech she wrote for us. She is very open minded and easy going which was great for us. She also communicated frequently and consistently through email and was happy to answer any questions we had. I would highly recommend her for your big day!
  • Amy H. May 2, 2016
    DiAnna was the kindest, most helpful wedding officiant. She worked with us to ensure our ceremony was exactly what we wanted, down to the last detail. Warm and fun with just the right amount of humor, DiAnna made our ceremony so special. She also took awesome charge during the rehearsal which we appreciated to the utomost!
  • Ashley O. Apr 23, 2016
    Rev. DiAnna was marvelous! On first meeting she was warm, inviting and felt like family, a kindred spirit. Her radiant smile matches her bright personality. She took great interest in listening to our vision for the ceremony and truly spent time collaborating with us in person, through a well thought-out questionnaire and emails as we were not locals. Our theme was a 1920s jazz era and Rev. Diana showed up with the perfect outfit and playfully adorned a beaded head-piece that Ashley custom made, dazzling the guests. She was all in, ready to bring her pizazz and peace to the sacred service. Her personality and charm was respectable, soothing, honorable, and commanded positive attention in a way that was selfless and also fun and entertaining. She brought light, levity and synchronicity to our ceremony, reverence to our words, and honored our choice to use symbolism and rituals during the ceremony. This made it unique and we felt that it was completely authentic to us and still made our family and friends, from various walks of life, feel comfortable and included. Everyone was able to have a sensory overload of all things love. There was a ton of laughter, depth and glory while keeping the most important part at the forfront- the fact that we were sharing our spiritual vows and sacred bonds to cherish and love eachother for aeons. We hope you give yourselves this incredible gift of experience, knowledge, passion and charisma and chose Rev. DiAnna for your service. Everyone will be impressed and you'll always have phenomenal memories of the most important part of the wedding or any other event.
  • Sally B. Apr 13, 2016
    Di Anna officiated at our wedding in March. It was a very small event -- only 6 people -- but she made it as special and wonderful as if there had been hundreds. She was generous with her time prior to the event, helping with everything from finding a venue, to hiring a photographer. She took the time to get to know both of us personally and her sermon was full of information that made it sound like she had known us for years. She has a great sense of humor -- and is actually one of those people that you feel like you have known forever. After 5 minutes on the phone with her I knew she was the right one to marry us.
  • Autumn P. Feb 15, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    I could have not asked for a better ceremony. It was very touching and personal; I cannot think of a single point she could have improved upon.
  • Stephanie H. Jan 2, 2016
    DiAnna is a beautiful person inside and out. She helped us to understand how a ceremony that is non-religious but still somewhat spiritual looks like. She is fun-loving and outgoing, charismatic and above all else, so passionate about her work.
  • Anna P. Oct 12, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    DiAnna is great to work with, very personable and outgoing, and helped us gather our thoughts to make for a wonderful and meaningful ceremony.
  • Tara H. Sep 28, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Amy R. Sep 27, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We couldn't have asked for a better Officiant. When we first met Rev DiAnna, it was like meeting up with an old friend. I felt comfortable with her immediately. We asked for a fun, light-hearted and quick, but meaningful ceremony and that was exactly what we got. So many of our guests commented on how wonderful the ceremony was and my mom said it seemed like Rev DiAnna had known us for years. I would highly recommend Rev DiAnna to anybody looking for an officiant. She has charisma, stage presence and from how organized the rehearsal was I knew the actual event was going to be a success and it was. We can't say enough good things about Rev DiAnna Ritola!!! Amy & Jayson Landers
  • Keith P. Sep 24, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We are still in our planning process, but so far she has been wonderful!
  • Kate H. Jul 12, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Pre-marital counseling, ceremony planning and execution were all wonderful experiences. If your wedding coordinator ends up in the hospital day of, Rev. Diana will totally step up and make sure things go smoothly. She's wonderful to work with- she has great energy about her and is very genuine. Also, she was so helpful with the ceremony "script"- She helped make it very meaningful to us and just beautiful in general. We had guest after guest gushing to us after the ceremony about how moving it was.
  • Kristina K. Jul 12, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
  • Andrew P. Mar 8, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rev. Dianna was such a pleasure to work with. She was willing to preform the ceremony with such short notice. She came in and was extremely helpful with telling us what to do. The ceremony was so beautiful. We couldn't have had our special day without her. I highly recommend her!
  • Lauren G. Feb 15, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She did an incredible job! Not just my opinion but everybody that attended the ceremony thought so too! Very personable, organized and prompt! She gave me choice for readings, vows and rings. She is very thorough in her process. You won't have to worry about a thing!!! Very HIGHLY recommend!!!! :-)
  • Jennifer B. Dec 29, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    We had an absolutely beautiful experience with Rev. Dianna. Our ceremony was exquisite and included a personal passage written by Rev. Dianna that truly captured our relationship. She even provided us with our own copy of the ceremony as a keepsake. She was both personable and professional which can be difficult to balance but she was spot on! I highly recommend her.
  • Kristi S. Dec 18, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Reverend DiAnna Ritola married my partner and I. Rev. DiAnna is professional, very organized and punctual with everything. We were communicating largely through email because we were in a different state than where the ceremony was to take place. Rev. DiAnna made sure we took care of everything. She worked with us to give us a unique and meaningful ceremony. She did a beautiful job with the ceremony! I highly recommend Rev. DiAnna; she will work hard to give you a wonderful, personalized wedding ceremony!
  • Clara A. Nov 11, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    She did the wedding for my son and daughter in law, she was very sensitive to their wishes, which was to go before God and man and make a covenant with God, they wanted to have a spiritual wedding and she did a great job.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
All potential clients receive a free 15-20 minute consultation to talk about concerns and learn about how I work so that we can see if we'd be a good fit for each other.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 10 years as a coach and counselor and 6 years as a wedding officiant. I am an ordained minister and spiritual sex and relationship counselor.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I offer several packages for weddings based on your needs. For counseling I offer discounts for packages of 4 sessions, or you can pay for each session individually.