Simply Weddings NYC
Hired 24 times
3 years in business
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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:
Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
Wear gloves during the job
Disinfect surfaces touched during the job
Outdoor Wedding in the Park
Just the Legal Parts
Photos and Videos
Type of ceremony
Service type (affiliation)
Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
It was an absolute pleasure having Lauren officiate our wedding. She went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable and was very thorough in answering all of our questions and concerns. Given the circumstances surrounding our "quarantine wedding", Lauren helped make our day very special. I would highly recommend her to others. Thank you again, Lauren!May 13, 2020Verified
Lauren is the best! I'm so happy we chose her to officiate our wedding! She was very patient, professional and put her all into making sure that our ceremony went well. Lauren thank you so much for all that you did. We sincerely appreciate you!Jan 13, 2020VerifiedSimply Weddings NYC's reply
Thank you Shannyce for such kind words, the pleasure was all mines. May your marriage continue to be filled with happiness and love!
Lauren is incredible at what she does! We had our wedding cancelled due to coronavirus and then saw Gov Cuomo signed an executive order saying he would allow video weddings. This was signed on a Saturday, officiants were given guidance late in the day Sunday, we scrambled to plan a wedding Monday, and we were married on Tuesday! None of it would have been possible without Lauren! She felt like a complete pro with the legal stuff and that took a lot of stress off of us. We trusted her and she gave us very simple instructions that we had no problem following. She also gave us some homework (questions we answered about our relationship) that made our ceremony very personal and meaningful. This was her first video wedding ever, but she made it seem like she had done it 1000 times. All of our guests raved about her as well! She is a wonderful, kind, professional person and we highly recommend her!Apr 22, 2020Verified
The moment I spoke to Lauren on the phone, I knew I wanted her to be in my special moment! Lauren is incredibly sweet, kind and understanding. She walked me through the process, made me feel so easy and comfortable during this strange pandemic time. She made my moment truly special, even though it was virtual. I don't think of her as just my wedding officiant, but a friend! A really kind friend who just knows how to calm me down when i'm being unreasonable. Once everything is back to normal, I would love to have her officiate my wedding party! We do it the real way with friends and family safely. I highly recommend her! You have one special moment of your life, let Lauren make it extra sweet and special!May 31, 2020Verified
Joan Olivia N.
I adore Lauren Hill. Of course, she’s professional, punctual, knowledgeable and organized. She’s also funny, charming, warm, patient, generous and kind. This is someone who truly loves Love, that it’s such a joy for her to guide couples through the penultimate part of their love story. When I called Lauren at the last minute I was sheepish, nerve-wracked, and discombobulated. I had come back from several trips and been so busy helping others I had neglected to help myself plan one of the most significant events in my life. I knew my beau and I wanted to elope but we weren’t keen on “City Hall” for a number of reasons. We had picked a very specific fast-approaching date and time, an almost midnight Sunday in the dead of winter, that was probably only meaningful to us. A city clerk in an impersonal government edifice just wouldn’t do and I’m not a fan of queues. I had called a number of officiants prior to finding Lauren but none of them felt right. Nobody seemed to click and we were resigned to significantly pushing back the date. Indecisiveness started to pepper our conversations as the slow creep of procrastination with “maybe we should” do’s and don’ts spawning a Greek chorus. My husband and I are of different faiths, grew up in different countries and cultures, and have large families spread all over the world. A wedding would be a momentous occasion with a lot of moving parts, ethnicities, rites and ceremonies. Why postpone bliss? It only made sense to elope now and make the ancestors happy later. I needed an officiant who understood that. What I wanted was someone full of positive energy and ideas, and ready to work on a quick turnaround. I didn’t daydream about a whirlwind elopement put together at the last minute when I was a little girl so there was a different kind of planning and guidance needed. I had a lot to rethink and acclimate to. This really needed to be the right person. Lauren might have been a perfect stranger on the other end of the phone but the second I heard her voice and we began to talk it felt like catching up with an old friend. She was genuinely interested in how I met my then fiancé, our family backgrounds and culture, how we got from our first date to this phone call. She talked me through the various quirks of the Office of the City Clerk with how-to’s for the marriage license, marriage certificate, and name change. Lauren had some fantastic venue and vendor options I hadn’t even considered. One of which would later inspire us to pick the perfect place that made everything come full circle. Whenever I hung up after a chat, she had soothed my frazzled nerves and I felt magnitudes more confident moving forward. Even in the midst of running many errands, Lauren was very personable and good-natured. She stayed attentive and responsive to any concerns or changes which proved to be prescient. This was a tiny elopement of just us, a witness and our officiant Lauren Hill. There was traffic, the weather went pear-shaped, our witness was unable to make it, and we made a quick venue change indoors. Lauren was steady, and serene as she troubleshot throughout. The ceremony was short and sweet but incredibly romantic with all sorts of happy accidents. It was the perfect date and time as if the stars were aligned. We had something old (my vintage beaded dress), something new (his chocolate brown suit), something borrowed (my mother’s jewelry) and something pale blue (the lining of my dress and bouquet ribbon) Lauren began to officiate our personalized ceremony and a few errant petals, from the fragrant roses festooned in my hair, fell in an artful pile at our feet. You could feel the frisson as we gazed into each other's eyes. This was it. Thankfully, we had another angel in the room radiating good vibrations while we were so emotionally bare and present in that little sliver of time. Marrying my husband is the best decision I’ve ever made. Lauren helped set me on this new path with my other half and hiring her has been one of the best decisions my husband and I have made together. Everything worked out better than we anticipated or imagined. Our communication with Lauren didn’t end after the I do’s. She has thoughtfully checked in on us, a testament to her character that shines through even after the work is done. Someday soon we’ll finally get around to ironing out all the details and logistics of a Big Fat African Wedding. We will gather family and friends from four continents for some traditional ceremonial rites and Lauren will be invited. True to her word, she will most definitely be there. -J.O.EMar 3, 2020Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I offer a number of pricing options depending on the service. Every couple should have the wedding of the dreams, regardless of their budget. If you have any questions or concerns about pricing, contact me for further details.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Throughout the entire process I will be in contact with the couple. I will become your new BFF! The process will start with a complimentary/no obligation consultation. Once you have decided that I am the right fit, I will schedule a follow-up consultation in person or by FaceTime/Skype. I will provide the couple a contract for their review and signature. I will also provide the couple with a relationship questionnaire. The couple will receive a copy of their personalized ceremony. I will collaborate with the couple to fine-tune the ceremony to perfection. On your wedding day, I will show up to the venue at least 30 mins prior to the start of the ceremony. After the ceremony, I will also sign off on your marriage license and mail it to the appropriate city clerk. I will also follow-up to confirm that your license was received. In addition, upon request I will assist couples with obtaining their license, writing vows, as well as conduct a rehearsal.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?My best friend asked me to officiate her wedding and from there I was hooked! Officiating weddings gives me joy and I truly love being a part of couples love stories.