Joseph Kolakowski, DD - Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker

Kauneonga Lake, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I started doing weddings in 2007, and I have done around 600 weddings since then. I go out of my way to be friendly, personable, and give personal service rather than just cookie-cutter weddings. I am flexible on pricing to a loss for me, but always give the best service no matter what. I love to travel, so I don't mind traveling far to serve you. In the past I have traveled as far as South America and Europe for weddings.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love performing weddings and delivering speeches at other events. Serving others and making people happy is a great source of satisfaction.

Location

Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

Years in business

10

Number of employees

4

Times hired on Thumbtack

174

Reviews

103 Reviews
  • Charissa T. Jun 22, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Working with Joe exceeded expectations!! I appreciated how personable he was about every aspect of the ceremony. He's knowledgeable of the marital laws in my state, took the time to explain them to me and how his credentials were aligned with those laws. I presented with choices for the flow of the ceremony. Though he is a Rabbi, he was gracious enough to perform a Non Denominational ceremony for us. On the fun side of things, Joe was kind enough to wear purple to match our ceremony! He performed the ceremony in a lighthearted and charismatic fashion that completed our special day. Thank you for making our event a memorable one. Love and Blessings to you, Joe!!!
  • Gregory B. Jun 18, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph was amazing from the first meeting all the way through our small ceremony. It was a great pleasure to have him as our wedding officiant. We would like to see him once again when our family will come together for our big ceremony next year. Highly recommended. Don't think twice to book him. You made our day truly special. It'll be remembered. Thanks for everything! Damla & Greg
  • Linda M. Jun 17, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    He was really understanding about a issue we ran into and agreed to do the postponed service and waived the cancellation fee. He was also very genuine with helping prepare our ceremony.
  • Mark S. Jun 1, 2017
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Great
  • Noemi R. May 28, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    I had a very small and non-traditional wedding and he definitely met our needs. I like how he is very easy to get in touch with when we had any questions. Thank you so much Joseph K my husband and I are very happy.
  • Peter M. May 17, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph was very easy to communicate with, showed up ahead of time and performed the ceremony in an efficient and timely manner, even staying around after to take photos. Definitely recommend, especially with his good price!
  • Darcy M. May 13, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    This was a great way to get married. Very professional and punctual. An easy service I would definitely recommend Joseph to anyone who would need a minister.
  • Sheri H. May 1, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph did an excellent job and all our guests commented of the wonderful service he gave. He traveled a long distance to our rehearsal and wedding and was right on time. During the ceremony he made a special comment about our Fathers who passed away and right when he mentioned them birds started Chirping and he made a reference which was very touching. I would highly recommend Joseph who is a reliable professional that made our ceremony perfect 👍 Thank you Joseph for the perfect day which My Husband and I will always cherish.
  • Rachel M. Apr 23, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    FANTASTIC!!!
    He was amazing!!! He dressed as a Jedi Knight, as we requested. After asking a few simple questions about our beliefs and background, he came up with a very detailed and perfect sermon that required barely any adjustment. It could not have gone any better! He even added a well-known excerpt from The Princess Bride and spoke with a speech impediment just like in the movie, with our permission. Joseph really made our Nerd Glam wedding incredibly memorable!!! Also, he was very prompt with mailing in our marriage license for processing. Our certificate was in our mailbox in a week!
  • Verified Review Original
    FANTASTIC!!!
    He was amazing!!! He dressed as a Jedi Knight, as we requested. After asking a few simple questions about our beliefs and background, he came up with a very detailed and perfect sermon that required barely any adjustment. It could not have gone any better! He even added a well-known excerpt from The Princess Bride and spoke with a speech impediment just like in the movie, with our permission. Joseph really made our Nerd Glam wedding incredibly memorable!!!
  • Deana P. Apr 20, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review Updated
    Excellent !
    Joseph was very responsive and professional to me and my fiance. I would recommend him to anyone. He is a very understanding person.
  • Verified Review Original
    Excellent !
    Joseph was very responsive and professional to me and my fiance. I would recommend him to anyone. He is a very understanding person.
  • Richard T. Mar 31, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Hire Joseph to be your officiant!
    Joseph was excellent!! Highly recommended =)
  • Mario R. Mar 27, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    The good Shepherd
    Very punctual and professional. Knew Spanish well enough to accommodate my guests. I definitely recommend him to other people as his price is very reasonable. House wedding
  • Roseann C. Mar 22, 2017
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    Excellent
    Great service!! Very respectful !
  • Chan'tel B. Mar 19, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Perfect choice
    Joseph made our small private ceremony absolutely perfect. He is such a warm down to earth person he helped to make our special day go as smooth as possible. I would recommend him a million times.
  • Bryan S. Mar 7, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Wedding
    Awesome job on time and deliver what he said he would. Thank you for helping to make our wedding day great
  • Jenella M. Jan 29, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Well
  • Kimberly V. Jan 15, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Excellent Work
    Amazing experience. Very friendly
  • James S. Jan 3, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Highly recommend for anyone and everyone
    Everything went smoothly and the bible readings were perfect, for such short notice it was the best experience my wife and I could have ever asked for we are very grateful!
  • Felipe D. Jan 2, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Renewed wedding vows on New Years Eve!
    Best decision we made in hiring Joseph to renew our wedding vows! We had requested to renew our vows on New Years Eve and Joseph went above and beyond in making this happen for us. Came to our home and delivered an excellent service. He is down to earth and spiritual in every way. I would recommend him every time without hesitation. Thank you again for making our day special, Joe!
  • Rustie S. Jan 1, 2017
    Wedding Officiant
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    Excellent experience
    Joseph, was prompt , very pleasant . We are very pleased with our experience and happy we made the right choice .
  • Marilyn D. Dec 21, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Fantastic!
    We loved Joseph!!! What a sweetheart and you can really tell he loves what he does. I would highly recommend him and do not hesitate leaving him a 5 star review!!!
  • Natalie D. Nov 14, 2016
    Great Officiant
    One of the best! So sweet and thorough in walking us through how the whole marriage process works. The service was lovely :)
  • Tara M. Nov 13, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Highest Recommendations!
    Joseph performed a beautiful Halloween evening ceremony for us that made all our family and friends boo hoo cry tears of joy (in the best way possible)!
  • Joshua H. Nov 11, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Excellent
    Very great guy, would strongly recommend. He will travel all the way to you so that you don't need to do any traveling.
  • Deb L. Oct 2, 2016
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    Sept 30, 2016 Wedding, Silver Birch Resort
    Very pleasant and professional experience. Would recommend to anyone needing a wedding officiant. Very accommodating ! Lokuta Family
  • Erin B. Sep 24, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Awesome job
    Money is limited right now and he was more than happy to work with us. He does such a great job. Good communication. Shied up when he said he would. I definitely recommend him
  • Corina J. Sep 23, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Your future officiant
    Joseph was amazing. He showed up on time and made my day extra special. I definitely recommend him!
  • Meghan D. Sep 20, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Perfect person for your wedding day!
    One of the nicest people I've ever dealt with. Made our wedding day very beautiful! Thank you!
  • Joy N. Aug 30, 2016
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    Joe was awesome ! He showed on time and was so nice to everyone . The day of my wedding it rained hard for 3 hours before the ceremony and he still made the drive and was on time . The ceremony was exactly what I wanted it couldn't have been better . Thanks Joe !!
  • Emily B. Aug 21, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
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  • Marisol G. Aug 17, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
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    The Truth Is You Did a Great Job I Appreciate the Fact That You Went Out Of Youre Way To Do the Ceremony in Spanish ☺ Thank You Soo Much!!!
  • Rubi M. Aug 9, 2016
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    Very good service.. Very adaptable to our needs and good price. Very on time and responsible
  • Maggie G. Aug 8, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    He was very personable, and he went out of his way to make our ceremony exceptional. We were doing a vow renewal service, and he made a special personalized certificate for us, and a wonderful personal service. He was also very reasonably priced. I highly recommend him.
  • Maryam K. Aug 3, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    We are very satisfied with Joseph service. I am the Bride's mom, and want personally thank Joseph from everybody, who attended our wedding ceremony. He was on time, very pleasant in communication, and professional. We would highly recommend Joseph .
  • Ashley C. Aug 3, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph was amazing and funny he was on time and even dropped off our paperwork for our wedding certificate thank you so much for everything
  • Tammy L. Aug 2, 2016
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  • Bonnie M. Jul 8, 2016
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    Joseph is a great officiant! He is flexible and open to ideas. We found vows that were perfect for our luau theme and he read them and added his witty touch making the moment absolutely perfect.
  • A-Nam N. Jul 8, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    We appreciated the fact that pastor Joe went out of his way to perform a ceremony for me and my husband. He did a wonderful job at helping us get our witnesses, sign the papers, and direct us to where we could get submit our documents. We enjoyed the ceremony and spontaneity. Thank you, pastor Joe. You were wonderful.
  • Stephanie G. Jun 10, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Thank you for making our day memorable and emotional to say the least! You were professional and very easy to communicate with... You made sure to make our ceremony personal and beautiful. It's very clear that you have a passion for what you do and we will always be grateful for you and your services. Thank you again!
  • Susan K. Jun 9, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Mr. Kolakowski officiated our Commitment Ceremony. He was prompt, professional, and he explained things very thoroughly. But more importantly, we chose a blessing, which he delivered beautifully and meaningfully. He guided us through our vows, and he was articulate, helpful, and spiritual. He made our "wedding" day special and memorable, which we will always cherish.
  • Tiffany G. May 24, 2016
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  • Kasie K. May 20, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Could not have been happier with the service that we were so graciously provided with!
  • Joy P. May 2, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Highly professional!!!Amazing service all the way around highly recommended A+++
  • Chel H. Apr 29, 2016
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  • Nastassia J. Apr 18, 2016
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  • Alex S. Apr 16, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Came to my house.. did a great job nice professional and took a long ride to help my family out. Thanks again appreciate what you did for us..
  • Dominique D. Mar 21, 2016
    Non-Denominational Wedding Officiant
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    I will definitely recommend him to other people, He was very helpful, professional and on point. He made the whole process seamless, and the ceremony beautiful. 5 STARS.
  • Maciel D. Mar 1, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joe did and awesome job. He performed a Spanish wedding, even though Spanish is not his first language. He did a great job. Thank you Joe.
  • Amanda D. Mar 1, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rabbi Kolakowski came through on our last minute ceremony. He was pleasant and really made our special day feel comfortable! He kept in contact throughout the morning and showed up in a timely manner, as well as taking time out of his busy day to perform our ceremony. He helped us to make our day an experience that we will never forget!
  • William M. Feb 22, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    God Bless This Man He My Wife And I Had A Outstanding Ceremony Thanks To Joseph Kolakowski! Even Even With Our Financial Problems He Was More Understanding And Flexible Then Any Other Marriage Officiant I've Spoken With He Is The Real Deal And We Are Eternally Grateful To Him. From William And Chelsie Mcconneghey May God Bless This Man And Anyone Who Chooses Him To Perform Their Ceremony.
  • Sergio G. Feb 9, 2016
    Wedding Officiant
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    Very satisfied with the way everything was done. Thank you so much for your compassion! We were very lucky to find you at the very last moment. We are truly appreciate that you came all the way to your home town in that kind of whether we had. Thank you so much for everything.
  • Megan K. Jan 6, 2016
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Joseph was fantastic! From the moment that I put the request out for a wedding officiant he was more than helpful. My husband and I wanted to elope and Joseph was great with answering questions and helping with other wedding details. He was very prompt with messages. He was considerate and confirmed details, including his own wardrobe selections! On the day of the ceremony he arrived early and was very professional. He did an amazing job during the ceremony. I was stressed and worried about little details, but the vows and officiant was not one of them. He rolled with the punches and made our wedding day perfect. Highly recommending him to anyone and everyone! Thank You again Joseph!!!!!
  • Pan H. Nov 18, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Outstanding service. Arrived on time. Rabbi Joseph was willing to help and very understanding. Not to mention a great sense of humor. He traveled over 100 miles to be there to marry us. After the wedding. He mailed out our marriage license paperwork right away. Highly recommended.
  • Michael L. Nov 9, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    we wanted a very simple marriage and we was ok with whatever we wanted to do! Nice Guy!
  • Daniel A. Oct 27, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph did an excellent job. I'm from a Christian family were officiant tell you what to do. Joseph ask what you want, and that's a big difference. He came right on time. He was respectfull and humble. We ask for a nondenominational ceremony and we get exactly that. This is the first time I met a Rabbi and was amazing. He made a 200 miles round trip to officiate the ceremony! We were sorry he left so quick.
  • Nichole K. Oct 18, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Wonderful wonderful wonderful. He did an amazing interfaith marriage. Wonderful kind and accommodating
  • Brittany R. Sep 29, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph was easy to work with and helpful. He was on time and spoke clearly and loudly at the ceremony.
  • Markis B. Sep 21, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    He performed such a beautiful ceremony for us. I highly recommend to him to marry anyone that needs to be married. In a few years when my wife and I renew our vows Joseph Kolakowski, DD will be the one we rehire.
  • Amanda F. Sep 21, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Perfect. He did everything we had asked for and was very kind and courteous!
  • Cody B. Sep 8, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph did everything we asked for without question. He was very helpful in helping us make decisions about the ceremony.I would recommend him for anyone eloping or doing a small wedding like we did.
  • Maria S. Aug 25, 2015
    Non-Religious Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rabbi Kolakowski was an irreplaceable part of our tiny elopement. He was professional and flexible, granting us the ceremony we wanted on extremely short notice. He was profound and respectful at the right moments without making the ceremony rigid or uncomfortably heavy (luckily he also found the idea of marrying two former-catholics to be funny). I'd recommend him to anyone Jewish, and to open-minded folks looking for a non-religious ceremony officiated by a rabbi.
  • Svetlana G. Aug 25, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    We were looking for the Rabbi and the wedding officiant at the same time. Joseph was great. He came on time, he accommodated all our desires and lovely incorporated those into the ceremony. He answered all our questions and guided us through the process. Thank you
  • Sharon F. Aug 18, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph was a wonderful and informative rabbi. Came on time . Was dressed acording to jewish tradition. And was super friendly and open minded. He made our ceremony special and we will never forget it . Will highly recommend to anyone who is getting married and is looking for an amazing wedding ceremony
  • Howard R. Aug 3, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rabbi Kolakowski did a wonderful job. Accommodating in location, the type of clothing, very professional and a true zealous concern for what he does. The Rabbi found another witness for us, was very reasonable in cost, held the date for us, was on time, took care of the license, Katubah, custom Katubah, allowed photos and videos, presented all his credentials, and made sure all was done in proper order. Thanks for making my daughter’s wedding so wonderful with all the accommodations you made for us. Thanks, Howard Rothbard
  • Heather J. Jul 25, 2015
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  • Becky A. Jul 15, 2015
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    Joseph officiated our outdoor wedding and was great from the day we first contacted him -- he asked what we wanted at the ceremony, from vows to what he wore. The options he gave us made us feel great, able to craft a ceremony that was truly us. He spoke beautifully during the ceremony, and we as well as our guests were very moved. A great experience for such an important, special day!
    Joseph K. Jul 15, 2015

    thank you - it was a beautiful and memorable ceremony - thank you for the honor to serve you

  • Patricia C. Jun 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Despite the horrid weather conditions that come into play with a January wedding, Joseph showed up in a timely manner. Leading up to our big day, he kept in touch, asked if I had any specific details he needed to acknowledge, and was very professional. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant that is punctual and cooperative. Side note; he allowed a family friend to do our service so it was extremely personal to us. Just a fun idea for anyone who doesn't want to go the traditional route.
    Joseph K. Jun 23, 2015

    thank you!

  • Dean V. Jun 22, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    He was supposed to arrive at least 30 minutes before the ceremony instead he arrived only 15 minutes before. Then during the ceremony he called the groom by the wrong name. Then instead of apologizing he expressed his concern that he might be given a bad review, this was done in the midst of the ceremony.
  • Spencer D. May 13, 2015
    Joseph K. Jun 23, 2015

    thank you!

  • David S. May 12, 2015
    A real caring and friendly individual. I highly recommend him!
  • Jonathan S. May 12, 2015
    As I have never had any work related business with him, I can't vouch for any professional services he provides. However I do know him personally and he is a very nice and pleasant person.
  • David W. May 11, 2015
    Excellent Service provided by Joseph. The entire family was impressed! Thank you Joseph and thank you Thumbtack!
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you and God bless!

  • John H. May 11, 2015
    He is the best, will marry you , and give you blessings. Don't be scared just cause he is a rabbi, he marry two people who want to be married. Religious or not .
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you!

  • Meir R. May 11, 2015
    I highly recommend Joseph. He is an extremely refined person he is sensitive and respectful of all cultures and religion. We had him at our wedding he was excellent. I highly recommend him.
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you so much - your wedding was very beautiful - all the best to you and your entire family

  • Avi M. May 11, 2015
    I'm very impressed. He was a very gracious host and I really enjoyed his officiations.
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you - God bless!

  • Aron R. May 11, 2015
    Your great rabbi!! keep up your good work.
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you - you are awesome

  • Samuel S. May 11, 2015
    The nicest guy! Very understanding and attentive. Very promptl as well. The rabbi also gives the best price, he truly wants to help people!!!
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you!

  • Jason W. May 11, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Only good thing I have to say about Joe, that he is respectful. Although I would never recommend him. I do not like bashing anyone but Joe almost ruined my wifes and I day. Joe accepted the job to come to bensalem, pa From NY on may 3rd, he called at 3 pm and told our venue boss he wouldn't be there until 430. Our ceremony started 330. Luckily they figured something out. He may have the excuse about traffic but you're a professional, no excuses, you're wrong. I wasn't going to write a review but I feel like he takes no blame. The money gesture is nice but that doesn't take that stress factor away. Once you were asked to leave, you shouldn't of even came. It was our wedding day and you wanted to talk? I was so heated. Basically, you're a good guy but you almost ruined my wedding. Needed to get this out.
  • Faith E. May 11, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Thank you so very much. Everything was so pretty and your ceremony was like the topper to a wedding cake. Lol we couldn't of had a memorable day without you. Hope that wesee you in 50yr for our vow renewal! Wishing you and your family all the best. Thanks again for such a memorable day!
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you! It was a lovely day!

  • Kaz F. May 6, 2015
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    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you!

  • Sandy R. Apr 20, 2015
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    I thank God for sending Joseph toy saved our wedding day. Thank you so much for traveling so far for us. You went out of your way to help and guarantee us a most memorable day. Our families would like to extend their hand and heart out to you for making such a memorable experience for them. Your service in spanish and english will be the forever remembered. We cant wait for you to be the one to renew our vows in five years. You will always be a part of our day. Once again from all us to you, Thank You from the bottom of our hearts.
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you and God bless!

  • Vanessa E. Apr 1, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    I'm a last minute type of person, so looking for an officiant was a hard task to pull off. The good Lord sent Joe my way! Even though Joe is from a different faith vs my own but he was wonderful to work with. He let me tailor my ceremony how I thought it would fit our needs and wants. His wife is also a lovely woman to talk with. I couldn't have been more pleased with how we were treated. To have him marry me and my husband within 24 hours of talking to him and being so professional at it, I am thinking of hiring him to do my sons christening. I would highly recommend him for any event! Talking to Joe is like talking to an old friend!
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you and God bless!

  • Jamie O. Feb 17, 2015
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    Joseph and his wife were lovely! They went the extra mile and walked through the snow and freezing cold to our special spot!
    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you - was a memorable wedding!

  • Xiaofei G. Feb 2, 2015
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    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you!

  • Jie F. Jan 23, 2015
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    Joe performed wedding ceremony service for us on Dec 21, 2014. And we liked his service. We also liked Joe because from beginning, he responded to our request promptly, and provided us necessary information and helpful tips. He is wonderful.
    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you - was a very lovely ceremony filled with emotion - may you be blessed with much luck and success!

  • Vonda B. Jan 4, 2015
    Wedding Officiant
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    Joseph Kolakowski helped me find a simple civil ceremony we would be happy with. He drove 3 hours one way to perform the ceremony. He was very personable and friendly and he made us feel at ease. He arrived on time and his work was outstanding. We would recommend him for other wedding services.
    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you - was a lot of fun to do your wedding!

  • Melissa C. Dec 28, 2014
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    Joseph was wonderful he kept in contact with us he was on time and spoke clearly. Thank you
    Joseph K. Jan 3, 2015

    thank you!

  • Rachel S. Oct 8, 2014
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    Joseph showed up on time for the rehearsal and the ceremony. He was professional, kind, and met everyone of our needs. If we did it all over again we would still hire him!
    Joseph K. Oct 29, 2014

    thank you!

  • Meng Q. Oct 5, 2014
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    Joseph Kolakowski are very professional. Thank you for helping make our wedding day so perfect.
    Joseph K. Oct 29, 2014

    thank you!

  • Diana G. Sep 22, 2014
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    Mr. Kolakowski was wonderful! He was very patient and very diligent with the whole process making sure to cater based on our needs and wishes. Thank you so much Mr. Kolakowski! I definetely recommend.
    Joseph K. Oct 29, 2014

    thank you!

  • John V. Sep 3, 2014
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    He did an excellent job on our wedding, Thanks.
    Joseph K. Sep 3, 2014

    thank you! was a pleasure!

  • John S. Aug 25, 2014
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    Joe did a great job making our day special!
    Joseph K. Sep 3, 2014

    thank you!

  • Joella E. Jul 28, 2014
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    Very great to work with.
    Joseph K. Jan 3, 2015

    thank you!

  • Anat A. Jul 16, 2014
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    Great guy great ceremony
    Joseph K. Jan 3, 2015

    thank you!

  • Sadae Y. May 24, 2014
    Wedding Officiant
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    Rabbi Joe did an amazing job! He was so patient and kind; he explained everything for the audience and truly made our wedding a most wonderful occasion we couldn't have been happier! He was all smiles when the ceremony was over and he stayed on to help make sure everything thing was done correctly. He also put us at ease and helped everything to run smoothly. We are so happy wirh our choice of Rabbi Joe! Four stars all the way!
    Joseph K. Sep 3, 2014

    thank you! Mazel Tov!

  • Michelle B. May 5, 2014
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    April 23rd 2014 was such a special day for us. What can I say about this man that would do him the honour he deserves? Words can't express how blessed we are to have had him as a part of our wedding. "Officiant" is not an adequate title for the role he played in this memorable page of our story. He drove hundreds of miles to preside over our nuptials and was there in plenty of time... for a more reasonable price than anyone local we could find! And that is the least of what he did for us. Not only was he in constant contact with us (difficult at best since I work nights and my wife works days) and customized our ceremony exactly as we wanted, he had suggestions that were helpful and insightful; incorporated our requests to the letter and even made himself available midweek for us to be wed on the date we wanted. Willing to serve doesn't say enough... our themed wedding was fantastic and he even was able to theme his own garb to accommodate. Even when called upon to ad lib in several moments of the ceremony, he did so with perfect timing and grace. We would highly recommend Rabbi Joe for your special occasion. ★★★★★
    Joseph K. Jan 3, 2015

    thank you!

  • Jackie D. May 5, 2014
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    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you!

  • Hollie J. May 5, 2014
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    Came through for us on very little notice, highly recommend.
    Joseph K. Feb 17, 2015

    thank you!

  • Theodore A. Dec 12, 2013
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    Rabbi Joe was most responsive to our specific needs and carried out the responsibilities of wedding officiant in an excellent manner. We wanted someone who would allow us to design our own ceremony and he listened to us in a helpful manner. We recommend him without reservation.
    Joseph K. May 11, 2015

    thank you Ted, your wedding was a lot of fun!

  • Andrea G. Nov 27, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Rabbi Kolakowski is such an understanding and genuine person, I cannot imagine having my wedding officiated by anybody else. He helped me out a lot since my budget and schedule were very difficult and he drove all the way to NYC to officiate my wedding. The words he wrote for my wedding were so thoughtful and specially customized for my particular love story... He is caring, communicates often and makes everything special for each couple. Thank you Rabbi Kolakowski....I hope to see you soon in another celebration of my life.
    Joseph K. Sep 3, 2014

    thank you!

  • Madelaine R. Nov 2, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Joseph K. Nov 2, 2013

    thank you, Madelaine! Congratulations!

  • Bonnie R. Nov 1, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    Very nice, on time, reasonable rate, all around great experience. Thank you!!!
    Joseph K. Nov 2, 2013

    thank you, Bonnie!

  • Joanne L. Oct 21, 2013
    Wedding Officiant
    Verified Review
    What a nut job! I kindly rejected his proposed amout, and every day he would email me to let me know that he could beat any other offers . I let him know that I choose a church wedding, to that he tild me I wasted his time and I wasn't serious. Very displeased with him and his service. At this point he is still contacting me. I know feel harassed, by a Rabbi no less.
    Joseph K. Oct 22, 2013

    this review is misleading to say the least - this "customer" never intended to book any services on thumbtack, but rather had a friend who was willing to perform her wedding for free all along. It is misleading to say she chose "a church wedding" when in fact she was not hiring an officiant at all, neither on Thumbtack or elsewhere, but rather had a friend do the wedding for free. Customers need to realize that service providers pay per bid here on Thumbtack, and should not make frivolous requests. She not only wasted my money, but that of 4 other ministers who offered her bids, when she advertised she was seeking an officiant for a non-religious/civil wedding. Apparently, Thumbtack agreed with me on this one, and the bidders were refunded their credits, thankfully! Please disregard this review, as indeed she was not seriously seeking an officiant on Thumbtack at all, but all along had a friend who would do it for free. Her statement that she was displeased "with my service" is irrelevant, because I never rendered any services for her, but rather was offering her information on how the Thumbtack site works. Again, thankfully, Thumbtack agreed with me.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Hopefully, I only do one wedding with you, but I can also do other services such as baptisms, baby blessings, funerals, memorials, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other services. I will send you some sample ceremonies and you can pick what you like, or add or subtract anything you like. I just basically need the address of the venue and a number to reach you in case I get lost. I do not require a deposit. I only perform weddings which are allowed by הלכה.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am an ordained rabbi and I have a BA degree. I also work as a chaplain.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I usually ask 50 cents a mile each way (so $1 per mile one way), plus the thumbtack fee ($5 to $20 for weddings as thumbtack changed their policies, $15-$30 for motivational speaking, etc) plus a fee for the ceremony, which depends on many factors. My average fee with traveling is $150 to $350 for a civil or non-denomational wedding, and $250 to $950 for a Jewish wedding. I always offer to beat any other price quoted, even if my expenses aren't met. I do not charge for local weddings in my own town, but do accept any gift offered, which is usually between $40 to $150. I have done and will do free weddings if the couple comes to my home or office, or if I happen to be in the area. I usually do not do weddings on Friday evenings or Saturdays, but I can do so if there is lodging within walking distance. Generally, prices for Saturday weddings start at $500. I do not ask for a deposit, but if you mark me as hired and cancel within less than a month, there is a cancelation fee - usually $100, especially for a weekend ceremony.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I mostly specialize in quick, weekday elopements. But no wedding is too small or too big for me. I have performed weddings for people all kinds of religions or none at all. Even though I am a rabbi, most of my weddings have been for people of other faiths than Judaism, or none at all.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Look around, be open minded, make sure you are not wasting money on anything that is not needed, unless you can afford it... Also, if you are getting married in Pennsylvania, make sure that your officiant is legal in the state. PA law requires clergy to serve "a regularly established congregation", as I do, not just "do weddings" as many officiants on thumbtack do.