Joseph K., DD - Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker
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Jul - Dec
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Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers
Wear masks during the job
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Intimacy and passion,
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!Apr 24, 2017Verified
Joe was extremely flexible and accommodating.. Let us have the experience we wanted.. And he was very friendly! He is highly experienced and is an advocate for marriage. Thanks again!Sep 14, 2017
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.Feb 23, 2016Verified
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.Nov 18, 2015Verified
we wanted a very simple marriage and we was ok with whatever we wanted to do! Nice Guy!Nov 9, 2015Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?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 travel fees for local weddings in my own town, but do accept any gift offered, which is usually between $75 to $150, to recoup costs from Thumbtack. Same is for Virtual Weddings. I usually do not do weddings on Friday evenings or Saturdays, but I can do so if there is lodging within walking distance, and i am able to sign paperwork before or after the sabbath. 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. If it is less than a week, the cancellation fee is $175. In general, a wedding on a Sunday starts at $175, but could be lower if it is last minute and local. If you are further away (for example, in the Philadelphia area, Finger Lakes area, Harrisburg area, etc.) the price is $250 to $275 usually. Weekdays near Scranton or Monticello tend to start at $120 to $150, but could go lower, especially if it fits in my schedule. I do not answer email, text, or phone from sundown Friday night until about 105 minutes after sundown Saturday nights, nor major Jewish holidays. Cancellations made during that period are subject to full cost cancellation fees. I do not perform weddings in violation of Jewish law (two males, halachic Jews with non-Jews, Cohen to halachic divorcee or otherwise prohibited to Cohen, etc.). Marking me as hired, and/or giving me the time, place, and date of your wedding creates a contract between us. While i do not require deposits, i do request cancellation fees, particularly for Sunday weddings, especially if cancellation is made less than 72 hours before the scheduled time for wedding, unless we reschedule for a new time or date.
- 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, and I serve a regularly established congregation, as is required by Pennsylvania law to perform all weddings. I am registered to perform weddings in NYC and Virginia, and am legally eligible to perform weddings which do not require registration or congregational affiliation for clergy, such as NJ, CT, MD, and most states.