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Joseph K., DD - Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker
Joseph K., DD - Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker

Joseph K., DD - Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker

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Introduction: NOW AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE/VIRTUAL WEDDINGS IN NYS, NJ, AND PA (travel fee applies to NJ). I DO NOT USE PHONE OR EMAIL FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY UNTIL LATE NIGHT - PLEASE DO NOT CANCEL LAST MINUTE IF YOU DON'T HEAR FROM ME WHEN IT ISN'T MY BUSINESS HOURS. ALSO, I WORK IN A PLACE WHERE I CANNOT USE MY PHONE, SO I CANNOT ALWAYS ANSWER IMMEDIATELY - IF I TELL YOU I CAN DO SOMETHING, I CAN, DON'T WORRY IF YOU DON'T GET AN ANSWER TO A QUESTION IMMEDIATELY. I started doing weddings in 2007, and I have done around 850 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. I love performing weddings and delivering speeches at other events. Serving others and making people happy is a great source of satisfaction.
Overview

Current Top Pro

Hired 364 times

Serves Kauneonga Lake, NY

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4 employees

14 years in business

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Cash, Check, PayPal, Venmo

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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

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Reviews

Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

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Kristine C.

Wedding Officiant

He is very accomodating, responsive and is easy to deal with. We had a great wedding ceremony and if ever we will get marry again I will still choose him to be our officiant. Thank you
Apr 27, 2021
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Ashlynn C.

Wedding Officiant

Joseph did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He was knowledgeable and extremely kind. I would highly recommend him and knowing he was part of our important day adds to the fondness of the memory.
Mar 18, 2021
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Hongming C.

Wedding Officiant

Great great experience with Joseph. My wife and I had no experience on wedding and legal processes. Joseph is very helpful and reliable. I would suggest him if you need a marriage official for your wedding.
Jan 31, 2021
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Jacqueline R.

Wedding Officiant

Joseph was very good! Very nice man that was very professional and was easy to work with. He made our wedding day very special. Definitely a good person to officiate anyone and any kind of wedding you want.
Aug 31, 2020
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David H.

Wedding Officiant

Joseph was a fantastic officiant and gave me and my wife a great ceremony that was everything we wanted for our wedding. He was very accommodating, responsive, and professional.
May 18, 2020
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Joseph Kolakowski

FAQs

  • 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 $220, 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 $175 to $200, 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.

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