Traveling Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker
Traveling Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker

Traveling Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker

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$275
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Introduction: NOW AVAILABLE FOR ONLINE/VIRTUAL WEDDINGS IN NJ, AND PA (travel fee applies to NJ). VIRTUAL WEDDINGS ARE NO LONGER LEGAL IN NYS. 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 1,000 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.
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Current Top Pro

Hired 460 times

Serves Kauneonga Lake, NY

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4 employees

15 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

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Reviews

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

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Vicki V.
Mar 1, 2022
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Hired on Thumbtack

Hired on Thumbtack

Very thankful for Joseph K’s services! Thanks to him, everything went perfectly. Very responsive and a delight to work with. Highly recommended wedding officiant!

Details: Elopement • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal

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Precious H.
Nov 17, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Joseph was amazing! Wedding started a little late and he was so patient and kind. His words were perfect and he really helped make our day perfect! I recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant

Details: Wedding • Non-denominational (mentions God) • 51 - 100 guests • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Marcia W.
Oct 12, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Amazing experience! Joseph was wonderful since the first time I wrote to him about being the wedding officiant up until the wedding ceremony! He is very helpful, resourceful, attentive, punctual, friendly, and very professional. Some of my family members only speak Spanish and he asked if I wanted him to translate a few things for them during the ceremony. It was perfect! My family was surprised and extremely happy. I would most definitely recommend Joseph to anyone looking for the perfect wedding ceremony.

Details: Wedding • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Laura M.
Sep 1, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

Joseph was an excellent officiant for my wedding! I had a large selection of non religious ceremonies to choose from. He was responsive on thumbtack every time I asked a question. The day of my wedding was perfect, he did an excellent job. He drove 2 hours for my 11AM ceremony I highly recommend him.

Details: Wedding • Non-religious (no mention of God) • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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Juddie P.
Aug 16, 2021
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Hired on Thumbtack

My wedding event was superb owing to his experience and professionalism. I am glad I chose him to officiate at my wedding. I recommend him and his services to anyone around the world.

Details: Elopement • Christian • 20 guests or fewer • Help writing vows will not be needed • English • Officiant will not be needed at the rehearsal • Officiant does not need to be present at rehearsal

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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. I have also registered my credentials in DE. I can perform weddings in MA, but I need an out-of-state waiver each time I perform a wedding there, so it may not be possible to perform a last-minute ceremony there.

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