Reverend Joy Weddings
Reverend Joy Weddings

Reverend Joy Weddings

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Introduction: Make your wedding a memorable and joyous experience that deeply reflects who you are, and the love and dreams you share with each other. As a wedding officiant who is also an ordained interfaith minister, I work with couples of all faiths and beliefs, to design and perform wedding ceremonies that can be either spiritual, religious, humanistic-secular, nature-based, or other themes, including mixed-faith relationships - whatever the couple experiences as true for themselves. Your wedding ceremony can be very elegant and elaborate, or very simple, or anywhere in between depending on your wishes. The actual content of the ceremony comes from our discussions. We can be as creative as you like! Soy bilingüe. Puedo realizar la ceremonia en español o inglés o ambos. My services as a wedding officiant include the following: - Initial introductory conversation and ceremony overview - In-depth initial meeting with couple to discuss wedding logistics, details of ceremony, personal faith and beliefs, the joys and challenges of your relationship, marriage beliefs and goals. - Design and creation of ceremony. - Completion and mailing of your marriage license - Performing ceremony My fee range is $295 - $395, depending on the time, travel, and complexity involved. I officiate weddings all over New England and eastern NY State. 50% deposit is required at time of signing of written agreement which spells out all commitments by me and you. The balance is due on the day of the wedding. I am glad to answer any questions that you have. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best wishes, Reverend Joy (Rev. Gary Shapiro)

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Lashaya D.

Wedding Officiant

Thank you so much for being our officiant! Everything was beautiful and our family LOVED the story you told of our budding relationship! Thank you!! Lashaya and Josh
Sep 21, 2020
James F.

Wedding Officiant

Kind, thoughtful, easy to work with...cares about your wedding and you...great sense of a difficult time to do anything- Gary made our wedding special...highly recommend him
Aug 14, 2020
Kathryn G.

Wedding Officiant

Gary did an incredible job officiating our wedding; we cannot recommend him enough! Throughout the planning process, he was very responsive via both email and phone, and he took all of our comments and suggestions into consideration promptly. We were nervous about choosing an officiant who didn't know us, but Gary took the time to ask the right questions and learn about our relationship. The ceremony he created truly reflected who we are as individuals and as a couple, and we received dozens of compliments on how touching, funny, and special it was. (I should also mention that our ceremony space wasn't air conditioned, and our guests were VERY sweaty by the end, so the fact that they still loved the ceremony is very high praise!) We started out thinking that we didn't care what the ceremony was as long as we ended up married, but I'm very happy to report that we'll remember every special detail for a long, long time. Thank you, Gary!
Jul 26, 2016
Lauren D.

Wedding Officiant

We hired Gary as the officiant for our outdoor wedding this past June, and couldn't have been happier with our choice. What appealed to us about Gary was his extensive commitment to helping others, through his charity work and counseling, and an approach that focused on us as a couple. He focused on our commitment to each other, and respected our decision to have a non-religious service, which was exactly what we were looking for. He was available for us throughout the process and worked with us to create a ceremony that really spoke to everyone in attendance, and is something we will go back to and read over again later in life. We have received so many compliments on Gary’s ceremony from all the guests that attended & we continue to this day. We would highly recommend Gary for anyone looking for a personable experience. We thank you again Gary for our most memorable day!
Aug 4, 2015
Jessica L.

Wedding Officiant

Reverend Gary Shapiro was the Officiant at our wedding on 10/9/15. Overall this was a great experience. We had several enjoyable conversations with Gary before the wedding. He had us fill out a questionnaire which he used to get to know us better and to get an idea about how we view our relationship and marriage. He incorporated this into our ceremony and made it very personalized. My husband and I are not religious, but Gary was very accommodating of our beliefs and tailored our ceremony to this. We were very happy with our experience with Gary and with our ceremony the day of the wedding. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Thanks! Jessica and Daniel Dwyer
Oct 19, 2015
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Price is based on time, travel, and complexities involved. Discounts are available if affordability is an issue.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Initial introductory phone call fill out questionnaire thorough discussion to get to know who you are, how you envision your marriage and what you would like for ceremony to include

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Two years study at Interfaith Seminary seven years experience designing and officiating weddings

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