As a professional Wedding Officiant, I believe that it is my job to bring a couple's love story to life. I will work closely with you in order to design a wedding ceremony that reflects your personal values, beliefs and traditions. I want you to be able to share your love for one another through your ceremony and create a memorable experience for both you and your guests.
I specialize in planning customized ceremonies, and I am proud to be a welcoming and inclusive Wedding Officiant serving couples in New Jersey, New York City Philadelphia and I am currently accepting last-minute bookings for elopements and virtual ceremonies as well as bookings for in-person weddings in 2021.
Visit my website to book your immediate virtual consultation.
I am proud to offer a variety of different services for my couples, including:
115 Reviews for Weddings By Aretha
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Jennifer J. · Married on 02/21/2021
From the moment she came on board as our wedding officiant, Aretha was a pleasure to work with. She was always easy to reach and quick to respond. Any time we had questions or needed assistance she would set up a Zoom or phone call and allowed us as much time as we needed. She really took the time to get to know us and understand who we are as a couple. This made the ceremony feel so much more intimate and authentic, like we were getting married by someone who genuinely cared about us. We chose to live stream it for the guests who couldn't attend and she made sure to address them on Zoom which was a nice touch and made them feel included. She took great care to incorporate the things that were important to us, and steer clear of things we didn’t want. Our ceremony was everything we could have imagined and more, filled with tears, laughter, and huge smiles from us and our guests, just like we wanted. Everything was absolutely beautiful and we are still getting compliments on it weeks later. She took care of filing our paperwork which was one less thing for us to stress over. Due to COVID, wedding planning was often overwhelming and not a very fun experience but every time we spoke to Aretha I felt excited and optimistic. She helped me get organized and gave me great peace of mind that our day would be nothing short of amazing and she delivered on that! She was wonderful and we were thrilled with our decision to have her as our wedding officiant. I highly recommend Aretha and would jump at the opportunity to work with her again.Sent on 03/02/2021
Weddings By Aretha's reply:Jennifer, thank you! Your wedding was AMAZING, and I was delighted to be part of the day a new chapter in your "Happily Ever After" began. I'm always grateful when I can create a ceremony that is deeply meaningful for my couple. Thank you for trusting me with your ceremony! May you and Mike know every joy the world has to offer!
Kamila S. · Getting married on 10/01/2022
We felt we could trust our sacred ceremony in her hands
We found Aretha on Instagram, and after looking at other Wedding Officiants we chose her because we loved her modern style and poise. But it was actually our phone conversation before our initial consultation with her that we knew she was the Wedding Officiant for us. We felt like we were speaking to an old friend! She was very interested in who we were individually and as a couple. We laughed and talked on the phone for like an hour. We were all just very open-hearted and honest from the start and we clicked right away! Our wedding day was as beautiful in reality as Aretha described it would be during our consultation. Aretha allowed us to personalize our rituals and ceremony to make it special to us and our spiritual practices. She gave us accurate advice about the manner in which certain rituals should be conducted. She was so flexible, and wanted our day to be perfect! She coordinated her wardrobe so we'd be comfortable, she hiked to the park with us, over rocks, and dirt to our wedding location, and she was so generous with her time that she even stayed with us and took pictures after the ceremony, it truly felt like she was part of the family and our family absolutely loved her and spoke of how beautifully and professionally she officiated our ceremony. I felt very confident to trust our sacred day in her hands! Each time I got nervous about something, she'd talk to me and give me solutions or reassure me that it would be perfect. We highly recommend having Aretha as your Wedding Officiant. You'll be so happy you did.Sent on 01/26/2021
Weddings By Aretha's reply:Thank you Kamila! Your wedding day is one that will sit in my heart forever! I loved everything about it! Meeting you and your loved ones was everything! Best wishes to you and William for a fun-filled future together! Congrats!
Katie · Getting married on 04/11/2022
Aretha is a True Pro
Working with Aretha was a terrific experience! Our original wedding was canceled due to the pandemic. After a long wait, we decided to schedule a wedding over Zoom. We found Aretha just weeks before our desired wedding date. In our Zoom consultation, she understood exactly the type of wedding we wanted—simple but with personal touches that would allow us to connect with our loved ones in an intimate way, even in a virtual setting. She quickly became someone we knew we could trust with our special day. While we were somewhat nervous about planning an event on such short notice, Aretha was a true pro. She listened to our wishes about the flow of the ceremony, including specific parts where we wanted family and friends to participate on the Zoom call. During the event, Aretha easily integrated our family and friends and led the ceremony with beautiful words about the commitment we were making as a couple. Aretha helped create a unique and fun experience we will always remember.Sent on 12/13/2020
Weddings By Aretha's reply:Thank you Katie! It was a pleasure working with you and Winston! I enjoyed officiating your ceremony and virtually meeting your loved ones. Sending you both best wishes for happy marriage!
I’ve met a lot of Wedding Officiants in my career as a DJ but by far, Aretha is definitely at the top of my list as the Officiant I will be recommending to future clients. She is very personable and knows how to engage with people. She is fantastic during the ceremony, makes the couple and their guests laugh which helps to make the mood less stressful. Aretha is also very professional and just very easy to work with. If you’re planning your wedding and looking for an excellent Wedding Officiant, I HIGHLY recommend Aretha.
When you've been in the wedding market for over 15 years like I have you come across many officiants. it takes a true professional to bring insight, humor and reflection during a couples most sacred moments. Aretha's words and positive energy add a special touch to every ceremony that I've worked alongside her. She sets a great tone for the day and that is crucial for any wedding! She is by far the best at what she does! I love her and you will too!
Aretha is a fantastic Wedding Officiant! Her ability to beautifully deliver your ceremony on your wedding day and the care that she takes with every couple leading up to the wedding, is the hallmark of a true professional. If you’re able to book Aretha (she’s booked up months in advance!) do it! You’ll be happy you did.