Custom Ceremonies by Michele Zipp is a wedding officiant based in New Paltz, New York. As a non-denominational ordained minister, love storyteller and ritualist, she creates custom ceremonies for couples. Michele can also help you curate the entire ceremony, ensuring that you can focus on each other and be in the moment.
The wedding officiant is also a professional writer and journalist, so you can count on her to find the right words for your special day. She has been officiating weddings since 2011.
Custom Ceremonies by Michele Zipp will work with your guests, vendors and venue to make sure everything runs smoothly. Michele is also happy to incorporate meaningful customs and traditions. Her professional services include:
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STEPHANIE · Married on 07/06/2018
Michele was an absolute pleasure to work with. We picked the perfect person to marry us. The ceremony was completely personalized and all about us. We have both had a number of our guests compliment the ceremony and how different it was from what they're used to seeing at weddings. I'm so so happy Michele married us and wouldn't have had it any other way. I definitely recommend her!Sent on 07/26/2018
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Clare · Married on 06/29/2018
Working with Michele was incredibly wonderful! We couldn't have asked for a better officiant to make our wedding so beautiful and truly ours. We knew we did not want to have a traditional wedding and Michele worked with us to form our ideas into a beautiful ceremony.Sent on 07/16/2018
She used home grown flowers and sage for a hand cleansing ritual, we brought our birth flowers to braid together and Michele created a beautiful ritual, describing the significance of the flowers. At one point she asked everyone in the room to close their eyes and set intentions for the couple and word from our guests, everyone actually did! She asked us questions and got to know us and used our answers to create a beautiful ceremony, crafted so personally, for just the two of us.
Guest's couldn't sing their praises loudly enough about how literally magical, romantic, and unique the ceremony was; They said they've never attended a wedding as specially tailored to a couple, and formed around love as ours was and may never again. Having many religious folk on both sides of our family (and us not being so), they personally recalled the ceremony as the best they've ever experienced. Michele gifted us the flowers and sage used during the ritual as well as a hand made book with the text of the ceremony. I've already gone back and re-read it many times :)
Thank you so much, Michele! We almost skipped the ceremonial part of the wedding (i was wanting something short and to the point) but I am SO glad we did the research and found you and we opened our hearts to a much more meaningful and romantic ritual. The day would not have been the same without your sweet and caring soul guiding us into marriage!
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Veronica Pavan · Married on 06/23/2018
hen searching for an officiant, it was incredibly important to my fiancé and I to find someone whose personality resonated with us/who felt like an old friend, but that would also make our ceremony feel sacred and spiritual. Michele brought the perfect balance of these things to our wedding day! We were both raised in catholic/christian homes, and while we're both spiritual people in general, neither of us personally identify with either practice. That said, we still wanted to maintain a certain level of non-hokey-ness for our families, who we thought might get a little weirded out by our need for palo-santo and lack of a priest. That said, we loved all of the options and ideas that Michele offered us, and she easily guided us through several ritual options until we agreed upon what felt right for us. Next, she guided us individually through questions about our relationship/each other and used this information to design our ceremony. What she was able to put together based on just a few conversations with us and a short questionnaire was nothing short of magic. Her ceremony style was relaxed, warm, humorous and heartfelt - everyone laughed and cried and it truly felt so - us - that it set the perfect tone for the rest of our celebration. We received the most compliments about how special and truly meaningful our ceremony was and we couldn't agree more! I am truly so thankful to have connected with Michele and highly recommend her!Sent on 03/21/2019
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She is wonderful. Highly recommend. Michele, I need some business cards for my vendor table!