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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Jessica · Married on 09/15/2019
Beautiful Ceremony and Officiant
Michele was absolutely amazing! She made our ceremony so incredibly special, and helped to ensure our guests remained present in the moment with us. Our custom ceremony was beautiful, and meant so much more to us than a traditional, pre-scripted ceremony. All of our guests completed the ceremony, and Michele, noting how wonderful she was!Sent on 09/17/2019
Michele Zipp's reply:Thank you so much! I absolutely loved and will cherish being a part of your ceremony. Much love to you two!
Todd Easton · Married on 07/20/2019
Michelle gave us just the ceremony we were looking for. Although we had only spoken once and emailed a few times, she still made it very personal. We were looking for a spiritual / natural ceremony and Michelle helped guide us in the right direction while also accommodating any of our requests. It was wonderful.Sent on 07/23/2019
Michele Zipp's reply:Thank you both so much! So much spirituality, love, and magic was in the air that day. I love all the elements you two wanted to incorporate and it was all truly beautiful.
Amanda Gubitosi · Married on 07/06/2019
Michele is an angel!!!
Michele is an angel! That’s the only way to describe how she can be so utterly good at what she does for those who start out as strangers to her and end up as friends for life. She takes such great care to truly understand her couples, from initial connection and leading up to the wedding, and craft their most special and sacred ceremony moment that is perfectly unique to them. It’s incredible! She is in incredible!Sent on 09/09/2019
Leading up to our wedding, my husband and I knew that although we were both raised Roman Catholic, because were are not so religious as we are spiritual, we did not want to hold a traditional ceremony in a church. For our parents this was hugely upsetting. However, fast forward to our wedding day... our parents, families, and friends could not stop talking about how beautifully touching and “us” our ceremony was. In fact, we still have guests talking about it now, months later! And our parents!!!
For us it was important to incorporate into our ceremony all the love and well wishes of our guests in witness. Michele helped to develop our suggestion of a ring warming, where our rings would be passed through each row of our guests so that they could bless our rings. Together with Michele we, also, worked to incorporate a crystal mandala for added blessings of our rings and of our marriage, a unity candle lighting, reiki, and a couple readings which we asked family members to read aloud, and an intimate vow exchange sans microphone. Michele managed to fit everything we were hoping to say and do into our ceremony program so smooth and effortlessly.
Our ceremony was beyond magical and mystical and love-filled and unforgettable. For my husband and I and for all our guests. It was simply put: perfect!
To add to it all, Michele so thoughtfully put together a beautifully handmade ceremony book for us to have as a keepsake of our wedding day. She gifted it to us with purposefully selected crystals, herbs, and flowers for a blessed marriage. So special.
If you want a ceremony that feels like YOUR unique love, with an officiant who is capable of delivering an unforgettably heartfelt experience like no other, choosing Michele should be a NO-BRAINER!
Thank you Michele for being beautifully you! We love you! :)
Michele Zipp's reply:You two are incredible! I adore you both! Thank you for these kind words, they mean so much to me. Cannot wait to see what the next chapters for you two hold.
She is wonderful. Highly recommend. Michele, I need some business cards for my vendor table!