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Hudson Valley Ceremonies is a wedding officiant business in Rhinebeck, New York. For more than two decades, they have been part of the joy of weddings, catering to each couple that hires them. Hudson Valley Ceremonies adjusts package options to fit each couple's budget and specific needs.

Services Offered

Hudson Valley Ceremonies is licensed and offers counseling services to Rhinebeck and the surrounding areas of New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. They accommodate custom vows and can conduct services for a host of wedding types, including single-religion and interfaith. The team has officiated eco-friendly and military weddings, as well as weddings involving various religions such as Anglican, Buddhist, and Jewish. Their officiants personalize each ceremony according to the wishes of each couple, to ensure that their love and relationship shines through. Hudson Valley Ceremonies also offers planning services to couples, should they need them.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the typical price for your wedding services?

$550

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?

$300

Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?

No

What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

$550

What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

$100

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What services do you provide?

Bilingual

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Anglican
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jainism
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
Mormon
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian
Pagan
Presbyterian
Quaker
Shinto
Sikhism
Taoist
Unitarian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?

CT
NJ
NY
PA

What languages do you speak?

English
Hebrew
Spanish
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Reviews of Hudson Valley Ceremonies

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4.8 out of 5 rating
4.8 out of 5 rating
335 Reviews
97% recommend it
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Multiple reviewers highly recommend Hudson Valley Ceremonies for wedding planning and coordination services. Sandra O'Connell and Stefanie were praised for their exceptional organization, attention to detail, and professionalism. They made the wedding day run smoothly and flawlessly, handling logistics, coordinating with vendors, and ensuring that everything was in place. The reviewers appreciated their expertise, guidance, and ability to handle any issues that arose. Overall, the reviewers had a fantastic experience working with Hudson Valley Ceremonies and highly recommended them for a stress-free and memorable wedding day.

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Multiple reviewers highly recommend Hudson Valley Ceremonies for wedding planning and coordination services. Sandra O'Connell and Stefanie were praised for their exceptional organization, attention to detail, and professionalism. They made the wedding day run smoothly and flawlessly, handling logistics, coordinating with vendors, and ensuring that everything was in place. The reviewers appreciated their expertise, guidance, and ability to handle any issues that arose. Overall, the reviewers had a fantastic experience working with Hudson Valley Ceremonies and highly recommended them for a stress-free and memorable wedding day.

Julie
Julie T. Sent on 01/04/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A Wonderful Wedding Planner and On Site Team!

We were married at City Winery Hudson Valley on 9/30/23 and are thrilled we decided to work with Hudson Valley Ceremonies for our big day! Sandra O'Connell was wonderful to work with - from the very beginning she helped me narrow down which vendors to work with - all of whom were incredible industry professionals - and she was always there for any question I needed clarity on. On our actual wedding day her and her assistant Mary were on site from the early morning through to the end of our reception - and the day could not have gone smoother. It was so comforting to have them coordinating with our vendors and the venue throughout the day - there wasn't one question I needed to answer because they were so on top of it - so I truly got to focus on the excitement of the day instead of the logistics. There were a couple items that were brought to my attention throughout the night, and Sandra was always right there to swoop in and help correct. Also the little very important things like gathering all of our cards and personal items before the night was over and bringing back to the bridal suite - I never would have had the capacity to do it all. Thank you so much!!
Lauren
Lauren B. Sent on 10/20/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Working with Stefanie was 10/10!

We got married at the Senate Garage this past September. We hired HVC to assist us with day-of coordination and planning. We were so lucky to work with Stefanie. Stefanie is truly one of the kindest, most empathetic people we have ever met. In addition to that, she is extremely professional, organized and detail-oriented. All of our email correspondence was incredibly detailed and she truly thought of everything. She was always open to having phone calls to run through things if needed.
The week leading up to our wedding was extremely hectic and Stefanie effortlessly took the lead to ensure everything would go smoothly. She truly cared for us as if we had been friends for our whole life.
Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. Stefanie and Renee oversaw the execution of our rain plan and made sure we had the wedding day we envisioned. When we forgot our cake knife, they even ran out and bought us a new one. There are no words to express how grateful we are to have had Stefanie and HVC apart of our day. We would recommend her to anyone 1000X over!!
Jessa
Jessa C. Sent on 11/27/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Sandra Made Our Wedding Dreams Come True!

We were married this past September at Timber Lake Camp and had the wedding (and weekend) of our dreams thanks to Sandra O'Connell at Hudson Valley Ceremonies.

If you don't get to the end of this review and only read one thing: Hiring Sandra was one of the best decisions we made for our wedding. She is beyond dedicated to giving you the wedding of your dreams, and her ability to execute and make it ALL happen is nothing short of extraordinary. Every wedding needs a Sandra!

We had the pleasure of working with Sandra from the beginning of our wedding planning journey all the way through our 3 day wedding weekend. When we were stumped looking for venues that could accommodate our large guest list AND a weekend-long celebration.

Sandra approached us with a "think outside the box" venue: Timber Lake Camp, a beautifully serene summer camp nestled in the Catskills. We were unsure about the idea of a summer camp wedding but trusted her instinct - and thankfully we did. The day we visited the camp we knew it was PERFECT. 500 gorgeous acres with plenty of room to accommodate ALL of our guests, that we could have all to ourselves for an entire weekend - camp cabins, facilities, staff, and all! It truly felt like she had pulled a rabbit out of a hat and that was only the start of Sandra's magic!

Throughout the entire year and a half long planning process, Sandra lent us her ear and expertise: she listened to our wishes, concerns, thoughts; guided us through a million different decisions; provided alternative options/ideas to meet our budget; and found the perfect vendors to bring our vision to life. She sat in on our calls with the coordinator at the camp, and even made visits to the camp with us - including one visit during a snowstorm! She also managed our multitude of vendors (including 3 separate caterers!) from the initial inquiries all the way through to the end of packing up after the wedding.

When the wedding weekend came around, Sandra stayed on site all 3 days and made every event run smoothly - we felt like she was somehow everywhere all at once! We had multiple events, including our rehearsal, a Welcome BBQ, Karaoke Night, late night bonfire, and activities throughout the camp. If there were any hiccups, we didn't know about them! The day of the wedding, between everything she was coordinating and the multiple vendors on-site, she somehow still found time to check in with us to make sure we were okay. But honestly we truly felt at ease with Sandra running the show. Her professionalism, calmness, and get-it-done attitude made every part of the weeknd run seamlessly! And on top of it all, she made our marriage official by signing our marriage license. :) A total bonus that she is ordained and a special memory to share with her as she was such a big part of our special day!

Our guests are still talking about how magical the weekend was. Many specifically commented that even with so many events and activities going on, it was one the most well-coordinated and organized weddings they'd attended. It was definitely a huge effort to pull off a 3 day wedding weekend on a 500 acre camp, but teamwork truly made this dream work! We could not be more grateful to Sandra, her team, and all of our amazing vendors for giving us a wedding better than we could have ever imagined! We can't recommend Sandra and HVC enough.
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Real Weddings

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Przemek & Shannon
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Liam & Ali
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Team

Jeanne Stark
Jeanne Stark
Wedding Planner and Owner

Jeanne Stark, the owner of Hudson Valley Ceremonies, has been a wedding planner for over 20 years. Her ability to design a wedding within almost any budget, create a calm aura and going above and beyond to ensure her clients have the best day ever.create a calm aura and going above and beyond to ensure her clients have the best day ever, is her style.Her expertise in culturally diverse and combined events makes her one of the mostsought after wedding planners in the Hudson Valley.

Sandra O'Connell
Sandra O'Connell
Wedding Planner

Sandra has always had a passion for event planning and coordination. Born and raised in New York City, she spent many years at the Jacob Javit’s Convention Center installing local and international trade shows, coordinating small and large corporate events, from logistics, menus, decor, entertainment and more. Although loving the excitement and challenge of the job, Sandra relocated to the Hudson Valley, returning to school and earning a B. A. in International Public Relations and Cultural Diversity. After a few years of “traditional office jobs” Sandra decided to return to her true passion and joined Hudson Valley Ceremonies as a Wedding Planner/Coordinator. Sandra is often described as having a calm and dedicated nature to her coordination.
“I work hard to make the ideas, day dreams and visions come to life for my clients. I am here to be their friend, adviser and sounding board. Each couple is unique, and each event just as unique. It is my job, and my pleasure, to help find that perfect formula.”

When the party is over, Sandra is not only a Wedding Coordinator, she is also our Honeymoon Travel Specialist. When the event is done and it is time to explore an exciting new destination, or just lounge on a tropical beach, as a complimentary service from Hudson Valley Ceremonies, Sandra will help you coordinate your perfect honeymoon. From start to finish, she will be with you every step of the way.

Amanda O'Leary
Amanda O'Leary
Wedding Planner

Amanda has been with Hudson Valley Ceremonies for over 5 years. Starting as waitstaff and bartender and working her way up to Captain, Wedding Planner Assistant and finally to a full wedding planner.

Amanda has a clear understanding of logistics and design, while having a calming affect on the couple, wedding party and family.

She has learned in her 5 years how to problem solve, delegate, and multi task. Recently taking the Hudson Valley Ceremonies advanced wedding planning course she has excelled in her ability to create full events.

Professional Network & Endorsements

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Jeanne and her staff are experts and always a pleasure to work with.

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