Jeddah Vailakis is a trustworthy and beloved New York wedding officiant and Interfaith Minister. When working with Jeddah, she will guide you through your inner journey leading up to the day of your wedding, and help you to connect to what matters most. Jeddah has a passion for storytelling, and will narrate your love story in ways that are meaningful and memorable for you and your guests. Her calming nature will guide you through the tough parts of planning, and will keep you centered on the big day. Choosing Jeddah as your officiant is a great first step for planning your wedding.
Jeddah Vailakis was ordained as a minister in 2002, after a close friend and mentor asked her to fill in as the officiant for a wedding of 350 guests. She fell in love with the role, and has been helping couples on their journey to marriage ever since. Jeddah has been featured twice in Martha Stewart Weddings, offering sage wisdom to couples about the planning process and what to expect during the ceremony itself.
Jeddah offers religious, non religious and interfaith wedding ceremonies and civil unions. Jeddah believes that ceremonies should reflect the couple's love rather than adhering to strict traditions. She invites couples to choose their own reading materials and write their vows, and will help them to create the perfect wedding as they envision it. Jeddah also offers pre-wedding counseling for couples.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Michael · Married on 05/17/2018
Jeddah Vailakis is absolutely incredible. She put together the perfect ceremony for us. Jackie and I weren't 100% sure what we wanted in our ceremony. We joked that we wanted it to be 15 seconds... you do, I do, we do... let's start cocktail hour. Jeddah was so kind and patient, she said that it's tough being the center of attention but it's your wedding and helped us figure out the ceremony that we always wanted but just didn't know how to express it. We didn't make it easy on her... we want it to be fun but not funny, serious but not too serious, heartfelt but we don't want everybody crying, I think I said we want it "special" (most people can't take direction like "make it special" or "make it perfect" and pull it off... Jeddah did).Sent on 06/15/2018
Jeddah was able to take all of that and turn it into the perfect 20 minute ceremony that everyone at the wedding raved about... I'm so glad she talked us out of the 15 second version.
Jarrett Depasquale · Getting married on 08/04/2020
Thank you so much - you were wonderful to work with and your speech was perfect. We're so happy that you were up there with us, you made us both feel so comfortable. You made the process so easy for us, and we appreciate everything you worked through with us.Sent on 04/25/2019
Joseph · Married on 05/11/2019
Beautiful, personalized ceremony.
Jeddah did such a beautiful job officiating our ceremony and she was such a joy to work with! She really took the time to get to know my Wife and me, and her words were so specialized and personal. She also has a very kind way about her which makes her very endearing in both a one on one conversation and while officiating the ceremony. Our guests all raved about the ceremony and I don't think there was a dry eye in the house. Jeddah really made our big day extra special!Sent on 05/15/2019
Reverand Jeddah is a beautiful gentle soul who will listen first and construct a ceremony that is truly you represented. Her demeanor and grace will add a note of calm to your wedding and you will feel the presence of her grace I adore working with her