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Rev. Jude Smith

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2022 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister is a non-denominational minister and civil wedding officiant. Based in Rhinebeck, New York, Rev. Jude Smith regularly covers a two hour radius, bringing her north to the Adirondacks and Lake George, south to the boroughs of New York City and east into Connecticut and Massachusetts. Her ceremonies range from completely secular to more spiritual. She creates warm and joyous ceremonies that are sacred, meaningful, elegant and transformative. She celebrates marriage equality for all, and welcomes all faiths, preferences and spiritual paths, especially those who consider themselves spiritual but not religious. Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister looks forward to custom designing a ceremony that is unique to you.

Looking for a small elopement ceremony or planning a microwedding? Rev. Jude Smith believes all wedding ceremonies, big or small, deserve to be meaningful and transformative. She welcomes the opportunity to co-create a ceremony that will touch the hearts of all who are present - especially yours!


This passionate interfaith minister and licensed civil wedding officiant is the Executive Director of the Center for Authentic Living and brings years of experience creating meaningful and contemporary ritual. She was also a co-founder and Executive Director of a vibrant interfaith community. In addition to performing wedding ceremonies, Rev. Jude also facilitates meditation retreats and workshops, offers spiritual counseling and provides pastoral care in a hospital setting. She holds degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from the State University of New York at Albany and an advanced degree in Education from Pace University.

For those couples who are looking to blend traditions, cultures, and religions, Rev. Jude Smith reads and speaks Hebrew with authenticity and has enjoyed a long-term Interfaith marriage, making her uniquely qualified to bring together families from different backgrounds in ways that are inclusive and easily embraced by all.

Services Offered

Rev. Jude Smith will meet with each couple prior to their wedding day to discuss their hopes and dreams, their love story, their vision for the future and any traditions or rituals they would like to include in their ceremony. She will then create a custom ceremony, provide sample vows and guidance on creating personal vows, a pre-wedding checklist and various poems, prayers, rituals and readings.

Her services include:

  • Commitment Ceremonies
  • Civil Unions
  • Elopements
  • Microweddings
  • Travel and Destination Weddings
  • Vow Renewals
  • Baby Blessings
  • Rehearsals
  • Interfaith Ceremonies
  • Single religion Ceremonies
  • Non-religious Ceremonies
  • Multi-cultural Ceremonies
  • Counseling
  • Familiarity with Jewish ritual and the ability to read and speak Hebrew
  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union
Single Religion

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

In which states are you licensed?


What languages do you speak?


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    Jesse Married on 04/09/2022
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    Rev. Jude is perfect!

    After 2 LONG years of covid craziness and wedding pushbacks Jude feels more like family than a hired vendor! Hah she is incredibly professional and an true master of her craft. My wife and I can’t sing her praises enough! She so masterfully wove a ceremony for us that nailed our every desire & dream of what our ceremony would be like. She helped us both with stage fright nerves & she has the voice of an angel!
    We truly can’t express how grateful we are to Jude
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    Jen O. Married on 11/13/2021
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    Rev Jude is Amazing!!

    Jude is an absolute delight to work with! From our very first initial call, we knew we needed her to perform our wedding ceremony! She was so friendly and calming during an otherwise stressful process. At every point whenever she checked in we instantly felt calm and excited for our big day. She spends time getting to know the couple she works with, honestly we felt such a connection to her after working with her for so long! The ceremony she made for us was absolutely beautiful, all of our guests loved it. She has such a great connection with her couples and your guests will be able to feel it. Her presence and energy are exactly what we wanted for our officiant. She took the time to go through our ceremony with us and made sure that it was exactly what we wanted. She truly is an amazing individual and we are so so lucky that she was able to be our officiant! I honestly think she was beyond perfect for us and we cannot thank her enough for being a part of this journey and being there for us.
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    Stephania S. Married on 11/13/2021
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    Exceptional Officiant!

    You can't go wrong with Reverend Jude Smith. She is professional, thoughtful, and deeply gracious. Her words and spirit will make your ceremony a memorable one.


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Although I specialize in highly customized wedding ceremonies, I understand that many couples may wish for something far less formal and customized, but no less elegant and meaningful. For those more informal unions, I invite you to contact me so that we can explore how to turn your special moment into an event you'll cherish, with a fee designed to feel comfortable.

Professional Network & Endorsements

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Metro Music Metro Music Wedding DJs

Rev. Jude Smith is a class act. Professional, Personable and Organized. I would recommend her to all Bride & Grooms looking for that officiant with the "special touch!"

Frog Hollow Photography Frog Hollow Photography Wedding Photographers

Makes the ceremony very personal for the couple. Blends traditions and words of different faiths. Wonderful to work with. We love Rev Jude :)

DelConte Photography DelConte Photography Wedding Photographers

I love JUde. She deliveres a one of a kind ceremony based on who you are, not cookie cutter blah

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