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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 micro wedding? 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!

Experience

This passionate interfaith minister and licensed civil wedding officiant is the Executive Director of the Center for Authentic Living and brings years of experience in creating meaningful and contemporary rituals. 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
  • Micro weddings
  • Travel and Destination Weddings
  • Vow Renewals
  • Baby Blessings
  • Rehearsals
  • Interfaith Ceremonies
  • Single religion Ceremonies
  • Non-religious Ceremonies
  • Multi-cultural Ceremonies
  • Counseling
  • Familiarity with Jewish rituals and the ability to read and speak Hebrew
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

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

Non-religious
Interfaith
Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Agnostic
Baha'i Faith
Baptist
Buddhist
Catholic
Earth-Based
Episcopalian
Evangelical
Hindu
Islam
Jainism
Jewish
Lutheran
Methodist
Mormon
No Denomination
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
MA
NJ
NY
PA
RI
VT

What languages do you speak?

English
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Rev. Jude Smith is highly praised by multiple couples for her exceptional officiating services. She is described as warm, attentive, and caring, taking the time to get to know each couple personally and tailoring the ceremony to reflect their love story. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to create a magical and unforgettable ceremony have left couples and guests impressed. Jude's communication and organization skills are also commended, making the planning process stress-free. Overall, couples highly recommend Rev. Jude Smith as a wedding officiant who will make the day truly special.

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Rev. Jude Smith is highly praised by multiple couples for her exceptional officiating services. She is described as warm, attentive, and caring, taking the time to get to know each couple personally and tailoring the ceremony to reflect their love story. Her professionalism, attention to detail, and ability to create a magical and unforgettable ceremony have left couples and guests impressed. Jude's communication and organization skills are also commended, making the planning process stress-free. Overall, couples highly recommend Rev. Jude Smith as a wedding officiant who will make the day truly special.

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Kristen Sent on 12/26/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Passionate

Rev. Jude was a pleasure to work with. She is extremely passionate about her work and takes the time to meet with each couple to get to know them better. One thing we really liked was she shared her officiants speech with us prior to the ceremony day. The ceremony went by so fast, that I was happy we had heard it ahead of time.
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Chelsea R. Sent on 01/01/2024
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LOVED our experience with JUDE!!

We had a beautiful experience, Jude was really through and helpful beyond her scope, as she is from the area and had amazing and helpful recs. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness Jude.
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Allison C. Sent on 12/30/2023
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Immensely Recommend!!💞

I couldn’t be happier with Jude being our officiant! She is kind, patient and extremely comfortable to talk to.
I suffer with anxiety so we wanted to make sure I was absolutely comfortable with the officiant we picked. From our first conversation, I knew we chose perfectly!

Our ceremony turned out wonderful thanks to her! She understood exactly what we wanted for our special day and took the proper time to go over exactly how everything was going to proceed.
Everyone I know that had spoken with her expressed to me how friendly and personable she is!
We all loved her!
If anyone is thinking about hiring an outstanding officiant, then Jude is it!
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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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