Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister is a non-denominational minister and wedding officiant based out of Rhinebeck, New York. She believes in ceremonies being sacred, meaningful, elegant and transformative. She celebrates marriage equality for all, and welcomes all faiths, preferences and spiritual paths. Rev. Jude Smith - Interfaith Minister looks forward to custom designing a ceremony that is unique to you and your spouse.
This passionate interfaith minister and licensed wedding officiant is the Executive Director of the Center for Authentic Living. She is also a co-founder and Spiritual Director of a vibrant interfaith community in New York City. 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.
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 customized ceremony outline, provide sample vows, a pre-wedding checklist and various poems, prayers and reading. You'll also fill out a survey, that will help provide the framework for the ceremony. Her services include:
115 Reviews for Rev. Jude Smith
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Kristie H · Married on 05/20/2020
Jude was an awesome officiant! She was able to help us put together a custom ceremony for our elopement in less than one month, after we had issues with another officiant. She hopped on board, got to know us, and showed that she really cared. From our first phone call with Jude, we already noticed the complete difference from the person we were originally dealing with. She wanted to actually learn who we are, what we wanted in a ceremony, and assisted with any questions we had.Sent on 05/27/2020
We didn't have much time, but we were able to coordinate a Skype meeting with her for the following week. She went over all of the pieces of the ceremony and took our thoughts and input into consideration when creating our custom ceremony. The following week was our elopement, and she spoke with us the night before. Again, she quickly reviewed the pieces of the ceremony with us, and that helped calm us down.
The morning of our elopement was a little crazy, and we had to change locations last minute, but Jude was cooperative the whole time and even arrived a little early to the new spot. She was helpful in setting up the ceremony and our rituals, and she printed each of our personal vows on nice glossy paper for us to read off of and to keep. The ceremony went smoothly, our parents loved it, and so did we!
My husband and I highly recommend Rev Jude Smith! If you are looking for an officiant for your wedding or elopement, look no further! Jude is the one for you!
Eleanor Kolodziejski · Married on 02/02/2020
The perfect Valentine's day wedding ceremony
I am so glad we chose Jude as our officiant. She truly went above and beyond. From our first meeting, Jude was friendly and kind. She took the time to truly get to know my wife and I. She went out of her way to understand our relationship, and she delivered a wonderfully sweet and personal service on our wedding day. There wasn't a dry eye in the house! I would highly recommend her to anyone.Sent on 10/28/2019
Ashley · Married on 10/05/2019
Couldn't have asked for a better Officiant!
Jude married a good friend of mine and I knew as I watched their beautiful ceremony that I needed her to be my officiant someday (even though I was single at the time hah!). Fast forward 5 years, I'm engaged, and when it came time to think about our wedding ceremony and who would marry us, Jude came immediately back to mind! From the start it was so easy to work with her, she has such a warm and welcoming presence. She took so much care and time with us to create a really special ceremony that touched us and our guests. There weren't many dry eyes, and so many guests had to make a point to tell me during cocktail hour that it was the most special ceremony they had witnessed. My Husband and I thought the ceremony was going to be particularly challenging since we are not religious and our families are, but Jude found a beautiful common ground that we were all happy with. Another huge point for me was how calm Jude made me feel on my wedding day, both before the ceremony started and through the whole time at the altar, and it made a difference in being able to deliver my vows more powerfully. We couldn't have done it without her and have our beautiful ceremony to cherish for a lifetime!Sent on 10/29/2019
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!"
Makes the ceremony very personal for the couple. Blends traditions and words of different faiths. Wonderful to work with. We love Rev Jude :)
I love JUde. She deliveres a one of a kind ceremony based on who you are, not cookie cutter blah