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Rev. Jude Smith

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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!


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?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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.

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    Amazing ceremony

    Jude did an amazing job as our officiant. Her process is amazing and she works hard to get to know the couples she is working with. She was very attentive to exactly the type of ceremony we were looking for. Overall, you will have a great experience and wedding ceremony if you choose her!
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    A Perfect Day!

    My wife and I have been together for thirty years and wanted our marriage to reflect the relationship we have developed. The minister was, for us, the most important decision we had to make, and we chose carefully. Finding Rev. Jude was a blessing in so many ways. Her expansive compassion and love offered us peace of mind that she was the right minister for our situation. Her long-term experience and her spiritual consciousness helped her to tune in to us, our wishes, and needs. We worked together to create our unique wedding. She made suggestions that we hadn’t considered and our wedding day turned out to be the most perfect day – beyond what we had initially imagined. Thank you, Rev. Jude!
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    Our guide into marriage

    My wife Ali and I had a terrific experience with Reverend Jude! Ali and I moved things along pretty quickly, where we booked Jude even before we got engaged. Jude accommodated our tight timeline and gave us the structure, compassion, and attention we needed to feel excited and present during our wedding as opposed to weepy messes :). Throughout our process with Jude, she asked us to explore what made our relationship and each other special and we're so happy she did, because she gave us insights about each other we still talk about today. We had such a special day, and Jude was a really big part of that.
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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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