Rev. Phil Passantino is a wedding officiant provider based in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Officiates weddings in English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, or Irish Gaelic. He creates ceremonies with just the right balance of fun, seriousness, and spirituality. Phil, a licensed officiant, has been officiating weddings for over 15 years, serving couples throughout New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The multitalented officiant can provide guitar, mbira, or accordion music for a couple's ceremony as well.
Rev. Phil Passantino officiates weddings for several different wedding types, such as traditional weddings, same-sex couples, interfaith ceremonies, nature-based ceremonies, non-religious ceremonies, single religion ceremonies, and vow renewals. He is able to perform ceremonies for couples of all faiths and cultures, whether the ceremony is spiritual or non-spiritual, nature-based, Christian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim. Rev. Phil Passantino works with couples to write customized vows for all ceremonies.
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Diane · Getting married on 10/10/2020
Rev. Phil is exactly what we were looking for. My husband and I were both married in a Catholic church before for our first marriages. Even though we both had grounds for annulments we didn't want to spend the money or go through the process being we wanted to get married in the gardens at our venue. Rev. Phil was completely understanding and helpful. Not only did he listen to our needs and wants but he also recommended a book about 2nd marriages we read. He gave us his time and energy and was open to all of our ideas. For example- blessing rings for our children (my husband has a son and I have a son and 2 daughters), Unity Cross, gem vase where our guests each had a glass gem and placed it in a vase before taking their seats, giving us their blessing (we incorporated this into the ceremony). He included elements of a Catholic based ceremony such as readings and the Our Father per our request. His words were heartwarming and personal. Everyone still compliments us on our ceremony and the kind, professional, friendly, and compassionate Rev. Phil.Sent on 01/10/2016
I searched the internet trying to find an officiant who could be accepted by both our church going parents and include the religious element in our "Country Elegance Ceremony". I knew right away when I hit on a video of a wedding he did that he was the one. After meeting with him my gut feeling was confirmed. It turns out he was from the same circle my husband grew up in. My husband and I had many circumstances that brought us together yet we did not meet until later in life. Rev. Phil was just another one of those "this is meant to be". We highly recommend him to be your officiant if you want sincerity, class, professionalism, and love to be part of your day.
P.S. He is very affordable and worth every penny.
Michael Wierzbicki · Married on 09/14/2019
We specifically chose Phil as our officiant because he could perform the ceremony in both English and Portuguese. We were able to edit the ceremony "script" to our liking and were very pleased with Phil's services. Additionally, we had him play acoustic guitar before the ceremony, for the walk, and lasty for the close of the ceremony. The guests really loved that part, as we received many compliments. Communication was very easy, and the whole process went smoothly. Thanks, Phil!!!!Sent on 09/30/2019
Rev. Phil Passantino's reply:Thanks Michael and Afonso, for letting me be a part of your wonderful morning wedding at Bobo Restaurant in the West Village, NYC. You were both beaming with joy.... everyone loved your heartfelt vows!
David · Married on 09/02/2019
Thanks Rev. Phil!
Due to my Fiancee's visa, we had 30 days to get married.Sent on 09/06/2019
Everything was last minute and we were in serious doubt that we could pull it off! Our pastor was unavailable on such short notice so we did not have an officiant. Thankfully, one of my friends highly recommended Rev. Phil. From the very start, Rev. Phil gave us great confidence that we had found the right wedding officiant.
His ceremony templates are extensive and varied enough that is easy to choose the perfect flow and content. We chose a Christian based ceremony but he can basically accommodate any type. He is also very flexible. In our rush, we waited until the very last day to send him final revisions and he seamlessly worked them into the ceremony. His communication was also great...he always responded in a timely manner and provided whatever help was required.
The wedding itself went off without a hitch thanks in large part to Rev Phil's great officiating. He even wove in personal touches about our relationship he obtained from his questionnaire!
My wife and I hope to only get married once in our lives but if we renew our wedding vows I'll be sure to contact Rev Phil! We also will not hesitate to recommend him to our friends and family!
Thank you Rev. Phil!
David and Roxanne
Rev. Phil Passantino's reply:Thanks David & Roxanne! That was a real special day, you could feel it in the air. I was so happy to be part of your cool little wedding in that art gallery space in TriBeca. Your handwritten vows were very moving. (I actually almost teared up at Roxanne's at one point.) Hearing the story of your courtship reminded me how devoted and powerful love can be. I also loved your unique decorations and the hospitality of all your family and guests. God bless your love!
Rev. Phil one of the best Reverends I have ever worked with.