Skip to main content


About Reverend Joy

Reverend Joy Burke - Saratoga Wedding Officiant is a wedding officiant in Saratoga Springs, New York, serving the Saratoga, Albany, Troy, and Lake George regions. This award-winning officiant offers an extraordinary, personalized ceremony experience for couples of all backgrounds. Joy is a seminary-trained and ordained interfaith minister. Her passion lies in understanding how different people connect to the divine and sharing in their sacred experiences. Joy holds an interfaith, interspiritual perspective and is not aligned with any specific religious tradition. She strongly believes that all of the world’s wisdom traditions have at their core the common values of peace, tolerance, compassionate service and love for all creation.

Reverend Joy Burke has over a decade of experience working with couples of various spiritual and religious beliefs. Joy is a dedicated ally to the lgbtq community and is thrilled to officiate same-sex weddings. She delights in joining people who have found love across religious, spiritual or cultural beliefs. She works closely with each couple to create a personal, sacred and meaningful ceremony that unites them in the bonds of marriage and reflects who they are as a couple and what their commitment means to them.

Joy does not have any staff on hand. When you hire her, you get her, and once she's booked, she is no longer available. So call as soon as you have your date and location confirmed for an in-person consultation.

Services Offered

The wedding ceremony of your dreams - With a one-of-a-kind, bespoke wedding ceremony, unlike any you have ever witnessed. Joy will work with you over the months leading up to your wedding, to craft a ceremony that is sacred, meaningful, and truly reflective of the love you share. Joy will guide you through the process with her warmth, understanding, caring and knowledge, so that your ceremony will be flawless. Script approval is included, so there will be no unwelcome surprises!

Elegant elopement ceremonies - A lovely, meaningful ceremony without all the bells and whistles. Just the two of you and two witnesses, Monday through Friday, at Joy's beautiful converted church home in downtown Saratoga Springs or at one of our many Saratoga parks or venues.

  • Woman-owned
illustration popular

Vendors you may like

See other vendors that are popular with couples right now

Frequently Asked Questions

Which of the following are included in the price?

Ceremony Rehearsal

What is the starting price for your wedding services?


Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


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

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

30-60 mins.
illustration question

Any other questions?

Message vendor
5.0 out of 5 rating
245 Reviews
  • Quality of service
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Average response time
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Value
    5 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
100% Recommended by couples

14 User photos

245 Reviews
Karla Married on 02/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating
Joy was wonderful. She is accepting of all couples, traditions and religions. She will listen to what YOU want and will create an amazing ceremony for you. She is also very respectful of your time. She understands that people have jobs, and family lives, and are planning a wedding. Whenever I contacted her she got back to me with a response within a few hours, not days. She had a very flexible meeting schedule including nights and weekends. Joy had factual and fun information that made the whole process a little more relaxed. She even gave me advice about current wedding trends that resulted in me wearing shoes that matched my bridesmaid's dress rather than a traditional white. The ceremony she created for us was unique and memorable. Our guests say it was a wedding they will never forget. One guest told me, "When I go to work and people ask how the wedding was, I will have something to tell them rather than just, 'Oh you know, it was a wedding'." Our ceremony ended with a Guinness toast as a symbol of how our relationship began. Joy also worked with our request to have family and friends do readings and blessings and worked them into the ceremony with ease.

Joy will create a wonderful and unique ceremony for your and your partner that you and your guests will never forget.
Keri Y. Married on 07/07/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent Officiant!

Joy was amazing and officiated the most wonderfully intimate garden ceremony for us! We couldn't be happier about how our special day unfolded.
Nicole Married on 07/03/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Professional and lovely officiant

Joy was wonderful to work with! During our first meeting we had in depth conversations to get to know one another. She followed up with a questionnaire for each of us to fill out to detail how we met, our feelings for one another, values, goals, and timeline of our relationship’s growth. From there she compiled a beautiful ceremony which she emailed to us for review a couple weeks before our big date. Joy ran our rehearsal professionally and our wedding ceremony was elegant and ran smoothly as planned. Joy was excellent in communicating, directing, and being supportive the day of! Thank you for being such an instrumental part of our wedding day!
illustration stars

Are you interested?

Message vendor


WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2021 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2020 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2013 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2012 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2011 Winner

Real Weddings

Emily & Patrick
47 photos · 07/24/2021

Professional Network & Endorsements

23 Endorsements
Chaplain Claudia Meyer Chaplain Claudia Meyer Wedding Officiants

Joy is the quintessential officiant... poised, professional, and truly personal... she offers her service with the utmost care and concern for her couples... Hiring Joy is one of the best choices you can make for your wedding!!

Saratoga Sound DJ & Acoustic Saratoga Sound DJ & Acoustic Wedding DJs

Joy Burke will make your wedding ceremony a beautiful, memorable treasure. She is a delight as a person and wedding officiant. You will be in the best of hands!

Lily Saratoga Lily Saratoga Wedding Dresses

Joy is always professional and on point with each ceremony she does.

Preferred Vendors

Music Man Entertainment
5.0 out of 5 rating , 941 Reviews
· Wedding DJs
Rob Spring Photography
5.0 out of 5 rating , 322 Reviews
· Wedding Photographers
Paul Saunders Photography
5.0 out of 5 rating , 1,134 Reviews
· Wedding Photographers
Lipstick N Lashes
4.8 out of 5 rating , 208 Reviews
· Wedding Hair & Makeup
Wedding Planning Plus
5.0 out of 5 rating , 155 Reviews
· Wedding Planners
Saratoga Sound DJ & Acoustic
5.0 out of 5 rating , 258 Reviews
· Wedding DJs


Other vendors in Albany for your wedding

Wedding Vendors