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The Reverend D is a wedding officiant specializing in non-traditional, DIY, low-budget, LGBTQ, gothic, steampunk, geek, Halloween, punk, non-denominational and left-of-center weddings in the Forest Hills, New York area. The Reverend D’s mission is to give you the wedding you want with the mindset that no idea is too weird or too normal. Whether you’re looking for an officiant who dresses like a zombie or tells dirty jokes during your ceremony, The Reverend D is eager to help you achieve your goals. With a love for helping couples create their own unique traditions, The Reverend D is open to all of your ideas, because you are what truly makes your wedding unique.
The Reverend D’s goal is to provide you with the wedding ceremony you want at a price you can afford. The following services are available:
- Civil union
- Interfaith ceremony
- Vow renewal
- Single religion
- Customized vows
- Personalized, unique ceremonies
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The best officiant in NYC. No contest.
Upon hiring her, she sent us a very long questionnaire for my wife and me to fill out separately and privately. She explained to not skimp out on answering as the answers were to be the basis of how she would conduct the ceremony. We adhered to this and wrote long and thoughtful answers (as best we could). And what resulted from that was a beautiful, personal, and loving ceremony that moved everyone in the room. You can tell she took great care to look over our answers and write something truly unique and not just a "fill in the blank" ceremony as some others do. It was the highlight of the entire night for myself and my wife because we frankly weren't expecting something so moving and perfect.
Because my wife and I are horror movie fans, we got married on the Necromonicon from The Evil Dead. She has an entire selection of book styles on her website in case you're looking for something specific to your interests (there's a lot!) She also knows how to do traditional handfasting rituals from very quick to incredibly long depending on what you prefer. We went with the short and sweet version but she'll do what you want.
She's worth every penny (she's actually quite affordable) so if you are getting married do yourself a favor and hire her. She's by far the BEST officiant in NYC and likely the tri-state.
The best wedding decision we made!
They say no one cares about your wedding as much as you do. This is a lie because Donna absolutely does. We used her as our officiant and day of coordinator and our wedding truly would not have been the same without her. There were moments that I actually forgot that we weren’t her only client. That was how much individualized attention she gave us, and how much love she put into our day. For ease of understanding we’ll break this review up into two parts for each job she did.
Officiant - Donna gave us a ceremony that was both tear-jerking and hilarious. We knew she was “one of us” going into it (all three of us are massive metal nerds) but the way she incorporated the nuances of our relationship into the ceremony was, for lack of a better word, perfect. Her questionnaire delved deep into who we are as a couple, and her attention to every detail of our answers was unparalleled (and met with follow up questions). The process itself was incredibly fun and the resulting ceremony was flawless. She truly has a gift for language, and she can and will learn to speak yours.
Day of Coordinator - Let me preface this with the fact that I am a neurotic, type A, project-manager-for-a-living, crazy person, so the idea that my day would be ruined by me trying to control every detail terrified me. Donna did not allow this and for that I am eternally grateful. She shielded me from ever minor issue (or not so minor, like the caterer being hours late) and dealt with it herself - in some cases quite literally, arranging chairs and placecards, mounting a full sized ram-skull to an eight foot arch unassisted, and keeping the entire machine moving. This actually allowed me to enjoy my day fully and without worry.
Beyond this she was at every walkthrough and rehearsal, on every email thread, and brought up every question we forgot to ask. She even helped us after the wedding with a problematic vendor.
We, as a couple, do not have enough words to express how grateful we are to Donna. If you are on the fence in any capacity, don’t be. Hiring her is legitimately one of the best decisions we made since we got engaged.
She is incredible!
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I have worked with the Rev D on a total of six weddings, and I can say with confidence that she is one of the best officiants in the entire New York metropolitan area. She really takes care of the couples she marries. She runs a tiny video camera from a discreet location, so everyone gets a video recording of the custom ceremony she writes whether they hired a videographer or not. Her experience as the front woman for a rock band (yes, really) means she can fix any sound system moments before the ceremony or reception speeches (I've seen her do it, twice.) Her bespoke ceremonies are written based on a questionnaire that her clients fill out beforehand. The guests laugh and cry every time. EVERY TIME! She officiates a lot of themed weddings for couples planning unique weddings. You want to be married by Elvira, Mistress of the Dark? She'll do it. How about Wonder Woman? That, too. I've photographed her officiating a Halloween wedding in Sleepy Hollow where the Headless Horseman came. (You can bet that made my Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BaFBbcblSMx/?taken-by=milestoneangie) She can tone it down, too, of course. She does not dress as Elvira for baby blessing ceremonies, for instance. If you are looking for a creative, affordable officiant in the New York area, the Rev D is your woman.
The Reverend D is the real deal! We've worked together in New York and New Jersey. She is perfect for offbeat brides & grooms. She is up for anything. We worked together at a wedding that required steampunk attire from the vendors and it was amazing!!! She knows how to put together a ceremony for alternative couples.
The Reverend D was an absolute pleasure to work with. We have been highly recommending her services for a long time. You will LOVE her.