All faiths. All beliefs. All people. One love!
Melinda is a local favorite who works with all faiths, all styles of love.“As a native South Floridian, I love serving local couples as well those who travel here for destination weddings. I do travel to perform weddings as well. I was ordained in 2009 and only began officiating in 2015 after leaving my path of teaching yoga and life coaching. I have since performed over 180 ceremonies and the majority of people love the blessing of peace and love that I bring to their ceremony. Each couple has a unique story and the best part of being a rabbi is that I get to create an authentic ceremony based on connecting with the sweetness of your love story. No two ceremonies are alike as I know each of us are divine.I enjoy finding your divinity and I am told by the many guests I get to meet and from my peers, that it shows in my sweet performance.
I am not your ordinary rabbi I am ordained Reform, however I raised my children as orthodox so I have first hand experience in two very distinct covenants. My approach to Judaism is anchored by the consciousness of the heart, elevated by the spirituality of the soul and grounded in the delight of knowing the body. My passion stems from many years of various forms of devotional ritual and ceremony, coupled an intrinsic awareness that God is within us all. My parents raised me to view everyone with compassion, understanding and to love upon all our neighbors of the earth.
I will joyously perform a customized ceremony rich with love, life and humor at a location of your choice, just the way you want it…barefoot on the beach, at a resort, at a nature park, or simply in your backyard. Personable, professional and easy to work with, I have excellent references, see links below, and love my role as wedding officiant and funeral service leader!
For more information, please contact Melinda at (954) 901-1355 or visit her website at https://melindabernstein.com or https://floridamarriageofficiant.com
My passions include spending time with family & my grandkids as well as daily QiGong, dance & yoga!
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Noelle P. · Married on 06/01/2021
Beautifully Crafted Ceremony by Melinda Bernstein!
We were so lucky to find Melinda on a whim with a simple Google Search. Right away we knew we wanted to work with her after exchanging a few emails. She was prompt, professional, warm, and very understanding of what my husband and I were looking for. Working with her really couldn't have been a smoother experience. We did a Zoom call a month before the wedding where she gathered some information about my husband and I, and she did such a wonderful job including it into her sermon. She also gave us options as to what type of wedding ceremony we envisioned and it couldn't have been more beautiful. If you are looking for the perfect officiant, look no further because Melinda is the absolute BEST!!Sent on 06/03/2021
Wedding Officiants of Florida's reply:Noelle! My heart is exploding just reading this! I’m so happy and very grateful your google whim brought us together! Yippee for that and happy for your beloved future in marriage with sweet Shawn! All the best, Melinda
Phil G. · Married on 04/17/2021
A Wonderful Jewish Ceremony
My wife, Jenny, and I found Rabbi Melinda through WeddingWire and could not have been more pleased with how our ceremony turned out. We had a small, reform Jewish ceremony on the beach and it was intimate, spiritual and make us feel connected to each other and to our guests.
Rabbi Melinda was extremely communicative and collaborative as we planned our ceremony, and was very helpful in covering details big and small (providing us with our ketubah and glass to break, and noting to us that our ring bearers should use fake rings, for example). We're grateful she made the trek to our wedding on North Captiva Island (which you need to get to via ferry).
Throughout the process and up through the end of our ceremony, she was professional, kind and thoughtful. If you are looking for a Jewish officiant in south or southwest Florida, we'd highly recommend Rabbi Melinda!Sent on 04/23/2021
Wedding Officiants of Florida's reply:Phil, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful praises. I am humbly grateful for being the "chosen" rabbi for you and Jenny and wish you many many years of depth and beauty in your marriage. Faithfully, Melinda
Paul H. · Married on 04/12/2021
Reverend Scott - Perfect!
Reverend Scott was a life saver for our December wedding. From initial phone conversations to detailing out the timeline of the ceremony, Reverend Scott was amazing in all areas. His openness and ability to provide different options for the ceremony, from more Spiritual to Religious, was a great relief and our guests loved it. I definitely recommend Reverend Scott as an officiant for anyone's wedding!Sent on 01/13/2020
Wedding Officiants of Florida's reply:Thank you for your kind words Paul and Camila. Rev. Scott is one of our most dedicated officiants who is dedicated to performing the best memorable ceremonies for his couples. We're glad he made your special day even more memorable. Wishing you the best always from the entire team at Wedding Officiants of Florida.
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Melinda is a mother, grandmother, ordained rabbi, premarital counselor and our "One Love Officiant". She is best known for her sweet and calming presence which she attributes to her prior time teaching yoga and meditation as well as life coaching and energy healing. She is also known to arrive early and help out behind the scenes when needed.
Rev. Scott shows up with professionalism! He is a strong and very compassionate person who has provided many couples with satisfied and glowing heartfelt memories of their wedding day. I know Rev Scott as dependable, reliable, professional and genuinely kind. You will be happy with Rev. Scott should you choose him as your Officiant.