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Ealeal · Married on 11/10/2018
Exactly the ceremony we imagined, and so much more!
Where do we even begin? From our first meeting with Dave over beers at a local neighborhood Irish bar, it was clear there was a real "click". Dave walked us through all the official and technical aspects of how we could build a ceremony tailored to our preferences and backgrounds, taking into account as little or as much of our respective cultures as we wanted. This really helped us relax and stress less over all the typical questions that had been weighing on us. Moreover, Dave was friendly, funny as hell and listening to our story of how we met, began dating and started building a life together, we felt that he really "got" us. Communication was easy and quick over emails following our meeting, and by the time our wedding week rolled around, Dave had produced a charming, unique, hilarious and authentic ceremony that we felt was truly us, including a wonderful reading he did of a text we chose. Dave was also helpful in getting us to write our own vows that we could be proud of, as this is something we kinda stumbled with at first, unsure of the length we'd want. On the day of the ceremony, Dave showed up early and was a cheerful and calming presence, as the minutes leading up to guests arriving were understandably high-stress for us - we briefly ran through the lineup again, chose the witnesses we'd need for the ceremony, and were able to relax before things kicked off. Dave was a total trooper when we hit some snags like the heater failing to work in the middle of a very cold November day - the ceremony itself ended up being so engaging for our guests that no one even noticed the heat wasn't working! After the ceremony, all of our guests raved about his delivery and asked us if we knew Dave from before, which was awesome. We also kept a cool little drawing Dave made of us both, to add as a fun little keepsake in our wedding album. If you're looking for a unique ceremony that will keep your guests excited and focused on what is being celebrated (you two!), along with plenty of laughter and good vibes, we can't recommend Dave highly enough!
Mark · Married on 10/04/2018
Where do i start, I really don't know to be honest. Dave is the man he kept our whole ceremony upbeat and relaxing, he has a way with words. My guests loved him and the venue thought he was amazing. The way Dave handles himself you feel as if you are dealing with a close friend not a man hired to marry you. He works with you in every aspect of the vows and ceremony and doesn't make any part difficult. Dave made our day and we cannot thank him enough.
Jenny · Married on 09/23/2018
Dave is everything you want in an officiant!
Dave is the BEST wedding officiant we could have ever asked for! He was beyond amazing, friendly and helpful. Dave was with us every step of the way from our very first brunch meeting to figuring out what we wanted to include in the ceremony and all throughout our wedding day while entertaining our guests. He accommodated all our requests and made sure we knew what to expect come our wedding day. Dave is very easy to contact, super responsive and gave us excellent guidance throughout our wedding planning process.
Our ceremony went off without too much of a hitch. Dave arrived early and went over the lineup with us and helped us relax before the actual thing took place. During the ceremony, my guests truly loved Dave as he kept everyone engaged with his humor and witty remarks. Dave provided us with the perfect balance of humor and sweetness for our ceremony with his mesmerizing storytelling which allowed our love story to be told in a seamless fashion.
Even when my husband bumbled the ring exchange (the husband was too eager to marry me and placed the ring on my finger way too early), Dave improv’d it so masterfully that everyone had a good laugh. After the ceremony, we received so many compliments on what a wonderful and awesome officiant we had!
We highly definitely recommend Dave if you are looking for someone who is professional, funny and just a blast to have at your wedding!! And the best part is you get a lifelong FRIEND in Dave after your wedding. We can’t wait to attend one of his shows soon!.
Jay Fensterstock · Married on 09/15/2018
DAVE was amazing, the guests were awed.
I’d highly recommend him. A comedian for a ceremony was unexpected and funny.
Kelsey W · Married on 09/08/2018
He was amazing
We could not have been happier with our experience with David! He was the officiant of our wedding in September and my husband and I were so impressed with his responsiveness to our emails! It was so nice meeting with him before hand so that he really got to know us before the ceremony! The ceremony was so personalized romantic and tastefully furnny our families were so impressed with him ! We would highly recommend him!
Karissa · Married on 09/08/2018
Best choice you'll make
Dave is hands down the best choice you'll make for wedding vendors. He was a terrific officiant and we owe him a lot. Our priest in the final week before our wedding cancelled!! Dave saved the day and really helped us out. My husband is very religious but ultimately even he was happier having Dave there than a priest. Everyone was so blown away with his humor and kind words. It was as if he knew us for a long time when he spoke. Everyone, just everyone, came up to us later and said who was he!? He was great!! I think they all thought he was a close, personal friend. I later found out to he helped my husband relax when getting my dress zippered delayed my arrival 45 minutes and he was starting to wonder if I changed my mind. =) The quick low down is he is great at communicating, booking is easy, payment is easy, the experience is terrific, he takes care of the paperwork, and it is all just so easy with Dave!
Albina · Married on 06/23/2018
Dave was a great guy to work with from beginning to the end. We were beyond stressed regarding the wedding and he made us feel very comfortable so we had one less thing to worry about. He is very professional at what he does while also keeping it fun and making you laugh. Everyone at our ceremony loved him and we highly recommend him as a wedding officiant.
Alex Zharov · Married on 05/27/2018
Incredible, caring and fun guy to be around.
Choosing Dave to marry us was the best decision we had made. He took incredible care choosing his wording and working with us to make sure ceremonie was best possible. I wish I could get married a few more time and hire Dave.
Bh Bh · Married on 04/20/2018
A true professional!
Dave was everything we wanted in our officiant and more! He made our guests laugh and did an outstanding job. Highly recommend!
Dr. & Mrs. Robert Lee · Married on 04/14/2018
Truly a warm heart who loves people
We can’t say enough about Dave. He came from NY to officiate our small VA mountain wedding. We were so nervous but Dave took our previous conversations and experiences and made the entire ceremony personal, warm, funny, loving and professional, all in the same moment. Our nervousness was gone. Our guests loved him and we have already recommended him to others. AND he does it all! He made wonderful suggestions during the planning phase, entertained the guests as they arrived, and oversaw so many details during and after the ceremony. We just couldn’t have chosen a better officiant. Thank you Dave for just being you.
Erika · Married on 09/16/2017
Dave is so professional with a taste of humor. All of my guests said the ceremony was beautiful and entertaining. I wanted a very happy ceremony and hearing my guests laugh here and there and also have a big smile on their face made my day. It also really set the tone of our wedding by having Dave put a smile on their face. I would 100% hire him again and refer him. You won't regret it! He's the best and is super professional. Even my bosses and major players in the corporate world loved it!!
Jason · Married on 07/30/2017
We scoured the NYC-officiant-interwebs so you don't have to: Dave is the absolute best. Flexible, fun, professional, personable - you name it. He made the most important day of our lives even more amazing. We now consider him a lifelong friend. All of our families and guests loved him too!
Ed · Married on 07/13/2017
Dave is a legend. With such short notice and within one phone call, we had our ceremony tailored to our needs.
Giving us the opportunity to run ceremony drafts back and forth, Dave made sure that nothing was missed out.
We couldn't have had a better experience - thank you Dave for making our day so special. We'd highly recommend him to be anyone's officiant - with his cracking sense of humour, everyone felt comfortable and the ceremony couldn't have gone any smoother.
william · Married on 07/09/2017
I went to college with Dave and immediately thought of him when my wife and I were talking about who would officiate our July 9th ceremony. He is a stand-up comedian by trade, but didn't overdo it, and let the humor happen as he told our story and watched as my brother and my wife's dear friend presented two readings before my groomsmen Tom read aloud and then sang while playing guitar The Ramone's "I Wanna Be Sedated." And without warn, Dave was later asked to offer a prayer at the reception. Telling people he was an officiant, not a priest, he offered the prayer in Hebrew and said Go Yankees. Dave is a great, funny, talented guy and a total professional and I would highly recommend him.
Ruby · Married on 07/07/2017
Why have a boring ceremony when you can have one with personality? We worked with Dave on our multicultural wedding ceremony. Dave is very professional and came to our meeting with an initial outline that he then tailored after meeting us. He took time to find out about our story and incorporated that into our wedding day so the delivery was very special and personal. We also incorporated poetry and other details that were important to us. Dave sent us reminders to go to court for our license. Then after the wedding, he took care of getting the paperwork sent out. Also it helps hugely that he is a super funny dude and very comfortable in front of large crowds. No complaints - we would def wit with Dave again (though we don't plan on having any other weddings!! Haha) We highly recommend Dave as an officiant! Thanks Dave!! - The Benders
Jared · Married on 05/27/2017
Dave was absolutely wonderful - he pulled our wedding ceremony together. A few hiccups starting the music at the beginning of our ceremony could have caused a state of anxiety to grip the room, but Dave’s quick wits gracefully relieved the room’s tension and brought the focus back in. Dave’s exceptional ability to control the room and handle any unexpected circumstances are what made him essential for our wedding, and why we whole-heartedly recommend him for yours.
Dave worked with us to create the ceremony that we wanted and were proud to share with our guests. He was completely amenable to our schedules and interests and took exceptional care in putting together a wonderful ceremony for us. Many of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed the officiant, and were shocked to hear that he was so affordable in light of such high wedding expenses. Dave is a true professional, and a perfect fit as a wedding officiant!
Heather · Married on 05/13/2017
Who has a comedian officiate their wedding???? We do!!!! What a fantastic and memorable to set your ceremony apart from all the others. My husband and I were both getting married for our second time and didn't want to go with the same old, same old. We met with Dave to tell him our story and we both felt immediately so comfortable with him that ALL the nitty, gritty details came out. Yes, we had to go back and say "you're not going to include THAT in the ceremony, are you?"...ha!! He assured us that he would keep the ceremony appropriate, which he did, while still including personal and funny stories that made our ceremony truly individualized and entertaining for both us and our guests. The ceremony felt like it was being officiated by a friend who had none both of us for years.
Throughout the process, Dave quickly responded to any email I sent him. He gave me ideas for readings we could use and sent us drafts of the ceremony format. He didn't give me ALL the details of what he planned to say because he wanted it to be a surprise to us so our reactions would truly be genuine and spontaneous. He did not disappoint.
Dave was an awesome addition to our day and we got so many compliments from our family and friends about his ceremony. He brought our "story" to life and set our wedding apart from the others. I'd hire him again in a heartbeat!!
Carol · Married on 03/31/2017
Dave was the perfect officiant for our wedding. When we were putting our wedding together, I knew I wanted someone funny and genuinely nice to be a part of our day. I saw that Dave was a comedian, and as someone who used to do stand-up, I of course looked up a set to make sure he was in fact a funny dude - and he absolutely was. To top it off, we put together our wedding in a week, and luckily he was available. He was great with communication, took the time to meet with us and get to know us, and throughout the process he was great with checking in with ideas and edits and ultimately gave us a wonderful and personalized ceremony. My family had a great laugh and my mom even asked for his info to give to her friends. It was a perfectly fun sweet little ceremony, and Dave was exactly what we were looking for.
Rebecca · Married on 03/10/2017
Super available via email and phone and gave us the exact ceremony we were hoping for...romantic yet funny and quick/to the point but long enough and heart felt!
Inbal · Married on 12/23/2016
Dave is such a great guy. He officiated our wedding, which was a mixed Jewish- Hindu wedding, and he was happy to research whatever was needed to make it a meaningful experience for us. I really appreciate all the effort he made to give us the wedding we wanted and he did a great job, we had a lot of fun.
Lindsay · Married on 11/05/2016
Dave was amazing throughout the entire process of preparing for the wedding. We spoke over the phone for our initial interview and that was followed up with numerous emails, leading up to an in-person meeting where we talked about ourselves as a couple, and what we wanted for our ceremony. Dave did exactly what we wanted, and there were no surprises, and he was also so supportive throughout the process. He was prompt, professional, and also added some humor and light-heartedness to the ceremony. My husband and I highly recommend him - you will not be disappointed!!
Lindsay and Spyro Karabelas
Angela · Married on 10/22/2016
Dave Goldstein is the best! Not only is he flexible, and accommodating, he's also great about responding to any emails or phone calls. He's hilarious and heartwarming and the perfect officiant for any wedding!
Laura · Married on 10/15/2016
I found Dave on a random website, I'm not even sure how I found it. However, I saw that he was a comedian and that immediately struck my attention. Dave was so great from the start, he skyped with my fiancé and I and got to know us a bit, then from there he was super attentive to e-mails and answering any questions that we had. Come ceremony time his speech was perfection, short, sweet and a bit funny ( not cheesy at all!). After the ceremony we got so many compliments about him! I would recommend Dave to anyone wanting a unique, fun, and a bit funny wedding ceremony to remember forever!
Nicole · Married on 10/14/2016
The most important day of my life and the most stressful I never once worried about my officiant. Dave was amazing! We emailed each other and i left the ceremony in his hands with complete confidence and it was absolutely perfect. It's like he knew us for years. He nailed it. Ten star rating in my book !!!!
User7423037 · 2+ years ago
He's absolutely amazing! He is on time, funny, personable, dedicated. Makes the ceremony intimate and just perfect. He's very organized and easy to get in touch either by email or phone. We were so happy with him, very professional and sweet at the same time. People were complementing our ceremony so much ! I recommend him 100%
Rosa and Jeff <3
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