109 Reviews for Valerie Coleman, Wedding Officiant and Celebrant
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Valerie was the best find of my wedding, minus the groom. From the first email, I could just tell how perfect she was for us. She asked all the right questions and was in touch, but never pushy or overwhelming. She made me feel at ease through the entire process, which for me... a type a, anal, perfectionist... is really such a hard task. At no point did I question if we had chosen the correct officiant. I actually was wondering if she was real, but sure enough she was! She officiated our sunrise ceremony and was prompt... she even beat me there! She wrote a personalized ceremony and kept it short and sweet, as I had requested. The ceremony made us feel like she knew us for years. Our immediate family were the only ones present and they are still talking about how beautifully written our wedding was. Her pricing was extremely reasonable and her communication skills are top notch. I found her while she was on vacation, out of the country, and she was STILL answering me!!
Janet and Joe- Thank you so much for this review! It was my first 6am sunrise wedding, and it was really special. The morning light, the happiness on you and your guests faces said it all. I'm so very happy you two are finally married! You are perfect for each other! Congrats!
Valerie was the absolute best choice of officiant for us for our wedding. After our initial meeting, she totally understood the romantic, non-denominational wedding we wanted and wrote a ceremony script that was perfect. There was not a dry eye in the room and we loved working with her. Would highly recommend!!
Thank you so much Sara! You are right, there was not a dry eye in the room, so it was good you provided guests with those cute handkerchiefs! I'm so glad you and Mitch were happy with the ceremony! Smiles all around!
Val was absolutely wonderful! Her profile spoke to me immediately when we were looking for an officiant and I am so glad we chose her! The ceremony that she wrote for us was personal, touching, and funny. It was exactly what we wanted. She helped us roll with little hiccups on the day and was really great to have for such a momentous occasion. I recommend her without hesitation!
Thank you Devon and Erik! I'm so glad you were happy with the ceremony! It really did reflect your personalities and that's always my goal. You were such fun to work with. I know you'll have a happy life together!
Jonathan and I would like to begin by saying that you would not be disappointed with Valerie. From the moment my husband and I met Valerie, we connected and she got my husband's jokes (which was very important to us). We wanted to pick an officiant that showcased our personalities and love for each other and Valerie did just that. There is not a person that did not comment about how amazing the ceremony was and how there was a little bit of everything. Those couples that are married told us that as they heard Val tell our story and listened to our personal vows they reminisced on their own marriage and remembered why they got married. Our single friends told us that this was one of the best wedding ceremonies they have ever witnessed as it was centered around two people who love each other and made a decision to become one giving them hope of what they could have. All of the comments and the feelings that our friends and family felt was exactly what we wanted to portray. We feel strongly that it was in great part due to Valerie having taken our vision and bringing it to life. We wish we could get married all over again just so that Val could marry us.
Ivy and Jonathan- thank you so much for this review. Working with you two was an absolute delight! Seeing you two, so much in love, and your love and joy for living was so evident during the entire ceremony. What a gift that you found each other!!
Val was a pleasure to work with. She did an amazing job creating the ceremony of our dreams that made not just the two of us happy, but also our family and friends.
Thank you Caseley and Abhishek! It was a pleasure working with you two and meeting your families and guests. Also thank you for the sweet card you sent! All the best to you both
I wish I could give Valerie 10 stars! She officiated my 25th anniversary vow renewal in Central Park. We are so happy we found her. She's super responsive, kind, professional and fun! She helped us (on very short notice) put together a beautiful ceremony that my husband and I will never, ever forget. She crafted the words for the ceremony so beautifully, I will remember them forever in my heart. Thank you Valerie !!
Susan & Rob- It was absolutely a delight to officiate at your vow renewal! You are SUCH a lovely couple and it is so heartwarming to see love going so strong 25 years later. I walked away with joy in my heart....and that's why I Iove doing this! I'll see you for the next big anniversary, I hope!!
Valerie was wonderful. We contacted her on short notice (3 weeks) and she made arrangements to be available. Her warmth, kindness, and spirit made our wedding all the more special. She was truly a godsend!
Thank you Timothy and Leangy! I'm so glad I was available. It was a pleasure officiating for you on that gorgeous day! All the best to you both!
I decided to suprise my wife,with a vow renewal on on recent trip to new York .. From the uk, i contacted Valerie Coleman, about suggestions where this would happen ? Valerie ran me through everything and helped me plan the place and time I requested. The ceremony on the day was very professional and my wife was put at ease by Valerie .The day was everything I could of expected, thanks to to Valerie ..
David- it is such a joy to officiate at surprise vow renewals and yours was so sweet and special! Sandra is one lucky woman to be married to such a wonderful man! I hope you return to New York for your 50th vow renewal! All the best-
With no doubt you will be thrilled with Val's talent and professionalism! She will accommodate and go the extra mile to ensure your ceremony is stress free, and a ceremony you will always treasure!!!! The perfect ribbon to the package ... she will send you a package of your ceremony for a keepsake.
Val is simply amazing!!!
Thanks Shelly! It was fun officiating at the 10th anniversary vow renewal for you and Jeff! Wishing you many more happy years together- All the best- Val
From beginning to end, Valerie was a pleasure to work with. With our questionnaire answers she was able to craft a ceremony that was heartfelt, personal, emotional and so "us". We had tons of complements from our guests that said it was the best ceremony they have attended. Valerie was very responsive from our first email reaching out, all the way until our wedding day. She always answered our emails and calls promptly and was very easy and personable to work with. We highly recommend Valerie if anyone is looking for a celebrant that will create a beautiful & personalized ceremony for their special day.
Taylor and Elie- Thank you so much for this beautiful review! I am so very happy you and your guests were thrilled with the ceremony. That was my goal! All the best to both of you!
Valerie was an amazing officiant. She wrote a beautiful ceremony that captured our story to our friends and families. My husband and I had an interfaith marraige, he is Catholic and I am Jewish. Valerie tied in both religions seamlessly while keeping the ceremony entertaining to our guests on a hot 90 degreee summer evening. I was so happy we found her and would recommend her to all couples getting married.
Thanks so much Ariella! I really enjoyed working with you and Nicholas to create that perfect blend ceremony. It may have been a super hot day, but you looked beautiful and I could tell your guests were focused on the ceremony and not the heat! Best wishes to you both!
Valerie is a wonderful Celebrant! I definitely suggest to book her. And this is not only about the ceremony itself, the ceremony took 15-20 minutes or so and was very nice and emotional, it is about her attitude before the ceremony. Valerie was really attentive and welcoming. We travelled from Thailand and 1 month prior to the ceremony were denied with our US visas. What can I say? We were really depressed and started changing our plans, but at the same time we received so huge support from Valerie, it was so inspiring that we applied for the visas again and succeeded. Valerie was in touch with us for the whole period from signing agreement in December till the ceremony on 8th of May. She gave the feeling that we were the only couple she worked with, so attentive she was. Her lovely partner Joan was very nice to become one of our witnesses. Thank you very much for your attitude and support!:)
Thank you Valery! By the time you and Tim arrived, I felt like we were family! I did not mind at all, helping you out with support during the VISA process. I'm so glad it worked out! The smiles on your face when I said "I now pronounce you....." was priceless! It was a true pleasure to meet you both. All the best to you!
I took my wife to New York for her 50th birthday and our 26th wedding anniversary and had the idea to renew our wedding vows in Central Park as a surprise. I found Valerie through the internet and from the first email I sent her the help, advice, and genuine interest & caring was amazing. Valerie advised everything I needed from the most romantic place to have the service in Central Park to how I could obtain the permit. After sending Valerie some information about my wife and I she went on to write the most wonderful touching service as if she had known us for years. On the day Valerie made sure everything ran smoothly, including ensuring someone was on hand to record our wonderful occasion and was genuinely happy for us. If anyone is thinking of travelling to New York to marry or renew marriage vows then all I can say is look no further than Valerie Coleman.
Darren and Nikki- Thanks for this great review! I had so much fun helping plan this surprise vow renewal with you! It's so nice to see two people still so much in love all these years later. It really warms my heart! Congratulations to you both, and when you are ready to celebrate your 50th anniversary, let me know!
Valerie performed our wedding ceremony in Central Park. She was excellent, put us completely at ease and the ceremony was fantastic. Thanks Val for making our day so special, providing beautiful vows and making us feel so welcome. We would highly recommend Val for anyone's special day. Thanks again. Paul & Ade xxx
Paul and Ade- Thank you so much for this review! It was great meeting you both on your whirlwind trip to NYC to get married! All the best to you both
Valerie was recommended to us by a dear friend who had used Valerie as officiant for her wedding maybe 9 years ago. I'm so glad our friend recommended Valerie. We had been in contact with a few others prior to meeting with Valerie, and she was definitely the most responsive. Very thorough, prepared and flexible and worked with us to create the ceremony just as we wanted it, including multiple revisions. The day of the actual ceremony, Valerie was on time, prepared, and helped everything run smoothly We received so many compliments on our ceremony. It was a great day and I would recommend Valerie to anyone getting looking for a celebrant. Valerie, thanks so much for everything!
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm so glad you and your guests were happy with the ceremony. I had fun working with you two! Best wishes to you both!
Valerie performed the perfect service for us in Central Park NYC. Despite the freezing cold, Valerie had prepared and discussed with us the type of wedding we wanted. Her words were sincere, warm and thoughtful. She was full of suggestions which were really helpful. We couldn't have made a better choice.
Thank you so much Valerie for making our day very special .
Martina and Oliver
What were the chances your wedding would fall on the day of the big blizzard! It may have been cold that day, but the warmth in your hearts and love story shown through. Thanks for trusting me to create the most special moment in your lives! Stay warm :-)
Our dream wedding came to life this holiday season. We were married beneath the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center with our families at our side (14 people in all). Valerie Coleman conducted our ceremony with warmth and solemnity, in a confident voice that rose above the noise of Rockefeller Plaza. She wrote a ceremony that was the perfect celebration of love and the union of two hearts and two families. We wanted a ceremony that combined traditional, timeless vows with our unique story, while keeping it under 15 minutes in case the January weather was terrible. Val drafted a wonderful ceremony based on written interviews with each of us, and then she worked closely with us to make it perfect. She is patient, professional, and responsive; we emailed and phoned often and also met in person the week before the wedding. We wanted an officiant who had conducted ceremonies by the tree before and Val let us know what to expect and what would work best for us. She answered all our questions and offered great ideas about the ceremony, and she also introduced us to our amazing photographer and the beautiful hotel where we stayed on our wedding night. After the wedding she followed up quickly with the city paperwork; we received our marriage certificate the next week. This was our first time planning a wedding (and we did it in six weeks) so Val’s expertise was a huge help in easing the stress. We had a wonderful evening and can’t thank Val enough for helping make it perfect.
Thank you so much for your kind words! It was indeed a special night, and despite the frigid temps, there was warmth in our crowd. I'm glad you were both so happy with the ceremony. Many best wishes to you!!
Valerie made our big day to something very special. The ceremony was personal romantic und written with a lots of love. Everything was so uncomplicated and relaxed. She felt use with all our emotions and tried to create an amazing moment for us. We were so happy about everything... It was really perfect and amazing. If someone wants to get married in new york the best thing you can do is to choose Valerie as your officiant she did such a great job! She and her partner helped us out making wonderful photos and told us something about the location and showed us some special corners in Grand Central Station. Was the best decision to hire her!!
Tugba and Jens- you came all the way from Germany to get married in our magical city, and I'm so glad you were happy with the ceremony and the unique setting, overlooking Grand Central Station! Glückwünsche!
We contacted 5 or 6 officiants before our wedding and Valerie was by far the most sympathetic. She was always fast to reply to any of our questions, very flexible and open to our ideas and requests. We felt she really listened to us and helped us to organize our wedding just the way we wanted. The wedding was nice, simple and it wasn't stressful at all, it was great fun.
She is very friendly and professional at the same time. We would highly recommend her.
Thanks so much for this great review! Your Coney Island wedding was unique, fun and sweet. It was so great meeting you two!
Val was a great fit for us and so easy to work with. We are a multicultural couple and she made it a point to not only incorporate our different backgrounds, but even gave a small blessing in another language. We gave Val guidelines for the type of ceremony we liked and expressed that we'd like a unity ritual and she came up with a ritual that couldn't have been more perfect for our personal history! Not only did Val offer years of experience, her personality was very easy to work with and her responsiveness and professionalism were much appreciated. We'd highly recommend hiring her if you are looking to create a personalized ceremony for a unique couple.
Thank you Laura! It was so nice working with you and Florin to create a ceremony that was unique to you, and incorporating a ritual no-one expected, but fit perfectly! I wish you both all the best!
Val was fantastic - she's very easy to work with, on top of things, flexible, and most importantly, her speech described our love story fully. The ceremony went very well and captured the most unforgettable moments. Highly recommend her!
Many thanks from Alice & Wilson
Thank you Alice and Wilson! I'm so glad you were happy with the ceremony! You had a great story to tell and it was fun doing so. All the best to you both!
Val was unbelievable. Everything she wrote for our ceremony really captured the essence of who my husband and I are, and she really listened to everything we had to say. She was professional, fun, polite and very helpful with my vows. I would highly recommend her! She is the best
Thanks Katie and George! You two were such fun to work with. We had a great time! All the best to you both!
Val was fantastic- very creative, flexible and patient! Thanks for creating a beautiful ceremony!
Thanks Jessica and Max! It was great working with you and I enjoyed meeting your family and friends. Best wishes to you both!
I found Val online after searching for non-denominational officiants in Western MA. She doesn't typically do weddings in MA, but was happy to get the necessary license to to officiate our wedding. Val always responded to our emails within a day or two and worked closely with us to craft a ceremony that was personal and exactly what we were looking for. We worked remotely via phone/skype (we were in DC and she in NY) to design the ceremony and I felt like Val spent time getting to know us. She met with us multiple times to really understand what we were looking for in the ceremony and was always flexible and positive. She provided great suggestions for readings and ideas on how to make the ceremony really reflect our relationship and heritage. She also set deadlines for deliverables which I greatly appreciated, as i didn't want to be writing my vows the night before the wedding! So many guests commented on how beautiful, personal and unique our ceremony was. Tears were flowing and everyone was laughing throughout. For us and the guests it was the highlight of the whole wedding. You can't go wrong with Val!
Laura and Brett- thanks so much for the great review! One of the joys of my "job" is meeting fantastic, happy couples such as you two, and making their wedding dreams come true!
We had originally found Val through the Celebrant Institute as we were looking for someone that had experience with interfaith marriages. We were referred to this institute by a friend of the family, and while we liked the idea, we had to begin our search for someone that would be a good representative at our wedding. We first discovered Val through her profile and immediately set up a phone conversation. We were instantly sold on her easy going personality, enthusiasm for her job and her ability to really understand our vision and how she could play an important role in our wedding ceremony. We had previously spoken to about 5 other celebrants, but decided that Val was the best choice.
From then on, the process was quite easy. Val had us each fill out a questionnaire so that she could best understand our personalities, our relationship and how we really felt about each other. The beautiful thing about having a celebrant officiate your wedding, especially under circumstances such as interfaith, was that the ceremony was going to be focused more on our love for each other and our own personal story.
Our wedding ceremony was absolutely perfect. I'm still not entirely sure how Val managed to capture our entire love story, providing our guests with a fun, yet emotional service that let everyone feel like they knew how in love with each other that we really are. We had so many rave reviews about our ceremony from the guests. Almost everyone that I heard from said it was by far "the best ceremony" they had ever seen.
We thank Val so much for her services and truly hope that anyone that desires such a ceremony feel confident in using her as well:)
Thanks Erin and Matt for this great review! You two were so much fun to work with! I noticed your guests were smiling, laughing and crying, and that's what we hoped for! I wish you two all the best in life. You deserve it!