Wedding Officiant

Judie Guild is an experienced, professional wedding officiant in New York. She also enjoys reading and learning about plants.

Offbeat marriage officiant: what makes a wedding “offbeat?”

Thanks to smart advertising, the appeal of enjoying an “offbeat wedding” or “offbeat elopement” is growing.  Of course, “offbeat” is a relative term. Emerging congruently with the economic boom and strengthening middle class in the immediate post-WWII era, the white wedding –a church ceremony followed by a formal gala in a catering hall or hotel […]

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Reasons to Elope in NYC

Between updating an Offbeat Bride advertorial and recent comments from my couples, the underlying reasons why couples elope are central to my thoughts. One couple invited a brother and his wife only.  As Liam snapped away, the sister-in-law turned to me with “this is so nice and romantic.”  Apparently, their wedding –while wonderful– had to […]

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‘Non-religious Wedding Officiant’ & Other Terms

The vast majority of my couples enlist me for a strictly nonreligious or civil or humanist or spiritual ceremony without any explicit deity references.  But I do officiate religious or denominational or interfaith or nondenominational spiritual wedding ceremonies as well. I’ve married aetheists, agnostics, Catholics, Jewish, and newly transformed Buddhist couples.  And I’ve learned that […]

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The Sweet and Simple Classic Civil Ceremony

What’s wrong with the classic civil ceremony?  Nothing at all.  For almost five hundred years, whether religious or non-religious, millions of couples pledged their devotion using essentially the same vows.  Sure, some variation exists.  But the essence has held constant. A “Dearly beloved….” introduces a reminder to couples about the responsibilities and joys of marriage, […]

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License Signing

Securing a marriage license is the first step to a public record of a marriage.  The second is the ceremony.  And the third is the filing and recording for posterity.  While your marriage is still perfectly legitimate once a genuine officiant presides over a ceremony, the filing of the license and receipt of certificate by […]

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Intimate Marriage Ceremony at Eleven Madison Park Restaurant

Eleven Madison Park Restaurant keeps the nicest staff.  They are smart, sophisticated, and gracious hosts.  Perhaps the employees are commendable because their employers allocate nearly every Sunday as a day-of-rest.  Truly, this restaurant understands that if you make your staff happy, they will be gentler towards patrons.  Besides the joy of the personnel, my couple […]

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Thank You Notes

Thank you so much Judie for being a part of our day and instrumental in getting what we wanted accomplished at a moments notice! We really appreciate you and your spirit! Thanks again, and here is a picture of our wonderful night~ We just got back to El Paso last night at about 11 and […]

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A fairy tale continues

Personalized Prelude their ceremony: Neither Michelle nor Steve expected to encounter each other; they were not exactly looking for true love. Life was too busy interfering and forcing them to focus on the other big stuff. But God was smiling; amid their hard-work in other areas, fate was arranging a meeting. Early in 2009, Steve […]

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Thank you note

I just wanted to send you a quick message to say what a joy it was for you to officiate at our wedding. After the chaos of the day before, you were a calm presence and your ceremony was written with complete understanding of us, it was so beautiful. You were so understanding also of […]

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Central Park Wedding/Elopement Tour

When couples enlist Liam’s services for a full session of three hours, they are able to really explore the city.  In this case, G+D began with a wedding ceremony at the Belvedere Castle Plaza overlooking Turtle Pond and then continued south to the Shakespeare Garden, Ramble, Bow Bridge, Bethesda Terrace/Angel of Waters’ Fountain, the Mall, […]

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