What To Expect
Rev. Jeddah Vailakis, NYC Wedding Officiant
You can expect my full presence. I love hearing your story! I find it fascinating to hear how couples meet and when that moment of knowing “this is the one” came. I want to know what bonds you to one another and how love has changed you. There is a uniquness to your story – a jewel. When you share what that jewel is with me, it brings a smile to my heart.
You can expect me to listen to your story with complete openness. You can also expect me to deliver a wedding ceremony with sincerity, joy and elegance. A wedding ceremony that speaks to your heart and to the hearts of your guests. I will guide you by calming your fears if you need calming, and provide you with resources: wedding readings, wedding vows, ring exchange options, wedding blessings, and wedding exercises. I also provide you with a questionnaire – a process of filling out that is very introspective and enriching and of course provides material for me that I can use for designing your ceremony.
A word about Interfaith Weddings….. the desire to find love and share our lives with another human being runs deep in the human spirit. The decision to join lives with our beloved is universal, not cultural or religious specific. This is the voice I speak from, the voice that connects us as human beings. Our humanity is the foundation, not our religious differences. A wedding ceremony is one that should bring people together regardless of their diverse backgrounds. This does not mean that we cannot celebrate our cultural differences. If you want to include a Chuppa, Breaking of the Glass, Unity Candle, Sand Unity, Hand Fasting, Blessing of the Rings, or any other multitude of cultural wedding traditions, feel assured that they will be delivered in a way that brings everyone together. After all, all these rituals are universal in meaning.
If you need recommendations for wedding photographers, wedding florists, and wedding venues, I have worked with many fine, wonderful and devoted wedding professionals and I will be happy to provide you with their information.
NY Marriage License
Please know that in the state of NY, you will need to obtain your marriage license within 60 days of getting married. More helpful information.
NY Destination Wedding
If you are planning on getting married in New York and are traveling from overseas or from somewhere within the US, I will be happy to help you navigate all the wedding resources and wedding professionals that you will need. Alternatively, if you are getting married outside of NY and would like me to officiate your destination wedding, I am open to that as well.
“the desire to find love and share our lives with
another human being runs deep in the human spirit.
The decision to join lives with our beloved is universal,
not cultural or religious specific. This is the voice I speak
from, the voice that connects us as human beings.”
You are are entering into an ancient right of passage – marriage. Countless others before you have done what you are about to do since the very beginning of time. Let this timeless marriage ritual celebrate and honor your love. Allow yourself to receive the blessings and good wishes of your family and friends. You stand for everything that is good in the human spirit.