I pride myself on writing and performing a very personalized ceremony that is all about the two of you. I make the effort to learn about you and your unique personalities as individuals and as a couple (and yes, there is a distinct and unique personality of a couple.) I like to make this as experience as much fun as possible, as well as to be there to hold your hand through your planning, decision making, and ultimately, your ceremony. I am in this to make friends as much as I am to provide a service to you.
Personalized Weddings by Reverend Bill187 Donegan Ave
East Patchogue, New York 11772Directions
The Wedding Industry
I got into the industry as a favor to my niece and nephew. While I prepared their ceremony, my son and now daughter-in-law approached me and requested that i perform theirs as well. When i realized how fun and rewarding it could be, how happy it made me to make others happy, i was hooked. Starting slowly (8-12 times a year for a few years) I stretched my limits to their current level and I still love every single thing about what I do. From that first contact call through the ceremony and paperwork, I just enjoy everything. I have made new friends, i have Christened children of prior couples, i have occasionally performed multiple weddings in the same family
I like to say that prior to this calling, I was a baseball umpire - working many, many games at all levels. I like working in weddings much more, as I have never been chased back to my car from a wedding ceremony/
The Wedding Memories
There are so many memories, there are so many couples. I won't risk slighting anyone by naming favorites but some of my favorite moments have been: three deer crossing behind me as I married a couple on Navy Beach in Montauk; singing the "soft kitty" song from Big Bang Theory as part of a ceremony; several times seeing old friends (including couples I have married previously) at a wedding; a Ring Security Agent (about 6 years old) who took his job so seriously that he sat on the steps in front of the couple being married during the ceremony. The countless pets involved in the ceremony. The flower girl who refused to spread rose petals coming into the ceremony but spread them during the recessional. Performing ceremonies for two well- known models, and two well know musicians (remarkably, years apart but at the same venue). Travelling to Connecticut, New Jersey, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Maryland, and Arizona to perform ceremonies. having a couple of professional dancers dance up the aisle after being pronounced husband and wife. Twice I have performed "surprise" ceremonies, each time the guests believed they were attending a baby shower! There was also the couple who were dead set on a Montauk beach wedding and the tail end of a hurricane did not stop us.
To shorten the story - every ceremony provides me with a highlight, a memory, and friends
I specialize in creating a ceremony that is about the couple being married. Just that.
I am the chief cook and bottle washer. I am a sole proprietor involved in all aspects of my business As I said earlier, I started slow and have steadily gained momentum. My ultimate goals would be to bring in and mentor some new officiants looking for a start, maybe to become a "house officiant" somewhere and to try to stay ahead of wedding trends.
My most frequently asked question is about back-up officiants I am happy to say that i have never needed one to date, but I have been one several times. I stay in touch with several officiants, sort of a loose coalition, who I would call on if needed and would be there for them whenever possible. I actually spell out in the contract that I am responsible for finding your replacement should I be unable to perform as promised.
My hobbies are my grandchildren, my wife, and my children. my pets too.
The highlight of my year is renting a house somewhere each Thanksgiving and having all of our children and grandchildren together under one roof for the holiday weekend.
The past few years it has been Lancaster PA and we all love it.
If you can legally be married, I will happily perform your ceremony.
I also do funeral services, baptisms, home blessings, boat blessings, pet blessings
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The amount of people who asked who our officiant was and how it was the best ceremony they have ever been apart of - he told our love story so perfectly keeping everyone so invested and emotional but also having some good laughs. If you take my recommendation on anyone, please let it be Reverend Bill Schulhoff !!!!