About this Vendor
Ceremonies of the Heart - Rev. Deb Viola
I am an ordained Interfaith Minister & licensed wedding officiant. I specialize in heart centered & personalized wedding ceremonies that reflect your love & beliefs. Let’s create a ceremony that will live in your hearts forever. All couples welcomed!Marriage equality! Minister & Rabbi team avail.
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Interfaith Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony
Buddhist, Catholic, Christian, Interfaith, Jewish, Muslim
Rev. Deb MADE our wedding! The ceremony she created for us was personal, spiritual, uplifting, and just utterly beautiful. We met with her only once before the big day, and we had people coming up to us after the ceremony asking how long we’d known her, shocked to hear the truth, thinking we’d known her forever. One of our groomsmen who was getting married a few weeks later was mad he didn’t know about Rev. Deb before that day, because he wished he could have booked her for his own wedding after being part of the ceremony. The process from start to finish was pretty simple – we met with her once, discussed the types of elements we wanted to include in our ceremony, and from there went back and forth over email a few times regarding the ceremony she had drafted. She has some beautiful ideas and excerpts to include, and every single person has since said it was the most beautiful and original ceremony they’ve ever seen. On the day-of, everything went perfectly, except I actually forgot to bring our marriage license to the venue! I panicked (obviously), but Rev. Deb kept me calm and started talking through all the different scenarios so we could have the license signed before we left the country for two weeks (since the paperwork needs to be sent in within a certain window after the ceremony takes place). She even offered to have us drop by her house on our way to the airport the next day and use her family members as witnesses if necessary! Luckily, a few of our guests were able to retrieve it from our hotel in time, but it was amazing to know she would have done anything to help us out and make sure we didn’t have to worry. If you’re looking for a personalized, touching ceremony that really speaks to the couple getting married vs. a generic, templated ceremony, Rev. Deb is your gal! We can’t thank her enough for making our day so special and memorable!
Heartwarming CeremonyReviewed on 10/22/2013 Kelly-Ann K
Deb put us at ease from the moment we met her at the Westbury Manor Open House. She was kind and warm, which is exactly what we were looking for in an officiant to marry us. She asked us some great questions when we met with her to incorporate into our ceremony but we certainly could have never anticipated the beautiful ceremony she crafted for us. She even added some personal touches based on what we spoke about that surprised us and it made it even better than we anticipated. She is a lovely person and my husband and I would 100% recommend her.
Ceremonies of the Heart - Rev. Deb Viola & Rabbi SaraReviewed on 9/03/2013 Magan G
We choose Rev. Deb & Rabbi Sara for our interfaith ceremony and it was fantastic! They gave many different options for the ceremony so we were really able to cutomize it to be a true representation of us. They both gave our guests a good description of us/our love/our relationship and how we feel about each other. Many of our guests commented on the ceremony and said they really enjoyed it and it was a great combination of the two faiths. Thank you both again so much for making our day so special and a great representaion of us!
Rev Deb was the absolute best! I cannot say enough to recommend her to be the one to make your special moment memorable!! My husband and I wanted a small short ceremony & she made it as beautiful as possible! Afterwards, all of our guests came over to us to say how beautiful the ceremony was & that Rev Deb was so nice and personable. During the ceremony we were both nervous as nervous can be! She helped us feel more comfortable and tied our love together with her beautiful words!
From our first meeting with Deb, my husband and I knew she was perfect to be our officiant. We really liked the fact that she promised us a personalized ceremony that would showcase our personalities and our dynamic--and she delivered. People actually thought that she knew us personally, which was what I wanted. Deb was so professional, thorough and sweet throughout the process and did not hesitate to answer any of my questions or concerns. Thank you again for giving us such a special ceremony, we will cherish it forever!!
Reverend Deb is absolutely wonderful! We were looking for a simple ceremony on the Long Beach Boardwalk. After reading all the great reviews about Rev Deb, I knew she would be perfect for us. I sent her a brief email and description of what we had in mind. She replied almost immediately! We had a few communications via email and a brief conversation on the phone. She really listens to what you want, and most importantly, she delivers. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted. Though only meeting her in person for a quick fifteen minutes or so, I got a very warm, comforting, open and relaxed vibe from Reverend Deb. She gives great directions too, which I think we can all appreciate since (usually) it's our first time doing this. Lol. I really loved our ceremony, it was perfect, for us. I have no doubt whatsoever that she will deliver a ceremony that is perfect and meaningful and wonderfully tailored to each and every couple who chooses her for their big day. Highly recommend giving her a chance to show you how great she is! Thank you so much, Reverend Deb!!! You're the best!
On August 18 2016, Rev. Deb gave us the most beautiful, sentimental ceremony any bride and groom could ask for! Her words were so heartfelt and she had wonderful reading and passages for us to choose from. We will always remember her and our emotional amazing day. Thank you Deb! You are wonderful
On June 12th 2016 Rev. Deb married us! And she was awesome !! She understood how we wanted our ceremony.. different & unique describing us along with a spiritual twist and with humor! And she nailed it!! We are thrilled we choose rev. Deb because honestly no one else could have done it Better! She was amazing ! I still have guests talking about our ceremony ! How much they loved it! I highly recommend Rev. Deb ! You will be so happy you choose her like we did! :-) !
RevDeb was truly the best choice we could have made when it came to selecting an officiant. We were married on Saturday 7.16.16 at an outdoor ceremony at EastWind. It was beautiful and it was hot. She understood our desire to include all the important parts of our relationship that eventually brought us to the day of our marriage and said it all in the most expeditiously manner possible. She is an absolute pleasure to deal with, very professional and possesses the most genuine and loving personality.
Love Rev. Deb Viola! What a pleasure to have had her perform our ceremony. We had a blended family religious ceremony; and I cannot express how beautiful it was. Rev deb also mentioned in prayer and had a moment of silence for my father in law and my grandmother who recently passed. It Meant a lot to us. I highly recommend her; she made my day so easy, and she was awesome.
From the moment we met Reverend Deb, we knew she was the one to officiate at our wedding. We wanted a spiritual ceremony and she presented us with many options. Our guests raved about how lovely it was. She is such a warm and engaging person and she really got to know us and our story. It was a day we’ll never forget.
Deb is personable, professional and most importantly SPEAKS SO EVERYONE CAN HEAR! What else can I say? She was in contact with us, did everything we asked, arrived early, spoke loudly, knew what she was doing, etc. etc. etc. I have zero complaints - only praises. I would recommend her to anybody.
We loved Reverand Deb!! We came to her a short notice after deciding our original officiant wasn't going to work out. She was so professional and personable. She made our whole ceremony so personalized, everyone keeps raving about it. We couldn't have asked for anything better.
We were so honored to have Reverend Debra officiate at our wedding on 10/10/15. We met her 8 months earlier and we knew she was perfect! She is warm, friendly, intelligent and had great ideas for our ceremony! The day of our wedding our guests couldn't stop talking about the ceremony and neither could we! Rev. Deb did an amazing job! Look no further for your wedding!
Rev Deb was raved about by our guests as "one of the best ceremonies" they have ever attended. From our initial meeting to our ceremonial end, Rev Deb provided us a sense of ease (and I was nervous). She assisted us in finding our perfect wedding venue, our photographer, and best of all gave us a copy of our ceremony as a gift to forever preserve the memory. Thank you Rev Deb for everything. Please consider ceremonies of the heart for your special day!
My wife and I had Reverend Deb officiate our wedding on 10/9/2015. We met with Rev Deb after attending a previous wedding the year before where she was the officiant. Even before meeting her we knew she was the one we wanted officiating our ceremony. Her attention to detail and personal touches really made the ceremony ours. She was PERFECT! She fine-tuned our ceremony exactly to the way we wanted. Not even missing a beat while mentioning the things my wife and I love about each other, and even including some beautiful words about my father who is no longer with us. After the ceremony, while speaking to my family and friends, the first thing that everyone said to us was how much they LOVED the ceremony. It was everyone’s favorite part of our special day. If you’re looking for an officiant, look no further, Rev Deb Viola is the one for you! Deb even mailed our marriage license for us, and gave us a binder with our ceremony printed out so we can look back on the beautiful words she said about us. Thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts, Deb, for such a beautiful, amazing, and memorable ceremony that we can look back on for years and years to come!
Tom & JackieReviewed on 5/27/2015
Rev Deb made our wedding personal and special. She guided us along the way and made things easy for us to decide. She spoke about us as we had been longtime friends. We didn't want anything to religious but still spiritual, she made that happen. Rev Deb was great!!!
Perfect ceremony!!!Reviewed on 4/23/2015 Allie M
Rev Deb is absolutely wonderful! So many people said to us after the ceremony how great it was. She really helped make it our own which was really important to us. We made lots of changes especially to our own vows right down to the last day and nothing was ever an issue. She was so easy to work with, it made the whole process really special. We HIGHLY recommend for your special day. THANK YOU CEREMONIES OF THE HEART!!!!
Ceremonies of The HeartReviewed on 10/27/2014
Rev Deb Viola is a warm ,kind and supportive officiant. She made our ceremony very special with her inclusive, inviting personality and her wonderful sense of humor. We would not have wanted anyone else to marry us!
Great!!Reviewed on 9/12/2014 Christine G
Rev. Deb was a great choice for our wedding. Our ceremony was very personal and perfect. We got so many compliments on it. People loved that she included how we met into the ceremony. There was the perfect a amount of humor and mush, which was just what we wanted. We highly recommend!!! :)
Amazing!Reviewed on 11/04/2013 Jamie L
Ceremony was amazing! Rev deb did an amazing job!
Rev. Deb Viola takes chargeReviewed on 8/26/2013 Jodi T
Rev. Deb was very on top of everything. She worked well with Rabbi Frank. Deb took care of everything. She wrote out a great ceremony. Unfortunately, when asked to shorten a section and get back to us with it, she never got back to us with the final draft. It would have been nice to see it prior to the day of. There was one incident that rather upset me with the way the ceremony went. We asked for a ring warming. That was approved of by both of our officiants. However, we felt that Rev. Deb being a Reiki Master, would be the better one to lead that section. We felt that the energy she could provide would not only place the energy we were looking for into our rings, but the symbolism was appropriate. Our Rabbi was under the impression that that would be a section he would perform. We asked Rev. Deb numerous times to take care of the situation because we did not want to offend Rabbi Frank. Not once was it brought up to Rabbi Frank, and he ended up performing that section. And while the ceremony was beautiful, there was one more thing that bothered me about the way the ceremony was performed. The day of, she told us that if in our vows we did not state the following words, our marriage would not be legally binding. "I take ____ to be my lawful wife/husband from this moment to my last". While I do not object with the sentiment in this, I do object to being lied to about needing to add something to our already laid out vows. It is not the vows that make a marriage legally binding, it is when the signed certificate is sent to the state that does. But while I had these griefs with the behind the scenes, the ceremony went off without a hitch and everyone thought it was the sweetest ceremony and most original that anyone has seen. So the only people to know that there were issues were me and my husband.
All I Could Have Hoped ForReviewed on 7/26/2013 Maria P
We contacted a few officiants we had found online and Rev. Deb had an office convenient to us. When we met with her, she made us feel so comfortable. She asked us about how we met, our families and what we loved about each other. She then offered us many ways to create a ceremony that truly expressed who we are. Our ceremony was wonderful! Everyone remarked at how personal and meaningful it was! She even gave us a keepsake copy of the ceremony. Her price was very reasonable and she helped us to have a wedding day that our entire family will never forget! Maria Brennan
Great ceremony but frustrations behind the scenesReviewed on 12/30/2012 Jennifer M
While the wedding ceremony was beautiful, I was irritated on the wedding day when Rev. Deb showed up 1 hour late (luckily we had built in time so this wasn't too bad) due to her previous wedding running late. Once she arrived one of the first things out of her mouth was regarding our remaining payment. While it is understandable that she would want the remaining money owed to her, she could have handled it differently, especially since she was so late. I also had to email her numerous times to get responses when deciding the specifics on our ceremony. I must say again that the ceremony turned out beautifully, but it was aggravating dealing with these other issues. She also left a binder with us which includes all the details from our wedding, however, there are numerous typos and errors.
Lovely ceremonyReviewed on 11/29/2012 Jeannette R
When I first contacted Rev Deb I was looking for a short but sweet ceremony, nothing extensive. My husband and I met with Deb once and when she sent me my first draft, I was in tears. Only after meeting us for a little while, she was able to put together one of the nicest ceremonies with some details of our relationship and our personalities. I received many compliments on the ceremony and how lovely it was. Rev Deb was a pleasure to work with. She was responsive with questions and showed up on time and ready to go the day of. She is definitely worth meeting with.