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A Loving, Lighthearted Wedding Ceremony
This special moment will be forever etched in your hearts with a personalized ceremony that truly captures you as a couple. You get to participate in the ceremony creation process, with expert guidance, ensuring that it's beautifully designed to your preferences. An uplifting wedding experience!
Civil Union, Commitment Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Vow Renewal Ceremony
Elizabeth is a phenomenal officiant, and it was a joy working with her during the year prior to our wedding. We decided on hiring Elizabeth after attending a friend’s wedding where she officiated. Elizabeth has a clear voice that draws you in, and an incredibly captivating presence during a wedding ceremony. During the year that we worked with her, we Skyped and had an in-person meeting, and Elizabeth asked us very in-depth questions to get to know us and to discern the type of wedding ceremony we were looking for. My husband and I did not really know what we wanted or what we were doing, and Elizabeth guided us expertly through the process. She drafted our ceremony, and we reviewed it with her and provided edits back and forth to create an incredibly personalized ceremony. After our wedding, many guests commented that it was the best ceremony they’ve ever attended because of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is incredibly professional, organized, kind, and warm. My husband and I would recommend her 100 times over, and we cannot thank her enough for bringing our wedding ceremony to life.
I am a bit late in sending a review. I am close to my one year wedding anniversary. As I think back on my wedding last November, I think the best decision my husband and I made was hiring Elizabeth to officiate our wedding ceremony. My sister said "Your wedding cerermony was wonderful, i felt like i digested a full meal." Elizabeth presents well; she came to our event beautifully dressed and on time. Personality wise she is soothing, calm, understanding, and quick to adapt to small changes. We forgot our license on the day of the wedding & she drove to our hotel to have our moms sign our licenses the next day. This location was out of her way & we appreciate her coming to help us out. She gave us a great option ( wine box ceremony) that really spoke to us. Elizabeth has a way with words; she spoke about the lovely fall season, our interests and hopes and thoughts, better than my husband or i could communicate to each other. She is an amazing writer. Another reason for my review is not based on my wedding. Unfortunately, my sister birthed a stillborn baby boy. Our family was devastated by this loss. We asked Elizabeth to officiate at his funeral in March 2017. She was able to come to our family's aid within hours of the request & put together a heartfelt program, gave us poems, and created a lovely family ceremony for us at the funeral home and at the ceremony. My family and I appreciate her support, time and service during these events in our life. There truly are not enough words to express my gratitude to Elizabeth.
After a bit of back and forth on deciding if we wanted a justice of the peace or an officiant for our wedding, we landed on wanting something a bit more personal with an officiant. I found Elizabeth through research and reading reviews like these and I’m so glad I did. Elizabeth did such a great job at making our wedding ceremony so personal. We heard from so many people that they felt like the ceremony gave them a true glimpse into our relationship and who we are and that it was the best ceremony they had seen in a long time. Elizabeth was so open and accommodating to all of our thoughts and suggestions as we went through the process of reviewing the ceremony drafts, she truly crafted a beautiful ceremony and we’re so thankful. We’d highly recommend Elizabeth!
Several of our guests told us it was the nicest wedding ceremony they'd ever been to, and they have been to many weddings over the years. Elizabeth really got to know us as a couple and put in so much time and effort crafting the ceremony. She also checked in with us before the event, and made us feel so at ease on the day. It was truly a lovely and special moment in our lives that surpassed our greatest expectations
In early September, we were looking for a celebrant for a same sex non-denominational wedding ceremony; we were referred to Elizabeth. We contacted her by email and she confirmed that she was available for the date requested (New Year’s Eve) and could do the ceremony in our home. She referred us to her website and we liked what we saw. We contacted her again, discussed some more details and decided to meet with her. The consultation was friendly and at the end we were confident she would be able to do what we wanted in a professional and friendly way. We signed a contract and paid a 50% deposit. Elizabeth agreed to send some sample vows and text for the ring ceremony. A couple of weeks before the date, we choose the text for the vows and ring ceremony and sent her the choices via email. A few days later, she returned the text incorporated into a wedding script which was personal and reflected our wishes. We made some minor changes and sent them back. We also told her that we wanted a clergy member and friend to give a blessing. She said that she would incorporate that into the ceremony. On New Year’s Eve Elizabeth arrived and we discussed some final details. The whole ceremony was all we had wanted and expected--so personal and meaningful. All our guests said it was beautiful and professional. In the first meeting Elizabeth asked what we were looking for, we answered “We want what they do at City Hall”. What we got was 1000 times better! And we were glad she brought the whole ceremony to a much higher level. We highly recommend Elizabeth to conduct your wedding ceremony. She is a lovely woman and really helped to make our day special.
Elizabeth was Awesome!!!! She met with us months beforehand and then sent us a questionnaire with which we were able to share our stories, thoughts and feelings. All of which she blended in to a great ceremony. She was heartfelt and sincere. We laughed and we cried as did everyone in attendance as Elizabeth spun our stories. Thank you Elizabeth, you made Our Day Super Special!!!!
I can't really say enough about Elizabeth. Her professionalism and warm hearted approach ensured that we had all of our ceremony essentials but with a genuine personal touch. We now have a long lasting anniversary tradition that she suggested as part of our ceremony. I love how she made sure that we took a few private minutes for us after the ceremony was over because no matter what you think that day will be like, trust me, it's even more hectic than you expect and stopping to privately acknowledge the huge step you just took ensures it doesn't slip by you. She helped us visualize the details of our ceremony in a way that we could not do on our own and I valued that very much. It might sound strange but at least for us, the ceremony was the only part of the day that was really only about us. That's where the details counted for me. Everything else is a party with a lot of different parts and people. Intimate details in your ceremony will matter to you more than you may think. Elizabeth knows this and does an excellent job capturing them to your liking. With all this being said, her true light shown through when we really needed her the most. Our venue did a very poor job coordinating and preparing for our rehearsal and actual ceremony itself. They were basically absent for both and in their absence, Elizabeth so professionally took charge of both events going above and beyond what really was her job to make sure my husband and I avoided a completely chaotic ceremony. I am forever thankful that we selected her as our officiant because I am certain that it would have been a very different outcome without her. When people tell you not everything will go as planned on your day, they are absolutely right, but when you have the right vendors by your side you can get through anything. Elizabeth is definitely the woman I would recommend to have at your side.
Elizabeth helped my husband and I have the ceremony of our dreams! We did not want to have a religious ceremony, but wanted the ceremony to be spiritual, meaningful and personal. Elizabeth exceeded all of our expectations with the truly personalized and one of a kind ceremony that she created. Everything felt so personal and genuine, and she beautifully told our love story. We received so many compliments from guests saying that the ceremony was the most touching and meaningful that they've ever heard. Some people even asked us if Elizabeth was a close friend since the ceremony was so personalized! On a personal note, Elizabeth is lovely, calming and easy to work with. I would recommend her to anyone who wants a customized, unique wedding ceremony...you will not be disappointed!
Elizabeth was wonderful to work with. From our first phone conversation she gave us a great feeling and was easy to work with. We enjoyed meeting her and filling out her questionnaire (it was a great way for her to get to know us as a couple and it was fun for us to share this experience with each other - it actually helped us with writing our own vows!) During the process she always kept us updated on what to expect and was helpful in letting us know how to get our license. The ceremony was beautiful and everyone commented about how personal and lovely it was. She made us a lovely copy of our vows to keep as a memory. I highly recommend working with Elizabeth, she listens, cares about what you want as a couple and really seems to enjoy what she does.
Elizabeth was a pleasure to work with. The moment my now husband and I met her we knew we had to have her be the one to marry us. The ceremony she put together for us was perfection! Everyone came up to us and told us how amazing she was! Elizabeth always answered emails and returned phone calls immediately. She also helped us write our vows, and didn't mind any last minute changes. She made our wedding ceremony so meaningful! We hope to have her in our lives for any other ceremonies we may have in the future!
Out of all of the events surrounding my recent wedding, the ceremony is by far my most memorable. Elizabeth made it so personable and touching and it is something my husband and I will remember for the rest of our lives. She worked with us through different drafts, offered ideas, suggestions and tailored our ceremony to be exactly what we wanted. She helped us combine two cultures and told the story that we wanted to be told. She brought our ceremony to life and gave it such deep meaning. If there is one piece of advice I can offer to anyone planning a wedding, book Elizabeth and you will be so glad you did. We cannot begin to thank her enough.
Elizabeth was such a joy to work with for our May 6th wedding. At our first meeting Elizabeth showed us many different options and ideas for our ceremony, which was great because neither one of us are very religious, but knowing there were other options was a breath of fresh air. After the initial meeting, we were sent a questionnaire separately to fill in, which was a lot of fun because you didn't know how the other responded. From there Elizabeth built this beautiful ceremony that told about the journey of us becoming husband and wife. All our guests kept telling us how fantastic the ceremony was, and that they felt like they knew us so much more and gain a better understanding of our love for each other, family and friends. This is all thanks to Elizabeth. I highly recommend her, not just for her professionalism & expertise, but because she’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Simply Amazing!Reviewed on 1/09/2016 Jennifer S
Elizabeth Phaire was absolute perfection for our wedding. She worked with us to develop the ceremony and made several drafts before it was complete. Elizabeth took the time to know our story which showed in her excellent delivery of the service. All of my guests praised the ceremony. If I could give Elizabeth more than five stars, I would!! If I could give v Elizabeth
Such a joyful experience!Reviewed on 11/18/2015 Caitlin S
Elizabeth was an absolute pleasure to work with from day one. We were unable to meet her in person so she set up a Skype appointment so she was able to get to know us better. I really appreciated the questions she asked in her questionnaire & the amount of time she spent crafting our personalized ceremony. It was beautifully written & we literally received so many calls from our guests saying how included they felt when they learned our story as a couple & how fantastic the ceremony was. Usually brides cannot remember moments from their ceremony because everything happens so fast but since we had a hand in helping create it & wrote our own vows it is something i will never forget. I was a bit nervous beforehand & she was such a calming presence & her instruction during the ceremony made all the anxiety disappear. She is professional, kind, warm & thoughtful (a sentiment many reviewers agree to). It was truly a memorable experience that wouldn't have been possible without Elizabeth, thank you so much!
Elizabeth was attentive to our needs from the day we first met with her. She was flexible when our plans changed a few days before the wedding. She calmed our nerves just by her peaceful presence and our guests have given us wonderful feedback on how beautiful our ceremony was. We owe this entirely to Elizabeth's experience and how she helped us to personalize our ceremony.
My husband and I, when planning our ceremony realized we did not want and ordinary ceremony. Being from different religions and not very religious; we were seeking an officiant who would customize our ceremony. Elizabeth Phaire did just that for us. We got married on 10/2/2015 and people are still telling our parents and ourselves what a lovely and beautiful ceremony we had. Elizabeth was very helpful when we were writing our personal vows. With her guidance my husband wrote beautiful vows. We strongly recommend Elizabeth!
It was very important to us that our special day be about our vow exchange......not the venue or the food or our clothing. From the moment I found Elizabeth online and spoke with her on the phone, I knew she was the person to make that wish reality. She has an amazing presence which radiates peace and love; and takes so much care in making your ceremony personal....all my guests wanted to know how we knew her! We had a beautiful day and it was just what we envisioned! Finding Elizabeth definitely helped to make it so.
Our wedding was in June and we still have people complimenting what a beautiful ceremony we had. Elizabeth was an amazing officiant and my husband and I loved getting to know her. She is a beautiful soul who really puts her heart into her work. Our ceremony was perfectly crafted and represented the true values within our relationship, we couldn't have been happier. I would recommend Elizabeth to everyone!!
Our experience with Elizabeth was amazing from the start. At our first meeting, she immediately understood when we said we wanted a secular yet spiritual wedding. She shared countless amazing rituals with us that we could us during the ceremony and walked us through the ceremony and the process step by step. We filled out a long form about us so she could personalize the ceremony, and it was completely worth the time it took. In the weeks leading up to the wedding she sent us 3 separate drafts of the ceremony and quickly accepted our feedback on each one. She gave great advice for writing our own vows and was very supportive. It rained the day of the wedding, and Elizabeth was flexible enough to move the ceremony up in order to avoid a downpour, and she performed the ceremony in a cold drizzle so that we could still get the view we wanted. We were the first in our families to have a non-religious ceremony and so were a little nervous about our families' reactions to the ceremony, but everyone said it was one of the best ceremonies they'd ever seen. Our guests are still talking about it. I really can't recommend Elizabeth enough!
Our first experience with Liz was when she officiated a wedding ceremony for a friend of ours. It was hands down one of the best ceremonies that we had ever attended. When it came time to find someone for our special occasion, we immediately thought of Liz. After our meeting with her, we were immediately sold. She is easy to work with, has great suggestions and made the process EASY. She also has a calm yet warm demeanor that will put you at ease and believe me, you will need it on your wedding day. Most importantnly, the story that she weaved for us was beautiful, personal and unique. It struck the exact mood and energy we were looking for – meaningful and light at the same time. I feel like I’m singing to the choir but seriously, I can’t tell you the number of people that remarked on how much they loved the ceremony. So much of the time, ceremonies are treated as an afterthought, Liz makes it the star of the show!
Customized Ceremony for YouReviewed on 11/09/2014 Ally S
Elizabeth allows you to make your ceremony exactly how you picture it. She worked with us (remotely, since we're in Maryland, but got married in NY) and made sure the ceremony script was exactly fitting for us and our crowd. The only small issue we had was that the mic didn't pick up all that well so some of our guests didn't hear Elizabeth. Not hearing her is a shame, since what she was saying was meaningful, well-thought out and reflected exactly what we wanted to hear on our wedding day. She makes great suggestions, is extremely professional and knows how to customize the perfect ceremony for you.
The sweetest ceremonyReviewed on 11/05/2014
Elizabeth was absolutely wonderful to work with. Our ceremony was exactly the way we imagined it would be. She really poured her heart out on crafting our ceremony and getting to know us individually, and as a couple. Our ceremony was personalized in a way that told our unique story, far from a templated type of ceremony. Every word, and each reading was focused on what was most important to us as a couple, love and compassion. Elizabeth is very natural at officiating. Her calm demeanor and angelic voice set the tone for a beautiful ceremony. It was magical. Two months into our marriage, friends and family are still talking about the ceremony, wondering how we found Elizabeth, and expressing how much the ceremony really spoke to them in a profound way. Thank you, Elizabeth, for sharing you gift with us on our special day!!
Our Wedding in Sleepy Hollow, NYReviewed on 11/01/2014
Our wedding ceremony was just last night with Elizabeth. When we first started looking for an officiant, we were worried that we would not find one who was open minded about performing our ceremony in an unconventional manner. After searching through officiants in the NY area, we came across Elizabeth. Her previous reviews sounded great and her profile seemed like she would be a good match for us. We could not be more pleased with our experience with Elizabeth. She is very professional and was attentive to our desires on what we wanted included in our ceremony, made her own suggestions, and guided us through the process step by step. We highly recommend Elizabeth and would definitely work with her again!! Thank you for making our special night so beautiful!!
Looking for a Unique and Memorable Ceremony? Then, you found the right officiant!Reviewed on 10/28/2014 Emily C
Elizabeth is one of the most compassionate individuals I've ever met in my life. My husband and i were beyond pleased with her attentiveness leading up to the event. She took the time to meet with us and learn about the inner workings of our relationship. I was a bit nervous about our ceremony because I was raised Catholic and my fiance Jewish and was worried that the ceremony wouldn't be rooted in the values and traditions of our individual faiths, but Elizabeth was able to craft a ceremony that incorporated elements of both our religions without being overtly religious. She also spoke with us before the ceremony and provided us with support leading up to the big moment. Our families were beyond pleased with the ceremony. I feel blessed to have worked with someone as thoughtful as Elizabeth and highly recommend her to all!
A Perfect Ceremony!Reviewed on 10/28/2014 Tiawana K
We had an ABSOLUTELY beautiful wedding day and the highlight was the ceremony officiated by Elizabeth! It could not have been any more perfect. Elizabeth helped us symbolize our dedication to each other by providing options for meaningful rituals like the candle lighting and ring warming ceremonies, both of which we used. From our first meeting with her a whole year before our wedding day, Elizabeth provided gentle guidance and unyielding support to us. My husband says she was like a "floating angel." It's amazing that you can meet someone and instantly feel like they've been a part of your life for many years. That was the feeling we got from our interactions with Elizabeth. She blended notes from our meetings, emails and phone conversations and used them to craft a personal, unique ceremony that told the story of our love in a very special way. She even included a brief translation for the benefit of my husband's parents who do not speak English. We would choose Elizabeth over and over again for our vow renewals at the 10, 20, and 50 year marks because that's how long we plan to be in love! We extend our highest recommendation of Elizabeth as a wedding officiant for a truly memorable occasion!