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Reviewed On 11/13/2020 by Marissa P
Rev. Zimmer was fantastic! We got married during COVID, so our wedding plans were different than what we originally wanted. Originally we wanted a family member to officiate, but because of COVID we had to have a backup officiant. Rev. Zimmer w...
as understanding of the circumstances and very attentive to our wishes. The first time I spoke to him he asked questions about my husband and I's relationship, and he incorporated that information into the ceremony. He was informative and he walked me through the ceremony process before it began. He responded to my questions quickly and I would recommend him to anyone!
Reviewed On 4/21/2018 by Heather S
Rev. Zimmer was the best! We spoke on the phone a couple times before the big day. Then the day came, and he was right on time, cracking jokes to take the edge off. Made it real easy going.
Thanks Rev. Zimmer
Reviewed On 12/22/2016 by Bri A
The first thing everyone tells me about my wedding is that it was the most fun wedding they have ever been to. The second thing everyone tells me is that our officiant was very strange. Strange is the nicest possible descriptive I can think o...
f for Rev Zimmer. To clarify, we spoke on the phone multiple times before the ceremony; he was great and told us all of these lovely things we was going to say. Then the ceremony came and he went totally rogue. Perhaps he forgot his script or train of thought, I really don't know, but it was very, very strange.
Reviewed On 5/16/2016 by Maria Elena M
Rev. Zimmer was a delight, he kept my nervous groom in great spirits and knew when to jump in among the rush of our "first look" pictures before the ceremony. We spoke over the phone 3 times before the wedding to make sure he had all the detail...
s down. When it came down to the ceremony, all of our guests kept asking us how we knew him because it was as if he had known us for years.
Thank you for helping make our day so special. The children will never forget it <3
Reviewed On 1/17/2016 by Alexandra A
I wanted to love John Zimmer so much. We met him a few months before the wedding and he took down all our information about each other and seemed to remember every little detail every time I talked to him after that meeting. However, at our c...
eremony it was as if he had a freak out moment or something? He didn't mention anything we talked about and just kept repeating himself and not really making sense....as if he had stage fright or like didn't know what to say. I had a few of my family members ask me what the heck went on in that moment. I'm still not sure- but I cant go back and change time.
Reviewed On 11/06/2015 by Alyssa R
From the moment I contacted Rev. Zimmer I knew he was going to do a great job. He listened to our story and what I wanted for our ceremony and he delivered. He took notes and called me back about 2 weeks before the wedding to double check ever...
ything. The day of, he was on time and helped us figure everything out with the marriage license. At the ceremony he had us stand facing our guests which I felt was a lovely touch and even guests complimented how great it was to actually be able to look at us. The ceremony was short, and just what we asked. There was love, laughter and happiness the whole time and I am very grateful to have hired him. He was perfect!
Reviewed On 6/30/2015 by Semone C
John is awesome! First time I met him in person was the day of my wedding, I felt like I had known him my whole life. He made us both feel so at ease and relaxed. Loved that prayer was included into our ceremony, being we are both Catholic and ...
didn't do a church wedding. John also knew a few of our guest. Thank you, John!
Reviewed On 5/12/2015 by rebecca s
John is amazing. When you book with him he asks certain questions about how you met and things like that. I was nervous he would make a speech about everything I told him, but he made our ceremony very nice. We both are Catholic, but didn't wan...
t a church wedding. He put a nice little prayer in with his speech which, I thought, was very nice. He is a very popular guy, he even married some of my guests that attended the wedding!
Reviewed On 5/08/2015 by Jourdana P
John Zimmer was wonderful. I'd be lying if I told you I remembered our ceremony. All I remember is my leg shaking and thinking, "Oh my gosh, this is it!"
From what I was told, he did a fabulous job. We didn't want anything too religious, and t...
hat's because my side is Jewish and my husband's side is Catholic. We did a nice mix by including some scripture from the book of Ruth and 1 Corinthians.
The only thing that bothered me, that I specifically remember, (and it bothered my family) was that John stood to the side (closest to my husband's family). He didn't stand in the middle behind my husband and I. When he stood to the side like that, we didn't really know where to look, so we just kind of stared at each other. My family couldn't really see John, and they had a difficult time following along. We also had my husband break the glass, and I feel like that could have gone a little smoother, but we didn't get to practice at all. John doesn't come to the rehearsal (I'm not sure if that's a normal thing or not) so we were just winging it the day of the wedding. Overall, he was a great choice for us. He was the perfect balance for our unique situation. Oh, and he's very willing to help you with your program. I called him a few times to go over the order of the ceremony before anything was printed and set in stone. He's a great resource and officiant!
Reviewed On 4/20/2015 by Sarah R
John Zimmer is an incredible officiant! He is willing to meet with you before and helps you personalize your ceremony. We didn't know him for very long before our wedding, but it surely felt like we did! Book him early…he books quickly!
Reviewed On 12/05/2014 by suzi m
Rev. Zimmer was funny, personable, and poignant. He made us feel like his family. Rev. Zimmer captured us with his expressions, and captivated our guest with his words. The ceremony created such a beautifully warm beginning for our new married ...
Reviewed On 10/23/2013 by DC B
John Zimmer is very personable and a bit of a jokester; we had some running inside jokes throughout the planning process. We did a nondenominational Christian wedding and John did a great job of taking traditional Bible verses and making them p...
oetic and relatable. Be sure to note that he charges extra to come to your rehearsal, but if you have a wedding planner/coordinator, you'll be fine without him. He stays in touch during the planning process to make sure he performs the ceremony to your liking and adds in personal details. Also note that he doesn't have a formal contract, so we wrote one up and he signed it. I felt very comfortable with him by the time it was the big day and it was a big success!
Reviewed On 8/27/2013 by Jamie B
Reverend Zimmer was wonderful! He was funny at just the right times. Our guests kept commenting on how great he was. I just wish he would have hung around after the ceremony!
Reviewed On 7/26/2013 by Jessica P
John was wonderful to work with! He's a little hard to get in touch with, but he does not disappoint!! Everything you read on him is absolutely true! After only a 30 minute phone conversation in the beginning and a 10 minute conversation touchi...
ng base the week of, he put together a ceremony that really reflected who we are as a couple. I have chills just thinking about how wonderful our ceremony was! He made all of our guests cry during our ceremony! I could barely keep it together. Definitely book him! You won't be sorry!!!
Reviewed On 7/18/2013 by Maggie H
In speaking with him on the phone a few times and reading rave reviews online, I was confident that my ceremony would go well. When I arrived at the venue that night, I never expected people to be asking me where my officiate was! He blew in ri...
ght before it started! The ceremony itself was a bit unconventional- he walked around us as stood in front of the best man most of the time. But he spoke well and my mom liked it, so that was a plus!
Reviewed On 6/02/2013 by Kelly B
Rev. John Zimmer made our ceremony unforgettable! We met with him once, but mainly had contact through phone conversations. He checked in and recapped everything we had talked about to check and recheck that we had the ceremony that we imagined...
. My husband and I both wanted a ceremony that felt personal, not with random quotes or readings. I wanted someone to speak for us and our relationship and what we felt was important in our marriage without sounding cold and rehearsed. He definitely delivered. We highly recommend him!
Reviewed On 1/25/2013 by Christi L
He's a blast, and everyone loved the ceremony!
Reviewed On 1/04/2013 by amanda w
Rev. Zimmer was fantastic. Our ceremony was wonderful thanks to his great little sermon. He turned us out to the audience for almost the entire ceremony, and many of the guests liked that since they got to see more than just our backs. He i...
s able to personalize the ceremony even if you don't him very well. He is also very laid back which helps keep you calm. I highly recommend him.
Reviewed On 11/19/2012 by a member
Well, similar to so many, Mr. Zimmer (John) was a search and find attempt for us in hopes of finding an officiant for our wedding in the New Orleans French Quarter. We aren’t really religious types, and come from mixed religions anyway (Groom ...
Baptist and Wife Catholic). So we were hoping to find someone to give more of a non-denominational style ceremony for us. The other reviews were spot on! John is a great guy, very friendly, and easily tailors his style of service to your wants. While a bit difficult to track down (no website or email) once we got everything worked out we were ready to go. By the end of it all he pretty much felt like a good friend or long lost uncle. Great guy! He did a wonderful service, that wasn’t to drawn out and made sure to hit all the key points to make it feel that much more special and sentimental. He’s worth the effort if you’re looking, and we were happy to have him for our wedding!
Reviewed On 11/18/2012 by Katie A
We found John while searching for a reputable officiant for our destination wedding in NOLA. I watched you tube videos of previous weddings he had done and read all reviews possible, and we never second guessed our choice on John. He was so muc...
h better than anything I read or saw and that was pretty good stuff I reviewed. We are so glad we chose John. He brought so much laughter and emotion to our special day!
Reviewed On 10/30/2012 by Krysten O
John was absolutely one of the best choices we made during our entire wedding-planning process. He was recommended to us by a close friend, and after the first time we talked to him we knew he was right for us. He's a former Catholic priest who...
got out of the ministry, got married and had kids, and now he does wedding ceremonies all over New Orleans. We first talked to him over the phone and chatted for 30 minutes or so, and he made us feel incredibly comfortable. And when we met him in person (over drinks, no less!) we talked for almost two hours before realizing how long it had been!
He's very laid back and cool. There's no contracts or anything like that, and he didn't come to the rehearsal, but don't let that make you nervous. He did a fantastic job. He spoke to our family and friends and it was like he had known us for years. He even read an Irish blessing to send us off. The ceremony lasted maybe 15 minutes total, but everyone felt they had gotten a full service from John. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Reviewed On 10/24/2012 by Kristine h
Rev John Zimmer came highly recommended, and with good reason. We spoke to him on the phone the day before our wedding, and he gave us the greatest idea on how to incorporate our children into the ceremony. He has a way with words and he made o...
ur ceremony special. He knows exactly what he's doing, and once you contact him and you're in his calendar, just relax. Thank you Reverend Zimmer!!
Reviewed On 10/01/2012 by Emily B
Mr. Zimmer is a wonderful man who loves what he does. He was recommended to me by my photographer and I am so happy we chose him. He can speak with you for a few minutes and knows you. He gave the crowd laughter and tears.
Reviewed On 6/20/2012 by Amanda B
Very unreliable and unprofessional. Left my fiancée and I waiting and never showed up to our first meeting , because of a "misunderstanding". I confirmed with him two times on the phone with the date and time. What a waste of our time!
Reviewed On 1/20/2012 by CAROL S
I met John Zimmer the night of my wedding day. My wedding planner recommend him; she was right to do so. He was great he made everybody laugh and cry all at the same time. I would highly recommend John Zimmer
Reviewed On 10/18/2011 by Katie V
My husband and I picked New Orleans for our destination wedding, so we weren’t familiar with any of the officiates in the area. One of our vendors recommended John Zimmer so I looked him up on Google. He had nothing but great reviews so I decid...
ed to give him a call. He was super nice & eager to get to know my fiancé and I over the next several months so that he could make it as personal to us as possible with us being so far away.
As soon as we met him in person we felt like we’d known him forever! He was very personable, friendly, and funny throughout the entire evening. He made all of us feel comfortable and made sure no one was stressed or nervous. I HIGHLY recommend him, he’s a great guy!
Reviewed On 10/09/2011 by Sally L
My wedding was a destination wedding in New Orleans so I dealt with most of my vendors by phone and email and only had one or two chances to visit them prior to the wedding. Rev. Zimmer was recommended to me by a friend of the family who had s...
een him officiate another wedding just a couple of months ago. I only dealt with him by phone, mailed him a check with no contract and the first time I met him was moments before the wedding - he wasn't even at the rehearsal. I was really concerned about all of this, but he was amazing. His mannerisms and the way he delivers the readings, how he connects with the audience as well as with us was more than I could expect. I didn't grow up with a church and when you have someone who's known you your whole life officiating, there's a connection. Most of our guests thought that we knew Rev. Zimmer based on our ease with him during the ceremony. I'm so happy we had him officiate our wedding.
Reviewed On 5/31/2011 by Brittany B
I highly recommend Rev. Zimmer for someone like me who does not want a long, drawn out ceremony. Our ceremony was not more than 15 minutes, but it was heartfelt and Rev. Zimmer even managed to make the crowd laugh a bit. He was on time and ve...
Reviewed On 5/24/2011 by Amber C
Rev. John was very professional and performed a great ceremony for us. He met with us about a week before the wedding and we discussed what the ceremony would be like. His fee of 325 is a little higher than others but he was great.
Reviewed On 2/09/2011 by Melissa F
We had heard great things about Reverend Zimmer, and it was all true. He was very easy to work with, and personalized everything even though we had only talked to him on the phone once.