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Officiant and Planner in Westfield, NJ,
(908) 525-8913
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    Marsha

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  • As we all hope to do this for the first and for the last time, a delivery that is ideal is essential. Aretha was instrumental in providing the service to convey this message to our guests about how we planned to move forward after our big day. Aretha prepared a ceremony tailored to our wants and needs and executed a flawless delivery. We were properly set on our path to begin our journey together. Working with Aretha was an absolute pleasure from creating a ceremony that was beyond beautiful to day of coordination services. We were confident that she would make our day special. From our first phone call and each additional along with follow ups and check in emails, Aretha was always responsive, professional, and helpful. A heartfelt THANK YOU.

    Keith

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  • Where do I even begin?! From the minute I called Aretha for our phone consultation, to the day of our wedding she has been nothing short of excellence! Aretha has been patient, kind, professional, and very informative throughout the planning process. She walked us through the ceremony process step by step with grace and joyfulness. Aretha regularly checked in on us to see if we needed anything or just to say hello which I appreciated. When we inquired, she recommended other vendors who did an amazing job as well! Our ceremony was everything I could imagine. Aretha truly curated a unique and intimate experience just for us. She is very detailed and thorough and is genuinely interested in making this day perfect. All of our guests commented on how beautiful the ceremony was. My husband Keith and I couldn’t have asked for a better and thoughtful Officiant. We are so honored and thankful to have her on our special day. Don’t walk but run and book Aretha today for your specia... Read more

    Alessandra

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  • We are so grateful to have found Aretha! From our first phone call, we knew we found a true professional. Aretha took her time to get to know us through several conference calls and surveys and crafted the most beautiful, sentimental and unique ceremony for us. We are still receiving compliments on our ceremony, it was all our guests were talking about at the cocktail hour. Working with Aretha was an absolute pleasure and we can’t thank her enough for being such an incredible part of our big day.

    Izaya McGrowder

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  • Aretha Gaskin made our wedding ceremony unforgettable! Wedding planning can be the most stressful and scary task to undertake. Choosing the right vendors is crucial to having the perfect day. Some people will say the officiant isn't that important of an investment in the grand scheme of your wedding day, or that choosing an officiant can wait until later in the planning stages – that couldn't be further from the truth. Hiring Aretha as our officiant was worth every penny, and I wish we had booked from the first day we began planning. We contacted her through her website, to which she promptly responded and set up a telephone consultation. The conversation lasted over an hour because she was so personable. We hired her that same day. From that day forward Aretha was always available to answer any questions and offer guidance not only for the ceremony, but for the entire wedding process. We eventually added Aretha’s rehearsal services; it's a must do. Aretha is so professio... Read more

    Allison

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  • We are forever thankful to have found Aretha. She is professional, knowledgeable, and kind, but knows when to push the limits. Aretha pushed us to be more vulnerable and honest than we could have been without her. She is extremely organized and thoughtful. She does a beautiful job at analyzing what the couple's thoughts and ideas are and making suggestions for improvements, without being pushy. Above all else, Aretha was respectful of our beliefs and tailored the ceremony to our needs. She understood our views on spirituality and religion immediately and was able to write the ceremony around this. She was able to tell our love story to our friends and family in the most beautiful and respectful way. We are so thankful to Aretha and highly recommend her!

    Kay

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  • ’m not sure how we found Aretha, but we were so grateful when we did. The way she carries herself I assumed she was a celebrity. She’s sophisticated and so elegant through her videos and pictures. After reviewing how she officiated other weddings, I felt that this is what we wanted too. It was like having a friend or a close friend of the family officiate your wedding. I’ll be honest, Aretha’s services may appear expensive. It is. You can easily find any officiant that will charge you $200-$400 and you’re happy because you saved some money BUT trust me, after you go to Aretha’s website and watch her videos, you will see that she is worth every penny. She’s personable. I remember our first officiant didn’t even ask how we met or the proposal. Aretha asked about that and more! Consulting with Aretha is like interviewing for your love biography. She asks you deep questions and seems to really care about creating a personalized story for your friends and fa... Read more

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    Thank you Kay! From our initial consultation to the months of planning, and then all the way to your rehearsal and ceremony, you two have been an absolute pleasure to work with! Thanks for having me and best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness.

    Josephine Gorrell

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  • Aretha officiated our wedding on 10/12/18. I wanted a wedding officiant who understood my vision and took careful time to get to know me. Aretha did that and so much more! She is simply amazing!!! Aretha is very professional, kind, and knowledgeable. She is also a woman of color and presents herself in a very dignified manner. It was important to me to have someone with experience working with other LGBTQI couples. Fortunately, Aretha has that experience and mentions it on her website! Aretha begins the process with a free consultation (which I thought was a great idea for anyone skeptical or lacking officiant knowledge). The consultation included a short interview on our love story and our ceremony vision. During this consultation, Aretha thoroughly explained her services and what made them unique from many other officiants. Aretha's work is very personalized and intimate. She spent time creating the ceremony of our dreams! Aretha's soothing presence helped to calm our nerves. Her gu... Read more

    Nishelle

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  • I am so grateful for that day I found you on Google. I was so impressed by your website and your portfolio and all your reviews. I showed my husband and said we have to have her. We planned our wedding in such a short time, I was worried that you wouldn't be available. So you can imagine how I was overjoyed when you got back to me and had my date free. It was fate. Definitely meant to be. You are so amazing! We love that you personalized our ceremony to fit us perfectly. My cousin who was in my wedding and is getting married next July asked so many questions about you. She was impressed by your work. Not only did you maintain a high level of professionalism, you were also warm. We felt your passion and the love you have for what you do. It didn't feel like all business. We are so thankful, and we will definitely be calling you for our 5th year anniversary. Nishelle & Curt

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    Thanks so much Nishelle! Running your rehearsal and officiating your beautiful wedding ceremony was my absolute pleasure! I wish you both all the joy in the world – and when 2 becomes 3, I do Baby Naming/Welcoming ceremonies as well!

    Keshia

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  • Wedding planning is not easy as most can imagine, whether you’re planning a 500+ guest, black-tie affair or an intimate gathering with a handful of family members and friends as ours was. I have to admit, this was a lot more than I bargained for but the only thing that gave me peace of mind on our special day was Aretha. She was everything we could ask for and more. She made the entire process so seamless, from the initial call when she spoke with me and my husband to get a sense of who we are as a couple, to follow up e-mails and calls to make sure that she catered the event to our specifications; our day couldn’t’ve been more perfect. Aretha even made suggestions on what additions we could make to the program to make the day inclusive for my mom who is of a different faith than I am and to honor my dad who wasn’t here to witness this day. Even on the day of, she coordinated with my Maid of Honor perfectly, ensuring that there would be nothing we would have to worry about ... Read more

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    Thank You Keshia! It was my pleasure! The love between you and Chad is so pure and inspiring, may it last forever and may your life be full of joy and happiness.

    Jane

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  • My husband and I cannot thank Aretha enough!!! She is AMAZING!!! She is so patient, attentive, well organized and a great advisor. She took her time to get to know us personally as a couple and separate individuals through our weekly phone conferences, daily emails, and questionnaire. We couldn't have asked for more than the performance and professionalism that we received from her. She knew we didn't want your typical traditional ceremony. And she exceeded both our expectations. Our wedding ceremony was just PERFECT!!! Aretha at first, was hired as our Officiant, through the midst of our planning, as we noticed she would go above and beyond the description of her job, and she was later on asked to take on the responsibility of being our Day Of Coordinator and thank God she accepted! She orchestrated our ceremony and reception so beautifully. I would refer her services time and time again. Thank you again Aretha!!

    Shareefah

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  • What can I say about Aretha other than the fact that she really is THE BEST! We were looking for an Officiant for about a year. Fakhree and I come from different religions, so we needed someone that was neutral. We discovered Aretha’s website and I loved everything about it. I thought in my mind that this lady is real and very professional. We read through the whole website. We even let our closest family members read through it as well. Then we saw that she was charging on the higher end. So, we looked at other pages of other Officiants. Somehow, we found ourselves going back to Aretha’s page. So, we finally sent her an email. She responds to every email in a timely manner. She is very professional. Our initial call was about an hour and half long. We enjoyed the conversation. She asked us very important questions that made us revisit why we were getting married. She really got to know us. After the call she sent us both multiple emails still trying to get to know u... Read more

    Fakhree

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  • Aretha was amazing from the first time we had our first conference call we knew then she was who we wanted, and she was going to make our day amazing, and she did. Every one of our guests loved her and so did we. When my wife and I started planning for our wedding we had to figure out who was going to marry us because we have different religious beliefs. So, when we began our search we came across Aretha and saw all the great reviews from other couples. We wanted someone who was going to be able to connect with us and our guests on our special day. Aretha was so helpful. She really was a huge part in planning our wedding as this was our first wedding and didn’t know all that came with it, but she helped guide us through every detail which gave us knowledge of what to do and ask for, which is extremely important. If we needed anything she let us know not to hesitate to ask her. We talked a couple of days before our rehearsal to go over final details and she did an excellent jo... Read more

    Tamara

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  • My husband and I cannot thank Aretha enough! The vibe of our ceremony was love, laughter, smiles and happy tears and Aretha made everyone whom attended the ceremony feel the love and feel included regarding our ceremony. Aretha is a PHENOMENAL officiant and we are truly grateful to her. She kicked off our event and we were amazed. Our dream became a wonderful and magical reality! She is the best wedding officiant we have ever met. Aretha is a bride and grooms dream come true! She is truly PERFECTION! When me and my husband were looking for someone to officiate our wedding I happen to go on Instagram first and scanned her page and then found Aretha via her website. Her website is phenomenal and explains her services. I then proceeded to look for videos regarding our venue and she happened to be officiating a wedding at the same venue. I was floored, and I knew right at that moment I found our Officiant. I told my husband and he was like wow let’s reach out to her. I reach... Read more

    Doug

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  • My wife Tamara and I are truly grateful for our Officiant and Celebrant Aretha Gaskin. From day one she was very precise and professional! She checked in with us all the time to monitor and help throughout the planning process. She also made sure she took care and concern to who we were as individuals as well as how we met and grew as a couple. Aretha was always willing to assist us throughout the year, checking odds and ends we may have overlooked and beautifully organizing our wedding timeline. She always made herself available through email and conference calls, which took a lot of stress off of us while we put our busy wedding together. Aretha is an amazing speaker and has excellent attention to detail. She would not let us fail! She made our ceremony personable and memorable. People are still talking about how beautiful and touching the ceremony was and we have Aretha to thank for a lifetime! She went above and beyond and we could not have made a better choice in selecting h... Read more

    Jose

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  • Aretha is an excellent officiant. My wife and I were looking for an officiant that would not bore our guests during the ceremony. We wanted someone who was upbeat and would provide a beautiful ceremony and give us a memory to cherish for a lifetime. Aretha provided that. Our guests had nothing but nice things to say about her performance.

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    Thanks Jose! I thoroughly enjoyed running your rehearsal and officiating your beautiful ceremony. Thanks so much for having me!
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