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Officiant and Planner in Westfield, NJ,
(908) 525-8913
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  • 122 Reviews


    Kamila S.

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  • We found Aretha on Instagram, and after looking at other Wedding Officiants we chose her because we loved her modern style and poise. But it was actually our phone conversation before our initial consultation with her that we knew she was the Wedding Officiant for us. We felt like we were speaking to an old friend! She was very interested in who we were individually and as a couple. We laughed and talked on the phone for like an hour. We were all just very open-hearted and honest from the start and we clicked right away! Our wedding day was as beautiful in reality as Aretha described it would be during our consultation. Aretha allowed us to personalize our rituals and ceremony to make it special to us and our spiritual practices. She gave us accurate advice about the manner in which certain rituals should be conducted. She was so flexible, and wanted our day to be perfect! She coordinated her wardrobe so we'd be comfortable, she hiked to the park with us, over rocks, and dirt to our we... Read more

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    Thank you Kamila! Your wedding day is one that will sit in my heart forever! I loved everything about it! Meeting you and your loved ones was everything! Best wishes to you and William for a fun-filled future together! Congrats!

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • Working with Aretha was a terrific experience! Our original wedding was canceled due to the pandemic. After a long wait, we decided to schedule a wedding over Zoom. We found Aretha just weeks before our desired wedding date. In our Zoom consultation, she understood exactly the type of wedding we wanted—simple but with personal touches that would allow us to connect with our loved ones in an intimate way, even in a virtual setting. She quickly became someone we knew we could trust with our special day. While we were somewhat nervous about planning an event on such short notice, Aretha was a true pro. She listened to our wishes about the flow of the ceremony, including specific parts where we wanted family and friends to participate on the Zoom call. During the event, Aretha easily integrated our family and friends and led the ceremony with beautiful words about the commitment we were making as a couple. Aretha helped create a unique and fun experience we will always remember.

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    Thank you Katie! It was a pleasure working with you and Winston! I enjoyed officiating your ceremony and virtually meeting your loved ones. Sending you both best wishes for happy marriage!

    Xiaoyu Y.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Planning for a wedding has never been easy, and it is especially true during COVID and with the fact that we were foreign to the legal processes of getting married in US. Luckily, we found Aretha, who is not only a professional and reliable Officiant, but also handled our situation with compassion and flexibility. Before the wedding ceremony she gave us important tips and instructions on everything we needed to know about preparation; on the day of the ceremony, she drove all the way from inner Jersey to our apartment building, married us with a short but sweet wedding vow tailored to our scene, and made sure all the paperwork was done correctly with the witnesses. She also followed up with detailed instructions for getting the marriage certificate after the ceremony in a timely fashion. All in all, we feel very lucky to have Aretha as our Officiant and are extremely happy about how our wedding ceremony turned out! If any of our friends would like to hire an Officiant for their we... Read more

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    Thanks you Min! It was my pleasure working with you and Xiaoyu. Congratulations and best wishes to you both!

    D Orr

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    5 out of 5
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  • Shortly after my fiancé relocated to New Jersey, we began our search for a Wedding Officiant. One afternoon, while I was on a short work break, I found Aretha’s reviews on "The Knot " and contacted her via her website. She then promptly responded and scheduled a Zoom meeting with us. Armed with her knowledge of locations, concepts, event planning and quick wit assessment questions, Aretha walked us through picking a venue, ceremony planning, photography and makeup. Our vows had a modern tone and the simplicity I asked for along with elegance which Aretha reminded me is a must no matter what is going on in the world. One of her slogans is "Love is not cancelled" and this dears with Aretha it is no joke.

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    Donna, thank you! You two are just the absolute best! So glad our paths crossed and working together was such a pleasure. Cheers and congrats!

    Sean W.

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I were lucky to have found Aretha on Instagram. We wanted someone from our culture who was highly recommended and would understand the importance of two people making the largest commitment of their lives. Aretha was not only kind and generous with her time, but she also created a beautiful wedding ceremony that we absolutely loved. If you want a top-notch Wedding Officiant who will raise the bar and make your big day memorable, we HIGHLY recommend Aretha.

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    Thank you Sean! It was my pleasure getting to know you both and officiating your beautiful ceremony. Congrats and best wishes to you both!

    Casey B.

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  • Aretha was awesome! She was so lovely to communicate with beforehand, she was punctual and organized throughout, and she was such a positive presence in a turbulent time. After our wedding got delayed twice we decided to pull the trigger and just get married in 2020 anyway!! She helped make our day special, fun, and filled with love and joy. I'm so glad we found her!! Casey and Robby

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    Thank you Casey! I had the best time working with you two. Big congrats and best wishes as you embark on this new and exciting journey!

    Tiona L.

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wedding was July 24,2021. My ENTIRE experience with my beautiful Officiant Aretha Gaskin was simply amazing. She is patient, detailed and professional. I asked her to write our vows and she executed it perfectly. If I ever renew my vows, I would call her without a doubt. She made our intimate wedding so heartfelt and memorable. Don’t hesitate to book her, you won’t be disappointed. Thank you so much for everything.

    Elan

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  • Aretha was thorough from beginning to end. When we first met her, we instantly hit it off. She asked the right questions, followed through, and got to know us rather quickly. She always made us feel like we were her only client (that's important), that she was only a phone call away, and super considerate. Our ceremony was perfectly customized to fit us and we loved it! Thank you for your attention to detail and amazing delivery. All in attendance and virtually raved about the ceremony! We will always jump to refer Aretha if we know anyone looking for a Wedding Officiant. Thanks so much for delivering beyond our expectations!

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    Thank you Elan! It was my pleasure working with you and Rob. Congratulations on your marriage and your impending bundle of joy!

    Omalie M.

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  • My wife and I decided to elope, and Aretha was an intricate piece that ties it all together. We had a good feeling from our first virtual meeting, that she was the perfect person to officiate our wedding. From start to finish she was very responsive, professional and such a pleasure to work with. Thank you so much, Aretha! Especially with the venue selection.

    Elease A.

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  • Thank you so much for being important for our wedding day! We cherished having the option to work with you to rejuvenate our fantasy. We valued your assistance in making life-changing moments that will endure forever. You have been more than phenomenal. You took every one of my apprehensions and stresses away while you treated our wedding like it was your own. It is an honor to educate any individual who is getting hitched regarding Beautiful Aretha.

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    Thank you Elease! It was a pleasure working with you and your beautiful family. May the love and happiness you feel today shine through the years. Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays!

    Kahena J.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Lesson number one during a global pandemic is that you have to be flexible. Our original plan was to have a large wedding ceremony in NYC and due to COVID-19 we were unable to execute on that vision. Instead, we opted for an intimate ceremony well simply because LOVE WINS! From the moment, we met Aretha she was PHENOMENAL! We were planning our impromptu wedding on the fly and during our very first call with her she made sure to check that we had thought of every possibility. We are so happy that we found Aretha because honestly we felt so reassured by her energy. She took a genuine interest in getting to know us so that she could plan the perfect ceremony. Her flexibility is truly appreciated cause as I previously stated when you have a COVID wedding things change. Aretha never made us feel nervous or worried even after we changed the venue and time a few times. On the day of the wedding, she did not disappoint. Our ceremony was so sweet and exactly what we had envisioned. We lau... Read more

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    Thank you Kahena! Working with you and Davon was truly my pleasure. Everything about your ceremony was special and I felt privileged to be a part of it. Wishing you both a long and happy marriage!

    Ashley V.

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  • Finding an officiant was so hard for us because we wanted someone genuine and refreshing but still spiritually in touch. We both grew up in Catholic homes so that’s all we knew but we also knew that we did not walk that path. On our journey to find the perfect person to marry us we just wanted someone that could convey, captivate and speak our love to our audience and that is exactly what Aretha did! Aretha was so warm, calming and blended in with all ages within our guests she gave us a magical moment for our special day. We still have guests raving about her and for that we will always keep her in our family traditions. Choosing Aretha was probably one of our best decisions for our wedding.

    Patrice R.

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  • Wow! I’m not one to usually be at a loss for words but I must say surprisingly I am. Aretha is so much more than what I expected in an Officiant and a Wedding Coordinator. She’s a BOSS!! Aretha, you single handedly made my wedding more than a dream come true. I didn’t have to worry about anything because you literally had everything under control. I loved everything about my wedding. The custom ceremony put the icing on the cake. If I had to give you a numerical rating, I would give you a 1000/10 because that’s exactly what you deserve! To all of the future brides and grooms you need to book your wedding with Aretha Gaskin, she goes above and beyond to make sure your special day is seamless and perfect. Aretha is more than just my Wedding Officiant and Coordinator, she is now a part of my Family. Aretha I love you so much thank you again!

    Jason F.

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    5 out of 5
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  • We went with Aretha for both officiating and coordination. Aretha is in one word, spectacular! She knows that I am a perfectionist and am a very involved groom (unlike most), but she did everything we asked for and so much more. It wasn’t just the service she provided. She became part of our family. Everyone loved her, not just my wife and I. I can’t express this anymore, if you go with Aretha Gaskin you are making one amazing decision that will truly upgrade the most important day of your life! From the personalized touch to our ceremony, to the coordination, and let’s not forget about the countless calls early in the morning and late at night where she was simply calming us down. Aretha will be a part of our lives forever now and we have many friends that have already started working with her based on the amazing effort she put in for us. Go with Aretha Gaskin! She is worth it, trust me!

    The S.

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  • Wedding By Aretha is phenomenal! I do not know where to begin when it comes to sharing our awesome experience with Weddings by Aretha. Aretha is supportive, professional, always prompt, intuitive, and an outstanding Officiant! She doesn’t skip a beat and knows her stuff. Aretha definitely knows how to make a bride feel special when wedding planning becomes overwhelming. I can go on and on, but I won’t! Galan and I want you to know that you have anointed our union with words flowing from your mouth with God’s Grace and Mercy blessing us. The guests and The Sanders want to thank you infinitely for your impeccable service, bringing some guests to tears, and we will forever cherish your contagious smile and godly words every second we spend as one. Thank You!
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