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Officiant in Albany, New York,
(518) 859-5710
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 96 Reviews


    Kaileigh

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  • Having a Catholic ceremony was very important to me when we got married, however my now husband was not religious and preferred to not be in a church... so we had to compromise. Bishop Richard came highly recommended to us and I am SO glad he did. Not only did I get my Catholic ceremony, but he came to our location and our marriage is now recognized in the Catholic Church. Bishop Richard was more than just an officiant though, he gave us great advice when it came to wedding planning, he set us up during the ceremony for pictures so not one moment was missed, and was someone great to just chat with. He truly put our minds at ease when it came to the big day. Our ceremony went smoothly thanks to him, and our guests had a lot of great things to say about Bishop Richard! He was by far, the best find out of all our wedding planning in my book!

    Chelsie Monahan

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  • Father Richard was great to work with and does a beautiful Catholic ceremony. We met with him a few times prior to our wedding day and he really took the time to get to know us and offered great marriage advice. It fostered a very personal and intimate feeling ceremony which is exactly what we were looking for. He ensures you’re well prepared for your wedding day as well as your future together. He was such an important part of our big day and will remain a part of our life as a married couple for years to come!

    Alicia Soos

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  • Thorough in planning process and advice; all details addressed to make our day absolutely perfect! Personable and professional; we found we easily trusted Bishop Richard, and grew fond of working with him.

    Jane

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    5 out of 5
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  • Where should I start? When my husband and I first decided to look into officiants for our wedding, we were faced with a litany of issues: (1) he is Hindu, (2) I had never been officially baptised, (3) our marriage faced significant external opposition ... the list goes on. To say that Bishop Richard helped us navigate these issues is an understatement. He welcomed our dual-Hindu/Catholic ceremonies with all the amity in the world and was very understanding of our circumstance. After several meetings, I asked Bishop Richard to also baptise me, and I'm blessed (quite literally) that he and his wife were able to attend the entire 12-hour wedding day as guests. The spiritual aspects of the wedding aside, Bishop Richard gave phenomenal tips for the wedding itself (Details you don't think of, like lanterns lining an aisle getting knocked over as the bride's walking down). I'll let him give you the rest of them, but for now - a huge thank you to Bishop Richard and his lovely wife Mary, an... Read more

    Arleen and Jay Anderson

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    5 out of 5
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  • We could not have had a better ceremony than Bishop Richard provided! He was very accommodating to our unique requests, combining tradition and our personal flairs. Our guests were raving about the ceremony throughout the reception. He was also very detailed and thorough in our meetings, assisting us with the planning and putting us at ease. We are so lucky to have found him. If you are looking for a memorable wedding, you cannot go wrong with Bishop Richard!

    Gabrielle

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  • Bishop Christopher Richard was very helpful and knowledgeable of the process and made it very easy for us! We loved having him marry us! He was very kind and friendly and was a pleasure meeting! My husband and I highly recommend him for and service you are thinking of!

    Fallon

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  • It was very special to us to be able to have a religious ceremony at the venue of our dreams. Father Richard was communitive, professional and fun.

    Alisa

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  • Father Richard was the reason our ceremony was as perfect as it was. He put both of us at ease and made all of our wedding nerves go away. It meant the world to us that Father Richard was able to present us with our marriage sacrament. Prior to our wedding, it was nice to meet with Father Richard twice, once to get to know each other and see if we would be a good fit, and the second time to gives us advice and tips for having the best marriage a couple could have. He really made it so that we didn't have to worry about a thing on our wedding day. He took care of all the logistics and made sure everyone was where they needed to be. We cannot thank Father Richard enough for the kind words he said about us at our ceremony and we are so thankful that he will always be in the memories of our special day. We highly recommend Father Richard to anyone who is looking to have a beautiful, religious ceremony, outside a conventional religious space. We are excited to continue our relationship with... Read more

    Jennifer R

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  • We were beyond lucky to have Bishop Richard to not only officiate our wedding ceremony, but also baptize my husband into the Christian faith. We cannot begin to express how thankful we are for Bishop Richard! Bishop Richard is professional, insightful, and compassionate. Each meeting we had, Bishop Richard shared helpful hints for the wedding planning process. We would highly recommend Bishop richard to anyone!

    Kathleen

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  • Father Richard, even at our first meeting, put us at ease. He’s a pro and knows best how to plan a wedding. He gave us great tips, vendor recommendations and made the process of planning a wedding run as smoothly as possible. We especially liked his tips on Save the Dates and his already crafted paper wedding program. Being raised in a strict Roman Catholic household, I liked our down to earth religious belief talk prior to having set a date. He’s a wonderful priest!

    Meghan

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  • I was so happy we were able to get bishop richard. He had the ceremony down to a science and even thought of things that we didnt ( handkerchief for my poor husband who was sweating alot at the ceremony) down to earth guy and really takes all the stress away from how the ceremony will go. Highly recommend. Absolutely my number 1 Pick!

    Alexandra

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  • It was a pleasure working with Father Richard. My husband and I were both raised in religious households and wanted to have a Catholic ceremony but did not want to get married in a church. Father Richard was the perfect solution! His ceremony was exactly what we were looking for. He was friendly, professional, and very helpful throughout the entire wedding planning process. Thank you again Father Richard!

    Rebecca

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  • My husband and I did a lot of searching to find the perfect person to officiate our wedding, we didn’t want just anyone, we wanted someone who is truly committed to the meaning of marriage and someone who takes it as seriously as we do. Bishop Richard was everything we were looking for and more. Everything from the meetings to our rehearsal to our wedding day, it was clear Bishop Richard is very dedicated to what he does and he is not afraid to tell you if something is off. We found his honesty and experience very valuable and he is now someone we hope to stay connected with throughout our lives. So many of our guests complimented on what a wonderful ceremony it was, and we feel so lucky to have had Bishop Richard for our special day. We would highly recommend Bishop Richard to anyone looking for a truly meaningful ceremony and wedding day.

    Jordan Donnelly

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  • Was a great choice for my Husband and I. Would recommend completely! He goes over everything with you so you know exactly what to do on the day of your ceremony with no stress.

    tony

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  • Fr. Richard was not a pleasure to work with. My now husband and I found the experience with him traumatizing and honesty hurtful. The moment we met with him at a Panera at 7pm during a weekday, he immediately started criticizing my engagement ring the moment I sat down- thinking that I was already married because of the design. Additionally, he told us I could not have a man of honor and that he could not assist me at all with my dress or flowers and continued to challenge us if we were ready to be married. He made it clear that his mission is to ensure that couples are ready to be married and that he wants to decrease the amount of divorce rates in this country. My husband was previously married so could imagine how uncomfortable this was. During our conversations, he asked about so many details of the wedding including telling us we should have a BBQ at our home for our rehearsal dinner to save money and that we should print off our own invitations. He even talked about how... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    As this couple lives out of the area, we had a telephone conversation to go over all of my services (which is normal procedure for couples living out of the area), and discussed the issues this couple elaborated upon in the review. At the end of the telephone call, the couple agreed to what we had discussed and asked me to Officiate at their Wedding Ceremony. I then sent the contract, as agreed, which requested a $400 deposit of the $900 Officiant fee, with the balance due at the Wedding Rehearsal. This couple sent me the entire $900 and said that they wanted to pay-in-full while they had the money. I reiterated that the contract stated that all deposits and prepayments (which the additional $500 was) were non-refundable and asked if they only wanted to pay the $400 deposit. Again, they said they wanted to pay the full amount. This was over a year prior to their Wedding date. We did meet when they were in this area several months after the phone call, and we re-discussed what we had previously discussed during the phone call. Additionally, when the Bride said that she was having a ‘gay man as her Man-of Honor’, I told her that as this is a Catholic Wedding Ceremony, and Catholic Sacrament, that would not be allowed, as it is a violation of Church doctrine. Also, as this couple said they were on a tight budget, I offered suggestions that would help them to lower expenses, which I do often when working with couples. This couple did not seem to take offense at any of my suggestions. As the meeting continued, it became apparent that the couple was looking for a Wedding Ceremony that was inconsistent with Church doctrine and policies. That is when I asked them if they still wanted me to Officiate and they said yes. After a couple of weeks, they e-mailed me and said that they changed their minds, that they decided that ‘they didn’t like me’ and that they wanted their money back. They said they understood that the $400 deposit was not refundable, but that they wanted the other $500 back. I reiterated our previous conversation about the pre-payment being non-refundable as well and we settled on ‘splitting the difference to be fair to both parties’ and they agreed. I then refunded them $250 immediately by bank check. They thanked me and stated they were satisfied with the compromise. I wished them well, and never heard from them again until I received this totally unfair and unjust review several months later. I find it extremely offensive that instead of talking this over with me that they slandered my reputation in this fashion, and that they disrespected our Catholic faith and doctrines!
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