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Officiant in Dover, New Hampshire,
(603) 988-3137
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    Amanda

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  • Jo is a class act. When we interviewed her we were impressed by how organized she was, and how she had a very collaborative approach. Leading up to the wedding we had easy conversation back and forth to craft our ceremony. We appreciated that she was open to taking the traditional ceremony and updating it to feel like we were two equal partners. Jo did a great job running our rehearsal and making sure every knew exactly what to do, where to stand, and how to look good in the photos! So many people in our wedding party commented on how great she was and what a positive vibe she brought. When we had to fire our coordinator at the last minute, she found us a ceremony coordinator to help get everyone lined up and make sure the timing was right. On the day of the wedding everything went according to plan...until a surprise downpour came down in the middle of our ceremony. Jo improvised and managed to get 100 people inside the barn and repositioned to restart the ceremony. It would h... Read more

    Jessica

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  • I only have amazing things to say about Jo Madden. We used her for our officiant for our wedding and we couldn’t be happier. Jo was timely, professional, and helpful. The wedding planning process was confusing and hectic but Jo made sure to make everything clear for us. The ceremony she created for us was exactly what we had imagined and fit us perfectly. She works with you as much as you need to develop the ceremony and makes it as brief or in depth as you’d like. She is creative, thoughtful, and open to absolutely any idea you may have. She is even helpful in providing ideas to you if you’re not sure where to start. She is very down to earth and knows how to handle an anxious bride or groom, she even took the time to meditate with me prior to the ceremony. She reached out to all our vendors prior to the wedding without me having to coordinate it which relieved a lot of stress. The ceremony itself went so smoothly and many of my guests said she did a beautiful job. After the wed... Read more

    Jared Taylor

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  • We can't say enough about Jo! She made our wedding day extra special and it was truly our favorite part of our day! We saw her marry our close friends and knew we had to have her for our own wedding. She is extremely kind, genuine, thoughtful, and caring. She takes the time to make sure your ceremony is specific and meaningful to you. She really captured our story and presented it in a special way. We received numerous compliments from our guests regarding our ceremony. Jo is wonderful to work with and very responsive. We are eternally grateful for her and wouldn't have wanted anyone else being such an integral part of our marriage. Thank you Jo!

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    Melissa & Jared ~ Thank you so much for your kind words. Your love and joy made everyone forget the 90-something degree temps! It was a true pleasure to work with you both and I wish you continued health and happiness. ~ Jo

    Danielle Baier

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  • My cousin recommended Jo to me, their wedding was lovely and I knew we needed her for our wedding!! She is such a great person, attentive to detail, and on top of everything! She was our one vendor who let us know what was needed and when, she kept us in line. Even our other vendors said that Jo was so on top of everything and they appreciated and loved it! Our ceremony was beautiful, she knows what she is doing, she handled all of the little details. From choreography, to readings, and everything in between, it was amazing. She’s also a great person to get to know. Jo forever has a special place in our hearts!! We can’t thank her enough!!

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    Danielle & Zach ~ thank you so much for your kind words. All of us who had the pleasure of sharing in your day had such a joyful experience. I wish you both continued love and happiness.

    Katie

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    5 out of 5
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  • We are so lucky that we found Jo to officiate our wedding. From our first conversation and through the entire planning process Jo’s thoughtfulness and organization rang through. Over the months leading up to our wedding through an in-person meeting, calls, and emails she truly got to know us and the ceremony she crafted was a genuine representation of our love story and personalities. Jo brought many ceremony ideas to the table and helped us brainstorm the many directions that our ceremony could go. Ultimately she made sure that together we found a structure, tone and message that we were thrilled with. Jo’s experience, constant communication, and confidence put us at ease throughout the planning process and her steady hand at rehearsal allowed us to truly relax and enjoy the ceremony because we knew we were in good hands. For two people who do not enjoy being the center of attention this made all the difference in the world on our big day. That organization and effort clea... Read more

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    Katie & Barrett ~ thank you so much for taking the time to write and share your thoughtful and generous review. Celebrating with you both was a wonderful way to begin the summer. I wish you both continued love and happiness ~ Jo

    Brianna

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  • My husband and I didn't realize just how important the hiring of an officiant is until we started our search. They truly set the entire tone for the wedding. As started doing our research we became a bit overwhelmed as we met with/spoke to a couple that we knew just wouldn't be a good fit for us. When we found Jo, read her reviews we had a good feeling she would be our perfect match. But what really solidified our decision was when I went to meet her with my mom over a "quick" cup of coffee that turned into a half-day date! We instantly clicked. She felt like family to us immediately. The entire process was seamless as she was always one-step ahead, never leaving us waiting or wondering. The day-of could not have gone any better, as she wrote the most beautiful ceremony just for us, and we got SO many compliments on her as an officiant. Everyone had the same feedback- that it was the perfect ceremony in every way. She had a lot in her hands (Our wedding!! Our vows!!) and she truly car... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Brianna! From our first "half-day date" through your wonderful ceremony it was my pleasure getting to know you and sharing in your joy. Happy 2019 and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness.

    breanna

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  • Right from the first meeting, Jo got to know us personally and made us feel comfortable and confident. All throughout the planning we found her so helpful with guidance, ideas, suggestions and attention to detail. Each meeting, email, call or text was thoughtful, caring and productive. Jo really helped reduce our stress with her vast experience, calm demeanor and professionalism. Since our wedding day, we have heard numerous compliments about our ceremony, specifically about how beautiful the flow, wording and delivery of the ceremony was. In truth, one Sister in Law added that it was the most beautiful ceremony that she had ever seen. From the beginning; our goal was to create a personal, warm ceremony and that is precisely what we got with Jo. We also greatly appreciated her professionalism towards other vendors which contributed to an overall smooth and seamless wedding weekend. I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of amazing officient. We were so... Read more

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    Corey and Are it was truly so lovely to meet you and work with you from start to finish. You are surrounded by so much love and it was my honor to be a part of your wedding day. Happy 2019 to you all!

    Sara

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  • Working with Jo was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. She is so wonderful at what she does, and helped to create a custom ceremony that was personal to us. Every single person at the reception afterwards mentioned how amazing they felt that the ceremony was, and we owe that to Jo. We are so lucky to have had her for our big day!

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    Thank you so much Sara. It was wonderful to celebrate with you and Matt. What a gorgeous autumn day it was! Hope to continue to run in to you out and about, it is always fun to catch up.

    Brittanie

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  • At the beginning of our wedding planning journey we hadn't given much thought to who would marry us and figured we'd just find a local officiant and keeping it very short and traditional. Then my husband's boss recommended the celebrant who had married him the year before citing how unique and fun her approach was. Enter Jo. From our very first correspondence Jo was nothing short of wonderful! She took the time to meet us multiple times and genuinely get to know us individually and as a couple. Throughout this time she wrote a love story and a completely customized ceremony just for us and our guests! Knowing how much our dogs meant to us she even included them! Jo is so creative and authentic. The entire ceremony felt so organic. It was lighthearted and perfectly us. There really aren't enough words to express our gratitude for Jo and her service. Not only did she write and deliver the a beautiful ceremony but she attended our rehearsal, working with the venue coordinators... Read more

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    Brittanie, it was a true joy to celebrate with you and Kevin! Gorgeous day, beautiful location, wonderful community of loved ones and a great story to celebrate. ...And I got to connect with one of my "old married couples" too!

    Julie

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  • Jo Madden was an absolute pleasure to work with as our wedding celebrant. When looking for a celebrant we wanted someone who could really articulate our story since we have been together for 10 years. When we first spoke with Jo we knew she was right for the job! She had a very similar back story to us and demonstrated how organized and creative she is with the ceremony process. Jo gives you homework to fill out. She uses this to start to craft her ceremony after getting to know more about the couple. When we saw Jo’s first draft of the ceremony, both my husband and I were so impressed. We assumed we would have to make some edits and review a few times, but her first draft was nearly perfect. This gave us such a peace of mind going into our wedding. Again, Jo is very organized and will organize every aspect of your ceremony, from the coordination and working with your venue. We really appreciated that this was one less thing we didn’t have to think of. On the day of the ceremony we... Read more

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    Julie, I hope you and Derek are well and happy. Thanks so much for your kind review. It was a day to remember! You guys were wonderful partners to collaborate with and you had/have a great network of friends who were right there helping to make it a wonderful day! Thanks again, Jo

    Gabriela

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  • Jo was amazing. Finding a bilingual English/Spanish speaking officiant in New Hampshire is NOT easy. We were so blessed to find Jo. On top of that she is an absolute delight to work with. She is responsive, flexible, and kind. She listens to what you want and works with you to create a unique ceremony that reflects your love, your story, your beliefs, and culture. Our wedding was absolutely perfect and it wouldn't have been the same without Jo. Not only did we get an English/Spanish ceremony, like we wanted, we got a moving ceremony that reflected who we are in a special way. Her grace, kindness, love and compassion set her apart and permeates the work she does. I can't recommend her enough. One of the best decisions we made.

    Robert

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  • Jo was amazing, she was warm and friendly during our meetings and actually took the time to get to know us both so that she could write an appropriate ceremony. She put together something that was as unique as it was special and it really spoke to who we are and why we were standing there in the first place. It got some laughs from people at times (which is something we wanted!) and everyone at our reception talked about how wonderful it was. If you are looking for a uniquely tailored ceremony for your big day we couldn't recommend Jo enough! Our day was truly special and in no small part from what she put together for us and delivered to us and our guests. We couldn't be happier! And as a side note, I also felt that her price was more than reasonable for the service provided!

    Kerry

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  • My husband and I are so happy we hired Jo as our life celebrant for our wedding. She was extremely professional and we felt confident hiring her after our first meeting. She put together a beautiful ceremony for us that was so personalized. Our ceremony is one of the most frequent compliments we get about our wedding. Our guests loved how unique and personal it was. Working with Jo was very easy both in person and over email. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a wonderful ceremony.

    Elyse

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  • Jo was able to take everything and craft it all together into a well said, perfectly delivered, love story. What she does is truly an art. So many of our guests mentioned how great Jo was, and her ability to make our wedding day so special.

    Natalie Jung

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  • Jo made the getting married part of the wedding extremely stress-free. She was always the first one to reach out with next steps and a plan. She wrote the most touching love story for the ceremony, that brought equal amounts of laughter and tears. She also helped us customize some parts with an open mind and a problem-solving attitude. While she was a bit more pricey than others, we really loved her so much more that it was worth it. I also loved her diction - for such a profession that is mostly talking, you'd be surprised by the amount of JPs that aren't pleasing to listen to. Jo was just right.

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    Thank you, Natalie. Your intimate ceremony was full of love. I hope you and Marek are enjoying newlywed life!
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