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Officiant in Garwood, NJ,
(973) 945-1481
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5.0 out of 5
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    User3742110

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  • Reverend Colonna was everything we could have asked for in a wedding Officiant and more. He put a lot of effort into planning for our ceremony and made sure everything was exactly the way we wanted it. He is extremely professional and is a excellent at transforming your ideas into realities. We can honestly say he made our day extra special and we are so happy to have him included in the day's memories. We strongly recommend him-- you will not be disappointed!

    Barry M.

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  • Richard Colonna did a wonderful job in making the wedding the relaxed, casual affair we wanted it to be. He was personable, professional and made everyone feel at ease. I'm so glad our friends recommended him.

    Nayyereh R.

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  • Richard officiated my sister's wedding in 2018, and he did such a wonderful job that when a friend was looking for an officiant the following year, I passed along his information. Each ceremony was so memorable and unique to each couple, so after seeing him in action at two separate weddings, I knew I wanted him to officiate my wedding when the time came. My original wedding date was scheduled for 2020 and as with most covid weddings, we had to reschedule our wedding date. Richard was very accommodating and made rescheduling all his couples a priority. He met with us (in person and virtual) a few times to ensure every last detail of our ceremony matched our vision. We received so many compliments on what an incredibly touching and beautiful ceremony he officiated and how funny and charismatic he was. Richard was such a pleasure to work with and I can’t recommend him enough to anyone getting married!

    Christian H.

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  • When my wife and I started the search for an officiant, we knew we needed someone whose personality and energy matches our own. Reverend Richard J. Colonna stood out from the very beginning, with countless five star reviews and videos showing just how warm his ceremonies are. After meeting him on Zoom, within five minutes my wife and I knew we needed him for our special day. Throughout the process Reverend Colonna was accommodating, flexible, easy to communicate with, and genuine. He gave excellent recommendations and was very professional: Over the time we got to know him, our expectations for the ceremony continued to go up. When the day finally came, Reverend Colonna was punctual, prepared, and clearly enjoyed officiating our wedding. Our families and friends loved him, and one thing that really stood out was how he was able to break the ice and give everybody a quick laugh. My wife and I could not imagine having anyone else. You will be rewarded if Reverend Colonna officiat... Read more

    Tiffany M.

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  • Richard is hands-down the best officiant to work with. Not only does he make the ceremony fun and far from boring, he is super organized with everything and helps to make the entire ceremony run smoothly. Our entire wedding raved about how awesome he was. If you want a genuinely kind, fun, and organized person to perform your ceremony, Richard is your guy! Thank you so much Richard!!!

    Stephanie M.

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  • From our very first Zoom meeting with Richard Colonna, my husband and I knew right away that we wanted him as our wedding officiant. He embodies all of the positive qualities you would want in someone who sets the tone for your marriage. Richard helped us every step of the way in creating our nondenominational ceremony. He will customize your ceremony to all your wants and needs. Our families LOVED him and his sense of humor. Richard Colonna, without a doubt, was the perfect match for us. We are incredibly lucky to have found him. Thank you so much for being such an amazing officiant! Jason & Stephanie Mauro

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    Stephanie & Jason, this is amazing and so are you two!!! Thank you so much and once again, it was a joy and an honor to meet you and be a part of our your special day!!

    Kenneth H.

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  • Thank you so much for the kind, loving way you conducted our ceremony for us! I loved how you made sure you understood what we wanted in every detail! We thought it was perfect for us, just beautiful! I feel you have a true calling to be there for people on the most joyous of days, and I felt your love and joy for us just added to the beauty of the ceremony! Thank you so much and God bless you and your wonderful vocation!

    Jaclyn F.

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  • I cannot recommend Richard enough! After interviewing FIVE officiants prior to meeting Richard, he was a breath of fresh air! He is charismatic, passionate, organized, and personable. He goes above and beyond to make sure your ceremony is tailored to you and exactly how you want it. He even is great at choreographing your family and bridal party to ensure everything runs smoothly... even seating! He is truly AMAZING!

    Krista C.

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  • Our wedding was at Citizens Bank Park. Rev Rich was so great to work with. He did a wonderful job of incorporating our ideas and visions (which were decidedly non-religious) into the ceremony. His energy was fantastic and filled the ballpark. He was very organized and the planning process kept us at ease. The ceremony he created was our number one priority: fun! I cannot recommend him enough!

    Bianca D.

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  • I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Rev. Rich! Right away Richard was easy to talk to and welcoming of all of our questions. It was like working with a family friend! He is super knowledgeable of the license application process and was a huge help making sure we had everything we needed. Richard is also very organized and provided a detailed wedding script with several reading & vow options that were all so beautiful. He made our wedding ceremony easy to plan and stress-free. Lastly, the actual ceremony was beautiful and went perfectly all thanks to him! He did an amazing job keeping us comfortable, smiling, and carefree up at alter, so we could really enjoy our special moment together. I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Rev. Richard!

    Sandra

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  • From the day we met Richard, we knew he was the right officiant for our Wedding. He was so easy to work with yet so professional. We were a 2020 wedding that was postponed 2x and Richard was super flexible with us every single time. My guests all raved about how friendly and lovely he was and we didn't expect anything less.

    Alexandra F.

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  • Like other couples this past year, COVID-19 had derailed our original wedding plans and in the midst of all the chaos we came across Richard and his services. From the very first email up until the last, he has been so helpful and made us feel comfortable as we were going through this process. He was very responsive to our emails and provided sample details and scripts of a typical wedding ceremony and allowed us to make changes and chose options within those documents that were best for us. It was OURS. When we told Richard that we were breaking up our wedding - ceremony now, reception later - he was so accommodating and went above and beyond to make sure that our ceremony would be just as special as if we had the full wedding. We are looking forward to working with him again next year for our vow renewal and know that it will be just as special as the first.

    Casey H.

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  • I can not say enough great things about this man! He made our ceremony so special! From our first meeting he made everything so easy and made sure we had the ceremony that WE wanted. Our guests loved him as well! Everyone was asking how we found him. If you are getting married you should DEFINITELY have Richard perform your ceremony, you will love him!

    Krista P.

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  • Wow. Where do I begin to explain how amazing Richard was. He made our ceremony a completely stress free experience. From our first “meeting” with him we were totally comfortable and so excited to become married and he customized our whole ceremony for us in a way that made it light hearted and personal to us. He is very detail oriented and the whole day ran so smoothly. Through the planning process he is very easy to get a hold of via email and also responded in a timely manner. He will send you a word by word copy of the ceremony script and let you change any details you want to make it your own! He is truly AMAZING and we received so many compliments from our guests already! We highly recommend his services!

    Carlee T.

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  • Rev rich was amazing leading up to the wedding. He went over drafts of my ceremony, let me deviate from the norm (actually encouraging our uniqueness) and spoke BEAUTIFULLY at the ceremony. He was such a pleasure to work with and I could not picture anyone else marrying us!!!!

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    Carlee & Peter, thanks for the incredible review!! I so appreciate your kind words and the score of 4.0 and 5.0s.!!!!. That's great and I hope you and your guests will remember it for a lifetime!!!!!
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