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Officiant in Montclair, NJ,
(973) 464-1374
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  • 123 Reviews


    Zicheng H.

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  • We had an amazing ceremony performed by Gerald! The location he suggested was in the middle of the Liberty State Park and the view was absolutely gorgeous, perfect for videos and photos.

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    And such a wonderful sound of applause from all the on lookers as I pronounced you husband and wife- A wonderful feeling for everyone to see two people going off to the future together

    Arleena

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  • It was a pleasure working with Gerald. Getting married is a very stressful process, and Gerald made everything as seamless as possible. He was meticulous, well-organized, and most of all, generous with his time. He made sure we were comfortable with the ceremony and worked with us to finetune it to our perfection, even meeting with us virtually a few times to make sure we were completely comfortable. The man is a true artist—he really takes the time to develop a personalized ceremony that reflects our values as a couple. The end product was truly spectacular, and we are just grateful for how well everything materialized. If you’re considering an officiant, Gerry is simply the best. Thank you for everything Gerry, We will recommend you whenever we get the chance!

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    Thank you for the lovely praise. It was my joy to be a part of your wedding and to share this special moment with you and your family and friends.

    Dayna

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  • When my husband and I first spoke to Gerry over the phone, we knew this was the person we wanted to officiate our Central Park ceremony! Gerry was personable, charismatic and kind, throughout the entire process, which he ensured was incredibly easy and straight-forward. He wrote a beautiful ceremony and helped us to truly envision our big moment. On our wedding day, it rained A LOT and Gerry was there, early, ready to officiate with a big smile on his face. He handled all of the paperwork so professionally and confirmed with us later that same day when he mailed our marriage license to the court. Gerry really made our ceremony so very special and we are so grateful that we chose him to marry us!

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    Rain is good luck on a wedding. It was beautiful, and I will always remember the good cheer of all your friend and family who gathered on the rainy hilltop in Central Park.

    Kayla M.

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  • My husband and I were looking for an officiant to make our ceremony personable and memorable and Gerry went above and beyond. We love that he took the time to learn about us and our relationship and incorporated that into our ceremony. We received so many compliments from our family and friends saying it was one of the best wedding ceremonies they have been to. Would highly recommend!!

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    It was a beautiful day. I'm so lucky to have shared a bit of it with you and your family. Thanks for the review.

    Wendy S.

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  • We just had an simple ceremony with limited 6 guests in person, and video called our family. Gerry hosted our intimate ceremony which was exactly how we'd like it to be. During the preparation session, we mostly communicated via via emails and texts. Gerry was always very responsive to our questions. We also had one face-time session to go through the details. On the wedding day, Gerry arrived much earlier to meet us on our wedding venue. Thanks Gerry for making our ceremony smooth and memorable!

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    It was a memorable evening The love of everyone was so apparent even if I couldn't understand all the wonderful speeches in Chinese.

    Brian K.

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  • Given the current situation it was touch and go as to whether we would be able to keep our wedding date, but Gerald was with us every step of the way. Gerald put together a beautiful service after our conversations and meeting with him but when we had to completely change our arrangements, he gave us a new, abbreviated service which was perfect for the day. We only had 6 people in physical attendance, but another 50 friends and family who joined remotely via Zoom from England, France and around the USA - Everyone commented on what a great job Gerald did and how the service was one of the nicest that they had seen. We will be having another celebration when some sense of normality returns, and we will be asking Gerald to return and perform the full original ceremony (hopefully with a lot more people physically in attendance) Gerald helped give us a wonderful day.

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    Thanks Bri- I was so happy to be a part of the day. Came home telling everyone what a joy it was to celebrate with you. It will be a memorable day for me too

    Scott W.

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  • We interviewed several officiants for our wedding but when we found Gerald Fierst we knew we had our star! He came to visit us in person immediately to chat and made us feel very comfortable. Then COVID hit and we had to postpone our wedding. Gerald met with us on FaceTime several times during the quarantine, and listened to our stories. Gerald was very flexible with our changes and went out of his way to make our small intimate gathering a perfect ceremony and wedding. Gerald crafted a beautiful story based on our meetings and incorporated various traditions into one seamless ceremony. Our guests had nothing but praise for Gerald and the beautiful ceremony. Thank you Gerald for helping to give us a day we will never forget, especially during this crazy time the world is going through!

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    So wonderful to help make the day happen amidst all the turmoil and uncertainty of this Covid era. Love conquers all

    Katie D.

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  • Gerry did an amazing job, customizing our ceremony to have perfect traditions for both of us and our families. Everyone has given us compliments on how lovely the ceremony was, and we loved the process of planning that part of the evening together, with his guidance and experience helping us structure a beautiful opening to a beautiful night.

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    I love the process too. It is always such a delight to sit and learn how one becomes two- everyone is always different and always filled with laughter and heart. Thank you for including me in your story.

    Beverly A.

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  • If you're looking for a fully customized ceremony, Gerry is your guy! He's a civil celebrant, professional story-teller, and author who really knows how to let the couple and their story shine. Some couples aren't looking to spend too much money on the officiant since the ceremony does not typically go beyond 30 mins (for non-religious), but Gerry is worth every cent, and you won't be disappointed! He was equally professional as well as super fun to work with. He is open-minded and creative. To be honest, looking for our wedding officiant was the most challenging out of all of our vendors to find. We weren't looking to have a religious ceremony, but we still wanted an inclusive, serious, but lighthearted atmosphere. We found Gerry online, and after seeing a few of his other clients' wedding ceremony videos, we knew he was someone we had to interview. We had 1 initial 1-hour meeting to get to know each other, and after such a great meeting, we decided we wanted Gerry to officiate our ma... Read more

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    Thanks so much for a wonderful and detailed review Working together was a pleasure for me too. Have a great holiday

    Emer M.

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  • If you are looking for someone to create and perform a beautiful, personal, heartfelt (and funny!) ceremony, look no further! Working with Gerry was a dream—he is such a pro that he took all the stress out of the process and his suggestions were spot on. He really took the time to learn our story and craft a ceremony that felt just like us, incorporating our adjustments and notes so that in the end we had the most perfect ceremony. So many of our guests commented on how personal and special our ceremony was—and how happy we looked throughout! It’s all a testament to Gerry. He is thoughtful, serene, intelligent and a born storyteller, not to mention his disposition makes you feel as though you’ve been friends for years. We cannot recommend him more highly!

    Lauren S.

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  • When it came time for finding and officiant my husband and I wanted someone who captured our story and connected with us and our guests. Our wedding had 200+ guests, and we wanted it to feel intimate especially during the ceremony. We searched for a while, and when we came across Gerald we knew that we found the perfect person to officiate our special day. We truly said to each other so many times throughout planning and after our wedding how lucky we feel to have found the perfect officiant! Everything about working with Gerald was enjoyable and stress-free because he is so good at what he does. Gerald's process was comprehensive and he is so approachable we felt extremely comfortable throughout. While we knew we wanted the ceremony to be personalized we appreciated the guidance that Gerald provided in terms of sending a questionnaire to both of us and then helping us talk through the flow of the ceremony when planning the details. We also loved that he sent us his script prior to ... Read more

    Susan G.

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  • Jerry officiated my daughter's wedding this past Sunday. The service was extraordinary, and with Gerry as our celebrant, it exceeded our highest expectations. Gerry brings a special mix of joy, beauty, and serenity to the ceremony. I received so many compliments from friends and family about the service; many said it was the best service they ever witnessed. I highly recommend Gerry to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding.

    Emily D.

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  • Gerald was absolutely amazing to work with. We met with him to create our ceremony and he had so many options for us depending on the vibe we wanted. He was also absolutely willing to use any readings we brought in and figured out how to work them into the ceremony. We got exactly what we wanted from him. He showed up early the day of the wedding to go over everything with our bridal party and family involved in the ceremony. Incredibly nice and professional and we highly recommend him!! We received so many compliments on our ceremony and we couldn't be happier.

    Samantha

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  • The ceremony Gerry created with us was one of a kind and unique to us, and our guests were both moved and impressed by the ceremony. To me, a writer and a romantic, the content of the ceremony was one of my top priorities as a bride and Gerry was instrumental in making the ceremony a beautiful focal point of the wedding-- what the wedding is truly about! We wanted a secular wedding with Jewish cultural elements, and Gerry made that happen! He has a wealth of knowledge on many backgrounds of weddings and many texts to refer to to find the right passages. He made our ceremony truly interactive with "Modern 7 Blessings" where friends popped up at the end to read a blessing to us. This was not only a lovely way to honor friends and family- they were so moved to do it- but also created a fun element of surprise and joy. As the bride and groom, seeing and hearing our friends like that was so meaningful. The process of working with Gerry was great- he sends a questionnaire to each person in t... Read more

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    Thank you so much for your lovely and detailed review- I loved working with you. You capture why I call my work The Heart of the Wedding

    Michelle

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  • Gerry made our wedding day ceremony touching, personal, and beautiful. By sending us a few questions to get an understanding of what we want in a ceremony, Gerry was able to work with us to craft the entire it together. He took the time to rehearse with our family and just made us feel relaxed about the whole process. During the ceremony, Gerry spoke meaningfully and with a warm tone. The entire experience was so exactly what we were looking for and I am so happy we chose him for our very special day.
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