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Officiant in Montclair, New Jersey,
(973) 464-1374
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  • 114 Reviews


    Sam

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  • Wonderful Officiant. Gerald (Gerry) is such an easy going guy yet he is extremely professional- best of both worlds. He offers a wealth of knowledge and totally customized the service to suit our tastes. He made a point of understanding how we met, who we are etc so he could include that in the ceremony. We had so many compliments after the ceremony from our guests saying how much they enjoyed it, how unique it was and how it seemed to capture 'us'. He also managed to include some of our family which was a beautiful touch. I cannot recommend Gerald enough for any couple who wants an officiant who is thorough, understanding, prompt, experienced, fun and just a really nice guy. I would give him 6 stars out of 5 if I could.

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    Thanks for your kind words It was a pleasure to be a part of your wedding celebration

    Stephanie

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  • We really enjoyed having Gerry officiate our wedding. He worked with us months before the ceremony to craft something that would be as unique as we are. Gerry really captured the feel that we were going for and was able to weave together our many ideas into one cohesive story.

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    It was such a treat to work with you and the poem in Urdu was so beautiful- altogether a wonderful day

    Justine

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  • Gerald tailored every little detail to our ceremony, it was all about us. Everyone was over the moon about how our ceremony was really our story rather then a traditional ceremony.

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    Thanks Justine. It was so much fun for me to be a part of your story and to know all the connections that brought us together.

    Brandon

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  • Gerry was an absolute delight to work with. My wife Kyra and I are not particularly religious, however we were looking for someone to provide guidance on how to put together a ceremony that still had a great deal of meaning and spirituality. Gerald Fierst more than delivered on this front. We've been to several weddings with officiants ranging from priests to mayors. They all stumbled on words and names. One even skipped an entire paragraph of a friend's ceremony! That's what separates Gerry from the rest - it's clearly something he loves to do and he doesn't view it as a side gig as the others do. He was a wealth of information and ideas, and was very accommodating of our own. Kyra and I live in Pennsylvania, but Gerry was more than flexible in terms of meeting or scheduling phone calls to touch base. Overall we highly recommend Gerry. He left such an impression on the attendees of the wedding that friends of ours already asked for his contact information for their own wedding (... Read more

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    Thanks so much. Can't wait to see you at your friends' weddings!

    Nichola

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  • We found Gerald via the internet and being based in the UK and getting married in NYC, we needed a bit of hand holding in the legalities and technicalities of getting married in New York and also with local customs and traditions etc Gerry was great from Day 1, we had a few Skype sessions where we got to know each other which allowed him to personalise the ceremony to us. We were quite laid back about the contents of the ceremony and allowed Gerald to do it for us, and the outcome was brilliant. Questions were always answered quickly and customer service was great throughout. Gerry has a great personality and was liked by all our guests. We would have no hesitation in recommending him.

    Stacey

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  • Gerald was amazing. He is a wonderful speaker that engages the crowd and has beautiful things to say. Everyone at my wedding said it was one of the best and most intimate and romantic ceremonies they had been to. Many thanks Gerald!

    Marlene

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  • Absolutely adored Gerald! As soon as we met him we knew he was the man for the job. What we loved most about him is that he welcomes you, makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed like we've known him forever. You can truly tell he loves what he does. He has a true passion for it. Although our ceremony was nondenominational it was still able to add ritual to it. He made the ceremony very personal and entertaining. All of my guests keep raving about how much they enjoyed it because they weren't bored. They took part in it and got to listen to our story. I can't thank Jerry enough for the beautiful job he did. We'll forever be grateful. Highly recommended!!

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    Thanks for the great words. What a pleasure it was to have a share in your day's celebration.

    User4329778

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  • The Basics: Gerry listens, he provides expertise, he builds a ceremony with you, he is great at what he does, and he does it because he respects love. Email him, you won't regret it. The Other Stuff: The connection with Gerry is instant, he is poetic but down-to-earth and has an obvious high regard for love. My wife and I had many conversations with him throughout the entire process of planning the ceremony, he got to know us, we got to know him and that was a great comfort during a very stressful time. We shared stories with Gerry, showed each other pictures of our vacations and family, talked about bears and grandmothers and how getting a mortgage is so weird, we discussed the geography of Washington state in regards to cherry trees, and all sorts of other eclectic and humanizing things. At no time did I ever feel that I was talking to a stranger, he was a friend from the start. There were no surprises and we got exactly what we wanted and more. Half of our guests ... Read more

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    How could I ask for nicer words. I can't wait to hear from your brother.

    Julie

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  • My husband and I are SO happy Gerry was the one to marry us! He is so sweet and kind, and really took the time to listen to what we envisioned for our wedding ceremony. It was just what we wanted! Everyone told us how beautiful the ceremony was, and how it was one of the most special and personal wedding ceremonies they have ever seen. Thank you for listening to us Gerry, and for marrying us the way we wanted to be married! I cannot imagine it any other way. Such a special and amazing day! Thank you, thank you.

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    Thanks for the great review- Everything was a reflection of who you are- You and Tim made a special day

    User4221675

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  • It was such a joy to work with Gerry. He was the officiant at my friend’s wedding a few years ago, where I was the bridesmaid, and I thought he created such a wonderful ceremony. So when it was my turn to get married, there was no question that I was going to have him as my officiant. Throughout the entire process, from the initial meeting up until the wedding day, Gerry was always helpful and accommodating, and had so many great ideas to make our ceremony personal and very “us”. We absolutely loved how everything came together, weaving our cultures and our story and having our friends and family participate as well. So many people have commented to us that it was a beautiful and meaningful ceremony, and I have Gerry to thank for that.

    User4135296

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  • Excellent and very professional judge!

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    Thanks so much for your kind words.

    Ingrid

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  • Gerry performed a very entertaining, beautiful, funny and creative wedding ceremony. It was so special to us and both our families. We highly recommend him for wedding services. Thank you Gerry!

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    Thank you for your lovely words. It was such a pleasure to share your and your family's happiness.

    Scott and Anthony

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  • From the very beginning to the day of the event Gerald made it very personal and meaningful. He made planning this event very special and easy. His ideas made the day even more special. We can't imagine this day now without him.

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    Thanks for the lovely words. It was such a pleasure to celebrate with you

    Scott

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  • Working with Gerald was like he had known us all his life. The ceremony he wrote for us captured each of us individually as well as a couple. It was an unforgettable day. Scott and Anthony

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    Thanks so much for the lovely review. I was honored to play a special part in your lives.

    User4125483

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  • Overall, Gerald did a fantastic job - we had multiple sessions with him to craft our ceremony and we think he did a good job putting it together. He was very professional during the ceremony and did a great job ensuring that things ran smoothly and keeping everyone calm and happy. Only nitpick - the versions of the ceremony that he sent us were full of typos - not exactly a great deal of attention to detail was put into them. Some of the poems, etc. were clearly just copy and pastes - so while the process felt very personalized, we felt the end product to be fairly generic until we made significant modifications. That's probably the reason he gets 4 stars for value and quality - if the drafts came back perfect without silly mistakes, then we would have known that it was at least proofread. (this is coming from a pedantic consultant though)

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    Thanks for the review. I'm afraid I am a bit dyslexic which makes spelling and proofreading a problem, but appreciate your kind words.

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