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Officiant in Hadlyme, CT,
(860) 395-8920
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 131 Reviews


    Evelyn Windebank

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  • Fred was a wonderful JP! He spent time getting to know us to make sure our day was perfect and the ceremony was totally customized to fit our style. His ceremony suggestions were great! We got to pick all the elements. We also did premarital counseling with him too. Definitely recommend! Very organized and responsive!

    Winter

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  • Married 10/10/20. The moment we met Fred we just knew that we wanted him to officiate our wedding! With 2020 being the year it's been he made sure that our day would still be special for us even though it wasn't what we originally planned for. That alone made everything easier and stress free. So much so that we booked him for our "Bigger" day next year! We absolutely loved working with Fred and HIGHLY recommend him to others for their special day.

    Stephen Conroy

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  • Fred was more than we could have asked for, he was fully supportive and knowledgeable throughout the planning process. He is the kindest man you could ever have for your wedding and he was not just an officiant but a major part of our union. We had our wedding at Gillette Castle in Lyme CT which has connections to Sherlock Holmes and Fred came to the occasion in full Holmes garb which was very special. The weather was not accommodating nor were the staff at the venue and Fred made the best out of it and made it all the more special because of that. If you get the chance 100% use this man for your wedding, I promise you.

    Elizabeth Seaton

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  • I would highly recommend "Be Wed By Fred" for your big day! He was extremely accommodating and very personable-super easy to talk to. Knowledgeable which was beyond helpful and made my decisions very easy. We had a quick thrown together plan and Fred helped us navigate through with such ease. He went with the flow and gave us direction which made our day very special and memorable. We had a Halloween day of the dead theme which he was all about and even dressed up for the part! He was like one of the family and you can’t/won’t go wrong with him as your number one choice!! - Scott and Elizabeth

    Victoria Bernardo

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  • In looking for an officiant we wanted somebody down to earth and able to match our laid back style. When we first met with Fred we knew we had found our guy! Fred was able to tailor a short and sweet ceremony and also guided us through the whole process from vows to what we needed to do at town hall to make it official. The day of our wedding Fred made sure everything went super smoothly. We were also lucky Fred stuck around for a few minutes after the ceremony - turns out he was the only one who could figure out how to bustle my dress!! We can’t thank you enough Fred!

    Katherine Wright

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  • The name says it all. If you are looking for an officiant, Fred is your guy. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted from start to finish. He did a thorough consultation and made many helpful suggestions about things to incorporate that we hadn't considered or didn't even know about. His focus was on crafting something for us that fit us as a couple and had humor, lightness and great flow. Book him! You won't be sorry.

    Joseph Lee

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  • Very thorough, professional, fun

    Jona Bumci

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  • I would definitely recommend Fred for any wedding! He is so kind and made sure that everything at the ceremony ran smoothly. He even brought extra bobby pins, clips, etc at the wedding in case I needed to use them. He was such a pleasure to work with!

    Taylor

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  • Fred made our wedding a dream! Even among the pandemic and the constant changes and unknowns he was on top of it all and very accommodating. Fred offered a personalized ceremony that was the perfect fit for my husband and I. If I could rate him more than 5 stars I would. The day of the wedding he was prepared with everything I could possibly need and everything I had forgotten to bring (scissors!). He helped me into the car after the ceremony and was great fun during the reception! All my friends have told me how much they LOVE Fred. He will be doing my best friend's wedding this weekend and I cannot wait to party with him again!! Thank you Fred for making our wedding more than we could have ever expected!! We love you!

    Melissa Perez

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  • We had the opportunity to work with Fred for our wedding on September 12, 2020. With this pandemic happening, we were very nervous about how the ceremony would be since it is the most important part of the day. Fred was extremely helpful and supportive. He nailed our story, made us feel special and really got the guests involved. Fred went above and beyond on the day of our wedding. He is a jack of all trades and had everything you could have possibly needed for any mishaps. He continued to support us even after the ceremony. He was super helpful during our rehearsal and made sure everyone fully understood their roles. We would highly recommend Fred and are so happy that we had the chance to work with him.

    Aubrey Saul

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  • Fred was awesome. He gave us all the tools we needed to customize our ceremony to "us". We had no clue what we were doing and he provided sample ceremony elements, vows, and other ideas and suggestions. He was also willing to customize our ceremony. His direction at the rehearsal made the next day run smoothly. He was responsive to our inquiries and contacted us when he thought he'd be late (he wasn't). We opted for a shorter ceremony and he kept our guests engaged throughout. He even knew exactly where to stand to be in (or out!) Of the pictures! Thanks for making our special day even more wonderful!

    Lilyanna

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  • I found Fred here on Wedding Wire a few months ago after a long and arduous search for an officiant I felt fit the bill. My now husband and I are pretty laid back and were looking for someone a little more fun and creative than the typical droning JP. I immediately felt comfortable with Fred from our first correspondences, he took a good amount of time in our initial meeting to get our full story and crafted our ceremony to be exactly how we wanted it. I joked that we were considering an Elvis impersonator and he didn’t even totally shut down the opportunity, he wants to make couples happy and the day exactly how the want! He managed to wrangle our families through the rehearsal and made everyone’s duties very clear and stress free. Fred also joined us for the reception and everyone was raving about how great he was not only as an officiant but as a genuine, caring, fun person. I cannot thank Fred enough for making our day so special and memorable.

    Kaylee Byram

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  • We loved working with Fred. It's been a month since our wedding and we are still getting compliments on our beautiful and personal ceremony. Fred made that all possible. He helped guide us through the whole process and gave us many options for how we'd like our day to go. We did the knot tying, and read our own vows. He held our hands and helped make sure we accomplished everything we wanted for our ceremony. We are so grateful for Fred!

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    Kaylee & Chris, it was a pleasure to hold your hands. :-) From the moment I met you both I knew we were going to hit it off. Thank you for allowing me to meet your friends and families and to be a part of helping craft your special day. May the journey be long and happy and the blessings many. Warmest regards, Fred

    Melissa Buckley

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  • Fred was such a special part of our wedding day. Since meeting him last February to chat about hiring him to be our officiant, we were impressed with his organization and knowledge about all things wedding - he gave us so many options to customize our ceremony and make sure the entire day would go smoothly. We were able to consider ways to honor both of our family traditions and beliefs, and involve our guests in a community ceremony. He attended our rehearsal dinner and met our friends and family, came early the day of the wedding to make sure everything was ready to go, had a tissue at the ready as I cried all the way through reading my vows, assisted our photographer in getting family together for pictures and made sure we had a drink in our hands as soon as the reception started! Fred is a true professional, and his passion for helping couples celebrate their love is real. He helped make our farm wedding heartfelt, genuine, and fun! Fred brings much more than advertised, and we... Read more

    Courtney Gendron

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  • It’s hard to put into words the value of Fred during our wedding process. Our large Italian venue wedding we had been planning for over a year was not going to work out for July, 2020 and we quickly switched to a backyard wedding with a month to plan it. The planning, transition, rehearsal, and wedding day would not have gone nearly as smoothly without the help of Fred. Throughout the process he was positive and helpful, offering advice as we went and telling us this wedding would happen!! He never left us and gave up, even during the pandemic. During the rehearsal Fred took complete charge of everything and was extremely organized from little tiny details like how to hold our hands for the best photo shots of our rings, to stepping aside during our first kiss so we could have the intimate moment together. He made sure everyone knew exactly what to do for the day ahead. On the day of wedding, I was a little stressed! He again, took charge of everyone even the guests!! He quickly beca... Read more
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