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Date: 5/1/2018 8:32 PM PDT

On occasion Bill and I officiate at a wedding ceremony together, each of us assuming different parts of the ceremony. At one of our weddings I began to introduce the guests to the “heart” of the ceremony, saying “In a moment the Bride and Groom will exchange their wedding vows. No other vows are more sacred or important!” Bill and I noticed the Maid of Honor slipping the Bride an iPhone. Ignoring this, I proceeded to ask the Groom if he had special words for his Bride. He said his vows eloquently. He looked into his Bride’s eyes and promised eternal love and devotion. As I began to pose the same question to the Bride, I saw her searching for her vows on her phone. Gradually, the guests began laughing and chattering. Once she found her vows, she began to read them, beautiful words of love and devotion.

Both of us stored this awkward moment for the Bride in the back of our minds. Now when we meet with couples, we always emphasize that we believe the vows are the heart of the wedding ceremony. They are truly special words the Bride and Groom say to each other, as they look lovingly into each other’s eyes, to express their feelings of love and faithfulness. This can be a very emotional moment and it is not unusual for tears to be shed by the Bride, Groom or guests.

Couples approach the “exchange of vows” in different ways. The Bride and the Groom may want to write and recite them from memory. Some people feel uncomfortable with the idea of memorizing their vows so they write the vows down on paper and read them to each other. The words can be the same, but most times they are different. I’ve seen vows scribbled on crinkled up paper or printed on 3” x 5” cards.

What I suggest is to get two nice notecards (cards without wording), type the vows in an easy-to-read font, and paste the printed versions inside the cards. The Officiant or an attendant can hold the cards until needed. This works well, and is particularly nice for photos. When a Bride and Groom decide to write their own vows, Bill and I have a number of tips we are happy to share with them.


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Bill and I, as Marriage Officiants, have the honor of performing weddings in New York State and New York City and beyond.  Bill is a Retired Judge and I am a Former Village Mayor, but we are also recognized as Ministers, qualified to perform religious and faith-based wedding ceremonies in addition to civil wedding ceremonies.  

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Ann V. Corbett, Wedding Officiant

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Bill Corbett, New York Wedding Officiant

Ann V. Corbett is the former Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park, New York. She is the first woman ever elected to that position in the over 100 year history of Floral Park.

 A graduate of The New Seminary, Ann completed an intensive two- year study program and was ordained as an interfaith (nondenominational) officiant at Synod House of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  She is a member of the World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy.

Ann is a marriage officiant registered with the City of New York and performs civil and interfaith/nondenominational wedding ceremonies throughout New York. Ann has performed hundreds of wedding ceremonies over a period of 15 years. She was a featured officiant on the WE TV Channel’s My Fair Wedding, produced by David Tutera, and on Bridezilla.

After growing up in Spring Valley, N.Y., she earned a B.S. in Nursing from Niagara University and is a Registered Nurse.  She served on the New York State Senate Health and Hospitals Advisory Committee and was a delegate to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services.

 Ann has traveled to over 40 countries accompanying her husband Bill when he was President of the International Public Relations Association, an advisor to the United States Information Agency and as an executive with Avon Products, Inc.

Ann was named by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s Top 50 Influential Women in Business, Education and Public Service.  She is a founder of the Floral Park Historical Society and serves as the President and is Past President of the Friends of the Floral Park Public Library and the American Legion Auxiliary. 

The Nassau County Legislature has recognized her as a woman Trailblazer of the New Millennium; she was also honored to be named A Woman of Distinction by Distinction Magazine.

The Town of Hempstead recognized her as a Woman of Achievement with the Pathfinder Award, and she is the recipient of the Inc. Village of Floral Park Spirit Award.

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Couples often want to include one or more special ceremonies, rituals or readings to personalize the wedding ceremony.  The nature of these enrichments may be cultural, ethnic, tribal, traditional, religious, spiritual, unifying or family-centered.  Some couples request a wedding ceremony with both Ann and Bill officiating, or one of them may be asked to officiate with another celebrant.

Carefully selected ceremonies, rituals and readings provide wonderful wedding day memories. The beautiful, tender and heartfelt moments can be captured on video or in photographs that can fill a keepsake album. They may include the Rose Presentations to Mothers; Unity Candle Lighting; Unity Sand; Chuppah Reading; Rose Presentations to Mothers; Embracing a Child(ren); Breaking the Glass; Jumping the Broom; Irish/Celtic Hand Fasting; Greek Orthodox Crowning; Asian Red Thread; Ringing of the Wedding Bell; and Sharing a Glass of Wine.

Couples who want to include special readings have the option of asking one or more relatives or friends to recite poems, prayers or verses. Often, couples like to include a personal story about how they met and fell in love.

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Floral Park, NY  11001
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113 Tyson Avenue
Floral Park, NY  11001
Offices (516) 775-6649
Fax: (516) 328-2545