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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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Wedding Officiants in licensed NY Area Ann and Bill Corbett Sr. WeddingKissNY

Bill Corbett and Ann Corbett are qualified, experienced, and even more importantly, they are marriage officiants who are sensitive to the wishes and desires of the couple requesting that either Bill or Ann marry them. Both take pride in performing memorable and thoughtful wedding ceremonies.


Bill, a Retired Judge and Clergyman, has performed weddings for over 25 years. Ann, a former Village Mayor and Clergywoman, has performed weddings for 15 years.  Both are licensed and registered marriage officiants and perform ceremonies on Long Island, in New York City and the metropolitan area, and throughout New York State.


Brides and grooms are invited to come for a free consultation with the officiant of their choice.  Questions are answered about marriage licenses, ceremonies, witnesses, vows and wedding rings, inclusion of children, candle lighting, other popular ceremonies, and much more.  

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Once a couple expresses interest in the wedding services of Ann or Bill and makes contact with either of them, a sample Wedding Ceremony and their e-brochure “Information for Our Brides and Grooms” is e-mailed to the couple.


The officiant’s role: his or her duties and responsibilities are outlined.  The services summarized pertain to meetings, a suitable and individualized planning of the wedding ceremony and other relevant activities leading up to and for the wedding day.  

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Creating a Wedding Ceremony

Every couple has their own concept of the perfect wedding ceremony.  A meeting with the officiant provides an opportunity to have questions answered, to discuss the various types of ceremonies and options within the ceremony and other relevant and and important information. 


Crafting the wedding ceremony is a process that begins with the couple making an appointment for a free consultation.


Wedding Ceremonies to Consider

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Officiants for Special Wedding Ceremonies such as "The Breaking of The Glass"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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113 Tyson Avenue
Floral Park, NY  11001
Offices (516) 775-6649
Fax: (516) 328-2545