8 Philadelphia-Area Wedding Officiants Ready to Lead Your Non-Denominational Ceremony
Let them help you say "I Do."
We’ve gone on and on about how every aspect of your wedding — from the invitations to the Dress — should be a reflection of you and your to-be, and when it comes to your ceremony, this point couldn’t be more true. Whether you choose a religious ceremony, a traditional one, or something completely unique and different, the words and rituals that make up your ceremony should be meaningful and significant to you.
The Philadelphia area is home to many non-denominational officiants who are passionate about creating beautiful, personalized ceremonies for each couple they meet. We did some research for you and rounded up a handful of them below.
Where: Serving Philadelphia, Northeastern Pennsylvania, New York City, New Jersey and beyond.
What: This Hawaii native (and current Philly-area resident) is not simply a certified wedding celebrant — she calls herself a “storyteller” because her focus is to learn each couple’s story and translate it into an intensely personal and meaningful wedding ceremony. Tongg injects her enthusiasm and positive energy into every set of “I Do’s” and has gained rave reviews from couples who couldn’t imagine their Big Day without her, earning her the title of “fairy god celebrant.” In addition to non-denominational ceremonies, she is also trained to perform intercultural, interfaith, secular, and humanist celebrations. Plus, she’s totally down with keeping things spiritual but not religious.
Where: Serving the greater Philadelphia area.
What: Designing wedding and commitment ceremonies is just one of Elizabeth Frumin’s many specialties (she also offers pastoral services and psychotherapy). After a preliminary meeting, during which she’ll gather some information about your relationship and your vision for the Big Day, Frumin will put together a personalized ceremony that is unique to you and your groom. Feedback is a huge part of the ceremony writing process for Frumin, so she’ll ask for your input and edits until the ceremony is just right.
Where: Serving the greater Philadelphia area.
What: Whether you’re having a formal and fabulous wedding or an intimate gathering at your home, Charles Cooper, the humble man, will do your ceremony justice. It’s his goal to create a ceremony for you and your partner that completely encompasses your vision for your special day.
Where: 822 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 316, Narberth.
What: Jennifer Hendler is a jack of all trades: In addition to being a non-denominational officiant, she’s also a licensed clinical social worker and minister and an expert in holistic health. With Hendler as your guide, the process of creating your ceremony and connecting with one another will be just as important as the end result. Pre-marital counseling and wedding coaching are a two of the other services she offers for brides- and grooms-to-be.
Journeys of the Heart
Where: Serves Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
What: At Journeys of the Heart, there’s an officiant to fit every couple’s needs and desires. Once you find the one that suits you and your guy best, they’ll lead you through the ceremony planning process from start to finish. Journeys of the Heart offers multiple packages that include the custom ceremony, pre-wedding consultations, and rehearsal prior to the Big Day.
Married by Rev Roxy
Where: Serves northeastern PA, NYC, and most of the country at-large.
What: Married by Rev Roxy is a non-denominational boutique officiation service led by Reverend Roxanne Birchfield. In addition to her marriage officiating series, the reverend is a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserves and contract clinical chaplain with several healthcare systems between NYC and PA, not to mention she’s a professor as well. She offers pre- and post-marital counseling, either digitally or face-to-face, with her husband Reverend Joshua Birchfield — talk about a power couple.
Philadelphia Wedding Chapel
Where: 3502 Scotts Lane, Building #3, East Falls.
What: This loft-style space — complete with brick walls, hardwood floors, and exposed beams — makes for a really pretty, intimate ceremony, but if you already have a location in mind, the Philadelphia Wedding Chapel officiants will come to you. No matter what kind of ceremony you have in mind, the team here will help piece together your perfect “I Do’s.”
Reverend Kathleen Spicer
Where: Serving in and around Philadelphia, PA, as well as throughout PA, NJ, NY, and DE.
What: Reverend Kathleen is an officiant who wants to unite all couples looking to get married and aims to provide a unique ceremony beautifully crafted to fit your needs. Trust that your ceremony will be in good hands with Rev Spicer — she feels like “the luckiest person in the world” to be asked to officiate weddings and takes the job very seriously.
This article is an updated version of an article originally written by Alexandra Leshner.