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Rev. Samora/Common Ground Ceremonies

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City: New York, NY, United States
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In the swirl of all the wedding logistics, you’re probably thinking, “Who is going to marry us?”

Are you interested in a non-religious or non-denominational wedding ceremony and need some guidance? Or maybe you were raised in two different faiths and want to have an interfaith wedding ceremony that will honor both your families and backgrounds? Or, perhaps you just simply want a wedding ceremony that highlights your story and focuses on the love that you share with each other!

We understand and specialize in crafting all styles of ceremonies and no matter the scenario, at Common Ground Ceremonies we will walk you through the often confusing process and deliver a beautiful ceremony that will be remembered and cherished for years to come.

We love working with both domestic and international couples from all over the world. New York City is a great place for Destination weddings. We will assist you in planning a lovely wedding in Central Park or at one of the many wonderful venues around the city.

The good news is at Common Ground Ceremonies we really care about you and making your day as special as it can be. After all, the wedding ceremony sets the tone for the rest of the celebration so why not put it into the hands of an expert.

If you are looking for an award-winning New York Wedding Officiant who truly loves what they do, then please read our reviews and don’t hesitate to contact us today so that we may begin discussing your special celebration.
Let’s Celebrate!!

So, let’s talk about fees! No two weddings are alike. Everyone has a different idea for their big day. Take a look at the services we offer and choose the one that best describes your ceremony. You may also choose whether you prefer a spiritual or non-religious ceremony (all are welcome!). All fees are negotiable and easily customized to fit your budget!

The Studio (Elopement Ceremony)

Starts at $350 – (Fri-Sun and holidays $50-100 additional)

It’s perfectly built for two. It’s cozy, simple and private.
Our Elopement Package includes the following:

  • Pre-written script of your choice (civil/spiritual) performed at your selected location
  • Consultation
  • Up to 10 Guests
  • Filing of License following the ceremony (legally required)
  • Witness can be provided if needed ($75 fee)
  • City Park permit ($50 fee) if applicable
  • Photographer available on Request (starts at $399/hr)
  • A retainer of $200 is required to hold the date and time

(please see our Central Park Special which includes a live musician)

The One Bedroom (Simple Ceremony)

Starts at $500 – (Fri-Sun and holidays $100-200 additional)
A bit more spacious than the Studio! Finally enough room to start decorating and entertaining some family and friends. Our Simple Ceremony offers you the opportunity to add readings, poems, etc. (performed by the Officiant or someone of your choosing), write your own vows, and include some personal details about your relationship. The fee includes the following:

  • Simple, personalized ceremony (no rituals) performed at your selected location
  • Written copy of ceremony provided in advance for final approval
  • Initial Consultation plus revisions
  • Unlimited Guests
  • Filing of License (legally required)
  • Arrival of Wedding Officiant 30 minutes prior to ceremony
  • A retainer of $200 is required to hold the date and time

The Duplex (Customized Ceremony)

Starts at $700 – (Fri-Sun and holidays $100-200 additional)

Now we’re talking! Now you really have room to grow! This ceremony offers you unlimited options to truly make it your own and best of all, Unforgettable! And just like a Duplex, it gives you the luxury to expand your ideas and leave your guests in awe! They will be inspired by your story and inspired to love.

  • Fully, Customized Ceremony performed at your selected venue
  • Written copy of ceremony provided in advance for final approval
  • Unlimited readings (suggestions offered if needed)
  • 1-2 Rituals (traditional, cultural or inspired)
  • Assistance with Personal Vows (optional)
  • Initial Consultation plus revisions
  • Unlimited Guests
  • Filing of License (legally required)
  • Arrival of Wedding Officiant one hour prior to ceremony
  • A retainer of $200 is required to hold the date and time

The Penthouse (Ceremony plus Coordinator)

Starts at $1500

In New York City, it doesn’t get better than the luxurious rooftop Penthouse. This package not only offers you the wonderful services mentioned above, but also includes assistance with making your ceremony run even smoother by providing you with a personal concierge. Imagine having the ceremony services mentioned above plus the following:

  • Initial Coordinator Consultation to explain services
  • Unlimited phone & email from date of contract
  • Contact and coordinate with all vendors listed on the contract to finalize details one week prior of ceremony
  • Organize wedding rehearsal (extra fee if separate day)
  • Develop Wedding Day Itinerary & Timeline
  • Up to 3 hours of on-site service the day of your event (additional time optional)
  • Manage wedding party
  • Manage vendor & decor setup at ceremony
  • Coordinate music with musicians or DJ for Invitation/Ceremony

Amenities (Additional Services)

Sometimes a few extra details are needed to make our plans complete! We have put together a list of extra services that are often requested (even counseling). We are certified by PREPARE/ENRICH to assist couples with pre-marital counseling. Please contact us to discuss more details.

  • Elopement Photographer (Starts at $399/hr)
  • Elopement Bridal Bouquet & Complimentary Boutonnierre -Starts at $150
  • Pre-Marital Counseling -From $125 per session (tax deductible)
  • Live Instrumentalist (Guitar/Piano/Violin/Vocals) Starts at $150/hr
  • Microphone/Amplifier Setup- $150
  • Rehearsal Dinner – $150/Mon-Thurs and $250/Fri-Sun
  • Travel -$50/per additional 20 miles outside NYC
  • City Park Permit plus administrative fee-$50

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Rev. Samora Smith, owner of Common Ground Ceremonies, is an interfaith wedding officiant specializing in all types of weddings and vow renewals -- interfaith, spiritual, non-denominational, LGBT -- in the New York City Tri-State area. We aim to please and want to make your wedding experience as stress-free as possible. Your ceremony should reflect what makes you special and unique as a couple -- the possibilities are endless. Contact us today for more information!

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