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Today’s wedding officiant interview is with Peter Boruchowitz of Our Wedding Officiant NYC. Peter writes and performs custom wedding ceremonies throughout the NYC metropolitan region and specializes in intercultural and interfaith ceremonies, and Central Park weddings. Enjoy!
Read the full interview after the cut!
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Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
This will be the eighth year that my company, Our Wedding Officiant NYC, offers wedding services. I write and perform custom ceremonies crafted and detailed to each individual couple – I strive to give everyone the exact “dream wedding” they have always hoped for.
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How did you get into wedding officiating?
I had been in the theatre world for most of my adult life (acting, writing, directing, producing) and a buddy of mine who was an Officiant was swamped with too many weddings for him to handle. He asked me to come on board, since I am an ordained minister, and I immediately knew it was a natural fit. Officianting combined all the skills I had learned in the theatre world with the rite of marriage.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
The moment when I pronounce a couple legally wed; the look of pure joy and excitement in their eyes cannot be matched.
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You recently added Central Park wedding packages to your WeddingLovely profile. How did that come about?
Well, Central Park is a really romantic setting for weddings, and I’ve been doing ceremonies there for many years. A lot of my couples come alone to New York City to elope or with families and friends for their dream destination wedding. After they hire me, they invariably ask me for recommendations of photographers and musicians and florists, since they are unfamiliar with local vendors and the cost of hiring professionals in NYC. So I selected a group of outstanding people that I’ve worked with before, and whose value and work I admire, and we bundled our services together. It was a natural progression for me, and it makes planning a wedding long-distance so much easier and less stressful for my couples.
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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned and would pass along to other new wedding officiants just getting started?
Don’t get frustrated if you don’t book every job you interview for. Not everyone is your client. Hiring an officiant is a very personal preference. When you’re a good match, you’ll know it. I understand it can be tough when a couple chooses another Officiant over you, but in the end you’ll be happier than trying to work with a couple that is not really not a good fit.
What are your hobbies or non-work related activities?
I’m still a theater fanatic. I see almost every show to open on Broadway (and off-Broadway, as well).
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Any great stories from a wedding you’ve officiated?
I officiated at a big Italian Wedding out on Long Island, and since I am very good friends with the groom, I was asked to stay for the full reception. I didn’t know that he was famiglia with the actress, Isabella Rossellini, and she was seated at my table. I’m not easily star-struck, but she was so radiantly beautiful and down to earth and friendly, I was really blown away. She happily posed for a picture with me, too… a total sweetheart!
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What advice would you pass along to couples planning their wedding?
Book your Officiant early! Your Ceremony is the reason for that great celebration that you’re planning. It should be memorable and meaningful to you both. With too many couples it’s almost an afterthought. Waiting until only a few weeks before the Wedding, you’re likely to be disappointed when your first choice (or even second or third) is already booked. Being such an integral part of your wedding, an Officiant should be one of the first vendors you secure!
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I absolutely love puppies, but the trend of having your doggy as ring bearer is not a good idea. It sounds great during planning, but it rarely goes well. Even the best-trained pooch can go off-script at their big moment. I remember one adorable terrier who was so agitated by the ring pillow they had tied to him that he shook it off violently, and the rings went flying into the grass. By all means bring your doggies to the ceremony – after all, they’re family – but at best have them walk down the aisle on a leash. Better yet, let them sit with a trusted friend.
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