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Peter was the perfect officiant for our ceremony! When we first met Peter, we knew it was the perfect fit. He has very friendly and easy to talk to about what we wanted. He helped us create a customized ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for. He did a beautiful job officiating our wedding and we were thrilled to be able to work with him! Lauren & Jason.

5.0/5.0
Lauren, Wedding Date: 07/28/2017

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Serving couples in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware Valley region and in the New York area since 2004.

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Officiant - Frequently Asked Questions
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baptist, Catholic, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
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What types of events do you service?
Anniversaries, Christenings, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials, Quinceaneras

34 Reviews

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5.0/5.0
Kristen, Wedding Date: 10/21/2017
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Peter was so wonderful and the perfect choice for our wedding officiant! From the moment we met with Peter we knew that he was the right choice for us. He has a very kind, calm, and personable demeanor and it felt like we were chatting with an old friend. He helped us create a ceremony that was unique and perfect for us. The ceremony was short, sweet and packed with love and emotion. He was an excellent speaker and really conveyed to our guests the love that we have for eachother. We were thrilled with the ceremony and our guests LOVED it! Thank you so much Peter!!!!

Services Used: Officiant
Rev. Peter McGuinness, FCM responded with the following comments:
Hi Kristin and Mike, thanks so much for your kind comments; it was also great to work with both of you, as you were such a team and support to one another - it speaks volumes about your relationship. You selected a wonderful setting with great readings, and the wonderful supportive group of family and friends. It was an honor to be a part of your ceremony and day.
Best wishes to you both…Peter McGuinness

5.0/5.0
Jaclyn, Wedding Date: 10/13/2017
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Rev. McGuinness was wonderful to work with! Our ceremony was perfect thanks to him! Highly recommended.

Services Used: Officiant
Rev. Peter McGuinness, FCM responded with the following comments:
Jaclyn - it was pleasure to work with you and Connor. What an amazing ceremony you and he created, with the readings and music. It was my honor to work with you and to meet your families, many of whom traveled from outside the country for your ceremony. Best regards to you both for the years ahead.

5.0/5.0
Nicole, Wedding Date: 09/30/2017
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Upon first meeting with Peter McGuinness, my husband and I knew we'd be moving forward with him as our officiant. He was friendly, easy-going, and he provided us with great recommendations on how best to structure our ceremony to maintain a good flow for the event. With only two meetings prior to our wedding day, Peter McGuinness was able to understand our personalities and infuse them into our ceremony. He made an effort to get to know our family and friends - many of whom have told us how much they enjoyed Peter's words and company. He exceeded our expectations and really made our day special. Thanks Peter! :)

Services Used: Officiant
Rev. Peter McGuinness, FCM responded with the following comments:
Thanks Nicole for your comments. It was an honor to work with you and Jim to create a ceremony that reflected your commitment. It was also a pleasure to meet your families and friends and to see their love and support for you both. Best of the holiday season to you all.
Peter

4.1/5.0
Margaret, Wedding Date: 09/09/2017
Quality of Service: 3.0 Responsiveness: 4.5 Professionalism: 4.0 Value: 4.5 Flexibility: 4.5

I am a bit torn on this review as Peter is such a nice man and we truly enjoyed getting to know him. In older reviews on this site (which I did not see prior to booking him) couples complained about Peter going off on tangents and not following the provided guidelines. I found this to be similar to our experience.

When we first met, Peter told us that he did not usually attend rehearsals. I regret not having him attend and would highly recommend you to have Peter at your rehearsal to ensure everyone is on the same page. Two things happened as direct result 1. when I came down the aisle with my father, Peter came right up to us and told my dad to shake my fiance's hand first and then kiss me on the cheek. We had rehearsed the opposite and it created a bit of an awkward confusion at a moment where I wanted to be alone with my dad/future husband. 2. As the ceremony began, Peter stood in front of us and became addressing the guests, I was very confused and allowed him to stand there assuming he would move behind us to begin the ceremony. Instead he continued on until I had to stop him and ask him to stand in the appropriate place. I have to say, everyone laughed and many people told us it was their favorite part of the ceremony lol I on the other hand, could have done with out it.

While I did encourage Peter to be creative, I also provided a script of what we wanted to read during our ceremony, unfortunately he seemed to paraphrase all of it and as a result, some of it did not make sense or flow well. He also added a few stories of his own, one of which he completely messed up/lost his train of thought and just gave up on. This actually became a funny moment and he played it off well, but I'm not sure where he was going with that. In the end, we had a beautiful ceremony and I was more so bothered by these things because i'm a type A micromanager. He is a great officiant but definitely has a particular way of doing things that couples should be aware of.

Services Used: Officiant
Rev. Peter McGuinness, FCM responded with the following comments:
I am sorry I did not meet your expectations. I truly appreciate your feedback and take all comments seriously, so that going forward, I can provide quality service. Couples that provide a script, usually also encourage adding my style to it, and I thought this occurred and was the understanding we had. I know I received compliments after the ceremony from family and guests how special the ceremony was.

Again my apologies if that did not come off as you anticipated.

I wish you both the very best.

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