So glad I found Andrea when I googled "elopement in New Jersey", I instantly liked her website and loved the simplicity of the elopement package since I wanted something in expensive but was adamant that I not get married in a courthouse! I cannot stress how perfect this was. She was always quick with her responses and made sure to contact me the day before. All her emails included the important reminder to remember your marriage license. She has clear cut instructions on each step to take. I cannot say enough good things about her and her services!! I will be singing her praises and recommending her to any of my friends looking for the same experience or even something on a larger scale!!!!
Andrea was a very professional and courteous officiant. She did a fantastic job with our ceremony! Everything went very smoothly. We had the pleasure of actually seeing her in action at a friend's wedding 3 weeks prior to our own and it made us even more excited for ours! I would definitely recommend Andrea to anyone who is looking for an officiant.
Andrea was a wonderful choice. We were a couple from Maine looking to get married on the beach. She has wonderful suggestions for us. The day of the ceremony was everything we could have asked for. Thank you for all you did.
We feel so lucky to find Andrea for our wedding. Not only she gave us a unforgettable beaching wedding ceremony, she also helped us a lot on wedding planning. We got tons of useful information from her to plan our ceremony and reception. Our wedding is kind of last minute and we only started planning less than 4 months before the big day. Without her, we didn't even know where to start, not to mention getting everything together so quickly. And it turned out a very beautiful and under budget wedding. We feel very thankful to have her as our officiant and highly recommend her if you want to have a romantic beach wedding. Trust us, you won't regret!! We love you!! Andrea!! Newly happlily married couple: Maggie & Sean
Andrea helped us personalize our special day and her own special touches made it the ceremony of my dreams it was excatly what I wanted it to be . The ease in working with Andrea was an added bonus she is wonderful I will always remeber Andrea she helped make our special day unforgettable .Love you Andrea .
Andrea was great. Thank you so much for your flexibility on the 4 th waiting for the storm to pass. It turned out to be a lovely evening. Would highly recommend Andrea xxx
Andrea was great. I couldn't have asked for anyone better to perform our ceremony. I would recommend her services to anyone.
EventWire limited my response, so I had to cut some information out of my review. I posted my FULL 5 star review of Andrea here: http://bit.ly/1rZK0ut
When it came time to find an officiant, I did a Google search of wedding officiants in NJ. Andrea Purtell of This Joyous Occasion was one of the first to pop up in my search results! I liked her website, the thoroughness of her wedding package descriptions, her availability, her overall tone and website appearance, and just had a good vibe about her from the onset. Andrea had scripts for weddings, recommended readings, links to vendors she'd worked with, etc. Her website had a very user-friendly, bride-friendly element -- it's as warm and inviting as she is!
While Andrea recommended getting in touch via Skype or phone to discuss wedding details, we actually planned our entire event THROUGH EMAIL. I found a wedding "script" I liked on Andrea's site, went through her suggested readings, and made adjustments to the run-through based on our personal preferences. Andrea was completely open to any changes or suggestions that were in the original script - extremely accommodating!
The day of our wedding was the first time we spoke to Andrea and met her in person. I actually "ran into her" in the lobby. Andrea was SO WARM AND FRIENDLY!!! Just as sweet as her emails. I have to say, I'm not a bridezilla and I was calm as a cucumber the day I got married. My now husband and I had been living together for a year and this day came together as if it were any other -- in an incredibly good way. I wasn't worried about our ceremony knowing it was in Andrea's hands, and after talking to her for a few minutes prior to our nuptials, I was CERTAIN we would have a wonderful ceremony.
A JOYOUS OCCASION INDEED! I cannot recommend Andrea enough!
Andrea was amazing to work with. She was always quick to reply and always professional. We opted for the custom package and were able to customize every part of the ceremony to our liking. She was always on time and very accommodating to our wishes and needs. We received a keepsake booklet of our ceremony and a keepsake marriage certificate as well. She helped in many ways that went above and beyond her duty as officiant. She speaks clearly and articulately. We had a sand unity ceremony and a blessing of the hands as well. I highly recommend her, what a pleasure to work with. Thanks again Andrea!
Best decision we made. Very professional and very helpful with all our questions.
Andrea Purtell (For This Joyous Occasion Officiating Services) was the best. We were highly impressed with Andrea. Our guests loved her too. We met up with her a couple of times prior to the wedding and she sat with us and went through all of our options. She was thorough and very helpful. We highly recommend her.
Andrea was amazing for our May 9th, 2014 wedding. EVERYONE in my wedding told me how great she was with them when they were prepping for the ceremony. Andrea was very responsive in all the emails. During our initial meeting, she was helpful and walked me and my husband through everything we needed to know. She helped reminded us for things we needed the day of and beforehand. Andrea not only made our small ceremony so special but she definitely enhanced it with her professionalism and outstanding service!
Andrea was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We wanted a non-religious, but very heart-felt ceremony, that really suited our relationship. With For This Joyous Occasion, we were able to pick and choose every aspect of ceremony from start to finish from a myriad of choices both traditional and modern. The entire ceremony went off without a hitch. We had so many compliments of how heart felt and loving our ceremony was. It was truly perfect! We would recommend Andrea to anyone. She was always quick to assist, sent reminders when it was time to apply for our marriage license, and was so reasonably priced as well.
Andrea was AWESOME!! From the moment she sat us down to go over our entire ceremony to the actual ceremony, it was wonderful. She stayed calm and cool through the whole ceremony which had a couple of geese flying overhead and even my own husband forgetting the vows. She kept everything on point. I would absolutely recommend Andrea to others looking to get married in a heartbeat! Thank you for everything you have done! Couldn't be a Mrs. without you!! :)
Andrea was so great to work with! We had previously met with officiants that either charged an exorbitant travel fee or wanted us to change our ceremony time so they could officiate two weddings across the county from each other, back-to-back.
Andrea has a menu of options for each portion of the ceremony, which was very helpful to us. We wanted to change a few wordings of the passages and add a reading of our own, and she had no problem with this. As soon as changes were made, Andrea sent us a fresh copy of the ceremony to proof.
She was punctual for the rehearsal the night before the ceremony, and early on the day of so she could coordinate with other vendors and our venue. We had a beautiful ceremony!
We were rushing to pack for our honeymoon and forgot to pack our marriage certificate, which we needed to get our honeymoon perks, so we emailed Andrea to see if she could scan and send a copy. She promptly responded with a PDF of our certificate, which was extremely nice of her!
We couldn't have asked for a better person to unite us as husband and wife. Andrea was always available to answer any questions we had from beginning to end. She spent ample time with us making sure everything was perfect. We are very thankful to have shared our special day with her and would highly recommend her to anyone in need of an officiant!
Andrea was the best. She was always their when I needed her and was dedicated in making this wedding wonderful!!!
Our service was wonderful. We would highly recommend Andrea.
We cannot say enough good things about Andrea Purtell and For This Joyous Occasion .... She officiated a family member's wedding and did such a great job that we did not hesitate to book her for our own. Luckily she was available. Her communication is top notch! She responded to every email quickly and with great detail. Her website is fantastic - and offers so many great options for crafting a personalized ceremony. I loved that she gave us so many suggestions. A couple can be as involved (or not) as they choose... as she has set ceremonies you can pick from (what our family member did) - or you can put together your own using favorites from each section (what we did). We set up an in-person meeting and walked through each part of our ceremony.... Andrea then documents everything and sends it to you to review. This ensures all the wording is exactly as intended. In addition - she provides a keepsake of the ceremony. .... We got so many compliments during the cocktail hour on the ceremony.... I would highly recommend For This Joyous Occasion. Both professional... and personal :)
Wonderful service!! Couldn't of asked for a better officiant. She was calming and accommodating !! I would recommend highly!