Non Denominational Weddings

Join Your Lives in a Moving Ceremony that Reflect Your Special, Unique Relationship


I value the importance of personalized weddings. Your wedding ceremony should be respectful and expressive of your special view of marriage, whether the choice is to have a traditional or nontraditional ceremony.



I also welcome same sex marriage ceremonies. I recently officiated my first "legal" same sex ceremony with a couple I had officiated at their "union" ceremony 13 years ago! (See testimonial link).


I believe your wedding ceremony should be personable, celebratory and reflective of your own humanistic, spiritual or religious beliefs. I will help you decide and also respect your own preference as to how to reference or not reference those beliefs in your ceremony..

Your Wedding Ceremony... and Your Wedding Officiant

Welcome to my website! I have officiated many, many weddings and I have to say, I have enjoyed every one of them! Why? Because it is such a special day celebrating the wedding couple’s love for each other. I believe the wedding ceremony should reflect a couple's best dreams, hopes and aspirations, whether it is a small wedding with just the two of them or a wedding attended by hundreds of family and friends. I love it. And I love helping couples make that day as meaningful as possible for them.

I don’t see myself as some “legal officiant” who comes to just do the legal stuff. No, I see myself as a wedding officiant who loves and believes in what he does. I am closely involved with each couple in the creation of their own special ceremony, making it indeed a day that is reflective of the couple’s own excitement, passion and vision. I believe it should be a day of joy, laughter, and yes, sometimes, tears.

So if you choose me as your officiant, my goal is to help you make decisions about your wedding ceremony that are important to you. If it is possible to meet with you, I will want to hear your story and explore with you the kind of ceremony you envision, how you want to celebrate your relationship and the vows you will want to share. If you can't meet with me, I will be happy to communicate with you by phone and/or email.

Whether you prefer a religious, non religious, spiritual, civil or interfaith ceremony, we'll create a ceremony that will be personable, meaningful and will joyfully celebrate the vitality and strength each of you brings to your unique relationship. More details? Go to: Creating Your Ceremony
If you prefer a small ceremony with just the two of you or with a few family members and friends present, I will help you create and experience a moment of intimacy and joy on your special day that you will always treasure.

Types of Ceremonies:

  • Non-denominational...
  • Interfaith ...
  • Humanistic...
  • Spiritual/Non-Religious...
  • Same-Sex Marriages
  • Civil Ceremonies...


“We felt our Minister, James Covington, was professional, prepared, knowledgeable, punctual, and thoroughly took into consideration the nuances of our inter-religious union and ceremony. He far exceeded our expectations. In addition, the unique and interesting ceremony he delivered kept the wedding guests both engaged and hanging on to his every word. In looking back at our photos and remembering the positive experiences that our guests commented on during our wedding day – many raved about the energetic, touching, amorous and thoughtful ceremony. It was an absolute pleasure working with James. If we are ever to renew our vows and still are located in the Tri-State area – he will again be our Minister of choice!"


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If interested, contact me or call me today for a consultation: My office is located on the Upper West Side in NYC.

251 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

(212) 799-1157

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