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Officiant in New York, NY,
(646) 736-2510

About Us

Rev. Samora Smith of Common Ground Ceremonies is a highly-acclaimed and award-winning wedding officiant and pre-marital counselor based in New York City. Rev. Samora brings more than 9 years of experience as an officiant and has united more than 1,000 couples of all faiths and backgrounds. She was raised in a multi-faith and multi-racial family which naturally gives her the compassion and sensitivity when working with couples of unique backgrounds and beliefs. All of her ceremonies are couple centered, love-filled and inclusive, always leaving a lasting impression upon you and your guests.

Services Offered

Common Ground Ceremonies perform personalized ceremonies that reflect the individual styles and tastes of each couple. Rev. Samora performs a wide spectrum of ceremonies including non-denominational ceremonies, spiritual weddings, interfaith ceremonies, LGBTQ weddings, vow renewals, and baby namings. She is also a licensed NLP/Hypnotherapist specializing in marriage preparation and relationship skills building. Rev. Samora understands the importance of seamless service, offering support to each couple beyond the wedding, not only ensuring a wonderful wedding, but also a successful marriage.

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  • Rev. Samora performed a beautiful, personal, and heartwarming marriage ceremony for us in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Despite the remote nature, it felt every bit as intimate as a traditional wedding ceremony thanks to her.

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    It was so great to officiate your ceremony today. Congratulations again and thank you for leaving such a great review.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 550.00

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 350.00

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


    What is the starting price for ceremony rehearsals?

    $ 250.00

    What is the starting price for pre-marital counseling (per session)?

    $ 175.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed, Premarital Counseling, Bilingual

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins., 30-60 mins.

    In which states are you licensed?

    CT, NJ, NY

    What languages do you speak?


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