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Officiant in Merrimack, New Hampshire,
(603) 429-0902

About Us

Steven M. Dembow, J.P. is a wedding officiant from Merrimack, New Hampshire, who has been conducting wedding ceremonies throughout New England and beyond since 2003. He is compassionate and attentive and creates a personalized ceremony for each individual couple, often with a dash of humor. Steven uses his passion for weddings and each couple's unique history to craft a beautiful and memorable ceremony that will engage and touch the heart of all in attendance. A professional writer and speaker, not only will he provide the ceremony of your dreams, but Steven will also guide you throughout the entire process, making sure you are comfortable with every step and remain as stress-free as possible.

Services Offered

Steven provides two in-depth meetings with each couple, either in-person or via Skype or Face Time, to get to know them and include them in planning their customized ceremony. He stresses the importance of being there for rehearsals, to ensure things run smoothly on wedding day. Steven includes as much, as little or no religious references as suits each induvidual couple, and performs vow renewals, elopements, baby blessings and eulogies; he welcomes all faiths and traditions and welcomes special creative elements. As an ordained pastor, Steven is legally able to perform wedding ceremonies in states where his credentials as a Justice of the Peace are not recognized. He also speaks Spanish and is willing to travel outside of the New England region for an additional fee.

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5 out of 5
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  • We reached out on short notice (36 hours) during a blizzard, and Steven still followed up right away with a call to talk through the process of working with a JP and getting a license in NH broadly, and our 11th hour 2020 marriage plan specifically. He passed zero judgement on our last-minute decision, and was willing to meet us at our home for a small, outdoor ceremony. In our brief time together - on our initial call, even - Steven picked up on our senses of humor and what was most important to us, and he brought that to the ceremony and the vows. We were overwhelmed at the thought of writing our own (again, short notice) and Steve heard our preferences and translated them into vows that were perfectly tailored and felt perfectly natural to us. We'll cherish those moments, and Steve's clear care and humor in meeting us where we were and encouraging us to embrace our own unique journey. We can't recommend Steven enough as an officiant - he is personable, caring, calming, flexible, and... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Dear Kate & Jack: Shhhh - I won't tell anyone you got married! When the time is right, you can do that yourselves … but, in the meanwhile, enjoy this Christmas and New Years as newlyweds nonetheless! Thank you so much for reaching out to me, and for your very lovely words - I was delighted to meet you both and experience this very special time - and in such a wonderful, snowy setting! I hope you have many, many happy years in your mountain retreat - good luck with the renovations, and stay well! Kind regards, Steve

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    Which of the following are included in the price?

    Ceremony Rehearsal

    Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal?


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

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

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

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

    On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

    Less than 30 mins.

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