My name is Aida Ramirez. I’m a wedding officiant in the New York City area. My style is fun, romantic, creative and personalized.
A little known fact about me (though I suppose you could guess given my occupation): I’m a hopeless romantic! There’s nothing I love more than a couple’s story. I care about every single detail and like getting involved in the entire process. In my mind, wedding vows are more important than the photography, cake and catering combined. The little words that marry you give meaning to everything else that happens during the day. And the promises that you make to each other during the ceremony set the parameters for your marriage.
I’m constantly on the hunt for ceremony ideas, and the best ones come from my couples and lots of reading! I always recommend to find the wedding vows that are right for you, read lots of sample scripts to see what feels right. Some religions require canonical wording, but others allow you to incorporate personal vows. Combining classic and non-traditional wedding vows can be a way of honoring tradition while personalizing your ceremony. I offer sample scripts for couples on my website.
It’s hard to choose a favorite story, but I’ll always remember the time I married a couple on the Brooklyn Bridge in the pouring rain. It seemed like no one else was on that bridge but us.
To play such an important role on someone’s special day is so rewarding. I recently married a female couple in their seventies who have been together for over 35 years. I feel like I’m helping part of history in my own small way.
My favorite wedding though was Monica and Adam’s. It was a hot, sticky, New York summer day. My hair was the definition of frizz and my feet hurt. Everyone was uncomfortable. The wind picked up as soon as the wedding started, but as soon as Monica started down the aisle, nothing else mattered. Everyone could feel it – something magical happened that day.
Thumbtack has been the foundation for my business, with at least 75% coming from Thumbtack. The service really allows couples and service providers to get a feel for each other first and whether we’ll be a good match.
This “feeling each other out” period means that a couple won’t just hire you because you’re the cheapest or the easiest to hire. What leads to a hire is that Something More – a good review, a connection. Thumbtack facilitates that connection and I’m proud to grow my business here.
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