Unique Weddings and Handfastings Written and Officiated by Rev. Laurie Sue
Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway is widely regarded as an expert on interfaith, multicultural, and personalized weddings, and as a specialist in Hindu-Interfaith ceremonies. She is also an expert in helping couples reduce wedding stress.
She is an experienced ordained wedding officiant who is known for her warm, loving, and creative approach to blessing couples of all backgrounds, and for guiding them on their journey to the altar and beyond.
For more than 20 years she has presided over a multicultural wedding ministry based in New York and is widely recognized as an expert on interfaith, intercultural, and highly personalized nondenominational weddings. She studied at the Sacred Celebrants Academy in Glastonbury, England on how to officiate authentic Celtic handfastings.
She has been called upon by couples around the world for her assistance in complex spiritual and cultural issues, and to help guide families through the interfaith marriage process. She honors relationships between all couples and believes in focusing on the common denominator of love.
"New York Magazine" selected her as one of the city's top officiants and Joan Hamburg recommends Rev. Laurie Sue in her book, "City Weddings."
As a contemporary clergyperson, Rev. Laurie Sue specializes in creative and loving ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds, cultures, and religions. She has happily married hundreds of couples in unique interfaith, multifaith, non-denominational, or non-religious wedding ceremonies, in locales that range from Central Park to castles to every place in between. She supports marriage equality.
Her couples are as diverse as the unique places they choose for their weddings. Rev. Laurie Sue writes each ceremony, especially for each couple and is comfortable including and blending elements from any tradition.
She is also called upon to create spiritual ceremonies without religion, and romantic ceremonies without a spiritual focus.
She has written extensively on love, romance, sex, marriage, and weddings and is a blogger on these topics for HuffPost. She has also been the Love and Family Editor for Beliefnet.com, Relationship Editor for DrLauraBerman.com, Emotional Health and Sexual Health Editor for EverydayHealth.com, Editor of wedlok.com, and Spirituality Editor at Hitched.com.
She has been interviewed about weddings and marriage by The New York Times, Newsweek, USA TODAY, Associated Press, Modern Bride, Bridal Guide, The Bridal Book, Wedding Dresses Magazine, New York Magazine, NY Daily News, Newsday, Inside Edition, WE Network, WB11, Eyewitness News, Fox 5, and others.
Rev. Laurie Sue was one of the founding members of the New York Wedding Group and helped establish, and co-led, the NYC branch of The Bridal Survival Club.
She is the author of 25 books, including Your Interfaith Wedding, Your Hindu-Interfaith Wedding, Your Perfect Wedding Vows, and Wedding Goddess
Rev. Laurie Sue has a psychology BA from SUNY in Human Development and Relationships. She has studied Marriage and Family Therapy at Mercy College and the Ackerman Institute. She is a 1999 graduate of The New Seminary, where she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 1999. She received her Master of Interfaith Studies in 2020 and her Doctor of Ministry in 2021. In 2020, she studied at the Sacred Celebrants Academy, based in Glastonbury, England, how to perform authentic Celtic handfastings. She is currently completing graduate work in Public History and the Goddess.
Writing and Consulting Services
I can't travel to every wedding I am asked to officiate so I offer consultations to couples to help them understand all their options and clarify the kind of wedding they want. I can offer consultation on how to blend faiths and traditions, how to include and honor family members, how to express your love in personal vows, and everything from the order of the ceremony to how to make it uniquely your own. I include the same tools and written resources offered to couples I am marrying.
Wedding-Based Spiritual Counseling
There are so many tricky religious and spiritual issues that arise when planning an interfaith wedding. In some families, religion is an important aspect of life, and concerns arise when offspring select mates outside of the family faith. Sometimes it is best to get the parents into the same Zoom room to make suret everyone feels included and heard. Sometimes one set of parents is more worried than the other, and so it is important to do whatever can be done to help them know their faith will be included, that the family will be honored, and that they will not be embarrassed by the ceremony.
Writing and Officiating Help for Loved Ones
These days, many couples ask friends and loved ones to officiate their weddings. I have been called in to help when the loved one does not have to experience writing and presiding over a wedding. I am happy to assist with the order of the ceremony, and the writing of the ceremony, and offer advice on how to conduct a wedding ceremony. This takes a lot of stress off of your loved one!