How to Still Get Married During the COVID-19 Crisis in the Hudson Valley

Local officiants can help you say “I do” while keeping up with social distancing.

You picked your dress. You booked the venue. You invited all your friends and loved ones.

And now you have to cancel everything.

As with concerts, festivals, and get-togethers across the nation, COVID-19 hit the wedding scene hard. Because New York State banned any “concentration of individuals outside their home” except if it involves workers providing essential services, traditional weddings are more or less defunct as brides- and grooms-to-be scramble to find a new way to walk down the aisle.

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Yet where there’s a will, there’s a way. While full-scale ceremonies are not possible, weddings themselves still are. With many city hall wedding services in the Hudson Valley suspended, a number of independent officiants are offering their services to couples in the region. As long as parties remain small (read: just the couple and a witness are ideal), brides and grooms can continue to tie the knot in the Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley Officiants

Throughout the Hudson Valley

As one of the leading officiant services in the region, Hudson Valley Officiants has a full coronavirus policy for couples planning to get married during the COVID-19 outbreak. As per its March 7 announcement, the service promotes ceremony reviews via Skype and has temporarily discontinued its food blessing policy and in-office meetings. Officiants and ministers arrive 30 minutes prior to the ceremony and depart immediately afterward.

Inclusive Ceremonies

Sullivan County

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In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Inclusive Ceremonies offers discounted “Quick I Do” ceremonies for any couples who have had to postpone their wedding. The service is available only in the Sullivan County area just outside the heart of the Hudson Valley and requires a New York marriage license and a witness.

One Heart Ceremonies

Throughout the Hudson Valley

As 2020 winners for The Knot Best of Weddings and Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards, One Heart Ceremonies knows how to ensure couples have unforgettable wedding days, even if they are a tad smaller than intended. Contact the ordained, certified interfaith ministers to exchange vows in the Hudson Valley.

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Villa Sposa


Is your wedding party bitty as can be? Villa Sposa boasts private gardens and a meditation chapel to promote social distancing during the ceremony. On top of the scenic Catskills setting, the venue also has a partnership with a local ordained minister for social distancing-approved “I dos” in the Hudson Valley.

Zaro Celebrations


For any couples who already booked with Zaro Celebrations, the company will either move the ceremony to a future date for no fee or schedule an elopement on or near the original date with the option for a full ceremony down the road. The Zaros are willing to meet couples at outdoor locations throughout the Hudson Valley.

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