|Custom Wedding Ceremonies
with Celebrant Emily VanLaeys
Before discovering her true calling as a life-cycle celebrant, Emily’s work included free-lance
writing, editing, office and resource center management, and teaching. This varied background gave
Emily the organizational skills needed to work with multiple clients, the ability to collaborate with
couples to create ceremonies that are meaningful to them, and the expertise to weave the couple’s
own thoughts and feelings into a seamless script that evokes laughter and tears from guests and
In May of 2008 Emily graduated from the Celebrant USA Foundation & Institute's wedding
certificate program, became a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant™, and established her business,
Custom Ceremonies. Since then Emily has created and performed over 200 ceremonies around
New York state, many of which guests have proclaimed to be the best wedding they ever attended.
Located in Oneonta, Emily travels to Cooperstown, Albany and Binghamton, and many venues in
the Catskills to perform wedding ceremonies. Emily has been awarded Wedding Wire's Couple's
Choice Award every year since 2011.