Rev. Jill Dillner
35 Reviews

Selected Best of 2010, 2009, 2008

5 Laurel Ln
Englishtown NJ 07726
United States




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Congratulations and thank you for considering me as a potential officiant. We are going to have fun together!

I am a Minister located in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and I have been performing ceremonies for about 15 years. I perform single faith, interfaith and no-faith ceremonies. Your ceremony should reflect your relationship and your commitment to each other, as well as your beliefs. (Or lack there of!)

I understand the effort that goes into planning a wedding. I provide all my information, including fees, upfront. You can see my availability calendar on my website, so you can check my availability.

I believe the planning should offer as much excitement as the wedding! Your officiant should be fun, flexible and supportive. I work with my couples to create inspirational, spiritual and personalized ceremonies that reflect both their relationship and commitment to each other. I will listen to your ideas, assist you with suggestions, and help you navigate the planning process. I support my couples in creating a day that is truly personal, spiritual, and beautiful.

You should be sure that your officiant has the desire, energy, and personality to to make your ceremony all you have hoped for and more.

There are no rules for what has to be included, there are no standards to apply. Together we can create a ceremony that reflects you, your relationship and the commitment you are making toward each other. I specialize in unique venues and park/beach weddings. All situations are accepted and respected. Reasonable fees. Short Notice OK. Elopement option available.




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We are forever grateful for Rev. Jill Dillner!

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YES! She instantly became a friend. She was so personable/kind and just an amazing person. Our guests LOVED her and are STILL raving about her ceremony. She gave us a unique and beautiful ceremony...simply unforgettable.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She was great with keeping everything running smooth (during the behind the scenes pre-ceremony). We were 100% sure we were going to write our own vowels until we read what Rev. Jill wrote for us and her words were just PERFECT so we used hers instead. She has a great talent...a very special way with words.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Our ceremony was outdoors and consisted of a butterfly release in memory of those who passed, a beautiful hand-fasting, special readings, and the time capsule which is where we placed our letters to each other in. All great ideas from Rev. Jill!!! This was unlike any ceremony I ever attended.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

I am honored and proud that friends and family are still saying "that was the best ceremony we ever attended". Our engaged friends wanted Rev. Jill's number instantly. The best compliment that we have heard from many guests is that they actually listened to every work Rev. Jill said because it was so non-traditional and unique. Everyone loved her, especially my husband and I. Her words were so honest and real (I.e. "Marriage has good times and some not so good times"). She spoke about love, soulmates, being best friends, and that marriage isn't always perfect which is OK! Her words captivated our guests and had me fighting back tears the entire time LOL!




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A huge fan of Rev. Jill........

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Rev. Jill....... you are the best wedding officiant EVER!!!!!!! We love you so much that we have you renew our vows every year!!!!!!!!



Wedding on 2006-12-23


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Thank you

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When me and my husband finally decided to get married after being together for about 8 years, I was a nervous reck. I knew we wanted something intimate and with the immediate family. What I did not know is that I was going to meet someone extraordinary that was going to make me feel relax and comfortable from the very 1st time we meet. That is exactly what Rev. Jill Dillner did.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She gave me options to choice from for our ceremony. She paid attention to what we wanted and wanted to know what we wanted, not just because she had to.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had our wedding a few days before Christmas and at our home. We wanted to include both our mothers in the ceremony and to our surprise Rev. Jill Dillner made that happen.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"That was one of the best wedding ceremony I have been to. I did not yawn once, or fell asleep, and I cried and laughed". When I heard that, I almost cried and laughed myself.




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Highly Recommend Rev Jill

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I would recommend Rev Jill to anyone..... Had the time of my life getting married by Rev Jill. Can't wait for my 10th Anniversary to do it all over again with her. We just Love Rev Jill. Rev Jill was also there on a moments notice to do a funeral service. She is someone we can always count on




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Heartfelt words

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill made me feel more than comfortable. She felt like a good friend, someone you wanted to sit and have wine with out on a deck somewhere, lol.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Emotion. You know your ceremony is going to be great, and she sends you the script for approval. What you don't expect is the deep heart felt delivery. I felt like the three of us were the only ones there.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows of course and the readings.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone told me it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever seen. It really set the mood for the rest of the night. All my guest were upbeat and dancing!



Wedding on 2009-10-25


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Thank You So Much!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

When I met Jill we connected spiritually! I felt so comfortable with her and my husband and I were so honored to have been married by her.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Jill is very professional there were no unexpected things good or bad. It was just the perfect ceremony ever!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Jill had a moment of silence for the special people who had passed in our lives and also that when my husband and I were exchanging our rings she noted that my ring was from my dearly departed grandmother who meant everything to me. She also let us bring up a relative to do a special reading in which she provided for us. There were a few but this one was truly perfect!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests kept pouring all the good words that Jill was excellent for our ceremony and was asked that if they needed a minister again they would love to contact Jill!

Jill we love you!
Michelle & Michael 10/25/09....Snuffy's Pantagis Renaissance




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Ah-mazing!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Reverend Jill went above and beyond to make me feel comfortable.
It was just two weeks before our wedding day and I was having a mini case of the freak-outs about our marriage license. (would it really come through in 72 hours? do I need to make an appointment? what if for some reason we can't get one? Yes...I actually DID think that.) Jill made herself available for a phone call on the spot and didn't once make me feel like I was being ridiculous or crazy. She gave me the information I needed and POOF- 72 hours later we had our marriage license.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The day of our wedding, Jill took a few minutes to sit with just me. Our chapel didn't have a separate room where my bridesmaids and I could sit while we waited, so it was just me sitting in a limo and Jill came over to sit with me for about 5 minutes. Without even trying she helped me find the confidence I needed to calm my nerves. She knows exactly the right thing to say.

Oh, and she also rang the chapel bells at the end of our ceremony!! It was incredible to hear them ring as we were walking away.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Reverend Jill let us use elements of different types of ceremonies to make ours stand out from the traditional wedding ceremony.

We were married in a historic chapel that was built in the 19th century and has seen over 200 years worth of weddings. Jill incorporated some of this history into our ceremony. She also let us mention loved ones who had passed and worked in a community blessing for us. (ask her about this, it's wonderful to hear all of your guests joyously respond 'we do' to it!)

Reverend Jill delivered our ceremony so effortlessly and naturally. She even broke script a few times to drop in some funniness, which was very much appreciated. Nothing beats a laugh and a chuckle during a wedding ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Her personality is so easy-breezy and laid back, she is modern and fun, but still deeply rooted in tradition. Our guests really got that from her. Countless guests commented on how it seemed like she has known us for years. I really feel that this is because Jill really listens to what you have to say.

You can't go wrong with Reverend Jill.



Wedding on 2010-06-04


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Amazing! Even more than we expected....

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely! I walked up to the altar in full on panic mode, and she managed to calm my nerves in the first minute! She is so calm and collected it's difficult not to relax in her presence.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I went over our ceremony draft many times, and it was fabulous, but during our actual ceremony she threw in some of her humor which was even more fabulous!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

It was all completely "us".... but the blesing for my husband's father who we lost to cancer just a few months before was really touching. It meant so much to us that he could be included in the wedding that he wanted so badly to be a part of.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Too many to choose from! All of the guests raved about her,and even the vendors! Our photographer couldn't stop! And when my picky Dad said "She was PERFECT" I knew I had chosen a winner!!



Wedding on 2010-04-18


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Absolutely love her!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Out of all of my decisons for our wedding, my decision to hire Rev. Jill as our officiant was by far the best one I made. From the moment we met with her we felt as if we had known her all of our lives.She exudes warmth and understanding as well as an exceptional sense of humor.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Rev. Jill was full of suggestions for making our wedding ceremony mirror our history. The ring warming and handfasting were so unique versus so many of the wedding I had attended. Our guests were so impresssed with her demeanor and the delivery of the cermony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Having lived together for 14 years and developing quite a history, we sat with Rev. Jill and told her our "story" - the good, the bad, and the ugly. She incorporated so much of "us" into the ceremony that many of the guests asked how long I had known her :-)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Since our wedding, seven guests have asked me for Rev. Jill's contact information so they could hire her for their weddings. Even the attendees that were less than thrilled with my husband and I for not choosing a "traditional" wedding were blown away by how beautiful and personal our ceremony was.



Wedding on 2009-12-30


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The most meaningful day of my life

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill was amazing! She makes you feel like you've known her forever. I don't know how she does it, she just makes you feel at ease.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Included a surprise reading by my brother who is deployed overseas. He recorded his reading and sent it to Rev. Jill. She had the DJ play it on a flat screen during the ceremony. I will never be able to express how meaningful that was to me and everyone in my family. I still cry when I talk about it. My guests were so emotional and moved by her words and warmth. If you are looking to create a ceremony that is truly about you, this is the woman who can do it!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and included our family tartans from our Scottish heritage.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

The guests were as moved by her words and warmth as they were by my brother's reading. The comments were non stop all night long. The thing I heard most was "how did she pull that off with your brother?" Everyone is in love with her:)



Wedding on 2009-12-06


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Eloping before the wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My fiance and I are getting married next year. We decided to "elope" this year for personal and financial reasons. We wanted something that was just for us, that we could remember aside from all the crazy wedding planning. I called Rev. Jill and she understood why we wanted to do it this way, and told me that she gets this kind of request from couples all the time.

She made it seem effortless, all we needed were our two witnesses and a marriage license. She did a simple ceremony that was personal and warm. It was exactly what we needed and wanted.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did not do our rings for our elopement, so we did a handfasting. It really made the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They just cried. I misted up a little.



Wedding on 2009-12-11


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Eloping before the wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

My fiance and I are getting married next year. We decided to "elope" this year for personal and financial reasons. We wanted something that was just for us, that we could remember aside from all the crazy wedding planning. I called Rev. Jill and she understood why we wanted to do it this way, and told me that she gets this rkind of equest from couples all the time.

She made it seem effortless, all we needed were our two witnesses and a marriage license. She did a simple ceremony that was personal and warm. It was exactly what we needed and wanted.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did not do our rings for our elopement, so we did a handfasting. It really made the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They just cried like the big babies they are:)




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Rev. Jill is awesome!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We felt like Rev. Jill was a friend we had known for years. She was so down to earth and fun. I didn't feel like I had to be on my best behavior all the time. She really let's you be you.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

A sense of humor. I knew she had a great sense of humor, but I was surprised at how she was able to inject funny little things into the ceremony that had relevance to us. It never seemed canned or forced.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows and had a handfasting.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

"I want her to do my funeral" We come from very dark humored people:) Everyone raved about Rev. Jill. I know a few of my extended family are intending on using her services.



Wedding on 2009-11-28


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Rev. Jill is Awesome!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill was great to work with. She is very personable and made us feel very comfortable.
We knew she was the one to perform our ceremony from the very first time we met.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Do not worry if you have no idea how to plan your ceremony! Rev. Jill has so many great ideas that will please you.
Just to mention a few, She told us about the wine unity, which we did not know about, and we really loved. She also recommended a simple way to make our mothers participants of our ceremony just by asking their blessings of our marriage. It was very significant!
She also told us about putting a single long stem rose and some rose petals on 2 chairs in memory of our fathers that passed. That gesture in honor of their memories along with the words She recited, was very emotional!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We both love wine! And also, wine was given as souvenirs to our guests, so choosing the Wine Unity Ceremony, really represented our style.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

We have some many guests coming to us to compliment on the ceremony.
People said she performed such a beautiful and emotional ceremony! Some people even cried...
One of the best comments which was actually given by many people was that She performed the best ceremony they ever seen...and we totally agreed!
When we renew our vows we will definitely choose Rev. Jill!



Wedding on 2009-11-17


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Beautiful Ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill made us comfortable right from the first meeting. Since we clearly didn't know what we were doing, she very gently guided us through what we wanted and what we possibly didn't want. She was very easy to talk with and made us laugh which also put us at ease.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our wedding was outside but we didn't have a mic to project out to the people in the back. Rev. Jill said it would be no problem but I had no idea that she would be able to project like that! It was great! I think everyone heard the whole ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We didn't really want to do the candle unity since we were going to be outdoors so she suggested the wine unity ceremony. I loved it and the symbolism of the wine mixing together and never able to separate them once they've combined. We even forgot to have the wine glasses up there but Rev. Jill was very smooth and we worked it out. I don't think anyone knew we messed up.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

My sister-in-law (my brother's wife) said she wanted Rev. Jill to do her next wedding! : D I had many people come up to me afterwards and tell me what a beautiful ceremony it was and "where did you find her???" I know that comment sounds like it could go either way but it was in the best possible way.




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Reverand Jill Rocks!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill has a great sense of humor and is very easy going. She tapped into our personalities and really tailored our ceremony to match us. We loved Rev. Jill and the job she did so much that we had her come back to do our son's blessing and naming ceremony!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Humor was the best part. Although we only met once it was like she knew us. She knew which traits to 'tease' us about. Many of our guests thought that we were long time friends. She has really good baby mojo! (We got pregnant right away and had a baby before our first anniversary)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did a handfasting that included drinking from a Norse Viking horn, and I made our handfasting ropes. We also honored those who have passed.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of them. We received so many compliments about the uniqueness and comfort of our ceremony.




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Best Rev. Ever

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill couldn't have made me feel more comfortable than she did. Alway prompt on returnng my calls and never felt rushed. She arrived before hand to see how I was doing and if we needed any help. Her grace towards myself and guest were more than I could have expected.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Everything we discussed was presented at our ceremony. There was no hidden surprised.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added family memebers who have passed that were really important in our lives.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Loved that me made it 15 minutes and sweet and to the point. Everyone loved how outgoing Rev Jill was.




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She's Wonderful!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

She made us feel very comfortable from the very first day we met her. She is so laid back, down to earth and friendly. She is a great person to be around and she has a wonderful personality.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

The ceremony she wrote was beautiful but we expected that from her because we knew she would do a great job.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We personalized our wedding ceremony by writing our own vows which made it very special for us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone said the ceremony was great btw us, the vows and the Reverend!




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Rev. Jill is AMAZING (Pick her)

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

We never second guessed our decision to pick Rev. Jill. She was amazing. We too felt like we have known her for years. We are very bummed that we no longer need her services, but when we plan to renew our vows in 10 years, we know who we are calling. I would and will recommend her to everyone.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

I had found a reading online that I fell in love with. I emailed it to her and asked if there was any way we could incorporate this into the ceremony. She responded knowing exactly who it was and the original way it was written and yes incorporated it into the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did not want a ceremony that dragged on forever putting everyone to sleep. We wanted it to be around 15-20 minutes long but with some taste and class. We did not do a unity candle, we chose sand instead. Our programs had photos on the last page of our grandparents who could not be there with us. Rev. Jill called that out and made every one bow their heads in a moment of silence. Her words throughout the ceremony where exquisite... She made our ceremony everything we wanted and more.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Your ceremony was beautiful.

Which was the one thing I was most concerned about with having it inside the same room as the reception. I wanted a beach ceremony. But hearing from person after person how beautiful our ceremony was, leaves me with no regrets and that is all thanks to Rev. Jill.




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Highly Recommended for that Special Day

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Wow, we felt like we have known her for years! Never once did we feel uncomfortable around her nor did any of our guests. She was easy to approach over the phone, email, and in person. She really made an impression that will last a lifetime. We will miss talking with her with her as she was so much fun!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

A rain storm on a beach! I was just kidding. She customized the wedding vows to fit our situation and added special comments (humor) which fit who we are. It not only made us laugh but everyone who came to the ceremony. Truly made the event enjoyable yet added a memory to last a lifetime. Money can not buy what this woman gave us!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Well if you only knew us  a civil union ceremony is a little different from your normal marriage. I think that might qualify for this! Also, we had to move the wedding location three times due to the weather we had that day. Thank god everyone was so flexible. our wedding was simply personal as the wedding party was small.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

“Her ceremony of written vows is filled with so much compassion and love.” “It was beautiful.” Rev. Jill really made our day special and I would recommend her to everyone I know! (It sucks we live in WI….but I heard she will travel!!!)




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The best Officiant EVER!!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Jill was wonderful. From our first meeting we knew she was the one for us. She was fun and easy going.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She just added the perfect personalization that we wanted, she didn't try to change it to "traditional".

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We wrote our own vows for rings. My husband made everyone cry. I think even Jill shed a tear :-)

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Jill was very friendly with all of the guests. We have a picture of her helping my husband fix his flowers. She was completely awesome!!!!




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Thank you for a perfect ceremony!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill is very down to earth and humorous.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

We were running late in starting our beach ceremony and Rev. Jill just took control to help set up our table, sand for a sand ceremony, carry a couple of boxes, etc...when I tried to help she wouldn't let me as the bride do any dirty work. She felt more like a family member than our officiant.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She emailed us suggestions for readings, which we picked, let us think about writing out vows, helped to create a family sand ceremony...all of which was beautiful!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of our guests commented on the spiritual nature of the ceremony and the beautiful language Rev. Jill used in the prayers. She focused on our love for me and my husband and the friendship we'd build over the years. Many were tearing up a storm.




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Made a cloudy day bright!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill's personal touch was so comforting. She called a few hours before to make sure I was not freaking out and just to say that everything would be great.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

From the moment we met her we knew she was amazing. We met her at a friends wedding and saw what an amazing job she did so she did not surprise us when she did an amazing job at ours.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did a wine ceremony in which we took two bottles of wine and combined them into one glass and each took a drink. It was perfect for us and it was Rev. Jill's idea.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of the men at the wedding said that she even made them cry.




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Made a cloudy day bright!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill's personal touch was so comforting. She called a few hours before to make sure I was not freaking out and just to say that everything would be great.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

From the moment we met her we knew she was amazing. We met her at a friends wedding and saw what an amazing job she did so she did not surprise us when she did an amazing job at ours.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We did a wine ceremony in which we took two bottles of wine and combined them into one glass and each took a drink. It was perfect for us and it was Rev. Jill's idea.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of the men at the wedding said that she even made them cry.




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Rev. Jill Dillner was absolutely amazing!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Absolutely. Rev. Jill Dillner made us feel comfortable right from the start when we met her in Barnes and Noble. As soon as she said hello and we saw how upbeat and personable she was we knew she would do a great job. She remembered our story and made us feel more relaxed about a process that we had no prior experience with.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

My father passed away in the weeks leading up to the wedding, when I mentioned this to Rev. Jill Dillner at the last minute she added a part to the ceremony to remember him without hesitation.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

My husband and I have a unique story. We had been friends since we were 12 years old and it developed into a great relationship and now a great marriage. She remembered our story and allowed us to write our own vows, as well as helped us do so.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone loved her. I even heard that someone at the wedding recommended Rev. Jill Dillner to one of her friends and within moments of meeting her they were right on board!




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Rev. Jill~ Making Wedding Dreams Come True!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill was the first & only officiant we wanted to marry us. She's a dear friend who was very involved & excited through the whole process. With her years of experience, she collaborated a ceremony to fit us & gave us great advice along the way. Worked with us to include our own thoughts & words which reflected our style.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Eloquent, bright energy & a strong public speaker. It's a gift Rev. Jill has to intrigue people by the flow of the words in the ceremony she writes. Capturing the crowd, even the on-lookers on the beach & boardwalk. We had no worries that day. She oversaw the procession of the ceremony & the details leading up to it.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We added a poem my brother read during the ceremony. We wrote our own vows, which were a surprize gift to one another. Rev. Jill helped encourage us through writing them. After proof reading Tom's vows, she teared up & said what he wrote was one of the best vows a husband-to-be ever wrote. That was one of the best moments for me of the whole process~ knowing Rev. Jill was helping us show our families the true love & bond we wanted to portray. She took care of everything stress free. Organized all the papers in a folder & instructed us what to do with legal documents.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Guests said it was the BEST ceremony they ever saw. Everyone's emotions were flowing. Even the DJ & Staff were crying. Friend's said that watching the ceremony made them want to fall in love. It felt magical that everyone's energy was a part of our nuptuals. The reception right after was fun cause we were all so happy & felt great from the ceremony. We can't thank Reverend Jill enough. She's the best!




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Jill and Toni Ann provided us with a ceremony

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Jill met with us on a few occasions and discussed options for our ceremony. She was very helpful and knowledgeable about various wedding ceremonies and traditions. She took time to get to know us as a couple and made suggestions based on who we were and what direction we were looking to go. Jill was very confident and directed all involved with ease, ensuring that everything went off without a hitch.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Jill and Toni Ann provided us a ceremony that fit our personality so well. We were not sure we would get an officiant that would get us.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Clan tartans from each of our families for the handfasting, a homemade tablecloth, and a personaly engraved pilsner glass & beer.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everybody loved it. The guests thought it was original and entertaining. They all had a good time.




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Jill is WONDERFUL!!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

As soon as we sat down at Barnes & Nobles, we knew that she was the one for us! My husband and I talked to countless other officiants and it just seemed like it was all business....there was no sense of wanting to get to know us. Jill wanted to know about all the sappy details of how we met and what type of ceremony we were looking for. My husband and I really enjoyed working with her and I know if you meet her, you'll feel the same way!

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Our ceremony was perfect! It was a hot, hot humid day in NJ and we had an outdoor ceremony....but Jill was as cool as a cucumber! She aslo brought some humor to our ceremony which was great....asking me if I was sure I wanted to marry a Jets fan!

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We picked our readings and all of the verses that we wanted Jill to use. We also added a few personal touches remebering our fathers who have passed and honoring our moms who did such a great job raising us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

All of the guests really enjoyed the ceremony and thought Jill did a fantastic job. Everyone also felt that the length of the ceremony was perfect. While our ceremony was not religious, we did want it to be spiritual and I really think everyone walked away with a smile on their face and a flutter in there heart! THANK YOU, JILL!!!




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Rev Jill is awesome!!!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Jill was easy to talk to. She had everything organized and made a list of things we needed to bring. She was always promptly replied to even the smallest questions.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Calm with a great sense of humor. She made all of our guests feel welcome. She came upstairs to check on the bride and hang out for a bit before the ceremony.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We were welcome to bring or add anything that we wanted. My husband and I chose to incorporate some Jewish and some Christian traditions. So, we lit a unity candle and my husband broke a glass at the end of the ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our guests loved the ceremony. The two most common comments were, "That ceremony was exactly what we would have expected from you two." and "We loved Rev. Jill!" In fact, my brother-in-law wants to use Rev. Jill for his wedding!




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Family Style

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

This was a second wedding for both of us and we had 6 children between us, we are the modern Brady Bunch. Rev. Jill came to our house to meet with us, so we didn't have to figure out how to juggle the kids. She has 2 of her own, so she was able to work under high levels of distraction! She didn't act like we were crazy, she didn't judge us, she just talked to us. She made everything so easy. Even when my brain was so fried I couldn't remember the names of my bridal party (sorry gals:)

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

She made all the kids laugh and enjoy themselves. Even the TEENAGERS. No one moped, no one pouted. They all participated.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

She really included our kids and made it a family wedding, which was the most important thing to us.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our families and friends had beautiful compliments. I still have people tell me that my ceremony was the most beautiful ceremony they have ever attended.




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Beach Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Everything. Rev. Jill is one of those people that just makes you feel like you've known her forever. She made both of us feel at ease and her interview style was very smooth. I didn't feel like I was struggling for answers. Some of the other officiants we interviewed gave us a form with questions that were so obscure like "what is your ideal occupation"....what does that have to do with my wedding ceremony?? Rev. Jill wanted to know about our vision for the ceremony and only included what we wanted.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Rev. Jill is a fantastic publis speaker. We had difficulty with the microphone system, we were on the beach and the mic picked up so much wind noise. Rev. Jill told my DJ to just turn it off. She was able to project her voice so well that everyone heard her (even the people watching from the boardwalk:)

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Nothing. When we met in person, we just talked, while Rev. Jill went through her list. We told her what we wanted and she added input and suggestions to make the ceremony really focused and spiritual.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Our families were really moved by Rev. Jill's ceremony. I still hear compliments and several of my friends and family have used Rev. Jill. She even performed my daughter's baptism and a memorial service for my MOH's father. She has really become part of our lives in a very special way.




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Destination Wedding

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Jill got to know us before performing the ceremony. Knowing us personally made the ceremony much more comfortable and intimate. Jill designed a very spiritual ceremony and removed any references to religion. This is exactly how we envisioned our wedding day.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Jill made the sun come out. Jill guarentees that she can make clouds go away, and she did.
The whole morning the skies were threatening and cloudy and it looked like rain was imminent. But shortly before the ceremony, the skies cleared, just as Jill had promised.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We just needed to provide ourselves to make it more personalized. We met Jill for the first time and hit it off instantly. We had also gone to dinner with Jill and her husband prior to the ceremony to get to know eachother better. This worked out perfectly. We had a chance to review the ceremony before it was performed and had it tailored to our preferences. Jill gave us various options to choose from based on our personalities and beliefs (or lack there of).

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

They loved it. It was short, it was emotional, it was interesting and it was different from anything they had ever seen before.
Many people told us it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever witnessed.




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Rev Jill is the best!

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

A+++ - By far Jill ended up as one of my favorite vendors. She was so warm and friendly and I have had so many of my guests tell me how much they loved her. I feel like I have known her for years even though we only met twice prior to the wedding day. She guided me through the whole day before hand, meshed very well with my crazy bridal party and gave a lovely ceremony. She even got choked up at one point during the ceremony!




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Two weddings for the price of one

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

Rev. Jill is so down-to-earth. She makes you feel like you're getting married by one of you friends.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Her tears. Rev. Jill welled up while talking to us about what it takes to stick it out, down the road. Everyone told me they loved how heartfelt her words were.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

We had to meet with her while she interviewed us about what we wanted in our ceremony.

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Rev. Jill is a rock-star. All our guests told us it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended. Our families were incredibly touched by the way she included everyone.




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Rev. Jill is the best

Wedding officiant make you comfortable? Why or why not?

As soon as we sat down with her, Rev. Jill put us at ease. She was calm, organized and funny. She didn't try to control the conversation, but was still able to keep us on track. She is so warm and NORMAL.

What did the officiant or clergy add that was unexpected?

Humor. Rev Jill created a beautiful ceremony that really matched us. Everyone was smiling and welling up. Out guests raved about the ceremony, even the men. She had a great sense of humor about our nervous gaffs. She really handled herself like a pro.

How did you personalize your wedding ceremony?

Just ourselves. We sat and talked for about an hour while she went through her checklist. She has a way of getting you talking without making us go into ridiculous detail. Some of the officiants we met e-mailed us a 10 page questionaire. Way too much information!

Favorite wedding ceremony comment from guests?

Everyone raved about the ceremony. Our guests told us over and over how heartfelt the ceremony was. Several of our guests took Rev. Jill's contact info to perform their vow renewals. I think the thing that surprised me most was how many of the male guests commented on the beauty of the ceremony and how personable Rev. Jill was.


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