David Gallo officiates wedding at Cop Cot, Central Park

David is a college professor of History who has been officiating weddings for many years now in Central Park.

“Since I prefer officiating at simple and small weddings, I can be selective. With me, you’re guaranteed as much help as you need in working on a ceremony that’s just right for you. If need be, I can also guide you through the process of getting the license and finding the perfect spot for you.”


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a former Catholic priest, so I have had a great deal of experience working with couples, as well as organizing weddings from beginning to end. At this time, I prefer doing small weddings (under 20 people) in the city (parks, landmarks, homes, apartments, restaurants) as a different way of serving people who would like to get married.

What types of customers have you worked with?
I officiate at smaller weddings in Central Park and around the city – typically from 3 to 20 people. Same-sex couples and those looking for a last-minute wedding are particularly welcome. You can edit and customize the ceremony to fit your desires so it’s meaningful for you.

Specialties: Wedding, Elopement, Commitment ceremony, Vow renewal, Interfaith, Non-denominational (mentions God), Non-religious (no mention of God)

David Gallo officiating a wedding in Shakespeare Garden, Central Park


Dave made everything easy for us leading up to and on the day. Everybody thought his ceremony was on point and well delivered. Thank you!
– Tanner & Marie W.

Dave was an amazing wedding officiant. He allowed us to customize the ceremony and performed it perfectly, leaving not a dry eye in the crowd.
– Rusty J.

Punctual, professional, and pleasant. Thank you so very much!
– David T.

Dave stepped in for a very last minute change of plan to our NYC elopement, to avoid the holiday horrors of city hall. We couldn’t have asked for a nicer, kinder, more helpful officiant, who just sorted everything out for us and made us feel completely at ease. Dave, you saved the day and we definitely want to take you out for a thank you drink when we come back across the pond!!
– Amy B.

I had the best wedding ceremony , I could have ever wanted. It’s was simple and intimate. The best officiant that you can ever hire. I truly loved his temperament. He really made the experience superb.
– Elyse A.

We could not be happier with our experience with Dave. He was professional and responsive leading up to our big day and the perfect temperament for our ceremony in Central Park. Thank you for the great memories, Dave!
– John E

David Gallo wedding officiant at Southstreet seaport