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When two people choose to join together in marriage, it’s a personal and precious decision.  We craft wedding ceremonies that are just as personal.   Your ceremony should be an expression of your heart and soul. Simple or elaborate, traditional or cutting-edge, formal or casual, we create and perform beautiful and meaningful experiences tailored just for you. Our ceremonies emphasize your values and personalities so each one is different.  We work with couples of all religions, cultures, and beliefs and also perform civil ceremonies.  We have been have been serving the greater DC area since 2004 performing weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, handfastings, family blendings and many more. We have always been proudly gay-friendly and have been honored to perform over 200 same-sex weddings in DC and MD.

Capital Ceremonies' principal is A.C. Warden, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and  interfaith minister.   She says "I work with you to create a memorable celebration that will resonate with you and your guests for years to come.  My goal is to make your wedding day truly the day of your dreams."

Serving DC VA MD

Erin
6/17/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC made our wedding vows personal and intimate - exactly what I wanted. She took the time to craft a beautiful ceremony and worked with us over several months to perfect it. She has a great presence and everyone commented on how well she did. I strongly recommend her!
Shelly
5/20/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC was truly amazing. From the first time we met with her we found that she was kind, very thoughtful and intuitive with our needs. She listened deeply to us and created the most beautiful ceremony based on our requests. As a multicultural, same sex couple we wanted just the right energy to deliver our ceremony and searched for quite some time. We knew AC was the one for us immediately! While we thought our requests may have been a challenge to weave into a cohesive ceremony, she somehow managed to do it effortlessly and delivered our ceremony with light and grace. Our family and friends were truly moved by her delivery and warm energy. We highly recommend her. Look no further.
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Shelly & Gloria. It was truly a pleasure to work with you two. It was an added bonus to meet your wonderful families & friends.
Anna
4/28/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. was fabulous. We worked with her for our non-denominational ceremony for a couple of months prior to our wedding. During our first meeting with her, we were immediately impressed by her vast knowledge of different types of rituals and readings and also her keen interest in our families and our love story. We weren't sure exactly what type of ceremony we wanted to have, so having many options and ideas laid out was helpful for us. We exchanged around 5 drafts or so of the ceremony. A.C. revised each draft as necessary based on our input and also discussed with us her suggestions. She also always responded promptly to emails. Our ceremony was perfect and everything went according to plan. We have received many compliments on how beautiful and personalized it was. We can't recommend A.C. highly enough!
Brianna
10/28/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC Warden was the first and only officiant we met with. We knew she was a perfect fit immediately. Both my husband and I are not particularly religious and did not have any specific traditions we wanted incorporated into the wedding. Our only request was that we wanted something specific to us and AC absolutely delivered. Several of our guest commented on how perfect she was in our ceremony. It was not too long nor too short but was very personalized. Our bridal party was a little rowdy and distracted at our rehearsal. AC was able to control the group professionally and explain the entire ceremony thoroughly. She was also punctual which I deeply appreciated (especially considering DC traffic can be unpredictable). The entire ceremony flowed flawlessly. Additionally, she offered numerous options for us incorporate readings and other traditions should we choose. I chose to read "Chaos of Stars" and many guests commented on how beautiful it was. I would not have known of the reading or the many others had it not been for AC. When we went to get our marriage license, the court representative saw AC's name in the database of officiants and mentioned how several couples use her and adore her. You cannot go wrong.
Jason
6/17/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. Warden was a dream to work with. Several guests made unprompted comments that the ceremony was the best they'd seen. With A.C.'s help and hard work, it was easy for us work together to come up with a personal, meaningful, and customized ceremony that was not only beautiful and engaging, but also organized and professional. A.C.'s wide knowledge of various traditions as well as her knowledge and acceptance of non-traditional ceremony elements made it easy and comfortable to assemble a unique ceremony that fit my wife and I perfectly. When I read A.C.'s first draft of our ceremony, it was so beautiful I was literally moved to tears of happiness. A.C. not only helped keep my wife and I on track, she also kept our attendants in line at the rehearsal so that everyone knew what to do on the big day. A.C.'s patience and experience was very calming! When it came time for the big event, everything was scripted out to run smoothly, easily, professionally, and relatively stress-free! -Ahh! Wonderful! Even surprise technical difficulties (from a different vendor) were handled in stride with grace and professionalism so as to minimize the disruption. -I was so impressed! If you want a beautiful and memorable wedding ceremony that is personal, easy, and stress-free and if you dislike impersonal and awkward ceremonies, then talk to A.C. Warden at Capital Ceremonies! My wife and I could not be any happier with our experience from start to finish!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Jason (and Theresa) What beautiful words! I wish you and your families and wonderful friends all the best for everything in the future.
C
6/3/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. is an absolutely fantastic person to know and we were lucky to have her officiate our wedding. She is an extremely patient and open-minded person, which was so needed when extreme circumstances leading up to our big day made it hard for us to focus on writing vows and choosing ceremony passages. In our first meeting, A.C. said many of her couples and guests tell her that her ceremonies are the best they’ve ever witnessed and she did not oversell. Several of our guests commented to us that our ceremony was one of the most unique, personal and best ceremonies they’ve ever attended. A.C. can be forceful about things that matter like wrangling groups in the rehearsal and pushing us to write our own vows despite my fear that I wouldn’t be able to get the words out. I’m very thankful for that advice as that can be hard to come by wedding planning. Our ceremony was so special and the words and stories A.C. helped us share really made it that way.
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much you two! I'll never forget that lovely day on the rooftop. You and your families and friends were wonderful and I hope all is well almost a year after your wedding day.
Brittney
4/29/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. was an amazing officiant for our wedding. She helped us come up with ways to make our ceremony non-religious but still accommodate those who wanted that aspect to our wedding by suggesting a blessing of a ring. Everyone talked about how neat that was afterwards as well. She takes the time to get your ceremony perfect and I definitely recommend her for your big day!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for your kind words Brittney! It was such a pleasure to work with you & Ryan and to meet your wonderful families and friends.
Matthew
1/14/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC was the perfect officiant for our ceremony, creating something that truly encompassed the love that Lauren and I wanted to display during our ceremony. AC was prompt and responsive in working with us to design our ceremony, and provided a ton of ideas for different elements of the ceremony reflecting our shared values. AC showed a lot of care in selecting options for readings and we truly enjoyed her idea of doing the sharing of the wine during the ceremony. Throughout the drafting of the ceremony, AC was quick to respond and incorporate any changes we desired. Many of our guests commented at how wonderful our ceremony was, which can really be attributed to AC.
Katie
10/22/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I had a great experience working with AC on our wedding ceremony. We asked for a simple, authentic, intimate, and secular ceremony that was still full of heart, and we got exactly what we wanted. AC came to our first meeting equipped with a ton of options for ceremony structure, readings, and rituals for us to choose from, and she continued to be extremely responsive and helpful throughout the rest of the process. Our ceremony script was customized and felt very true to us. Many of our guests told us how beautiful they thought the ceremony was and how much they enjoyed AC's animated and sincere officiating. I can't recommend her enough!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Katie. It was such a pleasure to work with you two and to meet your wonderful families and friends. Despite the wind it was a glorious day and such an intimate group in a beautiful setting.
Victoria
7/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC is very organized, knowledgeable, professional, and just wonderful to work with. She basically helped lay out most our ceremony, since we weren't sure how we would go about a Vietnamese/American wedding. Our ceremony was beautiful, touching, and very unique. We couldn't ask for anyone better and can't thank her enough for her amazing work. She made the whole process very easy for us...so I would definitely recommend her to any couple!
Victoria
7/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC is very organized, knowledgeable, professional, and just wonderful to work with. She basically helped lay out most our ceremony, since we weren't sure how we would go about a Vietnamese/American wedding. Our ceremony was beautiful, touching, and very unique. We couldn't ask for anyone better and can't thank her enough for her amazing work. She made the whole process very easy for us...so I would definitely recommend her to any couple!
Steve
6/24/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. was such a pleasure to work with. We just wanted a simple ceremony in the outdoors, fashioned around our preferences and spiritual beliefs rather than repeating boilerplate that's been used a thousand times. She helped us write the perfect ceremony, and conducted it with charm, grace, and a wonderful, calming presence. We can't recommend her highly enough!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much N&S! It was a pleasure to work with you and to meet your friends and family members in such an intimate setting. I really enjoyed the birds in the roof too!
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Officiant
What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, DE, MD, NY, VA
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