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Rabbi Laurie Green officiates weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby namings and other life cycle events throughout DC, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, as well as destination weddings. She specializes in personalized ceremonies and creative ritual. 

It's my privilege to help you create a beautiful ceremony that fits your values, and represents who you truly are as individuals and as a couple.  Together we will create a warm, unique, highly-personalized and inclusive ritual which will blend tradition and innovation, in the proportions just right for you.  It's my pleasure to help you create the wedding ceremony of your dreams, stress-free.

I officiate mostly Jewish weddings (both interfaith and exclusively Jewish), but I am also honored to create entirely secular ceremonies, or to officiate generally God-based ceremonies for non-Jewish couples.  Over the dozens of weddings I've officiated, I have brushed up on my Spanish for the sake of parents watching via Skype in Paraguay, learned about Chinese wedding customs, and helped atheists with religious parents get married with integrity and without family drama.  I will co-officiate under specific circumstances, which I am happy to discuss.

Every wedding is unique!  What do you imagine for yours?

We can be as creative, or as traditional, as you want to be.  It is my pleasure to work with conventional and unconventional partners across a wide-spectrum of religious views, sexual orientations, gender identities, relationship structures, and cultural backgrounds.  I work with same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples, and with LGBT as well as mainstream organizations.  I have an academic background in feminist midrash (Jewish Biblical interpretation), creative liturgy, and comparative religion, and it is my pleasure to offer my expertise to help you find or create the perfect music, poetry, readings and rituals.

I offer a variety of optional related services, including pre-marital counseling and Hebrew translation.  In some areas, I am able to help you apply for and pick up your marriage license, if you are applying from out of state.  I also officiate ceremonies in the absence of civil licenses whenever it is lawful and ethical to do so.

In addition to weddings, I officiate baby namings, anniversary blessings and the entire spectrum of life events, and offer spiritual guidance and private classes.

Whether you are 23 years old or 73 years old, whether you have known each other for 6 months or 60 years, I would love to guide you on the exciting journey to your special day.  

Betsy
5/13/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Laurie is amazing to work with! She helped us navigate a ceremony that was very personal for us but still traditional. She was super responsive and helped us prepare by carefully explaining what we needed to do to for the ceremony. She paid close attention to use and told stories about how much my husband and I care for each other and even noticed that I almost tripped and my husband had covered all the trip hazards around the huppah with his foot to save me embarrassment and keep me safe. She added that detail into the service and it was so beautiful. I had no idea this was happening and she brought me back into the moment to let me know how much Zach cares about me! After the ceremony almost every guest complimented us on how wonderful our service was and had wonderful things to say about Rabbi Laurie.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Mazal tov Betsy and Zach. Such a beautiful outdoor wedding...and the best wedding feast ever - breakfast for dinner! I want your caterer! Good luck!
Lee
4/28/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
You will not be disappointed with Rabbi Laurie. She is patient, funny, and insightful. My husband and I had our officiant back out of our wedding about two months before our ceremony, which was devastating. In a panic, we reached out to Rabbi Laurie-- and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding. Rabbi Laurie was everything we could have wanted in an officiant-- she took the time to learn about us and tailor a ceremony that matched us perfectly. She gave us countless options to personalize our ceremony-- down to which gender we would like to use when referring to God. It was truly incredible. She was such a calming presence throughout our ceremony, guiding us through everything and injecting humor. We received so many compliments from guests on how beautiful and touching the ceremony was. We were absolutely thrilled.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks Lee! It was an honor to be with you and Brian on your big day. Wish Brian good luck on the new job! Congratulations!
Amber
11/18/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our wedding ceremony officiated by Rabbi Green was absolutely wonderful. We received more compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was than we did for any other part of the wedding. She took the time to get to know us personally, and created a ceremony that was uniquely ours. A lot of our family and friends are not of the Jewish faith, but from the Ketubah signing to the stomping of the glass, she made sure that everyone knew the importance of the traditions. We also had a premarital counseling session with Rabbi Green, and it sparked several conversations between us that made us feel even closer together before our wedding. Rabbi Green is extremely caring and thoughtful and we highly recommend her as a wedding officiant.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks Amber & Scott. It was such a joy to join you. It was my first college wedding and well-worth the trip to Williamsburg! Best wishes for a long and happy life together!
Sonia
10/21/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had a great experience! Rabbi Laurie was so flexible, easy to work with and understanding. She completely customized our ceremony and added her own special touch to make it unforgettable!
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks, Sonia. You and Nick are a great couple and your son is so lucky to have you both! What a great family. Many blessings!
Jessica
10/7/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Overall our experience with Rabbai Laurie was very pleasant! My husband and I come from more of a non-traditional background, me being Jewish and him being raised Catholic-- but we wanted to include some Jewish traditions in our ceremony. Laurie was really helpful, and knowledgable and even educated us on our options over the phone-- which made it really clear on what we did and didn't want. Additionally, Laurie was very professional and made our ceremony a beautiful memory we will never forget.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
It was such an honor to share your special day. I wish you and Jeffrey many happy years together. That's for including me in your gorgeous wedding!
Anna
5/28/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Laurie was a wonderful officiant and conducted a beautiful ceremony. My husband is not of the Jewish faith and she explained the customs well so he could feel comfortable with them. Many people complimented Laurie, saying it was the best ceremony they had seen.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks Anna. So sweet of you. It was so much fun planning your special day! Give my best to Andrew. You two know how to throw a party!
User7951613

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Laurie is very personable and is a wonderful officiant!
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
A wedding on Purim! What fun! You and Dan make a great couple. Great friends, great food, great day.
User6687936

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Laurie led an absolutely beautiful ceremony. It was personal and made us feel so special. It had enough of the traditional Jewish wedding parts without being overly traditional so that my non Jewish friends felt like they knew what was going on and felt included in the ceremony. I am so happy she was our officiant and truly indebted to her for giving us such a wonderful memory. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks so much, you two. My pleasure. Best of luck!
Lindsay
8/6/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Laurie was so helpful throughout the process of putting together a service that was meaningful to us, personal, and unique. She gave us a lot of options so we could choose what felt best to us and was always great about answering any questions along the way and making sure we felt comfortable and happy with our choices. Many of our guests commented on what a special ceremony it was and how nicely Rabbi Laurie officiated (ceremony was located in Howard County, MD). We also did some sessions with her beforehand that were more oriented towards premarriage counseling and that was very helpful in posing questions to us that we hadn't talked about much before, including topics that were important to address before marriage. After discussing them, we felt even more prepared for our future together, and we were definitely glad we invested the time to do that.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks, Lindsay. It was my honor. Best of luck to you and Adam.
User6952446

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Laurie Green was wonderful to work with. We were planning an interfaith ceremony and she was very accommodating with our requests. She put a lot of time into the planning of the ceremony and she was also very upfront about what would work with the ceremony. Her clarity helped us make good decisions. She took great care of us and we really enjoyed the ceremony. And many of our guests remarked how much they liked her and they told us she did a wonderful job. We were thrilled with the experience and we would gladly recommend her as a wonderful officiant.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
It was my honor to be part of such a beautiful ceremony.
Sue
5/15/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rabbi Green will consult with you and be flexible about your choices and goals, while educating you on the import of your options. She holds a beautiful service. Every aspect of the service is mindful of the two individuals who are marrying; this is not a cookie-cutter ceremony.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Congratulations to you both. It was my pleasure. Please give my love to June. I'd never co-officiated a Jewish-Buddhist wedding before. That was lovely!
Chad
11/15/15
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had the pleasure of having Rabbi Green officiate our wedding. She led a beautiful ceremony, and so many of our friends and family approached us afterwards to say how much they were impressed by Rabbi Green. Leading up to the ceremony, we met with the Rabbi on several occasions for both pre-marital counseling and to plan the ceremony. We found each of these meetings to be insightful and helpful. Rabbi Green helped us create a ceremony that infused old and new Jewish traditions with our own values and interests. Because of her guidance and wonderful officiating skills, our wedding ceremony was full of emotion, humor, and tradition.
Rabbi Laurie Green responded with the following comments:
Thanks Chad. It was a very memorable wedding. I've never before married a professional comedian, and I've never laughed so hard at a wedding. What fun!
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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, Premarital Counseling
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Islam, Jewish, No Denomination, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CO, DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WV
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