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WeddingCeremony.org, Jim Burch

"The most beautiful wedding I have ever seen!" Full service weddings AND $195 Garden weddings in VA
Clifton, VA 20124
703-818-8080
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4.9
366 Reviews

YOUR love shines through my ceremony.  Spiritual ... not religious. Non-denominational, different religions, Catholic, Christian and/or spiritual ... from the heart. My ceremony reflects and honors YOU as you are. The love you feel for each other really comes through in my carefully-crafted ceremony ... both for you and for your guests - that is what I have been told is what distinguishes my ceremonies from what people are usually expecting.  The really remarkable feature is that your family and guests actually feel the love you share and are gripped in the moment, consciously participating.  I often see couples in the audience reach out to hold each other's hands as the ceremony unfolds, so lots of good things happen here!  Most people today are not overly religious, but want a beautiful and meaningful ceremony ... not just a run-of-the-mill, as-expected repeat of something they have seen many, many times. My wedding ceremonies are definitely spiritual.  They have to be when you think about it: marriage is much more than a kiss and a binding contract. Mineoffends no one, honors everyone (no matter their religion or lack of it), and joins our common humanity in its universal trait, love.  At your wedding, you will have family and friends of every eclectic sort: very pious and wouldn't-set-foot-in-a-church-if-you-paid-them, Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists.  Universally, they all come out saying to each other, "That was the best wedding I ever saw!" I will go anywhere, indoors or outdoors ... in Washington, DC, suburban Virginia (inner suburbs out to Winchester and Fredericksburg, especially Hunt Country), Maryland (inner DC suburbs, plus all of the wonderful locations in Baltimore, up to Frederick and to Harve de Grace).  If you like, call and tell me what you want your wedding to be like.  We'll talk, and, if that sounds initially attractive, we'd meet and get to know each other, and we would go over the ceremony I use.  You take it home after our meeting and read it over.  If you like it, you then call back and confirm, and we go from there.

Just a little about me. I am married ... with a great wife, 5 children, and 12 grandchildren. I love summers, but take my jet ski to the Potomac River all year long ... beautiful! I have been a press secretary for a U.S. Senator, and also a real estate developer much of my life (e.g., I was the original developer of National Harbor), while being a minister/priest at the same time. So I have a pretty broad background (!) from which to approach the great spiritual wonder of marriage!

Christal
7/21/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim was amazing! He made my wedding perfect! He was very good and had us all crying tears of joy! Everyone said the vows were just heartfelt and amazing! Thanks to Jim’s help! It wouldn’t have been the same without him!
Matt
7/8/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim Burch's insightful knowledge and personable nature helped guide us through our wedding, all the way from the planning phase to 'You may now kiss the bride'. During the ceremony, Jim's thoughtful words were conveyed in a graceful, powerful way that had an emotional impact on all that were in attendance. He was helpful and communicative during our selection of vows and other readings, and his vast experience in officiating eased any concerns we had for our wedding day. We know other couples in NoVA that have worked with Jim as an officiator, and they were just as happy as us! Thanks again Jim!
Kellsye
7/6/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim was fantastic to work with! He gives you the option to "choose your own adventure" when it comes to planning your ceremony so that it's perfectly tailored to you. Jim is a wonderful speaker and provides personal touches to your day (such as creating a witness certificate signed by your bridal party). We can't say enough good things about him and the service he provides!
Mini
6/29/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We could not have been more happy with Jim's participation in our special day. Ours was a mixed-culture wedding (Christian and Hindu) and included members from each of our families who embrace their faith through a relatively traditional (read: conservative) lens. Jim managed to make both groups feel not only included but united through our shared recognition of universal love and a collective sense of the divine. Jim was one of the top highlights our family members (both sides) mentioned to us during the reception and in the days following. From a logistical standpoint, Jim could not have been easier to work alongside. From sitting down with us to walk through the ceremony's timing and program choices to the kind note a few days after our wedding, Jim was ever-available and never ambiguous. We cannot recommend him to you enough!
Jon
5/18/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim Burch was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. We enjoyed meeting him on two occasions before the wedding, talked about why we were getting married, and he was very gracious in getting to know us so he could perform the best duties possible. He presented numerous options for us on how the ceremony would be structured, and he listened to us on what we preferred, and listened to our hopes and thoughts for the wedding. On the day of the wedding, he did an amazing job. He performed a quick and to the point ceremony - which is exactly what he wanted. We had numerous guests who complimented Jim's words during the ceremony. He also was excellent at providing queues during the ceremony for where we needed to stand, when we needed to turn, or when we needed to give a response. He was also extremely responsive throughout the whole process for any questions we had. We would highly recommend Jim to anyone else who needs an officiant for their upcoming nuptials.
Leanne
4/28/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Planning our wedding from out of state, we were a bit nervous. Reverend Jim came highly recommended by the owner of our venue, he truly made our service very personal and special. Our friends and family still mention what a thoughtful and inspiring ceremony we had. He walked us through the process, and made it easy to pick the readings, blessings and vows. His personality is light, warm and inviting. We will be forever grateful to Jim for being a big part of our new beginning.
Stephanie
4/21/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I got married on 04.21.18. Jim was the best officiant I could ask for, he was very friendly and personable, and was flexible in altering the nuptial to match our spiritual views. Jim also provided a program to use for our wedding which saved me time near the wedding date. We got compliment after compliment on Jim's style. Very professional would definitely recommend.
Megan
3/21/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
James was a great officiant. We had the pleasure of meeting with him twice prior to our wedding providing comfort and confidence the event would go smoothly. His itinerary really helped when it came to my chronological organizing of how the day would go. He helped us along the way and performed a great ceremony. It was just light hearted enough to keep people engaged but sentimental enough to make a lifelong lasting impression.
Katie
12/30/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim was very flexible when meeting with us during our engagement. We liked how we were able to select many aspects of our ceremony to make it more personal. He offered advice on the different ceremony selections which made it much easier. Jim was very easy-going and made the planning of a wedding ceremony a breeze. We couldn't have been happier with how our ceremony turned out.
Taylor
12/9/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim was a true pleasure to work with. He was super friendly, professional and followed through on everything to the very last detail. We would recommend him to anyone- and thank you very much for giving us the perfect wedding ceremony. We really enjoyed being able to make it our own!!
Jennifer and Doug
11/24/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We were married on Friday, November 24. We contacted Jim only a month before our wedding (which is really short notice) and he was more than willing to officiate our wedding. My husband and I are both Catholic, second marriages, and we both have children and wanted them to be a part of the ceremony. Jim helped us to plan a religious ceremony and made sure that the day was exactly what we wanted. He provided us with an outline of the ceremony in advance to look over and we decided to write our own vows which was very special to us. Jim was very helpful the day of the ceremony and made sure that everyone who had a special role in the wedding knew what to do. We received many complements after the ceremony of how nice it was and how special it was that the kids were included and did vows as well. I would definitely recommend Jim to anyone who is getting married. He was nice, flexible, helpful, and seems to really love what he does.
Ashley
11/22/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Jim was a very professional and heart felt person who was perfect for marrying me and my significant other! He was so personable and explained how everything would happen a few minutes before the ceremony which put my mind at ease. His words and way of officiating the wedding was perfect. I felt like he was a part of our family! I would recommend him to anyone that may need him!
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
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, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
CA, CO, DC, DE, FL, KY, LA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV
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