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Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant

Your personal, beautiful, memorable ceremony--joyfully crafted and conducted!
10150 Sutherland Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
301-325-4342
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5.0
101 Reviews

Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant, is a professional wedding officiant based in Silver Spring, Maryland. The officiant works with couples throughout Maryland, Washington, DC, Virginia, Delaware, Minnesota, Colorado, and Ohio. A certified officiant, Joan Phillips has conducted hundreds of wedding ceremonies. She works closely with each couple to perfectly craft the personal ceremony to express their true story. She is also dedicated to conducting seamless and meaningful wedding ceremonies. Services Offered Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant, offers consultations to get to know the couples and their ideas for their desired wedding ceremonies. The officiant creatively conducts ceremonies for a variety of religions such as Islam, Catholic, Buddhist, Baptist, Unitarian, earth-based, and many more. She oversees various wedding types, such as civil unions; non-religious, single religion, and interfaith ceremonies; and vow renewals.

Karla
12/29/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Working with Joan proved to be one of the best decisions we took regarding our small, intimate ceremony. She made sure to ask a lot of questions so she could make it a personalized experience. In fact, our ceremony was an extremely intimate event (just my fiancé, Joan and myself) but she made it feel so much more special than what we anticipated. You can see she enjoys what she does and goes above and beyond her duties. I encourage other couples to reach out to Joan for their wedding ceremonies, they will be very much delighted. Jorge & Karla
luciana
9/8/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had a fantastic experience with Joan!!! Our situation was somewhat special and Joan was really tactful. We are doing our religious ceremony in Italy in September but as part of the Italian regulations we needed to have the civil marriage before submitting all our paperwork. Our issue was that we did not want to spoil our Italian wedding by making a big deal out of our civil wedding. We explained this to Joan and she fully understood and delivered a beautiful ceremony. We met at a friend's house and invited people who cannot come to our wedding in Italy. The ceremony was small and cozy but Joan managed to make it special. Before the ceremony she asked us some questions about each other and then put our answers together in the sweetest of ways. I was surprised at how well crafted the ceremony speech was. We are very grateful to her for managing to deliver something special without spoiling our future ceremony!
Patrick
5/12/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We can't say enough good things about Joan. On top of being an amazing officiant she is an even better person and was a joy to work with. We wanted a very personal, non-religious ceremony that reflected on our relationship and Joan absolutely hit the nail on the head. Family and friends kept commenting to us how unique and personal the ceremony felt and asked how long we've known Joan for... which was only a few weeks! We'd recommend Joan to anyone as she has an amazing skill, and perfectly captured and relayed our relationship and feelings.
Kathleen
4/28/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Just perfect! Joan was so accommodating, meeting us in DC for an initial meet and greet; which was so smooth and comfortable we actually shared food. She has an ability to get to the heart of who a person is and relay it beautifully. Numerous guests at our wedding commented that it was the best or one of the best ceremonies they had ever experienced. Guests who didn't know our story were so happy to hear it and those who knew it enjoyed reliving it as Joan eloquently told it. I wanted lighthearted and humorous and she combined that with meaningful and tender. I cannot rave enough.
Sean
11/3/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We cannot say a bad thing about Joan. She was absolutely the best. * Joan really worked with us to help us make the ceremony ours. We had a non-denominational ceremony that required a bit of customization. * She was willing to put the ceremony on any part of the religious / non-denominational spectrum that we chose * She provided a ton of samples that helped us better understand the language we wanted to choose * She was really patient, helping us craft the ceremony at what could only be described as last-minute :) * She had a great questionnaire which was fun to fill out, even under time pressure, and helped us really express how we felt about one another. * She had great suggestions and was really open to feedback, so we were able to make a lot of changes really quickly. In a few cases she also helped (gently) steer us away from choices we wanted to make in a way that really benefited the overall ceremony. * We heard so many compliments on how the ceremony was unlike things people had seen before because it truly reflected us * She is such a kind, warm person -- talking with her was always a reassuring delight * She was so great we invited her to the reception, and I even heard compliments from people there about how awesome she is!
Kathleen
10/8/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We really enjoyed the process of creating our wedding ceremony with Joan. She captured so many of our thoughts and feelings for each other, and we loved how she wove the readings and songs we selected into a seamless script. Joan helped us create a ceremony that was joyful, fun, personal and filled with love. Many of our guests told us it was the best ceremony they had ever witnessed.
Hannah
10/7/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan was amazing to work with. She really understood our vision for our wedding and offered us ideas and suggestions we hadn't even thought of. She's well versed and comfortable incorporating religious/cultural elements into a secular ceremony which we really appreciated. She was on time and responsive. So many people commented on how incredible and personal the ceremony was. They couldn't believe we had only just met Joan a few months prior. Highly recommend!!!
Aubrey
9/23/17
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 were so lucky to have found Joan! She just officiated out Sept. 23 wedding and it was wonderful. We were looking for a person who would help us create a special ceremony but didn't want anything overtly religious. Joan met with us several times and asked us insightful questions and used our answers to make a wonderfully personal and heartfelt ceremony. She was open to our non-traditional ideas and helped us incorporate some traditional elements to make it as special for our friends and family as it was for us. We cannot thank Joan enough!
Neil
9/16/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We worked with Joan as the officiant for our wedding. We could not have been happier! Joan spent time with us before the wedding to help create a a very personal ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how much they loved her remarks and her style. Overall fantastic experience and would highly recommend working with Joan!
Erica
8/26/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan was an amazing officiant! She met with us a few times and had us fill out a questionnaire to learn more about us as individuals and as a couple. She used that to put together a wonderful ceremony that was personal and exactly what we wanted. She also did an amazing job running our rehearsal, which was incredibly helpful. Everyone involved in the ceremony knew what to expect on the day. She was available to answer questions by phone or email anytime. We highly recommend her!!!
Tory
7/29/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan created a wonderful ceremony for me and my husband. We first met with Joan in person to talk about ourselves and our wishes for our ceremony. She then sent us questionnaires to complete and a large collection of readings and vows to select from for our ceremony- it's a fair amount of work, but worth it! Joan then incorporated our answers and selections into a ceremony script, which we were able to review before the wedding (no surprises!). What Joan created for us was beautiful, personal, and deeply meaningful. At the rehearsal and ceremony, Joan was there early, gave clear directions and cues, and led the ceremony perfectly. You can tell that Joan enjoys performing wedding ceremonies, and that she cares about you as a couple. We are very happy that she officiated our wedding!
Ashley
7/1/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan was everything we could have asked for from an officiant. She is kind, genuine, creative, and a great speaker! Neither Gerald nor I are religious, and in many ways our wedding was nontraditional. So we were a bit wary about finding the right officiant. From the first time we met her, we knew we could trust her to deliver our ceremony. She truly is open to anything, and anyone, and is completely non-judgmental. Which is exactly what I was looking for. She had my husband and me both write answers to various questions so she could tell our love story. My husband’s first language is not English, and he does better speaking than writing, so she offered to have him tell her everything over the phone. Joan is very flexible, and when in the last week (I believe just two days before the wedding) we decided we would not be reading individual vows to one another, and instead wanted her to read a few sentences for us, she didn’t even blink. She was completely understanding, and everything went smoothly. We received so many compliments on our ceremony, and I do not think there would have been a better person to tell our story. Thank you, Joan!
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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
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, 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?
CO, DC, DE, MD, MN, OH, VA
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