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The DC Marriage Knot - Officiants to All (MD, DC, NoVA)

serving beyond tradition
Washington, DC
202-253-3629
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5.0
111 Reviews

Looking for a same day marriage, signature service, DC wedding chapel elopement, customized ceremony, or a DC marriage license by proxy?  If so, call us. We even offer professional photography sessions to our eloping couples. Check out www.starlenemoonphotography.com.

The DC Marriage Knot has the most respected and well trained wedding officiants in the area. We have been creating customized ceremonies since 2004. And we serve all couples equally.

If you want someone that resonates with your style and on your side, call us today.  We don't drop the ball after your ceremony is over.  We are seminary trained, experience ministers, who do more than weddings, and we take our responsibilities seriously. 

We offer a variety of ways to create a customized ceremony that is special and meaningful to you. Our reviews speak volumes of our lead minister, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns and her approach to serving you.

Couples say wonderful things about her. “Perfect,” “you did an awesome job” are words she often hears immediately following many ceremonies she officiates.

We love what we do, and that love is reflected in many ways.

So call today and book your meeting now.  Meanwhile continue reading Rev. Burns reviews and learn more about her.

Meeting Day Discussion (not all packages) 

Your love story, Venue, Ceremony Types, Workbook Options, Rituals, Children & Pets, Vows, Processional, Attire, Aisle runner, Planner, Name Changing, Marriage License, and other ceremony logistics

Ways to Meet

There are three ways our meeting can take place:

1. In person (Meeting location in Bowie, Maryland); 2. Skype (confirmation needed); 3. Phone (call initiated by the couple)

Meet our lead minister

I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a nondenominational minister, meditation instructor, artist, photographer, and dedicated servant of Divine Love.

My passion for marriage has placed me on the frontlines of the marriage equality movement in Maryland. And I enjoy working with all couples in creating a ceremony that best reflects their love.

If you’re ready to meet, call me today!

Until then, congratulations on making the most important decision of your life. I know you’re excited, and I’m excited for you.

And I’m looking forward to being your perfect wedding officiant.

 

Cheryl
9/23/18
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 New Year's Eve (12/31/2017) ceremony at a friends studio. She came highly recommended for this event and I am very thankful for the recommendation. She provided a questionnaire for us to complete and her website answered a lot of my questions ahead of time. We exchanged texts a few times and we also could have Skyped, met in person or talked over the phone, if needed. She provided the ceremony details ahead of time and my family felt the words were exactly meant for us. The delivery of the wedding was superb.
Liliana
3/10/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Spectacular. Starlene provided us with a very professional and prompt service, helped us thru the process until everything was perfect. 100% recommended!!
Alejandro
1/5/18
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Had an awesome experience with Rev. Burns. She was extremely accommodating of our needs and interests. The ceremony prepared and officiated by her was simple and beautiful. Highly recommended!
Monica
10/21/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rev. Burns was excellent! She was attentive and thoughtful. She helped us design a ceremony that was perfect for us. She also was a great help during the rehearsal and we were to stay on point and finished on time.
Liz
10/7/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rev. Burns was absolutely amazing. She was such a pleasure to work with leading up to the wedding and surpassed all expectations for the ceremony itself! She worked with us to make it “our ceremony”. Her presence is both confident and caring and put us both at ease. So many of our guests came up to us during the reception and since the wedding asking about her and commenting on her wonderful ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Ben
9/30/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Reverend Burns was absolutely amazing. Not only did she help us to craft a beautiful ceremony, but she was phenomenal to work with and the guests even commented on how great she was afterwards. You can't go wrong with her. Highly recommended!
Chelle
8/19/17
Categories: Officiant
4.5
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 3.5
Professionalism: 4.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rev burns was a preferred vendor for Newton White and also highly reccomended by a schoolmate of mine. Initially I wasnt interested in having a minister that I didnt know but after numerous schedule conflicts, distance and a few crazies I decided I better consider it with four month to go. Im really glad I did, working with Rev. Burn was a breeze and comfortable experience. I like that she was personable and real. She also had a sense of humor that reminded me of some of the elders in my family lol . What I really loved about her was that she pretty much allows you to piece your ceremony together yourself with her guidance and book samples. Making your ceremony as personal as possible. Alot of ministers dont do that so it was really comforting to know exactly what was going to be said and when. I also added a few things that were important to us, like a moment of silence for our grandparents. The only thing i would say negative is that she isnt always quick to respond but she does, just always double confirm any changes, meeting times and such with her. She overall was pretty much on point for us and I would definately recommend her! No hassle, restrictions, discrimation or stipulations just assistance in making your day as personal as possible!
The DC Marriage Knot - Officiants to All (MD, DC, NoVA) responded with the following comments:
I love this review. It's honest, warm, and guiding. I think I have all my electronics in sync now. And from now on, I will watch myself in getting a response out quicker. Thank you so much for taking the time out to write this review.
Sylvia
7/7/17
Categories: Officiant, Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We picked the To The Moon package which included DC marriage license by proxy service and an hour of after-ceremony photo shoot. My husband and I are very grateful for the service DC Marriage Knot offered. Sweet simple mini wedding (or elopement). We wouldn't have wanted it any other way. We also looked at other services online and found that DC Marriage Knot has the best value for money. We ended up getting married on 7/7/17 at 7pm by Thomas Jefferson Memorial. The process was completely painless. We filled in the enquiry form online and Rev. Burns contacted us very promptly. We met via Skype (because I was overseas) to discuss the wedding. We only had to give her the necessary paperwork for the marriage license and everything went very smoothly. All this was done with a short notice (less than 2 weeks). She was fun, friendly, flexible, and professional. We had so much fun during the ceremony and photo shoot.
Tony
6/7/17
Categories: Officiant, Photography
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our elopement ceremony with Rev. Starlene Burns! She was very kind to us throughout the entire process, and she was patient and accommodating as well. Due to fear of being judged by our officiant, we initially decided to do a quick courthouse elopement, but we somehow stumbled across Starlene's work. We were immediately sold when read her story and saw that she was LGBT friendly AND did her own photography. It was a double whammy for us because we also wanted photos taken! She did an amazing job, and she made us feel very comfortable the entire time. We were able to enjoy the ceremony as traditional couples do, thanks to Rev. Starlene Burns! She is also very professional. I definitely recommend her to anyone looking to elope in the DMV area!
Dana
6/7/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I googled Reverend Joyner Burns and to my surprise I found someone religious who was an advocate for same sex marriage and more importantly LOVE. After reading her Biography online and speaking to her I was convinced that she would be an excellent Officiant for my wife and I BIG day. Reverend Burns was helpful from the very first phone call that I placed to her, up until the day of our wedding. She was on time for our event and she spoke as if she knew us for years. I said it before and I will say it again to those of you who will read this review, "She showed up and showed out!" We were fortunate enough to have her preside at our wedding and proudly support our union. Thank you so very much for what you do Reverend Burns and we appreciate you being a part of our special day!
Laura
6/2/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Rev. Burns was fantastic. She delivered exactly the ceremony we wanted. She was professional, friendly and all our guests loved her. Highly recommend her.
Ceciley
5/6/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I recommend Rev. Burns 100%. She was very responsive from the first day I inquired about her services. She worked with me over the course of a few months to customize our ceremony. The day of our wedding she arrived on time and was a true professional. She was even thoughtful of our guests. The weather the day of was unseasonably cool for our outdoor affair and she suggested we might want to consider cutting the length of the ceremony. My husband and I didn't mind this at all considering a traffic accident prevented our guests from arriving on time and we were forced to work under a serious time constraint. Working with Rev. Burns was a breath of fresh air. A true professional indeed!
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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, Baptist, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Islam, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, NY, VA
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