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A Sweet Start

a Maine wedding officiant
PO Box 984, Bath, ME 04530
207-380-2444
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5.0
55 Reviews

Congratulations on your engagement! I am a professional wedding officiant who has been performing weddings in Maine since 2011. I'm passionate about the work I do and can't wait to hear all about your Maine wedding! 

I specialize in customized ceremonies that reflect your personality and relationship. Together we craft an original wedding ceremony specifically for you and your sweetie. Many of my clients say they want a meaningful and heartfelt wedding ceremony, but they aren't sure how to create it. Not to worry, that's where I can help! Not only do we create you a custom wedding ceremony, I also guide you through the process of envisioning your wedding day and planning all the logistics of your wedding ceremony. I'm your full-service wedding ceremony coordinator! 

If you're looking for an experienced wedding officiant who will help you create the wedding ceremony of your dreams; who will guide you through the process of getting married in Maine; who will support you on your wedding day; and who genuinely loves this work, you've found the right person! 

I believe in true love. I believe in lasting marriage. Let me perform your wedding ceremony and give you a sweet start on life. I also believe strongly in marriage equality and am delighted that same-sex marriage is legal in United States!

Ashley
8/26/17
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 chose Maria to be the officiant at our wedding. I could tell from the beginning that we made the right choice. Maria was very professional but also extremely personable. She will work with you on customizing your ceremony so it's unique and special. When we finally met Maria in person the night before our wedding she brought such a positive, humble energy to our wedding party. She was very organized and you could tell she was extremely comfortable with helping the wedding party understand what they needed to do on the wedding day and where they needed to go. On the day of our wedding she was very supportive and made me feel like okay, I CAN do this! She read our ceremony perfectly! I really can't describe in words how amazing Maria really is. I couldn't imagine any wedding without her!!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
My dear Ashley! Thank you for sharing your experience working with me. I'm so glad I was able to be a support for you on wedding day. During the ceremony, we all felt the love that you and Ryan share, it's true and deep. Cheers on your marriage! xoxo Maria
Maria
8/13/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
From the very first email with maria I could tell we had found the perfect person to marry us! Maria is so nice and sweet and if you ever have any question about anything she always gets right back to you with an answer! We lived a little far each other so we did FaceTime calls which where great!! She also has amazing ceremony's you can pick if you choose to do that like we did! When it came to our vows brandon and I wanted to write our own maria looked over each of ours gave us feedback and even helped make things flow better with our words AND put them on cards for us to read on the day of. When it came to wedding day maria was nice and early and was checking in with me to make sure everything was going good. She also let us know when it was time to start! I couldn't have asked for a better experience from a better person! Maria being our justice of the peace was one of my very favorite parts of our day!!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
I'm so touched you took the time to give me this glowing review, thank you!! Your wedding is one I'll remember forever; what a perfect day! And, that location! WOW! I loved chatting with your grandfather and meeting your family. Keep in touch! xoxo Maria
Claire
7/29/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We feel so lucky to have Maria part of our lives after officiating our wedding in July 2017. From our first Skype conversation, we knew Maria was the perfect person to help us building a warm, loving, personal, secular ceremony. Even though the ceremony was the most important part of our wedding day, we didn't know where to begin and we collaborated with Maria to work from her expertise to build a ceremony that felt entirely our own and so authentic to who we are. On our wedding day, we found ourselves more emotional that we expected, and Maria was our rock and helped us be in the moment and get through the tears! Maria was so responsive and thoughtful throughout our planning process and was a great sounding board for other elements of our wedding. We had a fantastic check in with her a few months before our wedding where we went over every detail, and she prompted us to think of things we hadn't considered and had expert guidance and experience to help us build a ceremony we were so thrilled with. She also led our rehearsal ceremony and our families and wedding party was blown away by her warmth, attention to detail, and positive energy. We could not have imagined our wedding day without Maria! Any couple will find themselves in such supportive and thoughtful hands in working with her. We worked with a lot of great "vendors" on our wedding day, but Maria was the best.
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Oh, Claire, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience! Working with you and Mike was such a delight. I appreciated the humor and fun that you brought to your special day, and I'll never forget standing on that hill watching you walk down the aisle! Pure joy! xoxo Maria
Victoria
7/22/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Highly recommend Maria! Working with her was smooth and easy. Her professionalism and organization is equally matched with her passion for weddings, and with us, she made every step of the ceremony-crafting process super easy and personal. I especially appreciated her work in coordinating the actual logistics of the ceremony and rehearsal (timing, processional order, seating etc) this was a HUGE value and not something I necessarily thought of when researching officiants. Her calm, open, yet organized approach was a breath of fresh air during the enevitably hectic days leading up to the wedding. Maria's words for our ceremony turned out perfect and several of our guests made comments that it was the best ceremony they had ever witnessed. Maria's positive energy added to the love we felt on our day, and we are so glad that we chose A Sweet Start! Thanks Maria !<3
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Dear Victoria, thank you for taking the time to write this wonderful review! I love the adjectives you used to describe working with me and that you valued my organization and coordination. That makes me so happy! Working with you and Ryan was a delight and I'm so honored you chose me to be your officiant! xoxo Maria
Maia
6/24/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
How do we say enough about Maria? As a couple from New England but living in Oregon, Maria made crafting our ceremony seamless, even from a distance. From the very start, she made us so comfortable in an arena we knew absolutely nothing about. The process was so simple and easy to work into our busy lives- after finding out what we liked and disliked, we received a first draft, which we edited and sent back, repeating just a few times until we had a ceremony that we all adored. So many people came up to us or messaged us after the wedding to tell us that it was the most well-crafted and personalized ceremony they'd ever been to. During the rehearsal and ceremony, Maria was so organized but also incredibly warm and kept us at ease. She didn't want the rehearsal to feel too real and emotional, so she told my dad and I jokes as we walked down for practice. Little touches like that made us appreciate her so incredibly much. We all were tearing up during the wedding! Maria was such a big part of our wedding, and I can't recommend her enough. We can't thank her enough for making a truly one-of-a-kind ceremony that was incredibly personalized and reflected us more than we could have ever imagined. Get her on your vendor team now!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Wow, Maia, what an incredible review, thank you so much! I appreciate how specific you were about your feedback, I'm sure that will help other couples understand the service I deliver. I absolutely adore you and Jake and look forward to keep in touch! Congratulations, you two! xoxo Maria
Barbara
6/17/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maria is absolutely amazing. She takes the time to get to know you, understand your wants and needs to ensure she provides the perfect wedding for you!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Barbie! I'm so glad you and Mark chose to work with me, we made a great team! Congratulations on your wonderful marriage! xoxo Maria
Caroline
5/13/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maria is amazing. She has such a warm personality and worked really hard to write a beautiful ceremony that we loved. Friends and family commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. The ceremony itself felt like us (...we laughed! we cried! the whole 9 yards). Logistics: Maria first spoke to us over skype, exchanged a few emails, met with us in person, led our rehearsal, and met me before the ceremony. She explained how to get our marriage license, she helped us make some ceremony decisions, and she is just a nice person to be around. Nothing negative to say - she is wonderful.
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Caroline, for sharing your positive experiences! I appreciate your comments about the logistics, I think that will be really useful for couples who are interested in my services. I wish you and Tim so much love!
Nadine
10/27/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Where do we even start!?! If you haven't contacted Maria to officiate your wedding day please do yourself a favor and reach out to her NOW! You will not regret it! From the first FaceTime chat with Maria to the day of our ceremony (16 days later) Maria gave us the tools to help her create the most beautiful and personal elopement ceremony. Her warmth, joy, excitement, love for her job and love for standing with couples as they state their vows to one another is infectious. Her attitude made us more excited to plan our perfect day! Maria is so laid back and SO much fun to be around! She didn't blink an eye when we informed her that we wanted her to create a personalized ceremony for us in just 16 short days. No, she was up and excited for the challenge! It was exactly what we were hoping our officiant would be and more! After the first time we talked, we felt she really got us and our relationship and because of this we decided for her to surprise us by not sending our marriage address to us to review before our elopement. This ended up being our favorite part of the ceremony! Maria, thank you again for everything. We cannot stop reliving the entire day (especially the ceremony)! Thank you for being such a HUGE part of It, we couldn't imagine becoming husband and wife without you and your support. The ceremony was more amazing and perfect than we could ever imagine!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for this glowing review, Nadine! I believe destiny brought us together for your wedding celebration. And now you can say the Cubs won the World Series because you got married. Hahaha! xo
Carrie
10/10/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maria is worth every penny and more. She just makes everthing so comfortable. I had nerves since I was planning a wedding at a location I had never been to that was 3000 miles away. She got to know us before anything else and was able to find that perfect balance to make the ceremony that matched us. It's obvious that wedding are just more than a paycheck to Maria, they are her passion and that makes all the difference in the world.
susan
10/8/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We all felt that Maria Northcutt of A Sweet Start did a great job with my daughter's wedding ceremony. She worked diligently with the bride and groom to be able to capture the essence of who they are and helped them to craft a ceremony that was very touching, deeply meaningful and even a bit funny. She incorporated a tree planting at the request of the bride and groom and it was lovely. Maria took the time to get to know them and we felt that connection as she spoke. She was also great at the rehearsal so we all knew what we were doing on the big day. If you aren't using a priest or rabbi and want a very meaningful and memorable service, we highly recommend A Sweet Start.
Nicole
10/1/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maria is absolutely amazing. My husband and I didn't think we cared that much about who would marry us. But let me tell you, Maria goes above and beyond. We had actually booked a different officiant and later changed our whole wedding to a new location on a different day. We had to find a new officiant and we found Maria! It was the best thing thing that ever happened for us! She completely customizes the ceremony and takes care of all the little details. She is so utterly amazing that words can't even describe. I highly recommend Maria! <3
Melissa
9/24/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maria of A Sweet Start is so incredibly talented, creative, and devoted to each and every one of her clients. From her website, to her blog posts, to her Facebook page, she is constantly providing you with fun and new ideas to help you organize the perfect wedding ceremony for you and your beloved. She focuses on every last detail of your relationship and really gets to know each of her couples. Her level of interest in making sure she fully captures all the reasons why you two should be married makes you never question your relationship or your decision to hire her as your officiant! We already know we are going to contact Maria when we hit our 5 year mark for some vow renewals! We love Maria and so will you!
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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
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
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