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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
59 Reviews

Visit my website www.asweetstart.com to see my prices and to check my availability!

Working with me you will get a completely custom wedding ceremony (Super Sweet Wedding Package) that represents your love story, your beliefs about marriage, your relationship, your dreams for the future, your family traditions and anything else you want to include. Your ceremony will represent YOU! 

Your ceremony will be fun without being jokey, it'll be serious without being solemn, it will be meaningful without being overly sentimental, it'll be sweet without being sappy. I balance the gravity of this significant moment with enough levity to make it a joyful occasion. 

Your wedding ceremony experience will be organized, smooth, happy, and calm. You will feel supported by me through the entire process of crafting your ceremony, to helping you envision how it will unfold, to guiding you and your wedding party through the rehearsal, and finally to bringing your ceremony to life on wedding day. 

You will love working with me because I answer emails right away; I have a positive, cheery attitude; I'm wicked organized; I'm passionate about my work; and I LOVE my clients! I can't wait to hear from you!

Ben
10/14/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
What can we say about Maria? From the moment we met (via Skype) we knew Maria was the person to marry us. Her experience, knowledge of vendor partners and the area, as well as her incredible passion for her work all proved to be invaluable. Having been involved in many weddings, but never our own, both my wife and I found Maria to be the most professional, caring, involved, and exciting officiant we've ever been around. From start to end, her guidance through our experience was incredible - Maria walked us through our ceremony, taking careful note of minute details to build out a touching, personal ceremony that came to life beautifully. Beyond just drafting the ceremony, Maria's command of the ceremony, ability to corral those involved, and remind us to stay in the moment was everything we needed, but didn't expect. For any couples looking to tie the knot, Maria is worth every penny and then some. Our day was beyond words, and a major part of that was her professional knowledge, love and support. As of today, Maria is no longer our officiant, but a close family friend!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Wow, Ben, what can *I* say to *you?* This review is incredible, and I'm so grateful that you took the time to share your experience working with me. I'm especially touched by you saying that all those things I provided were what you needed but didn't expect. I love you and Jordan and can't wait to catch up next time you're in Maine! xoxo
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Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
How can I even begin to write about our experience with Maria? My husband and I were feeling anxious about finding the right person to officiate our wedding. We knew we wanted something special, personal, real, and fun without religious undertones, but had no idea where to begin. We set up a video call with Maria after reading reviews online and felt an immediate connection with her; we knew she was the right person to help us craft our fully-custom ceremony! From that day forward Maria was communicative, clear in her expectations, and available whenever we had additional questions. She set deadlines for us throughout the process, which allowed us to take the time we needed to be thoughtful about the pieces of the ceremony. We went back and forth with her over ceremony drafts 5 or 6 times, and it was finalized about a month before the wedding. I can't tell you how important this piece was - we had so many other things to think about in the weeks leading up to the wedding and I was so happy that we didn't have to scramble to write anything. The week of our wedding, we touched based again just to make sure we had all the timing right, and Maria made great suggestions about how to handle other details, like the processional. When it came time for the rehearsal, Maria was fun and assertive, making sure everyone knew where to be, which took so much pressure off of us and allowed us to relax and enjoy it! Thanks to Maria's help, our ceremony was just as we envisioned it. So many people commented later that they loved her energy and couldn't believe she hadn't known us for years! We watched our wedding video this week and couldn't stop smiling re-living the moment. It was perfect.
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Oh my gosh, Michelle, you just blew my mind! This is such an excellent review because it's so specific; that will definitely help other couples trying to find the right officiant. I am SO grateful that you took the time to put all of this in writing. Thank you SO much! All my love to you and Ian! xoxo
Kris
9/30/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I can't say enough about Maria. She helped us come up with a beautiful, personalized ceremony, was a total pro guiding our wedding party through the rehearsal, and did everything she could to make our big day special. Her positive attitude and enthusiasm made her such a hit with everyone at our wedding. Thank you so much Maria!!
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Thank *you* so much, Kris, for taking the time to share your experience! I'm so glad you got the personalized ceremony that you wanted and that you felt my enthusiasm for your wedding! All my love to you and Andy! xoxo
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
Kristie
7/1/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I feel like no words in the English dictionary can even come CLOSE to accurately describe how amazing it is to work with Maria. Within minutes of our first FaceTime consultation, we knew she was the one, we just clicked so well! Maria created a completely custom ceremony for us by sending us sample scripts and a ton of different readings and poems, as well as a questionnaire that we each filled out separately. Being very much a type A planner, I cannot tell you how much I worship her organization skills, she was always on top of everything and lightning-fast responsive when we contacted her. Maria has a very warm, calming energy that just made us feel good. We stressed about everything else, but never about this. The ceremony went so well that we had relatives coming up to us later to say how impressed they were with her. They said they’ve been to a lot of weddings, but she was one of the best officiants they’ve seen. Her blog also has a lot of great advice, not just specific to officiating, that was helpful during our planning process. Trust me when I say this: SHE IS WORTH IT. <3
A Sweet Start responded with the following comments:
Wow, Kristie, I barely know what to say! Thank you a million times over for writing such a wonderful review! You and Matt were a joy to work with. I'm so glad our paths crossed and that you chose me to guide you through this incredible milestone in your life. All my love, 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
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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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