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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
96 Reviews
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!
Karen
6/17/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I researched officiants for my daughter's wedding and found Joan. As soon as my daughter and her fiance met with Joan, they were so impressed with her that they immediately booked her. The ceremony was the best I've ever been to. Joan customized a service around their love story. So many guests came up to me during the reception telling me how wonderful and touching the ceremony was. I highly recommend Joan as an officiant for her personalization, writing skills, and expert speaking. She even added some light humor to the ceremony which kept everyone engaged!
Rebecca
5/6/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had such a wonderful experience with Joan as the officiant of our wedding. My husband and I are non-religious so we struggled initially finding someone to provide us the ceremony we wanted. We spoke with quite a few on the phone but quickly connected with Joan. We had an initial meeting with her to go over some of the high level ideas of our ceremony and for her to ask questions. We continued the conversation in emails and a few days before the ceremony she provided us with a full script of the ceremony, which was awesome. It allowed us to know exactly what she was going to say and tweak to our preference. She also helped us with rituals (we did a wine ritual since we got married at a winery) and provided us with tons of useful information on things others have said at weddings, popular readings (hundreds of them), ideas on what to recite during the ring exchange etc. What was also invaluable was her assistance with our vows. My husband and I both wrote out our vows to each other and she reviewed them ahead of time to make sure they were consistent in tone/meaning and length. Her feedback was a huge help. Though the venue was quite far from where Joan lives, she drove down and attended our rehearsal the night before the wedding, which was a huge help. The day of she arrived early to say hi to everyone, and got everything setup (including for the ritual). During the ceremony, everything went seamlessly and exactly as I would have hoped. She and her husband attended the reception at our invitation as well and were a lot of fun. She followed up after with a kind note, and to let us know our forms had been mailed to the county. I got my official license from the county soon after upon requesting it, so Joan definitely mailed it in promptly. Joan is a kind, open and wonderful person - I don't think we'd change a single thing about our ceremony (except maybe the drizzle). Joan was perfect and I couldn't recommend her more.
Natasha
5/4/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan was beautiful and very accommodating to what we needed. We were not the overly traditional couple and she rolled right with us giving us advice on what to look at when writing our vows, and what we wanted our guest to leave with after the wedding. She commanded our crowd very well (hiccups due to other reasons caused me to be late for my own wedding by 30 min >.<) and was always pleasant. She made it very special and I can't thank her enough!
C
4/15/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan was a delight to work with, and we were honored to have her be a part of our special day. Joan really took the time to listen to us, and ask insightful questions about our relationship that helped us think through what kind of ceremony we wanted. Her preparation materials were invaluable in helping us conceive of things we wanted to say and how to say them. She then carefully wrote a ceremony that reflected our relationship and our hopes. Joan maintains a bright outlook and was responsive to our needs. After the ceremony, she filed the marriage certificate in a timely manner so we could get the official marriage license as quickly as possible.
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, 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?
DC, DE, MD, MN, OH, VA

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