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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
90 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.
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Amanda
3/18/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Joan co-officiated our wedding and was absolutely wonderful. She's a very calming presence during a hectic time. She was incredibly flexible and willing to meet with us a few times in person to get to know us and create beautiful vows. She captured our personalities and love perfectly in her words. She was also a much needed peacemaker while we balanced two families and two faiths. We're so grateful she was part of our wedding and highly recommend her - she's the best!
Steve
12/10/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My wife and I contacted Joan about 8 months prior to our wedding, looking to get information about her as an Officiant. She drove to meet us, and after our hour-ish long meeting with her, we didn't consider another Officiant. She was FANTASTIC. She listened to us describe our relationship's history, our wishes and ideas for the ceremony, and offered up several wonderful suggestions, most of which ended up as part of our ceremony. She crafted a complete, beautiful, and unique ceremony that fit our personalities and told our story together. During the months between meeting her and our actual wedding, she kept in contact with us, asking us occasional questions (especially after we completed the questionnaire she sent us), all to ensure everything was to our liking. Finding the perfect vows, and perfect ring vow to give one another... finding potential readings to include... also giving us a rough draft (for us to edit) of the entire flow of the ceremony- we were given ample opportunity to ensure the wedding went exactly as we dreamed. She attended the rehearsal, and with her guidance, everything went extremely smooth, and we left there confident. During the ceremony, she performed the ceremony without a flaw, leaving many in the audience in tears. Honestly, we couldn't have been happier in who we asked to officiant our wedding, and I'd recommend Joan to anyone. She is extremely professional, very organized, and does a wonderful job.
Jackie
10/22/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
I knew Joan was the perfect officiant for us after I saw her at my friend's wedding. She does such a wonderful job making each couple's vows so personal and unique. We are not very religious and didn't want a traditional service, and so instead she was able to perfectly summarize our relationship, which our guests loved (particularly distant friends/family who didn't know how we met). She is so sweet, personable and professional - it really was one of the easiest and best choices we made for our wedding day!
Kelly
10/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My fiancé and I instantly connected with Joan. She is genuine, kind, intuitive, smart, professional and down to earth. We wanted to create a ceremony that was both funny and sweet and Joan exceeded our expectations. We received so many compliments on the ceremony content and delivery. All the guests thought Joan was a long-time friend given how well she seemed to know us. Joan truly created a feeling that none of us will ever forget. Whether you want something traditional or completely unique, Joan will come through. We are so grateful to you, Joan!
Justin
9/25/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My (now) wife and I really didn't know what direction we wanted to go with our wedding officiant. Just about everyone we had hired for our wedding (planner, band, photographer, etc) was young and pretty inexperienced. Joan helped provide a steady hand and make sure our ceremony when off perfectly. Joan listened intently on what we wanted in our ceremony, and she provided everything we could have hoped for. It was a very upbeat, fun, and quick ceremony - which was exactly what we asked for. Nothing could have gone any better. We highly recommend Joan when looking for wedding officiants.
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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