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Wedding Officiant in 20001


Maureen Burke Ceremonies

Custom ceremonies for all people.
Serving DC, MD and NoVA, Same-sex, non-traditional, non-denominational, 20001
301-741-8573
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82 Reviews
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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
She was very friendly and had everyone at ease
Keith
5/22/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen Burke was professional in every respect. Her comments to the couple were very powerful and filled with emotion. She was engaging to each attendee. Thank you for a great officiant!
Josie
5/22/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My partner (now wife!) and I were extremely happy with Maureen! We had to communicate via e -mail regarding the scheduling and content of our wedding which at first made us feel a little uncomfortable but Maureen made it work. She obtained information about our friends and family and put together a personalized program. I can't describe how calming and helpful Maureen was on the big day! She guided us though all aspects of the event and delivered an wonderful ceremony that our friends are still talking about. We highly recommend Maureen!
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Josie! It was a delight to work with you and Joy. I sincerely hope our paths cross again!
Libby
5/3/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen helped us create our perfect ceremony. She took time to learn about us and thoughtfully wove the information into the langauge of the ceremony. We were able to read the full 'script' of the ceremony and make any edits or changes we wanted, which were very few! We’ve heard many compliments about the personalized tone and that it was very “us,” which is exactly what we hoped for. In addition, outside of actually crafting the ceremony, Maureen was helpful in reminding us to take in each moment and each other, and not be overwhelmed. We would definitely recommend Maureen as an officiant to anyone who asked!
Nichole
4/12/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Planning a wedding in DC can be a huge challenge when you live in another state. Maureen made it simple. She was able to get all our documents for us and provided an amazing ceremony. She had us all laughing and crying happy tears. She gave us advice in writing our vows to one another and took the time to really get to know both of us to ensure the ceremony was personal and truly about us. We are so happy to have had her as a part of our special day.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you for such a lovely review, Nichole! It was a pleasure to work you. I wish you and Kevin a long, healthy and happy life together -
Megan
4/11/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen took creating our ceremony very seriously and it showed. She got to know us and was able to speak on a very personal level. She was sincere, heartfelt, and at times even funny. Countless guests commented on how Maureen created an incredibly intimate experience and I couldn't agree more. Most important to my spouse, Maureen listened to what we wanted and didn't impose her own opinions unless asked. She surpassed my expectations and I would recommend her without hesitancy.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Megan! You've given me a gift - it's great to know you, Nathan, and your guests were so happy with the ceremony. I wish you the best, always!
Maria
4/8/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
As soon as I contacted Maureen about our wedding I knew she was the one! She made us feel so at ease and was so genuine. Her exhileration about our wedding came flying through the phone lines. We started the process several months ahead and she was in touch with us the whole time. The day of the wedding went off without a hitch and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We would definitely recommend her to anyone for their wedding needs.
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much, Maria! Best of everything to the two of you!
Marilyn
4/5/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
When we first met Maureen, we had no idea what we wanted for our ceremony. With her help and a packet of information she gave us we pick out what we wanted and threw out what we didn't want. We did know that even though we have deeply religious family, we did not want any mention of religion in our ceremony. When we got her script for the ceremony we were extremely happy with most of it. We did our edits and she was very open to everything! The rehearsal was a little bit of a mess, but you know what they say about a bad rehearsal! Our ceremony went off almost perfectly! She got laughter and tears and some of my family even said she reminded them of their pastor! They did not even notice this was a non-religious ceremony!
Jessica
4/4/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
After narrowing our same sex legal marriage location down, the next step was finding an officiant. We live in Florida and traveled to Washington DC for our ceremony. A great concern of ours was sharing our day with a total stranger. After the very first phone call with Maureen, to our relief, we quickly felt like we had known her for years! All of our questions and concerns were addressed, as well as assistance in vow writing and suggetions for a location for the ceremony. Emails and phone calls were always replied to quickly and made the long distance planning very simple. Also, we highly recommend letting Maureen take care of all the legal paperwork for you before you come to town. It was such a relief to know our marriage license was obtained and in hand a week before our plane even landed in DC! Our wedding day was so special and it was all possible thanks to Maureen!
Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you, Jessica! It was a joy to work with you and Addie, and I hope to take you up on your invitation to visit sometime soon.
Emily
3/29/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen is amazing! We had a brief initial meeting, each filled out her questionnaire, and then she wrote and delivered a ceremony that was tailored to us and absolutely perfect in every way. We can both be pretty picky, but we didn't change a single word of what she sent the first time around and both of us were in tears reading through it (not to mention during the actual ceremony). The ceremony was incredibly touching, laugh-out-loud funny, and perfectly tailored to us. All of our guests were in tears as Maureen talked about our story and our love for one another based on the info we provided in the questionnaire. Her ability to punctuate the sentimental bits with our dark and quirky senses of humor was incredible, and makes us think that she would be the perfect officiant for any couple! Overall Maureen set the perfect tone for the whole event and our wedding would not have been nearly as awesome without her officiating.
Lindsey
3/8/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Maureen is a wonderful, talented Life Celebrant officiant. We met with her at a nearby restaurant to discuss her services and to see if we clicked. We liked how warm and inviting Maureen's presence was and felt comfortable working with her. My now-husband and I each filled out Maureen's 2-3 page survey to give her an idea of who we are individually and as a couple, how we met, what we love about each other, etc. She also provided helpful guidance about selecting ceremony rituals, readings, and pointers for writing our vows. Maureen crafted an interesting, heartfelt, sincere, and memorable ceremony that our wedding guests *raved* about. The ceremony honestly reflected who we are, made everyone laugh, cry, and smile, and set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening. In addition, she coordinated with our DJ on logistics and A/V equipment, was extremely professional, and was flexible with our rehearsal timing. I highly recommend Maureen!
Jennifer
3/1/14
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
Our experience with Maureen throughout the entire wedding process was exceptional. Maureen came highly recommended from friends that had attended a wedding she officiated, and we are now recommending her to all of our friends, too! We started our correspondence with Maureen well over a year in advance of our wedding. After our phone conversation, my husband and I were excited that she immediately understood the type of ceremony that we wanted – civil, non-religious, but very meaningful. We were even more excited after we met-up with Maureen closer to the date to discuss all of the details! At our meeting, she guided us through creating our own ceremony, explaining such a wide variety of customs and traditions that still fit our civil, non-religious wedding. As we were crafting the ceremony, Maureen was really able to better understand us as a couple, and our vision for what we wanted on our special day. When we received the draft of our ceremony, my husband and I were amazed. She nailed it! Every passage, the sand ceremony, the sharing of a drink, all the quotes and messages – they were us to a T! It was incredible. And our friends and family felt the same way after the ceremony. We received so many compliments about how personal the ceremony was, about how meaningful and beautiful it was, abut how eloquently Maureen spoke, and about just how perfectly “us” it was! My husband and I are so glad Maureen married us. She was great to work with – easy to reach, prompt, and always happy. We highly recommend her!
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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, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, 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, VA
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