Laurels
Best Wedding
Officiants in
Washington
2017

Why These Wedding Officiants?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored wedding officiants on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best wedding officiants in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A Sacred Marriage

A Sacred Marriage has been officiating marriages in Columbia since 2011. Brides and grooms seek out the officiant for spiritual, interfaith, religious, non-denominational, and non-religious ceremonies that match their beliefs and preferences. Couples can opt for the Zen Garden Wedding or look through other marriage packages online, which may include premarital coaching to discover the "four keys" to a happy, long-lasting marriage. Reverend Terumi Culmer graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and holds a master's degree in Transformative Leadership & Social Change (Healing Arts Program), and the group also employs another ordained minister who is a spiritual counselor and Reiki Master as well. A Sacred Marriage has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award from 2014 through 2016.

Columbia, MD(410) 717-8693

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All Faiths Wedding Officiant

All Faiths Wedding Officiant is an English and Spanish-speaking wedding officiant in West Springfield with 30 years of experience. Bilingual services are available for all faiths, interfaith, religious, non-denominational, LGBT, no-faith, and civil ceremonies for couples of all backgrounds, including Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim. The group specializes in military weddings, and short-notice weddings can also be accommodated. Rev. Dan Kane is an ordained Roman Catholic priest and is a pastor with a number of groups including the International Council of Community Churches, the National Association of Wedding Ministers, and the American Association of Wedding Officiants. Rev. Kane has also donated his time to the Yaqui Indians in Mexico and immigrants in the US, and All Faiths has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award from 2010 to 2016.

West Springfield, VA(703) 644-0253

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Capital Ceremonies

Capital Ceremonies brings over 10 years of officiating experience to Brentwood brides and grooms. The group offers ceremonies for weddings, same-sex unions, vow renewals, and elopements that can be spiritual, religious, interfaith, non-religious, multicultural, and multilingual. Couples may request special elements personal to them and also collaborate with the officiant on music, vows, readings, and rituals such as Handfastings, the Seven Steps, or Jumping the Broom. A. C. Warden is a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and ordained interfaith minister who has been endorsed by Kathryn Hamm from GayWeddings.com and also offers services for new babies, family milestones, funeral memorials, and healing. Ms. Warden works on independent films and videos for the likes of PBS, National Geographic TV, and the Smithsonian as well.

Brentwood, MD(202) 494-7855

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Capital Unions

Capital Unions officiates English and Spanish wedding ceremonies in Washington. The officiant offers non-denominational ceremonies for small and large weddings involving traditional and same-sex couples as well as elopements and short-notice military marriages. Past couples have praised Billy Shulman's flexibility, communications, and guidance on making ceremonies fun and special as well as his expertise with last-minute weddings that are poignant and personal or simply short and sweet. Couples need to contact the group for availability and pricing, and a form is readily available on the website's homepage. Capital Unions won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2016 and Best of Thumtack in 2015.

Washington, DC(202) 904-1096

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Creative Ceremony

Creative Ceremony brings 15 years of wedding officiant experience to couples in the DC metro region. Rev. Julie Price has officiated over 375 nuptials, including Christian, interfaith, spiritual, non-religious, and even a "flash mob" wedding ceremony, and believes in loving, committed unions for all couples regardless of sexual orientation.

Reston, VA(703) 861-7733

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DC Elopements

DC Elopements handles wedding officiating in Washington. The group of non-denominational ceremony officiants guides couples to the best options for marriage license applications, legal LGBT marriages, and the best wedding vendors and venues in DC and has six different service categories. Clients can opt for a marriage license Application by Proxy Service, low-budget Express Marriage Service, Elopement Packages, or a Full Wedding Ceremony Officiant Service for those who actually prefer a full customized wedding. DC Elopements also lists a number of preferred vendors for various other wedding day needs on its site, is a member of The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame, and took home a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2015.

Washington, DC(800) 721-8697

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Say “I Do” Your Way

Say “I Do” Your Way is a Derwood wedding officiant service with almost 40 years of experience in the field. Couples can work with the husband-wife team of officiants to design a ceremony unique to their story and values and also take advantage of premarital coaching with the group's CPS (Couple Positioning System) and the Prepare/Enrich assessment tool. Rev. Bill Cochran had served as a pastor all over the US and the world before becoming a full-time wedding officiant and marriage coach, and his wife was a registered nurse before becoming an officiant in 2007. The group has won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award three times, is a Preferred Member of Bridal Workbooks, and is a member of the Association of Wedding Professionals as well.

Derwood, MD(301) 926-2671

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Sweetheart Wedding Vows

Sweetheart Wedding Vows is a wedding officiant service in Bowie. All couples are welcome, and brides and grooms can receive help writing their vows, can opt for a traditional or modern ceremony, and can work with the officiants on unique ideas to reflect their own personal story. Clients can also request a custom package or decide on one of the company's pre-set options such as the Classic Ceremony Package, Vow Renewal/Military Discount Ceremony Package, Signature Service, and Holiday Weddings with optional Unity Ceremonies including a Sand Ceremony, Tasting of the 4 Elements, or a Unity Candle. Sweetheart Wedding is known for its warmth and friendliness, can also apply for and pick up the marriage license, and is a Certified Vendor on Here Comes The Guide.

Bowie, MD(240) 292-9598

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Tie the Knot DC

Tie the Knot DC has been officiating weddings in Washington since 2010. The officiant has experience with small gatherings to elaborate celebrations, and brides and grooms can peruse different packages online, including a Quick Signing Ceremony. All couples from any culture are welcome, and each wedding is tailor-made to reflect the love, beliefs, and traditions of the couple whether they are same-sex, interfaith, or other. The officiant has experience in various fields and holds a bachelor’s in Law and Society and a master’s in Public Administration from the American University in Washington, DC. Tie the Knot DC applies for and obtains the wedding license for couples as well and won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2014.

Washington, DC(202) 251-4553

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Tiffany Newman

Tiffany Newman has been officiating weddings in Dupont Circle since 2010. The registered civil wedding officiant has overseen some 1,600 ceremonies and officiates at non-religious civil ceremonies for same-sex couples as well as brides and grooms from all possible backgrounds. Officiant Tiffany Newman began her work after joining a March for Equality in 2009 with a sign about her own interracial marriage, which had once also been illegal. Ms. Newman's sign went viral, and soon thereafter she began officiating weddings for gay and other couples in the area. People can find numerous testimonials from past clients on the website and can read through pertinent information on how to apply for a marriage license in DC as well.

Washington, DC(202) 549-6691

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