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Deborah was fantastic. The ceremony was perfect for us and the venue she helped us find was quaint and romantic. I would recommend Deborah to anyone looking to get married in DC. We live about 600 miles away and she was able to get our wedding license before we make the drive up. Deborah took the time to have a practice run with the small children we had in our ceremony to make sure they knew exactly what they should be doing. She was also very flexible allowing us to start a little later than planned to allow some friends to make it to the ceremony.
Deborah made my wedding come true... all was taken care of by her and her assistant so that Bob and I just had to show up! She recommended multiple venues, photographers that she had successfully worked with, examples of ceremonies and vows, 'Plan B' in case of inclement weather, etc. From the first contact I made to 'Marry Me in DC' to the 'I now pronounce you..." My husband Bob nor I could not have asked or expected more! While Deborah is very professional, she was also personable, open and warm. We were very specific on the date we wanted to marry as October 9th would be our 34th anniversary as a couple, and she immediately confirmed that date for us... so we 'made it official' on our 34th anniversary. I highly recommend Marry Me in DC for your wedding.
Deborah was great for us! Being over 700 miles away from DC she took care of picking up our certificate for us, which was a big relief. I called several officiants after we could not get the date we wanted at the courthouse and Deborah was by far the friendliest and most inviting. She helped us pick a beautiful setting and made sure our day was special. We could not have completed our special day without her. Thank you Deborah! Jillian and Marjorie
On our one year anniversary, we are reflecting on what a beautiful moment we shared on our wedding day and how we couldn't have done it without Deborah Cummings-Thomas 'Marry Me in DC.' She went above and beyond our expectations in doing the prep work and finding us the perfect venue, so that all we had to do is show up and confess our love. She truly made our experience memorable. We would have her marry us again and again. Thank you, Deborah and Marry Me in DC... The Reels
Deborah Cummings-Thomas of Marry Me in Dc was absolutely wonderful! We felt like a family friend was officiating our ceremony. From our first conversation we were very excited to have her officiate our ceremony! She came to the rehearsal with many suggestions to make our day one to remember and even stayed after to help set-up for our day! The only small issue we has we responsiveness. At times she was a little difficult to get in contact with. Aside from that we would definitely recommend Marry Me in Dc for every couple's wedding!
Deborah, literally, made our wedding a dream. Carl and I had feared that we would have to forfeit the romance and intimacy we craved for our special day because our own state of residence doesn't allow same sex marriage and, due to time and money constraints, we felt that we would have to settle for an impersonal signature-ceremony. I spoke to several officiants in the Washington D.C. area and all of them came across as very business oriented and impersonal. Then I talked to Deborah. From our first conversation I KNEW that she was the officiant for us. She has the most personable, caring, and genuinely Loving personality! Her vibrant and sympathetic persona came through so strongly over the phone, that I set my heart upon having her as part of our wedding. She went out of her way to help us make our long-time dream of being married a reality. She put forth her (considerable) experience in helping couples such as ourselves, to our benefit, to help us make the decisions we needed to make easy. There were so many things about being married in D.C. that we were simply unaware of, however, Deborah made sure we didn't have to worry about anything except being there on time. She handled ALL the paperwork, she worked with the location we choose (she even offered to find us a location at no extra charge!), and helped us create personalized vows that allowed us to stay true to both of our religious backgrounds.
I can honestly say, that I believe Deborah not only brought something unique and special to our wedding day. I will go even further to say that Carl and I have every intention of not only staying in contact with Deborah and her partner Sheila, but we really feel that they will remain our True Friends for many years to come. To us they feel like family, and I really mean that.
I would (and will) recommend Deborah to everyone we know, and to anyone reading this: Deborah is WONDERFUL! She made our wedding all we had hoped for and more! She will do the same for you!
Deborah officiated our wedding and it was a great experience. She walked us through the process, making sure that we have everything in order and offered to do things for us. She had an accident on vacation right before our wedding and had a cast on her leg and, even though our venue was extremely hard to get to for her and it was one of the hottest days of the year, she got there before we did and did a gorgeous ceremony. I have referred this service to many of my friends and will continue to do so.
Getting married has changed our lives in every way possible and we blame Deborah everyday!! Deborah was fantastic to work with. She was willing to be flexible given our 6 day timeframe. She recommended venues, explained the in's and outs of the paperwork, helped us choose the perfect ceremony and did it all very professionally and with genuine feeling and integrity. 10 minutes after meeting Deborah we knew she was the one we wanted to perform our ceremony, and be part of the biggest day in our lives. Even though we'd never met Deborah she was far from a stranger. If you are looking for someone who listens to what you want, is willing to be flexible with all your changes, and walks her talk then Deborah is the one. Our day was spectacular and the ceremony was perfect. Thank you Deborah, our forever is awesome!
We had a very negative experience with Deborah. We won her services at a wedding fair, and found her to be very unresponsive and difficult to contact. We began working with her far in advance, and one month before our wedding, she cancelled on us. While she offered to find a replacement, we decided it was time to move on to someone else. It caused us a great deal of stress at an exciting time in our wedding planning process.
I am so sorry that this particular couple had a difficult experience. I found out that I was being honored at a ceremony taking place out of state and I had to be there. I made arrangements with a partner Officiant for them to connect 6 weeks before the scheduled wedding, and since this couple won the free ceremony in a drawing, I planned to pay the other Officiant for her services. The couple declined my offer to make this right.
I believe the biggest problem was that the couple felt that I was not responsive. The matter was that their wedding was scheduled for a year from the date it was booked, and so when I focused on the more immediate weddings, they felt they were not receiving enough of my attention.
I find it sometimes important to remind couples that while my role is important for their ceremony, it's minimal in relation to the entire planning process of the wedding,
In the end, I have performed over 60 marriages for same-sex couples from all over the country and have received positive feedback and high praise from others, so I am quite disheartened that this couple was left with bad feelings. My apologies again to this couple, and I assure you this is not the normal standard for Marry Me in DC.
Marry me in DC (Deborah, And Sheila) Were great ! They helped us with much of the planning for the ceremony, and because we don't live in the area they even helped us find a location. It was such a help to have them apply and pick up our marriage certificate by proxy as we were busy running around trying to get everything else done. Deborah did such a beautiful job including our children and friends in the ceremony, it was a day we will always remember. I would highly recommend them !
My wedding day was on February 14th.It was on one of the hardest days of the year to get married,but Deborah made that happen.I would like to say thank you,from Myah and I for getting us through that day.We are from charlotte n.c and knew nothing about D.C but she took time out her morning and, came to our hotel to pick us up.You went above and beyond to get us through,that heart racing day.Thank you so much with so much Love.Stay blessed on your endeavors to make Love, way beyond this laws that prohibit such beautiful unions.You are in our prayers and again,thank you so truly very much.
I fell in love with my soul mate and through a short period of time i realized that a lifetime is what we would spend together. Deborah was the most giving caring and respectful officiant i have encountered i had spoke with another officiant before her and they did not have the passion i yearned for in an officiant. I found her number through the dc courthouse and from our initial conversation to me and my wife's i do's i was extremely pleased she will touch your heart.
We absolutely loved our officiant Deborah. She was exceptional in the rehearsal and ceremonies. She offered to help in any way possble. She was at our service in every way possible. She made our wedding memorable. Deborah is the best choice for every same sex wedding. It didn't seem like she was just our officiant but she felt like a long time friend that had shared in our love since day one.
I felt very confident that my wedding was going to be a dream come true! We were so pleased that everything was taken care of for us.
Marry Me In DC exceeded our expectations on both days of my wedding dream!
I would recommend this company to everyone that wishes to feel special on that most special day!
Thank you Marry Me In DC for your insight and your love of what you do!
Tylor & Andrea Hill
I think.deborah.was awesome. My wife and..i.didnt know where to begin we live in a state that.doesnt.recognize.same sex marriages so i didnt know.we.can go to another state and do it. I was browsing.the web and came across.deborah thomas and contacted her. We were on a very tight budget but she work with us and help is through the entire process.from beginning from the paperwork process at the courts to the end our wedding. She made our.day extra.special even on a tight budget and.without the glitz and glam. She pick an amazing place.that was romantic to take place that.was.free lol so one less.expense. She was experienced very thoughful and handle my.wedding as if it was a million dollar one. my wife and i been together 9 yrs so she truly added a ribbon to an already wrap present.