A Sweet Start

PO Box 984, Bath, ME 04530 Map · Phone number
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About A Sweet Start

Visit my website www.asweetstart.com to see my prices and to check my availability!

A Sweet Start is for couples who want something new! You know you want a creative and meaningful wedding ceremony but don't know where to start. With me as your Maine wedding officiant, you will get a well-crafted and loving wedding ceremony with my personalized attention and professional expertise to ensure you have a joy-filled and effortless ceremony!

Your ceremony will be fun without being jokey, it'll be serious without being solemn, it will be meaningful without being overly sentimental, it'll be sweet without being sappy. I balance the gravity of this significant moment with enough levity to make it a joyful occasion.

Your wedding ceremony experience will be organized, smooth, happy, and calm. You will feel supported by me through the entire process of crafting your ceremony, to helping you envision how it will unfold, to guiding you and your wedding party through the rehearsal, and finally to bringing your ceremony to life on wedding day.

You will love working with me because I'm down-to-earth; I have a positive, cheery attitude; I'm wicked organized; I'm LGBTQ friendly; I'm passionate about my work; and I care about your ceremony as much as you do! I can't wait to hear from you!

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86 Reviews for A Sweet Start

Recommended by 100% of couples


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  • Quality of service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Average response time 5.0

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  • Ellen

    Ellen · Married on 08/17/2019

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    Wonderful officiant who added a special Maine touch to our wedding day

    From the very first call with Maria, she immediately put my husband and I at ease. We felt completely assured that she would execute our ceremony flawlessly. We met with Maria via video call several times over the course of the 12 months we were planning our wedding. Throughout that time Maria was highly professional and detail orientated. We had previously considered using a friend as our officiant however after connecting with Maria we were so impressed with her experience, knowledge, warm personality and ability to create a special moment for the two of us and our guests. One of the things we are most sad about our wedding being over is not being able to work with our vendors' anymore. Maria was our wedding officiant but also had become a friend. This is such a testament to the care and attention she gave us and gives all of couples she works with. We'll make sure to get coffee with her when we're in Portland next summer! If you're looking for an officiant in Maine - Maria should be your first call.

    Sent on 09/02/2019

    A Sweet Start's reply:

    Oh, Ellen, I feel the same way now that you're wedding is over: I miss you and Adam! What a joy it was getting to know you two and working together. I'm so touched that my experience and knowledge helped assure you that working with a professional officiant, rather than a friend, was the right choice for you. Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. Love to you and Adam! xoxo Maria
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    Michael Hoffer · Married on 08/03/2019

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    Maria was fabulous

    I can't rave enough about how Maria walked us through the process, incorporated our story into the ceremony and impressed everyone with her skills as our officiant. Her enthusiasm is genuine, she loves what she does and she makes the wedding couple feel at ease, while also making them excited for what's to come. I recommend her highly!

    Sent on 08/07/2019
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    A Sweet Start's reply:

    Michael, working with you and Angi was a joy! Thank you for participating in writing your ceremony in such an engaged way. I'm so glad to hear you felt at ease on wedding day, that's a win in my books! Big hugs to Angi! xoxo Maria
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    Sophie Booth · Married on 07/20/2019

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    Just the BEST.

    Where to start with our dear, dear Maria?! Let me just say - choosing to work with Maria was by far one of the best decisions my (now!) husband and I made as we planned our wedding. We had a complicated situation - I'm American, my husband is Belgian, and we live in Belgium but got married in Maine. Maria Skyped us whenever we had questions, kept us on track with her incredible organization and deadlines for things like vows and ceremony readings, helped us detangle the international aspect of our marriage paperwork and license, and connected us with a network of professionals who, just like her, are authentic and fantastic people who I'm now thrilled to consider friends. Maria led our rehearsal dinner and made sure everyone involved knew their role. And our ceremony...it was truly the highlight of our wedding. Heart centered, personalized, grounded, sweet, and such a genuine reflection of me and my husband's love...at the end of the day, that's what all of this is about, isn't it? And I couldn't have asked for a better officiant-turned-friend to hold our hands every step of the way. Maria exceeded every single one of our expectations and was a true joy to spend time with. I already miss her!

    Sent on 07/30/2019

    A Sweet Start's reply:

    My dearest Sophie, thank you so much for expressing your feelings about working with me. I want to thank you and Simon for taking the time to meet with me and making the effort to see me when you were in Maine. Getting to know you two was such a pleasure! I look forward to visiting you when we come to Bruges! Cheers to your marriage and our friendship! xoxo Maria

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A Sweet Start FAQ

  • What is the typical price for your wedding services? $ 1,200.00
  • Which of the following are included in the price? Ceremony Rehearsal
  • What is the starting price for your wedding services? $ 500.00
  • Does starting price include the ceremony rehearsal? No
  • What types of weddings and events do you provide services for? Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion
  • What services do you provide? Allow Couples' Own Vows
  • On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate? Less than 30 mins.
  • In which states are you licensed? ME
  • What languages do you speak? English

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24 Endorsements

  • Dionne Entertainment
    Dionne Entertainment Wedding DJs

    Maria is a super-pro, she's a fantastic officiant. I highly recommend her!!!

  • Sarah Jane Photography
    Sarah Jane Photography Wedding Photographers

    Maria is an amazing officiant with a knack for creating a personalized ceremony that shares all the things that make each couple special and unique. Her enthusiasm and excitement is contagious and her professionalism is top-notch.

  • Flora Fauna
    Flora Fauna Wedding Florists

    Maria is a pleasure to work with. So happy and upbeat she makes all her ceremonies thoughtful and fun! I love working with her.

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