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Congrats, you two! Being engaged is an exciting time -- and while searching for an officiant isn't as exciting as, perhaps, picking your venue or sampling desserts, the legal marriage part *is* important. I've been officiating weddings since 2011, and this job is an absolute dream. I love helping couples strengthen their relationship as they transition from partnered to engaged to married, and I love standing beside you as you make promises to be kind, loving, and generous in spirit. Let's get a conversation started about how I can help make your ceremony personalized to you, make your guests laugh or cry but never yawn, and make your confidence in your relationship shine through your wedding day smiles.


Emily Racic, PhD, is a relationship expert and wedding officiant for couples marrying in Maryland. This exclusive wedding officiant limits the number of weddings performed to 10 or 12 every year, in order to be fully devoted to each couple. Emily also helps some couples through virtual relationship coaching. Located in Bethesda, Maryland, this officiant serves couples in Maryland. She is not authorized to officiate in Virginia.

Emily understands the difference between planning a marriage and planning a wedding, and helps couples prepare for both. Emily is a minister for the American Fellowship Church and is honored to officiate both same-sex and heterosexual couples' weddings.

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Ceremonies officiated by this officiant typically last less than 30 minutes. She officiates any type of wedding, including civil unions, secular, interfaith, non-religious, rehearsal, single religion, and vow renewal. She can serve non-denominational couples as well as a range of religions and beliefs, including couples from different faith traditions. Couples who wish to strengthen their relationship through coaching will find her approach positive and hopeful, strengths-based and warm, and focused on building relationship skills.

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Ceremony Rehearsal
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Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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Premarital Counseling

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No Denomination

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Less than 30 mins.

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Gwen A. Married on 07/11/2020
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Highly recommend as a secular alternative

We had a great experience doing the Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling sessions and having Emily officiate our "minimony" wedding ceremony. (Because of the pandemic, we postponed our wedding event to next summer, so we're also looking forward to our future ceremony, with her officiating again in 2021!) Our Prepare/Enrich sessions with Emily gave our marriage a confident foundation -- we highly recommend the experience. It compliments the fun of wedding planning with deeper conversations, insights and love. It brings a whole new level of depth and personal connection to the officiant role, too. We really appreciated Emily's work throughout. Thanks Emily!
Krista Married on 06/01/2019
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Smartest Pre-Wedding Decision!

My husband and I cannot say enough good things about working with Emily. Since we don't go to church consistently, we didn't want a random pastor performing our wedding. Thankfully we found Emily and did five pre-marital sessions with her. We used the Prepare-Enrich materials for about two of our sessions to get started and then Emily did a wonderful job of tailoring our following sessions to us more specifically.

When it came to plan the wedding ceremony, Emily made it super easy and provided us with a lot of guidance on how to customize our ceremony to incorporate the traditional religious moments that were important to our families but also incorporate moments and language that felt true to us.

Emily was great on the day of the wedding and after getting to know each other so well, she ended up being such a wonderful calming presence on our actual wedding day.

Logistically, she took care of all of the marriage license steps and it was easy to schedule sessions with her that fit our schedule.

If you're doing the five-part counseling with her, we'd recommend starting that sooner that you finish up with a least 3 or 4 months to spare so you can focus on the final wedding details.
Tacy L. Married on 05/05/2019
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Loved working with Emily

Emily is wonderful! We're so happy that she officiated our wedding and facilitated our premartial counseling. We met with her several times before the wedding, around a few topics of our choice (finances, family planning, etc.). We found this to be really helpful in learning how to talk through challenges that we may face as a married couple. It was also a great way to get to know Emily, and vice versa. She was very flexible and right on point when it came to writing our ceremony - she understood what we wanted, and helped us put together a beautiful ceremony that we loved (and that our family and friends loved, too!). We especially needed guidance around creating a ceremony that would incorporate our shared interests and our different religious backgrounds, and Emily made sure that everything flowed together beautifully. She was great to work with on the big day, too; the ceremony was smooth and totally stress-free. Thank you so much, Emily!
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Emily Racic
Emily Racic
Officiant + Relationship Coach

Hi! Nice to meet you. I'm Emily Racic, PhD, the owner of a private therapy practice in Bethesda, MD. I love helping couples flourish and being an officiant is my favorite way to support you on your journey towards a healthy, happy marriage.

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Tiffani Stevenson Lloyd & Associates Tiffani Stevenson Lloyd & Associates Wedding Officiants

Emily is a fantastic therapist! She will help you prepare for a wonderful wedding and happy marriage.


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