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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.
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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Highly recommend as a secular alternative
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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.
Loved working with Emily
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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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Emily is a fantastic therapist! She will help you prepare for a wonderful wedding and happy marriage.