Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant, is a professional wedding officiant based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Joan works with couples throughout Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia, and is also registered to officiate in Delaware, Minnesota, and Colorado. A certified celebrant, she has performed nearly 300 wedding ceremonies--for gatherings large and small, or with just the couple. These ceremonies range from completely secular to "spiritual but not religious" to interfaith or faith-inspired, and often include ethnic or cultural traditions in a meaningful way. She works closely with each couple to create a unique ceremony that reflects who they are, celebrates their love for each other, and conveys what it means to them personally to be making this lifelong commitment. Then she conducts the ceremony seamlessly, expressively, and joyfully!
Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant, offers each couple a complimentary consultation to explore how their ceremony might flow, so that they can get a great sense of whether she is the person they'd like to have as their officiant. Her fee is all-inclusive, covering all her time and services, including rehearsal when desired and submittal of their signed marriage license. Couples who choose may obtain a complete ceremony script for their review, changes, and approval.
133 Reviews for Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant
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Allyson Savin · Getting married on 07/01/2022
Perfectly customized ceremony
We held a private ceremony in our home. Joan really listened to us and understood our desire for a short ceremony, yet still filled it with all the love and customization we could have hoped for! She was professional and, in short, the perfect pick. So glad we went with her.Sent on 02/14/2020
Remi Maggio · Getting married on 06/11/2022
Joan is WONDERFUL in every way!
We could not recommend Joan more! She made our elopement ceremony better and more special than we ever could have hoped for. We customized every aspect of it, and the resources she provided beforehand helped us immensely. She was so easy to contact with questions and so easy-going and so well-spoken at the ceremony. She filed our marriage license so quickly the following day and made sure to follow up with us with instructions as we were out of state and mailing the paperwork in for certified copies. All in all you should stop what you're doing right now and hire Joan to be your officiant, you will not regret it!Sent on 09/11/2020
Gina Villavicencio · Getting married on 05/03/2022
Joan is amazing!
Joan was kind, thoughtful, warm, and made everything seem so easy and just right. She the took time to get to know us in person and by asking insightful questions and beautifully weaved our love story into the wedding script.Sent on 05/13/2020
We were delighted with the outcome and will forever be grateful for all the extra work she did, as we got married during the pandemic.
Joan - Please stay lovely and healthy, as we last saw you under that gorgeous cherry blossom tree for our nuptials.
Dan & Gigi
I had the pleasure to work with Joan this past weekend. Joan was very responsive to emails throughout the planning process, attended the walk thru to help guide the bride thru the logistics and delivered an incredibly seamless ceremony. I was most impressed with her cue sheet. As a planner, I love how prepared she was!