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.
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Kristina · Married on 06/29/2019
One of the best decisions we made for our wedding
It has been hard for me to write this review because I can't find the words to express how special Joan made our day. Joan was so helpful with every step of our ceremony. She had so many unique ideas and really understood us as a couple. She was very detail oriented and organized. She had a lot of different ideas to choose from and really worked to make our ceremony a reflection of us and our love for each other. We had talked with Joan a few times and met with her in person and she was so easy to talk to and we felt like she was a part of our family. So many of our guests asked us about her after the wedding and ceremony and how we managed to find her. People thought that we had already known her before the wedding because she seemed to understand us so well. I even had a friend and her husband tell us that they wanted to get married again because they would do their ceremony again just like ours. We had numerous people tell us that it was the best wedding ceremony they had ever seen and experienced. All (or most of it) was all Joan. She is the best! I can't recommend Joan enough for her amazing work and ability to understand a couple and make the wedding ceremony a perfect stress free experience!Sent on 07/29/2019
Angelika · Married on 05/25/2019
Joan is brilliant. Amazing. Flawless.
I could write a 600-page book on how utterly amazing Joan is. I booked Joan on a whim after seeing 111 FIVE STAR reviews. If there were 100 stars, I would give her that in a heartbeat.Sent on 05/27/2019
Joan met us at a coffee shop in our neck of the woods in Arlington, came prepared with a folder and super helpful and thorough materials to help us prepare for the ceremony, took copious amounts of notes, and genuinely got to know me and my fiance. I instantly knew shew as going to be our officiant and wrote her a check the minute I came home.
Joan wrote us the most personalized, customized, eloquent ceremony I could have ever imagined. She gave us the BEST and most creative ideas to perfect our ceremony and tailor it for us, as we didn't want a google template ceremony.
Days before our wedding, she reviewed the notes she took months' before our wedding to make sure we incorporated all of the things that were important to us that had slipped our minds in midst of last-minute prep. We were so grateful that she remembered and captured it!
Joan arrived early to everything - rehearsal day, wedding day, and was exceedingly prepared for every event. She was available via coffee, text, email, google drive comments until the wee hours of the morning, and phone for last minute changes and additions.
Joan was uber flexible to work with and was a true godsend in every sense of the word.
I would hire her a million times over. She was the consummate professional and the ceremony was absolutely flawless thanks to her and her talents.
You'd be truly remiss not to hire her. She'll blow you away.
Jessica · Married on 05/25/2019
Beautiful Personalized Service
Joan was recommended to us by our incredible wedding coordinator, GLOW Weddings and Events and we were thrilled with her. She met with us before our wedding and asked so many careful and detailed questions, and then had us complete an extensive questionnaire and the results were amazing. She made excellent recommendations about the flow of the service, and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. People kept telling me how personal it was and that it were as though she'd known us forever. We wanted a non-religious ceremony and she absolutely respected that and still made it feel sacred and intimate. We were thrilled with our choice in Joan.Sent on 06/09/2019
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!