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Joan Phillips is a professional wedding officiant and certified celebrant who has created and conducted hundreds of ceremonies, each one unique, for couples throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia, and beyond. She works closely with each couple to ensure that their ceremony reflects who they are and what they desire, honors and celebrates their love for each other, and conveys what it means to them personally to be making this commitment. Her ceremonies range from completely personal and secular to "spiritual but not religious" to interfaith or faith-inspired, and often include ethnic or cultural traditions in a meaningful way. Whether a ceremony is part of a large celebration or smaller one, or just for the couple, she conducts it expressively, seamlessly, and joyfully!

Services Offered
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.

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Ceremony Rehearsal

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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

What religious affiliations do you serve?

Baha'i Faith
No Denomination
Orthodox Christian

On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?

Less than 30 mins.

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Tainah Married on 10/21/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Experience

We couldn't have made a better decision! Joan was incredibly patient and kind with us.
I am a photographer and I photograph weddings all the time, specially small ones. I have seen many officiants and I can say for sure Joan is one of, if not THE best I have ever seen. I am used to see plenty of officiants being impersonal, too fast and even "cold" sometimes. Joan not only tried to connect with us before the ceremony, asking questions, wanting to know how we met, but she also incorporated it all to our ceremony, making us feel special.

My husband and I are so happy with our choice and I would definitely recommend her to anyone!

Thank you Joan, you have helped us make our day even more special!
Yujing Married on 10/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A Heartfelt and Personalized Ceremony with Joan: A Wonderful Officiant

We had the pleasure of having Joan as our officiant for our wedding, and we couldn't have been happier with her services. What sets Joan apart is her incredible ability to create a personalized and heartfelt ceremony that truly reflected our love story. She is not one to simply copy and paste from a generic script; instead, she took the time to understand our journey and beautifully wove it into our ceremony. Joan's professionalism, warmth, and patience stood out throughout the entire process. She made us feel at ease, guiding us every step of the way. She is a wonderful officiant.
Chalo396 Married on 09/19/2023
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Joan made our wedding day super special!!

Joan was amazing!! she came all the way to us for the rehearsal on a raining day, gave us points and help us through everything on what to expect, she went above and beyond to make sure our day was memorable and amazing!!

I would highly recommend Joan for any wedding or anything at all!!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH JOAN!!! We are gonna remember you forever!!

Stephanie and Jose Quiroz!!
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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!


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