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Mary Johnson is a wedding officiant based in Nashua, New Hampshire, who believes no wedding should be boring. Mary specializes in personalized ceremonies that focus on the unique stories and relationships of each couple she works with. Mary’s attentive approach ensures that her couples' ceremonies are deeply meaningful both to her couples and to their guests. Not your least expensive officiant, working with Mary is about relationship. You’ll pronounce your vows in front of an officiant who knows and cares about you — because the three of you have worked together to create a gorgeous ceremony that you and your guests will never forget. Mary's officiant calendar is full for 2022. She is currently accepting requests for 2023 and beyond.


To tell your personal story, Mary will bring her professional writing expertise: Mary's work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today and other publications, as well as her award-winning memoir. An experienced public speaker, Mary has not only officiated dozens of weddings, but has also been featured at national conventions, on college campuses, on television and radio, and on the award-winning podcast The Turning, where her voice is heard in nearly every episode. A seasoned event planner, Mary pays special attention to coordinating her services with your venue contact, musicians or DJ, and others connected with your big day. Though Mary respects religious faith and appreciates ritual (she was a nun for twenty years), Mary's ceremonies as a Humanist celebrant express a positive, non-theistic philosophy instead of religious faith.

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Understanding that a wedding officiant helps a couple perform a very personal act of commitment in a rather public setting, Mary finds that a wedding works best when a couple and their officiant aren't strangers. Mary gets to know her couples well and works with them through several meetings, either in person or virtually, to get ceremonies just right. Mary Johnson, Humanist Celebrant provides comprehensive packages to make sure her clients receive the attention to detail they deserve. This includes several consultations, a rehearsal, a bound copy of your ceremony, and more. Further service options include, but are not limited to:

  • Bilingual ceremonies
  • Civil unions
  • Baby namings
  • Coming-of-age celebrations
  • New home blessings
  • and even Celebrations of Life, memorial services, and funerals

  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned
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Ceremony Rehearsal
Vow Renewal
Civil Union

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No Denomination

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Less than 30 mins.
30-60 mins.

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Rica E. Sent on 12/03/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mary's an exceptional officiant

Working with Mary was a fantastic experience. She respond fast to our inquiries before the wedding. During our elopement, which included 14 guests and people streamed live online, everyone praised Mary for being a wonderful officiant. Her heartfelt ceremony left an emotional impact on all of us, making the occasion truly special. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND her!
Tiffany J. Sent on 10/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Mary Johnson is the best!


There are moments in life when words seem inadequate when emotions run too deep for language to capture. As a group of five best friends embarking on an extraordinary journey to celebrate our collective love and commitment to each other, we needed someone who could truly understand and honor the essence of our unique bond. Mary Johnson was that beacon of understanding and light.

From the moment we met Mary, we felt an overwhelming sense of warmth and understanding. Her radiant spirit and genuine love for what she does shines through every interaction. Mary isn’t just a celebrant; she is an artist of the human spirit, weaving together stories, emotions, and dreams into a tapestry that perfectly encapsulates the unique journey of each group or couple she works with.

Our wedding wasn't the conventional union of two; it was a sacred circle of five. Five souls standing in perfect harmony, where no one stands in front and no one stands behind, no one stands higher, and no one stands lower. Mary immediately grasped the profound significance of our circle. She understood that in our circle, we are all equal, all cherished, and all pivotal to the magic we share. And she captured this with her signature sparkle, bringing our vision to life in a way that exceeded all our expectations.

The comprehensive package she offers is testament to her commitment to excellence. Every consultation felt like a cherished conversation between lifelong friends. She genuinely listened to each of our stories, our wishes, and our shared dreams for the future.

On our big day, Mary delivered a ceremony that celebrated our unique bond, leaving not a single dry eye among us.

In Mary, we didn’t just find a celebrant; we found a friend, a confidante, and a beacon of light guiding our group's shared journey. If you are looking for someone to truly honor your unique story and make your day unforgettable, Mary Johnson is the one. She gifts memories that last a lifetime.

Thank you, Mary, for making our day immeasurably beautiful. Our circle of love is forever grateful.
Kimberly S. Sent on 10/07/2023
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Incredibly personalized service from an exceptional human

Mary helped us to create not just a memorable ceremony but the experience of our lives! It was truly out of our dreams!
Mary worked with us to find the most meaningful way to celebrate and honor our love, helped us to craft our vows and joyfully delivered a magical seal to bless our union.
I will never be able to adequately express how grateful we are for her authentic care & joy as she helped us tie the knot! Thank you Mary!
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