Civil Ceremony Officiant to perform your wedding ceremony!
???My name is Theresa Thoden and I'm a civil ceremony celebrant from the greater metropolita!n area of Washington, DC. I received a lifetime appointment to perform Rites of Matrimony from the Fauquier County Court and am authorized to perform marriage rites in Virginia and Maryland. I grew up in Northern Virginia, and together with my husband of more than 20 years and our two daughters (now grown), have made it our permanent home.
I've been performing ceremonies since 2003. My aim is for every one of the couples I work with to create a ceremony they are proud to invite their friends and family to - rather than dread as an inescapable formality they feel they're forcing their guests to endure. I draw on the invaluable inspiration my own marriage has been, and listen carefully to couples as they share their own ideas and plans. I write each ceremony individually after reflecting on all a couple has shared with me about their love story, their families & traditions, their goals, and their personal style.
I'm proud to have earned a reputation for one-of-a-kind ceremonies that are surprisingly enjoyable to witness, and are cherished memories for those I’ve joined together as family. I feel honored by my role and enjoy meeting so many fascinating people. Hopefully, I’ll be fortunate enough to meet you too!
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Jodi · Married on 06/06/2009
Theresa Thoden did an outstanding job. From day one, she was responsive and super helpful and super friendly. She made us feel special throughout the entire planning process of the ceremony. She is very reliable and looked beautiful the day of our wedding (her dress even matched our wedding colors perfectly). Theresa is so easy to work with. She helped us create a special ceremony with several personalized touches and made it all so easy to do. My father had heart surgery 5 days before the wedding and we didn't think he'd make it. Theresa and her husband came prepared with the webcam all set up for us. My father was able to make the trip but got ill the night of the wedding and couldn't leave his room so we are so grateful for the recording of the ceremony. Theresa is a delight to work with and provides amazing, friendly service. We are so grateful that Theresa officiated our ceremony. Thank you Theresa!Sent on 06/20/2009
Lynette · Married on 05/30/2009
I cant even begin to say how much of a pleasure it was working with Theresa Thoden. We got engaged in January and only a few short days later my father became very ill, so the wedding had to be planned in a very short 4 month period. I originally called Theresa (http://www.idopronounceyou.com/) to inquire about officiant services and received a lot more than I ever expected. Not only was this a very difficult time for me due to my fathers illness but the stress and headaches of planning a wedding were taking its toll. Theresa was extremely dependable, professional in every possible way. I felt as though this wasnt just a service I was paying to have done but I was gaining a friend. Someone who truly cared about what was happening in my life and wanted to help me through it. She not only provided officiant services but was able to help me with my ceremony music (which was absolutely beautiful- thank you so much Christy and Devon). ME and my fiancé recently purchased our first house and wanted to have our rehearsal dinner at the new house so all of our out of town guests could celebrate with us. She provided everything I needed for my rehearsal BBQ dinner (tables/chairs/linens/cups/decorations/plastic cutlery that looked like real silver). She also set everything up for me as well and had tents on hand in case the weather turned. She has these darling 2 seater resin chairs with small tables that provide an intimate atmosphere. Her prices are unbelievably reasonable, I will definitely use her services again and recommend her to everyone !!!! Im sad to say that my father passed before our wedding date. Theresa handled the situation with such a delicate manner. She customized our ceremony to pay respects to him but was subtle enought that it didnt overpower the event, it was perfect. Thank you Theresa, I couldnt have accomplished this without you !!!Sent on 06/12/2009
Melissa & Jori · Married on 04/25/2009
Theresa performed well above any reasonable measure of excellence in officiating our wedding.Sent on 06/01/2009
Theresa was easy to contact at any point during the pre-wedding process. She was interested not just in giving us what we wanted for a ceremony but also in making it painless and fun to plan as well allowing us as much input on the ceremony as we wished without taking any offense to changes or suggestions that we made. Theresa is a well of knowledge: she knows people in all elements of the business so she can make suggestions about anything you need to know; she knows what is traditional, what sounds good, what is easy, what is fun, etc.
Theresa arrived on our wedding day before even the bridegroom (who was organizing the pre-wedding stuff) got there and was already making sure that everything was set up. She was prepared and helped make sure that all elements of the ceremony outside her control were aware of what was going on. We both musicians and we have seen how typical officiants treat musicians with a mild to total neglect. We were particularly impressed at how she was willing to talk and work with musicians that were not a part of her organization and make sure that they knew what was going on. Having played as many weddings as we have combined, we can tell you that this is a more critical asset than you can ever know if you are not a musician. If you want the best out of your musicians, make sure that the officiant and the musicians are on the same page about everything. Theresa will do that for you without you needing to worry about anything. Like all weddings, there were some minor glitches but everything was beautiful. Theresa's words were inspiring and her preparations paided off in making our wedding go wonderfully.
Theresa handled everything quickly and efficiently without us needing to worry. By the time we had returned from our honeymoon, Theresa had already finished everything without any need for worry on our part (exception: see next section).
Theresa offered for us (we were the trial wedding) and will be offering in the future a web casting and web conferencing of the wedding so that your important persons whom for whatever reason cannot make it to the wedding can see a streaming video and audio of the wedding and the reception. In our case, the bridegroom's grandfather who had a heart attack a week before my wedding, the bride's good friend who lives in the UK, and others got to watch our ceremony and then we were able to talk to them during the reception. Further, Theresa and her husband recorded the ceremony during the afore mentioned broadcast. We got a nice, though not "professional", video of our ceremony without the price of hiring an expensive videographer. The editing of the video, as this was the trial run, took a little while longer than our honeymoon to complete and there were a few minor glitches in the post-ceremony contact with the tele-attendees of the wedding. However, we believe that, after an excellent trial run which left all of the tele-attendees very happy, Theresa and her husband's service in this regard can only get better.
We would highly recommend Theresa. You could not as for a more personally caring officiant who will do everything in her power to make your wedding wonderful and give you exactly what you want. Having attended many weddings, as musicians working for the bride and bridegroom, we can say that Theresa shattered our preconceptions of the problems that officiants have. She was wonderful! I would give her 6 stars in Value and Quality of Service in particular if I could.
I couldn't say enough about Theresa Thoden with Ceremonious. I have had the privilege of being a part of two weddings involving Theresa, and she did such an amazing job. She listens intently to her clients, and goes above and beyond to make each wedding day unique and special. Theresa is incredibly professional in the way that she officiates each ceremony and, at the same time, has the ability to connect on a personal level with her clients. I would definitely recommend Ceremonious to all couples seeking a quality officiant for their wedding ceremony!
Theresa is wonderful to work with. As a planner I really appreciated your thoroughness and the documents she gave my client to review were top-notch! She even planned out the ceremony music and provided a outline of the program including it in printed and voice format. I look forward to working with her in the future and highly recommend her services. You will not be disappointed.
We highly recommend Theresa! She is professional, friendly, fun, and is a wonderful officiant.