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Officiant in Washington, DC,
(202) 253-3629
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    Beatrice N.

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  • We made the right decision getting Rev. Starlene as our officiant. From the beginning, she was so kind and understanding especially on our wants. She took time to get to know us as a couple before sending us a draft of the ceremony. She also mailed us a copy of her workbook that contains all the information we need along with a guide on how to create personalized vows. My husband and I however decided to just go with one of her pre-made vows since it resonated with us. On the day itself, the ceremony started on time. She conducted the ceremony in such a heart-felt way that even the guests felt it. Most of them approached me during the reception to say that the officiant was so good. She also stayed even after the ceremony and interacted with our guests. I find this to be a nice gesture and also, she didn't make us feel rushed. The marriage license was mailed right away as well. Over-all, such a wonderful experience! I suggest you call her right away and you'll feel the warmness in her... Read more

    Cathy G.

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  • Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was considerate and assisted us in deciding the type of wedding that would work for us. She took time to ask pertinent questions that made our ceremony feel as though she knew us for years. That special touch made all the difference. She made all of us feel at ease even though we were from out of state and our guests were from Europe. Rev. Starlene handled the marriage license and literally everything went off without a hitch! (Well, we were now hitched, but wasn't that the goal !?!) Thank you for a perfect wedding!

    Imani P.

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  • Reverend Joyner is amazing! I reached out to reverend Joyner to perform a signature package for my fiancé and I. She was very responsive and was able to provide exactly what we needed.

    Tara

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  • Thank you for coming to our rescue! We didn’t want to wait until the courthouse opened to get married, plus we wanted a ceremony catered to our needs. Our officiant was professional, responsive and gave great suggestions to fit the wants and desires of our ceremony location and vows. You helped to make our wedding enjoyable, memorable and stress free!

    Brittnee A.

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  • When you hire Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, you get more than a wedding officiant--you get a true motivator whose positivity and words of support will only help make your wedding day that much more special. I found Rev. Starlene doing a search online for officiants who were experienced with elopements or micro weddings. My finace and I were very short on time and had limited ceremony options due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After my first talk with Rev. Starlene, I already felt some of my anxiety go away. She helped me think through the options of a pop-up ceremony and even suggested our location, the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. Although we had originally planned to get married outside, she was very flexible when I told her we were changing to indoors at the Residence Inn Marriott due the rainy weather forecast for our wedding day. She counseled and mentored me all the way through to the end and reassured me that our wedding was happening no matter the weather or location and that we ... Read more

    Sylvia M.

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  • Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns officiated our civil ceremony. It was short & sweet and memorable. She did everything possible to make us feel comfortable and was very patient with video glitches I encountered.

    Dee

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  • Ms Starlene was an amazing officiant. She was very helpful to my wife and I during the whole process. Thanks again Ms Starlene

    Cedric

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  • Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns was amazing to work with from the pre-wedding consultations all the way to our special wedding day! She was always available to answer any questions that we had about our ceremony and communication on the day of (she had two weddings to officiate) was perfect. She provided everything we needed to plan our ceremony with several options to chose from and allowed us to customize some sections as well. Rev. Burns was extremely professional but also very fun to be around and kept us relaxed throughout the process. I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to have a memorable wedding ceremony!

    Alex S.

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  • Rev. Burns was extremely professional and very pleasant to work with. She worked with us to make the ceremony exactly how we wanted it and was very open to making any adjustments we requested. We received numerous compliments on the ceremony, and people specifically mentioned how great Rev. Burns was. Highly recommend!

    Nat M.

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  • Starlene is an absolute professional and we are glad she performed our ceremony. She was very responsive (through email/ text/ phone call), was there on time and even gave us suggestions about the traffic (DC was crowded) for that day. The ceremony was beautiful and she is very personable and sweet. A+ officiant, thank you very much Starlene for being part of our special day!

    Aleisha M.

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  • My husband and I were married on 3/16/2019, and we both loved working with Rev. Burns. We had actually scheduled with her a few months prior, but decided to hold off for a while. When we were finally ready, we provided a short week-of notice for our wedding date, then had to change the date again because we wanted to include photography and needed a date that it would not rain. Rev. Burns was friendly and professional even with our last minute adjustments. I still do not know why my husband was so anxious to be married so soon, but in any case, Rev. Burns worked with us as we let her know what we envisioned for our private elopement at Union Station, and she provided suggestions for a couple of props that would look amazing in our photos. Working with Rev. Burns on the day of was actually a really fun experience. She is a real, down-to-earth person and is very easy to talk to. She made us feel at ease every step of the day, from our ceremony to our photography session. She made us ... Read more

    Alexsis M.

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  • Reverend Burns was a delight to work with. We had decided on a last-minute intimate ceremony with just our parents in attendance. We didn't know much about what to expect on our special day, but Reverend Burns helped us pull it all together. We wanted to jump the broom but realized we had waited too long to order our own. Gratefully, she was able to lend her personal broom to us - and it was gorgeous! Our intimate ceremony was divine thanks to her. I would highly recommend Reverend Burns if you appreciate working with someone experienced in officiating all types of ceremonies. She provides the type of guidance one needs when planning a meaningful event like a marriage, even when you don't have much time to plan.

    Cheryl

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  • My husband and I had a New Year's Eve (12/31/2017) ceremony at a friends studio. She came highly recommended for this event and I am very thankful for the recommendation. She provided a questionnaire for us to complete and her website answered a lot of my questions ahead of time. We exchanged texts a few times and we also could have Skyped, met in person or talked over the phone, if needed. She provided the ceremony details ahead of time and my family felt the words were exactly meant for us. The delivery of the wedding was superb.

    Amy

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  • Rev. Burns officiated our simple civil ceremony on September 7, 2018 at the DC War Memorial. She provided a script ahead of time that we were encouraged to edit as desired. She incorporated our edits without question and suggested the placement of two poems that we wished to be read during the ceremony. I spoke with Rev. Burns one time and we met her as a couple the week before the ceremony. She was punctual to our meeting and to the ceremony. She has a great sense of humor and style! The ceremony turned out just as we had planned and it was just what we had intended. Rev. Burns took care of all the official paperwork afterwords. I would highly recommend Rev. Burns.

    Tuleda P.

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  • Who knew that it was possible to find someone to officiate your wedding online? I had no idea, and was really leary at first, but once I started consulting with Rev. Burns, I became more comfortable with the idea. She has had so much experience officiating and knew all the right questions to ask, and was never judgemental about any of our choices. Our ceremony took place in our home, and was small and intimate, and she performed it in a way that made it feel very special for us. If I could have changed anything, I would say that perhaps coming into our home a little earlier, and spending a little time prior to the ceremony and getting to know us in person would have been nice. We had no problems whatsoever with the official documents that DC required, and that was a relief that the business part of the process was done perfectly as well. Thank you, Rev. Burns, for your professionalism, your expertise, and your kindness.
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