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Officiant in Silver Spring, MD,

Joan Phillips, Officiant & Celebrant

10150 Sutherland Road
Silver Spring, MD, MD
Services: Officiant | Login to save vendor
(301) 325-4342
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  • 133 Reviews


    Brittany Naill

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  • Joan is THE SWEETEST, most professional, easy to work with officiant. We could not have chosen a better person to entrust with our ceremony. We opted to fill out her questionnaire and let her surprise us with the rest, and we couldn't have been happier as a result. She was able to weave together meaningful, intimate details with a little humor - per our request to give a very sweet, light, but romantic ceremony. After meeting with her, having her work with us for the ceremony and rehearsal, she feels more like family to us.

    Johanna

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  • I hired Joan literally like 3-4 weeks before my wedding and I was so happy I was being picky! My husband and I were looking for a non-generic wedding ceremony that really explain us and showed our family and friends the love we share. Joan delivered that! She had each of us fill out a questionnaire asking our point of views in the relationship. She also helped us pick our vows and poems we wanted to include in the ceremony. It was beautiful what she came up with! My family raved about the ceremony and some even said it was the best one they've ever been too. If you want a personalized ceremony, pick Joan!

    Vianna

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  • My husband and I realized early on in our planning process that we wanted a non-denominational officiant, as we were going to have an interfaith ceremony at a secular venue. Thus began the scramble to find the right person to whom we would entrust the creation and carrying out of the most important part of our wedding: the ceremony. We were so lucky to find Joan! Joan was wonderful to work with from day one. She is friendly and warm, professional and organized. She's a great listener who really gets to know you. Her questionnaire is good for your ceremony and good for you—it makes you sit down and think about why you love the person you are marrying, which is a nice thing to do between calls to florists and DJs. Joan used our answers to her questionnaire to craft our wedding ceremony story, so what she read at our ceremony was a perfect combination of our own words and hers (and she is a very good writer!). In our meetings and emails leading up to the wedding, Joan helped us to... Read more

    Kristina

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  • 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... Read more

    Jessica

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  • 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.

    Angelika

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  • 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. 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 gra... Read more

    Dan Clifford

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  • Joan was amazing to work with. Guided us through the whole process and very accommodating. All of our guests thought that we must have known her forever because she made the ceremony so personalized and about us. It was very beautiful and we were touched by it.

    Ankita

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  • We cannot thank Joan enough for the beautiful ceremony she provided us on Saturday! We both enjoyed it so much and felt it was just perfect for us -- somehow she took exactly what we wanted from our ceremony and put it into words more eloquently than we possibly could have. She artfully wove everything from the location to our family to our own history together so perfectly — it was really really amazing. I will recommend Joan in a heartbeat to anyone!

    Blerta

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  • Joan is amazing! From the first phone call we felt right at ease with her. We meet up and she listened to us and paid careful attention to what we had to say. She delivered an amazing ceremony and it was so personal that everyone asked if she was a friend or family. She is very sweet and we were lucky to have her as our officiant. Made our day that much more special. Thank you Joan!

    Karla

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  • Working with Joan proved to be one of the best decisions we took regarding our small, intimate ceremony. She made sure to ask a lot of questions so she could make it a personalized experience. In fact, our ceremony was an extremely intimate event (just my fiancé, Joan and myself) but she made it feel so much more special than what we anticipated. You can see she enjoys what she does and goes above and beyond her duties. I encourage other couples to reach out to Joan for their wedding ceremonies, they will be very much delighted. Jorge & Karla

    Aaron Henderson

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  • Joan was amazing and took time to get to know us and make our ceremony special. Highly recommend. Thanks so much for the memories Joan!

    Amanda

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  • Where to begin. When my now husband and I started wedding planning, looking for an officiant was on the top of our to-do list. After some research I came across Joan and I am so glad that I did! Joan is seriously one of the nicest people I’ve ever met! My husband and I didn’t know where to begin with planning our ceremony and Joan was so helpful. She is patient and took the time to get to know my husband and I and our love story so that she could incorporate it into our ceremony. We spent a good amount of time with her on the phone planning and just chatting and she really helped us to understand how the flow of the ceremony would be. She provided us with great resources to help us think about what we did and didn’t want to include in the ceremony and ideas of what we could do. A couple of weeks before the wedding we even met to grab coffee and discuss all the details in person. My husband and I knew after leaving the coffee shop that day that the ceremony was going to be special... Read more

    Kelly Kessler

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  • Joan was great to work with for our wedding. My husband and I were looking to have an interfaith ceremony - Christian and Jewish, and Joan was very helpful. The first time we met she gave us plenty of materials to review so that we could brainstorm what kind of structure and material we wanted to include. She really got to know us and was just super pleasant to work with. After we filled out her thorough questionnaire, she put together a first draft and was very open to our edits. On the wedding weekend, she came to rehearsal and did an amazing job at the wedding. She was on time and looked great. We thought she delivered the ceremony very well - Joan is clearly a great public speaker, she kept the guests engaged and brought personality to the ceremony that we loved. We thought she was very professional and everyone commented on what a wonderful job she did.

    Martha

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  • Joan is wonderful! After only one in-person meeting and a few phone calls, she was able to craft a personalized ceremony that perfectly fit who we are as a couple. Joan is extremely responsive and professional and had a variety of resources for us to consult as we finalized the ceremony details. It was a pleasure working with Joan, and we highly recommend her to DC-area couples looking for a wedding officiant!

    Marelle

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  • Joan is wonderful. She offers a wide range of styles of services from religious to secular. She is very thorough in writing her ceremony script by getting to know you via questionnaires and recommended readings. She's also the nicest woman on the planet.

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