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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


    luciana

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  • We had a fantastic experience with Joan!!! Our situation was somewhat special and Joan was really tactful. We are doing our religious ceremony in Italy in September but as part of the Italian regulations we needed to have the civil marriage before submitting all our paperwork. Our issue was that we did not want to spoil our Italian wedding by making a big deal out of our civil wedding. We explained this to Joan and she fully understood and delivered a beautiful ceremony. We met at a friend's house and invited people who cannot come to our wedding in Italy. The ceremony was small and cozy but Joan managed to make it special. Before the ceremony she asked us some questions about each other and then put our answers together in the sweetest of ways. I was surprised at how well crafted the ceremony speech was. We are very grateful to her for managing to deliver something special without spoiling our future ceremony!

    Erin

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  • We didn't have much time to get something together, but Joan was able to work with us to put together a lovely and very personal ceremony. We first met her for coffee and she was also able to come to the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. She was able to suggest readings and other personal touches and was incredibly open to how we wanted to structure the ceremony. She's super professional and easy to talk to - we're super happy we went with her!

    Lori

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  • Joan is EVERYTHING. She is so personable and gracious and knowledgeable. She met with us several times, emailed back and forth with us, came to the rehearsal, and was all around perfect. I loved her book of wedding readings so much that she mailed me my own physical copy to keep. Her and her husband attended the reception as guests and she was a blast! Book Joan if you want a fun, personable, experienced, flawless officiant. Love Lori.

    Patrick

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  • We can't say enough good things about Joan. On top of being an amazing officiant she is an even better person and was a joy to work with. We wanted a very personal, non-religious ceremony that reflected on our relationship and Joan absolutely hit the nail on the head. Family and friends kept commenting to us how unique and personal the ceremony felt and asked how long we've known Joan for... which was only a few weeks! We'd recommend Joan to anyone as she has an amazing skill, and perfectly captured and relayed our relationship and feelings.

    Vnai

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  • This review is long overdue. My family is STILL talking about our wedding ceremony. Everyone absolutely loved Joan and she made our day unforgettable. It was as if she had known us for a lifetime. It’s really hard to describe how amazing she is as a person and an officiant but I’ll try. Joan is patient, kind, thoughtful & understanding. She was truly our favorite vendor because she let us just be us. She took the time to get to know my husband and I and It showed in our ceremony. There wasnt a dry eye in there. Joan - we truly can’t thank you enough!

    Kathleen

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  • Just perfect! Joan was so accommodating, meeting us in DC for an initial meet and greet; which was so smooth and comfortable we actually shared food. She has an ability to get to the heart of who a person is and relay it beautifully. Numerous guests at our wedding commented that it was the best or one of the best ceremonies they had ever experienced. Guests who didn't know our story were so happy to hear it and those who knew it enjoyed reliving it as Joan eloquently told it. I wanted lighthearted and humorous and she combined that with meaningful and tender. I cannot rave enough.

    Sean

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  • We cannot say a bad thing about Joan. She was absolutely the best. * Joan really worked with us to help us make the ceremony ours. We had a non-denominational ceremony that required a bit of customization. * She was willing to put the ceremony on any part of the religious / non-denominational spectrum that we chose * She provided a ton of samples that helped us better understand the language we wanted to choose * She was really patient, helping us craft the ceremony at what could only be described as last-minute :) * She had a great questionnaire which was fun to fill out, even under time pressure, and helped us really express how we felt about one another. * She had great suggestions and was really open to feedback, so we were able to make a lot of changes really quickly. In a few cases she also helped (gently) steer us away from choices we wanted to make in a way that really benefited the overall ceremony. * We heard so many compliments on how the ceremony was... Read more

    Kathleen

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  • We really enjoyed the process of creating our wedding ceremony with Joan. She captured so many of our thoughts and feelings for each other, and we loved how she wove the readings and songs we selected into a seamless script. Joan helped us create a ceremony that was joyful, fun, personal and filled with love. Many of our guests told us it was the best ceremony they had ever witnessed.

    Hannah

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  • Joan was amazing to work with. She really understood our vision for our wedding and offered us ideas and suggestions we hadn't even thought of. She's well versed and comfortable incorporating religious/cultural elements into a secular ceremony which we really appreciated. She was on time and responsive. So many people commented on how incredible and personal the ceremony was. They couldn't believe we had only just met Joan a few months prior. Highly recommend!!!

    Aubrey

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  • My Husband and I were so lucky to have found Joan! She just officiated out Sept. 23 wedding and it was wonderful. We were looking for a person who would help us create a special ceremony but didn't want anything overtly religious. Joan met with us several times and asked us insightful questions and used our answers to make a wonderfully personal and heartfelt ceremony. She was open to our non-traditional ideas and helped us incorporate some traditional elements to make it as special for our friends and family as it was for us. We cannot thank Joan enough!

    Neil

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  • We worked with Joan as the officiant for our wedding. We could not have been happier! Joan spent time with us before the wedding to help create a a very personal ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how much they loved her remarks and her style. Overall fantastic experience and would highly recommend working with Joan!

    Erica

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  • Joan was an amazing officiant! She met with us a few times and had us fill out a questionnaire to learn more about us as individuals and as a couple. She used that to put together a wonderful ceremony that was personal and exactly what we wanted. She also did an amazing job running our rehearsal, which was incredibly helpful. Everyone involved in the ceremony knew what to expect on the day. She was available to answer questions by phone or email anytime. We highly recommend her!!!

    Tory

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  • Joan created a wonderful ceremony for me and my husband. We first met with Joan in person to talk about ourselves and our wishes for our ceremony. She then sent us questionnaires to complete and a large collection of readings and vows to select from for our ceremony- it's a fair amount of work, but worth it! Joan then incorporated our answers and selections into a ceremony script, which we were able to review before the wedding (no surprises!). What Joan created for us was beautiful, personal, and deeply meaningful. At the rehearsal and ceremony, Joan was there early, gave clear directions and cues, and led the ceremony perfectly. You can tell that Joan enjoys performing wedding ceremonies, and that she cares about you as a couple. We are very happy that she officiated our wedding!

    Jake

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  • My wife and I recently got married and Joan was our officiant. We had to find an officiant last minute as the person we previously had hired let us down, Joan jumped straight into the seat and talked to both my wife and I over the phone to make our ceremony a personal one. She was very responsive and got back in touch before the special day to finalize the ceremony. On the day Joan arrived 30 mins before we got married to go over any last minute issues and go through a few things with me and my wife. The ceremony couldn't have gone better and Joan had done a beautiful job. I would recommend Joan Phillips to anyone that is looking for a personal intimate ceremony, very much worth every penny.

    Shanna

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  • We received a fantastic recommendation from ETC Coordinator to reach out to Joan. And she was an absolute pleasure to work with! Joan makes you feel as though she had known you and your fiancé since the beginning of your relationship. Our parents adored her as did all of our guests! The ceremony was personal and lighthearted all at the same time. We couldn't say enough wonderful things about this woman :-).

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