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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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    Lauren

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  • Joan Phillips did an amazing job officiating our wedding! We didn't even know where to start with our ceremony, other than knowing we did not want it to be religious. Joan provided us with wonderful resources to choose from: 100+ readings, both traditional and more offbeat vows, ring vows, and more. We simply picked what we wanted and answered her questionnaire (which included some really thought-provoking questions), and she did all the work! She came up with a very personalized ceremony that included our own "love story" (the story of how we met), and she even found ways to incorporate our dog (at my request). On top of being a very talented writer and story teller, Joan is also an excellent speaker. She really put flair and even some humor into our ceremony and has great delivery. There were even a few points where everyone broke out in laughter, which I loved. So many of our guests commented on how personal and touching our ceremony was, and they even assumed that we had known Joan... Read more

    Aimee

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  • We found Joan via an internet search only a month prior to our wedding date. We didn't know if we would be able to find someone to marry us the day after Thanksgiving, but she was available and happily willing to meet with us to plan a ceremony. We met with Joan about two weeks prior to our ceremony. She came to our meeting on time and prepared to listen and share her ideas. The moment she sat down with us, we felt comfortable with her. By the end of our meeting, it felt as though she was a friend of our family. Using the questionnaire that she provided for us and the readings/vows that we sent to her, she created a beautiful, touching ceremony that was perfect for our unique situation. Our guests thought that we must have known Joan for awhile because of how personal and beautiful her words were. We could not have asked for a better experience.

    Bonnie

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  • Joan is the BEST! During our interactions with Joan, we felt that she genuinely cares about us as a couple, our wedding and our friends and family. She took the time to customize our unique Indian/Dutch fusion wedding, and respected all of our wishes and requests in the ceremony. Our friends and family were so touched by the ceremony, and kept asking us "where we found her!?". She is a very talented write and speaker, and was definitely one of the best parts of our wedding. By the end of all the festivities, we felt like we were all old family friends!

    Yana

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  • Joan was a wonderful officiant at our recent wedding, and we received many compliments for the ceremony that we designed together with her. We felt very comfortable with her from the beginning, appreciated her English lit background that was a great resource, felt she had fairer prices than a lot of other local officiants, and had great help from a binder she'd already created of all different ideas of ceremony rituals and wording which made it very easy for us to create our ceremony. She was extremely flexible up through the day of the wedding, and during the rehearsal we even added in a reading by my little brother that came out perfectly and was a beautiful touch to everything. I can't imagine our wedding ceremony being so wonderful without Joan, and so would highly recommend her.

    User2746365

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  • Joan was a brilliant officiant for our October 2012 wedding. With very little advance notice, she put together a ceremony for us that was heartfelt, warm, and full of personal details. Joan graciously gives her clients lots of free rein to design their ceremonies and can also provide structure and suggestions where you need gaps filled in. Even though our rehearsal was the second time we had ever seen Joan in person, her warmth, professionalism, and centeredness truly made her an anchor for us in a frantic and emotional time. Many of our guests mentioned to us how touched they were by our ceremony, and noted the same details that Joan helped us design-- acknowledgement of grandparents, homily on our communities, the story of how we fell in love-- as the elements they found most meaningful. We are so grateful to Joan for designing and performing our wonderful ceremony, and enthusiastically recommend her services!

    User2744853

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  • Joan was an absolutely pleasure to work with! She took the time to get to know us. Neither one of us is religious, so we didn't have a family reverend, etc., to marry us. When we met Joan, we knew right away she was the right officiant for us. She listened to us and also understood what we wanted in a ceremony. We wanted a non-religious ceremony, but one filled with spirituality and love. She is very organized and super responsive via email or phone. She took the time to help us with our wedding programs (she proofread for us) and traveled over an hour outside of DC for our rehearsal and wedding. The ceremony was so thoughtful and full of love. People are still talking about our ceremony and how much they enjoyed it!

    Sarah

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  • We knew we wanted Joan to be our officiant as soon as we met; what a wonderful, caring, genuinely lovely woman! Joan made us feel so at ease with our ceremony throughout the planning stages and on the big day itself. So many of our family & friends commented on how beautiful the ceremony was; it was heartfelt, personal and totally endearing, so much so that many asked how long Joan had known us for (they actually thought she was a very good friend of ours!) We cannot recommend Joan enough for her services and if we could do it all again we wouldn't hesitate in choosing her to be a part of our special occasion; thank you so much Joan!

    User2343634

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  • I am happy to recommend Joan as a wedding officiant. From our initial meeting it was clear that her aim was to work with me and my husband to create a wedding ceremony that would be a genuine reflection and celebration of the two of us. To facilitate that, Joan provided us with a series of written questions, to be completed how and to the extent we wished, as well as many sample vows, ring vows, readings, and other ideas to make our ceremony our own. She used our responses and selections to craft a ceremony that we, our friends, and our families found beautiful and touching. Joan was a kind presence and a consummate professional who made our wedding day better.

    Crystal

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  • We loved working with Joan. My husband and I were unable to secure an officiant (we wanted a friend to marry us) until we found Joan a week and a half before our wedding. Joan had another commitment later that evening but fit us in and was very flexible and professional. Despite the short timeline Joan made us feel relaxed and made the whole process of creating the ceremony a pleasure. I enjoyed the survey she provided, it really helped me have a structure to think about my love for my husband. She was also very open to the ideas we had, and suggested very thoughtful and unique ideas of her own to tailor our ceremony for our relationship. Despite the time crunch Joan created and delivered a completely personal and touching ceremony that got rave reviews from my guests. Some people commented that they thought Karl and I must've known Joan for years, not just a week! The ceremony was what we spent the least time working on (compared to hours looking at photographers and florists), but it... Read more

    Jen

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  • Joan was an absolute pleasure. She was lovely to work with and went out of her way to ensure the ceremony was tailored to what we wanted. Having a multi cultural wedding is not easy but Joan did all that she could to make everyone feel welcome and at home. She opened up the ceremony to my husband's sister and allowed her to translate everything she said. She was extremely flexible and kind and went out of her way to ensure we were happy. The questionnaire that she gives in preparation for the ceremony is wonderful and so are all her suggested readings. Joan is a great celebrant/officiant and I would highly recommend her.

    Olga

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  • Joan was wonderful. She put together a beautify ceremony for us. She was very responsive and responsible. I would definitely recommend her.

    Lisa

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  • Joan was an excellent officiant. She allowed us to custom design our wedding ceremony and incorporated all the personal touches we wanted. She also did a fantastic job of weaving our story into the ceremony. All of our guests commented on how touching and personal the ceremony was. We highly recommend her services!

    Kari

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  • Joan was great as our officiant! She worked with us to provide a very personal and meaningful ceremony. She was very responsive to any requests I had, and helped us figure out things when we weren't exactly sure what we wanted. We got so many compliments about the ceremony, so I highly recommend using Joan and having her do the "Love Story!" Definitely worth the money!
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