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Officiant in Chevy Chase, District Of Columbia,
(908) 902-0557
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4.8 out of 5
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    Robert

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  • Jake and I absolutely loved Rabbi Laurie. The words she spoke during the ceremony touched our hearts. The way she honored my mother who had passed away 1 month prior to the ceremony was perfect. I felt her in my heart. Our guest had only positive words when describing her message. They all felt she had know is for years instead of a couple of months.

    Adam

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  • Rabbi Lauri Green was great to work with! Our ceremony was beautiful and Rabbi Green did a great job incorporating personal details and our Jewish backgrounds in a thoughtful and creative way. The planning process was easy, and Rabbi Green was flexible in which part of a traditional ceremony we wanted to include, and which we didn't. Rabbi Green was also always responsive, friendly, and excited to be working with us. Thanks!

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    I’m so grateful I could share your joy. Give my best to Sam. You two are a great couple and I wish you all the best!

    Sefan Nazeer

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  • It was great working with Rabbi Laurie for our wedding. We had a lot of questions since ours was an interfaith marriage, and she was helpful and patient in working with us. I'd recommend being explicit in what your ceremony looks like and how you'd like it to be given; we should have asked Rabbi Laurie to give descriptions of each element of the service before doing them since not all of the audience were aware.

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    Thanks Sefan! My gratitude to you and Cari for the joy of sharing your special day. What a beautiful blend of your traditions. I enjoyed getting to know you both, and I wish much love, luck and light for the years ahead.

    Daniel Oppenheimer

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  • Rabbi Green did a great job officiating our wedding. She was easy to work with, quick to respond to emails, and allowed us to customize the ceremony exactly the way we wanted. Highly recommend.

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    Thanks Parisa and Daniel. It was so wonderful to share your beautiful day with you and your family. I even got to learn all about beautiful Persian rituals. So gorgeous. I’m touched the way you and your mom insisted I sit with your family at dinner. It was such an honor. And I really couldn’t stay away from that saffron risotto!

    Jay Marks

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  • She guided us through the creation of our ceremony with patience, creativity, and respect. She was all about helping us find the most genuine expression of our marriage relationship so that the ceremony was profoundly meaningful for us and our families and friends. Thank you so much Rabbi Laurie.

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    Mazal Tov Jay! I just loved getting to know you and Celsa and your adorable children! And you gave me the opportunity to work with a translator, which was great! What a beautiful blend of Jewish and Latinx culture! More importantly, a gorgeous blend of who you are together and a joyous celebration of the family you’ve created. Wishing you both muchos amor y simcha rabbah!

    Samantha

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so glad that we chose Laurie to be the officiant at our wedding. We were a little hesitant at first with choosing a Rabbi as we are a mixed-religion couple (Jewish and Christian) and didn’t want to have a wedding that focused too much on one religion or the other in order to make both sides of our future family happy. After a few minutes talking to Laurie, however, we realized that our fears were totally unnecessary. From the start, Laurie focused on making the wedding about us as a couple and not about what religions we followed. She helped guide us in making a ceremony tailored to our preferences while allowing us to explore what made us special as a couple and what brought us to the altar that day. We met with Laurie on two occasions before the wedding and, at those meetings, she was able to develop a natural rapport with us and carried that, as well as the stories and inside jokes we had, into a ceremony that felt like us. On the day of the wedding, the cerem... Read more

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    Thanks, Samantha! It was my honor. I was so moved to share not only your beautiful day, but your laughter and inside jokes. You are adorable together! I’m so glad it all went as you and Josh wanted. Mazal Tov!

    Betsy

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    5 out of 5
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  • Rabbi Laurie is amazing to work with! She helped us navigate a ceremony that was very personal for us but still traditional. She was super responsive and helped us prepare by carefully explaining what we needed to do to for the ceremony. She paid close attention to use and told stories about how much my husband and I care for each other and even noticed that I almost tripped and my husband had covered all the trip hazards around the huppah with his foot to save me embarrassment and keep me safe. She added that detail into the service and it was so beautiful. I had no idea this was happening and she brought me back into the moment to let me know how much Zach cares about me! After the ceremony almost every guest complimented us on how wonderful our service was and had wonderful things to say about Rabbi Laurie.

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    Mazal tov Betsy and Zach. Such a beautiful outdoor wedding...and the best wedding feast ever - breakfast for dinner! I want your caterer! Good luck!

    Lee

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  • You will not be disappointed with Rabbi Laurie. She is patient, funny, and insightful. My husband and I had our officiant back out of our wedding about two months before our ceremony, which was devastating. In a panic, we reached out to Rabbi Laurie-- and it turned out to be one of the best decisions we could have made for our wedding. Rabbi Laurie was everything we could have wanted in an officiant-- she took the time to learn about us and tailor a ceremony that matched us perfectly. She gave us countless options to personalize our ceremony-- down to which gender we would like to use when referring to God. It was truly incredible. She was such a calming presence throughout our ceremony, guiding us through everything and injecting humor. We received so many compliments from guests on how beautiful and touching the ceremony was. We were absolutely thrilled.

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    Thanks Lee! It was an honor to be with you and Brian on your big day. Wish Brian good luck on the new job! Congratulations!

    Amber

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    5 out of 5
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  • Our wedding ceremony officiated by Rabbi Green was absolutely wonderful. We received more compliments on how beautiful our ceremony was than we did for any other part of the wedding. She took the time to get to know us personally, and created a ceremony that was uniquely ours. A lot of our family and friends are not of the Jewish faith, but from the Ketubah signing to the stomping of the glass, she made sure that everyone knew the importance of the traditions. We also had a premarital counseling session with Rabbi Green, and it sparked several conversations between us that made us feel even closer together before our wedding. Rabbi Green is extremely caring and thoughtful and we highly recommend her as a wedding officiant.

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    Thanks Amber & Scott. It was such a joy to join you. It was my first college wedding and well-worth the trip to Williamsburg! Best wishes for a long and happy life together!

    Sonia

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  • We had a great experience! Rabbi Laurie was so flexible, easy to work with and understanding. She completely customized our ceremony and added her own special touch to make it unforgettable!

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    Thanks, Sonia. You and Nick are a great couple and your son is so lucky to have you both! What a great family. Many blessings!

    Jessica

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    5 out of 5
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  • Overall our experience with Rabbai Laurie was very pleasant! My husband and I come from more of a non-traditional background, me being Jewish and him being raised Catholic-- but we wanted to include some Jewish traditions in our ceremony. Laurie was really helpful, and knowledgable and even educated us on our options over the phone-- which made it really clear on what we did and didn't want. Additionally, Laurie was very professional and made our ceremony a beautiful memory we will never forget.

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    It was such an honor to share your special day. I wish you and Jeffrey many happy years together. That's for including me in your gorgeous wedding!

    Rachel W

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  • Rabbi Laurie is so kind, and was so nice to work with leading up to our wedding. She is EXTREMELY flexible with different schedules and timelines -- we were able to choose what English translations we wanted for our blessings, and execute our ceremony exactly as we wanted. She was happy to explain different options of what she's done in the past to give us ideas and options for execution. There were a few last minute confusions about the timeline and whether we had paid, which was a little stressful the day of, but they were resolved in the end. People afterward told us how down to earth our ceremony was. Thanks, Rabbi Laurie!

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    Thanks, Rachel, for allowing me to share your special day. I’m so glad we created a ceremony that felt meaningful and personal to you both. It was my pleasure to work with you. Mazal Tov to you and Jason!

    Dana

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  • I agree with other reviewers that Rabbi Laurie was kind, knowledgeable and flexible! I really, really wanted to love her. Unfortunately, in our case she was also disorganized, late the day of our wedding and didn't seem to really get us as a couple. Our wedding ceremony was beautiful because of our vows and blessings from our friends, but Rabbi Laurie had some awkward ad-libbing (like jokes about me dressing my husband, which I don't do?) and -- perhaps the worst part -- she was 10 minutes late to our ketubah signing! This may sound minor, but pre-wedding prep is very hectic and our photographer rushed and cut photos of our wedding party short to make our ketubah signing time. I'm a very organized bride and reached out to her all the way back in July for my late October wedding to get our ceremony and counseling set before the High Holidays hit. She was distracted and rushed at our ceremony meeting (at a time and location of her choosing) and then rescheduled our August counsel... Read more

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    Dana & Brian, You’re review is fair, I’m sorry to say. Though I usually arrive at weddings early, organized and as a calming presence, I failed to do that for you. Though there were circumstances, they were not of your making. I do apologize for adding to your stress on your special day. I’m glad that I could provide you with a personalized ceremony that was meaningful to you both, and inclusive of your family, your friends, and your spirituality (God language, etc.). I’m pleased that you felt welcomed as an interfaith couple, and honored that I had the opportunity to share your special day.

    Laura

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  • We wish that we could write a glowing review of Rabbi Laurie, but unfortunately cannot. In fact, our experience with her was extremely stressful and unpleasant. When we met Rabbi Laurie for a consultation, we let her know it was important to us to have premarital counseling and for her to get to know us. We then agreed on multiple counseling sessions in the contract we signed with her. Unfortunately, Rabbi Laurie emailed to cancel our counseling sessions just one day after we scheduled them because there were “some changes in [her] professional and personal life which make [her] unavailable.” Since we figured she would likely also be “unavailable” to get to know us and were concerned she might cancel on us entirely closer to the wedding, we told Rabbi Laurie that we wanted to find another officiant but would compensate her for the planning session we already had. We had paid the entire fee upfront, but Rabbi Laurie refused to refund us anything beyond the fee for premarital cou... Read more

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    Dear Laura and Michael, As I wrote to you during the initial communication, "I understand completely Laura.  I'm so sorry this has happened, and I really appreciate your honesty.  I'm sorry we won't be working together, and I completely respect your decision." Though I don't feel it appropriate to share details, rest assured it was an extreme and unusual situation which caused the need to cancel our counseling sessions. I have never cancelled any wedding-related previously or since, and I have certainly never been unavailable to officiate any ceremony ever. Certainly, my personal situation was not of your making and thus my sympathies and apologies. It's a shame that our relationship turned so stressful indeed. To continue from that early email: "To keep it all official, we should dissolve our relationship, according to the contract, in writing, etc.  Please drop something in the mail according.  Two copies if you want me to sign as well and send it back to you. I wish you and Michael the best of luck, for your wedding and for many, many happy years to come." I was rather surprised by your a) refusal to cancel in writing as per the contract, and your b) expectation that I would refund what the contract called "a non-refundable deposit" to hold the date and commence planning, which I had clearly done. To insure that I upheld the contract completely, I consulted with an attorney who informed me that my interpretation of the contract was "reasonable and valid." Because I am not an attorney, everything I requested be included in the Dispute Resolution Agreement was at the advice of an attorney. I none the less offered to refund you more than I was obligated, in an effort to acknowledge your stress and to smooth over our relationship. We then negotiated a settlement amount, and I then later reiterated my apology and offered to refund even more than that amount in a final effort to resolve the situation positively. I'm sincerely not sure what else I could possibly have done under the circumstances to make things go more easily. I'm honored by the appreciation of the many dozens of couples I've had the pleasure of marrying. It's my pleasure to get to know each couple (most of whom do not select counseling) and to create a personalized ceremony that reflects their values and their dreams. I'm saddened that I didn't have the chance to do that for you and Michael. I hope you had a beautiful and personal ceremony experience with the officiant of your choice. I wish you and Michael many happy years together! Warmly, Rabbi Laurie

    Jason

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  • Rabbi Green was great to work with, she was incredibly flexible for all planning considering we were only able to meet in person one time and she crafted the ceremony exactly the way we asked!

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    It was my honor to share your special day. Give my best to Lindsay. Such a wonderful couple. I wish you only blessings. Mazal tov!
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