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Officiant in Alexandria, District Of Columbia,
(703) 403-4645
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    John Boatman

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  • If you have a chance to hire Barbara Watts as the celebrant for your wedding you should do so without hesitation. Barbara transformed our wedding day into something extraordinary -- a day even more full of warmth, love, joy and laughter than it was already. It's hard to describe how effortless she makes it all look. We met at a coffee shop, hit it off immediately and hired her on the spot. She asked each of us to fill out a pretty lengthy questionnaire ('how did you meet', 'what do you love about your spouse-to-be', etc.) and submit it to her directly without sharing the details with each other. It seemed like a bit of a chore -- until we started writing, and then the words just flowed. Barbara took this volume of information and through successive collaborative edits and markups, forged it into a written narrative that both of us loved. (She is also extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the more mundane mechanics of wedding licenses, etc.) But the real magic happened when... Read more

    Veronica

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  • Barbara was amazing to work with. She was so kind. She created a ceremony so specific to us and told our story perfectly. She was very responsive and professional.

    J

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  • We were absolutely delighted with Barbara as our officiant! She crafted a wonderful, personalized ceremony for us based on our responses to her questions and her meeting with us. She added elements to the ceremony that were so right for us - where she had clearly absorbed all our information, and chose just the right things that reflected us so well. She also incorporated areas of humor that went over very well. We received many compliments on our ceremony. She was great at our rehearsal and had everyone knowing how and what to do for their role. She gave thoughtful suggestions for our wine ceremony such as getting a lower table so we wouldn't be blocked by it thereby improving our pictures/video. Even the cards she provided for our vows were first class and professional. She was so easy to work with and very responsive. She worked with our vendors ahead of the ceremony including providing music cues to our string quartet. Barbara was the one thing we were not at all worried ... Read more

    Erin

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  • Barbara was just wonderful to work with, and we were extremely pleased with our ceremony. Barbara was open to all ideas and offered wonderful guidance on creating our own ceremony, tailor made to fit everything we wanted, especially including our 4yr old son. Barbara was responsive and easy to work with throughout the process. During the ceremony she took her time, and even when my poor husband almost completely passed out (!) she kept everything going very smoothly. Even with that "dramatic event", it seemed like our ceremony was hardly disrupted, and for this we truly appreciate her, and our ceremony has become unforgettable!

    Richard

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  • Barbara is a phenomenal lady who totally captured our thoughts and interests as our officiant. She interacted with us both in person and several times via email to develop a wonderful ceremony. We recommend her most highly.

    Gordon

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  • Ms. Watts has so many positives in her favor, but the one that stood out for us was her insistence that she tailor our wedding to our preferences, and that the ceremony be a symbol of our love for each other. We thoroughly enjoyed having her officiate at our wedding.

    Tingting

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  • We love Barbara!! She is absolutely fabulous and so easy to work with! We wanted a short, non-religious ceremony, and she delivered beyond our expectations. She is super detail-oriented, organized, and communicative. She is also punctual, patient, and flexible. She created a customized ceremony based on our answers to her questionnaire that is unique to us. Our guests LOVED Barbara and her funny stories during the ceremony and said it was the best wedding ceremony they ever been to. We highly recommend Barbara!

    Lindsey

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  • Choosing Barbara as our officiant was the BEST decision we made. From the very first e-mail, Barbara made us feel like family. She was so involved in our personal story and made a ceremony personalized to us. She was incredibly communicative and organized. My husband and I felt so comfortable with Barbara from the beginning. She made sure we had everything for our ceremony submitted and designed well before our wedding so we had absolutely nothing to worry about. She ran our rehearsal, and made sure everyone was on the same page. Our ceremony was the most beautiful half hour of our lives, and our guest could not stop talking about it at our reception. We cannot recommend Barbara enough!!!

    Angela

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  • After our first meeting with Barbara we were convinced she was the right officiant for us! She was very experienced and guided us through all of the steps to write our personalized ceremony! All of our guests loved her too! The fee was fantastic given all of the services Barbara provided! We would recommend her a million times over! Amazing experience! Thank you Barbara!

    Sarah

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  • Barbara is a dream come true. We chose Barbara as our celebrant and it was the best decision we could have made. She met with us and got to know us as a couple and as individuals. After completing a questionnaire for her, she created the most beautiful personalized vows I have ever heard. The vows captured our story and the love we had for each other in the most perfect way imaginable. Barbara is kind, thoughtful, professional and responsive. She will work with you to create the wedding of your dreams. Everything was organized and she even worked with our venue and DJ to create our vision exactly as we imagined. We have received so many wonderful compliments on our wedding ceremony. Everyone has said it was personal, intimate, funny and filled with love and joy. We highly recommend Barbara and will always cherish the efforts and beauty she put into our wedding. Thank you Barbara!

    Asa

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  • Barbara was great to work with. She helped us with ideas, but was also very receptive to the changes and ideas we had. We even ended up with some last second changes that she incorporated seamlessly. In the end, the ceremony really reflected our relationship perfectly.

    Kursten

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  • I am that bride that actually really doesn't like weddings, so I wanted a short, sweet ceremony that was sincere but authentic to my partner and I. Nothing sappy. Short and to the point in a way that reflected what getting married meant for us. Barbara was incredible. She was receptive to our ideas and responsive to our suggested edits. She had great ideas for how to incorporate our son into the ceremony in a way that was meaningful to all of us. She didn't try to push any ideas on us that we didn't like and in the end we had a ceremony that was pitch perfect and totally us. Our small group of guests commented several times after how perfect the vows and readings were for my husband and I and our relationship. Barbara also made things very easy and didn't require a lot of back and forth. Very efficient, reasonably priced, and just a lovely person to work with. I highly recommend.

    Jared

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  • Barbara delivered a ceremony for us beyond anything we could have expected. We still have guests saying to us how well they think Barbara did. She drafted such a complete and thorough proposal that captured everything that was important to us, but then also respected our input as we worked together to make the final product exactly what we needed. During the event, everything went so smoothly. The entire time, we were assured that we were in the capable hands of a professional. Barbara takes so many things off your mind as a couple planning an amazing day. We could not have been more pleased.

    Nantika

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  • We were so lucky to have Barbara as our wedding officiant. She is so sincere, kind and, very professional. She truly cared that the experience was perfect. It was such a great ceremony...we both loved it! Can't thank you enough for making it so great!

    Enrique

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  • Dear Barbara, Thank you very much for the beautiful ceremony that you have prepared for our wedding last october 22. I will remember it forever. God bless you. Enrique Costa
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