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Officiant in Clifton, District Of Columbia,
(703) 818-8080
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4.9 out of 5
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  • 422 Reviews


    John Lightbourne

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  • I lost track of how many times people came up to me after the wedding saying how much they loved and connected with Jim’s sermon and ceremony. He was professional, kind, flexible and a welcome addition to our wedding. Even when we had AV equipment issues during the ceremony he took it in stride and kept the ceremony going with little to no interruption. He also took the time to visit with people after the ceremony and my dad (the son of a pastor) thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him. He was a hit and was happy to help us design the right ceremony for us. We consider ourselves exceptionally lucky that he was willing to officiant our wedding and would highly recommend him.

    Kate Grisi

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  • We like many couples this past spring had to make the hard choice to change our original wedding plans. We still wanted to get married though, so we called up Jim and just about instantly had a date and a plan! He made it so easy for us from the deposit to the gorgeous location behind his house (such a nice hidden oasis!!) and a ceremony so much more thoughtful than we could ever have asked for! Really though he came up with such a thoughtful and sweet ceremony for us non-religious types who he had never in met before! It felt personal and made the day everything we could have asked for, even though it was far from the original plan. We would ABSOLUTELY recommend Jim as an officiant!

    Connor

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    5 out of 5
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  • In the midst of this COVID 19 pandemonium, Jim agreed to perform our small wedding ceremony, and we couldn't be more appreciative. He knocked it out of the park. My wife and I, our two physical attendees, and our "virtual attendees" were all very impressed by the proceedings. Even upon needing to switch our venue multiple times, Jim had no issue in accommodating us. We look back and are so happy we asked Jim to be our officiant. It was a fantastic decision.

    Sean Mcginley

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  • Jim did a great job for us. He provided many options for the ceremony and helped us along the way. We had a beautiful wedding and greatly appreciate Jim for helping make the day special.

    Leland Payton

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim provided us with an outstanding wedding experience - with relatively short notice. The process of scheduling the ceremony was easy and very professional. He provided us with a great service at a great value that I would recommend to anybody in the area.

    Ashley Bianchi

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I were looking for someone to officiate our wedding that would be a compromise for not getting married in a church (as my mom wanted). Jim came referred to us from our wedding planner and he was the indeed the perfect compromise. Jim made us feel at ease throughout the whole process by meeting with us twice before the wedding and explaining his background, beliefs, and experience. He calmed our nerves on the wedding day and made everything run absolutely perfectly. I would certainly recommend Jim to others looking for an Officiant that is legitimate.

    Ken S.

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    5 out of 5
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  • Jim was the officiant for our wedding. My wife and I were really glad that we found him. He was very kind, professional and considerate. Jim made the process very easy and he worked with us to include certain things from the bride's/wife's culture. We were very happy with our ceremony as it was thought provoking, fun and memorable. Many of our guests told us that they loved the ceremony, and one of our friend's told us that the ceremony was so beautiful that it made him cry. It was an amazing ceremony and day that my wife and I will always remember. Thank you Jim for making this day extra special for us!

    Sarah Beautz

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    5 out of 5
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  • My husband and I are so glad we chose Jim to officiate our wedding! After our first meeting with him, we felt that he was so personable and everything he was saying to us really meshed with our beliefs and needs for our wedding. He has a very nice ceremony with many options so that couples can pick certain readings and selections that work best for them. When we met with Jim the final time before our wedding, he went through the ceremony using our choices and explained how the ceremony would go. I received so many compliments on the wedding day about the ceremony and how wonderful it was. We are so happy with how our ceremony went and we would highly recommend Jim.

    Michelle Roach

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  • Jim was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding on 9/12/2020. We hired him about a year in advance and were able to meet with him in person twice. He was responsive, flexible, and provided us with an unforgettable ceremony. Our guests couldn’t stop talking about what a wonderful ceremony it was. If I could give Jim 100 stars I would. If you are looking for a beautiful ceremony to start off your next chapter with your husband or wife, contact him ASAP! You won’t regret it!

    Masha Trimble

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    5 out of 5
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  • Having the right officiant for my wedding, in my opinion, was one of the most important parts. It can really make or break a ceremony. Jim was truly amazing and went above and beyond. I could have not asked for a better officiant. He is such a wonderful person, and when he spoke during the ceremony - I looked out in the crowd and everyone was listening. He is a marvelous speaker. It was amazing working with Jim as well. He helps you build your own ceremony script to really make it your own. I would 100% recommend Jim to be your officiant. You will not regret it.

    Tiffany Weitzel

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  • When COVID-19 threw a wrench in our wedding plans, we had to scramble to change some of our plans. Jim Burch was very supportive and ended up traveling almost 3 hours to our ceremony when we changed the venue. An officiant was not something I had spent a lot of time researching so I'm so glad we went with a pro like Jim. He has an excellent structure for his ceremonies but still has room for making it unique and your own. He also does a lot of extras that I wouldn't have thought about but were really special-like a commemorative license, program for the ceremony, etc. The ceremony was beautiful and he was professional, on time, and put everyone at ease even though we never really did a rehearsal. Not to mention a good sport about the Virginia heat and humidity. I'm so glad we went with Jim Burch for our special day! THank you!

    Kaitlin Houston

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  • We were looking for an officiant quick and Jim was able to get us in and was super helpful with any questions we had! He was very flexible and listened to all my concerns about the wedding and did exactly what we wanted! Very nice guy. Would 100% recommend.

    Wendy Waldeck

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  • We hired Jim for our wedding and we are so glad that we did! We met with Jim a few times before the wedding and he was very personable and great on communication. We wanted to have a religious ceremony and Jim delivered exactly what we wanted. We had a quite a few guests come up to us after the wedding and say that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had ever been to. Thank you!

    Anonymous

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    5 out of 5
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  • Having the right officiant at our wedding was an important aspect to both my wife and I. Jim was definitely the right person for us. Like many others couples, when we began our search, we emailed and talked to a few different people. What really stuck out to us about Jim, beyond his overall message (which is wonderful and really resonated with both of us), was the fact that before we even began talking about how the ceremony would go, Jim took the time to ask us about us, our faiths, our upbringings etc., really getting to know us. By our second call we could picture Jim marrying us as he spoke. Jim’s ceremony was wonderful and everyone at the wedding loved it. We had several guests tell us at later times what a beautiful ceremony it was. Overall a wonderful person, very thoughtful on everything, and excellent ceremony. You will love it.

    Steve Hill

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    4.8 out of 5
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  • Jim was recommended to us by the B&B where we "eloped" due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We contacted him just 7 days prior to our big day. He was extraordinarily helpful and made customizing our small ceremony very easy. I would highly recommend other couples consider Jim for their wedding.
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