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Barbara Watts, Certified Celebrant

Alexandria , VA
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LOCATION

3707 Carriage House Court
Alexandria, VA 22309 US (map)

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703-403-4645

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ABOUT US

I will create the ceremony that tells your love story with the rituals and elements that most resonate with you giving you the wedding you envision. You deserve the ceremony that... Read more
I will create the ceremony that tells your love story with the rituals and elements that most resonate with you giving you the wedding you envision. You deserve the ceremony that represents both of you. I am ordained and authorized by the state to perform weddings in the Commonwealth of Virginia. I also officiate weddings in Maryland. Having graduated from the Celebrant Foundation and Institute, I am a Certified Wedding Celebrant. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.

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Wedding:
6/25/2016
5.0/5.0
We were so lucky to find and book Barbara especially because our wedding was fairly last minute. She was easy to work with and her rates are better than the other two officiants (who are also featured on this website) that I got quotes from who were not as personable, responsive, patient, or flexible. From our first contact I knew she would make our ceremony warm and personal. She had a lot of great ideas and readings for us to consider which was nice since we were a bit overwhelmed at first. There was also not much homework on our part which was a relief. From a quick questionnaire Barbara was able to put together a ceremony script that was absolutely perfect for us. The rehearsal was quick and painless. I'm so glad we had that time to go over all of the day of logistics the night before. And on the day of the wedding Barbara was early and ready to go. She was also dressed professionally but not stuffy. Our friends and family had nothing but rave reviews for her. We could not be happier with our decision to go with Barbara.
We were so lucky to find and book Barbara especially because our wedding was fairly last minute. She was easy to work with Read more...
We were so lucky to find and book Barbara especially because our wedding was fairly last minute. She was easy to work with and her rates are better than the other two officiants (who are also featured on this website) that I got quotes from who were not as personable, responsive, patient, or flexible. From our first contact I knew she would make our ceremony warm and personal. She had a lot of great ideas and readings for us to consider which was nice since we were a bit overwhelmed at first. There was also not much homework on our part which was a relief. From a quick questionnaire Barbara was able to put together a ceremony script that was absolutely perfect for us. The rehearsal was quick and painless. I'm so glad we had that time to go over all of the day of logistics the night before. And on the day of the wedding Barbara was early and ready to go. She was also dressed professionally but not stuffy. Our friends and family had nothing but rave reviews for her. We could not be happier with our decision to go with Barbara. Read less
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Ruth
Wedding:
6/5/2016
5.0/5.0
Barbara is not only an incredible wedding Officiant/Celebrant, she is also one of the most kind and caring people my husband and I have ever met! Working with Barbara is so easy - she is quick to respond to questions and is extremely organized. We felt a connection with her from the moment we met and were very fortunate to have her perform our wedding ceremony. The way she shaped the ceremony made it very personal and intimate, which was exactly what we asked for. Her demeanor, poise and level of expertise is unmatched in our opinion. While a big part of a wedding is the reception, the ceremony is really the most important piece and our wedding day was made so much more special because she was a part of it. If you're looking to work with someone who truly cares about you and about performing a perfect ceremony, look no further than Barbara. We actually look forward to keeping in touch with her even though the wedding is over!
Barbara is not only an incredible wedding Officiant/Celebrant, she is also one of the most kind and caring people my Read more...
Barbara is not only an incredible wedding Officiant/Celebrant, she is also one of the most kind and caring people my husband and I have ever met! Working with Barbara is so easy - she is quick to respond to questions and is extremely organized. We felt a connection with her from the moment we met and were very fortunate to have her perform our wedding ceremony. The way she shaped the ceremony made it very personal and intimate, which was exactly what we asked for. Her demeanor, poise and level of expertise is unmatched in our opinion. While a big part of a wedding is the reception, the ceremony is really the most important piece and our wedding day was made so much more special because she was a part of it. If you're looking to work with someone who truly cares about you and about performing a perfect ceremony, look no further than Barbara. We actually look forward to keeping in touch with her even though the wedding is over! Read less
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Kelly
Wedding:
3/26/2016
5.0/5.0
I wish more life events required officiants as I would choose Barbara over and over. Such a master and professional. I will be sad to not have to frequently chat with her! She crafted the most personable, beautiful ceremony we could have ever hoped for! Creative, engaging, responsive and brilliant are some of the many ways I'd describe Barbara and her service. She compiled information from my now husband and I individually and gave options for content and created the most beautiful ceremony I've ever seen. My friends and family continue to compliment how fantastic the ceremony was even today two weeks post ceremony! Barbara is a joy to work with and she is beyond genuine and caring in her regard for the couple, what they want (since its their ceremony) and she's a complete pro at the rehearsal with the family and friends and of course on the big day! I can't wait to recommend Barbara to anyone i can! I am eager to get the copy she sends us of the ceremony and to creatively put it our bedroom as a centering memory for the rest of our lives. She's absolutely incredible- i honestly believe she was born to do this among her many other talents. Call her!!!!
I wish more life events required officiants as I would choose Barbara over and over. Such a master and professional. I Read more...
I wish more life events required officiants as I would choose Barbara over and over. Such a master and professional. I will be sad to not have to frequently chat with her! She crafted the most personable, beautiful ceremony we could have ever hoped for! Creative, engaging, responsive and brilliant are some of the many ways I'd describe Barbara and her service. She compiled information from my now husband and I individually and gave options for content and created the most beautiful ceremony I've ever seen. My friends and family continue to compliment how fantastic the ceremony was even today two weeks post ceremony! Barbara is a joy to work with and she is beyond genuine and caring in her regard for the couple, what they want (since its their ceremony) and she's a complete pro at the rehearsal with the family and friends and of course on the big day! I can't wait to recommend Barbara to anyone i can! I am eager to get the copy she sends us of the ceremony and to creatively put it our bedroom as a centering memory for the rest of our lives. She's absolutely incredible- i honestly believe she was born to do this among her many other talents. Call her!!!! Read less
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Dan & Erika
Wedding:
11/15/2015
5.0/5.0
What an amazing experience we had with Barbara! She is so sincere, personable, and professional. She answered calls and responded to messages immediately; met with us face-to-face to get a real sense of who we are, what we were looking for, and how she could best meet our needs; collected additional information through individual questionnaires; and then took all of that information and wove it into a beautiful, personal ceremony that was perfect for us. We had ample opportunity to review and make any tweaks we wanted. And then she delivered the ceremony with just as much personality and professionalism as she'd shown throughout the process. We have had many, many compliments on the ceremony. Another thing we appreciated was her active attention to involving and engaging both of us. In planning the wedding, so many vendors focused only on the bride, but Barbara was inclusive from the beginning and made sure we were both represented in the ceremony. We highly recommend her as a Celebrant!
What an amazing experience we had with Barbara! She is so sincere, personable, and professional. She answered calls and Read more...
What an amazing experience we had with Barbara! She is so sincere, personable, and professional. She answered calls and responded to messages immediately; met with us face-to-face to get a real sense of who we are, what we were looking for, and how she could best meet our needs; collected additional information through individual questionnaires; and then took all of that information and wove it into a beautiful, personal ceremony that was perfect for us. We had ample opportunity to review and make any tweaks we wanted. And then she delivered the ceremony with just as much personality and professionalism as she'd shown throughout the process. We have had many, many compliments on the ceremony. Another thing we appreciated was her active attention to involving and engaging both of us. In planning the wedding, so many vendors focused only on the bride, but Barbara was inclusive from the beginning and made sure we were both represented in the ceremony. We highly recommend her as a Celebrant! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
11/13/2015
5.0/5.0
Before I say anything else, let me tell you we got WAY more compliments on our ceremony than any other aspect of the wedding. It was totally "us," modern, non-religious, and perfect.

We loved working with Barbara during our wedding planning process. She was so warm, open, and understanding of all our wishes. She was the first wedding vendor who chose a date, place, and time for the initial meeting (at the Clarendon Whole Foods). To plan the ceremony, she gave us questionnaires to fill out, and that's where most of the ceremony material came from. She also incorporated all the aspects we wanted: passing of the peace, breaking of the glass, tribute to those not at our wedding, etc. She turned the first draft around promptly and made all our requested changes very quickly. On the day of our rehearsal, she was there before we were (!), listened to all our concerns, and smoothed over rough family edges. On the day of the wedding, she was early, in control, and ready to work, and she executed the ceremony perfectly.

In conclusion, we're so glad we hired her. She was a perfect professional.
Before I say anything else, let me tell you we got WAY more compliments on our ceremony than any other aspect of the Read more...
Before I say anything else, let me tell you we got WAY more compliments on our ceremony than any other aspect of the wedding. It was totally "us," modern, non-religious, and perfect.

We loved working with Barbara during our wedding planning process. She was so warm, open, and understanding of all our wishes. She was the first wedding vendor who chose a date, place, and time for the initial meeting (at the Clarendon Whole Foods). To plan the ceremony, she gave us questionnaires to fill out, and that's where most of the ceremony material came from. She also incorporated all the aspects we wanted: passing of the peace, breaking of the glass, tribute to those not at our wedding, etc. She turned the first draft around promptly and made all our requested changes very quickly. On the day of our rehearsal, she was there before we were (!), listened to all our concerns, and smoothed over rough family edges. On the day of the wedding, she was early, in control, and ready to work, and she executed the ceremony perfectly.

In conclusion, we're so glad we hired her. She was a perfect professional. Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
10/31/2015
5.0/5.0
The first thing we heard walking out of the ceremony into our reception from our guests and family was, "WOW!" Our family loved how personal and utterly unique our ceremony was, and that is precisely why we chose Barbara to do it. No one else offered to build us a ceremony from the ground up to make sure it was 100% our own. From our first conversation, it was clear Barbara is dedicated to her brides, super flexible, and highly empathetic with the right degree of firmness to make sure your family stays on task on the day of. She spent many hours with us crafting our ceremony, and she was quick to offer her time for a rehearsal, sitting in hours of traffic on a late night to get there without a second thought. She provided us with handy printed versions of our ceremony for the day of, so we didn't have to worry about a thing, and she also sent us a keepsake version, which was a wonderful final flourish. Thank you, Barbara! You are a gem.
The first thing we heard walking out of the ceremony into our reception from our guests and family was, "WOW!" Our family Read more...
The first thing we heard walking out of the ceremony into our reception from our guests and family was, "WOW!" Our family loved how personal and utterly unique our ceremony was, and that is precisely why we chose Barbara to do it. No one else offered to build us a ceremony from the ground up to make sure it was 100% our own. From our first conversation, it was clear Barbara is dedicated to her brides, super flexible, and highly empathetic with the right degree of firmness to make sure your family stays on task on the day of. She spent many hours with us crafting our ceremony, and she was quick to offer her time for a rehearsal, sitting in hours of traffic on a late night to get there without a second thought. She provided us with handy printed versions of our ceremony for the day of, so we didn't have to worry about a thing, and she also sent us a keepsake version, which was a wonderful final flourish. Thank you, Barbara! You are a gem. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/10/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. She truly cared that the experience was perfect. After the wedding, guests kept commenting on how wonderful Barbara and ceremony was. They said "she made the ceremony feel intimate and like she had known both of us forever." Absolutely wonderful!
Barbara was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. She truly cared that the experience was perfect. After the Read more...
Barbara was wonderful to work with from beginning to end. She truly cared that the experience was perfect. After the wedding, guests kept commenting on how wonderful Barbara and ceremony was. They said "she made the ceremony feel intimate and like she had known both of us forever." Absolutely wonderful! Read less
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Rebecca
Wedding:
10/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. She was very flexible and wrote a beautiful ceremony!
Barbara was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. She was very flexible and wrote a beautiful ceremony!
Barbara was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. She was very flexible and wrote a beautiful ceremony! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara was amazing! Her ceremony was so beautiful and personal. She took the time to create a special day for us. I highly recommend her!
Barbara was amazing! Her ceremony was so beautiful and personal. She took the time to create a special day for us. I Read more...
Barbara was amazing! Her ceremony was so beautiful and personal. She took the time to create a special day for us. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Kate
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Barbara was an absolutely amazing officiant! She was so easy to work with and really made our ceremony so special. She was so kind and thoughtful throughout the whole process. Barbara really listened to us and helped to make our day exactly how we wanted it. She helped to make it so unique and the words she wrote were so beautiful. I would absolutely recommend her. We were so happy with Barbara!
Barbara was an absolutely amazing officiant! She was so easy to work with and really made our ceremony so special. She was Read more...
Barbara was an absolutely amazing officiant! She was so easy to work with and really made our ceremony so special. She was so kind and thoughtful throughout the whole process. Barbara really listened to us and helped to make our day exactly how we wanted it. She helped to make it so unique and the words she wrote were so beautiful. I would absolutely recommend her. We were so happy with Barbara! Read less
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