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Celebrations Of Marriage

La Plata , MD
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LOCATION

402 Linden Lane
La Plata, MD US 20646 (map)

PHONE

301-641-3028

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ABOUT US

I believe every wedding ceremony should be as unique as the couple getting married. Whether you are traditional or want something different from everyone else, I would be thrilled to... Read more
I believe every wedding ceremony should be as unique as the couple getting married. Whether you are traditional or want something different from everyone else, I would be thrilled to work with you to make your wedding ceremony meet your every desire.

My services begin with a face-to-face meeting to get to know you and discover how YOU envision your ceremony. Shortly after our meeting I will provide you with a draft of the ceremony for your approval. I can help with all aspects of planning the ceremony - as much or as little assistance as you want - from vows to music, processional to recessional, I'm here to help with whatever you need. I'm also happy to attend your rehearsal if you'd like.

Quite simply, I LOVE weddings - and I want to share my joy with others by officiating a ceremony that will be memorable and special to the couple getting married, as well as their guests.

Ceremonies conducted throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Unusual venues not a problem!

Also available for Vow Renewals, House Blessings, and Handfastings. Please contact me today to start planning YOUR special ceremony! Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes
What is your attire for the ceremony?
The couple's preference - clerical robe, suit, dress
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely!
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
MUST choose, no. I do have a selection they can review for ideas.
How long are your ceremonies?
Average ceremony is 20-25 minutes - can be longer or shorter at couple's request.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
I can if needed, prior to and during the ceremony.

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Erin
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
After doing some research my husband and I had contacted Fran to be our officiant for our wedding. We met with her several months before hand so she could get a feeling for what type of ceremony we were looking for. She really took the time to really getting to know us and let us know all of our options. She gave us some great ideas for a unique ceremony. After receiving the rough drat of the ceremony, I could not believe all the personal touches she was able to fit in! It was very easy to let her know if you wanted to change anything to make it just right! She was very professional with all the equipment included to make sure all of our guest could hear and enjoy the ceremony as well. Her gentle words had everyone in tears and led the way to a great day! I would recommend her to anyone looking for a meaningful, heartwarming ceremony, no matter who you are.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Dear Erin - you and Jason are absolutely perfect together. Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day. It was fantastic! I'm so very happy you liked the ceremony :)
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/1/2014
5.0/5.0
REVIEW PART 1
In a nutshell, my wedding ceremony was beautiful, personal, poetic and fun all because of Fran. She was able to make such a beautiful ceremony and fill it with who my husband (Ben) and I are.

However, I want to give the whole story of why I believe Fran is the best officiant for a wedding. I have been to a few other weddings before for friends and family. Yes they had wonderful ceremonies and yes their officiants were nice but there is something about Fran that makes it so much better.

I found Fran on WeddingWire and I searched around quite a bit and I called a few other officiants. When Fran called me back after I sent her an e-mail about officiating my wedding, I knew she would be the one. Her excitement about weddings, the sweet tone in her voice and her encouragement to create a personal ceremony for the couple made me choose her after the phone call.

The first interview with Fran was about eleven months before the wedding and it was great. She sat down with both Ben and I and got to know us. She asks all sorts of questions like who are your favorite authors, hobbies that you both share, how did you meet, and other topics like such. However, I believe when Fran interviews a couple, she may ask all these basic questions but she can read the happiness and excitement in their faces and brings out the love the couple feels for each other in their ceremony. Which is what makes Fran much different from the rest. After the first interview, Fran makes sure to let you know that she can be reached by phone, e-mail and facebook whenever you have any questions, changes or details about the wedding.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love you guys :)
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Brittany
Wedding:
6/1/2014
5.0/5.0
REVIEW PART TWO (Had to make another account for the rest of the review)

The second interview with Fran was extremely helpful. She answered all my questions about the wedding and how it is supposed to be performed. She also made last minute changes and gave me great advice as to how to have a wonderful ceremony.

Now, on the wedding day, which is such a stressful and yet wonderful day, I was almost on the verge of tears when Fran finally came to the venue. When I saw her face, I felt immediately at ease. She helped to take charge of all the issues that were occurring. She reassured me that it was going to be a beautiful day, a beautiful wedding and there was nothing to worry about. She was right. Fran not only officiates a wedding but makes you feel at ease with no need to stress the small stuff. Without her, my wedding would have been much harder than it should have been.

Everyone loved Fran was the officiant. Friends and family asked me where I found her and complimented to me about how great her ceremony was. Fran is an amazing woman who turns a wedding ceremony into the most personal ceremony you could possibly ever witness. She let's you write your own vows also while having your own personal ceremony. She makes sure to get the small stuff out of the way like mailing off your marriage license to the clerk of circuit court and having your personal vows with her so you won't accidentally forget them the day of the wedding. She even takes pictures of your ceremony which is a huge plus. She really goes all out for your wedding day.

I could go on for paragraphs telling you how wonderful Fran is but I will say this, choose Fran and you will have one amazing ceremony and wedding experience. See for yourself!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

I truly feel like I have made a lifelong friend! It was such fun and an honor to be a part of your wedding day :) You were so beautiful, both inside and outside. Congratulations again to you and Ben. I know you will have a wonderfully happy life together :) Remember to always keep an eye on his ties!!!!! <3
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bethany
Wedding:
5/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Fran was AMAZING. Our ceremony was very original, meaningful, moving, I just can't say how wonderful a job she did. Everyone commented on how moving our ceremony was thanks to her. She was incredible and i highly recommend her.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Bethany. The day was so emotional and I was so happy to be a part of it! You looked stunning and David was so handsome. What a great day!
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Darlene
Wedding:
5/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Lost our minister a week and a half before the wedding couldnt find anyone to return my call found celebrations of marriage on wedding wire.com and got an imeadiate response. Fran & her husband made our day absolutely perfect. Highly recommend her.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you Darlene. I'm very happy that you contacted me - it was a wonderful honor to be able to marry you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
As a bride, the wedding planning was stressful and difficult for me. Fran was extremely flexible with where and when she could meet with us. Upon first meeting with Fran, she takes the time to get to know the couple. She then whips up an extremely unique, personable story for the wedding. Fran was a breathtaking officiant at our wedding! Our guests were talking about her ceremony for days afterwards.

She was extremely fast at responding to emails filled with questions. She was very professional, polite, calming, reassuring, and a fabulous officiant. I would recommend to her all my friends, family, coworkers or anyone getting married!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! It was a fabulous day - and the two of you make such a great couple. Always stay as happy as you were that day!!!!
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Stephanie
Wedding:
4/10/2014
5.0/5.0
Fran performed the ceremony for our wedding. We basically planned the whole wedding in a matter of 3 weeks. Even with this short time frame, Fran was very accommodating. The reviews online for Celebration of Marriage were great and after meeting Fran we knew they spoke of the truth. Fran took the time to get to know us and create a ceremony that would fit us. She also took the time to work with us on different ideas for the service. We decided to include hand fasting in our ceremony and it turned out to be one of the most memorable moments. Thank you Fran for making our wedding day special!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! Your wedding day was so sunny and bright - and you looked so happy :) It was such a pleasure to share in it with you!
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Melissa
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Fran officiated our wedding on March 8, 2014 and our ceremony was perfect! Fran is a true professional and she's fantastic at her job. She met with us ahead of time to really get to know us and to craft a ceremony that fit our personalities as well as the tone we wanted to achieve for our ceremony. After the initial meeting, she was easy to contact throughout the process with any questions or changes. She arrived early to the location to make sure everything was set-up properly. And the end result was better than I could have imagined. Fran is warm and genuine and all our guests raved about the service. Just meet with her. You won't regret it.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you Missy! I loved performing your ceremony. John's vows made me laugh so hard - I'll never forget how much fun we had. It was a beautiful day at a gorgeous venue! Thank you again for letting me be a part of it!
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Sarah
Wedding:
2/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Fran did an incredible job. Our first meeting she got to know us and used that in our ceremony. She is very sweet and has a beautiful speaking voice. She gave us advice on some things to use for our ceremony and it made everything perfect.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much Sarah! Meeting you and Eric was such a pleasure. Everything about your wedding day was beautiful. Thank you again for letting me be a part of it!
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Dolores
Wedding:
2/8/2014
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I decided to have a formal wedding I went online and did some research. I came to weddingwire.com and found Mrs Fran Calhoon who was the perfect fit. We met with her and sat and talked for hours discussing what we wanted our ceremony to be like. She took the time to get to know us and make our ceremony perfect for us. About a month or so before the wedding she sent me a rough draft of our ceremony and it brought me to tears. she was amazing in the love she portrayed between us and the combining of our family. Fran has such a beautiful way with words and capturing the true essence of our family. Everyone that attended our wedding continually commented to me on how beautiful the ceremony was. I could not have asked for a better experience for our wedding day. Because of Fran our dream of a beautiful wedding came true. She went above and beyond our expectations.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! It was such a beautiful day and there was so much love present! You looked so happy; it as an absolute joy to watch you. Thank you again for letting me a part of your special day :)
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Stacey
Wedding:
12/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran Calhoon at Celebrations of Marriage was magnificent. Not only did she meet with us in person to talk about what we wanted, she helped walk us through, step-by-step, by offering suggestions and answering our endless questions. The end result was simply beautiful. Fran is a graceful public speaker, and she customized our wedding to be exactly what we wanted - even down to the robe she wore! Her staff was friendly and attentive, and though she was professional throughout, by the end we felt like Fran was part of our family. She was very reassuring and helpful during our excitement, and took us carefully through every part of the process - before, during and even after. Fran was immediately responsive to our questions and needs, and let us tailor the ceremony. She even sent us a copy of the script so we could tweak what we wanted. The amount of effort she put into our wedding was worth ten-fold what it cost. If you are looking for a wonderful officiant, we suggest you look no further than Celebrations of Marriage!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you Stacey! You and Kat are beautiful, wonderful, adorable - all those kinds of adjectives :) Your wedding was a one of a kind evening, and what a joy it was to be able to marry you!
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Janet
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran performed a wedding on 3 weeks notice for our daughter and new son-in-law. Her personality and professionalism are second to none. The ceremony was truly the most beautiful and unique that my husband and I have ever experienced. Fran was very flexible and accommodating with the ceremony, and arrived early and ready to help. She was very calming and professional with me (a nervous mother of the bride who wanted everything to be perfect). My daughter and son-in-law describe her as awesome and perfect. Fran thought about everything, including having the personal words on cards for the bride and groom to read, an emergency kit to take care of last minute wardrobe issues, etc., and thought everything through with great intuition. There were both tears and laughter through the ceremony. Fran even referred us to a fantastic DJ (DJ Dave), and her husband John graciously came with her to take some terrific pictures. The evening could not have turned out any better.
My husband and I will definitely be renewing our vows in the future with Fran as our officiant, and will be keeping her in mind when our son marries as well. We found not only the perfect wedding officiant, I feel that I have found a new friend!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

I'm so happy you were all happy! It was such a wonderful evening. I can't tell you how honored I was to share in such a magical time :) I'm very happy to have made new friends :) and the vow renewal will be awesome, I'm sure!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
12/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Ms Calhoun has made our special day the greatest day ever. She really makes a point that she knew both the bride and groom to be and personalize the ceremony however you want it to be. I just spoke to a friend of mine who is getting married soon but unfortunately she lives in Florida.... I would definitely recommend her. Celebrations of marriage is truly the best!! Thank you for everything.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you Jeni! You were such a beautiful bride and Marc such a dashing groom :) The emotion in the room was electric! What a happy day for such a fantastic couple. I know your future will be as bright as the light in your eyes on your wedding day :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From the moment we spoke to Fran, we felt she was the perfect officiant for us! Her warm spirit and sense of humor is exactly what we were looking for. Our ceremony was sort of a last minute gig and it was very stressful trying to find the right officiant that was available on the date and time we needed; not to mention at the right price! We both found Fran to be more than accommodating and her service to be impeccable.

I truly believe that Fran was brought into our lives for a reason. She and her husband are an amazing "team" and we could not thank them enough for how they have blessed our lives.
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Megan J
Wedding:
11/10/2013
5.0/5.0
What a fantastic, professional and caring officiant we had in Fran! From our very first emails and meetings to discuss our big day, she was incredibly thoughtful with her questions and intention to create a ceremony that would encapsulate our relationship. My husband and I really appreciated her willingness to listen to our ideas and craft a day that would really feel like "us."

We were so impressed with Fran in the months leading up to our wedding -- and even more so on the big day itself! She arrived early and with a smile on her face, and her last-minute reminders and calm professionalism helped keep everything running smoothly. The ceremony was warm, romantic, sweet and thoughtful . . . exactly what we wanted! We've received so many compliments on it.

Behind the scenes, Fran was very quick to respond to all of my emails, was friendly and comforting and offered so many great ideas for crafting a ceremony that would feel uniquely us. We knew very little of what we wanted when we hired her, and Fran's guidance was crucial to the success of our day. Highly recommend her!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Darling Megan, thank you very much! You two have such a special relationship and I wanted the ceremony to perfectly reflect you. What a wonderful day. From your dress to your bright red shoes to your "hanky" you were gorgeous. All the work you did pulling your Books Theme together was flawless. I was excited to be a part of it! Stay happy! Maybe one of these days you and Jen and I can have lunch :)
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Melanie
Wedding:
11/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran Calhoon was an amazing officiant! From the very first time we met her at the LGBT wedding expo in Baltimore we knew we wanted Fran to be our officiant. When Fran first sat down with my wife and I she explained everything that would happen so we would understand the process. When we walked away from our first sit down meeting we both felt like Fran was a friend of ours because she had a warm, friendly, and energetic personality. Throughout the process Fran was very professional in returning responses to our questions in a timely fashion. On the day of our wedding rehearsal Fran drove from Calvert County all the way to Anne Arundel County and waited patiently as our catering company was late to send someone to our rehearsal. Fran never once complained and helped calm us down with dealing with the situations our catering company dealt us. On our wedding day Fran arrived on time and helped organize us and the catering company to start our ceremony. Fran showed her warmth and compassion throughout our ceremony and it was absolutely beautiful. We had many of our friends and family members comment on what a beautiful job Fran did with our ceremony and we had quite a few of our guest ask for Fran's contact information for their up and coming weddings. My wife and I would wholeheartedly recommend Fran 110% to anyone that is searching for an officiant. THANKS FRAN!!! :)
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you very much for your wonderful comments! We all had so much fun at your wedding. It was an afternoon filled with love, emotion, laughter, and (happy) tears! I was honored to be a part of it. Your happiness was evident, and we weren't going to let anything get us down :) Always stay that happy. I feel like I've made two new friends! Remember I'm always here if you need anything :)
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Patrick
Wedding:
10/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran rocks she made our day awesome
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thanks Patrick! It was a great day and I will always remember how happy you guys looked :)
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Jennifer
Wedding:
10/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was amazing! She was so much more than just an officiant. She has become a friend. Right away when I spoke to her on the phone she was so friendly and put all of my fears at ease, we set an appointment to meet in person. My fiancé at the time and I met her at a Starbucks close by. She explained everything and made us very comfortable. She put all my worries at ease. She covered all the details of the ceremony, things I never would have thought of. Shortly after the meeting she sent me a copy of the ceremony and it was everything we wanted and it had our personal touches in it. And then the ceremony- she did an amazing job- like I said- she covered everything and made me - the crazy bride- calm down and relax. I would highly recommend her!
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Susan
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran Calhoon was our officiant at our wedding on October 5, 2013. It happened to be a double wedding with my twin sister also getting married that day too. Fran performed our ceremony at 1 and my sister's at 3 at Greenwell State Park. She was there early and helped in every way she could. It was nice to have extra help, especially with the last minute details and setting up. Both weddings went smoothly, even thought the temperature was approaching 90 degrees in October! Over the past year she made any necessary changes to the ceremony, even though not many were made because the ceremony draft was perfect from the get-go. My husband and I will look back at our wedding with such joy and Fran's attention to details will not be forgotten!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Susan, marrying you and Zac was such a fun occasion! Who would have believed the weather would have been like that! When we first met, I remember discussing hoping it wouldn't be too cold! It was a lovely day and you and Lisa did such a beautiful job putting it all together. Thank you again for letting me share in such a special time!
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Lisa
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran wrote and delivered an excellent ceremony. From the day she came to our house late last year to our wedding day she has been very professional and responsive. I couldn't have imagined a more perfect ceremony. She tailored it perfectly to our personalities and lifestyle. She truly expressed who we are and how perfect we are for each other. Her "emergency kit" was a lifesaver for the wedding day. I accidently cut myself and there she was lending a hand with bandaids! Very organized and a great speaker! Thanks for everything!!!!

Lisa & Matt Beasley
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Lisa, you and Matt are so much fun! I am so happy you enjoyed your ceremony! Everything went perfectly, and none of us melted :) I'm glad you were able to use the Emergency Kit - that's what it's there for! I'm sure I'll continue to see you around - we all seem to keep ending up at the same places :) Thanks again for selecting me to be your Officiant.
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Alfred
Wedding:
9/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful and memorable ceremony that you provided us. very personalized ceremony and your voice is so soft and mesmerizing that it feels like angel is the one officiating our ceremony.
I can still remember when I first talked to you over the phone and I told you that you are our savior and yes indeed. you made our special day extra special and all my guests love the ceremony that you provided us. I had an initial conversation with her for an hour and she is fun to talk with. She also gave me lots of ideas for our ceremony such as the Sand Ceremony, Wine Ceremony ETC. Very punctual that she is there 2 hours before our ceremony starts and she caught us wearing our tees and shorts! Very helpful. She let us use her mic and cord to play music for the ceremony. and her husband is so adorable too. He took a lot of wonderful photos that we are both excited to see! To tap it all, she is such an awesome person! We felt that she is doing it not only as her job but her passion in guiding and sealing people's love for one another! We will surely get you again in our renewal of vows! We love you and we will forever treasure everything that you shared on our ceremony!!
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Alfred, marrying you and Justin was such a joy. From the first time I talked to you on the phone, I knew I would just fall in love with the two of you, and I did. It was a fun day - a fabulous reception (I will treasure my little carriage always) and I feel honored that you allowed me the pleasure of marrying you and Justin. Please always stay as happy and fun-loving as you were on your wedding day!
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was wonderful to work with for our wedding and put together the perfect ceremony for us. My fiance and I were worried about finding someone who would meet our desires and Fran met them all. She picked out the perfect words for our ceremony, which we would not have been able to do. We had so many compliments afterwards saying how wonderful Fran did and where did we find her. We found here right here on Wedding Wire and she was a great find.
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

What a beautiful place you picked to get married. And all the attention to detail that went into making it perfect was amazing. I truly enjoyed being a part of your day - it was an honor to be able to marry you :) Thank you again for letting me share in your day - it was perfect!
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Victor
Wedding:
9/20/2013
5.0/5.0
Carlos & I would like to Thank Fran for making a special day for us. I interviewed several people to officiate our marriage, Fran had the BEST attitude, friendly, easy to work with and adjustable. Fran's delivery of the ceremony was professional and heart felt. I would highly recommend Fran to anyone thinking of getting married.
Thank you Fran and John.
Carlos & Victor
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Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Victor, what a beautiful day we all shared. The venue was beyond lovely, and you and Carlos were soooooo happy! Between the sun and the water and the laughter, who could have asked for a better wedding day? Thank you again for letting me be a part of it, and please stay in touch :)
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was everything my Husband and I could have asked for.
We aren't very religious, but we are very passionate about our hobbies, and after a short meeting with Fran, she pinpointed our personalities to a tee and wrote the best ceremony for us all on her own. She also threw a few unique things our way to see if we wanted to add them to the ceremony and of course, because she truly understood us as a couple, we jumped right in. Not only did my Husband and I truly feel we got to have a truly personal and unique wedding, but every guest gushed over how much they loved our ceremony and that it was truly one of a kind, and the best wedding they had ever been to. None of that would have been possible without Fran.
Fran also gave us a print out of our whole ceremony to keep, our vows to frame, and sent me copies of all the photos her Husband took (we invited him to come along too) of the wedding.
Really she went above and beyond. I really hope everyone can have as beautiful a wedding as we did thanks to her!!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

I can't begin to tell you how happy I am that you selected me to be your Officiant. I loved preparing your ceremony, and making some new friends along the way. You two are such a fun couple, and your vision of your wedding day was perfect! You carried out your theme spectacularly. Thank you again for letting me share in your day. May the Force be with you (forever!!!!)
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Denise
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Words cannot even express how happy we are that we met Fran Calhoon and she was able to share our special day with us! After a rocky search for officiants (we were relying on military officiants, which fell through), we finally found Fran. Since we didn't live in the area, Fran met us at a central location for our initial meeting. We sat there for an hour and a half and told her our story. She took copious notes and promised to get some draft vows to us in about a week. She got back to us in less than two days. Fran was so professional and welcomed our comments. We worked together for a couple weeks, and came up with wonderful individualized and unique vows. On the day of the ceremony, the bride (me) was about 30 minutes late. Despite the fact that Fran had a commitment after ours (she was marrying some 70+ year old lovebirds), she remained cool, calm, and collected the whole time, despite our late start. She was so calming to my dear husband (who's a Marine who cannot stand tardiness). When I finally arrived, she knew exactly what to say to me to keep me calm (I'm a cry-er). There's just something about Fran's ability to soothe and calm the nerves. We went through our ceremony seamlessly. It was so very beautiful! The next day, my brother in law asked me if I knew Fran personally, because it seemed like she knew me and the hubster in and out. She was that genuine and sincere. After the ceremony, she took care of everything so professionally and quickly (i.e. filing the marriage certificate, mailing us the thumb drive with pics her wonderful hubby took, etc.). We truly feel blessed that we found Fran. She made our special day that much more special. Thank you, Fran!! We love you!! <3, Keith & Denise
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Aww Denise, now you're making me cry! I loved being there on your wedding day. Watching you all come together as a family was just amazing! Trust me when I say that your tears added to the beautiful emotion that was flowing that day. I love you guys too <3
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD ABOUT FRAN!!! I stumbled upon Fran because she was the first officiant that I sent an email to and actually responded within 12 hours. I was looking for a non-denominational ceremony, with light Christian undertones and she was game. Fran wrote a beautiful, custom ceremony for us, with email and phone exchanges that were brief and to the point or long and drawn out- it was up to us. NOW FOR THE IMPRESSIVE PART- our ceremony started out just overcast, then full-on thunder-stormed as soon as my dad gave me away!!! All of my guests were out in the rain, soaking wet, and we were just trying to get married! Fran stayed calm, kept everyone focused until she finally asked calmly if we were ready to move inside. She was soaking wet, refusing to miss a beat, and was wringing out her outfit just long enough for my guests to make their way inside. Fran picked up where she left off inside, interjecting jokes about the rain, and keeping a positive attitude the whole time. It was because of her positive attitude, and insistence that this was the way our wedding was supposed to be that I don't regret a minute of that day. SHE DOESN'T JUST STAND AT THE ALTAR- SHE MAKES SURE YOUR DAY IS THE WAY YOU WANT IT, AND DOESN'T LET ANYONE TAKE IT AWAY FROM YOU. I recommend her 100%, and will be calling her when I renew my vows... with the distinct hope that we stay out of the rain this time!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

It was a day none of us will EVER forget - and what a GREAT story for you to tell in the future! I was so happy to be there and be a part of it. We weren't going to let a little rain (okay, maybe more like a monsoon) stand in the way of a wonderful wedding. The smiles on your faces let me see how happy you were, and that was THE most important thing! Thank you for your lovely words, and I can't wait to renew your vows!
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Private User
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was fantastic! Our ceremony was so personable and unique I couldnt have asked for anything better. She attended our rehearsal to make sure everything was perfect and helped out before the actual wedding. Thank you Fran!!!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

I'm so glad you were happy with your ceremony :) it was a beautiful day, gorgeous bride, and beaming groom. The weather couldn't have been better, and the venue was incredibly lovely. It was a great pleasure getting to know you. Thank you again for letting me share in your day :)
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Lisa
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
I firmly believe that things sometimes happen for a reason and Fran stepped in at a time when my previous Wedding Officiant backed out (dropped us) for someone else without a real warning. Fran is warm, funny and caring and the words that she used in the ceremony were heartfelt. Everyone has complimented her work and commented to my new hubby and I about how touching the ceremony was! I would recommend Celebrations of Marriage to ANYONE who is getting married - you will NOT be sorry! :-)
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! Seeing the look in your eyes as you got married was priceless and I was beyond happy to be there to witness it. Thank you again for letting me be a part of your day. It was so memorable and I was so happy for you!!!!
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Jessica
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Where do I start on explaining how great Fran is?
Our very first meeting with Fran I felt a connection. She is warm and friendly and made us feel more excited than ever to go forward with our wedding plans. She asked great questions to really get to know us. Just a few weeks after meeting her she had our ceremony written-- it was perfect!! She took everything we said we wanted and completely personalized it. It was amazing how just after one conversation she had us figured out!!Our original wedding date was set for October. Things came up that caused us to push the date up two months. When we decided to do this I immediately emailed Fran because I didn't want to lose her as our officiant. She was completely flexible! A couple days before the ceremony she sent me email reminders of things not to forget. That was a god sent because I almost forgot to get roses for the ceremony. The day of the wedding Fran arrived early, came in to see me while I was getting ready and was willing to get everything she needed for the ceremony that I was providing. She just asked me to point her in the right direction and she took care of everything!!! During the ceremony she was so well spoken. She made everyone truly feel the words that she was reading. After the ceremony she took the time to take care of sending our marriage license and gave me detailed instructions on what to do to obtain a certified copy. Then to my surprise I recieved a card with well wishes and a thank you which really touched both me and my husband. Her husband even took pictures during the ceremony and they sent us the thumb drive!
Fran is thoughtful, warm, and a true gift of God. I am so happy that we found her and I would hands down reccomend her for your ceremony. She is very knowledgable in many ways and I plan to keep in touch with her forever.
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Dear Jess,
Thank you so much! I had a lot of fun getting to know you and Scott and preparing your ceremony. Everything about your day was perfect and I can't tell you how much I appreciated your letting me be a part of it. I am happy you want to remain friends because I feel the same way :) Lots and lots of hugs to both of you!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved Fran! She went above and beyond what was expected in the planning and performing of our ceremony. Because of that, the entire event turned out far better than we could have planned. In the planning process, Fran responded to emails and phone calls immediately and took preliminary steps in assisting us with finding the perfect location. She wrote a beautiful ceremony which we will always treasure.

We can't thank Fran enough, and we highly recommend her!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! It turned out be to be an absolutely beautiful day - the "perfect day" - in fact :) Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
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Megan
Wedding:
7/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran really pulled through for us. Our officiant had cancelled within a month and 1/2 of our wedding date. Sorry, our officiant didn't cancel she just stopped talking to us (& she is/was my aunt's boss so there is the drama of going with a friend of a friend that you never meet & I actually never spoke to...learned my lesson).

Fran completely put us at easy & made most of my wedding worries dissipate. So sweet. Her husband took fantastic photos for her advertising & shared them with us. They were both very professional & friendly. She understands some of the drama surrounding weddings and gave us a couple of tips.

The ceremony she wrote was wonderful & definately conveyed us, our venue, & our love.

I would recommend her to anyone & everyone!!!!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you Megan! What a day :) Now I can joke about almost getting kicked out of the Jefferson Memorial by the Park Police ;-) You guys are such a darling couple, and I will never forget your "book" or your tennis shoes! Stay happy always :)
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Robin
Wedding:
7/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran Calhoon is just perfect! She was early for both rehearsal and the wedding! At the rehearsal she was able to smoothly guide our wedding party. We were able to have rehearsal done in under an hour!! She goes above and beyond just being an officiant.... she helps wherever she can!! Our ceremony fit us so perfectly! We have received so many compliments on how perfect our ceremony was! I would highly recommend her to my friends and any other future brides who are looking for an officiant!! She is so professional and personable at the same time!! She is just amazing!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I felt honored to be a part of your wedding day. You were glowing and Kevin looked so handsome. Your venue was amazing and I know your guests had a fantastic time. Stay happy!
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Jack & Carolyn
Wedding:
7/26/2013
5.0/5.0
5 STAR RATING… Fran Calhoon goes above and beyond of what we expected in an officiant. We contacted Fran a few weeks prior to our wedding date, and as soon as she left from our first meeting we were very impressed with her. Everything we requested of her she did. She only wanted the best for our ceremony. She performed our ceremony with no problems even though we made last minute additions/changes to the ceremony. She was early, papers in order, and very professional. Her husband took amazing pictures of the wedding which was not planned, just a part of the deal!! We had a beautiful ceremony, she was there step by step throughout the entire process, she explained how to obtain all legal paper work, and she sent all of her paper work off certified mail in more than a timely fashion. In short we have only good words and praises about Fran. We would highly recommend her services to our friends. Thank you Fran for making our Wedding so special.
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Dear Carolyn and Jack - I had such a great time with you and your family. It was truly a beautiful day in ALL respects. Thank you for your kind words - we HAVE to stay in touch!!!!
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Dustin
Wedding:
7/21/2013
5.0/5.0
I contacted Fran 20 hours before our wedding date, and she came through with no problems at all! She was early, papers in order, and very professional. Also her husband took amazing pictures of the wedding which was not planned, just a part of the deal!! We had a beautiful ceremony, she was there step by step throughout the entire proses, also explained, how to obtain all legal paper work, and sends all of her paper work off certified mail in more than a timely fashion. In short I have nothing but good words to say about Fran and highly recommend her services.... 5 STARS ALL THE WAY!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you sooo much! I had such a good time - your wedding was beautiful in every way. Let's get together in a few more years and do a Vow Renewal :)
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was a key piece to our perfect wedding. She took my very customized ceremony design and delivered it perfectly. My husband and I offer her many thanks and are so grateful that she was the one to marry us on our special day.
Services Used: Officiant
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Amber
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran Calhoon was absolutely perfect! We had set up a time to meet with her and one other women and as soon as she left from the first time we met her we cancled with the other women. Everything we asked her to change she did, she didnt want anything but the best for our ceremony. She really did make our dream wedding come true!!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

It was SUCH a lovely day. It was one of those perfect times, which is how a wedding should be. Thank you for letting me be a part of it!
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
There aren't enough words to describe how wonderful Fran is! From our very first meeting she made us feel so comfortable! Her motto is "Your ceremony, your way" and that is exactly what you get. She has books full of ideas and inspiration that she is willing to share, but she is every bit as willing to take your vision and make it a reality. She worked with us via email to edit our ceremony several times, and was always promptly responsive and understanding even regarding the smallest details. It was really important to us to have a ceremony that was traditional without being the same as every other wedding, and that really represented us as a couple. Fran took the rough ceremony that we had created on our own and weaved it together with her own touches that made it absolutely perfect!
If that weren't enough, there are so many additional little touches that Fran offers as well! Because of her, our rehearsal ran smoothly and was much shorter than I had anticipated, and everyone knew exactly what to do for the wedding the next day. She is generous enough to allow you a say in what she wears to the ceremony, and even has an emergency kit available for you to use the day of the ceremony!
By the time our wedding day came around, we felt as if Fran were a friend, which made her officiating our ceremony even more special. We received so many comments and compliments on how meaningful and beautiful our ceremony was, as well as how great our officiant was, which was wonderful to hear!
Thank you, Fran, so much for all of your help in making our wedding day so special!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day. You were beautiful, your groom was handsome, and both of you were glowing! It is a day I will never forget :) Always stay as happy as you were that day!!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
She was very flexible with our last minute plans. She helped everything come together beautifully and meaningfully. I would highly recommend having her at your special ceremony
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Working with Fran was great! Each time we met or talked she made us feel very comfortable and relaxed. Unlike many vendors, Fran was warm and extremly helpful. With her we did not feel like just another "customer." She always replied promptly to our emails and she worked with us each step of the way to create a truely unique experience for us. My family was also very impressed with her work at our ceremony. As her motto says " Your ceremony...Your way." and that is exactly what we got.
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you! I had a wonderful time and loved working with you - and I'm so glad we came to be friends as well!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
3/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Fran was THE BEST officiant ever!

At the start she met us and was very responsive to what we wanted in a wedding. She helped us understand what all goes into a wedding since we had gone into this whole ordeal without a wedding planner.

She is very professional with an over-layer of warmth that just makes everything feel like it is going to go right. At the initial meeting she had several books of example wedding papers detailing out the certificate she gives to the various things she can say. Instead of us being specific on exactly what we wanted, we gave her ideas and a week or so later she sent us the ceremony (minus the guest speaker and vows portions that we wanted to do). She hit the nail on the head with what she had come up with, and the few minor changes we wanted got put in and everything was set!

Closer to the wedding she kept in good contact with my Wife, making sure we had everything ready. I was late on my vows (she wanted them a week early to make us a wonderful printout for the ceremony) but she did not get upset that I'm a procrastinator.

We had a rehearsal prior to the day of, and not only was she incredibly patient with my bad jokes, she also made sure our entire group knew what to do and when to do it, and she adjusted on the fly when we wanted things to go a different way. Very good and kind crowd control!

At the ceremony she arrived early and as soon as I arrived helped me make sure everything was solid. She keeps an 'emergency kit' of items she has seen wedding parties need in emergency situations, and that helps cut down on the stress.

As it was, the wedding was amazing. She gave a heartfelt ceremony that had just the right touch of humor while maintaining 100% class and propriety. I will remember this day for the rest of my life and without Fran it would not have been as smooth as it had been.

Thanks Fran and I look forward to you Officiating my 10 year renewals!
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Wow! I am honored and humbled by your comments. I'm glad you had such a great day - I was so very happy to be a part of it. Thank you!
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Peggy
Wedding:
2/14/2013
5.0/5.0
We could not have been more pleased with our Officient. She was very professional, friendly and accommodating. We would highly recommend her and plan to contact her in the future for another wedding vow renewal ceremony.
Services Used: Officiant
Celebrations Of Marriage responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Peggy! You and Andrew were so great to work with. It was a wonderful day :)

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