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Maureen Burke Ceremonies

Same-sex, Non-traditional, Non-denominational
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Serving DC, MD and NoVA
Same-sex, non-traditional, non-denominational, 20001 US (map)

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301-741-8573

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ABOUT US

A ceremony that goes beyond choosing from a menu of options to one that invites your guests into your story, unique to you and your relationship.

An officiant with whom you... Read more
A ceremony that goes beyond choosing from a menu of options to one that invites your guests into your story, unique to you and your relationship.

An officiant with whom you connect, who takes the time to get to know you, and has terrific delivery.

Professionally trained, deeply experienced and highly skilled in writing and officiating a wide range of ceremonies, including, but not limited to, same-sex, non-religious, spiritual, semi-religious, interfaith and multi-cultural ceremonies, I love my work, focused on creating the most meaningful ceremony possible, for you and for your guests. You should feel transported during your ceremony, and deeply connected with your partner. The experience of your guests – your community – can and should go beyond watching your ceremony to experiencing your ceremony.

Call or email to schedule an in-depth conversation in which we will explore your hopes for your ceremony. I’d love to speak with you! Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, VA

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Meghan
Wedding:
11/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen did such a fantastic job as the celebrant for our wedding. All the pre-work that went into coming up with our ceremony paid off, as we wound up with a one of a kind ceremony that was truly about my husband and myself, and what we wanted out of that day. Every one of our guests asked if we knew Maureen personally, and commented on how fantastic the ceremony was. As someone who has attended many weddings, I never told the bride that her ceremony was fantastic, as for the most part they are all the same, however not Maureen's ceremony. If you are looking for a truly unique and special ceremony, Maureen is the person to provide that. She is absolutely fantastic at what she does and I would recommend her to everyone.
Maureen did such a fantastic job as the celebrant for our wedding. All the pre-work that went into coming up with our Read more...
Maureen did such a fantastic job as the celebrant for our wedding. All the pre-work that went into coming up with our ceremony paid off, as we wound up with a one of a kind ceremony that was truly about my husband and myself, and what we wanted out of that day. Every one of our guests asked if we knew Maureen personally, and commented on how fantastic the ceremony was. As someone who has attended many weddings, I never told the bride that her ceremony was fantastic, as for the most part they are all the same, however not Maureen's ceremony. If you are looking for a truly unique and special ceremony, Maureen is the person to provide that. She is absolutely fantastic at what she does and I would recommend her to everyone. Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke is one of a kind. Her thoughtful nature truly helps set the tone for a personal and touching ceremony. She helped our ceremony be one that everyone remembers by really working with my husband and I in telling our story and sharing it with our guests. Maureen is extremely professional, an incredible orator, and a truly warm-hearted person. I would highly recommend Maureen Burke for any occasion where the desired outcome is a beautiful ceremony that will surely be appreciated by all.
Maureen Burke is one of a kind. Her thoughtful nature truly helps set the tone for a personal and touching ceremony. She Read more...
Maureen Burke is one of a kind. Her thoughtful nature truly helps set the tone for a personal and touching ceremony. She helped our ceremony be one that everyone remembers by really working with my husband and I in telling our story and sharing it with our guests. Maureen is extremely professional, an incredible orator, and a truly warm-hearted person. I would highly recommend Maureen Burke for any occasion where the desired outcome is a beautiful ceremony that will surely be appreciated by all. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jessica! I wish you and Ben the very best!
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Shalini
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen was such a wonderful officiant, with a warm, calm energy that really set the tone for our wedding, and much more importantly, our marriage. She put a lot of thought into personalizing our ceremony, incorporating traditional Buddhist rituals, and it really stood out from most other weddings. Maureen was organized, punctual, thoughtful, and an overall joy to work with. We will never forget how special she made our big day!
Maureen was such a wonderful officiant, with a warm, calm energy that really set the tone for our wedding, and much more Read more...
Maureen was such a wonderful officiant, with a warm, calm energy that really set the tone for our wedding, and much more importantly, our marriage. She put a lot of thought into personalizing our ceremony, incorporating traditional Buddhist rituals, and it really stood out from most other weddings. Maureen was organized, punctual, thoughtful, and an overall joy to work with. We will never forget how special she made our big day! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Shalini! It was such a pleasure to work with you - and marry you!
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Carrie
Wedding:
9/13/2014
5.0/5.0
We were married in September at a loft space in DC and we wanted a nontraditional ceremony that would be touching and heartfelt, with a celebratory vibe. Maureen delivered this perfectly for us and our guests are still saying how beautiful and unique it was.

The process is easy. We initially chatted with her over the phone and met with her a few months before the wedding to talk about our vision. She warmly asks all the right questions that give her a sense of who you are as individuals and as a couple, and that ultimately help her tell your story. You then fill out a detailed questionnaire, which she uses to further glean the information needed to custom draft your ceremony. After incorporating any edits you may have (ours were marginal), the draft is finalized and you're all set...until the wedding day, when she eloquently makes the whole thing come to life.

Maureen is a gem and if you are lucky enough to find her, use her. She will create a ceremony for you that is, above all else, remembered. We highly recommend her!
We were married in September at a loft space in DC and we wanted a nontraditional ceremony that would be touching and Read more...
We were married in September at a loft space in DC and we wanted a nontraditional ceremony that would be touching and heartfelt, with a celebratory vibe. Maureen delivered this perfectly for us and our guests are still saying how beautiful and unique it was.

The process is easy. We initially chatted with her over the phone and met with her a few months before the wedding to talk about our vision. She warmly asks all the right questions that give her a sense of who you are as individuals and as a couple, and that ultimately help her tell your story. You then fill out a detailed questionnaire, which she uses to further glean the information needed to custom draft your ceremony. After incorporating any edits you may have (ours were marginal), the draft is finalized and you're all set...until the wedding day, when she eloquently makes the whole thing come to life.

Maureen is a gem and if you are lucky enough to find her, use her. She will create a ceremony for you that is, above all else, remembered. We highly recommend her! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Carrie! I very much enjoyed working with you and Jay, and wish you all the best.
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Amber
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
Working with Maureen was so easy. She wrote a truly enjoyable and meaningful ceremony for us. We received many complements on how original it was and how well it described us. We are both very pleased! I definitely recommend her services!
Working with Maureen was so easy. She wrote a truly enjoyable and meaningful ceremony for us. We received many complements Read more...
Working with Maureen was so easy. She wrote a truly enjoyable and meaningful ceremony for us. We received many complements on how original it was and how well it described us. We are both very pleased! I definitely recommend her services! Read less
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Kellar
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
From our first meeting with Maureen, we clicked. She helped step us through the ceremony decisions, had us fill in some personal questionnaire information that she put together, and wanted to know what sort of feel we wanted to convey to our guests. Then she put together a very personalized script for our review. She also did a rehearsal walk through with our wedding party which put us at ease.

The ceremony was the highlight of the day thanks to Maureen's attention to our desires for the day and to her delivery.
From our first meeting with Maureen, we clicked. She helped step us through the ceremony decisions, had us fill in some Read more...
From our first meeting with Maureen, we clicked. She helped step us through the ceremony decisions, had us fill in some personal questionnaire information that she put together, and wanted to know what sort of feel we wanted to convey to our guests. Then she put together a very personalized script for our review. She also did a rehearsal walk through with our wedding party which put us at ease.

The ceremony was the highlight of the day thanks to Maureen's attention to our desires for the day and to her delivery. Read less
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Stefanie
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
We knew from the moment we met that Maureen was the right celebrant to perform our wedding ceremony. She understood exactly the personalized touch we were seeking and the way we wanted to involve our small number of guests into the event. She gave us lots of great ideas to consider, suggested readings and websites to use as resources and answered all of our questions. Many of our guests shared with us that they had never experienced a wedding ceremony like ours before and were so touched and impressed.
We knew from the moment we met that Maureen was the right celebrant to perform our wedding ceremony. She understood Read more...
We knew from the moment we met that Maureen was the right celebrant to perform our wedding ceremony. She understood exactly the personalized touch we were seeking and the way we wanted to involve our small number of guests into the event. She gave us lots of great ideas to consider, suggested readings and websites to use as resources and answered all of our questions. Many of our guests shared with us that they had never experienced a wedding ceremony like ours before and were so touched and impressed. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Stefanie! It was a pleasure to work with you, and an honor to marry you!
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Ashley
Wedding:
6/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen was beyond helpful during the time leading up to the day of the wedding. She answered more than two dozen questions via email with extremly fast response time, and although I never chose to communicate with her via phone, I'm positive she would have been just as efficient with that as well. We drove from FL for the wedding and she gave quite a few ideas of places for us to hold the reception as well as giving us plenty of advice about where to stay in washington DC in order to be able to hold the ceremony where we were staying just in case of a weather disaster. On the day of the wedding she showed up on time with a no stress attitude that helped calm me down even though it was an extremely small wedding. She performed the ceremony with zero flaws and even added a bit in the middle, where she had us pause, look around, and truly see and take in the day and the moment surrounding us, and i feel that moment was invaluable to the day. She snapped a few pictures of us after the wedding since we didn't have a photographer and made sure we had a copy of our license before she left. (Or at least she tried to make sure of it until we realized the courts had messed up the spelling of my fiances last name) she then took the license back and is having that fixed for us at this very moment and will send it to us when it's fixed. All in all, she was the absolute perfect person to marry us and went above and beyond in her duties as officiant. And for all of this, she was the most cost efficient officiant in the DC area when I was searching the web as well! The day couldn't have gone better without her!
Maureen was beyond helpful during the time leading up to the day of the wedding. She answered more than two dozen Read more...
Maureen was beyond helpful during the time leading up to the day of the wedding. She answered more than two dozen questions via email with extremly fast response time, and although I never chose to communicate with her via phone, I'm positive she would have been just as efficient with that as well. We drove from FL for the wedding and she gave quite a few ideas of places for us to hold the reception as well as giving us plenty of advice about where to stay in washington DC in order to be able to hold the ceremony where we were staying just in case of a weather disaster. On the day of the wedding she showed up on time with a no stress attitude that helped calm me down even though it was an extremely small wedding. She performed the ceremony with zero flaws and even added a bit in the middle, where she had us pause, look around, and truly see and take in the day and the moment surrounding us, and i feel that moment was invaluable to the day. She snapped a few pictures of us after the wedding since we didn't have a photographer and made sure we had a copy of our license before she left. (Or at least she tried to make sure of it until we realized the courts had messed up the spelling of my fiances last name) she then took the license back and is having that fixed for us at this very moment and will send it to us when it's fixed. All in all, she was the absolute perfect person to marry us and went above and beyond in her duties as officiant. And for all of this, she was the most cost efficient officiant in the DC area when I was searching the web as well! The day couldn't have gone better without her! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Ashley, thank you so much. I think we were lucky enough to connect right away, and I'm so grateful you contacted me!
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Brynne
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen was our wedding celebrant and did an amazing job. My now-husband and I knew from the beginning we liked her style since it was all about sharing our love story in a personal and meaningful way with our family and friends. We spoke with her on the phone several times and met in person to create the ceremony. We were surprised how easily it all came together with her guidance and her respect for all the aspects we wanted included in the ceremony . She created a personal ceremony that made our family and friends laugh and cry. My best friend even commented that she learned new things about me and my husband from how the ceremony was presented. It was perfect for us and memorable for all. Maureen was not only an expert at creating and presenting a ceremony, she was helpful and professional throughout the process. When we had last minute technical issues she had her husband join in and assist - saving the day and making the bride and groom relieved and comfortable right before the ceremony started. If you are looking for a personal wedding ceremony that represents you and your spouse, we recommend you reach out to Maureen.
Maureen was our wedding celebrant and did an amazing job. My now-husband and I knew from the beginning we liked her style Read more...
Maureen was our wedding celebrant and did an amazing job. My now-husband and I knew from the beginning we liked her style since it was all about sharing our love story in a personal and meaningful way with our family and friends. We spoke with her on the phone several times and met in person to create the ceremony. We were surprised how easily it all came together with her guidance and her respect for all the aspects we wanted included in the ceremony . She created a personal ceremony that made our family and friends laugh and cry. My best friend even commented that she learned new things about me and my husband from how the ceremony was presented. It was perfect for us and memorable for all. Maureen was not only an expert at creating and presenting a ceremony, she was helpful and professional throughout the process. When we had last minute technical issues she had her husband join in and assist - saving the day and making the bride and groom relieved and comfortable right before the ceremony started. If you are looking for a personal wedding ceremony that represents you and your spouse, we recommend you reach out to Maureen. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Brynne. It was a delight to work with you!
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Kari
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen was the officiant at our recent wedding, and she did an incredible job. We came to her without a real vision for the ceremony, but knew what we didn't want (overly traditional, religious, or long!), and she was able to craft something perfect. She is thoughtful, calm and eloquent, and through her conversations with us and the "homework" she asks you to do, she really came to understand us as a couple and was able to convey that to our guests on our wedding day. So many of our guests came to me after the ceremony to compliment Maureen's work. We are so glad she was a part of our wedding!
Maureen was the officiant at our recent wedding, and she did an incredible job. We came to her without a real vision for Read more...
Maureen was the officiant at our recent wedding, and she did an incredible job. We came to her without a real vision for the ceremony, but knew what we didn't want (overly traditional, religious, or long!), and she was able to craft something perfect. She is thoughtful, calm and eloquent, and through her conversations with us and the "homework" she asks you to do, she really came to understand us as a couple and was able to convey that to our guests on our wedding day. So many of our guests came to me after the ceremony to compliment Maureen's work. We are so glad she was a part of our wedding! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Kari! It was wonderful to work with you and Sanjay, and an honor to marry you.

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