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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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Private User
Wedding:
6/4/2016
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we chose Maureen to officiate our ceremony. From the first phone call to the wedding day itself, she was nothing but gracious and warm, and we feel honored to have had her marry us. She offers a questionnaire that is very thorough that she uses to write the ceremony once you complete it. This allows the ceremony to be very personal and meaningful, which was important to us. She created the structure of the ceremony and let us see a draft and make any changes we wanted ahead of time, so that there were no surprises and that we were comfortable with what was said on our wedding day. Maureen also gave us some great ideas into what "traditions" are common/are options during wedding ceremonies, and we chose one that spoke to us. Maureen allowed us to include as much or as little as we wanted. We knew we wanted a relatively short ceremony, we wanted to write our own vows, and we wanted the ceremony to be non-denominational. Maureen was open to all of this and wrote the ceremony accordingly. In the end, it was beautifully written and structured. We were so lucky to have Maureen as our officiant/celebrant, and I would recommend her to anyone!
We are so glad we chose Maureen to officiate our ceremony. From the first phone call to the wedding day itself, she was Read more...
We are so glad we chose Maureen to officiate our ceremony. From the first phone call to the wedding day itself, she was nothing but gracious and warm, and we feel honored to have had her marry us. She offers a questionnaire that is very thorough that she uses to write the ceremony once you complete it. This allows the ceremony to be very personal and meaningful, which was important to us. She created the structure of the ceremony and let us see a draft and make any changes we wanted ahead of time, so that there were no surprises and that we were comfortable with what was said on our wedding day. Maureen also gave us some great ideas into what "traditions" are common/are options during wedding ceremonies, and we chose one that spoke to us. Maureen allowed us to include as much or as little as we wanted. We knew we wanted a relatively short ceremony, we wanted to write our own vows, and we wanted the ceremony to be non-denominational. Maureen was open to all of this and wrote the ceremony accordingly. In the end, it was beautifully written and structured. We were so lucky to have Maureen as our officiant/celebrant, and I would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you! It was my honor to marry you, as well. I wish you the best!
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Victoria
Wedding:
4/23/2016
5.0/5.0
It has been such a joy to work with Maureen for our wedding ceremony, which was held last weekend. She has been very responsive to our questions and communicated openly about what she needed from us to build our custom ceremony. We talked on the phone to make sure that it was a good fit, which was really comforting to know that we clicked from the get-go. She sent us a survey to fill out then we met in person about a month or so before the wedding, to discuss any wedding rituals we wanted to do and whatnot. Once the ceremony was written, she provided it to us with plenty of time to make changes and was very accommodating when we had to make a small change the day before the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, Maureen showed up early enough to talk with us before the ceremony and make sure that we both felt okay, felt ready, and were prepared to be present in the moment. She also took care of submitting the marriage certificate to the county, which was a pleasant surprise. The ceremony went really smoothly and we received a lot of positive feedback from everyone that the ceremony felt very personal, intimate, and exactly right for us. We would definitely recommend Maureen to anyone who is looking for a celebrant!
It has been such a joy to work with Maureen for our wedding ceremony, which was held last weekend. She has been very Read more...
It has been such a joy to work with Maureen for our wedding ceremony, which was held last weekend. She has been very responsive to our questions and communicated openly about what she needed from us to build our custom ceremony. We talked on the phone to make sure that it was a good fit, which was really comforting to know that we clicked from the get-go. She sent us a survey to fill out then we met in person about a month or so before the wedding, to discuss any wedding rituals we wanted to do and whatnot. Once the ceremony was written, she provided it to us with plenty of time to make changes and was very accommodating when we had to make a small change the day before the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, Maureen showed up early enough to talk with us before the ceremony and make sure that we both felt okay, felt ready, and were prepared to be present in the moment. She also took care of submitting the marriage certificate to the county, which was a pleasant surprise. The ceremony went really smoothly and we received a lot of positive feedback from everyone that the ceremony felt very personal, intimate, and exactly right for us. We would definitely recommend Maureen to anyone who is looking for a celebrant! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Victoria! I enjoyed working with you and Dan, as well. I wish you the best!
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Christina & Caleb
Wedding:
1/23/2016
5.0/5.0
Words cannot describe how amazing Maureen is! If you are looking for an officiant look no further!
My husband and I got married in January during the blizzard of 2016 (better known as snowmageddon). Due to the weather situation, several of our vendors could not make it to the wedding. However, Maureen assured us she would be there and she was! She was there for us when even some of our family could not be.
Our venue made us change our wedding date to a day later than originally contracted and moved us to another one of their locations for our safety due to the severity of the blizzard. Maureen was completely fine with these changes. To avoid getting snowed in and not being able to travel to the wedding, my family and friends arrived to our venue two days prior to the wedding and we stayed in a hotel close by. My parents and I suggested that Maureen join us at the hotel and she gladly did! A normal wedding officiant would not do something like this for her clients, but Maureen goes above and beyond what's expected!
Our wedding had a lot of chaos surrounding it, but we could count on Maureen to do an amazing job and she did that and more! Everyone commented on what a wonderful job she did with the ceremony. It was truly personal and reflected our relationship perfectly! Because we had to change ceremony location we actually couldn't be legally married until a ceremony was preformed in the proper county (as we are Maryland residents). So the day after our wedding ceremony Maureen traveled with my family, husband, and I to do a mini-ceremony so that our marriage license could be officially signed.
Maureen did so much for us that we honestly cannot thank her enough! She a wonderful person and an amazing officiant! She is beyond flexible and will do anything to make sure you are happy and that your wedding ceremony is a success! My husband and I are forever grateful for Maureen's kindness!
Words cannot describe how amazing Maureen is! If you are looking for an officiant look no further!
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Words cannot describe how amazing Maureen is! If you are looking for an officiant look no further!
My husband and I got married in January during the blizzard of 2016 (better known as snowmageddon). Due to the weather situation, several of our vendors could not make it to the wedding. However, Maureen assured us she would be there and she was! She was there for us when even some of our family could not be.
Our venue made us change our wedding date to a day later than originally contracted and moved us to another one of their locations for our safety due to the severity of the blizzard. Maureen was completely fine with these changes. To avoid getting snowed in and not being able to travel to the wedding, my family and friends arrived to our venue two days prior to the wedding and we stayed in a hotel close by. My parents and I suggested that Maureen join us at the hotel and she gladly did! A normal wedding officiant would not do something like this for her clients, but Maureen goes above and beyond what's expected!
Our wedding had a lot of chaos surrounding it, but we could count on Maureen to do an amazing job and she did that and more! Everyone commented on what a wonderful job she did with the ceremony. It was truly personal and reflected our relationship perfectly! Because we had to change ceremony location we actually couldn't be legally married until a ceremony was preformed in the proper county (as we are Maryland residents). So the day after our wedding ceremony Maureen traveled with my family, husband, and I to do a mini-ceremony so that our marriage license could be officially signed.
Maureen did so much for us that we honestly cannot thank her enough! She a wonderful person and an amazing officiant! She is beyond flexible and will do anything to make sure you are happy and that your wedding ceremony is a success! My husband and I are forever grateful for Maureen's kindness! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, so much, for your wonderful review! It was truly a pleasure to work with you - and a fun adventure as well. I wish you the very best.
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Jackie
Wedding:
10/3/2015
5.0/5.0
We are so glad that we had Maureen officiate our wedding. We met her via Skype and in person before the wedding to discuss details, but e-mailed her frequently with updates, changes, and questions. She was always fast to respond, and was very flexible with us making changes to the ceremony. She even provided us some great ideas for ceremonies within our ceremony.

Our ceremony felt extremely personal. We received numerous compliments about Maureen creating a beautiful ceremony. I would definitely recommend Maureen as an officiant!
We are so glad that we had Maureen officiate our wedding. We met her via Skype and in person before the wedding to discuss Read more...
We are so glad that we had Maureen officiate our wedding. We met her via Skype and in person before the wedding to discuss details, but e-mailed her frequently with updates, changes, and questions. She was always fast to respond, and was very flexible with us making changes to the ceremony. She even provided us some great ideas for ceremonies within our ceremony.

Our ceremony felt extremely personal. We received numerous compliments about Maureen creating a beautiful ceremony. I would definitely recommend Maureen as an officiant! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Jackie! I wish you and DJ all the best.
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Nathaniel
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
Maureen was the perfect officiant for our wedding in Potomac, Maryland. We were looking for someone non-denominational but with spirit and passion for our backgrounds and traditions. Maureen helped us think through all the elements of our ceremony and design something truly special. She was creative and knowledgeable about many different traditions without overwhelming us with ideas. Overall, our ceremony was incredible and we received many compliments from guests about how amazing Maureen was.
Maureen was the perfect officiant for our wedding in Potomac, Maryland. We were looking for someone non-denominational but Read more...
Maureen was the perfect officiant for our wedding in Potomac, Maryland. We were looking for someone non-denominational but with spirit and passion for our backgrounds and traditions. Maureen helped us think through all the elements of our ceremony and design something truly special. She was creative and knowledgeable about many different traditions without overwhelming us with ideas. Overall, our ceremony was incredible and we received many compliments from guests about how amazing Maureen was. Read less
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Marissa
Wedding:
9/19/2015
5.0/5.0
Maureen was great! She met with my then fiancé (now husband) and I and listened closely to exactly what we wanted and didn't want in our ceremony. We wanted something that was mostly non-religious, and she took this request seriously and helped us create something that really rang true to us as a couple that is not very religious. She helped us pick from an extensive list of marriage rituals--we ultimately decided to exchange rings and lock love letters in a wine box that we will open and read on our 5th anniversary. Many other couples expressed to us that they loved this ritual, and without her we never would have known about it! She showed us sample vows and let us write our own. During the reception, multiple people approached us and told us that the ceremony was very personal and really reflected us as a couple. I would recommend her service to anyone planning a wedding! She is an awesome human being.
Maureen was great! She met with my then fiancé (now husband) and I and listened closely to exactly what we wanted and Read more...
Maureen was great! She met with my then fiancé (now husband) and I and listened closely to exactly what we wanted and didn't want in our ceremony. We wanted something that was mostly non-religious, and she took this request seriously and helped us create something that really rang true to us as a couple that is not very religious. She helped us pick from an extensive list of marriage rituals--we ultimately decided to exchange rings and lock love letters in a wine box that we will open and read on our 5th anniversary. Many other couples expressed to us that they loved this ritual, and without her we never would have known about it! She showed us sample vows and let us write our own. During the reception, multiple people approached us and told us that the ceremony was very personal and really reflected us as a couple. I would recommend her service to anyone planning a wedding! She is an awesome human being. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Marissa, thank you so much. You really made my day!
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Jessie
Wedding:
8/8/2015
5.0/5.0
We got married back in August of 2015 and when looking for an officiant, we knew we didn’t want anything too formal but unique to our relationship. We found Maureen and after our meeting and several phone calls, the questions she asked and the ideas she had we knew we were going to get the ceremony that we wanted. And she sure did deliver!! It was the most heartfelt, thoughtful, personalized ceremony we could have ever asked for. She knew when to add some humor and how to make sure she kept the attention of our guests-it was just perfect!
I received so much wonderful feedback from our guests on how great the ceremony was! One even stated that it was the best ceremony they had seen.
If you want to have someone who will take the time to get to know you and personalize your ceremony to how you imagined, Maureen is the perfect officiant. We cannot thank her enough for the wonderful job she did! We HIGHLY recommend her.
We got married back in August of 2015 and when looking for an officiant, we knew we didn’t want anything too formal but Read more...
We got married back in August of 2015 and when looking for an officiant, we knew we didn’t want anything too formal but unique to our relationship. We found Maureen and after our meeting and several phone calls, the questions she asked and the ideas she had we knew we were going to get the ceremony that we wanted. And she sure did deliver!! It was the most heartfelt, thoughtful, personalized ceremony we could have ever asked for. She knew when to add some humor and how to make sure she kept the attention of our guests-it was just perfect!
I received so much wonderful feedback from our guests on how great the ceremony was! One even stated that it was the best ceremony they had seen.
If you want to have someone who will take the time to get to know you and personalize your ceremony to how you imagined, Maureen is the perfect officiant. We cannot thank her enough for the wonderful job she did! We HIGHLY recommend her. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jessie!! Your kinds words really made my day!
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Kate
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke did a fantastic job with our ceremony. 4 months before the wedding, my husband and I spent a full day working on the questionnaire that Maureen provided us. The resulting ceremony that she produced based on that questionnaire made our efforts truly worth while. She took everything we provided and made it into a ceremony that was so special and intimate to us that everyone commented on it after the wedding. In the words of one guest -we hated our ceremony so much we couldn't wait to run down the aisle at the end, but yours was so beautiful, you are very lucky. Maureen captured exactly what we wanted from our ceremony -that this was an important day in our lives that was bringing people together. She grasped that we wanted to let people know that this was the joining of families and friendship groups as my husband and I were also forming our own little family and she expressed that beautifully in our ceremony.

We are keeping a copy of what she said at our ceremony for the future so that we can look back at it when needed. We are also continuing the wedding tradition that she suggested and started at our ceremony. The love letter box. We have written letters to each other telling prior to the wedding day (saying why we chose to get married and what makes the other special) and we placed them in a special box, with special tea that we chose, so that we can read the letters and drink the tea on our first anniversary. We plan to continue the tradition each year so that we can see how our marriage changes and grows as we move forward in our lives together.

Thank you Maureen for making our wedding such a special day and for giving us a tradition that will be something for us to look forward to each year.
Maureen Burke did a fantastic job with our ceremony. 4 months before the wedding, my husband and I spent a full day Read more...
Maureen Burke did a fantastic job with our ceremony. 4 months before the wedding, my husband and I spent a full day working on the questionnaire that Maureen provided us. The resulting ceremony that she produced based on that questionnaire made our efforts truly worth while. She took everything we provided and made it into a ceremony that was so special and intimate to us that everyone commented on it after the wedding. In the words of one guest -we hated our ceremony so much we couldn't wait to run down the aisle at the end, but yours was so beautiful, you are very lucky. Maureen captured exactly what we wanted from our ceremony -that this was an important day in our lives that was bringing people together. She grasped that we wanted to let people know that this was the joining of families and friendship groups as my husband and I were also forming our own little family and she expressed that beautifully in our ceremony.

We are keeping a copy of what she said at our ceremony for the future so that we can look back at it when needed. We are also continuing the wedding tradition that she suggested and started at our ceremony. The love letter box. We have written letters to each other telling prior to the wedding day (saying why we chose to get married and what makes the other special) and we placed them in a special box, with special tea that we chose, so that we can read the letters and drink the tea on our first anniversary. We plan to continue the tradition each year so that we can see how our marriage changes and grows as we move forward in our lives together.

Thank you Maureen for making our wedding such a special day and for giving us a tradition that will be something for us to look forward to each year. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Kate! It's wonderful to know how much you liked the ceremony - and especially the love letter box!
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Pamela
Wedding:
6/13/2015
5.0/5.0
We are extremely happy that we chose Maureen Burke to officiate our wedding. When we met with her for the first time, we found her to be a great listener and knowledgeable to help provide us ideas for our ceremony (and open to our opinions at the same time). We were looking for a non-denominational yet traditional ceremony.

Leading up to the ceremony, Maureen guided us to some sources that provided many samples of language for the opening remarks, honoring of friends/family, vows, etc. We found those to be very helpful and chose a few that matched up with the tone we were going for - we then trusted Maureen to draft up the rest of the ceremony. When we received Maureen's draft script, we were blown away and decided to cut a reading that we were wavering on, because the script already touched on all the topics and emotions that we wanted the ceremony to cover. We were very satisfied with the rehearsal run-through and the big day - we received many compliments from our guests about the atmosphere that Maureen created - it was sentimental and warm, with the right amount of lightness and humor, had language that made all guests feel welcome and included, and was well-delivered.
We are extremely happy that we chose Maureen Burke to officiate our wedding. When we met with her for the first time, we Read more...
We are extremely happy that we chose Maureen Burke to officiate our wedding. When we met with her for the first time, we found her to be a great listener and knowledgeable to help provide us ideas for our ceremony (and open to our opinions at the same time). We were looking for a non-denominational yet traditional ceremony.

Leading up to the ceremony, Maureen guided us to some sources that provided many samples of language for the opening remarks, honoring of friends/family, vows, etc. We found those to be very helpful and chose a few that matched up with the tone we were going for - we then trusted Maureen to draft up the rest of the ceremony. When we received Maureen's draft script, we were blown away and decided to cut a reading that we were wavering on, because the script already touched on all the topics and emotions that we wanted the ceremony to cover. We were very satisfied with the rehearsal run-through and the big day - we received many compliments from our guests about the atmosphere that Maureen created - it was sentimental and warm, with the right amount of lightness and humor, had language that made all guests feel welcome and included, and was well-delivered. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! I loved working with you, and am so glad to learn you were so happy with your ceremony.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we found Maureen to be our officiant. We spoke with Maureen on the phone and in person multiple times before our wedding last month and she designed a beautiful ceremony for us. It was incredibly personal and we received many compliments from our friends and family. She also organized our rehearsal and completed all of the documents necessary for our marriage license. We are so happy with the wedding ceremony we had and would absolutely recommend Maureen for a personal, intimate wedding ceremony!
We are so glad we found Maureen to be our officiant. We spoke with Maureen on the phone and in person multiple times Read more...
We are so glad we found Maureen to be our officiant. We spoke with Maureen on the phone and in person multiple times before our wedding last month and she designed a beautiful ceremony for us. It was incredibly personal and we received many compliments from our friends and family. She also organized our rehearsal and completed all of the documents necessary for our marriage license. We are so happy with the wedding ceremony we had and would absolutely recommend Maureen for a personal, intimate wedding ceremony! Read less
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