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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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Sica
Wedding:
10/1/2016
5.0/5.0
Immediately, we loved Maureen. She was warm, friendly, real, open and honest. She wasn’t just trying to sell us on her services, but rather was just completely herself which won us both over. At the onset of planning we had intended on using Maureen for our wedding ceremony, however due to unfortunate circumstances, we ended up also using Maureen for a memorial services for both my mother and sister. Maureen remained professional, supportive, and steadfast in a time of my life when everything seemed like a hurdle. What I most appreciated about Maureen during this time was her patience with me and my family. Maureen created a beautiful and memorable service incorporating the personal essence of both my mother and sister – one-of-a-kind and personalized paying particular attention to detail. She was always accommodating, allowing for multiple revisions. We held the lovely service on the beach in June of 2016. Once this was over, we got back to planning our actual wedding ceremony. We are both spiritual and still wanted to incorporate some religious aspects into our ceremony without being overly traditional. Maureen provided us with a lovely packet of information and ideas to help guide us and help us make decisions about what we did and did not want out of our ceremony. Maureen was extremely responsive and consistently flexible with our wishes and needs. Our wedding ceremony was planned for outside, and although the doppler radar called for no rain, it begin misting, and then raining as guests arrived! Maureen remained calm and collected, despite the chilling raining, extreme wind, and giant balloons hitting her in the back of the head! What really made the ceremony memorable was the beautiful and meaningful language Maureen used. She completely captured the eight years of support, adventure, and love between the two of us. Through it all, we loved Maureen and her services – we would 100% utilize Maureen’s services again.
Immediately, we loved Maureen. She was warm, friendly, real, open and honest. She wasn’t just trying to sell us on her Read more...
Immediately, we loved Maureen. She was warm, friendly, real, open and honest. She wasn’t just trying to sell us on her services, but rather was just completely herself which won us both over. At the onset of planning we had intended on using Maureen for our wedding ceremony, however due to unfortunate circumstances, we ended up also using Maureen for a memorial services for both my mother and sister. Maureen remained professional, supportive, and steadfast in a time of my life when everything seemed like a hurdle. What I most appreciated about Maureen during this time was her patience with me and my family. Maureen created a beautiful and memorable service incorporating the personal essence of both my mother and sister – one-of-a-kind and personalized paying particular attention to detail. She was always accommodating, allowing for multiple revisions. We held the lovely service on the beach in June of 2016. Once this was over, we got back to planning our actual wedding ceremony. We are both spiritual and still wanted to incorporate some religious aspects into our ceremony without being overly traditional. Maureen provided us with a lovely packet of information and ideas to help guide us and help us make decisions about what we did and did not want out of our ceremony. Maureen was extremely responsive and consistently flexible with our wishes and needs. Our wedding ceremony was planned for outside, and although the doppler radar called for no rain, it begin misting, and then raining as guests arrived! Maureen remained calm and collected, despite the chilling raining, extreme wind, and giant balloons hitting her in the back of the head! What really made the ceremony memorable was the beautiful and meaningful language Maureen used. She completely captured the eight years of support, adventure, and love between the two of us. Through it all, we loved Maureen and her services – we would 100% utilize Maureen’s services again. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Maureen was absolutely fantastic and a joy to work with during our big day. our ceremony was tailored to what we both had wanted. We couldn't have imagined anyone else marrying us!
Maureen was absolutely fantastic and a joy to work with during our big day. our ceremony was tailored to what we both had Read more...
Maureen was absolutely fantastic and a joy to work with during our big day. our ceremony was tailored to what we both had wanted. We couldn't have imagined anyone else marrying us! Read less
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Haley
Wedding:
9/17/2016
5.0/5.0
Maureen was simply perfect! She made our wedding day amazing and I am so happy that we chose her to be our officiant on our special day. She was exactly what we were looking for since my husband and I aren't very religious, plus I'm not extremely traditional. The ceremony she created for us, fit us to a T. Every word meant something and I'm still told by everyone who attended the wedding how amazing it was that you could feel the love in the air with every word spoken.

We decided to write our own vows and Maureen even helped us with this step by supplying us with sample vows and different ways to write them. My husband and I thought it would be so difficult, but literally an hour later and we were both done and completely satisfied. She even took the readings I found and placed them beautifully within the ceremony so that it continued to flow very nicely. Throughout the ceremony she spoke clearly and everyone was able to understand everything.

We did have a minor slip up with the marriage license, it didn't get signed the day of the wedding, but no worries there. As soon as we realized what had happened we called her up and the next day she drove to OUR apartment, signed the license and sent it out pronto.

Maureen was seriously amazing and we are very happy with her work. I highly recommend her!
Maureen was simply perfect! She made our wedding day amazing and I am so happy that we chose her to be our officiant on Read more...
Maureen was simply perfect! She made our wedding day amazing and I am so happy that we chose her to be our officiant on our special day. She was exactly what we were looking for since my husband and I aren't very religious, plus I'm not extremely traditional. The ceremony she created for us, fit us to a T. Every word meant something and I'm still told by everyone who attended the wedding how amazing it was that you could feel the love in the air with every word spoken.

We decided to write our own vows and Maureen even helped us with this step by supplying us with sample vows and different ways to write them. My husband and I thought it would be so difficult, but literally an hour later and we were both done and completely satisfied. She even took the readings I found and placed them beautifully within the ceremony so that it continued to flow very nicely. Throughout the ceremony she spoke clearly and everyone was able to understand everything.

We did have a minor slip up with the marriage license, it didn't get signed the day of the wedding, but no worries there. As soon as we realized what had happened we called her up and the next day she drove to OUR apartment, signed the license and sent it out pronto.

Maureen was seriously amazing and we are very happy with her work. I highly recommend her! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Haley!!
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Alexa
Wedding:
9/10/2016
5.0/5.0
Maureen was WONDERFUL! She was such a delight to work with and she made our ceremony so beautiful and "us" despite only having known us for a few weeks. We received SO many compliments on how lovely our ceremony and officiant were!!
Maureen was WONDERFUL! She was such a delight to work with and she made our ceremony so beautiful and "us" despite only Read more...
Maureen was WONDERFUL! She was such a delight to work with and she made our ceremony so beautiful and "us" despite only having known us for a few weeks. We received SO many compliments on how lovely our ceremony and officiant were!! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Alexa! It was a pleasure to work with you and Bradley. I wish you the best!
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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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Melissa
Wedding:
5/29/2016
5.0/5.0
I truly can not say enough about our experience working with Maureen. At our first meeting, she was kind and warm and made us feel like family. After speaking with her for just a few moments we knew for sure we wanted her to perform our ceremony. After signing with her, she provided us some materials to help with our vow writing and for selecting our ceremony rituals. As our wedding approached, there was a bit of work involved to fill out our questionnaire to help her write our ceremony, but it was well worth it. We ended up with a ceremony that was personal and exuded the love that my husband and I have for each other. We got so many compliments after the ceremony about how sweet and personal it was. Even our religious parents, who were, at first very upset that we were not having a religious ceremony, told us that our ceremony was more beautiful and touching than any church wedding ceremony they had ever attended.

I think, during the course of wedding planning, you get so caught up in planning the reception that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the ceremony really is the heart and soul of the day. Maureen's heartfelt ceremony set the tone for our magical day. Thank you so much, Maureen, for making our wedding everything we dreamed it would be!
I truly can not say enough about our experience working with Maureen. At our first meeting, she was kind and warm and made Read more...
I truly can not say enough about our experience working with Maureen. At our first meeting, she was kind and warm and made us feel like family. After speaking with her for just a few moments we knew for sure we wanted her to perform our ceremony. After signing with her, she provided us some materials to help with our vow writing and for selecting our ceremony rituals. As our wedding approached, there was a bit of work involved to fill out our questionnaire to help her write our ceremony, but it was well worth it. We ended up with a ceremony that was personal and exuded the love that my husband and I have for each other. We got so many compliments after the ceremony about how sweet and personal it was. Even our religious parents, who were, at first very upset that we were not having a religious ceremony, told us that our ceremony was more beautiful and touching than any church wedding ceremony they had ever attended.

I think, during the course of wedding planning, you get so caught up in planning the reception that it's easy to lose sight of the fact that the ceremony really is the heart and soul of the day. Maureen's heartfelt ceremony set the tone for our magical day. Thank you so much, Maureen, for making our wedding everything we dreamed it would be! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

You're so welcome, Melissa. It was a pleasure and an honor to work with you. Thank you.
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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
Services Used: Officiant
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!
My husband and I Read more...
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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