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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, US 20001 (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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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, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Absolutely. Most of my ceremonies are at non-religious sites.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I check first with my clients. Usually somewhat conservative - a dark suit or tunic and pants.
 
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes! I custom write the ceremony to reflect your story, beliefs and style. We go through as many drafts as needed until it meets your final approval. I encourage my clients to remember it's their ceremony, not mine.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Of course. I'm happy to help, if desired.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No. I can make suggestions for readings when desired.
How long are your ceremonies?
15 - 20 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
Yes.

REVIEWS

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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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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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Anonymous
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Recently Married
5.0/5.0
She was very friendly and had everyone at ease
She was very friendly and had everyone at ease
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Keith
Wedding:
5/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke was professional in every respect. Her comments to the couple were very powerful and filled with emotion. She was engaging to each attendee. Thank you for a great officiant!
Maureen Burke was professional in every respect. Her comments to the couple were very powerful and filled with emotion. Read more...
Maureen Burke was professional in every respect. Her comments to the couple were very powerful and filled with emotion. She was engaging to each attendee. Thank you for a great officiant! Read less
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Josie
Wedding:
5/22/2014
5.0/5.0
My partner (now wife!) and I were extremely happy with Maureen! We had to communicate via e -mail regarding the scheduling and content of our wedding which at first made us feel a little uncomfortable but Maureen made it work. She obtained information about our friends and family and put together a personalized program. I can't describe how calming and helpful Maureen was on the big day! She guided us though all aspects of the event and delivered an wonderful ceremony that our friends are still talking about. We highly recommend Maureen!
My partner (now wife!) and I were extremely happy with Maureen! We had to communicate via e -mail regarding the scheduling Read more...
My partner (now wife!) and I were extremely happy with Maureen! We had to communicate via e -mail regarding the scheduling and content of our wedding which at first made us feel a little uncomfortable but Maureen made it work. She obtained information about our friends and family and put together a personalized program. I can't describe how calming and helpful Maureen was on the big day! She guided us though all aspects of the event and delivered an wonderful ceremony that our friends are still talking about. We highly recommend Maureen! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Josie! It was a delight to work with you and Joy. I sincerely hope our paths cross again!
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Libby
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen helped us create our perfect ceremony. She took time to learn about us and thoughtfully wove the information into the langauge of the ceremony. We were able to read the full 'script' of the ceremony and make any edits or changes we wanted, which were very few! We’ve heard many compliments about the personalized tone and that it was very “us,” which is exactly what we hoped for. In addition, outside of actually crafting the ceremony, Maureen was helpful in reminding us to take in each moment and each other, and not be overwhelmed. We would definitely recommend Maureen as an officiant to anyone who asked!
Maureen helped us create our perfect ceremony. She took time to learn about us and thoughtfully wove the information into Read more...
Maureen helped us create our perfect ceremony. She took time to learn about us and thoughtfully wove the information into the langauge of the ceremony. We were able to read the full 'script' of the ceremony and make any edits or changes we wanted, which were very few! We’ve heard many compliments about the personalized tone and that it was very “us,” which is exactly what we hoped for. In addition, outside of actually crafting the ceremony, Maureen was helpful in reminding us to take in each moment and each other, and not be overwhelmed. We would definitely recommend Maureen as an officiant to anyone who asked! Read less
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Nichole
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Planning a wedding in DC can be a huge challenge when you live in another state. Maureen made it simple. She was able to get all our documents for us and provided an amazing ceremony. She had us all laughing and crying happy tears. She gave us advice in writing our vows to one another and took the time to really get to know both of us to ensure the ceremony was personal and truly about us. We are so happy to have had her as a part of our special day.
Planning a wedding in DC can be a huge challenge when you live in another state. Maureen made it simple. She was able to Read more...
Planning a wedding in DC can be a huge challenge when you live in another state. Maureen made it simple. She was able to get all our documents for us and provided an amazing ceremony. She had us all laughing and crying happy tears. She gave us advice in writing our vows to one another and took the time to really get to know both of us to ensure the ceremony was personal and truly about us. We are so happy to have had her as a part of our special day. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a lovely review, Nichole! It was a pleasure to work you. I wish you and Kevin a long, healthy and happy life together -
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Megan
Wedding:
4/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen took creating our ceremony very seriously and it showed. She got to know us and was able to speak on a very personal level. She was sincere, heartfelt, and at times even funny. Countless guests commented on how Maureen created an incredibly intimate experience and I couldn't agree more. Most important to my spouse, Maureen listened to what we wanted and didn't impose her own opinions unless asked. She surpassed my expectations and I would recommend her without hesitancy.
Maureen took creating our ceremony very seriously and it showed. She got to know us and was able to speak on a very Read more...
Maureen took creating our ceremony very seriously and it showed. She got to know us and was able to speak on a very personal level. She was sincere, heartfelt, and at times even funny. Countless guests commented on how Maureen created an incredibly intimate experience and I couldn't agree more. Most important to my spouse, Maureen listened to what we wanted and didn't impose her own opinions unless asked. She surpassed my expectations and I would recommend her without hesitancy. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Megan! You've given me a gift - it's great to know you, Nathan, and your guests were so happy with the ceremony. I wish you the best, always!
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Maria
Wedding:
4/8/2014
5.0/5.0
As soon as I contacted Maureen about our wedding I knew she was the one! She made us feel so at ease and was so genuine. Her exhileration about our wedding came flying through the phone lines. We started the process several months ahead and she was in touch with us the whole time. The day of the wedding went off without a hitch and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We would definitely recommend her to anyone for their wedding needs.
As soon as I contacted Maureen about our wedding I knew she was the one! She made us feel so at ease and was so genuine. Read more...
As soon as I contacted Maureen about our wedding I knew she was the one! She made us feel so at ease and was so genuine. Her exhileration about our wedding came flying through the phone lines. We started the process several months ahead and she was in touch with us the whole time. The day of the wedding went off without a hitch and we couldn't have asked for anything more. We would definitely recommend her to anyone for their wedding needs. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Maria! Best of everything to the two of you!
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Marilyn
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
When we first met Maureen, we had no idea what we wanted for our ceremony. With her help and a packet of information she gave us we pick out what we wanted and threw out what we didn't want. We did know that even though we have deeply religious family, we did not want any mention of religion in our ceremony. When we got her script for the ceremony we were extremely happy with most of it. We did our edits and she was very open to everything! The rehearsal was a little bit of a mess, but you know what they say about a bad rehearsal! Our ceremony went off almost perfectly! She got laughter and tears and some of my family even said she reminded them of their pastor! They did not even notice this was a non-religious ceremony!
When we first met Maureen, we had no idea what we wanted for our ceremony. With her help and a packet of information she Read more...
When we first met Maureen, we had no idea what we wanted for our ceremony. With her help and a packet of information she gave us we pick out what we wanted and threw out what we didn't want. We did know that even though we have deeply religious family, we did not want any mention of religion in our ceremony. When we got her script for the ceremony we were extremely happy with most of it. We did our edits and she was very open to everything! The rehearsal was a little bit of a mess, but you know what they say about a bad rehearsal! Our ceremony went off almost perfectly! She got laughter and tears and some of my family even said she reminded them of their pastor! They did not even notice this was a non-religious ceremony! Read less
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Jessica
Wedding:
4/4/2014
5.0/5.0
After narrowing our same sex legal marriage location down, the next step was finding an officiant. We live in Florida and traveled to Washington DC for our ceremony. A great concern of ours was sharing our day with a total stranger. After the very first phone call with Maureen, to our relief, we quickly felt like we had known her for years! All of our questions and concerns were addressed, as well as assistance in vow writing and suggetions for a location for the ceremony. Emails and phone calls were always replied to quickly and made the long distance planning very simple. Also, we highly recommend letting Maureen take care of all the legal paperwork for you before you come to town. It was such a relief to know our marriage license was obtained and in hand a week before our plane even landed in DC! Our wedding day was so special and it was all possible thanks to Maureen!
After narrowing our same sex legal marriage location down, the next step was finding an officiant. We live in Florida and Read more...
After narrowing our same sex legal marriage location down, the next step was finding an officiant. We live in Florida and traveled to Washington DC for our ceremony. A great concern of ours was sharing our day with a total stranger. After the very first phone call with Maureen, to our relief, we quickly felt like we had known her for years! All of our questions and concerns were addressed, as well as assistance in vow writing and suggetions for a location for the ceremony. Emails and phone calls were always replied to quickly and made the long distance planning very simple. Also, we highly recommend letting Maureen take care of all the legal paperwork for you before you come to town. It was such a relief to know our marriage license was obtained and in hand a week before our plane even landed in DC! Our wedding day was so special and it was all possible thanks to Maureen! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Jessica! It was a joy to work with you and Addie, and I hope to take you up on your invitation to visit sometime soon.
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Emily
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen is amazing!

We had a brief initial meeting, each filled out her questionnaire, and then she wrote and delivered a ceremony that was tailored to us and absolutely perfect in every way. We can both be pretty picky, but we didn't change a single word of what she sent the first time around and both of us were in tears reading through it (not to mention during the actual ceremony).

The ceremony was incredibly touching, laugh-out-loud funny, and perfectly tailored to us. All of our guests were in tears as Maureen talked about our story and our love for one another based on the info we provided in the questionnaire. Her ability to punctuate the sentimental bits with our dark and quirky senses of humor was incredible, and makes us think that she would be the perfect officiant for any couple!

Overall Maureen set the perfect tone for the whole event and our wedding would not have been nearly as awesome without her officiating.
Maureen is amazing!

We had a brief initial meeting, each filled out her questionnaire, and then she wrote and Read more...
Maureen is amazing!

We had a brief initial meeting, each filled out her questionnaire, and then she wrote and delivered a ceremony that was tailored to us and absolutely perfect in every way. We can both be pretty picky, but we didn't change a single word of what she sent the first time around and both of us were in tears reading through it (not to mention during the actual ceremony).

The ceremony was incredibly touching, laugh-out-loud funny, and perfectly tailored to us. All of our guests were in tears as Maureen talked about our story and our love for one another based on the info we provided in the questionnaire. Her ability to punctuate the sentimental bits with our dark and quirky senses of humor was incredible, and makes us think that she would be the perfect officiant for any couple!

Overall Maureen set the perfect tone for the whole event and our wedding would not have been nearly as awesome without her officiating. Read less
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Lindsey
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen is a wonderful, talented Life Celebrant officiant. We met with her at a nearby restaurant to discuss her services and to see if we clicked. We liked how warm and inviting Maureen's presence was and felt comfortable working with her. My now-husband and I each filled out Maureen's 2-3 page survey to give her an idea of who we are individually and as a couple, how we met, what we love about each other, etc. She also provided helpful guidance about selecting ceremony rituals, readings, and pointers for writing our vows. Maureen crafted an interesting, heartfelt, sincere, and memorable ceremony that our wedding guests *raved* about. The ceremony honestly reflected who we are, made everyone laugh, cry, and smile, and set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening. In addition, she coordinated with our DJ on logistics and A/V equipment, was extremely professional, and was flexible with our rehearsal timing. I highly recommend Maureen!
Maureen is a wonderful, talented Life Celebrant officiant. We met with her at a nearby restaurant to discuss her services Read more...
Maureen is a wonderful, talented Life Celebrant officiant. We met with her at a nearby restaurant to discuss her services and to see if we clicked. We liked how warm and inviting Maureen's presence was and felt comfortable working with her. My now-husband and I each filled out Maureen's 2-3 page survey to give her an idea of who we are individually and as a couple, how we met, what we love about each other, etc. She also provided helpful guidance about selecting ceremony rituals, readings, and pointers for writing our vows. Maureen crafted an interesting, heartfelt, sincere, and memorable ceremony that our wedding guests *raved* about. The ceremony honestly reflected who we are, made everyone laugh, cry, and smile, and set a perfect tone for the rest of the evening. In addition, she coordinated with our DJ on logistics and A/V equipment, was extremely professional, and was flexible with our rehearsal timing. I highly recommend Maureen! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
3/1/2014
5.0/5.0
Our experience with Maureen throughout the entire wedding process was exceptional. Maureen came highly recommended from friends that had attended a wedding she officiated, and we are now recommending her to all of our friends, too!

We started our correspondence with Maureen well over a year in advance of our wedding. After our phone conversation, my husband and I were excited that she immediately understood the type of ceremony that we wanted – civil, non-religious, but very meaningful. We were even more excited after we met-up with Maureen closer to the date to discuss all of the details!

At our meeting, she guided us through creating our own ceremony, explaining such a wide variety of customs and traditions that still fit our civil, non-religious wedding. As we were crafting the ceremony, Maureen was really able to better understand us as a couple, and our vision for what we wanted on our special day.

When we received the draft of our ceremony, my husband and I were amazed. She nailed it! Every passage, the sand ceremony, the sharing of a drink, all the quotes and messages – they were us to a T! It was incredible. And our friends and family felt the same way after the ceremony. We received so many compliments about how personal the ceremony was, about how meaningful and beautiful it was, abut how eloquently Maureen spoke, and about just how perfectly “us” it was!

My husband and I are so glad Maureen married us. She was great to work with – easy to reach, prompt, and always happy. We highly recommend her!
Our experience with Maureen throughout the entire wedding process was exceptional. Maureen came highly recommended from Read more...
Our experience with Maureen throughout the entire wedding process was exceptional. Maureen came highly recommended from friends that had attended a wedding she officiated, and we are now recommending her to all of our friends, too!

We started our correspondence with Maureen well over a year in advance of our wedding. After our phone conversation, my husband and I were excited that she immediately understood the type of ceremony that we wanted – civil, non-religious, but very meaningful. We were even more excited after we met-up with Maureen closer to the date to discuss all of the details!

At our meeting, she guided us through creating our own ceremony, explaining such a wide variety of customs and traditions that still fit our civil, non-religious wedding. As we were crafting the ceremony, Maureen was really able to better understand us as a couple, and our vision for what we wanted on our special day.

When we received the draft of our ceremony, my husband and I were amazed. She nailed it! Every passage, the sand ceremony, the sharing of a drink, all the quotes and messages – they were us to a T! It was incredible. And our friends and family felt the same way after the ceremony. We received so many compliments about how personal the ceremony was, about how meaningful and beautiful it was, abut how eloquently Maureen spoke, and about just how perfectly “us” it was!

My husband and I are so glad Maureen married us. She was great to work with – easy to reach, prompt, and always happy. We highly recommend her! Read less
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Kevin
Wedding:
1/31/2014
5.0/5.0
Maureen married my husband and I at the end of January and I can’t say enough about how wonderful the ceremony was. We first got in touch with Maureen about four months before our wedding day and after talking with her on the phone I knew that I wanted her to be our officiant. She was so helpful and friendly throughout the entire process. The ceremony part of the wedding was not something my partner and I were very familiar with, but Maureen was so helpful in guiding us through everything. After discussing the basic layout with her we answered a detailed questionnaire so that she could get to know us better and chatted with her a few times over Skype. From the conversations and questionnaire, she crafted a ceremony that was so personal and meaningful. During the reception I think almost all of our guests mentioned how beautiful the ceremony was and asked how we found Maureen. My mother has mentioned to me several times in the two months since our wedding how special she thought the ceremony was.

I can’t say enough good things about Maureen. We planned everything from Texas and didn’t actually meet her in person until the day of our wedding but she managed to make everything easy and give us a perfect ceremony that was meaningful to us and our guests. If you are considering Maureen to be your officiant, I recommend her to you without any reservations.
Maureen married my husband and I at the end of January and I can’t say enough about how wonderful the ceremony was. We Read more...
Maureen married my husband and I at the end of January and I can’t say enough about how wonderful the ceremony was. We first got in touch with Maureen about four months before our wedding day and after talking with her on the phone I knew that I wanted her to be our officiant. She was so helpful and friendly throughout the entire process. The ceremony part of the wedding was not something my partner and I were very familiar with, but Maureen was so helpful in guiding us through everything. After discussing the basic layout with her we answered a detailed questionnaire so that she could get to know us better and chatted with her a few times over Skype. From the conversations and questionnaire, she crafted a ceremony that was so personal and meaningful. During the reception I think almost all of our guests mentioned how beautiful the ceremony was and asked how we found Maureen. My mother has mentioned to me several times in the two months since our wedding how special she thought the ceremony was.

I can’t say enough good things about Maureen. We planned everything from Texas and didn’t actually meet her in person until the day of our wedding but she managed to make everything easy and give us a perfect ceremony that was meaningful to us and our guests. If you are considering Maureen to be your officiant, I recommend her to you without any reservations. Read less
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Guergana
Wedding:
1/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Let me start off by saying that Maureen Burke is an incredible woman who made the most important day of our lives that more special. From the moment we reached out to Maureen to see if it would be a good match for our ceremony, she was extremely attentive and a great source for information. We were thrilled that she was so flexible and involved in planning our ceremony from start to finish.

Maureen met us in person and made us feel comfortable from the first hello. It was so easy to tell that she is truly passionate for what she does. Not only was she the officiant at our ceremony, but she really did play an instrumental role in putting the ceremony together. What we really loved was the personal touch that was added to our ceremony! Maureen had us answer questions that really made us think and say what we appreciate about each other and what we both wanted from the ceremony. She even gave us some great resources for our vows!

Not only did she write a beautiful ceremony for us that was specifically created for our special moment, Maureen came to the rehearsal and made sure that everyone in our wedding party as well as the DJ knew what was happening and when. We didn't have a wedding planner and it was so helpful to have a pro to rely on.

From day one, Maureen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone who wants perfection on their special day. Thank you, Maureen, for making our wedding day one that we will never forget!
Let me start off by saying that Maureen Burke is an incredible woman who made the most important day of our lives that Read more...
Let me start off by saying that Maureen Burke is an incredible woman who made the most important day of our lives that more special. From the moment we reached out to Maureen to see if it would be a good match for our ceremony, she was extremely attentive and a great source for information. We were thrilled that she was so flexible and involved in planning our ceremony from start to finish.

Maureen met us in person and made us feel comfortable from the first hello. It was so easy to tell that she is truly passionate for what she does. Not only was she the officiant at our ceremony, but she really did play an instrumental role in putting the ceremony together. What we really loved was the personal touch that was added to our ceremony! Maureen had us answer questions that really made us think and say what we appreciate about each other and what we both wanted from the ceremony. She even gave us some great resources for our vows!

Not only did she write a beautiful ceremony for us that was specifically created for our special moment, Maureen came to the rehearsal and made sure that everyone in our wedding party as well as the DJ knew what was happening and when. We didn't have a wedding planner and it was so helpful to have a pro to rely on.

From day one, Maureen was an absolute pleasure to work with. I would recommend her to anyone who wants perfection on their special day. Thank you, Maureen, for making our wedding day one that we will never forget! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Oh, Guergana! Thank you so much for your lovely and generous review. It was a joy to work with you, and I sincerely hope our paths cross again.
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Ericka
Wedding:
12/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen did an amazing job as the officiant for our wedding. We wanted a "somewhat" religious ceremony to appease family members and she was so accommodating. Everyone commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. I could not have asked for a better ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Maureen did an amazing job as the officiant for our wedding. We wanted a "somewhat" religious ceremony to appease family Read more...
Maureen did an amazing job as the officiant for our wedding. We wanted a "somewhat" religious ceremony to appease family members and she was so accommodating. Everyone commented on how personal and touching the ceremony was. I could not have asked for a better ceremony. I would highly recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Lee
Wedding:
12/28/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke was just wonderful. We knew our service was going to be simple because we are planning a larger more elaborate service when we get back home to our friends and family and she provided the guidance to help us achieve exactly what we wanted. There was no up selling or making the process difficult. She told us exactly what we needed to do. Dependable, professional, and so sweet, supportive and thorough. In a country that seems to be suffering at times from poor customer service it was such a pleasure to work with Maureen she will rekindle your faith that good people are out there to genuinely want to help you. Do I sound like a fan of hers? I am now. Thank you for helping us make this a very special day for us!
Maureen Burke was just wonderful. We knew our service was going to be simple because we are planning a larger more Read more...
Maureen Burke was just wonderful. We knew our service was going to be simple because we are planning a larger more elaborate service when we get back home to our friends and family and she provided the guidance to help us achieve exactly what we wanted. There was no up selling or making the process difficult. She told us exactly what we needed to do. Dependable, professional, and so sweet, supportive and thorough. In a country that seems to be suffering at times from poor customer service it was such a pleasure to work with Maureen she will rekindle your faith that good people are out there to genuinely want to help you. Do I sound like a fan of hers? I am now. Thank you for helping us make this a very special day for us! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Lee. It was wonderful to work with you!
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Jennifer
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen has a true gift and my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the wonderful job she did in crafting and performing our ceremony. From the moment we contacted Maureen we knew we were in great hands and that she is a true professional. Maureen wrote a beautiful ceremony that really told our story; there were tears of joy and laughter throughout. She really made our wedding day special and we are so happy that we chose Maureen as our Wedding Officiant. It was a true pleasure working with someone who really enjoys what she does and celebrating couples and the love they have for one another.
Maureen has a true gift and my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the wonderful job she did in crafting and Read more...
Maureen has a true gift and my husband and I were absolutely amazed at the wonderful job she did in crafting and performing our ceremony. From the moment we contacted Maureen we knew we were in great hands and that she is a true professional. Maureen wrote a beautiful ceremony that really told our story; there were tears of joy and laughter throughout. She really made our wedding day special and we are so happy that we chose Maureen as our Wedding Officiant. It was a true pleasure working with someone who really enjoys what she does and celebrating couples and the love they have for one another. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much for such a lovely review. It was a real pleasure, and honor, to work with you and tell your story. I wish you all the best!
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Renai
Wedding:
10/28/2013
5.0/5.0
After trying to coordinate everything on my own and failing miserably, I contacted Maureen a week before my wedding date. My partner and I had our commitment ceremony 5 years ago at our home in Alabama, but now wanted to get legally married on our 10 year anniversary. Maureen respected that for us this was mostly a legal issue and that the commitment aspect of marriage had been taken care of years ago.

She met us at one of our favorite places, Starbucks, and the words she spoke were heartfelt and appropriate for us. She made a day that we expected to just be sign a few papers and drive 12 hours back home something very special. My partner and I will be forever grateful to Maureen for working with us last minute to make this day perfect.

I would recommend her services to anyone, especially if you are from out of town and planning to come to the DC area to get married. She also offers a proxy service so everything can be ready and waiting for you when you get into town. Just don't wait until a week before your ceremony to ask about this. =)
After trying to coordinate everything on my own and failing miserably, I contacted Maureen a week before my wedding date. Read more...
After trying to coordinate everything on my own and failing miserably, I contacted Maureen a week before my wedding date. My partner and I had our commitment ceremony 5 years ago at our home in Alabama, but now wanted to get legally married on our 10 year anniversary. Maureen respected that for us this was mostly a legal issue and that the commitment aspect of marriage had been taken care of years ago.

She met us at one of our favorite places, Starbucks, and the words she spoke were heartfelt and appropriate for us. She made a day that we expected to just be sign a few papers and drive 12 hours back home something very special. My partner and I will be forever grateful to Maureen for working with us last minute to make this day perfect.

I would recommend her services to anyone, especially if you are from out of town and planning to come to the DC area to get married. She also offers a proxy service so everything can be ready and waiting for you when you get into town. Just don't wait until a week before your ceremony to ask about this. =) Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Renai! And thank you for all of your sage advice - it's greatly appreciated.
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Rodney
Wedding:
10/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen did wonderful job in officiating our marriage. She is a delight to work with as well as professional. We appreciated the speed and efficiency in making it all happen.
Maureen did wonderful job in officiating our marriage. She is a delight to work with as well as professional. We Read more...
Maureen did wonderful job in officiating our marriage. She is a delight to work with as well as professional. We appreciated the speed and efficiency in making it all happen. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Rodney!
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d
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Having been burnt by a different officiate it was challenging to trust someone else we didn't know and 800 miles away. But Maureen was professional, personable & amazingly prompt with responses to our inquires. We were especially pleased with her timeliness with the proxy service she provided because if she hadn't been, our wedding would have been postponed due to the government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, we had to locate a different wedding site. With Maureen's help we were able to find a site which surpassed our original location. Maureen provided us a draft of the ceremony to review and edit. But it didn't need editing. It was perfect! Maureen is a kind gentle soul. We didn't feel like we were standing in front of a stranger on our wedding day. We felt like Maureen was a long time friend.
Having been burnt by a different officiate it was challenging to trust someone else we didn't know and 800 miles away. But Read more...
Having been burnt by a different officiate it was challenging to trust someone else we didn't know and 800 miles away. But Maureen was professional, personable & amazingly prompt with responses to our inquires. We were especially pleased with her timeliness with the proxy service she provided because if she hadn't been, our wedding would have been postponed due to the government shutdown. Because of the shutdown, we had to locate a different wedding site. With Maureen's help we were able to find a site which surpassed our original location. Maureen provided us a draft of the ceremony to review and edit. But it didn't need editing. It was perfect! Maureen is a kind gentle soul. We didn't feel like we were standing in front of a stranger on our wedding day. We felt like Maureen was a long time friend. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, d! I'm so glad you found me, and that everything worked out so well despite the shutdown. It was a pleasure to officiate your marriage. I wish you the very best!
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Sam
Wedding:
10/11/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen was phenomenal.

My now wife and I wanted something very personal and appropriate for our relationship. Maureen provided just that and more. I am Catholic and my wife is not religious and the ceremony that Maureen helped us craft was a perfect blend of spirituality and simplicity that made both of us feel comfortable and understood. We also felt that the guests left feeling that this was very much our wedding and not some cookie-cutter wedding or something generic.

Maureen was great from the beginning and spent time speaking with us on the phone, met with us prior to the service to discuss and was very responsive via email (a big plus for us). Maureen's demeanor, candor and professionalism are outstanding and I would recommend her services to any and all.

Thanks Maureen! (Sam and Marika)
Maureen was phenomenal.

My now wife and I wanted something very personal and appropriate for our relationship. Read more...
Maureen was phenomenal.

My now wife and I wanted something very personal and appropriate for our relationship. Maureen provided just that and more. I am Catholic and my wife is not religious and the ceremony that Maureen helped us craft was a perfect blend of spirituality and simplicity that made both of us feel comfortable and understood. We also felt that the guests left feeling that this was very much our wedding and not some cookie-cutter wedding or something generic.

Maureen was great from the beginning and spent time speaking with us on the phone, met with us prior to the service to discuss and was very responsive via email (a big plus for us). Maureen's demeanor, candor and professionalism are outstanding and I would recommend her services to any and all.

Thanks Maureen! (Sam and Marika) Read less
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Madeline VT
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke officiated our wedding in Old Town Alexandria and my husband and I couldn't be happier with how everything went! There are a lot of officiants available for hire on the internet, but Maureen stands out from the crowd because she works with you to provide a very personalized ceremony. We really loved going through Maureen's questionnaire (which doubles as a conservation starter with your future spouse on so many important topics). She used our answers to write the ceremony, and the end result really captured our personalities perfectly. We loved how she added in heartfelt quotes, analogies, and a tiny hint of religion (per our request), as well as the jokes and lighter moments. Our guests truly felt like they were part of the ceremony, which is exactly what we were hoping for, and they complimented us all night long on Maureen’s thoughtful words and delivery. Maureen is also extremely warm, easy to work with, calm, knowledgeable (instructing us on exactly what to do), a strong public speaker, and prompt (showing up earlier than asked for both the rehearsal and wedding). She's truly one of the best vendors we hired, so if you are looking for a personalized ceremony that will make everyone laugh and cry , Maureen is perfect for the job.
Maureen Burke officiated our wedding in Old Town Alexandria and my husband and I couldn't be happier with how everything Read more...
Maureen Burke officiated our wedding in Old Town Alexandria and my husband and I couldn't be happier with how everything went! There are a lot of officiants available for hire on the internet, but Maureen stands out from the crowd because she works with you to provide a very personalized ceremony. We really loved going through Maureen's questionnaire (which doubles as a conservation starter with your future spouse on so many important topics). She used our answers to write the ceremony, and the end result really captured our personalities perfectly. We loved how she added in heartfelt quotes, analogies, and a tiny hint of religion (per our request), as well as the jokes and lighter moments. Our guests truly felt like they were part of the ceremony, which is exactly what we were hoping for, and they complimented us all night long on Maureen’s thoughtful words and delivery. Maureen is also extremely warm, easy to work with, calm, knowledgeable (instructing us on exactly what to do), a strong public speaker, and prompt (showing up earlier than asked for both the rehearsal and wedding). She's truly one of the best vendors we hired, so if you are looking for a personalized ceremony that will make everyone laugh and cry , Maureen is perfect for the job. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Madeline! Thank you, too, for including me in your wedding. It was such a pleasure to work with you and Mark. Wishing you all the best!
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Mythri
Wedding:
8/18/2013
5.0/5.0
We planned a small civil ceremony in just under a month given our work schedules and could not have been more happy and fortunate to have found Maureen and have her as our officiant.

We originally thought our time restriction would give us less flexibility in planning an intimate and meaningful ceremony, but just after meeting Maureen and talking to her about our thoughts and hopes for the future, we knew that we could not have a ceremony without the personal touches that she provided. Most meaningful to us was the fact that she took the time to get to know us in person and over the phone, to understand our shared and individual histories, and learn about why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Our families and friends were left with such a warm and peaceful feeling at the end of the ceremony and it is hard to describe how lucky we were to find her during the planning process!
We planned a small civil ceremony in just under a month given our work schedules and could not have been more happy and Read more...
We planned a small civil ceremony in just under a month given our work schedules and could not have been more happy and fortunate to have found Maureen and have her as our officiant.

We originally thought our time restriction would give us less flexibility in planning an intimate and meaningful ceremony, but just after meeting Maureen and talking to her about our thoughts and hopes for the future, we knew that we could not have a ceremony without the personal touches that she provided. Most meaningful to us was the fact that she took the time to get to know us in person and over the phone, to understand our shared and individual histories, and learn about why we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. Our families and friends were left with such a warm and peaceful feeling at the end of the ceremony and it is hard to describe how lucky we were to find her during the planning process! Read less
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Private User
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke was our officiant for our private wedding ceremony in Washington, DC. The first wonderful thing about Maureen is that she is very flexible and interested in tailoring your ceremony to your needs. We wanted it to be just the two of us, on our rooftop, very simple but not formulaic (like a court ceremony could be), and we needed this all in 10 days and couldn't meet in advance (we had a Caribbean ceremony with friends and family afterwards and didn't realize that the wait time for DC Superior Court was so long). Maureen helped us work this all out after a couple of phone consultations, and she put us at ease that everything would go smoothly. She was also incredibly responsive, getting back to us each time within a half hour.

On the actual wedding day, she arrived on time (actually a bit early). The ceremony that she had prepared for us was perfect - personal, meaningful, and spiritual. She was really wonderful to work with during the entire process, and we couldn't have asked for anything to go better. We would highly recommend Maureen Burke as your wedding officiant.
Maureen Burke was our officiant for our private wedding ceremony in Washington, DC. The first wonderful thing about Read more...
Maureen Burke was our officiant for our private wedding ceremony in Washington, DC. The first wonderful thing about Maureen is that she is very flexible and interested in tailoring your ceremony to your needs. We wanted it to be just the two of us, on our rooftop, very simple but not formulaic (like a court ceremony could be), and we needed this all in 10 days and couldn't meet in advance (we had a Caribbean ceremony with friends and family afterwards and didn't realize that the wait time for DC Superior Court was so long). Maureen helped us work this all out after a couple of phone consultations, and she put us at ease that everything would go smoothly. She was also incredibly responsive, getting back to us each time within a half hour.

On the actual wedding day, she arrived on time (actually a bit early). The ceremony that she had prepared for us was perfect - personal, meaningful, and spiritual. She was really wonderful to work with during the entire process, and we couldn't have asked for anything to go better. We would highly recommend Maureen Burke as your wedding officiant. Read less
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Colleen
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen wrote and celebrated the wedding of my daughter and her husband. The ceremony was written specifically for the two of them. Each filled out a questionnaire about themselves, their relationship and what they wanted for their wedding ceremony. Maureen incorporated the responses from each of them and wrote a beautiful service that was exactly what they wanted. There were only a few dry eyes in the room. Neither the bride or groom wanted a religious service, but still wanted a service that showed the importance of their marriage. Maureen accomplished that and more.
Maureen wrote and celebrated the wedding of my daughter and her husband. The ceremony was written specifically for the two Read more...
Maureen wrote and celebrated the wedding of my daughter and her husband. The ceremony was written specifically for the two of them. Each filled out a questionnaire about themselves, their relationship and what they wanted for their wedding ceremony. Maureen incorporated the responses from each of them and wrote a beautiful service that was exactly what they wanted. There were only a few dry eyes in the room. Neither the bride or groom wanted a religious service, but still wanted a service that showed the importance of their marriage. Maureen accomplished that and more. Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
6/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen was fantastic to work with for our wedding. She was kind and thoughtful thoughtout the planning of the actual day. On our wedding day she did a wonderful job - making our ceremony unique and special. So many people have reached out to Robert and I after the event to tell us how lovely the actual ceremony was b/c they got to know so much about the two of us and our relationship. Thank you, Maureen!
Maureen was fantastic to work with for our wedding. She was kind and thoughtful thoughtout the planning of the actual day. Read more...
Maureen was fantastic to work with for our wedding. She was kind and thoughtful thoughtout the planning of the actual day. On our wedding day she did a wonderful job - making our ceremony unique and special. So many people have reached out to Robert and I after the event to tell us how lovely the actual ceremony was b/c they got to know so much about the two of us and our relationship. Thank you, Maureen! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Victoria! It was a pleasure to work with you and Robert!
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Sarah
Wedding:
5/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen radiates warmth and enthusiasm, and is a joy to work with. She was everything that we were looking for in an officiant. My fiance and I wanted a non-religious ceremony that was more special than "Justice of the Peace"-style civil ceremony. Beyond that requirement, neither of us were certain exactly what we wanted. When Maureen met with us in person, she had a great list of ideas for inclusion in the ceremony (rituals, readings, etc). We chose the ideas that appealed to us the most, and that plus our answers to her detailed questionnaire about us allowed her to write a completely personalized ceremony.

After the ceremony, every one of our small gathering of family members and friends commented that it was perfectly "us". Even my friend with a lifelong background in theological studies said it was a beautiful ceremony! My favorite things about it are that we got to include quite a bit of humor (as humor is a big part of our lives, and a somber experience would NOT have been us), as well as a beer sharing (because beer > wine) and a few little touches that included the whole audience so that they felt a part of the experience instead of just being spectators.
Maureen radiates warmth and enthusiasm, and is a joy to work with. She was everything that we were looking for in an Read more...
Maureen radiates warmth and enthusiasm, and is a joy to work with. She was everything that we were looking for in an officiant. My fiance and I wanted a non-religious ceremony that was more special than "Justice of the Peace"-style civil ceremony. Beyond that requirement, neither of us were certain exactly what we wanted. When Maureen met with us in person, she had a great list of ideas for inclusion in the ceremony (rituals, readings, etc). We chose the ideas that appealed to us the most, and that plus our answers to her detailed questionnaire about us allowed her to write a completely personalized ceremony.

After the ceremony, every one of our small gathering of family members and friends commented that it was perfectly "us". Even my friend with a lifelong background in theological studies said it was a beautiful ceremony! My favorite things about it are that we got to include quite a bit of humor (as humor is a big part of our lives, and a somber experience would NOT have been us), as well as a beer sharing (because beer > wine) and a few little touches that included the whole audience so that they felt a part of the experience instead of just being spectators. Read less
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Doug
Wedding:
5/4/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I have nothing but glowingly positive things to say about Maureen!

From the first time we spoke with Maureen during our initial phone interview, I knew she was the perfect fit for us as she was very attentive to our needs, and she gave off an air of good-natured professionalism. Our communications, whether they were through e-mail, in person, or over the phone, were always pleasant, and Maureen was always quick to respond to any question we had, or if we needed help with something.

It is the personal touches that make a wedding unique, and Maureen understands that completely. She crafted a beautiful ceremony for us by asking us questions, having us fill out her questionnaires, and suggesting helpful, and meaningful, rituals that might fit our style and personalities, and the end-result was something that was touching, and memorable, for everyone at the ceremony (us included!).

What my wife and I most appreciate about Maureen is that she is nothing but kind and helpful, and we would not have wanted to get married unless we had Maureen there with us.
My wife and I have nothing but glowingly positive things to say about Maureen!

From the first time we spoke with Read more...
My wife and I have nothing but glowingly positive things to say about Maureen!

From the first time we spoke with Maureen during our initial phone interview, I knew she was the perfect fit for us as she was very attentive to our needs, and she gave off an air of good-natured professionalism. Our communications, whether they were through e-mail, in person, or over the phone, were always pleasant, and Maureen was always quick to respond to any question we had, or if we needed help with something.

It is the personal touches that make a wedding unique, and Maureen understands that completely. She crafted a beautiful ceremony for us by asking us questions, having us fill out her questionnaires, and suggesting helpful, and meaningful, rituals that might fit our style and personalities, and the end-result was something that was touching, and memorable, for everyone at the ceremony (us included!).

What my wife and I most appreciate about Maureen is that she is nothing but kind and helpful, and we would not have wanted to get married unless we had Maureen there with us. Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
4/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen was simply fantastic, from our first contact through the ceremony. The ceremony she wrote for us was wonderful and deeply meaningful. She really captured who we are and want we wanted to convey to one another and about our union. That she accomplished this, I believe is a function of the fact that Maureen has a rare insight into people and a remarkable ability to make one feel immediately comfortable. When she conducts her "interview" to get to know her couple, it's as if you're speaking with an old friend. She also uses a questionnaire, that is very helpful--and helps you to write your own ceremony--taken seriously, it is hard work--but one's efforts will be directly reflected in the ceremony. And if you knew us as a couple and how strikingly different we are in religious, philosophical, and every day world views, you would understand what an impressive accomplishment it was for Maureen to write a ceremony that captured each of us individually and us as a couple. In a word, the ceremony was perfect!

To be completely candid, we did not originally intend to use Maureen. After reading another celebrant's reviews, we were trying to retain her, but she was booked on our date and referred us to Maureen and others. Thank goodness fate took its course, and I happened to call Maureen first, because Maureen was perfect for us. Also, I was skeptical about the fee charged by Virginia celebrants; but, after one reviews the proposed ceremony and then actually experiences it, one realizes how much work the celebrant must put into writing and performing such a celebration. Well, at least, I can say that is absolutely true when Maureen is your celebrant.

Call Maureen, you will be very happy that you did!

Michael & Klara
Maureen was simply fantastic, from our first contact through the ceremony. The ceremony she wrote for us was wonderful and Read more...
Maureen was simply fantastic, from our first contact through the ceremony. The ceremony she wrote for us was wonderful and deeply meaningful. She really captured who we are and want we wanted to convey to one another and about our union. That she accomplished this, I believe is a function of the fact that Maureen has a rare insight into people and a remarkable ability to make one feel immediately comfortable. When she conducts her "interview" to get to know her couple, it's as if you're speaking with an old friend. She also uses a questionnaire, that is very helpful--and helps you to write your own ceremony--taken seriously, it is hard work--but one's efforts will be directly reflected in the ceremony. And if you knew us as a couple and how strikingly different we are in religious, philosophical, and every day world views, you would understand what an impressive accomplishment it was for Maureen to write a ceremony that captured each of us individually and us as a couple. In a word, the ceremony was perfect!

To be completely candid, we did not originally intend to use Maureen. After reading another celebrant's reviews, we were trying to retain her, but she was booked on our date and referred us to Maureen and others. Thank goodness fate took its course, and I happened to call Maureen first, because Maureen was perfect for us. Also, I was skeptical about the fee charged by Virginia celebrants; but, after one reviews the proposed ceremony and then actually experiences it, one realizes how much work the celebrant must put into writing and performing such a celebration. Well, at least, I can say that is absolutely true when Maureen is your celebrant.

Call Maureen, you will be very happy that you did!

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Blake
Wedding:
3/8/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke was the officiant for our March 2013 wedding.

Our decision to get married was somewhat spontaneous (yet far from impulsive). We hired Maureen on short notice based on other internet reviews, and could not have been more pleased with our decision. Maureen was extremely professional, yet more importantly, she was also very warm and connected immediately with us (and also later with wedding attendees).

We had several comments from wedding guests who thought Maureen must have known us for quite a long time. In fact, Maureen did make sure she knew both of us well prior to putting the ceremony together. She remarked "you two know why you are doing this, but it's important your wedding guests also know why you're doing this." And that was the approach she took towards crafting the appropriate ceremony.

Maureen understood we wanted something secular, yet traditional. With our input, Maureen seamlessly integrated our ideas into her benediction, making it personal, completely unique, and memorable. Many of the guests independently commented on the beautiful ceremony, how warm Maureen was, and how much joy and love they could feel in the intimate gathering.

We are both extremely happy with Maureen, and we will always be grateful for the memorable ceremony she celebrated with us. We highly recommend Maureen.
Maureen Burke was the officiant for our March 2013 wedding.

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Maureen Burke was the officiant for our March 2013 wedding.

Our decision to get married was somewhat spontaneous (yet far from impulsive). We hired Maureen on short notice based on other internet reviews, and could not have been more pleased with our decision. Maureen was extremely professional, yet more importantly, she was also very warm and connected immediately with us (and also later with wedding attendees).

We had several comments from wedding guests who thought Maureen must have known us for quite a long time. In fact, Maureen did make sure she knew both of us well prior to putting the ceremony together. She remarked "you two know why you are doing this, but it's important your wedding guests also know why you're doing this." And that was the approach she took towards crafting the appropriate ceremony.

Maureen understood we wanted something secular, yet traditional. With our input, Maureen seamlessly integrated our ideas into her benediction, making it personal, completely unique, and memorable. Many of the guests independently commented on the beautiful ceremony, how warm Maureen was, and how much joy and love they could feel in the intimate gathering.

We are both extremely happy with Maureen, and we will always be grateful for the memorable ceremony she celebrated with us. We highly recommend Maureen. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a lovely review! It was such an honor, and a real pleasure, to be part of such an important event in your lives. Thank you.
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Kevin
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Maureen was the officiant for our wedding and she was fantastic. We met with Maureen several times leading up to our wedding. She took the time to learn about us as a couple (e.g., our histories, how we met), which was reflected in the ceremony she drafted for us, incorporating our feedback and suggestions into our custom ceremony. Numerous family members and guests commented about how beautiful and personalized our ceremony was.

We're very happy with Maureen's services and the time she spent to make sure our ceremony ran smoothly (including coordinating with our musician's beforehand to ensure the music began at the exact moments during the ceremony).

We highly recommend using Maureen for your event.
Maureen was the officiant for our wedding and she was fantastic. We met with Maureen several times leading up to our Read more...
Maureen was the officiant for our wedding and she was fantastic. We met with Maureen several times leading up to our wedding. She took the time to learn about us as a couple (e.g., our histories, how we met), which was reflected in the ceremony she drafted for us, incorporating our feedback and suggestions into our custom ceremony. Numerous family members and guests commented about how beautiful and personalized our ceremony was.

We're very happy with Maureen's services and the time she spent to make sure our ceremony ran smoothly (including coordinating with our musician's beforehand to ensure the music began at the exact moments during the ceremony).

We highly recommend using Maureen for your event. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Kevin! It was such a pleasure to work with the two of you!
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Ellie and Phil
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
My wife and I highly recommend Maureen as a wedding celebrant; she is fantastic. She responded quickly and professionally to our emails throughout the wedding planning process. We spoke with her by phone, and met her in person, before confirming that we would love to have her as our celebrant, and she was highly organized and very warm each time. Maureen did a wonderful job helping us prepare our ceremony, and an even better job during the ceremony. We wanted a secular wedding that had some traditional elements but didn't feel like a carbon copy of other weddings. One of the things I loved most about working with Maureen was when she said "...you won't hurt my feelings, just tell me what you want...". She was absolutely, 100% flexible. She asked a lot of questions, we asked a lot of questions, and coming up with a ceremony that felt right for us was a breeze. Maureen gave us plenty of ideas and suggestions, but still encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. And I can't say enough about her professionalism during the ceremony. While my wife and I were a bundle of nerves, Maureen was cool and collected. She worked all of the cues out with the musician ahead of time, and directed the entire ceremony perfectly. Her delivery was great, with the seriousness we wanted but a few timely chuckles as well. We commented to each other several times afterwards that we were so glad to have a celebrant who made us feel secure, despite our nerves, and came across as so experienced and professional on the big day. We were very impressed, and would recommend her without hesitation.
My wife and I highly recommend Maureen as a wedding celebrant; she is fantastic. She responded quickly and professionally Read more...
My wife and I highly recommend Maureen as a wedding celebrant; she is fantastic. She responded quickly and professionally to our emails throughout the wedding planning process. We spoke with her by phone, and met her in person, before confirming that we would love to have her as our celebrant, and she was highly organized and very warm each time. Maureen did a wonderful job helping us prepare our ceremony, and an even better job during the ceremony. We wanted a secular wedding that had some traditional elements but didn't feel like a carbon copy of other weddings. One of the things I loved most about working with Maureen was when she said "...you won't hurt my feelings, just tell me what you want...". She was absolutely, 100% flexible. She asked a lot of questions, we asked a lot of questions, and coming up with a ceremony that felt right for us was a breeze. Maureen gave us plenty of ideas and suggestions, but still encouraged us to make the ceremony our own. And I can't say enough about her professionalism during the ceremony. While my wife and I were a bundle of nerves, Maureen was cool and collected. She worked all of the cues out with the musician ahead of time, and directed the entire ceremony perfectly. Her delivery was great, with the seriousness we wanted but a few timely chuckles as well. We commented to each other several times afterwards that we were so glad to have a celebrant who made us feel secure, despite our nerves, and came across as so experienced and professional on the big day. We were very impressed, and would recommend her without hesitation. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much, Ellie and Phil. Enjoy your holidays!
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/13/2012
5.0/5.0
We are so happy we chose Maureen as our celebrant! Maureen worked closely with us to tailor a ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for -- a perfect blend of casual and religious. Maureen was always available to discuss any questions, attended our rehearsal, and arrived early on the wedding day. Everything went beautifully during the ceremony. We highly recommend Maureen Burke!
We are so happy we chose Maureen as our celebrant! Maureen worked closely with us to tailor a ceremony that was exactly Read more...
We are so happy we chose Maureen as our celebrant! Maureen worked closely with us to tailor a ceremony that was exactly what we were looking for -- a perfect blend of casual and religious. Maureen was always available to discuss any questions, attended our rehearsal, and arrived early on the wedding day. Everything went beautifully during the ceremony. We highly recommend Maureen Burke! Read less
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F
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Maureen was the perfect celebrant for our wedding; we are beyond thrilled to have worked with her. Our ceremony was perfect in every way and truly represented us, our relationship, and our hopes for the future. She elevated our ceremony to something beautiful and special and demonstrated a great deal of caring. We received countless compliments on how lovely the ceremony was; I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.

We wanted a secular ceremony that incorporated vows we had written and readings we had chosen. Maureen was professional, flexible, joyful, and reassuring. We are delighted to have worked with her and would recommend her for weddings and any other important life event.
Maureen was the perfect celebrant for our wedding; we are beyond thrilled to have worked with her. Our ceremony was Read more...
Maureen was the perfect celebrant for our wedding; we are beyond thrilled to have worked with her. Our ceremony was perfect in every way and truly represented us, our relationship, and our hopes for the future. She elevated our ceremony to something beautiful and special and demonstrated a great deal of caring. We received countless compliments on how lovely the ceremony was; I don't think there was a dry eye in the house.

We wanted a secular ceremony that incorporated vows we had written and readings we had chosen. Maureen was professional, flexible, joyful, and reassuring. We are delighted to have worked with her and would recommend her for weddings and any other important life event. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you for such a lovely review. It was more than a pleasure to work with you! It was an honor to craft your ceremony, and I loved delivering it. I'm so glad you and your guests were happy.
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V
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
I wish I could get married again just so that Maureen could officiate!

Maureen was a joy to collaborate with on our ceremony. She listened carefully to us, advised us when a reading might be too long, and even managed to guide our small wedding party seamlessly through the ceremony without a rehearsal (that was our request). She is a warm, thoughtful person who clearly takes pleasure in the work of officiating and respects the sanctity of having been invited to be a part of your wedding. We always felt that Maureen took our wishes seriously and wanted to work to the best of her ability to make our ceremony exactly what we wanted. When she made suggestions that didn't feel quite right, we edited them out and she accepted the changes readily. I've never had a group writing project (the ceremony text/reading selections were a team effort) go so well!

My wife and I were both raised Catholic, but left the church. We wanted someone to perform a ceremony that felt joyful, rooted, and sincere, but was secular. Maureen delivered this experience in spades. Many of our guests were moved to tears by the sheer beauty and love of our ceremony and we received many compliments on how wonderful of an officiant she was. I highly recommend Maureen for same-sex weddings in the DC area, secular weddings, and really anyone who wants a warm, completely personalized ceremony that isn't sappy or trite. Maureen is phenomenal.
I wish I could get married again just so that Maureen could officiate!

Maureen was a joy to collaborate with on Read more...
I wish I could get married again just so that Maureen could officiate!

Maureen was a joy to collaborate with on our ceremony. She listened carefully to us, advised us when a reading might be too long, and even managed to guide our small wedding party seamlessly through the ceremony without a rehearsal (that was our request). She is a warm, thoughtful person who clearly takes pleasure in the work of officiating and respects the sanctity of having been invited to be a part of your wedding. We always felt that Maureen took our wishes seriously and wanted to work to the best of her ability to make our ceremony exactly what we wanted. When she made suggestions that didn't feel quite right, we edited them out and she accepted the changes readily. I've never had a group writing project (the ceremony text/reading selections were a team effort) go so well!

My wife and I were both raised Catholic, but left the church. We wanted someone to perform a ceremony that felt joyful, rooted, and sincere, but was secular. Maureen delivered this experience in spades. Many of our guests were moved to tears by the sheer beauty and love of our ceremony and we received many compliments on how wonderful of an officiant she was. I highly recommend Maureen for same-sex weddings in the DC area, secular weddings, and really anyone who wants a warm, completely personalized ceremony that isn't sappy or trite. Maureen is phenomenal. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, V. I also wish I could marry you again! The whole experience was wonderful. I wish and F the very best!
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Christina
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Maureen Burke was recommended to me by another officiant who happened to be unavailable on the date of my wedding. This turned out to be a great blessing in disguise because my husband and I absolutely loved working with Maureen. We found her process of writing our wedding ceremony very meaningful and much more personalized than we had originally imagined. She was so flexible with her phrasing, and she re-worded certain areas exactly the way we wanted them until every sentence was just right. The end result was a wedding ceremony that truly represented us as a couple - every single word truly meant something to us. Overall, we couldn't have made a better choice and I can't recommend Maureen enough. She was very responsive and helpful over the phone and by email leading up to the wedding, always available when we needed her. On the day of she was relaxed and prepared, and her calming presence was a great relief during the stressful moments before walking down the aisle. And afterwards, I couldn't even count the compliments we got from our guests on how beautiful and personal our ceremony was - how it totally fit US as a couple. If you're looking for someone to help make your ceremony unique, meaningful, and completely about your relationship, look no further. Maureen is wonderful!
Maureen Burke was recommended to me by another officiant who happened to be unavailable on the date of my wedding. This Read more...
Maureen Burke was recommended to me by another officiant who happened to be unavailable on the date of my wedding. This turned out to be a great blessing in disguise because my husband and I absolutely loved working with Maureen. We found her process of writing our wedding ceremony very meaningful and much more personalized than we had originally imagined. She was so flexible with her phrasing, and she re-worded certain areas exactly the way we wanted them until every sentence was just right. The end result was a wedding ceremony that truly represented us as a couple - every single word truly meant something to us. Overall, we couldn't have made a better choice and I can't recommend Maureen enough. She was very responsive and helpful over the phone and by email leading up to the wedding, always available when we needed her. On the day of she was relaxed and prepared, and her calming presence was a great relief during the stressful moments before walking down the aisle. And afterwards, I couldn't even count the compliments we got from our guests on how beautiful and personal our ceremony was - how it totally fit US as a couple. If you're looking for someone to help make your ceremony unique, meaningful, and completely about your relationship, look no further. Maureen is wonderful! Read less
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I. Colon
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Maureen did a wonderful job with our ceremony. She incorporated all of our ideas and really made our ceremony special... she even added a last minute request 30 minutes before the wedding.
Maureen made our day very special and memorable.
Thank you!
Maureen did a wonderful job with our ceremony. She incorporated all of our ideas and really made our ceremony special... Read more...
Maureen did a wonderful job with our ceremony. She incorporated all of our ideas and really made our ceremony special... she even added a last minute request 30 minutes before the wedding.
Maureen made our day very special and memorable.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Months later our friends and family are still talking about how great Maureen and our ceremony were. She wrote a beautiful ceremony that reflected our love for each other and all of our goofiness. She was a great help when we wrote our vows, quickly responding to our emails. I highly recommend her for other couples getting married in the DC area.
Months later our friends and family are still talking about how great Maureen and our ceremony were. She wrote a beautiful Read more...
Months later our friends and family are still talking about how great Maureen and our ceremony were. She wrote a beautiful ceremony that reflected our love for each other and all of our goofiness. She was a great help when we wrote our vows, quickly responding to our emails. I highly recommend her for other couples getting married in the DC area. Read less
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Shelagh
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
I would wholeheartedly recommend Maureen as a wedding officiant! She wrote an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us, working with us every step of the way so that the ceremony felt immensely personal and true to us. She was responsive and prompt throughout the process, and made sure that she knew and understood us both as individuals and as a couple before writing our ceremony. She was a calming presence on the day of the wedding, and I received such glowing feedback about her from friends and family after the wedding. Maureen is a wonderful officiant who made a special day even more special for us.
I would wholeheartedly recommend Maureen as a wedding officiant! She wrote an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us, Read more...
I would wholeheartedly recommend Maureen as a wedding officiant! She wrote an absolutely beautiful ceremony for us, working with us every step of the way so that the ceremony felt immensely personal and true to us. She was responsive and prompt throughout the process, and made sure that she knew and understood us both as individuals and as a couple before writing our ceremony. She was a calming presence on the day of the wedding, and I received such glowing feedback about her from friends and family after the wedding. Maureen is a wonderful officiant who made a special day even more special for us. Read less
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Orialys & Cristal
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Finding the right officiant for our wedding ceremony was extremely important to us, and not so simple being a female same-sex couple with high standards. Maureen was an Angel sent to us to celebrate our union and to create the most intimate and beautiful ceremony ever. Our one-year anniversary passed recently and we have been thinking and talking so much about the wedding, the ceremony, I had to write a review.

One of the things our friends and family still compliment most is our ceremony. It was the most genuine any of them have ever experienced. Maureen got to know us. She reached in and we felt comfortable opening up. She listened. She connected with the important things in both our lives. She spoke in such a way that our guest felt every word.

We are from Miami, Florida and communications leading up to the wedding were always accessible. During our 1st visit to DC she met us at the hotel making it very convenient and easy. We connected with her right away and felt her soothing energy was exactly what we wanted (and needed on that day!). She was very reasonably priced and was able to facilitate resolving matters while we were in Miami. After some homework she came back to us with a unique wedding ceremony tailored just for us, with all the elements we wanted- we did not change a word. She gets to know you, she listens, and she delivers the most heart-felt personable wedding you could imagine.

One last thing, she said a few words to us at some point during our rehearsal that we still remember to this day. She could see the stress we were going through and found words to ground us. There is a wedding picture that reminds us of those brilliantly wise words. Maureen will never be forgotten; our ceremony really made our wedding day that much more meaningful and just perfect.

Don’t think twice, give her a call. When you meet her, you will see. Thank us later ☺
Finding the right officiant for our wedding ceremony was extremely important to us, and not so simple being a female Read more...
Finding the right officiant for our wedding ceremony was extremely important to us, and not so simple being a female same-sex couple with high standards. Maureen was an Angel sent to us to celebrate our union and to create the most intimate and beautiful ceremony ever. Our one-year anniversary passed recently and we have been thinking and talking so much about the wedding, the ceremony, I had to write a review.

One of the things our friends and family still compliment most is our ceremony. It was the most genuine any of them have ever experienced. Maureen got to know us. She reached in and we felt comfortable opening up. She listened. She connected with the important things in both our lives. She spoke in such a way that our guest felt every word.

We are from Miami, Florida and communications leading up to the wedding were always accessible. During our 1st visit to DC she met us at the hotel making it very convenient and easy. We connected with her right away and felt her soothing energy was exactly what we wanted (and needed on that day!). She was very reasonably priced and was able to facilitate resolving matters while we were in Miami. After some homework she came back to us with a unique wedding ceremony tailored just for us, with all the elements we wanted- we did not change a word. She gets to know you, she listens, and she delivers the most heart-felt personable wedding you could imagine.

One last thing, she said a few words to us at some point during our rehearsal that we still remember to this day. She could see the stress we were going through and found words to ground us. There is a wedding picture that reminds us of those brilliantly wise words. Maureen will never be forgotten; our ceremony really made our wedding day that much more meaningful and just perfect.

Don’t think twice, give her a call. When you meet her, you will see. Thank us later ☺ Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Maureen made our celebration very personal and meaningful. She took several steps to get to know us and allowed us to help to design a ceremony that perfectly reflected our style and our relationship. We each filled out a questionaire, then we met in person with Maureen so she could really get a sense of us as a couple and our relationship. She was very helpful with logistics and was the perfect presence and officiant for our big day! We highly recommend her, especially if your situation is like ours--we are spiritual, not religious, and wanted something thoughtful and meaningful that we will remember for a lifetime!
Maureen made our celebration very personal and meaningful. She took several steps to get to know us and allowed us to help Read more...
Maureen made our celebration very personal and meaningful. She took several steps to get to know us and allowed us to help to design a ceremony that perfectly reflected our style and our relationship. We each filled out a questionaire, then we met in person with Maureen so she could really get a sense of us as a couple and our relationship. She was very helpful with logistics and was the perfect presence and officiant for our big day! We highly recommend her, especially if your situation is like ours--we are spiritual, not religious, and wanted something thoughtful and meaningful that we will remember for a lifetime! Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you! It was my pleasure!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved working with Maureen! She brought a lot of experience, insight, hard work and passion to the table when we worked with her to write our ceremony. In the end, she created a very meaningful and personalized ceremony for us that was both funny, emotional and absolutely perfect. The ceremony reflected stories from our life together, funny and poignant anecdotes, and meaningful readings that she helped us find. Our wedding guests commented later on how intimate, emotional and meaningful the ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend hiring Maureen as your wedding celebrant if you want to create something that is meaningful, memorable, and unique to the two of you.
We absolutely loved working with Maureen! She brought a lot of experience, insight, hard work and passion to the table Read more...
We absolutely loved working with Maureen! She brought a lot of experience, insight, hard work and passion to the table when we worked with her to write our ceremony. In the end, she created a very meaningful and personalized ceremony for us that was both funny, emotional and absolutely perfect. The ceremony reflected stories from our life together, funny and poignant anecdotes, and meaningful readings that she helped us find. Our wedding guests commented later on how intimate, emotional and meaningful the ceremony, which is exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend hiring Maureen as your wedding celebrant if you want to create something that is meaningful, memorable, and unique to the two of you. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you so much! It was a joy to work with you, and to conduct your ceremony.
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Mary
Wedding:
5/30/2012
4.9/5.0
Maureen was a fantastic officiant, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't recommend her. She took a lot of time walking my husband and I though the process, suggesting ideas, understanding our preferences and backgrounds, and ultimately writing a beautiful ceremony that others commented on long afterward. We are both very appreciative for the time and effort she put into the ceremony, she really made it unique, special and a treasured memory.
Maureen was a fantastic officiant, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't recommend her. She took a lot of time Read more...
Maureen was a fantastic officiant, I can't imagine a situation where I wouldn't recommend her. She took a lot of time walking my husband and I though the process, suggesting ideas, understanding our preferences and backgrounds, and ultimately writing a beautiful ceremony that others commented on long afterward. We are both very appreciative for the time and effort she put into the ceremony, she really made it unique, special and a treasured memory. Read less
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Maureen Burke Ceremonies responded with the following comments:

Thank you, Mary. It was a pleasure to work with you!
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Amy
Wedding:
9/22/2012
4.8/5.0
Maureen was fantastic. She is super sweet and supportive and great as a wedding officiant. We wrote a large portion of our ceremony, which she was able to improve, but asked our permission before changing anything. She also wrote a lot of the ceremony herself and incorporated it throughout. When I first received her draft ceremony, I cried. Happy tears, emotional tears, but not upset tears- it was great.

On the day of the wedding Maureen was great. Her presentation was lovely and her demeanor soothing. Really wonderful.

One note- Maureen is definitely more expensive than the other options we considered, but it was one area where we were more than happy to splurge and we found it worth it.
Maureen was fantastic. She is super sweet and supportive and great as a wedding officiant. We wrote a large portion of our Read more...
Maureen was fantastic. She is super sweet and supportive and great as a wedding officiant. We wrote a large portion of our ceremony, which she was able to improve, but asked our permission before changing anything. She also wrote a lot of the ceremony herself and incorporated it throughout. When I first received her draft ceremony, I cried. Happy tears, emotional tears, but not upset tears- it was great.

On the day of the wedding Maureen was great. Her presentation was lovely and her demeanor soothing. Really wonderful.

One note- Maureen is definitely more expensive than the other options we considered, but it was one area where we were more than happy to splurge and we found it worth it. Read less
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Jenny
Wedding:
5/26/2012
4.8/5.0
We would definitely recommend Maureen as a celebrant! We knew what kind of ceremony we wanted - nonsecular but with some traditional elements - but we didn't have a clue how to put it together and in words. Maureen provided plenty of ideas, including traditional rituals and readings. She wrote a very personal and unique ceremony that really gave our guests an idea of our relationship and what our marriage means to us. So many of our relatives and friends told us after the ceremony just how special and intimate the ceremony was. She really made the day.
It took a little bit more time to get the script of the ceremony together the weeks before the wedding, but we couldn't have been happier once we received it. Maureen was so flexible when it came to our changes, and the final ceremony was perfect!
We would definitely recommend Maureen as a celebrant! We knew what kind of ceremony we wanted - nonsecular but with some Read more...
We would definitely recommend Maureen as a celebrant! We knew what kind of ceremony we wanted - nonsecular but with some traditional elements - but we didn't have a clue how to put it together and in words. Maureen provided plenty of ideas, including traditional rituals and readings. She wrote a very personal and unique ceremony that really gave our guests an idea of our relationship and what our marriage means to us. So many of our relatives and friends told us after the ceremony just how special and intimate the ceremony was. She really made the day.
It took a little bit more time to get the script of the ceremony together the weeks before the wedding, but we couldn't have been happier once we received it. Maureen was so flexible when it came to our changes, and the final ceremony was perfect! Read less
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Alison
Wedding:
10/22/2010
4.8/5.0
My husband and I had a little bit of a scare when our officiant got accepted into grad school in London and was no longer able to perform our ceremony.

Maureen was recommended to us by another officiant and she turned out to be wonderful! Our ceremony was perfect, it fit us and was exactly what we wanted. Maureen was incredibly nice and professional, and very reasonably priced. We had a little bit of trouble getting in contact at first, played a little bit of phone tag, but everything worked out in the end.
My husband and I had a little bit of a scare when our officiant got accepted into grad school in London and was no longer Read more...
My husband and I had a little bit of a scare when our officiant got accepted into grad school in London and was no longer able to perform our ceremony.

Maureen was recommended to us by another officiant and she turned out to be wonderful! Our ceremony was perfect, it fit us and was exactly what we wanted. Maureen was incredibly nice and professional, and very reasonably priced. We had a little bit of trouble getting in contact at first, played a little bit of phone tag, but everything worked out in the end. Read less
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Serving DC, MD and NoVA, Same-sex, non-traditional, non-denominational, 20001 See On Map
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