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Rev. Alberta Eaton

MD
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MD 21234 US

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410-256-5330

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Commemorate one of the most important events of your life with a ceremony tailored to meet your desires and your beliefs. Experienced with couples from many different cultural and... Read more
Commemorate one of the most important events of your life with a ceremony tailored to meet your desires and your beliefs. Experienced with couples from many different cultural and religious backgrounds since her ordination in 1998, Rev. Eaton offers extensive ceremonial options including ancient rituals, candle-lightings, handfastings, inclusion of children, theme weddings and much more... 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, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes. I travel all over the State of Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania officiating at the venue of your choice.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Generally, I wear either a black or a white ministerial robe. My robes do not exhibit any "religious" symbols since I work with people from all different backgrounds. I always ask my couples if they prefer a robe or a business suit.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Yes. Over the years, I have compiled a booklet of alternative text for all the different parts of the ceremony that I give my couples. I am open to the couple writing the entire ceremony if they like, or just their vows, or giving them a complete ceremony based on what they tell me they would like to have. I always respect their wishes with regard to wording.
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes. I encourage couples to either write their own or add something personal to any of the standard vows that are out there, but I never insist on one way or the other.
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
No. Within the booklet I give my couples there are well over 100 sample readings, but I also encourage them to look elsewhere, or even write their own if they are comfortable with that.
How long are your ceremonies?
The average ceremony is 15 - 20 minutes & if you add the processional and recessional, that takes you to about 30 minutes which is what most venues give you for the ceremony. I have officiated ceremonies that were almost an hour long, and I officiated one ceremony that was only 6 minutes. It all depends on what the couple wants.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No. If the couple wants counseling, I can refer them out to professional couples counselors.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
Yes.
Do you supply a sound system?
No.

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Stephanie
Wedding:
10/10/2014
5.0/5.0
I recently had Rev. Alberta Eaton officiate my wedding. We met with her at her place to go over details about the wedding and what kind of service we wanted. We felt comfortable with her immediately. She emailed us the service and allowed us to customize it as much as we liked. My husband and I wrote our own vows and she made sure we had them into her a week before the wedding. The rehearsal was quick and simple and over in about 20 minutes or so. She explained everything and made sure everyone understood. On the wedding day she had our vows printed out and in her book to hand to us when they were needed. She even had tissues when both my husband and I started tearing up. We did handfasting (when you tie a ribbon around your hands) instead of sand or a union candle. We provided a lot of Celtic traditions and she made sure the guests knew what was happening. The ceremony was special to us and she made that happen.
I recently had Rev. Alberta Eaton officiate my wedding. We met with her at her place to go over details about the wedding Read more...
I recently had Rev. Alberta Eaton officiate my wedding. We met with her at her place to go over details about the wedding and what kind of service we wanted. We felt comfortable with her immediately. She emailed us the service and allowed us to customize it as much as we liked. My husband and I wrote our own vows and she made sure we had them into her a week before the wedding. The rehearsal was quick and simple and over in about 20 minutes or so. She explained everything and made sure everyone understood. On the wedding day she had our vows printed out and in her book to hand to us when they were needed. She even had tissues when both my husband and I started tearing up. We did handfasting (when you tie a ribbon around your hands) instead of sand or a union candle. We provided a lot of Celtic traditions and she made sure the guests knew what was happening. The ceremony was special to us and she made that happen. Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
10/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Alberta. She came recommended by a family member, and she definitely lived up to the referral. Alberta helped us pick parts of our ceremony we would have never been able to find on our own, such as adding in hand-fasting to tie in my Irish heritage. She was always responsive to inquiries, and even practiced with new hand-fasting cords in order to ensure she would be ready for our ceremony. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an officiant! She even gave us a lovely printed copy of our ceremony, which we plan to display along with our wedding knot into the future.
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Alberta. She came recommended by a family member, and Read more...
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Alberta. She came recommended by a family member, and she definitely lived up to the referral. Alberta helped us pick parts of our ceremony we would have never been able to find on our own, such as adding in hand-fasting to tie in my Irish heritage. She was always responsive to inquiries, and even practiced with new hand-fasting cords in order to ensure she would be ready for our ceremony. I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for an officiant! She even gave us a lovely printed copy of our ceremony, which we plan to display along with our wedding knot into the future. Read less
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Noelle
Wedding:
10/3/2014
5.0/5.0
While my husband and I have our beliefs, we do not practice religion and are not church-goers, so we were extremely nervous as we set out to look for an officiant. We did not want to be looked upon negatively for not practicing. Upon our meeting with Rev. Eaton, she alleviated all of our concerns.
Rev. Eaton gets to know you individually and as a couple, which we loved because we did not want a stranger officiating our wedding. She takes that knowledge and builds a ceremony around it. Rev. Eaton wants to know what type of ceremony the couple envisions and she provides that; she does not force what she wants or feels the ceremony should be. Whether the couple wants a ceremony that is very faithful, religious overtones, or focused less on religion, she is professional and very much willing to help develop a beautiful ceremony. She responded to our emails within a day, often times immediately. It is a team effort and she welcomes the couple being as involved as they'd like with the process, but is also willing and very capable of providing a heartfelt ceremony if the couple would prefer to be hands-off. Within a few weeks of meeting and contracting Rev. Eaton, she had our ceremony to us, a good 10 months ahead of the wedding. Interacting with Rev. Eaton was always a pleasure.
Due to her vast experience and professionalism, during the rehearsal Rev. Eaton was able to tell the bridal party what to do and when, and the day of the wedding went off without a hitch. Since nerves set in a little during the wedding, she inconspicuously guides the bride and groom through the ceremony so it looks like you know what you're doing. We are a bride and groom lucky enough to say that our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and that was in large part due to having Rev. Eaton officiate.
While my husband and I have our beliefs, we do not practice religion and are not church-goers, so we were extremely Read more...
While my husband and I have our beliefs, we do not practice religion and are not church-goers, so we were extremely nervous as we set out to look for an officiant. We did not want to be looked upon negatively for not practicing. Upon our meeting with Rev. Eaton, she alleviated all of our concerns.
Rev. Eaton gets to know you individually and as a couple, which we loved because we did not want a stranger officiating our wedding. She takes that knowledge and builds a ceremony around it. Rev. Eaton wants to know what type of ceremony the couple envisions and she provides that; she does not force what she wants or feels the ceremony should be. Whether the couple wants a ceremony that is very faithful, religious overtones, or focused less on religion, she is professional and very much willing to help develop a beautiful ceremony. She responded to our emails within a day, often times immediately. It is a team effort and she welcomes the couple being as involved as they'd like with the process, but is also willing and very capable of providing a heartfelt ceremony if the couple would prefer to be hands-off. Within a few weeks of meeting and contracting Rev. Eaton, she had our ceremony to us, a good 10 months ahead of the wedding. Interacting with Rev. Eaton was always a pleasure.
Due to her vast experience and professionalism, during the rehearsal Rev. Eaton was able to tell the bridal party what to do and when, and the day of the wedding went off without a hitch. Since nerves set in a little during the wedding, she inconspicuously guides the bride and groom through the ceremony so it looks like you know what you're doing. We are a bride and groom lucky enough to say that our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and that was in large part due to having Rev. Eaton officiate. Read less
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Lorrie
Wedding:
9/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev Eaton did an outstanding job! During our initial meeting, she captured so much of us. When she sent the ceremony for us to review, we were so happy of what she put together. On our wedding day, our guests expressed how touched they were by the ceremony. We could not have been happier with the level of service and professionalism we received. We highly recommend Rev. Eaton!!!
Rev Eaton did an outstanding job! During our initial meeting, she captured so much of us. When she sent the ceremony for Read more...
Rev Eaton did an outstanding job! During our initial meeting, she captured so much of us. When she sent the ceremony for us to review, we were so happy of what she put together. On our wedding day, our guests expressed how touched they were by the ceremony. We could not have been happier with the level of service and professionalism we received. We highly recommend Rev. Eaton!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Reverend Eaton. We really needed a lot of guidance and inspiration for our ceremony. Hardly knew where to start. She had many great ideas and helped us craft something that felt just right. We decided to make a few last minute tweaks to our ceremony language (as in RIGHT before). She took it in stride and nailed it. We would recommend her to anyone!
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Reverend Eaton. We really needed a lot of guidance and inspiration for our Read more...
My wife and I had a wonderful experience with Reverend Eaton. We really needed a lot of guidance and inspiration for our ceremony. Hardly knew where to start. She had many great ideas and helped us craft something that felt just right. We decided to make a few last minute tweaks to our ceremony language (as in RIGHT before). She took it in stride and nailed it. We would recommend her to anyone! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Alberta was a perfect fit for my wedding ceremony. I heard from many others how great she was, and when I met her in person she was very friendly and professional. I had children in my wedding, she included them and made them feel very special. My children were so happy that they were part of the ceremony. She met with my family before writing the ceremony and really listened to what we wanted. She is great with timeliness, and quick to your responses. She offers up so many ideas to chose from and has much experience with doing many kinds of religious/traditional/non traditional ceremonies. Many of my guests came up to me after the wedding to tell me how great she was and how beautiful my ceremony was. I was very grateful to have Rev. Alberta be apart of my wedding day! I highly reccomend her to any future brides!
Rev. Alberta was a perfect fit for my wedding ceremony. I heard from many others how great she was, and when I met her in Read more...
Rev. Alberta was a perfect fit for my wedding ceremony. I heard from many others how great she was, and when I met her in person she was very friendly and professional. I had children in my wedding, she included them and made them feel very special. My children were so happy that they were part of the ceremony. She met with my family before writing the ceremony and really listened to what we wanted. She is great with timeliness, and quick to your responses. She offers up so many ideas to chose from and has much experience with doing many kinds of religious/traditional/non traditional ceremonies. Many of my guests came up to me after the wedding to tell me how great she was and how beautiful my ceremony was. I was very grateful to have Rev. Alberta be apart of my wedding day! I highly reccomend her to any future brides! Read less
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Lori
Wedding:
7/26/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Eaton was fantastic! We met with her prior to the wedding and she asked questions to get a feel for us as a couple. She put together a beautiful ceremony that really encompassed our relationship. Everyone at the wedding raved about how perfect the ceremony was. We would definitely recommend Rev. Eaton for anyone looking for a fantastic officiant!
Rev. Eaton was fantastic! We met with her prior to the wedding and she asked questions to get a feel for us as a couple. Read more...
Rev. Eaton was fantastic! We met with her prior to the wedding and she asked questions to get a feel for us as a couple. She put together a beautiful ceremony that really encompassed our relationship. Everyone at the wedding raved about how perfect the ceremony was. We would definitely recommend Rev. Eaton for anyone looking for a fantastic officiant! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My Wife and I planned a small ceremony in Baltimore with very little notice before the date firmed up. Alberta was recommended to us and we couldn't be happier with her. She was flexible, created a very appropriate ceremony for us with very little time to do so, and made our day perfect according to what we wanted. We absolutely recommend her 100%!
My Wife and I planned a small ceremony in Baltimore with very little notice before the date firmed up. Alberta was Read more...
My Wife and I planned a small ceremony in Baltimore with very little notice before the date firmed up. Alberta was recommended to us and we couldn't be happier with her. She was flexible, created a very appropriate ceremony for us with very little time to do so, and made our day perfect according to what we wanted. We absolutely recommend her 100%! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
7/4/2014
5.0/5.0
We were married on July 4th, 2014. We don't belong to a church but we were both raised going to church. I guess there's a lot of people out there who just go find any Officiant and don't care who marries them. It was important to us to have someone we felt comfortable with. After interviewing 5 different Officiant's, (first one didn't get back to us, second one was just okay, third one called me from her cell phone in the car on the way to a wedding - kind of hard to write stuff down that way, the fourth one was an entrepreneur who was only out to make money by having other vendors at our meeting) Rev. Alberta was such a blessing to have found. She was very responsive from the beginning. We met her at her home and she asked us about "us" and our history and wrote everything down that we talked about. She asked us what kind of service we wanted, did we want God mentioned, which was important to us. She took several notes, was very organized, and she gave us a booklet with all kinds of different samples of vows, readings, etc. and we went back and forth through email tweaking the ceremony until it was exactly what we wanted. She gave us suggestions for different things you could do during the ceremony. When she officiated our ceremony, it sounded like she had known us for years. We had so many compliments on the service. She even gave us a copy of the whole service in a nice folder along with our signed marriage license. I would highly recommend Rev. Alberta. She is a wonderful person and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an Officiant. First Class all the way!

Erin & Paul Rauth
We were married on July 4th, 2014. We don't belong to a church but we were both raised going to church. I guess there's a Read more...
We were married on July 4th, 2014. We don't belong to a church but we were both raised going to church. I guess there's a lot of people out there who just go find any Officiant and don't care who marries them. It was important to us to have someone we felt comfortable with. After interviewing 5 different Officiant's, (first one didn't get back to us, second one was just okay, third one called me from her cell phone in the car on the way to a wedding - kind of hard to write stuff down that way, the fourth one was an entrepreneur who was only out to make money by having other vendors at our meeting) Rev. Alberta was such a blessing to have found. She was very responsive from the beginning. We met her at her home and she asked us about "us" and our history and wrote everything down that we talked about. She asked us what kind of service we wanted, did we want God mentioned, which was important to us. She took several notes, was very organized, and she gave us a booklet with all kinds of different samples of vows, readings, etc. and we went back and forth through email tweaking the ceremony until it was exactly what we wanted. She gave us suggestions for different things you could do during the ceremony. When she officiated our ceremony, it sounded like she had known us for years. We had so many compliments on the service. She even gave us a copy of the whole service in a nice folder along with our signed marriage license. I would highly recommend Rev. Alberta. She is a wonderful person and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for an Officiant. First Class all the way!

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lauren
Wedding:
6/22/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Alberta was wonderful!!! She helped me construct a ceremony that was unique and personal; and, she helped me integrate my Aunt into the service in a special way. She responded swiftly to all communications, and arrived early to the rehearsal. I would highly recommend her!
Reverend Alberta was wonderful!!! She helped me construct a ceremony that was unique and personal; and, she helped me Read more...
Reverend Alberta was wonderful!!! She helped me construct a ceremony that was unique and personal; and, she helped me integrate my Aunt into the service in a special way. She responded swiftly to all communications, and arrived early to the rehearsal. I would highly recommend her! Read less
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