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Say "I Do" Your Way

Derwood , MD
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LOCATION

7610 Tarpley Dr.
Derwood, MD US 20855 (map)

PHONE

301-926-2671

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ABOUT US

Hi,

We've been officiating weddings together for the past forty years. Most of those years were with Bill as a church pastor and Joyce as the pastor's wife, helping out. Eight... Read more
Hi,

We've been officiating weddings together for the past forty years. Most of those years were with Bill as a church pastor and Joyce as the pastor's wife, helping out. Eight years ago, Bill stepped out of that setting to provide full-time service as a wedding officiant and specialist in pre-marriage preparation/coaching. For the past five years, Joyce has also been officiating weddings and absolutely loves it! We both love weddings! The bride and groom are so positive and their families are fun to get to know.

We believe that no one attends a wedding ceremony to hear a sermon, thus we strive to listen carefully to the desires of the bride and groom as to their wedding ceremony. Then we work to make the ceremony a fun, and intimate affair in which the bride and groom are the focus of the entire event. The name of our business really exemplifies our attitude toward your wedding - Say "I Do" Your Way!

Give us a call, let’s talk about your wedding - no obligation. We are both certified to officiate weddings in Maryland, DC, and Virginia.

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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Bill was very helpful in guiding us through planning our ceremony. He provided us with plenty of options to personalize our ceremony and it was a pleasure to work with him.
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Christine
Wedding:
7/5/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill married my fiancé and I at the DC War Memorial in Washington, DC. We wanted something intimate and personal, and light on the religious traditions, since neither of us are very religious. Rev. Bill took the time to understand what specific we wanted, gave us a ton of options for readings, prayers, etc., and was extremely flexible when we had ideas of our own. We also really appreciated the fact that he truly got to know us in the time leading up to our wedding, so that he could integrate these stories into the ceremony itself. The ceremony Bill officiated was fantastic. He was eloquent, and really made it feel like he'd known us for a long time. The ceremony felt personal and relaxed. Just as we wanted! Rev. Bill was fantastic, and we would definitely recommend him to any bride and grooms in the DC area.
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Annalisa
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
From the very first meeting with Reverend Bill, my husband and I loved him. He was so friendly and warm that we truly felt at ease with him. Something that was really important to us for our wedding was that everything truly feel like us and so the ceremony was something we were a bit concerned about, not being very religious people. Reverend Bill was so wonderful in understanding our wishes and really exceeded our expectations in providing a ceremony that was filled with love and blessings without being religious. He did an amazing job at telling our story during the ceremony. Many guests have told us they really enjoyed the ceremony which makes us so happy. We loved working with and having Reverend Bill marry us!
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Lynn
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Joyce was simply wonderful! She helped us put together a really personalized ceremony that everybody loved. It was fun to hear her weave our stories together into a narrative and use our own words to tell our family and friends how we met and fell in love. She was very helpful with her suggestions, in answering our questions, and making the ceremony all about us. Thank you Joyce!
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Donna
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Originally we met with Joyce and loved her ideas for our ceremony, and a special German wedding ritual to surprise our guests! Joyce had a family emergency and Bill stepped in and was fantastic!!! We laughed, we cried, guests clapped and everyone came away commenting on how wonderful, personal, relaxed and intimate Bill made our wedding. Bill truly exceeded my expectations of what a ceremony could be and I now have so many special moments and memories of our union!!! Bill and Joyce, thank you! I love your questionnaire and I love how you incorporate so many personal details into your ceremony!!!
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Shane
Wedding:
6/20/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was our officiant for our wedding at Herrington Harbour in North Beach, Maryland. Bill was very accommodating with all of our ceremony requests and did a great job incorporating our stories into the ceremony the day of the wedding. Our wedding was outside on the Chesapeake Bay and Bill really made it the perfect day. I would recommend Bill Cochran and Say "I Do" Your Way for anyone that is looking for the perfect ceremony that way you would want it.
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San
Wedding:
5/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill was our officiant for our wedding which took place this past Memorial Day weekend. The ceremony was beautiful, peppered with just the right amount of tasteful humor and lightheartedness I was hoping for. Bill was very informative and responsive with prompt email correspondence. We also met in person twice where he went over the process of outlining the ceremony, of which, until I met Bill, was clueless of where to even begin. His thoughtfully assembled folder of guidelines and samples helped us tremendously and made the entire process very easy to understand. We recommend Bill highly if you are looking for an officiant for your special day. He is a true professional.
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Jackie
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Joyce did a great job officiating our wedding. She made our ceremony unique by telling "our story." It added a great personal touch. She guided us through the process of creating a ceremony that was right for us.
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Leah
Wedding:
5/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill performed such a wonderful job with our ceremony. We were overwhelmed by the warmth and personal nature of our ceremony. I couldn't have asked for a better service.
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Nichole
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Joyce was absolutely wonderful. From the first day Devron and I met with her she was God sent. She was very professional, organized and personable. Our wedding will always be remembered with our own personal touches. Thank you Rev. Joyce Cochran. With love, Nichole and Devron.
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Summer
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
My (now) husband and I immensely enjoyed having Rev. Bill marry us this past April. Rev. Bill was accommodating, understanding, and very helpful in guiding us through the process especially given the fact that we lived in California but were getting married in Virginia. From our first meeting with him over Skype to many more follow up emails and conversations, he made the process enjoyable, easy and fun! He even took the time two days prior to our wedding to meet with us in person at a local coffee shop to go over every detail of our ceremony as we had planned it. Our ceremony itself went perfectly. He really knows his stuff! He made it very personal and included traditions from both of our families to make it even more special. Everyone kept coming up to us after the ceremony to tell us how much they liked Rev. Bill! I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. He is the BEST!!
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Say "I Do" Your Way responded with the following comments:

Summer and Jordan had a very memorable wedding! The guests sat on barges in the Potomac, while the bridal party stood on the pier out in front of her parents house. No one fell in!

They provided me with such great information which gave me plenty to work with in crafting a ceremony that was uniquely theirs.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We are so happy that we chose Bill to be part of our day! Everyone at our wedding commented that the ceremony was so great. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant!
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Ashley
Wedding:
4/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Joyce and Bill were wonderful to work with! They were professional, yet very personal. They spent the time to get to know us, which made our ceremony truly unique.

Several of our guests later told us that our ceremony was their favorite.
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Keely
Wedding:
3/29/2014
5.0/5.0
We met with several other officiants before Joyce, but once we met her we knew we wanted her to be the one to marry us. She was genuinely interested in getting to know us and learning about our story. Throughout the entire process she was very responsive to our questions and e-mails and provided suggestions when we needed them. The ceremony was personalized towards us and was better than we could have ever imagined. We had so many guests saying the loved our ceremony especially how she included our our story into it.
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Meaghan
Wedding:
3/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Say I do your way was amazing. Bill was very helpful in planning our ceremony. He was very organized and helped us every step of the way. Everyone at our wedding loved the ceremony and so did we!
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Bill
Wedding:
2/15/2014
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with the way Bill handled everything, from the first meeting to the followup after the wedding. Totally professional.
From our first meeting we knew that he would be able to help us tailor a service that was perfect for just us. He was sensitive to a couple of awkward family issues and walked that tightrope perfectly.
If I could give him a 6 I would
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Recommended by a friend of ours, Bill proved to be absolutely perfect. Just as his website explained, he worked closely with us to plan a wedding ceremony that suited our tastes, feelings and guests. He provided very helpful materials and options for us to consider; listened to our preferences and feedback, and provide excellent guidance. He took our personal inputs and led a ceremony in a way that sounded like he knew us well. As a result, we felt great about our wedding and a few of our guests commented afterwards that it was a ceremony they "never would forget" because of its personal nature, humor and setting. Bill's wife is great too. She accompanied Bill to the ceremony and jumped in to help with a few details.
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robin
Wedding:
1/19/2014
5.0/5.0
Bill is a wonderful officiant. Planning a long distance wedding is difficult, but Bill was willing to meet my fiance and I over Skype and do almost all of the ceremony planning via email. He was able to take what my fiance and I told him about one another and weave together a beautiful story for our ceremony, even incorporating our Downton Abbey theme.

Many of our guests commented that it was one of the best ceremonies that they had been apart of, and we agree.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Bill was great to work with! He made our wedding day even more special!
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Michelle
Wedding:
12/3/2013
5.0/5.0
We travelled from the UK to make a Recommitment of our marriage of 25 years. We had been in contact with a few different places but knew straight away that we wanted Bill to carry out the recommitment.
We emailed back and forth and skyped, Bill came into DC to meet us when we arrived in the US to chat and finalise arrangements. Nothing was too much for him and he made the ceremony much more about 'us' than our wedding 25 years previous.
We made the Recommitment 25 years to the time and date of our wedding.
Thank you for making it such a special day nothing could have been more perfect.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We love the ceremony that Bill performed to marry us. He made it very personalized and worked with us each step of the way to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. He gave us many different options to think over for the different parts of the ceremony and was open to all suggestions that we had. His delivery was sincere and we thought perfect. All our family and friends agree.
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kirsten
Wedding:
11/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was the Officiant for our ceremony and we could not have been more pleased. He was responsive and easy to work with throughout the entire process and was able to offer as much guidance as needed in planning our ceremony. Bill works with you to customize the ceremony to exactly what you want. He offers plenty of options if you need suggestions but will also do whatever you want if you have a clear vision. He is flexible, accommodating and has very pleasant and personable demeanor. The ceremony itself was exactly what we wanted. Bill was charismatic, spoke well, and put us both at ease. We received a lot of compliments from our guests on the overall ceremony and how great the Officiant was. We HIGHLY recommend him!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Joyce Cochran did an excellent job preparing for and officiating our wedding ceremony! It was a pleasure to work with her (and also partake in the pre-marriage counseling with Joyce and her husband, Bill). Joyce was happily willing to customize every aspect of our somewhat non-traditional ceremony. Our friends and family loved how personalized it felt -- they loved every minute of it and so did we!
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Rachel
Wedding:
10/26/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Cochran made our ceremony the most person, entertaining ceremony I have ever been to. I know I am biased, since it was my wedding, but my husband and I received so many compliments on how personal and touching our ceremony was, and how it was the most unique wedding they had ever been to. Many guests assumed that my husband and I had known Rev. Cochran for years, as his reading about us was so personal. He did a fantastic job meeting our unusual, multi-religious family needs, and helping my husband and I to tell our love story.
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Christine
Wedding:
10/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was our officiant for our wedding ceremony. He was phenominal! So many people who attended our wedding said our ceremony was the best ceremony they had ever seen. Bill was funny, personable and insightful. He put my husband and I at ease during a very emotional time; he had us and our guests laughing and crying. Bill was a true professional. I would highly recommend Bill and Say I Do Your Way.
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Christina
Wedding:
10/13/2013
5.0/5.0
There is not enough wonderful things that I can say about Bill!! From the moment we first spoke on the phone he was professional, knowledgeable and super helpful. I didn't feel any pressure to choose him and he was very easy to speak with and get an idea of this whole officiant process. After our initial phone conversation I had a great feeling about him but wanted him to meet my fiance in person. Our first meeting was wonderful and the conversation flowed. I knew I wanted him to be our officiant. Through the whole wedding time he continually checked up on us and answered allllll my emails very quickly and with must insight. He found us clever ways to involve our children into the ceremony and really tailored the whole ceremony to what we wanted. Everyone at the wedding was in tears and really loved everything Bill had to say. They loved how he spoke about my husband and I's history with a perfect sense of love and humor. I honestly could have not asked for a more perfect officiant on the day of and he was more than prepared for everything. Thanks again Bill....You are the BEST!!
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Anne
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
I would highly recommend Bill Cochran for your wedding ceremony!

First of all, Bill is just a really great, down to earth kind of guy and a wonderful person to work with. He was flexible, always responded to emails and even met us all the way down in DC to discuss wedding details! My husband and I were interested in a non-denominational wedding and Bill was more than happy to create a ceremony that was unique to us. He learned a lot about us as a couple and he made that the main focus of what he said. It really felt like it was OUR wedding. We had several people come up to us after and say that it was the best ceremony they have ever been to!
If you are looking for an excellent officiant, Bill Cochran is your guy!
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Judy
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
We found Bill through the Hay Adams Hotel. He was one of 2 officiants they recommended. He answered the phone immediately and from then on he took care of everything. This was a same sex wedding ceremony. Bill sent several options for the service which were helpful. He was easy to work with and made us and our guests feel comfortable. He did a very professional job and even filed our marriage application and picked it up for us, so all we had to do was show up. Super nice guy.
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Eric
Wedding:
10/4/2013
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had been to a wedding prior to ours and noticed that the officiant was a little on the unprofessional side. Not very attentive, not very creative. Almost made the ceremony 'bland' and 'cookie cutter' like. So naturally we were afraid to have that happen to us. We were recommended to use Say I Do You Way and we could not have been happier with our ceremony! Bill's presence, professionalism, and creativity was top notch. He was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. He guided us with our vows, our ceremony layout, and our little special touches. His 'story' that he created about us from our answers to his questionnaire was adorable! Bottom line...Bill was able to make our day truly feel like it was OUR day.

Say "I Do" You Way...HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. 6 out of 5 stars!!!
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Jessica
Wedding:
9/28/2013
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of having Joyce officiate our wedding and I could have not been more satisfied and happy with how everything turned out. Joyce actually listened to what we had to say, was incredibly helpful throughout the planning process and had amazing words of encouragement throughout everything. Simply put - she was amazing and it showed the day of. Every little question she asked, she somehow putting it into our ceremony. We wanted something simple, lighthearted and enjoyable - she delivered and honestly exceeded all expectations. Tears were shed, laughter was heard and it was the most personal ceremony I've ever experienced. I would recommend Joyce in a heartbeat! I cannot wait to see the wedding video to relive the ceremony, it was honestly one of my favorite moments. Thank you Joyce for everything!
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Amanda
Wedding:
9/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was amazing. Our guests were so impressed with how personal and entertaining he was. He really took the time to get to know our story and honored both our feelings regarding traditions and faith. He made excellent suggestions and we were incredibly pleased.
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Melinda
Wedding:
9/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Joyce was the officiant at our wedding in September. She was amazing! We had originally wanted a friend to marry us but were disappointed when we learned Virginia is very strict as to who can officiate a wedding in their state. However, after having worked with Joyce, I feel like a friend did marry us.

I met her at the Washington, D.C. Bridal Expo and my husband (then fiancée), Joel and I met with her a couple of weeks later. We immediately knew she was the person we wanted officiating our ceremony. She is warm, friendly, and extremely prepared. She has mountains of resources to make your ceremony special and she worked with us to make our ceremony unique and 100% us!

We are so impressed and appreciative of Joyce's hard work and professionalism. She was just as invested in making our ceremony memorable and heartfelt as we were.

I highly recommend her!
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Annie
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Cochran was exactly what we were looking for!! He customized our ceremony to make it personal, funny, and warm! He took everything we said into account and helped us planned our ceremony to perfection! We were extremely pleased and recommend him to everyone!
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Trish
Wedding:
9/7/2013
5.0/5.0
We found Say "I Do" Your Way through Wedding Wire -- and we couldn't have been happier to have Joyce Cochran serve as our officiant. From our first meeting, she impressed us with her warmth and kindness. By the time of our ceremony just a few short months later, she felt like an old friend! She was efficient and prompt in returning calls and/or emails-- and very patient with our questions. She was also open and encouraging of our own ideas and feedback. I knew we were in good hands, and was proven right at the wedding-- when she performed the service with the perfect combination of warmth, authority... and humor! Many of our guests told us how much they enjoyed it -- especially her flair in the telling of our personal story. We wholeheartedly recommend Joyce to anyone looking for a kind, competent, caring officiant!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Joyce was the perfect officiant for us. From the beginning her genuineness was very comforting. Joyce was excited for us, helped answer all our questions, was very organized, and kept things moving along at a stress-free pace. The rehearsal and ceremony was all on time and very well organized. She kept everyone in the know and kept instructions simple. The ceremony went off without a hitch and we have her to thank for that. I'd highly recommend talking to Bill and Joyce as a possible officiant for your wedding if you are looking.
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Raymond
Wedding:
8/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was everything we wanted in a wedding officiant, and our wedding ceremony turn out exactly the way we wanted it. Just a month before the wedding, I realized how behind I was and made some phone calls and sent some emails, and luckily/surprisingly Bill was still available on my wedding day. I immediately knew he was the one during our first meeting. Bill was very personable, enthusiastic, professional, and helpful during the planning process. He was like a good friend who was readily available to help every step of the way, and made our wedding planning a fun process! Bill assigned us to each write our story so that he could combine it into one and tell it at the ceremony. I don’t like surprises and I was even worried that he might ruin our story, so I told Bill to send me the story the night before the wedding. He emailed it to me promptly but suggested me not to read it and ruin the surprise. I listened and boy was he right! I loved every bit of it and was so glad that I didn’t ruin it for myself. He made our story interesting and funny and had the whole audience laughing the whole time. Before Bill told our story, I thought our story was very boring and typical and nothing worth telling. We also picked our own readings, picked our own ritual, and under his encouragement we even wrote our own vows. Bill truly made our ceremony one of a kind. He was one of the few wedding vendors that I was completely satisfied with (and I am no bridezilla). To some people, his fee may seem a bit higher than others but trust me, he is worth it, if not more! We met with him twice, an hour each, and he even came to our rehearsal the night before the wedding to make sure everyone knew exactly what to do. We’ve received so many compliments on our ceremony. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate Bill and we only hope others will use him and his wonderful business continues to thrive. Bill is very passionate about what he does, and that's why he is so good at it!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Bill was great to work with- professional, on time, and personal. My husband and I didn't really want a religious wedding but our parents thought otherwise. Bill was great in creating a ceremony that made us and our parents happy.
He also asks you to write about your relationship- he gives you specific questions. And he crafted the ceremony around your letter- we had multiple people tell us how nice of a ceremony it was- that they learned something new about us.

Bill was great and we would definitely recommend him to a friend!
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Vanessa
Wedding:
8/17/2013
5.0/5.0
We are so pleased that we hired Rev. Bill Cochran to perform our marriage ceremony! From the start, he was kind, helpful, and calm (an essential trait when working with stressed brides!). We loved the fact that we could tailor our wedding ceremony to reflect us, not just any another wedding. Bill gave us lots of information about different blessings, readings, how to write our vows, unity ceremonies, processional order, and gave us a nice copy of our marriage license to hang on the wall. He was always willing to answer any questions that arose while we were planning our wedding. Additionally, we participated in the one-on-one marriage counseling that he offers. Though we had been together for over 6 years before getting married, we found the counseling to be helpful in that he gave us suggestions for different ways to talk to each other when we might feel that we're stuck on an issue.

We highly recommend that you hire Rev. Bill Cochran to officiate your wedding ceremony! You will be so happy that you did!
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Caroline
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
He was great and very easy to work with. Any time that I needed a question answered or any aspect of the ceremony changed.
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Katie
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was the perfect officiant for us! It was important to us that we had a non-religious ceremony, but we didn't want to feel like we were being married by a stranger. During our first meeting, he focused on really getting to know us as individuals and as a couple. He allowed us to essentially write our entire ceremony ourselves, and then gave feedback and suggestions. He was extremely flexible and let us truly make it a ceremony that matched us.

When it came time for the wedding, it felt absolutely perfect, and we really did feel like we were being married by someone familiar to us and someone who cared about us and our marriage. We can't thank him enough!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
From our first e-mail exchange to the end of the ceremony, Bill was a kind, thoughtful guide to our personalized ceremony. We carefully planned our secular ceremony and Bill helped us and offered wonderful tips and suggestions for the timing, order, readings, and ways to make it special.
Our family and friends are still commending his great service and for his deep knowledge of our relationship, his ability to explain how well we know and love each other, and his professionalism. His reflecting points were funny and sweet.
Bill is easy to reach and is happy to meet you anytime. He's very easy to talk with and really made an effort to get to know and understand us.
We can't thank him enough for helping us create a ceremony that truly matched the spirit of our relationship. He even had amazing compliments to our musicians (my aunt/uncle/cousin), saying they were some of the best ceremony music he has ever heard-- which made their day!
We highly recommend Bill!!
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Private User
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was fabulous to work with while planning our wedding, I became sick with cancer and had to plan from a few states away. He took everything I wanted/didn't want and wrote a perfect ceremony for us. Our guests said he had humor and a way about him that made the ceremony just what we wished for. We both highly recommend Bill and his services.
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Beth
Wedding:
6/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill Cochran was absolutely wonderful. He was extremely organized and helpful with the planning of the ceremony, but flexible as well. He was always professional but also very personable. The ceremony was beautiful. Many friends and relatives thought that Rev. Bill must have been a family friend from the way he spoke about us with such warmth and familiarity. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who asked!
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Krissy
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
I don't have enough good things to say about Bill Cochran. He was so wonderful to work with. Bill helped us build the ceremony the way we wanted it and did such a great job of telling our "story." So many of our guests commented on how much they appreciated hearing more about us and how we had gotten to the day of our marriage. Bill was a calming force who was always positive and accommodating. I really enjoyed working with Bill!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Joyce was so easy to work with and tailored our ceremony perfectly for us! So many of our guests said it as the best wedding ceremony they had ever attended! Very personal, lighthearted, and traditional all at the same time! Everyone loved it. I would absolutely recommend Joyce!
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Jody
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was such an important part of our wedding! From our first appointment with him to the night of our wedding he was responsive, polite and professional. The ceremony went seamlessly according to the arrangement we created with Bill before the wedding. My husband and I threw Bill many curve balls regarding logistics and he was flexible the whole way through. After our wedding Bill took care of all the paperwork and made everything really easy for us!

You will not regret booking Rev. Bill!
Dave and Jody Blood
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend Bill's officiant and counseling services. When we decided to get married, we didn't know who to go to because we are not religious. Bill was recommended to us by our wedding site and we are so glad to have found him. Bill helped us put together a ceremony that reflected who we are as a couple. We appreciated the resources he gave us, his flexibility with our ceremony and our crazy work schedules and our families loved his sense of humor in our ceremony. Our guests were quick to ask us who our officiant was and how we found him and told us that he was excellent. Bill is comfortable to work with, relaxed, and honest. In addition to his officiant service, Bill offers a premarital counseling service. After participating in this service, we feel confident that we have the skills to approach life's stressful situations in a constructive way that will ultimately benefit our marriage. We think everyone should have Bill or his wife as their officiant and know they will do a great job regardless of your religious or cultural background
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Great to work with, very responsive and made our small intimate ceremony personal despite only having a month's notice! Bill was phenomenal.
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Lindsay
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Thank you to Bill Cochran for being our wedding officiant for our June 15th wedding at Hotel Monaco, Alexandria. Bill performed the marriage ceremony for my sister's wedding 7 years ago, so when planning our wedding, I could think of no one else I would have wanted to help create our special day. From the beginning, Bill was so accommodating and made us feel so comfortable throughout the process. He truly took the time to get to know us as a couple and helped us create a ceremony that was truly personal. He helped us create and execute such a unique wedding ceremony and allowed our guests a personalized glimpse into our story. We feel blessed to have had Bill a part of our day and will cherish our wedding day and the memories that Bill helped us create! Thank you!

~Geoff & Lindsay
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Ken
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
We received excellent service and always felt that Bill cared about us as clients. He walked us through the process and work with us even when Ken was out of town most of the two months before the service. We heartily endorse Bill and want you to know that you won't have any regrets in using "his services" for "your services!!"
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Maria
Wedding:
6/9/2013
5.0/5.0
We would highly recommend Bill as a wedding officiant. He was very competent and knowledgable throughout the entire process. He was very willing to work with us to make every detail of the ceremony exactly how we wanted it. My wife and I come from different religious backgrounds, but Bill was extremely helpful in creating a ceremony that incorporated everything we wanted to make both us and our parents happy. He would provide suggestions when we needed them and let us be creative when we wanted to change some details.

On the day of the wedding, the ceremony went so smoothly, and we owe a lot of that to Bill. We could tell he put a lot of effort into making the ceremony personable and special to us. We had several family members comment on how wonderful the ceremony was and what an excellent job Bill did. We would highly recommend him to any couple.
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Mariana
Wedding:
6/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill did a wonderful job made my wedding very special absolutely amazing!

Thank you!
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Steven
Wedding:
5/26/2013
5.0/5.0
We hired Bill to marry us, and couldn't have been happier. He got to know us, and made the ceremony very personal. We loved how he incorporated both of our stories into the ceremony, and made it an unforgettable experience for us. Many people at the reception commented how much they liked the ceremony. We would highly recommend Bill to anyone wanting an extremely professional, honest officiant.
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Krista
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Joyce was such a great Officiant for our wedding. She was so responsive and attentive. She walked us through planning out our whole ceremony and made things so easy! Everyone commented to us on how nice the ceremony was during the reception. Joyce helped make our day unique and special to us. We are so happy with how our ceremony went and we would recommend her to anyone!
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Nancy
Wedding:
5/25/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill took time to get to know us. He listened to us and was able to capture our essence in the ceremony. Unfortunately, he had to rush to another engagement after our ceremony. We would have loved to share more of our celebration with him! Our guests raved about our wonderful officiant and our unique ceremony. Bill helped make this day one of the best days of our lives! One of our guests said, "He makes me want to get married again! To the same person, of course."
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Natalie
Wedding:
5/19/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran is an incredible officiant. He is extremely professional and his advice is fantastic. We met with him once and knew he was exactly what we needed. He has been doing this for so long that he already has all the resources you need for a perfect and personal ceremony. He worked with us during the months leading up to the wedding to make our ceremony very personal and very "us". He is willing to help you figure out exactly what you need and how you want it all presented our your special day. He worked really well with our venue, even when we had a change of plans because of the weather. He has a wonderful speaking voice and personality and we couldn't be happier with how our ceremony turned out. Bill made our day very special and stress free! Thanks Bill!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We chose Joyce for our wedding officiant based on reviews we read and an in-person meeting with her. We had an interfaith ceremony and used her excellent guidance to find a good balance between the two. Joyce did a fabulous job pulling together our story, and was extremely calm and organized throughout the entire process. Our families and guests also have told us time and again how much they loved our ceremony, and we owe it all to Joyce!!!
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Debra
Wedding:
5/17/2013
5.0/5.0
After much research, my husband and I decided to have Bill perform our wedding ceremony. In hindsight it was the right decision and it was a true pleasure to work with him. Bill took the time to get to know both Stefan and I as well as offered many different options for our ceremony. He put together a story of how we met and our lives together for all our guests which was absolutely perfect. Everyone kept telling us what a wonderful ceremony it was. Our daughter is getting married in December and has chosen to have Bill marry her too.

Stefan and I want to say thank you very much, you are definitely one of the best!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was professional, attentive, and genuine throughout the whole process. It really felt like a full service officiant with many options for the betrothed couple (e.g. everything from just performing the ceremony to counseling for those interested). We especially appreciated the thought that went into integrating our individual stories into the ceremony which was both tasteful and humorous in the right places. He respected our wishes to have a non-denominational, secular ceremony and was a source of comfort and confidence on our big day. We both highly recommend Say "I do" Your Way for your big event!
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Katrina
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Bill was the best. When I first started looking for an officiant I had no clue what I was looking for, but Bill was a pleasure to work with. He walked us through the entire process and made our ceremony reflective to who we are. I can't and don't want to imagine what my ceremony would have been like if I had went with someone else. One thing that they couldn't have done was perfect perfection because that is what my ceremony was thanks to Bill. I can not thank you any more for making our day so special.
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elena
Wedding:
4/27/2013
5.0/5.0
Pastor Joyce did a fantastic job! Our first meeting with Pastor Joyce was so calming that my husband and I knew we wanted her to marry us. When you first meet Pastor Joyce she hands you a folder with all the information like how people line up, the order in which people are to come into the venue—stuff that both of families needed because neither one of our families have ever planned at wedding. Also in the folder is a sheet with questions about how you first met, how you got engaged, etc., you and your partner answer them but don’t share the answers. At our wedding Pastor Joyce incorporated our answers into our wedding ceremony which was so cool because she basically told people our love story which really made our ceremony feel real personal. Another thing that Pastor Joyce did was send us a wedding package with readings, prayers, vows, etc. that we could use for our ceremony. My husband and I felt very comfortable with Pastor Joyce and we got tons of compliments about how she conducted our ceremony. Without question I would recommend her to anyone that is getting married. Thank you Pastor Joyce for making our day so special! Langer/Brown Wedding April 27, 2013
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
My wedding ceremony was perfect- Reverend Cochran did a wonderful job and officiated a personalized and beautiful service!
I would recommend him to all future brides and grooms!
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Colleen
Wedding:
4/6/2013
5.0/5.0
From beginning to end it was a pleasure to work with Bill for our wedding day! He really took the time to meet with us and get to know us in order to personalize our wedding. He was able to share our love story with our guests even better than we could. Everyone really enjoyed him, and he was so easy to work with. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant and would recommend him over and over again!
-Colleen & Ryan
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Christeen
Wedding:
3/30/2013
5.0/5.0
Joyce and her husband Bill were one of the best parts of my whole wedding planning process. Joyce helped my husband Andy and I plan out our whole ceremony from the beginning to the end. Joyce gave us many suggestions from songs to prayers to use, all while sharing her advice and vast knowledge of all things wedding. She helped us make our wedding uniquely ours and many of our guests are still telling us that our wedding ceremony was one of the most well written that they have ever heard. I regret not recording our ceremony. I would definitely recommend Joyce and Bill to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill was great and made our day very special . I would recommend him to friends and family , he makes your special day very personal and special.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We could not have been happier with Bill. The ceremony he helped us build was so personal and meaningful- it made our day absolutely perfect. The number of guests who complimented us on our officiant was astounding. We were so thankful we chose Bill to marry us.
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Kaitlin
Wedding:
2/10/2013
5.0/5.0
My husband and I absolutely loved working with Bill Cochran for our wedding ceremony. We are new to the Washington DC area, and didn't have a long-time pastor that we wanted to marry us. Bill was recommended by our venue, Ceresville Mansion, and we decided to meet with him after viewing his impressive and professional website. The thing we liked the most about Bill was his willingness to learn about us, our love, and our story. He gathered a great deal of information from us so he could thoroughly tell our story during the ceremony, and he highly encouraged couples therapy...which we respected and were impressed by. He seemed to truly care about making our marriage last. Not just about "the wedding." During the ceremony, he was just as impressive as during the preparation time. He was charming, made the audience laugh, and made us feel comfortable. We would highly recommend Bill Cochran to officiate your wedding!
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Paul
Wedding:
2/9/2013
5.0/5.0
Joyce was really great to work with. She gave us everything we needed to help design the ceremony, and was very flexible about putting it together the way we wanted. And she was great on the day of the wedding, delivering a nice, down-to-earth that lots of people told us they felt was really lovely. We had a great day, and Joyce was a big part of making that happen.
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emma
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
we had a really great ceremony - bill worked with us on each specific word and gave us as much control as we wanted. we got so many compliments on the entire thing - my FIL said that "no one will ever top that ceremony."
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Amanda
Wedding:
1/12/2013
5.0/5.0
My mother and I met Rev. Bill at a bridal show in January 2012, and my mom fell in love with him! Immediately, he was one of the most responsive vendors I worked with. He worked with my fiance and I at his house, and answered all of our questions and concerns. Even with having a last minute venue change, Bill was extremely flexible and made our day that much more amazing with his kind and insightful words during our ceremony. His wife Joyce was also very kind and helpful, and we enjoyed having both of them celebrate our fantastic wedding weekend with our family and friends!
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Keith
Wedding:
12/16/2012
5.0/5.0
There are no words I can write that would express the gratitude I have for Bill and the lovely ceremony he performed for me and my bride. Even though WE got the information Bill needed to him later than we would have liked, he pulled it all together BEAUTIFULLY! We will forever be grateful. Once again, Thank you Bill!
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Jin
Wedding:
11/11/2012
5.0/5.0
We planned a very small and intimate wedding therefore last thing we wanted was an impersonal officiant who barely knew us. Through two meetings and multiple emails we exchanged before the wedding day, Bill really tried to get to know us, gave us comfort only the way an expert can.

Good ceremony by a good officiant sets the tone of the entire wedding and I highly recommend Bill especially when you are under time constraint or just lost.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill was very responsive to our wedding needs and was able to help guide us through the wedding process. I would definitely recommend him to all my friends.
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Lynh
Wedding:
11/10/2012
5.0/5.0
I can say without any hesitation that having Rev. Bill as my officiant was THE BEST DECISION my now-husband and I made during our wedding planning process. It was a miracle that Rev. Bill was available. Compared to the average bride, I was very lax throughout the planning process and didn't book Rev. Bill until 2 months before my wedding date. Even with the tight schedule, Rev. Bill easily surpassed all of my expectations and delivered a ceremony that had literally every one of my friends and family in tears by the end.

With regard to the planning stages:
Rev. Bill offered a lot of guidance with every aspect of our ceremony, which was great for two people who had no idea where to begin. However, he was never pushy nor did he make us feel doubtful about the decisions we were making. We were ready to defend ourselves when we first told Rev. Bill we were planning a wedding with no bridal party, no walk down the aisle and with our guests standing. He didn't even blink and instead reassured us that our ceremony would be amazing.

With regard to the ceremony itself:
It was more than amazing! Rev. Bill told our story in the most beautiful way, balancing funny moments with heartfelt ones throughout the ceremony. It's no exaggeration when I say that everyone in the room - even tough lawyers - were in tears. I had guests telling me that they never cry at weddings and they did at ours, and that the ceremony was their favorite part of the day.

Rev. Bill was incredible to work with and helped make our wedding a true reflection of us as a couple. Choosing Rev. Bill will be the easiest and best wedding decision you'll make.
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Kelly
Wedding:
11/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill did a great job for us and I appreciated his interet in getting to know us beforehand.
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Bill we knew we wanted him to perform our ceremony! He was not only professional, but he felt like an old friend we had known for years. He was easy to contact, and we were able to have two face to face meetings with him prior to our wedding. We loved that he incorporated our story into our wedding ceremony. He also allowed us to customize every detail, and made sure that it was exactly the way that we wanted it. I can't tell you how many compliments we received on our ceremony. If you're looking for a very personal and touching ceremony I would definitely recommend Bill and Joyce!! They are two phenomenal people who truly enjoy what they do.
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Ginny
Wedding:
10/17/2012
5.0/5.0
When we decided to get married, our original time frame was months in advance, but being the impetuous 60-year old teenagers that we are, we decided to seize the moment of our two-year anniversary of re-connecting after 40 years when we dated in high school. All arrangements were in place… then unexpectedly our officiator became unavailable! As we frantically searched the internet, a reference from our chosen venue led us to Bill Cockran.

Mr. Cockran immediately embraced our situation, met with us on Saturday and created a perfect wedding ceremony in a five-day period. His genuine concern, experience and confidence as we shared out unique history and a description of our hopes for our ceremony set our frantic concerns and overwhelming emotions at ease.

Thank you, Bill! Our 40-year dream has come true as though you have known us all along.
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Nicole
Wedding:
10/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was absolutely fantastic...I cannot say enough nice things about him! I had several people at my wedding come up to me and comment that my and my husband's ceremony was the best they have ever been to...and for good reason! Bill works hard to make the ceremony as personal as possible, and people really appreciate that.

I would also highly recommend the pre-marital counseling Bill provides!
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Jeanne
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Thank you for giving us such a beautiful gift. Guests at our wedding said it was the most romantic and personal ceremony they had ever been to, including their own. It meant so much that you walked us through each and every step of the way. It was a perfect ceremony.
With love, Dr & Mrs Poss
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Michele
Wedding:
10/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was personable, friendly, and very helpful with my questions. Although my wedding ceremony was small - it was still a stressful process; however, Bill was prompt in replying to all of my emails with all my questions, which allowed me to relax into the process.

He worked with my requests as to location and the wedding content. He showed up on time and was wonderful! He has a great sense of humor but was very respectful of wedding vows and how important they were to us.

I wish I had the chance to have known him for longer - that is the rapport that we both felt with Bill right away.

Thank you for making our day so special!!!
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Amanda
Wedding:
10/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Joyce and Bill worked with us to do premarital counseling, and Joyce officiated our wedding ceremony. They provided a relaxed atmosphere for the premarital counseling so after the first session we really looked forward to it and it was really helpful because my husband and I come from two totally different family backgrounds. Joyce also met with us to discuss and design our wedding ceremony from scratch. She did a great job of incorporating all of our ideas into a ceremony that flowed well and really represented what we wanted and what was important to both of our families. You can tell they both love helping couples prepare for marriage and get married.
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Chia
Wedding:
10/5/2012
5.0/5.0
Joyce came highly recommended by our wedding planners and she did a fabulous job officiating our wedding.

We met her twice and she was very responsive to customizing our wedding ceremony. She collected some information from us and wrote a short story about us. It turned out awesome.

Prior to the wedding, Joyce was very clear about how the wedding would turn out and was honest about what would and what wouldn't work together. This was particularly helpful for us since we didn't have the benefit of family assistance.

Anyway, the wedding ceremony went great and we really enjoyed working with Joyce.
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Nicole
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
We had the most wonderful experience working with Joyce! She was so personable and easy to talk to from the moment we met. Our ceremony was fantastic, and this comes from a bride who finds ceremonies to be dreadful and boring.

Joyce worked to understand us as individuals as well as a couple and designed our nuptials around our young, fun, easy-going personalities. To my shock, I actually enjoyed my own ceremony!!! Joyce was able to make me laugh and feel relaxed while captivating who we are and how we love each other.

I cannot thank "Say 'I Do' Your Way" enough for making our day so special.
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Paul
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was absolutely fantastic. From our first meeting, he took the time to get to know us and to personally guide us through the ceremony planning processs. At our reception numerious guests asked us if Bill had known us for years.
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Tiffany
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran, was AMAZING! He did our marriage prep and officiated our wedding. He was easy to talk to and we didn't feel like he was judging us or pushing his opinion on us. Our ceremony was exactly what we wanted, short and sweet. He made personal references that made it special for our family and friends but wasn't too wording and didn't drag it on.
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Future Mrs. Villari
Wedding:
9/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill at Say "I Do" Your Way was absolutely wonderful! When my husband and I got engaged, finding an officiant for our wedding was something we weren't too sure about. We weren't getting married in a church and didn't want a certain type of religious ceremony. When we met with Bill for the first time, we knew he was the one! Everything is so personalized. We had a few aspects of each of our religions included in the ceremony along with Bill's personal remarks about our love story. Our guests are still talking about how amazing our ceremony and Bill were. What we really loved is that Bill provides you with tons of readings, rituals, traditions, etc. so that you can put together a custom ceremony. We went through and picked what we liked and then had a meeting with Bill to put it all together to our liking. Everything was so easy and Bill was super responsive and easy to work with. You will not regret choosing Bill as your officiant!
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Jessie
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
We want to thank you (thank you really is not enough) for putting together our absolutely lovely ceremony. We've had so much positive feedback from our family and friends. A few key quotes include "I have never felt that much love in one room" "I have never had that much FUN at a ceremony" "That was one of the most real and heartfelt ceremonies I have ever had the pleasure of attending".

YOU made all of that happen - without your help in guiding us through the process and taking the time that you did to get to know us - our ceremony just would not have been the same!

Eric & I would like to recommend Joyce and/or her husband Bill to ANYONE out there currently searching for an officiant who will help guide you through making a truly unique ceremony that reflects you and your husbands values and beliefs!
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Kathleen
Wedding:
9/21/2012
5.0/5.0
When I was searching for our officiant I read so many reviews it was simply overwhelming. Then I came across sayidoyourway.There were many great reviews but I was nervous because the Officiant is a big part of your special day.Wow did my husband and I make the best choice ever.we still talk about how happy we choose Rev.Cochran to Officiate our wedding.From the first meeting with him we knew we made a good choice.but it wasn't until the wedding day that we were just blown away. from the way the rev.made our wedding just the way we wanted it.he was amazing telling our story and made our special day even more special.all of our guests are still raving how wonderful he was. Rev.Cochran made our wedding ceremony all about us we felt so special the way it should be. We felt like we knew him all of our life. he made us feel so relaxed (because you know your nervous that day) he even made us laugh and our guest which made the whole ceremony so enjoyable for everyone. My Husband and I would recommend sayidoyourway to everyone it is exactly as the name says (your way) for us it was absolutely everything we wanted and more. As a very happy newlywed couple we would give 10 stars and just say you will be 100 % satisfied you choose sayidoyourway. We are so glad we did !!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
We were so honored to have Joyce officiate our ceremony. We knew that we wanted her to be our wedding officiant upon our first meeting with her -- so much that we didn't even bother meeting with anyone else. Joyce has the remarkable ability to bring organization and a sense of calm to the ceremony planning process -- one that can often times be an overwhelming one for many couples in the midst of all the other demands of planning a wedding. I know that one of the first questions my husband and I kept asking was where do we start? Joyce provided us with remarkable guidance and a myriad of different ideas on how to structure and personalize our ceremony -- regardless of your faith or denomination.

Joyce is extremely organized and she doesn't miss a beat on responding to phone calls and emails either. We found her early on in our planning, and we kept in touch throughout the year, and as we approached our wedding date, she welcomed us to our home to take the time to sit down and go through our ceremony with us. We actually received many compliments from our friends and family on how unique and personal our ceremony was. Overall, we really felt like we were working with a great friend. Aside from her being a wonderful wedding officiant, Joyce is just an all around wonderful person. You can't go wrong with her as your wedding officiant!
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Katie
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was awesome through the whole process. He made us feel comfortable right away and walked us through everything with ease. Bill was a great choice for our wedding! Many of our guests commented on how personal and engaging his ceremony was. He truly was a step above the rest!
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Catherine
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot even begin to express how happy we are that we chose Bill as our Officiant for our wedding day.

I am a total perfectionist and am one of those people who has always envisioned my wedding day since I was a little girl. In my mind everything had to be perfect... WELL, believe what you hear... you cannot able to control everything... especially the weather. On our wedding day, it was a beautiful day.. until 10 minutes before the ceremony when it began storming like crazy (there were even tornado warnings). For an outdoor ceremony, this was my biggest nightmare.

There are no words to express how well Bill handled this situation. He was so comforting and calm and honestly made the ceremony the best ever. Honestly, I had almost every guest approach me and say how fun and "unique" our ceremony was. I had at least 10 people ask me where and how we found Bill.

He was able to bring humor to the ceremony and discuss the horrible timing of the weather and made everyone laugh. He lightened the mood and put a huge smile on my face, as well as my husband and every guest at the wedding. Our big day would not have been the same without him.

He is the best to work with throughout the process. He is flexible, warm, honest, responsive and always professional. If you choose Bill as your Officiant, I promise, you will not be disappointed!
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Nicki
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not have asked for a better officiant! Joyce was amazing! Joyce let us customize our ceremony to be exactly what WE wanted, and she took care of putting everything together. The ceremony was absolutely perfect. It was all about us and our personal story. It sounded like Joyce had known us for years. She even had us and our guests laughing :) Several of our guests said it was the best wedding ceremony they had every been to - very personal, funny and unique. Joyce is the sweetest woman ... we loved working with her. She is very professional and extremely prepared and thorough. We could not have been happier with Joyce. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married - no matter what your religious affiliation is - she can do it all, and I know it will be amazing!! Thank you for making our ceremony PERFECT :)
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
If you’re stressing about finding someone to marry you, look no further than Bill and Joyce from Say I Do Your Way. We initially asked some family friends and ministers to marry us, but due to scheduling conflicts no one could do it…out of desperation, I started Googling to find a local person to do it, and I stumbled across Say I Do Your Way. Best discovery ever! Bill really took the time to get to know me and my fiance, and helped us craft a ceremony that reflected exactly who we were. He’s a retired minister who is willing to be as spiritual/religious or as secular as you want. We really appreciated that he welcomed us in his home to hold our meetings, and by the time we got married we really felt like he was an important part of our lives. We didn’t get to know his wife Joyce as well, but she was very sweet and accommodating too and I’m sure she would be equally wonderful to perform a ceremony. If you have the time and money, we also recommend you do the pre-marital counseling. It’s not required, but it helps Bill get to know you as a couple and he’s really good at facilitating important discussions about your relationship. It made us feel that much more prepared. Say I Do Your Way – I promise, you will be more than happy with your choice!
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Darrell
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
When we decided to have a secular wedding, we were initially concerned about finding someone to officiate. We came across Say I Do Your Way online and decided to call Bill Cochran right away. Bill immediately put us at ease. He answer all of our questions and talked us through all the steps of his process. He had a variety of materials to help us get ideas for our ceremony, and he asked lots of questions to get to know us better. Bill was able to put together a ceremony that was very personal and highlighted special stories from throughout our relationship. Our guests were touched by the very personal and intimate ceremony. Bill was also very efficient with delivering the marriage license immediately after the wedding.We both really enjoyed working with Bill.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Bill and his wife were a pleasure to work with. We had a very short engagement and a unique style of wedding (surprise wedding) and they were able to capture exactly what we wanted for the ceremony and deliver. Our guests even commented on how great a job Bill did after the fact. We would certainly recommend them to anyone looking for someone personable and reliable to officiate their ceremony.
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Jenée
Wedding:
8/18/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev Bill is extremely personable and professional. He was very easy to work with and very flexible. He took the time to get to know us and gave us resources and insight to help us design a ceremony that fit our style perfectly. We received amazing feedback from all of our guests about the way he performed and orchestrated the ceremony, but more importantly we felt it was flawless and very meaningful.

We are extremely happy with his services and would recommend him to all!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I think the following quote from one of our guests says it all about how amazing Joyce is: "I have been to TONS of weddings, and your ceremony was the most personal, unique and enjoyable ceremony I have ever had the pleasure to witness. Thank you for a fantastic time. I loved it." Even now, 33 days after our wedding day, we're STILL getting comments from guests...dear friends, family members, coworkers...on how much they loved hearing our officiant tell the story of our relationship and how enjoyable our ceremony was.

Joyce is worth every penny...she is super organized, so easy to talk to, completely understanding about our wish to have only a civil ceremony, is extremely helpful, and clearly loves what she does. Joyce is so much more than just an officiant - we now consider her our friend, and we feel so blessed to have been married by her.
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David
Wedding:
7/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Joyce Cochran is a fantastic officiant and person. Lori and I were married on July 14th, 2012 and Rev. Cochran was the officiant at the wedding and also led us through a pre-marriage course. The course helped Rev. Cochran, her husband get to know Lori and I better. We also formed a strong, close connection with Rev. Cochran during these sessions. The ceremony she wrote was beautiful. Lori and I were also involved in crafting the ceremony and Rev. Cochran was able to take our content and turn it into an amazing ceremony. I Our wedding and marriage has benefited directly from her presence. am so happy that we had Rev. Cochran for our ceremony. Lori and I hope to keep a connection to Rev. Cochran in the future.

I would recommend Rev. Cochran and her husband to anyone who is getting married. I would also highly recommend the pre-marriage course they offer.
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jen
Wedding:
7/6/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was too good for words. I couldn't be any more pleased. My husband is from the Church of England (still not sure what that means) and I'm a reform Jew and we were both anxious when discussing the ceremony as we're not religious but aren't exactly social rebels either. We also live overseas so scheduling this wedding was qutie difficult. Bill was far more organized than ourselves, but never made me feel unorganized. He was funny, thoughtful, perceptive and sweet. His ceremony was original, personal, and funny and I received almost as many compliments on his work, as my dress! I can't say enough good things about him...I trusted him completely.
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This entire wedding, from the first interview, till the final ceremony planning session, was done over Skype. Jen & Ollie were so much fun to work with! They are living proof of how small the world has become with all this modern technology.
We are working with more couples this way - from Dubai, Baghdad, LA, AZ, NY, Africa, etc.
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Danielle
Wedding:
7/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Wow! Really! Bill was amazing. I would not recommend anyone else. We got so many compliments about our ceremony. Bill also helped us in writing our own vows. Everything had our own personal touch plus something extra he brought. He knew just how to get us in the most loving mood. We were taken right back to the time we first fell in love and been there since our perfect wedding day. Thank you Bill! Much love
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Janice
Wedding:
6/30/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I needed to find not only a place to have our wedding but an officiant as well. We were so lucky to not only have found the former Intown Uptown Inn to have the wedding but we also met the wonderful owner Sandy, who recommended Bill and it worked out that he was available for the wedding. Bill was so accommodating through all the date and time changes we made before finally committing to the date. When we finally met he agreed to come to our home for the initial meeting. We spent a good time talking not just about the wedding details but about living in the city, renovations and traveling. He was warm and easy to talk with and made sure that we were comfortable throughout the process. The day before the wedding, we had that big rain storm that left many homes powerless including his. He was able to still make it and perform the wedding even though he wasn’t able to print our vows and everything he needed. The wedding ceremony was warm, intimate and made our family and friends feel they were very much a part of the ceremony. I would recommend Bill to any couple looking to have a unique and special ceremony that reflects exactly who they are.

Bill, thanks again for making our day special.

Mark & Janice
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Susan
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill was the officiant for our non-denominational ceremony and Rev Bill was amazing from beginning to end! He was very friendly and organized. He had documents which helped us personalize our ceremony and vows to what worked best for us. I had difficulty saying my vows (I couldn't stop crying!) and he was able to make a joke that made the crowd laugh and even helped me stop crying! After the ceremony, we received so many compliments on how Reverend Bill made them both cry and laugh. We are very grateful to have him be a part of our wedding. Thank you Reverend Bill!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/23/2012
5.0/5.0
Wonderful, wonderful Rev. Bill Cochran - a big thank you from the Ocneans! Bill stepped in and became our officiant at less than 2 weeks notice! Boy did we luck out or what!? Our neighbor recommended him to us, and so to our surprise and delight Bill was actually available. We met with Bill a couple times and secured him as our officiant. We received many compliments on our ceremony and much kudos should go to Bill based on the feedback we received. Bill did a wonderful job and the thoughts and words were well received by all.
Thank you
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Patricia
Wedding:
6/17/2012
5.0/5.0
When looking for an officiant, my now-husband and I wanted someone who could convey our personalities into our ceremony. We were extremely lucky to find Bill and have him as our officiant. Bill surpassed all our expectations.

Immediately after the ceremony, friends and family raved about it. One friend admitted, "I have never laughed and cried so much at a wedding ceremony." My aunt said, "That was the most personal ceremony I've ever been to. You had a great officiant." My brother-in-law exclaimed, "Your officiant shared things about you guys that I didn't even know!" My mother stated, "There was never a dull moment." We received many more compliments on how well Bill shared our story and how wonderfully different our ceremony was compared to others.

I can't express how happy and grateful I am to have had Bill as our officiant. If I could give him more stars, I would.
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Justin
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran is absolutely remarkable, the best officiant! We decided to contact Bill after reading his delightful reviews online and knew it was a great fit for our wedding.
We met Bill a couple of times in person, in which it was an absolute pleasure to go over the wedding ceremony outline do to the fact for his attention to detail and being very well organized. Bill is witty, down to earth, relaxed - everything you want in your officiant, especially on such a stressful day!
He added a touch of humor to the ceremony, was always smiling, and was very polite and caring to our guests, family, and closest friends.
My wife and I consider Bill a friend and have no doubt he will make your special day all the more memorable.

Sincerely,
Justin and Tara
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Tara
Wedding:
6/15/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Cochran was great! Even though he was in Maryland and we were in Northern Virginia, he was very accommodating in finding places nearby to meetup and review our plans. After our initial meeting, he promptly sent me samples of Order of Wedding Services. My husband and I sat down and planned everything out before our next meeting. It made our meetings with Rev. Bill go smoothly and quickly.
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Allison
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Cochran gave us a ceremony that I never dreamed could be so touching, so personal and so appropriate for us. He took the time to get to know us, our "story", and relayed that during this wonderful ceremony. Everything was all about our story without leaving out the spiritual that is so important to us. Everyone was engaged in the ceremony and were touched by it. Our guests have still not stopped talking about it being the best ceremony they've ever attended because it was so personalized. Do not hesitate to call Say I Do Your Way for your ceremony needs as you will not be disappointed.
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Kina
Wedding:
6/9/2012
5.0/5.0
Joyce was one of the highlights of my wedding. She was always punctual, sweet, and attentive when we met or we contacted each other. She listened to all we said and wanted. She gave ideas when needed. Prior to the wedding, we filled out sheets stating things about ourselves. Then both my spouse and I filled out our story about each other, and gave it to Joyce without letting the other one see. When we got to the wedding ceremony, Joyce had combined the stories to give the attendees a glimpse at each other. She made it exactly the way we were-fun loving and playful. Everybody, including ourselves, laughed the whole time. We were both surprised at what the other wrote. At the reception, all of our guests complimented her, and how amazing she was. Have you ever been to a wedding where you compliment the officiant? I haven't, and this truly is a testament to what a difference she made to the feel of our wedding. I really can't speak more highly about her. She made the wedding special and unique. Everyone kept saying her delivery was phenomenal. She truly does a ceremony the way you want it, and her delivery is impeccable. If you are looking for an officiant, look no further, Joyce truly is the best!!
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James
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
Absolutely, the best officiant that we have ever had. He allows you to scale the wedding service the way you want it. For us, we were not very religious and both of our families were either Catholic or Greek Orthodox, so we chose to have a very simple non religious wedding. It was never problem. Never did we feel pressured to have to insert scriptures or other "formal" wedding ceremonies. By far the best part is the homily that he does for you. Both my wife and I had to do separate homework about our relationship that he later puts together a wonderful story that gives everyone at the wedding a real go idea of who you two are and where your love came from. Everyone who attended our wedding loved it and makes for the reception to feel extra warm and close for those there. It was a great experience!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Joyce was a pleasure to work with in all ways. She really took an interest in getting to know my husband and I, and we were soon very comfortable with her. She wrote a beautiful ceremony that was filled with personal details - we and our guests were really touched. She made our wedding ceremony very meaningful. Could not recommend her more highly!
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jazzikel
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill made planning our ceremony so easy and enjoyable. He walked us through every step of the process and gave us a ton of material to help us choose readings and vows. He was always very quick to answer emails and phone calls, and very flexible with where we met him. He even traveled quite a distance to help at our rehearsal. A lot of guests commented on how nice and personalized our ceremony was, and my husband and I totally agree. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant or ceremony. Thanks Bill!!
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Robin
Wedding:
5/19/2012
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill did a FANTASTIC job officiating our wedding. We wanted a ceremony that was just the right combination of serious/personal/romantic with a little bit of humor/lightheartedness to lighten the mood and Bill delivered exactly that. He is professional and easy to work with and we also enjoyed meeting with him for pre-marriage coaching. Highly recommend!!!
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Jeanette
Wedding:
4/28/2012
5.0/5.0
One of my favorite vendors. Joyce officiated our ceremony and she did a wonderful job. From the beginning she and Bill were professional, attentive, and put me and my husband at ease. Their planning session is great - they build your ceremony step by step with you, allowing you to customize and change everything so it's perfectly tailored to you. They were supportive in our decision to have a minimal "story" and short ceremony, yet still made it feel warm and personal. We've received compliments over and over about how wonderful our ceremony was, and it's all thanks to Joyce! She also ran our rehearsal and it went very smooth. And a fun little bonus: they give you a copy of your ceremony presented like a mini book as a keepsake. I cannot recommend this vendor enough - you will not be disappointed.
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kelly
Wedding:
4/21/2012
5.0/5.0
When my husband and I began planning our wedding we were nervous that we wouldn't be able to find an officiant that would be able to help us create a ceremony that pleased us and both of our families. Coming from two different religions (Catholic and Muslim) and very different cultures we wanted a completely secular ceremony that focused on our love for each other. From the moment we met Bill we knew he was the one (so cliche, I know). Bill was so easy to work with and was able to incorporate everything we wanted into our ceremony and provided incredible guidance on how to write our vows, choose readings, and so much more. Bill is so good at what he does, he truly made an effort to get to know us and how we got to where we are - all of our guests kept asking if one of us had grown up knowing Bill because he seemed to know us so well!!! Our guests also commented on how personal and heartfelt our ceremony was - there were plenty of laughs and lots of joyful tears! We will forever be grateful to Bill for all he did to make our wedding perfect, especially his willingness to accomodate us when my father became extremely ill just weeks before the wedding. Bill accomodated our every need and provided great advice, he actually came to the hospital a few days before our wedding so that we could have a private (official) wedding ceremony where my dad could give me away. This meant the world to me, Mo, and my parents and we will forever be grateful. I highly recommend Say I Do Your Way to any couple that wants a truly personalized wedding ceremony that they and their guests will remember forever!
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Sue
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I were extremely pleased to have Reverend Cochran officiate our wedding. She was receptive to our preferences for the ceremony and the type of service we wanted to have for our wedding. Reverend Cochran had a number of resources to help us choose the vows to recite and prayers to read, but didn't overwhelm us with poems and quotes. Reverend Cochran was especially considerate of the details of our relationship, including incorporating the story of how we met into the ceremony. Our family and friends commented on how special it was to have such a personalized wedding ceremony, as many didn't know how we met. Working with Reverend Cochran definitely eased the stress that can accompany wedding planning and made for a memorable day.
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Emily
Wedding:
4/14/2012
5.0/5.0
Bill was absolutely phenomenal! I found him on Wedding Wire and pretty much knew after reading the reviews that I was going to love him, and I did!

My fiance and I met with Bill twice before the actual wedding - the first meeting was to get acquainted with one another, and the second was the actually planning meeting for the ceremony. Both meetings were a breeze and Bill made everything exceptionally comfortable and easy.

Bill will have both the bride and groom separately fill out several essay style questions that will inform his homily at the wedding. Bill did an absolutely amazing job of using our answers to bring our "story" to life. It was so fun for our friends and family to hear some of the details they did not know about my fiance and I starting to date and getting engaged.

So many different people have approached me after the wedding to tell me that it was one of the nicest wedding ceremonies the've ever been to, including their own! I would 100% recommend Bill if you want your wedding to feel personal and intimate, he really is the best!
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L
Wedding:
4/13/2012
5.0/5.0
The ceremony was exactly what we wanted, intimate, personal, and funny. Bill put together a ceremony that we loved. Many guests complimented the ceremony. Bill offered advice and guidance along the way. He was great!
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Houstonian
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill is a joy to work with. The ceremony was, as many reviews have said, personal, honest and simply beautiful. We got so many comments from friends and family saying how it was one of the most intimate and touching ceremonies they'd ever witnessed. Thanks for everything Bill and Joyce!
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Holly
Wedding:
4/7/2012
5.0/5.0
I wanted someone who could provide pre marital counseling as well. From the start of meeting Bill, we loved him. Then we met Lilly and Fraiser and I looked foward to the meetings. We were in a unique situation because we lived in different cities, so our meetings were constrained to when we would be together in Maryland. During the ceremony, Bill was funny, engaging, and walked us through everything. With all my other vendors, there would be lettle tweaks that I would have liked to change. I would not change ANYTHING when it came to working with Bill.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Say "I do" Your Way is true to its word! My husband and I (as well as our entire family and friends) were extremely pleased with how our wedding ceremony turned out. Our officiant, Bill, was extremely personable and professional throughout the entire process. He took the time out of his day to meet with us on multiple occasions to help plan the big day. When we found out my dad had cancer and wasn't going to make it to our original wedding date, Bill met with us at the facility my dad was staying at and officially married us in front of our family and close friends.

The ceremony was perfect. It told our story and it offered prayers and blessings. Everyone couldn't stop raving at what an awesome job Bill had done. We highly recommend Say "I do" Your Way to anyone who is looking for a personalized wedding ceremony experience. Thank you Bill!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
5-Stars across the board for Bill Cochran!!

My wife and I used Bill Cochran to officiate our wedding last Saturday and couldn't have been happier with our decision from our first meeting through the ceremony. Not only do we know other people who have used them and recommended them to us but we had read his great reviews online. He was friendly, professional, kind, caring and very prepared. It's an overwhelming process but Bill was prepared from our very first meeting, kept us updated as to what we needed to do and when and provided us a very thorough outline as well as tons of sample vows, readings etc. We had so many questions and concerns because this process was new to us but Bill was very, very prepared and helpful and walked us carefully through all of it.

If you're looking for a wedding officiant in the DC area, Bill Cochran is the way to go and having just been through this process ourselves, we can promise that you won't be disappointed. We certainly weren't! Thanks Bill!!!!!
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Tracy
Wedding:
2/18/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Bill Cochran for our 2/18/2012 wedding ceremony. We originally found Bill by doing internet research, as we knew we wanted a non-denominational officiant in the area to perform our ceremony. Bill was extremely responsive to all of our emails and questions. In our initial meeting at his house, he was very warm and engaging, and made us feel as though he really wanted to get to know us. He asked a lot of questions about our relationship and families and provided a lot of information and suggestions for the ceremony. We knew right away in our initial meeting that we wanted to hire him and so we signed a contract that day. After our initial meeting, Bill sent us a lot of information that we could look at to help us create our ceremony. We also each individually wrote a story about our relationship based on questions that Bill provided us, that he incorporated into our ceremony. Originally when we got engaged, we did not think that we wanted to write our own wedding vows. However, Bill convinced us that it was a great idea and we are so happy we did it. It made our ceremony that much more special and personalized. We also hired Bill to attend our wedding rehearsal the day before the ceremony. He made us feel confident that everything would run smoothly and that everyone knew where they were supposed to go and what they were supposed to do. The actual ceremony was beautiful. Bill wrote his homily based on our individual stories and it was the right touch of sentimental and funny. Our guests really enjoyed the ceremony and told us afterwards how it was one of the nicest ceremonies they had been to in a long time. Bill made it seem like he had known us for a long time, even though we had just met him a few months previously. We would absolutely recommend Bill and Say I Do Your Way to any couple looking for an experienced officiant who will help you make your wedding ceremony exactly what you want it to be.
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Mike
Wedding:
1/31/2012
5.0/5.0
We highly recommend Mr. Bill Cochran. He is thorough and makes the entire process quite enjoyable!!
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delight + jason
Wedding:
1/28/2012
5.0/5.0
We had the pleasure of having Rev. Bill Cochran officiate our January 2012 wedding. We have so many nice things to say about Rev. Bill. He was so wonderful to work with, we knew from our first meeting with him that he had all the qualities we were looking for. Rev. Bill was very professional, personable, funny, calming, innovative and he knew the customs involved in a Filipino wedding. Rev. Bill provided us with a workbook with vows and readings that we could customize. He also worked with us to incorporate a streamlined version of Filipino wedding customs into our ceremony. Rev. Bill took time to talk with us and meet with us on a few different occasions. We also had Rev. Bill attend our rehearsal; he lightened the atmosphere with his attitude and humor. He totally put us at ease. On the wedding day, Rev. Bill executed the ceremony flawlessly! Our ceremony flowed beautifully. He was able to personalize our ceremony; you would have thought he had known us for years! We were so comfortable working with Rev. Bill. We received so many compliments from our guests who loved his story telling and the humor he interjected into the ceremony. We would not hesitate recommending Rev. Bill Cochran as your officiant for your wedding.
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gmangsxr750
Wedding:
1/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Joyce and Bill could not have been more pleasant and helpful. Everyone at the ceremony thought Joyce did a fantastic job. She's so sweet and put together a really nice format for our ceremony. They really made it a memorable experience.
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Lee
Wedding:
1/21/2012
5.0/5.0
Our ceremony was absolutely wonderful! My husband and I were so happy with Bill. He really took the time to listen to us and did a great job incorporing our personalities into the ceremony. It wasn't your run of the mill cookie cutter ceremony, he had many helpful readings, vows, etc. for us to choose from yet still made them unique and tailored for us. We felt so comfortable talking to him. We were somewhat conflicted on how religious we would want the ceremony to be and Bill helped us work through that and find the perfect balance. He even provided his services for us on his birthday!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Bill was an absolute hit at our wedding. Everyone raved about his ability to weave traditional and modern elements together. His interview technique was a great way to bring personal stories into the ceremony.
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Lindsay
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
I don't even know where to begin! WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED BILL!! He was so easy to work with and he wrote the most amazing story about us. Both my husband and I were adamant about having a non-religious ceremony. This was not a problem at all for Rev. Bill. He catered our ceremony to us perfectly. We also aren't serious people and we love to laugh and make jokes at each other's expense - he understood that and had our guests laughing quite a bit throughout the ceremony. It was exactly what we wanted. After the ceremony, we had at least 10 people come up to us and say that was hands down the BEST ceremony they had ever been to and that it was a perfect representation of my husband's and my relationship. You will absolutely not regret using Say I Do Your Way!
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limabgarcia
Wedding:
10/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We cannot say enough good things about Bill. From our first meeting, he was interested in OUR story, what we were about, how we met, etc.

Bill was instrumental in making our ceremony personal and truly beautiful, and keeping God's presence throughout the entire event. So many family and friends commented to us afterwards that they have never seen a more beautiful, genuine ceremony.

It was truly the most special day of our lives and Bill played a very important role in making that happen.
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skellyspk
Wedding:
10/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was absolutely the best! He took the story of how we met, our values, and what we meant to each other and crafted the perfect wedding narrative. In fact, people came up to us after wards and said they hadn't seen anything like it before in terms of intimacy and personal touch. It was perfect and exactly what we wanted. It was a departure from the traditional venue…complete with laughs and tears! Bill made our day so special and I highly recommend him.
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Chris
Wedding:
10/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Our wedding was last week at Herrington on the Bay and Bill was our officiate. He made our wedding perfect and helped us prepare for the biggest day of our lives. I will recommend him to anyone we know as I know, he will make your wedding just as perfect as our was! A+ Job

Bill- Thank you for all your help along way! It was great to meet you and your great family and I ask you to please have anyone call me if you need a recommendation! Thanks Chris
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/21/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill truly provided us with the wedding ceremony of our dreams. He was professional and friendly from the start. He worked with us to create a ceremony that we wanted and when it came time for the big day, his execution was perfect. We had several guests tell us it was the best ceremony they had ever attended - and we agree!!
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Shannon
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
Joyce was such a pleasure to work with! She incorporated all of the little personal details that we requested and created a wonderful ceremony designed and executed especially for us! We received nothing but compliments and praise on what an amazing, thoughtful and personal ceremony we had. I would definitely recommend Joyce to anyone wanting a custom wedding ceremony.
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hzelensky
Wedding:
10/1/2011
5.0/5.0
Joyce was a wonderful officiant for our wedding ceremony! I first met with her about 6 or so months before the wedding and instantly liked her. I decided after meeting with her that I didn't want to "shop" around for other officiants - we hit it off immediately. She was very non-judgemental regarding the type of ceremony we wanted and had some wonderful ideas to help us pull it all together. It ended up pouring rain on our wedding day and Joyce, without a hitch, incorporated it seamlessly into her speech. She took the time to really get to know my husband and I and it showed during the ceremony. I am so glad she was a part of our day, I couldn't have pictured anyone else marrying us!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
My then fiance and I reached out to Bill to officiate at our wedding. He was very flexible and met with us in the evenings after to work so that we could discuss the type of service we wanted and so that we could figure if Bill would be a good fit for our wedding. He helped us by providing examples of appropriate readings from the bible and also gave us a framework for the wedding ceremony which we modified to suit our needs. It was a wonderful ceremony and my husband and I were very grateful for the respectful outdoor ceremony.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill, was so kind and flexible. He met with us in his home and from that moment my husband and I felt comfortable with him. He provided us with sample readings and information to guide us in the whole process. My husband and I wanted to incorporate some of our cultural background in the ceremony and Rev. Cochran was willing to help us incorporate our lasso unity and our Irish blessing. The ceremony was wonderful he told our story and had our guest smiling and raving about it. We enjoyed every bit of it. Thank you for giving us such a memorable experience.
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Kim
Wedding:
9/24/2011
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met Bill, we knew he was exactly the officiant we were looking for! We were getting married outside and wanted a light hearted & relaxed kind of ceremony. Bill did just that and more! He is a true professional and guided us along the way with any thoughts/concerns that we had. I know I speak for my husband and I when I say Bill was absolutely perfect! Our guests have not stopped raving about how beautiful of a ceremony it was. Thank you so much for making our wedding day very memorable. We are beyond pleased with Bill - and you will be too!!!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
We weren't sure about how to pick someone to marry us as neither of us are regulars in church, didn't want some long snoozy touchy-feely event, we were doing an outdoor spiritual ceremony, with Christian, Catholic, and Jewish family members and have a blended family of our own with three children that we wanted to be included in our ceremony. Bill was a fabulous find! When we explained this to Bill, he suggested we come over and meet him and see where it goes from there.

We decided to do our pre-marital counseling sessions with him as well as use him for our Officiant. We went to his house and felt immediately relaxed in the environment. After we determined our strengths and weaknesses he skillfully highlighted the good stuff we needed to keep up and the not so good we needed to work on. Surprisingly three sessions with him REALLY helped our relationship and we still use the tools we learned with him today!

Ceremonies are usually long and boring. We have gone to a lot lately and we did not want people falling asleep at our wedding. Bill gave us some fresh ideas about how to keep the ceremony interesting, and gave a perfect mixture of humor, personalization, and romance. He guided us thorugh everything so gracefully.

We received many compliments about the ceremony, everyone said how much fun it was, and how they really enjoyed the personal stories and anticdotes he provided. Some people thought we had known him for years!

He instructed us how and where to get our marriage license, gave us the option of dropping it off early so that he could prepare things ahead of time and then we could have our copy for our honeymoon requirement actually on our wedding day after the ceremony as we were leaving immediately afterwards for the HM, and then got it to the courthouse in no time.

We are so glad that we found Bill and would happily recommend him to any and everyone that wants to have a fun, easygoing, but romantic and personal non-boring ceremony!!
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Jenny
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband is Catholic and I am more spiritual than religious, so needless to say we needed to find a median. After our first meeting with Joyce I knew without a doubt she was the one, we didn't even look into other officiants. She gave us so many options to choose from for readings, invocations, blessings, etc and was so organized that I didn't have to worry about a thing. She asked for a story from each of us of how we met, our first date, and some other things). We didn't read each others and Joyce combined them beautifully and kept it a surprise so during the ceremony I couldn't stop crying. All of our guests told us it was the best ceremony they have ever been to because it gave them a sense of who we were as a couple and how much we loved each other. I can't sing her praises enough.
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Bschill210
Wedding:
9/17/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill is the absolute best! Everyone was so touched by our ceremony! He makes it so personal and special that everyone felt that they were apart of our story. We have people still calling us telling how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how special it was. During the planning process Bill was always there for us. He is responsive, patient, flexible and understanding. He also has a sense of humor that we all need sometime. Thank you so much Bill, there is no one else I wanted to officiate our wedding. It was a beautiful and memorable ceremony that no one will forget.
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Jo
Wedding:
9/16/2011
5.0/5.0
I want to thank Rev. Bill for officiating at our wedding and am very glad that we chose him. Right from the moment we met him he made us feel very comfortable like we had known him a long time. Since we decided to plan a wedding with only two months to spare, we really had no idea of what we were doing but Rev. Bill helped us keep on track by following up frequently, providing samples of readings, prayers and everything we needed. Since I am an Indian woman who married an American man, I wanted to incorporate something from my own culture to make it unique and I was very impressed that Rev. Bill quickly offered us several Indian options to choose from. He even found readings from my religion for us to choose from that would have made my parents very happy and it did! He even visited both of us right before the ceremony to make sure that we were ready. He made the entire ceremony so easy and wonderful for us. He had all the details with him that we had provided as to how my husband and I met, our first date, everything that we wanted him to share with our guests. My husband and I wanted our ceremony to reflect the relationship that we have with each other, slightly goofy and funny and he made the ceremony exactly like we wanted – solemn enough but with some humor too! I am very proud that he announced us husband and wife for the very first time!
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krenkelar
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Very easy to work with. All the guests commented on what great officiant we had!
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Rob
Wedding:
9/4/2011
5.0/5.0
We could not have picked a better officiant for our interfaith wedding. Joyce is kind, understanding, and was extremely helpful in helping us design a one of a kind ceremony. It was just perfect.
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Sydney
Wedding:
9/3/2011
5.0/5.0
We chose Bill as our officiant for our wedding at the DAR Headquarters in Washington, DC. My then-fiance and I first met him at the restaurant where we had our first date and within 10 minutes of meeting him, we knew we had found "our man!" Bill was so engaging and laid back and we really felt at home with him at once. We had a second meeting at his home and met his wife and fellow officiant Joyce, who was lovely.

From there we communicated fairly regularly via email as we put together the ceremony and sent him our "stories" that he would ultimately incorporate. We controlled the entire show--from the length of the ceremony, the order of events, etc. We were able to do this, in part, because he has a wealth of ceremony ideas and language we could choose from, if we desired.

Our wedding had somewhat of a Celtic theme and we incorporated a handfasting when we said our vows, as well as an engagement ring ceremony after the exchanging of wedding bands. Bill was on time to our rehearsal and the wedding, and we were so pleased that he and Joyce chose to stay for the entire reception.

We had a beautiful ceremony and many guests commented on Bill's humor and his success at creating an event that was both very personal for us, but drew our guests in, as well. He was just the perfect person for our wedding.
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Tola
Wedding:
8/27/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill definitely contributed in no small amount to making our wedding exactly what we wanted - memorable. From the moment we received the initial email from him, we knew we wanted to hire him. He was very professional and flexible, but also very cordial and fatherly in a way that was most reassuring. He provided help at every stage of the process, such that we had absolutely no reason to fret. He told our story so beautifully that we ourselves were deeply moved by the details we already knew. We would, without a doubt, recommend Rev. Bill and his services. I know a couple of my friends have already expressed an interest in hiring him for their weddings.
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Randy
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was fabulous throughout the entire process of our wedding. He was extremely professional, flexible with our schedules, and was willing to meet with us numerous times prior to the big day to structure the ceremony exactly as we wanted. He also took the time to learn about our history and incorporated kind words about that into the actual ceremony. We would definitely recommend using him to our friends in the future!
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Izumi
Wedding:
8/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill did a wonderful job for our wedding! Our wedding was not a traditional ceremony, but he was very flexible and listened carefully to how we wanted the ceremony to be. His humorous and down-to-earth manner helped make our ceremony the ideal one for us. We can’t thank you enough!
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Melissa
Wedding:
8/13/2011
5.0/5.0
My husband and I found Bill on wedding wire. We were looking for an officiant who would work with us to custom tailor our wedding ceremony. We met Bill in February 2011 to discuss our options. He was able to provide us with a lot of options and templates to 'create our own ceremony'. We felt really comfortable in our converstaion with Bill and decided that he would be a great officiant.

We met with him again one month prior to the wedding to organize the ceremony. He made it all really easy and he was great to talk to. He emailed us a document detailing the wedding ceremony based on the options that we decided to include. We reviewed the document and everything looked good.

The day of the wedding, Bill did great. He really put me and my husband at ease. He made the ceremony wonderful, even adding a personal touch with stories about me and my husband (we each provided some background story information to Bill). Bill also provided the blessing just before dinner. He was really great and helped create our 'perfect' wedding.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
8/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We greatly enjoyed working with Bill and were delighted with the end result. Overall, we thought our ceremony was wonderful and exactly what we wanted!
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OneBear82
Wedding:
7/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was a pleasure to work with from our first meeting. He helped make sure I didn't miss anything when it came to the ceremony.

Everything was perfect including the homily he wrote based on the questions we filled out.
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Brian
Wedding:
7/16/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was a wonderful officiant who set up the ceremony the exact way we wanted and provided us with lots of material to help us create exactly what we wanted. He was very responsive e-mailing back with in a day everytime if not that same day. Everyone at our wedding commented on how nice the ceremony was and how great a job Bill did tying in our personal information to keep the ceremony light but very heartfelt. He has a wealth of experience which helped put us at ease as he guided us through setting up the ceremony to the actual ceremony. He makes it so easy, that all you have to do is explain to him what you want and he can give you suggestions and or materials from previous weddings. I can't say enough good things about Bill, but we will always remember the great ceremony that he gave us.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
It was an absolute pleasure working with Rev. Bill! He really listened to our ideas and helped us to make our ceremony a complete reflection of us! He beautifully told our story in a way that made our ceremony so special. Our guests commented on how wonderful he was too! Rev. Bill is extremely easy to work with and makes you feel so comfortable both prior to the wedding and on the big day! I HIGHLY recommend Rev. Bill!
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Karida
Wedding:
7/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Reverend Joyce Cochran officiated our "elopement" ceremony in July, from the first day we contacted her, she was very responsive and seemed genuinely interested in making sure our wedding was not cookie cutter, but tailored to my husband and myself, and our quirks and personalities. We knew from that day, that we wanted Reverend Cochran to be a part of our ceremony. The day we met with her to go over potential readings and our overall ceremony, she provided very useful suggestions and again was genuinely interested in learning about us, as people. The culmination of all of these qualities was evident the day she presided over our wedding, the ceremony was absolutely beautiful and it felt like we had known Reverend Cochran our entire relationship. We were thoroughly impressed with her services, and her care and consideration of us and ensuring we have the most special day!
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timlyden
Wedding:
6/25/2011
5.0/5.0
We consider ourselves very lucky to have Bill Cochran serve as the officiant of our wedding. He was extremely personable and enthusiastic and was everything we had hoped for and much much more.

It has been nearly six months since our wedding and we still get people complimenting how great Bill was at the wedding. We strongly suggest you use Bill for your Officiant needs.
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Kenan
Wedding:
6/18/2011
5.0/5.0
Joyce helped us put together a ceremony that was just what we wanted. Everyone loved the ceremony. During the planning she had plenty of ideas and experience to draw from to help us account for every detail. We are so happy Joyce was our officiant. We highly recommend their services.
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M.Mirosh
Wedding:
6/12/2011
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Cochran did a wonderful job officiating our wedding! Everything turned out perfect, just like we had discussed.. I really liked that he added some personal touches into the ceremony; like how I met my husband in 7th grade and how he proposed at the National Zoo.. That was really nice and everyone enjoyed it! He was very professional and responded to my emails/calls right away! I would definately recommend Say I Do Your Way for your wedding officiant!
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taz16244
Wedding:
6/5/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was fun and friendly. He gave us a wonderful ceremony that was to our liking. We didn't want a long religious wedding because that would cut into our fun time. He made fantastic suggestions and summed up our love in a speech. He was very prompt and professional which kept our wedding on point. Were so glad that we chose him. Meet him and you will see for yourself.
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Kristine
Wedding:
6/4/2011
5.0/5.0
Perhaps I am biased because Joyce is a long time friend but the feedback I received from guests said "Best Ceremony ever". My son and his soon to be new wife couldn't stop beaming as their meeting and engagement story unfolded. Thanks Joyce and Bill for all the love and support.
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Brenda
Wedding:
5/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill provided a small, intimate service in our home. Our plans were last minute (and on a holiday) but he was very flexible. He arrived on time and mingled with the few friends in attendance. The ceremony was perfect for us and Bill made sure to include our parents who were attending virtually--one set via "skype" and the others on speaker phones....highly recommend their services!
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joshlockhart
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
Mr. Cochran did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He was very helpful from start to finish, and made sure my wife and I made it through the ceremony successfully. He provided many different options so our ceremony could be exactly what we wanted it to be. Mr. Cochran also attended our rehearsal and did a great job orchestrating the rehearsal and making sure everyone knew exactly what to do. And he's an all around nice guy, too who was a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.
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Father of the Bride
Wedding:
5/29/2011
5.0/5.0
We were in a difficult situation because the officiant we originally hired became ill and could not perform the ceremony. Bill was responsive to our needs, collected the necessary information, and met with us on short notice. His added suggestions helped make the ceremony more meaningful for my daughter, son-in-law, and the rest of the family and guests. I would recommend him without reservation.
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Essie
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill did an amazing job for my husband's and my wedding on May 28, 2011. Everyone loved how well he did our ceremony and how personal it was!
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Karen and Alan
Wedding:
5/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill responded immediately to all of our requests and/or questions. He suggested good ideas which help to create a memorable ceremony. He worked with us to personalize our ceremony and it turned out beautifully. We highly recommend his services.
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Carrie
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
We spoke with a few officiants before my now husband and I chose Joyce. We found her to be very warm and her nurturing spirit came through in all our emails and conversations so we felt very comfortable working with her. Since we don't live locally we scheduled meetings with her when we were in town (meeting for the first time on Xmas Eve) so she was very accommodating to our schedule. We found her guidance and structure of the ceremony to be very helpful since my husband comes from a Catholic background and I am Presbyterian. She helped us to create our own unique ceremony. We would have been lost without her worksheets. Joyce answered all of our questions and treated us with a lot of personal attention which made us feel that we were more than just clients. She genuinely loves weddings and is excited to be a part of them. She helped make our ceremony beautiful and we received lots of compliments.
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Kayla
Wedding:
5/7/2011
5.0/5.0
Joyce was absolutely wonderful to work with. She was very flexible on when and where to meet us, and she did an amazing job during the ceremony. She wrote our story perfectly! We could not have been happier with the service for our wedding ceremony and would recommend Joyce to anyone looking for a laid back, fun and professional officiant!
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JIP
Wedding:
5/6/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was a pleasure to work with throughout the process of organizing our wedding ceremony. Importantly, he was understanding of how we wanted to do our wedding and made excellent suggestions. At the wedding, he performed his officiant duties to an extremely high standard, using the story of our relationship to bring both intimacy and levity to the occasion. Many guests had high praise for both Bill and our ceremony. We could not be happier with the job he did. Thanks Bill!
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clulesintentions
Wedding:
4/30/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill was a great officiant for our wedding. He met with us many times to perfect the ceremony to our liking. He had good suggestions, and his compilation of vows, readings, and other typical ceremony events was great to look at for ideas. He had a very calming nature about him, which is good for us during our wedding. I highly recommend Bill if you want someone efficient, responsive, and humorous.
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Rita
Wedding:
4/24/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill is a great guy! We really enjoyed meeting with him and he made the entire process incredibly easy. Bill understood that we wanted a fun event that would be comfortable and personable and that is exactly what Bill delivered. We can not thank Bill enough for his ideas and suggestions which helped to take the difficulty out of writing our own vows and involving our guests in our special day.
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pwn2
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Bill did an absolutely fantastic job. He has a very personal, light-hearted style that is present from the first meeting with him to the ceremony itself. The bride and groom, the immediate families and all of the wedding guests loved him. We were absolutely thrilled to have him as our officiant.

Look no further than Bill. He'll listen carefully to your wishes about the ceremony, incorporate them into a tailor-made service, keep you calm and confident, and add some good-natured fun and humor. We can't thank him enough.
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April bride
Wedding:
4/23/2011
5.0/5.0
Joyce did a great job officiating our wedding ceremony. We could not have had anyone better. We appreciated very much the effort that she took prior to the ceremony to plan the order of events and make sure that everything was to our liking. We did not have to worry about anything. There were many comments from our guests afterwards saying how much they enjoyed the ceremony and especially hearing about our story which Joyce incorporated into the ceremony. She also suggested a sand ceremony; it was new to us as well as many of the guests and we thought that it worked out much better than any of the other options.
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Rosanne
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding ceremony on such late notice. I really didn't know how to begin developing a wedding program, but you made the whole process easy and stress-free. We especially loved the anecdotes you shared with our guests (how my fiance and I met, our first date, our first kiss, the engagement) which added a personal touch to our wedding ceremony making it extra special for us and our guests!

Sincerely,
Gregg and Rosanne Moore
April 9, 2011
Arlington, VA
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mambrosini0126
Wedding:
4/2/2011
5.0/5.0
Neither my husband nor I attend church, so we were concerned about finding an officiant to perform our wedding ceremony. After meeting Bill for the first time, we knew he would be the perfect addition to our wedding team. He worked with us to put our minds at ease, and he listened to our needs to put together exactly what we wanted for our ceremony. It couldn't have gone any better, and we're extremely grateful for the perfect day!
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KarmaKarma
Wedding:
11/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Joyce was delightful to work with in just about every way. She was highly professional, respectful of our wishes, flexible and really tried to work with us to make our ceremony perfect. She is such a lovely, lovely person - we could not have asked for a better officiant.
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Dawn
Wedding:
10/8/2010
5.0/5.0
From the moment we met with Rev. Bill we knew we wanted him to be a part of our wedding! His warm, friendly, laid back personality was exactly what we wanted and we knew he would make our wedding ceremony special.
He worked with us to make the a unique ceremony for us that truly reflected us as a couple. Our ceremony turned out to be absolutely perfect! It was a such a nice mix of sincerity, humor, and love. So many of our guests have told us that they truly enjoyed the ceremony of our wedding!
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Bethaney
Wedding:
10/2/2010
5.0/5.0
Bill provided a perfect ceremony for us. He met with us to learn what we were seeking and made it into a sweet ceremony that we dreamed of. He incorporated our story and classic elements. We had many guests tell us what a great job he did and how they loved hearing the story he told. He kept us cool and made it soo very easy!
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Brianna
Wedding:
9/25/2010
5.0/5.0
Joyce was our wedding officiant and we could not have asked for a better person! My husband and I were very apprehensive when we first took on the planning of the ceremony. I was raised Catholic and my husband was not raised in any religion. We really wanted a wedding that would span all the denominations that were attending and still be uniquely ours. Joyce managed to not only put us at ease but to also help us to create a truly memorable ceremony. The personal touches that she added as well made the ceremony truly magical for us, and we had several guests tell us it was the best ceremony that they have ever been to. I would wholeheartedly recommend Joyce as an officiant to anyone!
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Say "I Do" Your Way responded with the following comments:

Thanks Brianna! Your wedding was so beautiful and it was such a wonderful day! I am so happy to have gotten to know you two. I wish you all the best in the future and will always smile when I remember your wedding!
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btrayn
Wedding:
9/18/2010
5.0/5.0
Thank you so much for everything. Your style of ceremony really helped to make our wedding not only personable and intimate, but also memorable. We couldn't have asked for a better marriage officiant!
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Katie
Wedding:
8/28/2010
5.0/5.0
Bill is awesome!! This is the first review we are writing because he was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding. The ceremony was the most memorable part. Bill made it personal. He told our story. Our friends and family have been raving and say it was unlike any other wedding they have been to. We took the wedding prep classes with Bill as well. This really help us prepare for what marriage would bring as well form a relationship with Bill that made the big day even more special. We couldn't have been happier.

Thanks Bill! We will never forget you :).
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Say "I Do" Your Way responded with the following comments:

Thank you Katie, you and Matt were so much fun to work with - I love those vitalized couples! Your pre-marriage coaching allowed me to get to know you so well and the wedding ceremony reflected that relationship. I wish you all the best in the years ahead!
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gail
Wedding:
7/24/2010
5.0/5.0
We can not recommend Rev. Bill highly enough. He was simply great. The ceremony was beautiful and made our day magical. Rev Bill is extremely relaxed, informative, and will give you just the type of marriage ceremony you want. He did a fabulous job making us feel comfortable and calm during the rehearsal and the actual wedding. He makes the ceremony very personal and he takes time to get to know you so by the time of the wedding we felt very comfortable having him marry us. We signed up for the pre-marriage counseling sessions and enjoyed going through the sessions together & learned a lot that will be helpful down the road!
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Say "I Do" Your Way responded with the following comments:

Amanda & Jon, Your wedding was by far the hottest wedding of the year! Yes, the temp was 104 but you were such a great couple to work with that in hindsight, who remembers the temp? Great wedding, great family and friends! I can't believe I'm so lucky to show up at everyone's parties! And yours was superb. Really enjoyed working with you on the pre-marriage counseling as well.

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elaineathon
Wedding:
6/12/2010
5.0/5.0
Joyce officiated our wedding in downtown DC. She and her husband were both a pleasure to work with and she really incorporated a lot of personal touches into our ceremony. Many guests afterwards commented on how much they enjoyed Joyce's homily!
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Cara
Wedding:
5/22/2010
5.0/5.0
Reverend Bill was excellent! We got so MANY compliments on our ceremony. The first time my husband and I met with Bill, we knew immediately that we didn’t have to look any further. He put us right at ease and was very flexible with making sure that our ceremony was a reflection of us. The story he told about us was very thoughtful and made the ceremony much more real and personal.

Reverend Bill provides you with lots of ideas and will spend as much time as you need to get to know you and understand the type of ceremony you are looking for. He was there at the rehearsal the evening before the wedding, which was also a huge help. I can’t say enough great things about Bill and I would HIGHLY recommend him for any type of ceremony!
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smoopookie
Wedding:
5/9/2010
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was easily one of our best vendors. Everyone and I mean everyone complimented on the amazing job he did for our ceremony. My husband and I really favored his ability to combine our two stories and incorporate it into our ceremony to make it so personal and not just another cookie cutter ceremony. It was extremely heartfelt and I don't believe there was a dry eye in the audience. He was so good that even my photographer who worked with him for the first time, gave him a shout out on his own blog. Wonderful job Bill...you're awesome!!
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Stefanie
Wedding:
4/30/2010
5.0/5.0
We were very pleased with Bill Cochran and the way he conducted our service. First off, we utilized his marriage coaching sessions prior to the wedding. We both thought these sessions were extremely helpful, and highly recommend them. It was great that Bill offered up both the coaching and officiant services, as it allowed him to get to know us, making the ceremony more meaningful and personal. He put time and effort into the planning of the ceremony, walking us through many ideas and allowing us to design it as we wanted. We received a lot of comments afterward on how personal the service was, and how they learned something new about us through the service. Bill was easily accessible, and was extremely professional from our first coaching session, to the rehersal, and (finally) on the wedding day. We highly recommend Bill and "Say I Do Your Way".
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Gail
Wedding:
1/1/2010
5.0/5.0
"I Do" your way was the way to go. We witnessed my sisters wedding with Bill and knew right away we would call him due to the warmth of the ceremony, the humor, and the professionalism to boot.
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Mary
Wedding:
11/14/2009
5.0/5.0
Bill was great. He met us a few times, to get to know us better which was extremely helpful...My husband and I felt comfortable with him right away. He understood what we wanted in a wedding ceremony and executed our vision perfectly. He was easy going, and didn't force any religion on us. Instead, he allowed us to be creative. He was responsive to emails and made our life easier by leading us on the ceremony planning. Our guests loved him; he received wonderful feedback. We would definitely refer Reverend Bill and are thrilled we chose him as our officiant!!! Thanks Bill!!!

Mary
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ctlax11
Wedding:
10/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Reverand Bill was like a dream came true. My husband and I when in the search for an officiant looked to many friends and referrals for how to go about selecting our officiant. We could not have been any happier with his services.

We had a non-denominational ceremony with a slight religious overtone that was spectacular. Every single one of our 130 guests came up to us personally to thank us for the most enjoyable and personable ceremony they have ever witnessed. Bill took our "stories" and molded them into an easy flowing, funny and personal homily that we are still raving about. I know it's often times hard to please some of the "men in the crowd" at a wedding, but even our groomsmen were laughing and enjoying the ceremony. And that is saying a lot.

I may be a little biased, but hands down the BEST ceremony I have ever been a part of and/or a witness to. It was amazing!
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meberts
Wedding:
10/17/2009
5.0/5.0
Oh I cannot say enough about Rev. Joyce Cochran! She did such wonderful job officiating our wedding that she had myself, my husband and just about all of our guests in tears.

She met with us a few weeks before the wedding to talk about the ceremony. She was very organized and helped us think through the ins and outs of the ceremony so that no detail was missed. We gave her a summary of how we met and how we started dating. She took careful notes and then spoke about our journey during her sermon.

My husband and I have faith and grew up in the church, but we aren't regularly practicing Christians. So we wanted a ceremony that wasn't overly religious, but rather we wanted it to have subtle hints of our faith. We had input about every part of the ceremony as well as every reading, passage, traditions, etc. We had the opportunity to make it very personal to us. Then Joyce took it once step farther by telling our story during her sermon and then reading a note that we wrote to eachother but did not read until that moment of the ceremony.

We received so many compliments on how wonderful the ceremony was...it was just beautiful and really made our day incredibly special. Thank you Joyce!!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Bill was fantastic. We were able to incorporate religious elements into our ceremony without going over the top. He made the ceremony personal by incorportating our "story" about how my husband and I met and added some light humor, which was a nice touch.

I had no idea what I needed to do to plan out the ceremony, but Bill made everything very easy. We met with him several months prior to the ceremony and he provided us with scripture verses, examplese of ceremony traditions, samples of vows and more.
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MeganB
Wedding:
10/4/2009
5.0/5.0
We loved having Rev. Bill as our officiant. He was great to work with in the year we were planning the wedding, meeting with us twice in person and answering a lot of our questions through email. He is very friendly and relaxed and will give you exactly the kind of ceremony you want. All of our guests loved hearing the story of how we met and got together, and they commented that it was the most personal wedding they had ever attended. Bill had everyone laughing throughout the ceremony, and you can see the big smiles on everyone's faces in the ceremony photos.
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Anthony
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
My wife and I were married 9/26/09. I wanted to wait a bit to comment on Bill's services to allow time to "take in" other weddings as a married man, talk with other newlyweds about their marriage experiences, things like that. Let me tell you, the level of professionalism, care, and poise that Bill demonstrated was unparalleled. To this day, friends and family members CONTINUE to comment on how wonderful our wedding ceremony was. Of course, people love to talk about the flowers or the food or the reception or whatever, however, how often do you hear people revisit the ceremony? The level of enthusiasm for our ceremony was in no small part the result of Bill's efforts. He made it custom, personal, and wonderful. We would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone...the only reason my brother did not use him for his upcoming wedding is because Bill was on vacation. If we would recommend Bill to family, we obviously would recommend him to you.
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Victoria
Wedding:
9/19/2009
5.0/5.0
Bill was great! He had us write our story separately and then he combined our 2 versions for the ceremony.
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Jennifer
Wedding:
7/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was great. We met with several other officiants before choosing one, and we felt Bill was the best choice, hands down. He did a wonderful job at our rehearsal and our ceremony. Highly recommended.
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nazienaz
Wedding:
6/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Bill was amazing! We got so many comliments on our ceremony. He really personalized it and made it all about us. He took the time to get to know us and learn about our story. I will definitely recommend Bill to anyone I know getting married!
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/6/2009
5.0/5.0
My husband and I, our family and all of our friends told us that this was the best wedding they have ever been too. Bill made our day so special and memorable. He has a very special gift for making the ceremony special and unique. He did such an amazing job, I just can not put it into words how much we truly appreciate Bill officiating our wedding.
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sarouai
Wedding:
5/24/2009
5.0/5.0
Pastor Bill did a great job officiating our wedding. From our first meeting we knew that he would be the perfect person to officiate our ceremony. He was very helpful and flexible to work with our schedule. All of our guests loved the portion of the ceremony where he gave a background of our relationship. Thanks again!
Sandra & Ben
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Cari
Wedding:
5/8/2009
5.0/5.0
Bill was outstanding to work with. We didn't know exactly what we were looking for, but when we met Bill we knew he was the person we wanted to conduct our wedding. He was friendly and funny and so easy to talk to. We signed up for the pre-marriage counseling sessions (which is optional) and enjoyed going through the sessions together... working to be a stronger couple. And the ceremony! Bill helped us prepare in advance to make the ceremony exactly how we wanted it. When it came to the day of the wedding, it was so personal and fun. Many of our guests commented how terrific he was, and what a special ceremony it was. We couldn't have been more pleased!
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vanise
Wedding:
11/2/2008
5.0/5.0
Bill performed our ceremony and we couldn't be happier! He was great and very flexible to work with. We met with him twice before the rehearsal/ceremony and he had us each write a "story" about how we met and our relationship and from that he shared it in our ceremony. That's the perfect way to make our wedding our way and so special to us and our guest. I would definitely recommend him to any one looking for a great wedding service!
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mdbride2008
Wedding:
10/18/2008
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill was great to work with. He did a great job with the ceremony and incorporated personal details in it. We recieved a lot of comment about well people liked the ceremony. We met with him about 2 months before to talk to him about specifics and what reading we wanted to do. I would highly recommend Bill.
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orchid
Wedding:
8/16/2008
5.0/5.0
Joyce Cochran performed our ceremony and we couldn't be happier! She was a great choice. We met with her twice before the rehearsal/ceremony and found her to be very genuine and likeable. She had us each write a "story" about how we met and our relationship and from that she wrote a beautiful ceremony. She stayed for part of the reception too, which I thought was lovely. We couldn't be happier!
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krl555
Wedding:
7/19/2008
5.0/5.0
Joyce was an excellent officiant. She made a point to personalize our ceremony. In the weeks leading up to our wedding my husband and I answered a variety of questions about how we met, what the engagement was like and our feelings for each other. She surprised us at the ceremony with bits and pieces of our life together and it made the ceremony even more special. Joyce is very gently, kind and thoughtful.
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mdwed
Wedding:
7/4/2008
5.0/5.0
Bill did an amazing job as our officiant. He was such a pleasure to work with throughout the whole process but he managed to put together a ceremony that was above and beyond our expectations. I'm Jewish and my husband is not and we incorporated some traditions from both sides. One of the things we loved about Bill is that he is completely open to making a ceremony exactly what the couple wants it to be - whether it's religious or not, full of humor, or more sentimental...he made ours the perfect mix of both. The best part of the ceremony was when Bill talked about how my husband and I feel about each other. Before our wedding day, Bill had asked us to each write a few paragraphs about how we feel about each other and our relationship. Bill was able to weave them into a beautiful story that really captured us as a couple. He made the ceremony very personal and warm. We had so many guests tell us how much they loved the ceremony and we can't thank Bill enough for that. I can recommend Bill without any hesitation.
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Reg
Wedding:
6/21/2008
5.0/5.0
What a beautiful ceremony. Bill helped us have the wedding of our dreams!!
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Cheryl
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
We planned an unusual ceremony. Bill guided us, not only in pre-wedding meetings but also on our wedding day. He was very responsive to our requests, and extremely helpful in designing and officiating our perfect wedding and handfasting ceremony!
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Julie
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
Rev. Bill Cochran is very nice and professional, and he did a fantastic job with our wedding service. We met him at a bridal show, and after talking with him a bit, we really felt a connection and a sense that he was interested in creating the kind of ceremony we were looking for.

When it came to constructing our vows and ceremony, we felt completely without direction as to where to start. Rev. Bill helped us find the words within ourselves that said exactly what we felt and to have a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. He sat down with us, asked us to discuss how we met, how we feel about each other, and what brought us to want to spend the rest of our lives together. He also asked us about ourselves and our personalities and really guided us into finding the type of ceremony we wanted. Going into the planning process, we were not really interested in a cookie cutter ceremony, but we didn't want anything too wacky. In the end, we went with a sand ceremony, which really turned out beautiful, and it didn't seem cliche or hokie. Rev. Bill also encouraged us to incorporate the music we wanted (which we brought up shyly, afraid we would sound silly), which included a couple of pieces that were very non-traditional but that capture our personalities and were reflective of some of the things about our personalities that brought us together in the first place.

We are not particularly religious, nor are we atheists. Rev. Bill brought just the right amount of religion (he will include as much or as little as you want) and spirituality to the ceremony. We never felt pressured into incorporating religious messages that would seem hypocritical (since we don't attend church), but we did feel encouraged to include some (since we are spiritual.) I was afraid that any religious representative would make us feel guilty or hypcritical (not through anything they did, just because we don't attend church), and Rev. Bill never did that. We felt accepted, understood, and respected. (And frankly, after meeting Rev. Bill, we actually discussed the fact that we would actually consider attending a church run by him, since we seek spirituality that teaches kindness and tolerance and understanding -- something we feel is lacking in a lot of organized religious institutions these days.)

Everyone raved about what a great job he did, and they all said that the ceremony was the perfect length and really seemed to capture and communicate the essence of our relationship and the feelings we had for each other. A lot of people remarked about his ability to create a perfect balance of levity and solemnity. Many people also said that the vows and the introduction were all so touching and really reflected the way we feel about each other and the way we were really just made for each other. He really helped guide us into expressing our story and our feelings for each other to our friends and family in a way we couldn't have done without him.

We recommend him highly to anyone looking for an officiant!
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kandjwedding
Wedding:
10/13/2007
5.0/5.0
Bill Cochran was great. We loved working with him. We also paid the extra to have the pre-marriage counseling that he provides, which is absolutely worth it. It was fun, educational, and we learned so much about each other and how to deal with any potential future conflicts and how to prepare for our wedding and a life together. He will do civil ceremonies and is so flexible and will gladly incorporate any family or other religious traditions. (I'm Catholic and my husband is Jewish, so we had a huppah and my hubby broke the glass and we had a Catholic bible reading and I had my rosary wrapped around my bouquet.) Bill was so easy to work with and helped us with our vows and he kept our ceremony very light-hearted, throwing in a few jokes, which was great for me since more than anything, I didn't want to cry. He kept me laughing and having a good time and forgetting about crying! It was great. He and his wife joined us for our reception and our rehearsal dinner the night before and we just had a great time with them. They are both really nice people. We highly recommend Bill, who is very personable and really provides great insight into your lives and the new life you will be building together as a married couple. He officiating service and rehearsal services are very reasonably priced, however, we did the whole package with the counseling which and it was worth it 100%!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Bill is absolutely wonderful. My favorite thing about working with Bill is his flexibility. He provides expertise and guidance to help you make the ceremony reflective of you and what you are looking for without ever being pushy. The bottom line is I realize it can be very nerve-wracking to put your wedding ceremony in the hands of someone you have never met, but Bill will do a great job.

We also did our pre-marriage coaching with him, which was very helpful. I was nervous for that, because I didn't know what to expect, but he made us both very comfortable and had us think through things we never would have. Things that are very important as you embark on a marriage.

Please note the only reason I didn't give a five for Quality of Service is because there is no denying you get a different experience if like many of my friends your officiant is a longtime friend, family pastor/rabbi, etc. However, my now husband and I didn't have anyone from our lives who was able to marry us. Bill did a fantastic job!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.9/5.0
Bill was wonderful! I have just moved to this area and did not know who to trust to perform our marriage ceremony. I got Bill's number from the wedding planner at the wedding venue. When I called him, he was quick to respond and even made room for me on a day that he was performing other ceremonies. He is a kind and genuine Christian man who completely put us at ease and performed a beautiful ceremony for us. I would highly recommend him!!!
Jeanette
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Jason
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.9/5.0
Let me just say that we could not have asked for a better officiant. Bill was everything we hoped for and more. We really enjoyed the pre-marital classes we did with hime as well. We would recommend Bill in a heartbeat to anyone who is looking for someone who is personable, takes the time to get to know you, will tailor your ceremony to you as a couple and respect the uniqueness of the couple's situation with family, faith, etc. I can honestly say our ceremony was perfect for us and it was thanks to Bill's personal style and working directly with us to craft a wonderful and memorable experience.
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Loise
Wedding:
7/4/2013
4.9/5.0
Rev. Bill was such a pleasure to work with. He made our ceremony look effortless and memorable. We did our pre-marital counseling with him and what a difference that made. He is friendly, knowledgable, and accommodating. Would definitely recommend him to anybody.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.9/5.0
Joyce was the perfect officiant for our wedding! My husband and I were nervous about finding an officiant in the DC area that could beautifully fulfill the role – we wanted a ceremony that would be very personal and close-to secular, but we had no idea where to begin.

We met with Joyce last fall, and immediately knew our search was over. It was so clear that she genuinely cares about each of her couples – she gushed over so many couples in a photo album she keeps of all of the weddings she officiates! Before we left, she took a photo of us that she said would help her plan our personal ceremony.

She was incredibly supportive as we planned our ceremony from start-to-finish, and had the perfect suggestions for our “religious-lite” ceremony! And her words about us were so personal, the best man had to alter his toast – she had stolen too much of his material!

We were very impressed with Joyce’s professionalism and her many years of experience -- she goes beyond her duties to ensure all of the details look and feel perfect (example: she types up the readings and puts them on black cardstock). Thank you, Joyce, for being such an important part of our wedding day!!
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Michael
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.9/5.0
Bill was great and we highly recommend him for your wedding. He made us feel very comfortable from the first time we met him and throughout the whole process. He was professional, orderly, and made every effort to ensure the ceremony had the feel we wanted. We couldn't have been happier with Bill!
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Natasha
Wedding:
5/19/2012
4.9/5.0
My husband and I were planning an out of town wedding, so we didn't know where to begin with finding an officiant. We did some internet research and stumbled upon Bill that way. We are very glad that we did. We are a non-religious couple and wanted our ceremony to be heart-felt and unique. From the first phone call I made to Bill to the moment he left the wedding, we were very satisfied with his service. He took the time to get to know us and helped us to create a ceremony that was completely our own. We had the perfect amount of guidance, he was very much available for suggestions, and was willing to work with exactly what we wanted for our ceremony. We didn't realize until we were standing in front of him at our wedding that we had, in fact, written our entire ceremony. He announced our words to our guests with so much sincerity that he could've been mistaken as a long time friend or family member. Our guests laughed and cried, and we have been told that our wedding was one of the sweetest that most of our guests have ever attended. We are so thankful that we found him! We were on a slim budget for our wedding, and we found that his rates were a bit higher than our budget initially allowed, but we are glad that we paid the price. He played a major role in making our wedding as perfect as we had always dreamed it would be!!!
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Cynthia
Wedding:
4/3/2011
4.9/5.0
We were looking for an officiant with a month left before the wedding. Thank goodness we found Bill! We knew from the start that we wanted him to be a part of our wedding within the first 30 seconds of meeting him. He was so easy going and catered to all of our requests. I wanted more of an Interfaith ceremony and Bill did a great job. He had our family members involved and made our ceremony so unique by weaving in our story throughout the readings. My friends and family kept commenting on how fun the ceremony was and how funny and great Bill's personality was.

If you are looking for an officiant that really cares about making your wedding seamless and memorable, I would highly recommend that you work with Bill.
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MerRhosyn
Wedding:
7/4/2009
4.9/5.0
Choosing Bill Cochran as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made in the planning process. My fiance and I have very different religious backgrounds and it was very clear after speaking with Bill on the phone that he would be able to work with us to create a ceremony that was a reflection of us and our beliefs. We worked with him to design a ceremony that incorporated all of the elements that were important to us - his guidance concerning vows, readings, blessings, etc. was very helpful. On the day of our wedding, we were surprised and excited to hear Bill's homily, assembled from material we provided him about our courtship and feelings for one another. He did a fabulous job making us feel comfortable and calm during the rehearsal and the real deal. Our diverse assortment of guests were all equally thrilled with how genuine and meaningful our ceremony was.
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MattysGirl09
Wedding:
5/16/2009
4.9/5.0
We used Bill for both marriage counseling and a wedding officiant. We believe our marriage counseling really helped us grow stronger as a couple, and Bill was great to work with. We also received many compliments about him on our wedding day. Our ceremony was very special, and it was tailored just for us. It was perfect!
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Lauren
Wedding:
5/9/2009
4.9/5.0
Bill was a wonderful choice for our ceremony. He made the day personal and intimate. I had many complements from guests about where we found him after the ceremony. He is a great listener and tailored the ceremony the way that my husband and I dreamed it would be. We wouldn't have changed a thing.
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Lauren
Wedding:
7/20/2008
4.9/5.0
Reverend Bill was able to give us exactly the type of ceremony we wanted - light and fun and the right mix of secular and religious. He was easy to work with, especially given that we had to do a lot of our contact over phone and email since we were planning a MD wedding from across the country. A lot of our guests commented how much they enjoyed the ceremony - that it read like a story and also that it seemed as if Reverend Bill had really gotten to know us personally. I would definitely recommend his services to other couples.
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Juan
Wedding:
11/2/2013
4.8/5.0
We loved that we were able to fully customize our ceremony and make it feel truly unique.
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Tracey
Wedding:
9/28/2013
4.8/5.0
My husband and I were thrilled with Bill services. Say I Do Your Way is exactly that. Bill was very flexible and literally let us write the entire ceremony! He had many suggestions and recommendations, but really allowed us to take bits and pieces and make it our own. He is also very willing to be more involved if you want that. He took excerpts from things each of us wrote and wove it into a beautiful story of our relationship for the homily. Many of our guests told us how much they actually enjoyed the ceremony part of the wedding and how they loved how personalized it was. We were not local, but he was very flexible and met with us over Skype. He was a bit over our budget, but we were very glad with our decision in the end. Thank you, Bill!
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Christina
Wedding:
5/18/2013
4.8/5.0
Bill was recommended to us by our wedding planner. When we first met with him, we were immediately put at ease and felt as if he really understood us and what we wanted in our wedding ceremony. He gave us a lot of guidance and suggestions but, in the end, the ceremony was truly our own. His suggestions and feedback were tremendously helpful. In the end, our ceremony was fantastic - extremely personal and special. We had a number of guests ask us how long we had known Bill. They were shocked that we had only met him a few months before. I was amazed at how many people commented that our ceremony was one of the most personal and special they had ever been to. That was due in no small part to Bill. We would wholeheartedly recommend him.
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Susan
Wedding:
11/10/2012
4.8/5.0
Bill was wonderful to work with from start to finish!!!! He was extremely responsive and flexible with my needs. In my case I was throwing a suprise wedding to my now spouse and the guest that were at his suprise birthday party. The service was perfect. Everyone enjoyed it and I received numerous comments on how well the service went. Bill interjected humor with serious moments; there was a nice balance of both; and the length of the service was very appropriate to the events of the evening. I would definately recommend him to my closest friends and anyone that is searching for an Officiant.
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Kbm8585
Wedding:
4/28/2012
4.8/5.0
Our officiant, Bill, did such an amazing job with the ceremony. We went to him for our pre marriage counseling sessions as well. He has a warm and friendly personality that made the whole wedding planning very enjoyable. He guided and helped us plan the perfect ceremony that fit our personality and style. Thank you Bill!
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Laura
Wedding:
12/9/2011
4.8/5.0
Bill was excellent. He made our ceremony incredibly personal. It was perfect! Everyone at the ceremony loved his delivery and the way he personalized his remarks. My brother and his fiance were so impressed with our service that they have asked Bill to travel to NYC to officiate their wedding. We strongly recommend Say "I Do" Your Way's officiant services and pre-marital coaching.
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bonus
Wedding:
11/10/2011
4.8/5.0
Bill and Joyce were wonderful to work with. We meet with them several times and they both took their time to get to know my husband and I. We couldn't be happier with how our ceremony turned out.
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Brian G
Wedding:
9/24/2011
4.8/5.0
Rev Bill was extremely easy to work with. He always returned our calls/emails promptly and worked hard to customize our wedding to exactly what we wanted. Whether we needed lots of guidance or knew exactly what we wanted to do, he built the perfect wedding ceremony for us and always double checked to make sure the changes were exactly what we had in mind. I would highly recommend Say "I Do" to anyone at any stage of planning a wedding.
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Mrs Max
Wedding:
10/20/2013
4.7/5.0
Bill did a WONDERFUL job at our wedding. He made my family laugh and cry at the same time! I'm glad he wore his robe and I loved how he took my prayer shawl and wrapped it around our hands and prayed. That was my favorite part. He was flexible, kind and encouraging. I also appreciate his patience because my husband was not being very cooperative about writing his vows. He kept stalling and then finally said he wanted to wing it. Sigh...it was ok though everything still was perfect. I would highly recommend this service! Thank you Bill for being a part of an unforgettable day!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Bill was easy to work with, pleasant personality, and focused on getting all the details of our ceremony down on paper. He worked through several revisions of the service to ensure it met our needs, and was prompt and professional on our wedding day. Thanks again!
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Amy
Wedding:
10/22/2011
4.7/5.0
Having Bill Cochran as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made. Ryan and I are so pleased with the way he conducted our service. We wanted a ceremony that focused on our story as a couple -- from past, through the present, and into the future -- and he delivered it beautifully. Bill was very engaged throughout the process, and offered great suggestions -- including flow, readings, prayers, and vows. We highly recommend him!
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Elaine
Wedding:
6/2/2011
4.7/5.0
A very warm and friendly man. He's like a man you've known for a very long time. He provided the exact kind of service we were looking for, warm and friendly yet meaningful and special. We are so happy we found him for our wedding day.
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.6/5.0
In the planning phase, we had very little time to decide on every
detail and aspect about the ceremony. Luckily, Bill has several years
of experience and was able to easily lay out a plan for us, only
minimally requiring our input if we wanted. Even being able to help us
so much in outlining the wedding, he was always open to ideas that
deviate from typical outlines, if we wanted. Because of our own time
crunch, we were fine with the basic outline and it worked very well
for us.

The actual ceremony went very smoothly. Bill prepped us with the
logistics (where to stand, when to move down the stairs toward the
bride, etc), and he carried himself very well during the ceremony.
We received comments that our Officiant was very professional and
knowledgeable, but also made the occassion enjoyable and memorable
(and not too long and drawn-out).

Overall, Reverend Bill was exactly what we needed in our wedding -
someone that was professional, flexible, and practical. Highly
recommended!
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ansalan
Wedding:
12/13/2013
4.5/5.0
We highly recommend Say "I Do" Your Way. Bill created a wonderful sermon which blended our religious and cultural perspectives. It was so beautiful that we received many compliments. Several married guests told us how it made them remember the vow they made to each other. Another requested a copy to read and reread.

He was extremely flexible and helped us think through the wedding procession as well. Bill was prompt the day of the wedding. He was patient even though we started late. He sent our signed license to the courthouse promptly so we could pick it up a few days later.

He is also extremely friendly and easy get along with. I'll forever be grateful for is contribution to make our wedding amazing!

Ansalan and Yankuba
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Michele
Wedding:
6/28/2013
4.4/5.0
Bill was absolutely terrific! I had no idea where to begin when starting to look for an Officiant for our wedding. He was recommended by our Wedding Venue and after our first meeting I knew he would be wonderful. Due to my son's crazy sports schedules he was flexible with our meeting times, and was very responsive to emails. Our wedding wasn't the typical wedding in that we tailored it to be a small intimate ceremony with me, my husband and my children. He catered to our needs and provided a ceremony that both united us in marriage and all four of us to being a family. It was such a special ceremony that my 11 year old son cried tears of joy. We had many people approach us to tell us it was the best ceremony they have every attended. Bill went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable with the selections and did a fantastic job! We would recommend him to Everyone! We can't say enough wonderful things about him!
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
We had to get a new ceremony officiant at the last minute and thankfully we were able to use this company. They were all very nice, but unfortunately the person we were hoping for was booked, however, they have a long list of second tier officiants. It was great that they were able to accommodate us at such a late notice (about 2.5 months away from our ceremony date), but we ended up using Rev./Dr. Jim Campbell who was VERY long-winded. He wasn't very quick to respond to our emails which made us increasingly more nervous as we rapidly neared our wedding date, and although he was very professional during our meetings and tried very hard to make the wedding ceremony more personalized for us, we didn't like the way he chose to do it. He decided to rehash the story of how we met by saying "she said...." "and then he said..." "and then she said..." and truthfully, it sounded like school-girls having the "he-said-she-said" argument. Also, at many points during the ceremony, he pointed out that we had just met him about 2.5 months prior, which we didn't appreciate because our original officiant was a family friend who was upset when he couldn't perform our ceremony, and he was offended that we went with a rent-a-priest essentially. It was just bad form to mention it numerous times. We also had a fun-loving group, and the Groomsmen decided to pretend to lose my ring. It was GREAT! And we loved the comedic relief, but then he said into the microphone "ok... we're not in high school anymore." Really?!?!?! Come on! It's our wedding, and we loved it. Isn't this "Say I-Do MYYYYYY way!?!?!" We also told him that our ceremony (processional to recessional) had to be 30 min because another bride and ceremony was coming in after us and we needed time for pictures. He didn't stick to that requirement and was SOOOOOOO long-winded that one of my bridesmaids passed out from standing too long, and we were kicked off the chapel grounds before we had gotten all our pictures. We were so irritated. My piece of advice, when you interview your officiant, if he tells you he'll come for a 45 min interview (because he has somewhere else to be, like another meeting) and he stays for 2.5hrs, he's not moving fast enough to get you out on time for your ceremony. We thought his extended stay meant that we were getting along well and that he was the one for us, but turns out that he is just long-winded and it takes him twice as long to get something out. Would not recommend him even though he is a very nice person.
Services Used: Officiant
Say "I Do" Your Way responded with the following comments:

I believe the bride is always right and feel bad that this turned out in a negative and unhappy way for them.

However, this review is misplaced. It should come under Rev. Campbell's reviews, not mine. He is a very kind hearted gentleman. I will share this with him.

Bill

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