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The DC Marriage Knot - Officiants to All (MD, DC, NoVA)

Washington , DC
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ABOUT US

Looking for someone that's untraditional, modern, and ready to work with you in creating an awesome ceremony? Then look no further. The DC Marriage Knot has the most respected and well... Read more
Looking for someone that's untraditional, modern, and ready to work with you in creating an awesome ceremony? Then look no further. The DC Marriage Knot has the most respected and well trained wedding officiants in the area. We have been creating customized ceremonies since 2004. And we serve all couples equally.

If you want someone that resonates with your style and on your side, call us today. We don't drop the ball after your ceremony is over. We are seminary trained, experience ministers, who do more than weddings, and we take our responsibilities seriously.

We offer a variety of ways to create a customized ceremony that is special and meaningful to you. Our reviews speak volumes of our lead minister, Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns and her approach to serving you.

Couples say wonderful things about her. “Perfect,” “you did an awesome job” are words she often hears immediately following many ceremonies she officiates.

We love what we do, and that love is reflected in many ways.

So call today and book your meeting now. Meanwhile continue reading Rev. Burns reviews and learn more about her.

Meeting Day Discussion

Your love story, Venue, Ceremony Types, Workbook Options, Rituals, Children & Pets, Vows, Processional, Attire, Aisle runner, Planner, Name Changing, Marriage License, and other ceremony logistics

Ways to Meet

There are three ways our meeting can take place:

1. In person (Meeting location in Bowie, Maryland); 2. Skype (confirmation needed); 3. Phone (call initiated by the couple)

Meet our lead minister

I am Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns, a nondenominational minister, meditation instructor, artist, photographer, and dedicated servant of Divine Love.

My passion for marriage has placed me on the frontlines of the marriage equality movement in Maryland. And I enjoy working with all couples in creating a ceremony that best reflects their love.

If you’re ready to meet, call me today!

Until then, congratulations on making the most important decision of your life. I know you’re excited, and I’m excited for you.

And I’m looking forward to being your perfect wedding officiant. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopalian, Evangelical, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, MD, NY, VA

REVIEWS

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Lynette
Wedding:
2/7/2015
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns helped to make our special day so much more beautiful by celebrating the spiritual aspect of our love. The words she spoke during the ceremony were well thought out, considerate of our religious affiliations and sensitive to those of our all our guests. We really appreciate her responsiveness and professionalism as well.
Rev. Burns helped to make our special day so much more beautiful by celebrating the spiritual aspect of our love. The Read more...
Rev. Burns helped to make our special day so much more beautiful by celebrating the spiritual aspect of our love. The words she spoke during the ceremony were well thought out, considerate of our religious affiliations and sensitive to those of our all our guests. We really appreciate her responsiveness and professionalism as well. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December 2014. Rev. Burns expertly led us through the entire process. She is respectful of others, totally non-judgmental and does not impose her views on you. It was so evident she cares about what she does in all of our interactions. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. She helped guide us to having a beautiful, intimate ceremony expressing who we are through our vows. As this was a destination wedding, she expertly took care of all the license logistics for us. It was an honor to have this delightful woman as our officiant.
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us in marriage December 2014. Rev. Burns expertly led us through the entire process. She is respectful of others, totally non-judgmental and does not impose her views on you. It was so evident she cares about what she does in all of our interactions. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. She helped guide us to having a beautiful, intimate ceremony expressing who we are through our vows. As this was a destination wedding, she expertly took care of all the license logistics for us. It was an honor to have this delightful woman as our officiant. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August 2014. She is very well-organized, friendly, and has excellent people skills. Rev. Burns gives invaluable insights into the entire process not only on the logistical and fiscal levels, but also on a spiritual one as well. She is respectful of divergent views and opinions, does not impose her views on others, and is totally non-judgmental. It is very evident in her earnestness that she cares about what she does and is honored to be present on your special day and in the that role she plays in it. She was available for calls when we needed it most; both before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. She was more than on-time and prepared for our ceremony, and many of our guests commented on how much they loved her personality and enjoyed the way she facilitated the ceremony. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. Her presence and energy is a beautiful one, and made our wedding ceremony very intimate, unique, and special. She wants to ensure that her couples are satisfied with all aspects of the services she provides and offers customized wedding officiant services, as well as, pre-marital and post-marital spiritual guidance services that we have greatly benefited from. She truly believes that her job is not over once the ceremony ends, and couples are free to contact her after should they feel the need to do so. Rev. Burns stands by her commitments as officiant of our union, and we stand by our recommendation of her as an outstanding wedding officiant for future couples.

Mr. & Mrs. A. G., 24 August 2014
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August Read more...
Rev. Burns is the consummate professional and we are very grateful that she joined us together in marriage in late August 2014. She is very well-organized, friendly, and has excellent people skills. Rev. Burns gives invaluable insights into the entire process not only on the logistical and fiscal levels, but also on a spiritual one as well. She is respectful of divergent views and opinions, does not impose her views on others, and is totally non-judgmental. It is very evident in her earnestness that she cares about what she does and is honored to be present on your special day and in the that role she plays in it. She was available for calls when we needed it most; both before, during, and after the wedding ceremony. She was more than on-time and prepared for our ceremony, and many of our guests commented on how much they loved her personality and enjoyed the way she facilitated the ceremony. Rev. Burns is very respectful, accommodating, and understanding of couples' needs. Her presence and energy is a beautiful one, and made our wedding ceremony very intimate, unique, and special. She wants to ensure that her couples are satisfied with all aspects of the services she provides and offers customized wedding officiant services, as well as, pre-marital and post-marital spiritual guidance services that we have greatly benefited from. She truly believes that her job is not over once the ceremony ends, and couples are free to contact her after should they feel the need to do so. Rev. Burns stands by her commitments as officiant of our union, and we stand by our recommendation of her as an outstanding wedding officiant for future couples.

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Stephanie
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of ceremony as well as the input on any wording she would use. She took our love story and turned it into our vows. I made a last minute addition to the vows about two weeks before and she accommodated my change. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. She really made my wedding day special.
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of Read more...
Reverend Burns was wonderful and flexible. Her words at my ceremony were memorable. She gave me choices about the type of ceremony as well as the input on any wording she would use. She took our love story and turned it into our vows. I made a last minute addition to the vows about two weeks before and she accommodated my change. I would highly recommend her to anyone getting married. She really made my wedding day special. Read less
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Patrick
Wedding:
6/11/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 years and finally were able to get married thanks to the supreme court and Edie Windsor. Rev. Burns was exactly who we wanted to officiate our wedding. I would not hesitate to engage her services again for anything. Thank You Rev. Burns for helping to make our Wedding Day Most Special.

Patrick D & Dale E
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 Read more...
Rev. Starlene Joyner Burns was absolutely wonderful officiating our wedding! My Partner and I have been together for 26 years and finally were able to get married thanks to the supreme court and Edie Windsor. Rev. Burns was exactly who we wanted to officiate our wedding. I would not hesitate to engage her services again for anything. Thank You Rev. Burns for helping to make our Wedding Day Most Special.

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David
Wedding:
4/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we started making plans in November 2013.

I reviewed several Wedding Officiates in the Washington DC area. I gave my partner a preferred sorted listing of Wedding Officiates to review. We do this as a practice to compare our research independently it helped us narrow to begin our calls on securing the most important date of our lives. I ask my partner who was his preferred selection, he picked Rev Burns. I also had picked Rev Burns as well because I felt a connection from her photos in the advertisement. God provides you the right resources, when need it.

Rev. Burns provided all information promptly mailed us a contract so we can provide the deposit to lock in the date. The ceremony was personal and designed for us. Rev. Burns gave us a folder that included our ceremonial vowels and the prayer of blessing for our marriage.
When we meet with Rev Burns it was feeling like a reunion of best friends. To my surprise the week prior Rev. Burns married two of my friends from Birmingham.

We can’t express enough our humble heartfelt gratitude for Rev. Burns. She is divinely gifted, professional, and takes the time to understand your needs.

I encourage you to please consider Rev. Burns for your special day. Thank you Rev. Burns for sealing our day with your blessings, love and inspiration. We will take this special day in our hearts forever.
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we Read more...
Rev. Burns married my partner and me on April 25, 2014 at the Lincoln Memorial. Since we were traveling from Atlanta, we started making plans in November 2013.

I reviewed several Wedding Officiates in the Washington DC area. I gave my partner a preferred sorted listing of Wedding Officiates to review. We do this as a practice to compare our research independently it helped us narrow to begin our calls on securing the most important date of our lives. I ask my partner who was his preferred selection, he picked Rev Burns. I also had picked Rev Burns as well because I felt a connection from her photos in the advertisement. God provides you the right resources, when need it.

Rev. Burns provided all information promptly mailed us a contract so we can provide the deposit to lock in the date. The ceremony was personal and designed for us. Rev. Burns gave us a folder that included our ceremonial vowels and the prayer of blessing for our marriage.
When we meet with Rev Burns it was feeling like a reunion of best friends. To my surprise the week prior Rev. Burns married two of my friends from Birmingham.

We can’t express enough our humble heartfelt gratitude for Rev. Burns. She is divinely gifted, professional, and takes the time to understand your needs.

I encourage you to please consider Rev. Burns for your special day. Thank you Rev. Burns for sealing our day with your blessings, love and inspiration. We will take this special day in our hearts forever. Read less
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Allen
Wedding:
9/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to do was show up. Not only would I recommend her to a friend, I already have.

Allen & Martin
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to Read more...
Rev. Burns was exceptional. We're from Louisiana and contacted her via email. She took care of everything. All we had to do was show up. Not only would I recommend her to a friend, I already have.

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David
Wedding:
8/12/2013
5.0/5.0
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't have asked for a better time. She was extremely thorough in all the details, was on time and prompt and am in the process of recommending her to some friends. Thank you Starlene!
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't Read more...
We planned our wedding with Starlene and she was fantastic. We even had a joint ceremony with some friends and we couldn't have asked for a better time. She was extremely thorough in all the details, was on time and prompt and am in the process of recommending her to some friends. Thank you Starlene! Read less
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Masresha
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like others have said she is witty and carries an amazing ceremony delivery style. We made it into the "Vows" section of the New York Times with a reference to Reverend Burns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/fashion/weddings/masresha-tadesse-and-julian-harris.html?ref=weddings&_r=0.

I'm so happy, and our day would undoubtedly not been the same if Reverend Burns didn't officiate.

xo Mas & Julian
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like Read more...
I found Reverend Burns here on Wedding Wire because of her stellar reviews. She is an absolute professional and like others have said she is witty and carries an amazing ceremony delivery style. We made it into the "Vows" section of the New York Times with a reference to Reverend Burns.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/fashion/weddings/masresha-tadesse-and-julian-harris.html?ref=weddings&_r=0.

I'm so happy, and our day would undoubtedly not been the same if Reverend Burns didn't officiate.

xo Mas & Julian Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
6/16/2013
5.0/5.0
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't sure about a location for the wedding and she rented a beautiful sanctuary for us. Her ceremony was very moving and everything we could have asked for. I would gladly recommend her and her services for anyone seeking to wed in DC, especially same-sex couples as ourselves.
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't Read more...
Rev. Burns went to a lot of trouble to make sure that our special day would be perfect. Being out-of-towners we weren't sure about a location for the wedding and she rented a beautiful sanctuary for us. Her ceremony was very moving and everything we could have asked for. I would gladly recommend her and her services for anyone seeking to wed in DC, especially same-sex couples as ourselves. Read less
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