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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant

Alexandria , VA

LOCATION

7900 Andrus Road Suite 12
Alexandria, VA US 22306 (map)

PHONE

202-903-0925

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

Lance has been serving as a wedding officiant in the Washington DC/Baltimore MD/Annapolis MD/Fredericksburg VA metropolitan area for nearly 15 years. And he has served as a clergy for... Read more
Lance has been serving as a wedding officiant in the Washington DC/Baltimore MD/Annapolis MD/Fredericksburg VA metropolitan area for nearly 15 years. And he has served as a clergy for more than 20 years. And the 2,000 plus weddings of experience has culminated in a wedding officiant who has a keen sense of how to honor traditions, mix faith traditions, and most importantly, provide the bridal couple with a ceremony that reflects their wishes.

His experience with cultural differences and traditions, from short spiritual non-religious to Filipino Catholic, non-religious to non-denominational God-centered, dual faith (especially Christian-Jewish) ceremonies, makes Lance a clear choice for those wanting to adjust how little or more “religion” they want in their wedding ceremony. He often works with other pastors, Rabbi's and Imans to join families and traditions.

Lance often says that he is more concerned that the couple have a ceremony that “speaks the way they speak” vs. a ceremony that is canned or boring. His ceremonies and presentation are lively, speak words of hope and inspiration, and focus on the Love and future of the bridal couple.

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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?
Christian (no denomination), Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Hindu, Jewish
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
Yes
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Sure. I've officiated weddings at parks, churches, hotels, gardens, waterfalls, mountaintops, homes, social halls, event centers, stables, museums, and retreat centers.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
Black jacket, pant, white shirt and tie. If a couple would like, I can wear full vestments and I'm always open to themed clothing.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Absolutely
Do you allow the couple to write their own vows, if desired?
Yes
Do you have a list of readings pre-selected, from which the couple must choose?
They can choose from more than 25 selections for the readings, six selections of ceremonies by style, and five sets of vows. They are free to customize the ceremony in any way they like.
How long are your ceremonies?
99% of them are 25 minutes.
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No but I do offer it for couples if they wish.

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L&L
Wedding:
5/14/2014
5.0/5.0
As Mozart is to music, Mr. Lance is to weddings. Not only did he incorporate my dog in the ceremony (which was really sweet), but the inspired words that he spoke to both my fiance and myself reached into our soul and rang true with profound prophetic weight. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Lance as an officiant to couples who are looking for a truly meaningful, beautiful and unique ceremony - and I also highly recommend the Hand Fasting. Thank you Sir, for your wonderful service!!
As Mozart is to music, Mr. Lance is to weddings. Not only did he incorporate my dog in the ceremony (which was really Read more...
As Mozart is to music, Mr. Lance is to weddings. Not only did he incorporate my dog in the ceremony (which was really sweet), but the inspired words that he spoke to both my fiance and myself reached into our soul and rang true with profound prophetic weight. I would absolutely recommend Mr. Lance as an officiant to couples who are looking for a truly meaningful, beautiful and unique ceremony - and I also highly recommend the Hand Fasting. Thank you Sir, for your wonderful service!! Read less
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Emilee
Wedding:
9/8/2013
4.6/5.0
Lance was great! He got there an hour before the ceremony started to do the paperwork, and then he proceeded to help the men get ready for the ceremony. His ceremony service was exactly what we were looking for, very easy-going, care free and fun! He kept it to the time limit we asked and he said all of the special announcements we wanted, but we really just let him do his thing for the rest and it turned out great!
Lance was great! He got there an hour before the ceremony started to do the paperwork, and then he proceeded to help the Read more...
Lance was great! He got there an hour before the ceremony started to do the paperwork, and then he proceeded to help the men get ready for the ceremony. His ceremony service was exactly what we were looking for, very easy-going, care free and fun! He kept it to the time limit we asked and he said all of the special announcements we wanted, but we really just let him do his thing for the rest and it turned out great! Read less
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Aisha
Wedding:
2/2/2013
5.0/5.0
Weddings by Lance! He was not only nice and easy to work with... but affordable too. Plus, he helped guide us through the vows. We are not traditional and he was able to walk us through everything easily!
To top it off... he was soooo funny and nice! The ceremony was amazing thanks to him. He's so sweet and I have been recommending him to everyone I know :) I even ended up finding out a friend of mine used him for their wedding! Thank you Lance for a WONDERFUL wedding ceremony :)
Weddings by Lance! He was not only nice and easy to work with... but affordable too. Plus, he helped guide us through the Read more...
Weddings by Lance! He was not only nice and easy to work with... but affordable too. Plus, he helped guide us through the vows. We are not traditional and he was able to walk us through everything easily!
To top it off... he was soooo funny and nice! The ceremony was amazing thanks to him. He's so sweet and I have been recommending him to everyone I know :) I even ended up finding out a friend of mine used him for their wedding! Thank you Lance for a WONDERFUL wedding ceremony :) Read less
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MrsKAllTheWay
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He was absolutely beyond perfect. Every single person at our wedding commented how wonderful he was. I'm not exaggerating. People came up to us like, "Where did you find that guy? He is AWESOME!" They couldn't believe that we didn't have a long, intimate relationship with him. He's just that kind of guy. He's genuine and friendly and had the innate ability to make you feel like you've know him your whole life. Our ceremony was laid-back and goofy and had us all smiling and crying at the same time. If I had it to do over, I would ALWAYS pick Lance. I can totally understand why he has so many glowing reviews, and they barely hold a candle to how great he truly is. I only wish I had more time to speak to him after the ceremony, but we were rushed off to take photos, battling the sunset the whole way. Thank you again, Lance. You were an absolute joy to work with and I couldn't imagine the most important day of my life any other way.
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He was absolutely beyond perfect. Every single person at our wedding Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He was absolutely beyond perfect. Every single person at our wedding commented how wonderful he was. I'm not exaggerating. People came up to us like, "Where did you find that guy? He is AWESOME!" They couldn't believe that we didn't have a long, intimate relationship with him. He's just that kind of guy. He's genuine and friendly and had the innate ability to make you feel like you've know him your whole life. Our ceremony was laid-back and goofy and had us all smiling and crying at the same time. If I had it to do over, I would ALWAYS pick Lance. I can totally understand why he has so many glowing reviews, and they barely hold a candle to how great he truly is. I only wish I had more time to speak to him after the ceremony, but we were rushed off to take photos, battling the sunset the whole way. Thank you again, Lance. You were an absolute joy to work with and I couldn't imagine the most important day of my life any other way. Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
9/2/2012
4.2/5.0
Lance was fun to work with and a genuinely good, kind person. I love that he does work with Veterans, and I am grateful for his own service to our country. My fiance (now husband) and I had a nice time working with him, and he definitely gave us a personalized ceremony with a lot of heart. The only drawback we encountered is that we felt we weren't a priority - Lance does a lot of weddings, and I think that because of his tight schedule, he may get mixed up about things or forget. We spent many hours perfecting our ceremony words, and I don't think he read our ceremony thoroughly before-hand, as several sections were ad-libbed and our readings were not introduced correctly. Our guests likely did not notice, but my husband and I did. After the ceremony, we had to remind him we had already given him the marriage license to submit. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely work with Lance again but work more closely with him leading up to the event to make sure he was on top of things.
Lance was fun to work with and a genuinely good, kind person. I love that he does work with Veterans, and I am grateful Read more...
Lance was fun to work with and a genuinely good, kind person. I love that he does work with Veterans, and I am grateful for his own service to our country. My fiance (now husband) and I had a nice time working with him, and he definitely gave us a personalized ceremony with a lot of heart. The only drawback we encountered is that we felt we weren't a priority - Lance does a lot of weddings, and I think that because of his tight schedule, he may get mixed up about things or forget. We spent many hours perfecting our ceremony words, and I don't think he read our ceremony thoroughly before-hand, as several sections were ad-libbed and our readings were not introduced correctly. Our guests likely did not notice, but my husband and I did. After the ceremony, we had to remind him we had already given him the marriage license to submit. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely work with Lance again but work more closely with him leading up to the event to make sure he was on top of things. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Caitlin's remarks are fair. In the early days when I first began officiating, I had to read every word and always encouraged couples to "personalize" it more than just making section selections. But after literally thousands of weddings, I've discovered what phrases move the crowds emotions, what seems like a adlib are actually phrases practiced a thousand times. If I read a ceremony word for word now, I'd feel like a robot and unable to give the ceremony the smoothness they now have.

I'm going to take Caitlin's observation stated here, that I did not read the ceremony word for word, as an action item to change my website so that I don't give the impression I will do that. My ability to flow with the environment and choose some words of my own is the cornerstone of why most all people like my presentations.

Thanks Caitlin for the opportunity to work with you. And I hear your feedback and appreciate it. I enjoyed the ceremony with you all and wish you both the very best!
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Jason
Wedding:
7/21/2012
5.0/5.0
To sum up Lance's service in one word, I would have to say "magnanimous" because he exceeded our expectations in every way. We had a short time to choose a officiant as many of the previous officiants we talked to we ended up deciding to go another direction. We have no regrets at all.

My wife is from Brazil so she had some family in attendance that did not speak any English. I had the idea to say a few words in Portuguese but he took it a step further and got one of her cousins to translate. This made the ceremony go a little longer and follow a different path but it was all so much more worth it. He played off the crowd perfectly and added some special touches.

He presented us with some pre-made ceremonies that we ended up editing and adding/subtracting things to make it more special to us. There was never any problems or reservations from Lance about this and he even added a few special touches to it as well. He even assisted us in choosing a location to place a lap top with Skype so the rest of her family back in Brazil could witness the ceremony.

Lance mentioned a few times in talking with him how often he gets compliments from wedding attendants about his services and as it comes off a little cocky, it is absolutely true. I would recommend Lance for anyone.
To sum up Lance's service in one word, I would have to say "magnanimous" because he exceeded our expectations in every Read more...
To sum up Lance's service in one word, I would have to say "magnanimous" because he exceeded our expectations in every way. We had a short time to choose a officiant as many of the previous officiants we talked to we ended up deciding to go another direction. We have no regrets at all.

My wife is from Brazil so she had some family in attendance that did not speak any English. I had the idea to say a few words in Portuguese but he took it a step further and got one of her cousins to translate. This made the ceremony go a little longer and follow a different path but it was all so much more worth it. He played off the crowd perfectly and added some special touches.

He presented us with some pre-made ceremonies that we ended up editing and adding/subtracting things to make it more special to us. There was never any problems or reservations from Lance about this and he even added a few special touches to it as well. He even assisted us in choosing a location to place a lap top with Skype so the rest of her family back in Brazil could witness the ceremony.

Lance mentioned a few times in talking with him how often he gets compliments from wedding attendants about his services and as it comes off a little cocky, it is absolutely true. I would recommend Lance for anyone. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
7/15/2012
1.5/5.0
We worked with Lance for our July wedding in Hume VA. We had wanted a pastor from our church, but since our wedding was on a Sunday, none were available. We read the reviews on Lance's website and he looked like a rockstar, so we went with him. Ironic that they are all SHINING, not one of them has a negative thing to say.

Prior to the wedding, we had a few hiccups-- not returning emails promptly, difficulty trying to set up a time to talk/ meet to review our ceremony preferences. We ended up calling him for our "appointment" which he completely forgot about, to discuss everything a few days before the wedding.

First of all, I have never seen a minister walk around during a ceremony. And I mean A LOT... walking circles around the entire bridal party. We had no idea what was going on or where to look. I haven't gotten my pictures back yet, but am interested to see how many random positions we find him in.

He also went off on rants about who-knows-what every so often... we were all so confused.

One of the most irritating things though (that several wedding guests commented on as well) was during the prayer at the end, Lance forgot the words he was supposed to say...and instead of going on like a professional would do, stopped and said "I can't believe I just forgot the words to that prayer, I've done it a hundred times!!" all while we still have our heads bowed.. Awkward?? Yes. Definitely.

He also slipped in a "Jesus Christ, it's hot!"... well no kidding. It's the middle of July and an outdoor wedding. We were ALL hot. But as a "minister"....throwing around the "JC" bomb? Completely threw me off. Finally, he cut off my photographer in the middle of shooting so he could get his picture with us and leave. He was literally gone within 3 minutes of the ceremony ending.

Sorry for holding you up, sir.

I would NOT recommend Lance Orndorff to anyone.. unless you want a clown show.
We worked with Lance for our July wedding in Hume VA. We had wanted a pastor from our church, but since our wedding was on Read more...
We worked with Lance for our July wedding in Hume VA. We had wanted a pastor from our church, but since our wedding was on a Sunday, none were available. We read the reviews on Lance's website and he looked like a rockstar, so we went with him. Ironic that they are all SHINING, not one of them has a negative thing to say.

Prior to the wedding, we had a few hiccups-- not returning emails promptly, difficulty trying to set up a time to talk/ meet to review our ceremony preferences. We ended up calling him for our "appointment" which he completely forgot about, to discuss everything a few days before the wedding.

First of all, I have never seen a minister walk around during a ceremony. And I mean A LOT... walking circles around the entire bridal party. We had no idea what was going on or where to look. I haven't gotten my pictures back yet, but am interested to see how many random positions we find him in.

He also went off on rants about who-knows-what every so often... we were all so confused.

One of the most irritating things though (that several wedding guests commented on as well) was during the prayer at the end, Lance forgot the words he was supposed to say...and instead of going on like a professional would do, stopped and said "I can't believe I just forgot the words to that prayer, I've done it a hundred times!!" all while we still have our heads bowed.. Awkward?? Yes. Definitely.

He also slipped in a "Jesus Christ, it's hot!"... well no kidding. It's the middle of July and an outdoor wedding. We were ALL hot. But as a "minister"....throwing around the "JC" bomb? Completely threw me off. Finally, he cut off my photographer in the middle of shooting so he could get his picture with us and leave. He was literally gone within 3 minutes of the ceremony ending.

Sorry for holding you up, sir.

I would NOT recommend Lance Orndorff to anyone.. unless you want a clown show. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

How dark-hearted must this couple be to write such a stream of absolute lies? She works for a hotel, he is a military guy, and together they are so proud of the bad reviews they gave me (I have the emails to prove it). The bad karma will eat them and their marriage alive.
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coco
Wedding:
6/9/2012
4.6/5.0
We used Lance at our wedding this past June. We found him online and had a phone conversation with him and decided to go with his services. We liked that we could pick what type of ceremony we wanted and arrange it.
Two weeks before I mailed out all the information to Lance as well as the marriage license and then a fake marriage certificate (one the court gives you so that you can keep yourself, when I had asked him about it he said to send it all with the info) I received confirmation from him that he received the package. I asked him what he thought of the ceremony we wrote a couple times via email, but he did not respond to the question. I didn't let it bother me and just rolled with it.
The day of the ceremony he was there and on time. He did ask my fiance/ now husband Robb if he had the papers, to which Robb had told him I mailed them to him a few weeks ago. Lance said they probably were at the office and not to worry me about it (glad he suggested this as I probably would have worried). I was bummed though that he did not bring the fake certificate for us to keep as a momento....ahh well.
During the ceremony, I could tell he had not read the ceremony we wrote, which I had spent so much time on..he did improvise in parts...which was fine. Overall he did a great job and we were happy with it. We loved that it was kept to 30 minutes as it was hot...he let us take our time to read our own vow's and let our speakers read there poems. It's also nice that he steps out of the way during parts, which is great for the photos we captured. Everyone really enjoyed the ceremony.

Overall I think he did a great job and were very happy with the end result. I sent him an email the next day thanking him and inquiring when we would receive our marriage certificates. He had the paperwork and said by the end of the week. We had enclosed a money order for the court and a return envelope. When we came back from our honeymoon, the papers were there :).
We used Lance at our wedding this past June. We found him online and had a phone conversation with him and decided to go Read more...
We used Lance at our wedding this past June. We found him online and had a phone conversation with him and decided to go with his services. We liked that we could pick what type of ceremony we wanted and arrange it.
Two weeks before I mailed out all the information to Lance as well as the marriage license and then a fake marriage certificate (one the court gives you so that you can keep yourself, when I had asked him about it he said to send it all with the info) I received confirmation from him that he received the package. I asked him what he thought of the ceremony we wrote a couple times via email, but he did not respond to the question. I didn't let it bother me and just rolled with it.
The day of the ceremony he was there and on time. He did ask my fiance/ now husband Robb if he had the papers, to which Robb had told him I mailed them to him a few weeks ago. Lance said they probably were at the office and not to worry me about it (glad he suggested this as I probably would have worried). I was bummed though that he did not bring the fake certificate for us to keep as a momento....ahh well.
During the ceremony, I could tell he had not read the ceremony we wrote, which I had spent so much time on..he did improvise in parts...which was fine. Overall he did a great job and we were happy with it. We loved that it was kept to 30 minutes as it was hot...he let us take our time to read our own vow's and let our speakers read there poems. It's also nice that he steps out of the way during parts, which is great for the photos we captured. Everyone really enjoyed the ceremony.

Overall I think he did a great job and were very happy with the end result. I sent him an email the next day thanking him and inquiring when we would receive our marriage certificates. He had the paperwork and said by the end of the week. We had enclosed a money order for the court and a return envelope. When we came back from our honeymoon, the papers were there :). Read less
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MABeydler05
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
We loved Lance from the moment we spoke with him on the phone about our ceremony. We contracted with him right away, without even having to meet with him. The first time we met him was on the day before our wedding at the rehearsal.
When I filled out our ceremony info on Lance's website I accidentally hit the wrong date for our wedding, he was amazing! Even though he had other plans for our "real" wedding date, he was able to work it out and once he said he would be there I never gave it another thought. He always responded to any email I sent promptly and was always a huge help!!
Our guests are still giving us compliments on our ceremony. Everyone said the ceremony was completely us, it was PERFECT!
If you haven't signed with Lance yet... DO IT (before he gets booked)!!!!!
We loved Lance from the moment we spoke with him on the phone about our ceremony. We contracted with him right away, Read more...
We loved Lance from the moment we spoke with him on the phone about our ceremony. We contracted with him right away, without even having to meet with him. The first time we met him was on the day before our wedding at the rehearsal.
When I filled out our ceremony info on Lance's website I accidentally hit the wrong date for our wedding, he was amazing! Even though he had other plans for our "real" wedding date, he was able to work it out and once he said he would be there I never gave it another thought. He always responded to any email I sent promptly and was always a huge help!!
Our guests are still giving us compliments on our ceremony. Everyone said the ceremony was completely us, it was PERFECT!
If you haven't signed with Lance yet... DO IT (before he gets booked)!!!!! Read less
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Krista
Wedding:
2/11/2012
3.0/5.0
I will say that even though Lance did a great job at our wedding there were a few problems. First it started off that he did not attend our Rehearsal the night before so no one really knew what they were doing the next day, but it all came together. Then while putting on the ring bearers flower he had stabbed him with the pin and then the poor little guy did not want to walk down the aisle. Once the ceremony had begun not only did he NOT HAVE OUR CEREMONY, he could not even remember what our readings were. Thank God I remembered everything. Then during the ceremony he actually asked me what my name was. He did fairly well and it all came together but there were some things that were not so hot.
I will say that even though Lance did a great job at our wedding there were a few problems. First it started off that he Read more...
I will say that even though Lance did a great job at our wedding there were a few problems. First it started off that he did not attend our Rehearsal the night before so no one really knew what they were doing the next day, but it all came together. Then while putting on the ring bearers flower he had stabbed him with the pin and then the poor little guy did not want to walk down the aisle. Once the ceremony had begun not only did he NOT HAVE OUR CEREMONY, he could not even remember what our readings were. Thank God I remembered everything. Then during the ceremony he actually asked me what my name was. He did fairly well and it all came together but there were some things that were not so hot. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Stabbed the ringbearer? Seriously? That is a lie. So she says the ceremony went well, but wraps it in complaints and a lie. Nice. Real nice.
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Bgal19
Wedding:
11/19/2011
5.0/5.0
When I met him I just knew! The story about the groomsmen walking into star wars totally had me! haha :) He is an amazing person! we had a few hiccups in the ceremony but it was so true to who we are that it was like it was meant to be! My friend recommended me and I totally will pass the word!
When I met him I just knew! The story about the groomsmen walking into star wars totally had me! haha :) He is an amazing Read more...
When I met him I just knew! The story about the groomsmen walking into star wars totally had me! haha :) He is an amazing person! we had a few hiccups in the ceremony but it was so true to who we are that it was like it was meant to be! My friend recommended me and I totally will pass the word! Read less
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Katie
Wedding:
11/11/2011
2.4/5.0
We chose Lance as our officiant because of his personality and because he allows couples to create their own ceremony. We really liked these two aspects of his services. Up until our wedding day he was very professional and responsive to our questions. However, there were some things that really disappointed us on our wedding day. First, he showed up only 5 minutes before the wedding was scheduled to begin. Second, he asked us for our marriage license minutes before the ceremony began, when we had already sent it to him in the mail over a week prior to the wedding. Third, during the ceremony's parent recognition section he asked me where my mother was, forgetting that I had told him that she passed away. This was very upsetting. Fourth, and most importantly, he forgot to bring the vows that we sent him to be inserted into our ceremony. We did not discover this until it was time for us to say our vows and he realized that they were not there. This was extremely upsetting because we especially chose specific vows that we loved and wanted to say to each other. Instead we were forced to use the standard vows. These things really added to our level of stress and because of them, we have to give an honest negative review.
We chose Lance as our officiant because of his personality and because he allows couples to create their own ceremony. We Read more...
We chose Lance as our officiant because of his personality and because he allows couples to create their own ceremony. We really liked these two aspects of his services. Up until our wedding day he was very professional and responsive to our questions. However, there were some things that really disappointed us on our wedding day. First, he showed up only 5 minutes before the wedding was scheduled to begin. Second, he asked us for our marriage license minutes before the ceremony began, when we had already sent it to him in the mail over a week prior to the wedding. Third, during the ceremony's parent recognition section he asked me where my mother was, forgetting that I had told him that she passed away. This was very upsetting. Fourth, and most importantly, he forgot to bring the vows that we sent him to be inserted into our ceremony. We did not discover this until it was time for us to say our vows and he realized that they were not there. This was extremely upsetting because we especially chose specific vows that we loved and wanted to say to each other. Instead we were forced to use the standard vows. These things really added to our level of stress and because of them, we have to give an honest negative review. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

But what did your guests say about the ceremony? 12 years and literally thousands of ceremonies, one in every hundred I dont get it 100% and for that I'm sorry to the bride. But even on my worst days, the guests glow on and on and on about how I touch on every aspect of love that is important.
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VineyardBrideJ
Wedding:
11/11/2011
5.0/5.0
Lance is great! From when we first met him through the ceremony, he was ALWAYS THERE ON TIME. He showed up for the rehearsal the night before, my FI was 'a little' late and Lance still stuck it out to make sure we were able to do a quick walk through. Mind you this is the night before he had to perform over 10 ceremonies the next day. Several people commented on how much they enjoyed his personality, humor and service. There was a little one in the crowd who was officiating for us at some point but as soon as he was done, Lance stepped in and picked up where we left off. :)
Lance is great! From when we first met him through the ceremony, he was ALWAYS THERE ON TIME. He showed up for the Read more...
Lance is great! From when we first met him through the ceremony, he was ALWAYS THERE ON TIME. He showed up for the rehearsal the night before, my FI was 'a little' late and Lance still stuck it out to make sure we were able to do a quick walk through. Mind you this is the night before he had to perform over 10 ceremonies the next day. Several people commented on how much they enjoyed his personality, humor and service. There was a little one in the crowd who was officiating for us at some point but as soon as he was done, Lance stepped in and picked up where we left off. :) Read less
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Mary
Wedding:
11/5/2011
2.4/5.0
So I will start by saying, everything went fine on the day of and we received a lot of compliments from guests about Lance. However, Lance was our most stressful vendor.

~Initial Meeting - There was some confusion about the meeting location and we were across town from him at our scheduled time. He was able to squeeze us in later that day, but you could tell he was rushing all over (I think he'd mentioned 3-4 events). As others mentioned, he was flexible regarding our ceremony so we decided to go with him.

~Contract - Wait, what contract? I'd charged my now husband with officiate selection and I was shocked when he said he just sent Lance a deposit on PayPal without a contract. When asked, Lance said that the PayPal confirmation was all that was needed and we'd be fine. I was a little uneasy but went with it.

~Monday, Week of the Wedding - We'd mailed Lance our wedding license and remaining balance about 2 weeks before the wedding and emailed him our ceremony details but hadn't heard from him. Husband emails Lance again that Monday, no response.

~Tuesday, Week of - Still no word from Lance. Husband left a voicemail.

~Wednesday, Week of - Still no word from Lance. I think for the first time I turned a little 'Bridezilla' and left a stern voicemail that morning (Remember that lack of contract, I was starting to regret that) Come afternoon we even decided to get a little stalker-ish and drive to the address listed on WeddingWire. No answer at the door in a little office complex. Finally husband calls one last time and Lance answers. They chat and Lance commented 'I'm sure my secretary has all your stuff, when is the wedding again? This Saturday, okay. Where? What time?" I was still uneasy but calmed myself off the ledge.

As I mentioned, things worked out. He did have a fun sense of humor that our guests reacted well too. However, Lance really didn’t know anything about us and got rather lucky that his humor during the ceremony fit our personalities. Some of the stuff he talked about was not in the ceremony we selected from his website, luckily we didn’t really mind. Like other reviews mentioned, he did not attend the rehearsal (he charges extra for those but claims he’s never done one in all his years of service and everything has been fine). Since he wasn’t at the rehearsal the Best Man didn’t really know what to do when Lance was walking around and said to present the rings. The Best Man ended up doing a cross between a Home Shopping Network display and the presentation of baby Simba from the Lion King.

Lastly, call me Bridezilla, I know it’s appropriate to invite the officiant to dinner but I wanted nothing more to do with Lance after our ceremony. When I saw him lingering around right before our intro my husband approached him to make sure ‘we were settled up and all was well’ to which Lance responded ‘Yeah, I usually hang around and if there’s an extra seat I’ll grab a bite’. I was shocked to hear this when my husband and I sat down for dinner and immediately started searching the crowd, but luckily my husband had informed Lance that we were good, and he could go.
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So I will start by saying, everything went fine on the day of and we received a lot of compliments from guests about Lance. However, Lance was our most stressful vendor.

~Initial Meeting - There was some confusion about the meeting location and we were across town from him at our scheduled time. He was able to squeeze us in later that day, but you could tell he was rushing all over (I think he'd mentioned 3-4 events). As others mentioned, he was flexible regarding our ceremony so we decided to go with him.

~Contract - Wait, what contract? I'd charged my now husband with officiate selection and I was shocked when he said he just sent Lance a deposit on PayPal without a contract. When asked, Lance said that the PayPal confirmation was all that was needed and we'd be fine. I was a little uneasy but went with it.

~Monday, Week of the Wedding - We'd mailed Lance our wedding license and remaining balance about 2 weeks before the wedding and emailed him our ceremony details but hadn't heard from him. Husband emails Lance again that Monday, no response.

~Tuesday, Week of - Still no word from Lance. Husband left a voicemail.

~Wednesday, Week of - Still no word from Lance. I think for the first time I turned a little 'Bridezilla' and left a stern voicemail that morning (Remember that lack of contract, I was starting to regret that) Come afternoon we even decided to get a little stalker-ish and drive to the address listed on WeddingWire. No answer at the door in a little office complex. Finally husband calls one last time and Lance answers. They chat and Lance commented 'I'm sure my secretary has all your stuff, when is the wedding again? This Saturday, okay. Where? What time?" I was still uneasy but calmed myself off the ledge.

As I mentioned, things worked out. He did have a fun sense of humor that our guests reacted well too. However, Lance really didn’t know anything about us and got rather lucky that his humor during the ceremony fit our personalities. Some of the stuff he talked about was not in the ceremony we selected from his website, luckily we didn’t really mind. Like other reviews mentioned, he did not attend the rehearsal (he charges extra for those but claims he’s never done one in all his years of service and everything has been fine). Since he wasn’t at the rehearsal the Best Man didn’t really know what to do when Lance was walking around and said to present the rings. The Best Man ended up doing a cross between a Home Shopping Network display and the presentation of baby Simba from the Lion King.

Lastly, call me Bridezilla, I know it’s appropriate to invite the officiant to dinner but I wanted nothing more to do with Lance after our ceremony. When I saw him lingering around right before our intro my husband approached him to make sure ‘we were settled up and all was well’ to which Lance responded ‘Yeah, I usually hang around and if there’s an extra seat I’ll grab a bite’. I was shocked to hear this when my husband and I sat down for dinner and immediately started searching the crowd, but luckily my husband had informed Lance that we were good, and he could go. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

This bride starts out "we received a lot of compliments from guests about Lance" but then rails on me throughout the posting. I don't get it.
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AP
Wedding:
10/8/2011
5.0/5.0
You can definitely tell that Lance knows what he is doing. We found it very helpful that he had multiple sample ceremonies, with which to work, and appreciated the ability to design our own ceremony from these. Lance always responded to our inquiries promptly, despite having a busy schedule.
On our wedding day, he only needed to ask a few questions before having an obvious handle on the situation. He even thinks quickly on the spot to make a small interruption part of the moment; for example, he made an appropriate joke when two noisy planes passed over head during our ceremony. We wanted to incorporate some Jewish traditions into our ceremony, and Lance worked with these beautifully, even enhancing them on the spot. His professionalism and calm demeanor were comforting on the day. Lance really was fantastic; everybody was very moved by his beautiful ceremony.
You can definitely tell that Lance knows what he is doing. We found it very helpful that he had multiple sample Read more...
You can definitely tell that Lance knows what he is doing. We found it very helpful that he had multiple sample ceremonies, with which to work, and appreciated the ability to design our own ceremony from these. Lance always responded to our inquiries promptly, despite having a busy schedule.
On our wedding day, he only needed to ask a few questions before having an obvious handle on the situation. He even thinks quickly on the spot to make a small interruption part of the moment; for example, he made an appropriate joke when two noisy planes passed over head during our ceremony. We wanted to incorporate some Jewish traditions into our ceremony, and Lance worked with these beautifully, even enhancing them on the spot. His professionalism and calm demeanor were comforting on the day. Lance really was fantastic; everybody was very moved by his beautiful ceremony. Read less
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Candace
Wedding:
9/22/2011
5.0/5.0
Lance was so incredible! Our guests are STILL raving about his kind words, his mannerisms, etc. Lance personalized every little touch and definitely eased our nerves, including while we were standing up there during the ceremony. He was responsive to all our questions, helped us personalize the ceremony, and truly just carried everything out perfectly! I am so glad we ended up going with Lance, and the wedding would not have been the same without him!
Lance was so incredible! Our guests are STILL raving about his kind words, his mannerisms, etc. Lance personalized every Read more...
Lance was so incredible! Our guests are STILL raving about his kind words, his mannerisms, etc. Lance personalized every little touch and definitely eased our nerves, including while we were standing up there during the ceremony. He was responsive to all our questions, helped us personalize the ceremony, and truly just carried everything out perfectly! I am so glad we ended up going with Lance, and the wedding would not have been the same without him! Read less
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mlangley2011
Wedding:
7/23/2011
4.9/5.0
Lance did an excellent job for us. All of my guests felt like he had a special message and made the ceremony personalized to my husband and I. Our ceremony was very special, and Lance made it seem as if he had known us for years, even though he'd only talked to us on a few occasions. I really felt that Lance can easily understand you as a couple and make the ceremony special to the two of you and your guests.
Lance did an excellent job for us. All of my guests felt like he had a special message and made the ceremony personalized Read more...
Lance did an excellent job for us. All of my guests felt like he had a special message and made the ceremony personalized to my husband and I. Our ceremony was very special, and Lance made it seem as if he had known us for years, even though he'd only talked to us on a few occasions. I really felt that Lance can easily understand you as a couple and make the ceremony special to the two of you and your guests. Read less
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Sara
Wedding:
5/14/2011
5.0/5.0
Lance did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. He made the ceremony very memorable and special! Even though i was nervous from every one staring at me, he even made me laugh! Thanks for every thing Lance, It was wonderful!!
Lance did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. He made the ceremony very memorable and special! Even though i was Read more...
Lance did a wonderful job on our wedding ceremony. He made the ceremony very memorable and special! Even though i was nervous from every one staring at me, he even made me laugh! Thanks for every thing Lance, It was wonderful!! Read less
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SnJD
Wedding:
4/9/2011
5.0/5.0
We hired Lance as our officiant for our wedding. He provided us with a lot of options and flexibility on how we wanted to plan our ceremony. Our families are of different faiths and he helped us incorporate everyone’s traditions. He made the ceremony interesting and fun. Even guests commented on how engaging he was.
We hired Lance as our officiant for our wedding. He provided us with a lot of options and flexibility on how we wanted to Read more...
We hired Lance as our officiant for our wedding. He provided us with a lot of options and flexibility on how we wanted to plan our ceremony. Our families are of different faiths and he helped us incorporate everyone’s traditions. He made the ceremony interesting and fun. Even guests commented on how engaging he was. Read less
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Donna
Wedding:
1/16/2011
5.0/5.0
What a wonderful ceremony!

Our officiant cancelled on us three days before the wedding. Needless to say, I was extremely concerned and afraid I would be unable to find a replacement. The thought of having someone marry us that we had never met before was very unsettling to me.

However, after looking at numerous sites, I contacted Lance and asked if he would be available for our ceremony. He responded quickly and we then talked on the phone. I liked him immediately. He was very calming and talked me through what needed to happen.

He has his web site set-up so that you can pick the ceremony you want, the readings you want, anything special you want done, etc. So, not only do you get to pick everything out -- you can then print it out and keep a copy for your memories!

We met Lance about 20 minutes before our ceremony and we all CLICKED! We had so many things in common -- he, like my husband, enjoys riding motorcycles, lives in an area we were very familiar with -- that we were immediately put at ease.

The ceremony itself was beautiful. Lance is very charistmatic and his warmth fills a room. I honestly believe no one could have provided a better ceremony. He really did allow for our input and was then able to pull in bits and pieces about us that he had learned from us and our friends and family prior to the ceremony. It was just lovely. It could not have been any better and he solidified the memories that were created that day.

Imagine our surprise when we found out after the ceremony that he wasn't feeling well. In fact, he was feeling poorly enough that he excused himself from staying for dinner. We were very sorry to see him leave. In a very short time he had become part of our family.

We do hope to see him again soon -- maybe on a spring day, riding a motorcycle!
What a wonderful ceremony!

Our officiant cancelled on us three days before the wedding. Needless to say, I was Read more...
What a wonderful ceremony!

Our officiant cancelled on us three days before the wedding. Needless to say, I was extremely concerned and afraid I would be unable to find a replacement. The thought of having someone marry us that we had never met before was very unsettling to me.

However, after looking at numerous sites, I contacted Lance and asked if he would be available for our ceremony. He responded quickly and we then talked on the phone. I liked him immediately. He was very calming and talked me through what needed to happen.

He has his web site set-up so that you can pick the ceremony you want, the readings you want, anything special you want done, etc. So, not only do you get to pick everything out -- you can then print it out and keep a copy for your memories!

We met Lance about 20 minutes before our ceremony and we all CLICKED! We had so many things in common -- he, like my husband, enjoys riding motorcycles, lives in an area we were very familiar with -- that we were immediately put at ease.

The ceremony itself was beautiful. Lance is very charistmatic and his warmth fills a room. I honestly believe no one could have provided a better ceremony. He really did allow for our input and was then able to pull in bits and pieces about us that he had learned from us and our friends and family prior to the ceremony. It was just lovely. It could not have been any better and he solidified the memories that were created that day.

Imagine our surprise when we found out after the ceremony that he wasn't feeling well. In fact, he was feeling poorly enough that he excused himself from staying for dinner. We were very sorry to see him leave. In a very short time he had become part of our family.

We do hope to see him again soon -- maybe on a spring day, riding a motorcycle! Read less
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Mrs
Wedding:
9/18/2010
2.0/5.0
Mr. Lance was a joy to meet on a snowy day at Starbucks. My fiancé and I thought he seemed great and we really like him. We had high hopes and zero worries when we hired him. However, things changed as we got closer to the wedding date.

Mr. Lance needs to consider the tone he takes with his clients. He seems more preoccupied by the number of weddings he performs than the fact that it’s someone’s special day. Any questions I had for him prior to the wedding and rehearsal was met with attitude, justified by the vast number of weddings he has performed and a condescending tone which he justified by his "experience".

When my father ran late for the wedding itself, Lance was more concerned about his schedule than helping calm an already stressful situation. He was the major cause of any stress to my family, in-laws, and bridal party, rather than a source of relief. He burst into the bridal waiting room literally yelling at me, my mother, and my bridal party about my father's tardiness, which was beyond our control. This is not a professional or kind way to treat a client at such a special moment in her life. He seems to book weddings much too close together, not allowing for the wiggle room that other officiant would know you need to have. We were met with a lot of un-needed stress, negativity, and unprofessional behavior on his part, that my wedding party tried to locate another officiant mere minutes before the ceremony.

I will give him one big thing: The ceremony went better than expected. Though it was cut short due to my father’s late arrival, Lance actually did a good job condensing the ceremony. He entertained the crowd, keeping it light and funny. The ceremony was a success, regardless of his irritated manner behind the scenes. If you weren’t aware of his negative attitude or stress-inducing outburst towards me and my bridal party regarding my father’s tardiness (mere moments before the ceremony), you would probably think he was awesome
Mr. Lance was a joy to meet on a snowy day at Starbucks. My fiancé and I thought he seemed great and we really like him. Read more...
Mr. Lance was a joy to meet on a snowy day at Starbucks. My fiancé and I thought he seemed great and we really like him. We had high hopes and zero worries when we hired him. However, things changed as we got closer to the wedding date.

Mr. Lance needs to consider the tone he takes with his clients. He seems more preoccupied by the number of weddings he performs than the fact that it’s someone’s special day. Any questions I had for him prior to the wedding and rehearsal was met with attitude, justified by the vast number of weddings he has performed and a condescending tone which he justified by his "experience".

When my father ran late for the wedding itself, Lance was more concerned about his schedule than helping calm an already stressful situation. He was the major cause of any stress to my family, in-laws, and bridal party, rather than a source of relief. He burst into the bridal waiting room literally yelling at me, my mother, and my bridal party about my father's tardiness, which was beyond our control. This is not a professional or kind way to treat a client at such a special moment in her life. He seems to book weddings much too close together, not allowing for the wiggle room that other officiant would know you need to have. We were met with a lot of un-needed stress, negativity, and unprofessional behavior on his part, that my wedding party tried to locate another officiant mere minutes before the ceremony.

I will give him one big thing: The ceremony went better than expected. Though it was cut short due to my father’s late arrival, Lance actually did a good job condensing the ceremony. He entertained the crowd, keeping it light and funny. The ceremony was a success, regardless of his irritated manner behind the scenes. If you weren’t aware of his negative attitude or stress-inducing outburst towards me and my bridal party regarding my father’s tardiness (mere moments before the ceremony), you would probably think he was awesome Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Gosh.
Her father being later for her wedding and me doing a good ceremony earned me a 2.0?
Yikes. This is a tough business.
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Andrea
Wedding:
9/12/2010
4.9/5.0
Lance is wonderful! If you want to have high spirits and less stress on your wedding day, Lance is your officiant. As an out of state bride, everything was 10 times more difficult to do, but Lance did not fall into that category. We spoke over email first, then my husband and I took off to Maryland to take care of our wedding list, and met Lance a few days into our trip. He is so easy to talk you, and you can tell he knows what he is doing. As the disorganized bride I am, I ended up 1) accidently losing the file containing my vows and ceremony plan and 2) not realizing it until....um, an hour before the ceremony? Disaster right? Nope. I wrote my vows as I got dressed in the venue and had them printed and sent to both Lance and my husband. The new ceremony I threw together was choppy, but he covered for me, and improvised wonderfully to add a bit of time to my ceremony (Thank God, because it was WAY too short). His mixture of humor and professionalism works wonderfully for any couple, with any background, in any situation. We are so glad we chose Lance for our wedding.

And to boot, Lance supports our troops!

Thanks again Lance,

Andrea and William
Lance is wonderful! If you want to have high spirits and less stress on your wedding day, Lance is your officiant. As an Read more...
Lance is wonderful! If you want to have high spirits and less stress on your wedding day, Lance is your officiant. As an out of state bride, everything was 10 times more difficult to do, but Lance did not fall into that category. We spoke over email first, then my husband and I took off to Maryland to take care of our wedding list, and met Lance a few days into our trip. He is so easy to talk you, and you can tell he knows what he is doing. As the disorganized bride I am, I ended up 1) accidently losing the file containing my vows and ceremony plan and 2) not realizing it until....um, an hour before the ceremony? Disaster right? Nope. I wrote my vows as I got dressed in the venue and had them printed and sent to both Lance and my husband. The new ceremony I threw together was choppy, but he covered for me, and improvised wonderfully to add a bit of time to my ceremony (Thank God, because it was WAY too short). His mixture of humor and professionalism works wonderfully for any couple, with any background, in any situation. We are so glad we chose Lance for our wedding.

And to boot, Lance supports our troops!

Thanks again Lance,

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Julia
Wedding:
8/7/2010
5.0/5.0
Lance is the best! He did a such a great job with our ceremony...my guests asked me how long I had known him (about two weeks). When the flowers arrived and we were one boutineer short, Lance made a quick one for us with a flower from the gift table. Fabulous man, you will not go wrong by choosing him!
Lance is the best! He did a such a great job with our ceremony...my guests asked me how long I had known him (about two Read more...
Lance is the best! He did a such a great job with our ceremony...my guests asked me how long I had known him (about two weeks). When the flowers arrived and we were one boutineer short, Lance made a quick one for us with a flower from the gift table. Fabulous man, you will not go wrong by choosing him! Read less
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Fs2c
Wedding:
7/17/2010
4.8/5.0
Lance did a great job officiating our wedding. We met with a couple officiants before choosing him. Ultimately, we choose Lance because he was flexible and gave us the option of writing our own ceremony. He also is really personable and our friends and family really enjoyed our ceremony. We got so many compliments on how personal it was and all of our guests really felt like they were part of it. The only reason we gave him a 4 out of 5 for the quality of service was because he didn't have the right ceremony on our wedding day - we had added an engagement ring ceremony that was cut and the ring vows weren't what we had written. In all fairness, he did call me to tell me he didn't have the ceremony and I think our wedding coordinators unknowingly gave him an outdated copy. However, all in all this was really minor and we had an amazing ceremony. Lance cracked jokes at all the right times and really kept everyone engaged the whole time, even on a ridiculously hot July afternoon! Highly, highly recommend using Lance, especially if you're looking to create a unique ceremony that incorporates traditions from multiple cultures or faiths.
Lance did a great job officiating our wedding. We met with a couple officiants before choosing him. Ultimately, we choose Read more...
Lance did a great job officiating our wedding. We met with a couple officiants before choosing him. Ultimately, we choose Lance because he was flexible and gave us the option of writing our own ceremony. He also is really personable and our friends and family really enjoyed our ceremony. We got so many compliments on how personal it was and all of our guests really felt like they were part of it. The only reason we gave him a 4 out of 5 for the quality of service was because he didn't have the right ceremony on our wedding day - we had added an engagement ring ceremony that was cut and the ring vows weren't what we had written. In all fairness, he did call me to tell me he didn't have the ceremony and I think our wedding coordinators unknowingly gave him an outdated copy. However, all in all this was really minor and we had an amazing ceremony. Lance cracked jokes at all the right times and really kept everyone engaged the whole time, even on a ridiculously hot July afternoon! Highly, highly recommend using Lance, especially if you're looking to create a unique ceremony that incorporates traditions from multiple cultures or faiths. Read less
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Mindi
Wedding:
7/3/2010
5.0/5.0
Rev. Lance Orndorff was incredible! When we first met Lance, it was as if we were speaking with a friend rather than a wedding officiant. His relaxed yet professional demeanor put us at ease. We thought he would be perfect to preside over our wedding ceremony, and we were right! His online "create-a-ceremony" tool was extremely helpful in guiding us to the type of ceremony we wanted. And, although we didn't produce a complete ceremony, we were able to send our draft to Lance and request that he fill in the gaps based on the preferences we stated during our initial meeting.

Lance did not participate in our rehearsal, so it was somewhat of a (pleasant) surprise how the ceremony would play out. I was not at all concerned, however - believing I could trust him and his experience. I'm so glad we didn't plan out every detail of the ceremony and left it in his hands. On our wedding day, we listened with joy and anticipation, and we very much enjoyed the little unexpected additions - having our Best Man show the rings to the attendees, for instance. Additionally, Lance estimated our ceremony would last approximately 25 minutes. Reading the crowd and the almost unbearable weather conditions (it was HOT), Lance slightly sped up the ceremony for the comfort of all. I couldn't thank him enough. The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful!
Rev. Lance Orndorff was incredible! When we first met Lance, it was as if we were speaking with a friend rather than a Read more...
Rev. Lance Orndorff was incredible! When we first met Lance, it was as if we were speaking with a friend rather than a wedding officiant. His relaxed yet professional demeanor put us at ease. We thought he would be perfect to preside over our wedding ceremony, and we were right! His online "create-a-ceremony" tool was extremely helpful in guiding us to the type of ceremony we wanted. And, although we didn't produce a complete ceremony, we were able to send our draft to Lance and request that he fill in the gaps based on the preferences we stated during our initial meeting.

Lance did not participate in our rehearsal, so it was somewhat of a (pleasant) surprise how the ceremony would play out. I was not at all concerned, however - believing I could trust him and his experience. I'm so glad we didn't plan out every detail of the ceremony and left it in his hands. On our wedding day, we listened with joy and anticipation, and we very much enjoyed the little unexpected additions - having our Best Man show the rings to the attendees, for instance. Additionally, Lance estimated our ceremony would last approximately 25 minutes. Reading the crowd and the almost unbearable weather conditions (it was HOT), Lance slightly sped up the ceremony for the comfort of all. I couldn't thank him enough. The wedding itself was absolutely beautiful! Read less
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soontoobe
Wedding:
5/15/2010
5.0/5.0
Lance was one of the biggest reasons our wedding ceremony was so perfect. He showed up on time, coordinated everything perfectly, and provided a beautiful ceremony. He took the time to get to know us and catered the ceremony to our desires and needs. It was a very personalized ceremony and anyone who heard it knew it was written just about us. We loved that it felt like our own, instead of something out of a book. Our day would not have been complete without Lance as our officiant.
Lance was one of the biggest reasons our wedding ceremony was so perfect. He showed up on time, coordinated everything Read more...
Lance was one of the biggest reasons our wedding ceremony was so perfect. He showed up on time, coordinated everything perfectly, and provided a beautiful ceremony. He took the time to get to know us and catered the ceremony to our desires and needs. It was a very personalized ceremony and anyone who heard it knew it was written just about us. We loved that it felt like our own, instead of something out of a book. Our day would not have been complete without Lance as our officiant. Read less
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Jonathan
Wedding:
4/29/2010
4.9/5.0
I think finding an officiate is the hardest part of the planning.Beautiful Weddings by Lance was a perfect find!They really put us at ease and was so great to work with and enabled us to have our own unique ceremony that really highlighted our personalities!
I think finding an officiate is the hardest part of the planning.Beautiful Weddings by Lance was a perfect find!They Read more...
I think finding an officiate is the hardest part of the planning.Beautiful Weddings by Lance was a perfect find!They really put us at ease and was so great to work with and enabled us to have our own unique ceremony that really highlighted our personalities! Read less
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DianaMcLaughlin
Wedding:
10/9/2009
5.0/5.0
The ceremony that Lance provided for my wedding was exactly what we wanted. He worked very closely with me to help build the perfect wedding ceremony. He also went out of his way to get to know us which is so important when someone is going to marry you. He was extremely personable, professional, and helpful in every aspect of the ceremony. He even suggested a wonderful location and harpist for our wedding. I absolutely cannot say enough how lucky I feel to have found him because he is mostly responsible for the "fairytale" wedding that my husband and I felt we had. Everyone in attendance enjoyed it too! It was perfect. Thank you so much Lance!
The ceremony that Lance provided for my wedding was exactly what we wanted. He worked very closely with me to help build Read more...
The ceremony that Lance provided for my wedding was exactly what we wanted. He worked very closely with me to help build the perfect wedding ceremony. He also went out of his way to get to know us which is so important when someone is going to marry you. He was extremely personable, professional, and helpful in every aspect of the ceremony. He even suggested a wonderful location and harpist for our wedding. I absolutely cannot say enough how lucky I feel to have found him because he is mostly responsible for the "fairytale" wedding that my husband and I felt we had. Everyone in attendance enjoyed it too! It was perfect. Thank you so much Lance! Read less
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Peter Thorp
Wedding:
10/3/2009
5.0/5.0
Lance was very good and took care of us completely. He was calm and caring and professional. The one thing I would recommend is that you take responsibility for outlining and preparing the ceremony. Lance was totally flexible and had the ability to do various ceremonies including a traditional Fillipino wedding ... He was great with ours and Isabella and I give him a 5.0 on a 5.0 scale.

Thanks,
Peter & Isabella
Lance was very good and took care of us completely. He was calm and caring and professional. The one thing I would Read more...
Lance was very good and took care of us completely. He was calm and caring and professional. The one thing I would recommend is that you take responsibility for outlining and preparing the ceremony. Lance was totally flexible and had the ability to do various ceremonies including a traditional Fillipino wedding ... He was great with ours and Isabella and I give him a 5.0 on a 5.0 scale.

Thanks,
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Meredith
Wedding:
10/3/2009
4.9/5.0
It was like Lance "Knew" us and we only talked once. The words he said at the wedding was "us". Our past that brought us together and being friends...it just hit the personal ceremony that was so important to us. Thanks!!
It was like Lance "Knew" us and we only talked once. The words he said at the wedding was "us". Our past that brought us Read more...
It was like Lance "Knew" us and we only talked once. The words he said at the wedding was "us". Our past that brought us together and being friends...it just hit the personal ceremony that was so important to us. Thanks!! Read less
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neo_mra_ct
Wedding:
9/26/2009
5.0/5.0
Our wedding by Lance was a wonderful experience. We have spent the last 9 months planning our out of country wedding and realized at the last minute we had not planned the legal ceremony in the area. Lance was extremely accomodating and helped make the day one to remember. Thank you so much for making this one day we did not have to worry about.
Our wedding by Lance was a wonderful experience. We have spent the last 9 months planning our out of country wedding and Read more...
Our wedding by Lance was a wonderful experience. We have spent the last 9 months planning our out of country wedding and realized at the last minute we had not planned the legal ceremony in the area. Lance was extremely accomodating and helped make the day one to remember. Thank you so much for making this one day we did not have to worry about. Read less
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alice&ken
Wedding:
9/25/2009
5.0/5.0
Lance was awesome! The ceremony was warm and personal and all of the guests commented on what a lovely ceremony we had. He put everyone in the bridal party at ease. He really delivered the perfect ceremony with just the right touch for our wedding. Ken and I highly recommend him.
Lance was awesome! The ceremony was warm and personal and all of the guests commented on what a lovely ceremony we had. He Read more...
Lance was awesome! The ceremony was warm and personal and all of the guests commented on what a lovely ceremony we had. He put everyone in the bridal party at ease. He really delivered the perfect ceremony with just the right touch for our wedding. Ken and I highly recommend him. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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clyde
Wedding:
9/20/2009
5.0/5.0
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He took the parameters we set and made the whole event special. More people commented on his performance than any other facet of our wedding, which had some really cool facets!
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He took the parameters we set and made the whole event special. More people Read more...
I cannot say enough good things about Lance. He took the parameters we set and made the whole event special. More people commented on his performance than any other facet of our wedding, which had some really cool facets! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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cindylouwho821
Wedding:
9/20/2009
5.0/5.0
Lance did an amazing job! He really took the time to get to know us and understand who we are and the ceremony we wanted to have. Our vows were beautiful, and extremely personal. Lance can really work the room and was funny and touching.
Lance did an amazing job! He really took the time to get to know us and understand who we are and the ceremony we wanted Read more...
Lance did an amazing job! He really took the time to get to know us and understand who we are and the ceremony we wanted to have. Our vows were beautiful, and extremely personal. Lance can really work the room and was funny and touching. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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thedamicos
Wedding:
9/12/2009
5.0/5.0
Lance did a fantastic job capturing the exact feel we wanted for our ceremony. We received many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was. I also loved how I could customize the whole ceremony right on his website!
Lance did a fantastic job capturing the exact feel we wanted for our ceremony. We received many compliments on how Read more...
Lance did a fantastic job capturing the exact feel we wanted for our ceremony. We received many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was. I also loved how I could customize the whole ceremony right on his website! Read less
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gigglegrl01
Wedding:
7/12/2008
5.0/5.0
Lance was a delight to work with! With 2 different religions, he made it work! And on the big day the bridal party was so nervous that Lance kindly whispered to us at what to do! It was sweet! The ceremony was everything I hoped for, and I highly recommend Lance! :)
Lance was a delight to work with! With 2 different religions, he made it work! And on the big day the bridal party was so Read more...
Lance was a delight to work with! With 2 different religions, he made it work! And on the big day the bridal party was so nervous that Lance kindly whispered to us at what to do! It was sweet! The ceremony was everything I hoped for, and I highly recommend Lance! :) Read less
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Courtney
Wedding:
5/10/2008
4.9/5.0
The best thing about Lance is his personality! He made our ceremony FUN. It was exactly the way we wanted it to be. Everyone LOVED HIM.
The best thing about Lance is his personality! He made our ceremony FUN. It was exactly the way we wanted it to be. Read more...
The best thing about Lance is his personality! He made our ceremony FUN. It was exactly the way we wanted it to be. Everyone LOVED HIM. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

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somdpommom
Wedding:
4/6/2008
4.9/5.0
We met Lance in Oct of 07 and found him to be delightful. He is more then an official he works on many projects that help people in need as well. Lance was very pleasant to deal with as well as flexible. He made the day as well. Lance arrived early and mingled with the guests. He devolped and delivered a beautiful ceremony. When we ran late on time he never siad a word, just rolled with the day. Our ceremony was not to long or to short, it was perfect.
We met Lance in Oct of 07 and found him to be delightful. He is more then an official he works on many projects that help Read more...
We met Lance in Oct of 07 and found him to be delightful. He is more then an official he works on many projects that help people in need as well. Lance was very pleasant to deal with as well as flexible. He made the day as well. Lance arrived early and mingled with the guests. He devolped and delivered a beautiful ceremony. When we ran late on time he never siad a word, just rolled with the day. Our ceremony was not to long or to short, it was perfect. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

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Chrissy
Wedding:
3/22/2008
5.0/5.0
We absolutely loved Lance! The ceremony was beautiful and he listened very closely to what we wanted. It couldn't have been a more perfect ceremony!
We absolutely loved Lance! The ceremony was beautiful and he listened very closely to what we wanted. It couldn't have Read more...
We absolutely loved Lance! The ceremony was beautiful and he listened very closely to what we wanted. It couldn't have been a more perfect ceremony! Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

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fathomsw
Wedding:
11/11/2007
4.8/5.0
Lance was the perfect person for our "Jewish/Christian" non religious specific wedding. He was able to bring in multiple religions without making anyone feel uncomfortable or forgotten. He brought a "fun spirit" to the ceremony, and to the whole event. The guests that spoke to him after the ceremony commented on what an extraordinary person he is and what a beautiful ceremony it was. He was a pleasure to work with and an asset to anyone who may be having a multi-religious ceremony!
Lance was the perfect person for our "Jewish/Christian" non religious specific wedding. He was able to bring in multiple Read more...
Lance was the perfect person for our "Jewish/Christian" non religious specific wedding. He was able to bring in multiple religions without making anyone feel uncomfortable or forgotten. He brought a "fun spirit" to the ceremony, and to the whole event. The guests that spoke to him after the ceremony commented on what an extraordinary person he is and what a beautiful ceremony it was. He was a pleasure to work with and an asset to anyone who may be having a multi-religious ceremony! Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

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Megan
Wedding:
11/3/2007
2.0/5.0
Lance was recommended to us by a couple that had used him previously. At our first meeting with him we liked him very much and felt very good about having him marry us. As we got closer to the wedding and started to finalize arrangements things began to fall apart. We had 2 lengthy phone conversations within one week to go over the outline of our ceremony. Lance did not seem to remember us from one call to the next. At one point he asked my husband to remind him what state we were being married in. At that point our wedding was a week away and it made us nervous to think that Lance didn't know which state he was going to be in in the next couple of days. During our ceremony he confused which children in the wedding party belonged to us (this was a second marriage for me). We had gone through this with him numerous times leading up to the wedding. We discussed with him at length that we wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet and he assured us that he could do that. The bulk of our ceremony turned out to be Lance sharing his thoughts about love and marriage. The ceremony ended up being 30 minutes long which was 10 minutes longer than it needed to be. I came very close to asking him to stop and get down to business several times.

Lance prides himself on how many weddings he does a year. He was thrilled to tell us that he was doing 7 weddings in the weekend he married us. Experience at what you do is good but I think Lance has gotten to the point where he does so many weddings that he can't keep track of his brides and grooms. He definetly did not retain anything we discussed with him in the time leading up to our wedding. If you don't mind your ceremony being the "Lance Show" go with him.
Lance was recommended to us by a couple that had used him previously. At our first meeting with him we liked him very much Read more...
Lance was recommended to us by a couple that had used him previously. At our first meeting with him we liked him very much and felt very good about having him marry us. As we got closer to the wedding and started to finalize arrangements things began to fall apart. We had 2 lengthy phone conversations within one week to go over the outline of our ceremony. Lance did not seem to remember us from one call to the next. At one point he asked my husband to remind him what state we were being married in. At that point our wedding was a week away and it made us nervous to think that Lance didn't know which state he was going to be in in the next couple of days. During our ceremony he confused which children in the wedding party belonged to us (this was a second marriage for me). We had gone through this with him numerous times leading up to the wedding. We discussed with him at length that we wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet and he assured us that he could do that. The bulk of our ceremony turned out to be Lance sharing his thoughts about love and marriage. The ceremony ended up being 30 minutes long which was 10 minutes longer than it needed to be. I came very close to asking him to stop and get down to business several times.

Lance prides himself on how many weddings he does a year. He was thrilled to tell us that he was doing 7 weddings in the weekend he married us. Experience at what you do is good but I think Lance has gotten to the point where he does so many weddings that he can't keep track of his brides and grooms. He definetly did not retain anything we discussed with him in the time leading up to our wedding. If you don't mind your ceremony being the "Lance Show" go with him. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

So, what can I learn from this review? First, we can't please everybody. That's just the law of the universe. Second, Being comfortable around the bridal party is not always a good idea. And lastly, more follow up never hurts.
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Susie
Wedding:
10/6/2007
0.0/5.0
Lance cancelled on us three days before the wedding via email and with no reason. He found a replacement who butchered our ceremony and who obviously didn't get our materials until the day before, because his reading of the ceremony was choppy and awkward. He made no concessions to us, and even before he cancelled made no effort to attend the rehearsal. He also basically expected us to use his template ceremony and modify it and didn't provide any assistance or guidance in this process, just sent messages demanding payament and finalized materials with no forwarning!
Lance cancelled on us three days before the wedding via email and with no reason. He found a replacement who butchered our Read more...
Lance cancelled on us three days before the wedding via email and with no reason. He found a replacement who butchered our ceremony and who obviously didn't get our materials until the day before, because his reading of the ceremony was choppy and awkward. He made no concessions to us, and even before he cancelled made no effort to attend the rehearsal. He also basically expected us to use his template ceremony and modify it and didn't provide any assistance or guidance in this process, just sent messages demanding payament and finalized materials with no forwarning! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

Well, I'm certainly grateful that this rating of 0 is not because I just called and cancelled my services! I've never done that and never will. When became ill I provided a back-up officiant, someone that has worked with me for years - a preacher for 25 years, I find it difficult to imagine he funbles. As I've said in other reviews, I pray more for this bride's hope for the future and success of her marriage than lack of gratitute for the past and the effectiveness of my emergency plan. But in any case, no one wants to see an unhappy bride.
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Kahllua
Wedding:
5/26/2007
4.5/5.0
Lance did a great job, he was very flexible with our wedding style and made exceptional recommendations when we needed them. He is a true professional. Would liked to have had a bit more instruction going into the ceremony to ensure everyone did exactly as they were expected.
Lance did a great job, he was very flexible with our wedding style and made exceptional recommendations when we needed Read more...
Lance did a great job, he was very flexible with our wedding style and made exceptional recommendations when we needed them. He is a true professional. Would liked to have had a bit more instruction going into the ceremony to ensure everyone did exactly as they were expected. Read less
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Virginia Maryland DC Wedding Officiant responded with the following comments:

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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.4/5.0
Lance did a great job officiating our ceremony. He was pleasant and fun to work with. I had some trouble communicating through email with him a couple of times, but other than that, we were extremely happy we chose him to preside over our wedding.
Lance did a great job officiating our ceremony. He was pleasant and fun to work with. I had some trouble communicating Read more...
Lance did a great job officiating our ceremony. He was pleasant and fun to work with. I had some trouble communicating through email with him a couple of times, but other than that, we were extremely happy we chose him to preside over our wedding. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
I cannot praise this man enough. Lance was amazing. We had a few hiccups in the ceremony (brought on by a beautiful two year old flower girl) and he breezed right through them, and even used Bible verses to link her actions back to the ceremony. Everyone in the wedding and numerous guests expressed how impressed they were by Lance.
I cannot praise this man enough. Lance was amazing. We had a few hiccups in the ceremony (brought on by a beautiful two Read more...
I cannot praise this man enough. Lance was amazing. We had a few hiccups in the ceremony (brought on by a beautiful two year old flower girl) and he breezed right through them, and even used Bible verses to link her actions back to the ceremony. Everyone in the wedding and numerous guests expressed how impressed they were by Lance. Read less
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