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Wedding Ceremonies by Jeff

Alexandria , VA
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Alexandria, VA 22301 US (map)

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703-980-1677

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My name is Jeff Maszal and I have officiated wedding ceremonies for couples of almost every faith, race, and culture.

Each wedding is customized to meet your needs. I take... Read more
My name is Jeff Maszal and I have officiated wedding ceremonies for couples of almost every faith, race, and culture.

Each wedding is customized to meet your needs. I take pride in listening to you and working with you to create a ceremony that reflects who you are, what you want, and what your faith, family, and culture may request or require.

An Ordained Minister, in good standing (and a former management consultant), I officiate traditional, contemporary, religious (Christian, etc), non-denominational, spiritual, interfaith, cross-cultural, and secular/non-religious ceremonies.

Religious and interfaith ceremonies that I have officiated/co-officiated include those from the Jewish, Buddhist, Islamic, Hindu, Bahá'í, Confucianism, and Taoist faiths. I have incorporated cultural traditions from most part of the world.

I’m licensed to officiate in Virginia, Washington D.C., and Virginia.

Check out my web page at www.weddingceremoniesbyjeff.com or contact me at 703.980.1677 and let me know if you have any questions. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious Ceremony, Single Religion Ceremony
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Baha'i Faith, Buddhist, Christian (no denomination), Christian - Anglican, Christian - Baptist, Christian - Catholic, Christian - Episcopalian, Christian - Lutheran, Christian - Methodist, Christian - Mormon, Christian - Orthodox, Christian - Presbyterian, Christian - Quaker, Evangelical, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No
Are you willing to perform a ceremony at a non-religious site?
Yes.
What is your attire for the ceremony?
I usually wear a suit and tie, or a suit and clerical collar, or full vestments.
Are you flexible in the wording used throughout the ceremony, including the vows?
Not a problem.
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?
Couples are not "required" to use my readings. I offer a selection of readings that couples can choose from, or they can use readings of their choice.
How long are your ceremonies?
That is up to the couple's requirements
Do you require that premarital counseling be done?
No, premarital counseling is not required but it is available.
Are you willing to perform pre-ceremony rehearsals?
I am available for rehearsals, at an extra charge.
Do you supply a sound system?
No

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Kaley
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
I was a bit hesitant about finding someone to officiate our wedding online as it is such an important part of the day and I really wanted to have a personalized, heartfelt ceremony. However, within a few minutes of meeting Jeff I felt completely comfortable and knew he would do an amazing job.

Jeff was so helpful in the planning process. He had so many great ideas to make our ceremony feel like "us" by incorporating some Irish and Catholic traditions without having to do a completely religious ceremony that we didn't want. Jeff also had great suggestions for readings, ways to thank our families, and to recognize those who weren't present. Any time I sent Jeff an email, he answered within 24 hours - most of the time, within the hour!

When it came time for the rehearsal and wedding day, Jeff's help was priceless. He orchestrated our entire rehearsal, helped our bridal party feel comfortable with their roles, and even checked in with me before the ceremony to make sure I was doing ok. My husband and I loved every moment of our ceremony - from the special touches like the hand fasting ceremony to the jokes and anecdotes Jeff added about our relationship. I can't count the number of people that came up to me at the wedding and afterwards to tell me how much they loved our ceremony and what a wonderful job he did. Many asked how long we had known Jeff because the ceremony was so personal! It meant so much to us and to our family and friends.

I would highly recommend Jeff.
I was a bit hesitant about finding someone to officiate our wedding online as it is such an important part of the day and Read more...
I was a bit hesitant about finding someone to officiate our wedding online as it is such an important part of the day and I really wanted to have a personalized, heartfelt ceremony. However, within a few minutes of meeting Jeff I felt completely comfortable and knew he would do an amazing job.

Jeff was so helpful in the planning process. He had so many great ideas to make our ceremony feel like "us" by incorporating some Irish and Catholic traditions without having to do a completely religious ceremony that we didn't want. Jeff also had great suggestions for readings, ways to thank our families, and to recognize those who weren't present. Any time I sent Jeff an email, he answered within 24 hours - most of the time, within the hour!

When it came time for the rehearsal and wedding day, Jeff's help was priceless. He orchestrated our entire rehearsal, helped our bridal party feel comfortable with their roles, and even checked in with me before the ceremony to make sure I was doing ok. My husband and I loved every moment of our ceremony - from the special touches like the hand fasting ceremony to the jokes and anecdotes Jeff added about our relationship. I can't count the number of people that came up to me at the wedding and afterwards to tell me how much they loved our ceremony and what a wonderful job he did. Many asked how long we had known Jeff because the ceremony was so personal! It meant so much to us and to our family and friends.

I would highly recommend Jeff. Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
10/24/2014
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got engaged in August of 2014 and decided on what we thought would be a very simple, but elegant, civil ceremony in Washington D.C. What I didn't realize is just how much planning goes into even the most basic of weddings, so thank goodness I was fortunate enough to find Jeff Maszal! We had a very short timeline (7 weeks) and I really only had a "concept" of what I wanted without knowing any of the logistics involved. Even before we signed a contract with him, Jeff was instrumental in helping us decide on what, where, when and how. From that point forward, I knew he was the right person for us and (once again) I was right!!! He, he... Seriously, he is wonderful! He was helpful without being intrusive, offering as much (or as little) support as we needed along the way. We even wound up relying on him to file our marriage license paperwork, taking one more thing off our list. I would not hesitate to recommend him to family or friends in DC, Maryland or Virginia!
My husband and I got engaged in August of 2014 and decided on what we thought would be a very simple, but elegant, civil Read more...
My husband and I got engaged in August of 2014 and decided on what we thought would be a very simple, but elegant, civil ceremony in Washington D.C. What I didn't realize is just how much planning goes into even the most basic of weddings, so thank goodness I was fortunate enough to find Jeff Maszal! We had a very short timeline (7 weeks) and I really only had a "concept" of what I wanted without knowing any of the logistics involved. Even before we signed a contract with him, Jeff was instrumental in helping us decide on what, where, when and how. From that point forward, I knew he was the right person for us and (once again) I was right!!! He, he... Seriously, he is wonderful! He was helpful without being intrusive, offering as much (or as little) support as we needed along the way. We even wound up relying on him to file our marriage license paperwork, taking one more thing off our list. I would not hesitate to recommend him to family or friends in DC, Maryland or Virginia! Read less
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Elizabeth
Wedding:
10/11/2014
5.0/5.0
We worked with Jeff to create a beautiful ceremony. He met with us in person to discuss options and get to know our style and relationship and then sent over many ideas for ceremonies. Jeff was very flexible and we mixed and matched his ceremony language and added out own touches. Jeff's delivery at the ceremony was perfect for us. He was joyful while at the same time serious. He is clearly very practiced - a true professional. He gently guided is during the ceremony, as we are not professionals! Many people commented that ours was the best ceremony that they had seen. It was really special and it would not have been the same with out Jeff's touches.

Jeff was also very responsive to emails during the planning process and walked us through the marriage licensing process as well. When I went into to drop off my paper work at the courthouse the woman at the desk said "Oh I just saw Jeff earlier today. He's great."

I highly recommend Jeff.
We worked with Jeff to create a beautiful ceremony. He met with us in person to discuss options and get to know our style Read more...
We worked with Jeff to create a beautiful ceremony. He met with us in person to discuss options and get to know our style and relationship and then sent over many ideas for ceremonies. Jeff was very flexible and we mixed and matched his ceremony language and added out own touches. Jeff's delivery at the ceremony was perfect for us. He was joyful while at the same time serious. He is clearly very practiced - a true professional. He gently guided is during the ceremony, as we are not professionals! Many people commented that ours was the best ceremony that they had seen. It was really special and it would not have been the same with out Jeff's touches.

Jeff was also very responsive to emails during the planning process and walked us through the marriage licensing process as well. When I went into to drop off my paper work at the courthouse the woman at the desk said "Oh I just saw Jeff earlier today. He's great."

I highly recommend Jeff. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jeff was the officiant for our ceremony and he was wonderful! Right after our initial meeting with him, we still had appointments to speak with others (that had a lower fee) but we already knew we would probably end up going with him. At our initial meeting, he was extremely helpful with the whole ceremony process and all that it would entail. We weren't too familiar with options and ideas since we were doing a non-denominational ceremony and the only weddings either of us had been to were Christian or traditional Vietnamese. He asked ample questions, things you wouldn't expect but it makes sense, and gave us a bunch of tips for getting our marriage license and even decorations.

Closer to the wedding, he followed up with us on how we wanted the ceremony to go. This was great because we were so busy I didn't get a chance to reach out to him yet. He was timely to the rehearsal and the day of, more so than some of our wedding party. At the rehearsal, he directed us exactly where to go, who would end up where, ways to stand, things not to do. Which you would think is already a given, but you'd be surprised how often things get mixed up. On the day of the wedding, he was very attentive to everyone and would check up on the girls and myself regularly to keep us updated on timing or if we needed anything. I really appreciated it all.

All of our guests loved him. We got so many compliments from people about how funny he was and how beautiful the ceremony went. The whole thing went so smoothly, I really couldn't have asked for more. I'd recommend him without hesitation.
Jeff was the officiant for our ceremony and he was wonderful! Right after our initial meeting with him, we still had Read more...
Jeff was the officiant for our ceremony and he was wonderful! Right after our initial meeting with him, we still had appointments to speak with others (that had a lower fee) but we already knew we would probably end up going with him. At our initial meeting, he was extremely helpful with the whole ceremony process and all that it would entail. We weren't too familiar with options and ideas since we were doing a non-denominational ceremony and the only weddings either of us had been to were Christian or traditional Vietnamese. He asked ample questions, things you wouldn't expect but it makes sense, and gave us a bunch of tips for getting our marriage license and even decorations.

Closer to the wedding, he followed up with us on how we wanted the ceremony to go. This was great because we were so busy I didn't get a chance to reach out to him yet. He was timely to the rehearsal and the day of, more so than some of our wedding party. At the rehearsal, he directed us exactly where to go, who would end up where, ways to stand, things not to do. Which you would think is already a given, but you'd be surprised how often things get mixed up. On the day of the wedding, he was very attentive to everyone and would check up on the girls and myself regularly to keep us updated on timing or if we needed anything. I really appreciated it all.

All of our guests loved him. We got so many compliments from people about how funny he was and how beautiful the ceremony went. The whole thing went so smoothly, I really couldn't have asked for more. I'd recommend him without hesitation. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jeff was absolutely fantastic in officiating our marriage ceremony. He was very understanding and helpful with what we were looking for and answering our questions. We wanted a quick, simple, and easy ceremony, and Jeff helped us make it happen. I would absolutely refer his services to anyone.
Jeff was absolutely fantastic in officiating our marriage ceremony. He was very understanding and helpful with what we Read more...
Jeff was absolutely fantastic in officiating our marriage ceremony. He was very understanding and helpful with what we were looking for and answering our questions. We wanted a quick, simple, and easy ceremony, and Jeff helped us make it happen. I would absolutely refer his services to anyone. Read less
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Tina
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
We found Jeff by googling officiants/pre-martial counselors in the DC/MD/VA area and he happened to pop up with numerous positive excellent ratings. We decided to give it a shot and met him at a local Cosi. Immediately we both knew he would be perfect for our ceremony! There was a warm friendly but professional demeanor he displayed and we just felt very comfortable with him from the start. He really was interested in getting to know us and how we met. We even agreed to have him counsel us in a couple's pre-marital counseling and this was seriously one of the best decisions we made! The tests and "homework" he made us do really solidified our understanding of each other and the discussions we would have all together really gave us an in-depth understanding of our expectations for our future together as husband and wife and really laid out the ground-work in explaining why we are the way we are. I highly recommend using Jeff as a counselor whether you're engaged or married. The night was truly magical for us and Jeff played a big part in this. He officiated the wedding with comfort and ease and his loud vocals really resonated wonderfully in the room we were in. He even added a touch of humor in the Christian ceremony we requested making it personable to us and it really was so great having to gotten to know him over a couple months before he officiated our wedding because it made it even that much more special to us and almost like he was our pastor marrying us. Jeff is so easy to work with and will go above and beyond to pick up your marriage license prior to the wedding so that he could save me a trip to the courthouse. His information has been tremendously helpful and he always responds right away to emails about anything! We would highly recommend him to anyone to officiate your wedding. He really knows what he's doing and we really couldn't be happier with how our special day turned out! Thanks so much Jeff! Stay in touch!
We found Jeff by googling officiants/pre-martial counselors in the DC/MD/VA area and he happened to pop up with numerous Read more...
We found Jeff by googling officiants/pre-martial counselors in the DC/MD/VA area and he happened to pop up with numerous positive excellent ratings. We decided to give it a shot and met him at a local Cosi. Immediately we both knew he would be perfect for our ceremony! There was a warm friendly but professional demeanor he displayed and we just felt very comfortable with him from the start. He really was interested in getting to know us and how we met. We even agreed to have him counsel us in a couple's pre-marital counseling and this was seriously one of the best decisions we made! The tests and "homework" he made us do really solidified our understanding of each other and the discussions we would have all together really gave us an in-depth understanding of our expectations for our future together as husband and wife and really laid out the ground-work in explaining why we are the way we are. I highly recommend using Jeff as a counselor whether you're engaged or married. The night was truly magical for us and Jeff played a big part in this. He officiated the wedding with comfort and ease and his loud vocals really resonated wonderfully in the room we were in. He even added a touch of humor in the Christian ceremony we requested making it personable to us and it really was so great having to gotten to know him over a couple months before he officiated our wedding because it made it even that much more special to us and almost like he was our pastor marrying us. Jeff is so easy to work with and will go above and beyond to pick up your marriage license prior to the wedding so that he could save me a trip to the courthouse. His information has been tremendously helpful and he always responds right away to emails about anything! We would highly recommend him to anyone to officiate your wedding. He really knows what he's doing and we really couldn't be happier with how our special day turned out! Thanks so much Jeff! Stay in touch! Read less
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Jeanette
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeff was able to guide and suggest to us how to create the most perfect wedding ceremony that suited our vision. And he delivered on the presentation as well. He is a kind caring man who kept it all together. The ceremony was meaningful and beautiful. I can not thank Jeff enough!!!!
Jeff was able to guide and suggest to us how to create the most perfect wedding ceremony that suited our vision. And he Read more...
Jeff was able to guide and suggest to us how to create the most perfect wedding ceremony that suited our vision. And he delivered on the presentation as well. He is a kind caring man who kept it all together. The ceremony was meaningful and beautiful. I can not thank Jeff enough!!!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My partner and I were looking to come to DC and get married but just didn’t know where to start the whole process. Thankfully we found Jeff. He was so helpful in every way. He recommended several free locations for our small private ceremony and applied for our marriage license and picked it up for us. This was so helpful. Jeff was responsive to our emails getting back to us almost within the hour.

And the ceremony he performed was so personal and emotional. We couldn’t have worked with a better officiate!
My partner and I were looking to come to DC and get married but just didn’t know where to start the whole process. Read more...
My partner and I were looking to come to DC and get married but just didn’t know where to start the whole process. Thankfully we found Jeff. He was so helpful in every way. He recommended several free locations for our small private ceremony and applied for our marriage license and picked it up for us. This was so helpful. Jeff was responsive to our emails getting back to us almost within the hour.

And the ceremony he performed was so personal and emotional. We couldn’t have worked with a better officiate! Read less
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Ginny
Wedding:
6/29/2014
5.0/5.0
From the moment we sat down with Jeff, half of my wedding stress went out the window. I will be the first to admit that I am/was not the best at planning a wedding. Jeff not only helped us to craft a beautiful ceremony but, in our meeting and the questions he asked, he really brought to light all of the things I was missing/forgetting. He really took charge at our rehersal and made sure everything would run smoothly. The number of people I received compliments from regarding the ceremony confirmed that we made an excellent choice in choosing Jeff!
From the moment we sat down with Jeff, half of my wedding stress went out the window. I will be the first to admit that I Read more...
From the moment we sat down with Jeff, half of my wedding stress went out the window. I will be the first to admit that I am/was not the best at planning a wedding. Jeff not only helped us to craft a beautiful ceremony but, in our meeting and the questions he asked, he really brought to light all of the things I was missing/forgetting. He really took charge at our rehersal and made sure everything would run smoothly. The number of people I received compliments from regarding the ceremony confirmed that we made an excellent choice in choosing Jeff! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Erin and Lee
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Jeff officiated our very small, outdoor elopement ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in Old Town Alexandria. He made our personal (civil) ceremony exquisitely beautiful and memorable by his contributions. We could not have asked for a better officiant! We contacted Jeff approximately one month prior to our desired wedding day and found him to be incredibly responsive, flexible and amenable to any and all changes as plans for our special day were adjusted. He also offered excellent guidance based on his own experiences for the area- assuaging many of our planning fears in the process and saving us additional expense.

All in all, the day and ceremony he performed were beyond perfect for us in every regard. He really kept us at ease from the moment he arrived to meet with us and by taking the time to ensure the moment was enjoyed and special even if it was only the four of us. Jeff also included our two teenage children in the most beautiful way that allowed them to a participate in the day and give their blessing. It was incredibly touching and they loved being included.

We could not have asked for a better day or memory. The weather, location and words were absolutely perfect!!!
Jeff officiated our very small, outdoor elopement ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in Old Town Alexandria. He made Read more...
Jeff officiated our very small, outdoor elopement ceremony over Memorial Day Weekend 2014 in Old Town Alexandria. He made our personal (civil) ceremony exquisitely beautiful and memorable by his contributions. We could not have asked for a better officiant! We contacted Jeff approximately one month prior to our desired wedding day and found him to be incredibly responsive, flexible and amenable to any and all changes as plans for our special day were adjusted. He also offered excellent guidance based on his own experiences for the area- assuaging many of our planning fears in the process and saving us additional expense.

All in all, the day and ceremony he performed were beyond perfect for us in every regard. He really kept us at ease from the moment he arrived to meet with us and by taking the time to ensure the moment was enjoyed and special even if it was only the four of us. Jeff also included our two teenage children in the most beautiful way that allowed them to a participate in the day and give their blessing. It was incredibly touching and they loved being included.

We could not have asked for a better day or memory. The weather, location and words were absolutely perfect!!! Read less
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