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WeddingCeremony.org, Jim Burch

VA
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YOUR love shines through my ceremony. Non-denominational, different religions, Catholic, Christian and/or spiritual ... from the heart. My ceremony reflects and honors YOU as you are.... Read more
YOUR love shines through my ceremony. Non-denominational, different religions, Catholic, Christian and/or spiritual ... from the heart. My ceremony reflects and honors YOU as you are.

The love you feel for each other really comes through in my carefully-crafted ceremony ... both for you and for your guests - that is what I have been told is what distinguishes my ceremonies from what people are usually expecting. The really remarkable feature is that your family and guests actually feel the love you share and are gripped in the moment, consciously participating. I often see couples in the audience reach out to hold each other's hands as the ceremony unfolds, so lots of good things happen here! Most people today are not overly religious, but want a beautiful and meaningful ceremony ... not just a run-of-the-mill, as-expected repeat of something they have seen many, many times.

My wedding ceremonies are definitely spiritual. They have to be when you think about it: marriage is much more than a kiss and a binding contract. Mine is a Christian perspective as Jesus might have done it ... which means it offends no one, honors everyone (no matter their religion or lack of it), and joins our common humanity in its universal trait, love. At your wedding, you will have family and friends of every eclectic sort: very pious and wouldn't-set-foot-in-a-church-if-you-paid-them, Jews, Muslims, Christians and atheists. Universally, they all come out saying to each other, "That was the best wedding I ever saw!"

I will go anywhere, indoors or outdoors ... in Washington, DC, suburban Virginia (inner suburbs out to Winchester and Fredericksburg, especially Hunt Country), Maryland (inner DC suburbs, plus all of the wonderful locations in Baltimore, up to Frederick and to Harve de Grace). If you like, call and tell me what you want your wedding to be like. We'll talk, and, if that sounds initially attractive, we'd meet and get to know each other, and we would go over the ceremony I use. You take it home after our meeting and read it over. If you like it, you then call back and confirm, and we go from there. Read less
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What officiant services do you provide?
Civil Union, Interfaith 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, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Muslim, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist
Can you accommodate the hearing impaired?
No

REVIEWS

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Philip
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
My wife Anne and I cannot say enough good things about Jim Burch. From his message to his disposition to his willingness to travel for our ceremony, we were wholly impressed. Jim's message is one of togetherness and love, and his words at the service were touching and meaningful. He is also exceedingly kind, easygoing, and enthusiastic. At a very small fee, Jim agreed to travel from his home in Virginia for our service in Tennessee, which was made all the more special by his involvement. We would strongly encourage any couples looking for an officiant to select Jim for their service -- they will not be disappointed.
My wife Anne and I cannot say enough good things about Jim Burch. From his message to his disposition to his willingness Read more...
My wife Anne and I cannot say enough good things about Jim Burch. From his message to his disposition to his willingness to travel for our ceremony, we were wholly impressed. Jim's message is one of togetherness and love, and his words at the service were touching and meaningful. He is also exceedingly kind, easygoing, and enthusiastic. At a very small fee, Jim agreed to travel from his home in Virginia for our service in Tennessee, which was made all the more special by his involvement. We would strongly encourage any couples looking for an officiant to select Jim for their service -- they will not be disappointed. Read less
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Audrey
Wedding:
11/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was a wonderful officiant, and we were very fortunate that he had availability for our date on relatively short notice! My husband and I had a dual wedding of sorts, with an Indian ceremony followed by a Christian ceremony, the latter of which Jim officiated. From our first meeting onward, he was warm, welcoming, and put us both at ease---given the amount of other wedding related stress we were under, it was a breath of fresh air. I liked that we were able to customize the ceremony template to include several readings, and Jim was kind enough to include a prayer that I requested. On our wedding day, he was a beacon of calm and optimism, and we both knew we were in great hands. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and truly embodied the love we felt for each other. Guests of all different faiths mentioned how much they enjoyed the sermon and really felt included, which was a wonderful thing for our family and friends.

Jim played such a huge role in making our wedding as special and memorable as it was. We can't recommend him highly enough!
Jim was a wonderful officiant, and we were very fortunate that he had availability for our date on relatively short Read more...
Jim was a wonderful officiant, and we were very fortunate that he had availability for our date on relatively short notice! My husband and I had a dual wedding of sorts, with an Indian ceremony followed by a Christian ceremony, the latter of which Jim officiated. From our first meeting onward, he was warm, welcoming, and put us both at ease---given the amount of other wedding related stress we were under, it was a breath of fresh air. I liked that we were able to customize the ceremony template to include several readings, and Jim was kind enough to include a prayer that I requested. On our wedding day, he was a beacon of calm and optimism, and we both knew we were in great hands. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful, and truly embodied the love we felt for each other. Guests of all different faiths mentioned how much they enjoyed the sermon and really felt included, which was a wonderful thing for our family and friends.

Jim played such a huge role in making our wedding as special and memorable as it was. We can't recommend him highly enough! Read less
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Kevin
Wedding:
10/25/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. He walked us through the process and made it very easy to understand what would happen on our wedding day. He offers a number of different options for the ceremony and his message was exactly what we were hoping for. We had been to a wedding that he had officiated and knew that we had to have him for ours. We had a number of people after the ceremony tells us how great they thought he did.
Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. He walked us through the process and made it very easy to understand what Read more...
Jim did a fantastic job officiating our wedding. He walked us through the process and made it very easy to understand what would happen on our wedding day. He offers a number of different options for the ceremony and his message was exactly what we were hoping for. We had been to a wedding that he had officiated and knew that we had to have him for ours. We had a number of people after the ceremony tells us how great they thought he did. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Jim Burch was a wonderful priest. Everyone at the ceremony loved him although it was probably the hottest day of summer that day!
Jim Burch was a wonderful priest. Everyone at the ceremony loved him although it was probably the hottest day of summer Read more...
Jim Burch was a wonderful priest. Everyone at the ceremony loved him although it was probably the hottest day of summer that day! Read less
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Tom
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim Burch is a gem and will probably remain a friend and counselor to us both! Though my wife and l both come from a strong Christian background, we have different spiritual paths: here's Lutheran, mine less religious, more spiritual. I had given up on finding an officiant (or a ceremony) that would reflect both of our views and was going to settle for a classic Lutheran ceremony when the proprietor of the cottages we rented for our guests suggested Jim. After our first meeting with Jim at his home (who suggested we address him by his first name), our search was over. We both felt like we were in the best hands. And l was over the moon because l knew his service was going be that "perfect union" l was looking for. On our wedding day there were a couple of snafus, including a mic problem which forced the wedding to start 40 minutes late. Jim was the perfect confident hand to both of us, calming our nerves and deftly handling more mic problems during the ceremony with humor and aplomb. At the end of our ceremony, my business partner and her sister were asking Jim how they can join his church. We cannot recommend Jim enough to everyone from all spiritual and cultural backgrounds. (We are Ethiopian with a long and proud Christian tradition and Jim fit perfectly with our wedding guests.)
Jim Burch is a gem and will probably remain a friend and counselor to us both! Though my wife and l both come from a Read more...
Jim Burch is a gem and will probably remain a friend and counselor to us both! Though my wife and l both come from a strong Christian background, we have different spiritual paths: here's Lutheran, mine less religious, more spiritual. I had given up on finding an officiant (or a ceremony) that would reflect both of our views and was going to settle for a classic Lutheran ceremony when the proprietor of the cottages we rented for our guests suggested Jim. After our first meeting with Jim at his home (who suggested we address him by his first name), our search was over. We both felt like we were in the best hands. And l was over the moon because l knew his service was going be that "perfect union" l was looking for. On our wedding day there were a couple of snafus, including a mic problem which forced the wedding to start 40 minutes late. Jim was the perfect confident hand to both of us, calming our nerves and deftly handling more mic problems during the ceremony with humor and aplomb. At the end of our ceremony, my business partner and her sister were asking Jim how they can join his church. We cannot recommend Jim enough to everyone from all spiritual and cultural backgrounds. (We are Ethiopian with a long and proud Christian tradition and Jim fit perfectly with our wedding guests.) Read less
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Andrea
Wedding:
8/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim was an incredible wedding officiant. His gentle guidance to prepare our ceremony was just what we needed - he removed all our stresses in this area. We were blending our two families with older children and he knew how to include everyone in just the right way. As he performed our ceremony he was so warm, loving and open-hearted, we felt like we had another family member there with us. Our guests continued to comment after the wedding about his inspirational words and the uniqueness of our event. Jim's ideas made the whole day incredibly special, moving and memorable. We can't thank him enough.
Jim was an incredible wedding officiant. His gentle guidance to prepare our ceremony was just what we needed - he removed Read more...
Jim was an incredible wedding officiant. His gentle guidance to prepare our ceremony was just what we needed - he removed all our stresses in this area. We were blending our two families with older children and he knew how to include everyone in just the right way. As he performed our ceremony he was so warm, loving and open-hearted, we felt like we had another family member there with us. Our guests continued to comment after the wedding about his inspirational words and the uniqueness of our event. Jim's ideas made the whole day incredibly special, moving and memorable. We can't thank him enough. Read less
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Leann
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim has such a warm, welcoming, and encompassing outlook on love and religion which made him just perfect for our ceremony. My husbands family is very Catholic, and my family is a mixture of Protestants and even atheists or agnostics, and everyone loved ceremony and felt very included. It was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined.
Jim has such a warm, welcoming, and encompassing outlook on love and religion which made him just perfect for our Read more...
Jim has such a warm, welcoming, and encompassing outlook on love and religion which made him just perfect for our ceremony. My husbands family is very Catholic, and my family is a mixture of Protestants and even atheists or agnostics, and everyone loved ceremony and felt very included. It was more wonderful than I could have ever imagined. Read less
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Georgia
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
My Husband and I found Jim online based off his wedding reviews and are very happy he officiated our perfect wedding! He is very flexible to work with and straightforward which made making wedding ceremony decisions a quick and confident process. We especially love how Jim was able to incorporate all the unique and special details we requested and still have an unforgettable and less than 30 minute ceremony, of which our guests could not stop commenting on how amazing Jim was. A few guests even mentioned how they wish Jim officiated their own weddings!! Jim is the best and if you can get him to be a part of your wedding memories then go for it!
My Husband and I found Jim online based off his wedding reviews and are very happy he officiated our perfect wedding! He Read more...
My Husband and I found Jim online based off his wedding reviews and are very happy he officiated our perfect wedding! He is very flexible to work with and straightforward which made making wedding ceremony decisions a quick and confident process. We especially love how Jim was able to incorporate all the unique and special details we requested and still have an unforgettable and less than 30 minute ceremony, of which our guests could not stop commenting on how amazing Jim was. A few guests even mentioned how they wish Jim officiated their own weddings!! Jim is the best and if you can get him to be a part of your wedding memories then go for it! Read less
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Brian
Wedding:
6/28/2014
5.0/5.0
If there is something called a perfect wedding... My wife and I had one and the tone was set with Jim. He was simply amazing. Eloquent and fluid, he was a consummate professional. We are so thankful that we found Jim for our wedding!!!
If there is something called a perfect wedding... My wife and I had one and the tone was set with Jim. He was simply Read more...
If there is something called a perfect wedding... My wife and I had one and the tone was set with Jim. He was simply amazing. Eloquent and fluid, he was a consummate professional. We are so thankful that we found Jim for our wedding!!! Read less
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Karen
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Jim Burch was absolutely the best! He prepared my fiance and I extremely well and delivered a great sermon. He then presented us with the entire narrative of the wedding ceremony as a keepsake. I would recommend Jim highly to anyone.
Jim Burch was absolutely the best! He prepared my fiance and I extremely well and delivered a great sermon. He then Read more...
Jim Burch was absolutely the best! He prepared my fiance and I extremely well and delivered a great sermon. He then presented us with the entire narrative of the wedding ceremony as a keepsake. I would recommend Jim highly to anyone. Read less
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