Officiating at weddings is both a joy and an honor. Even the most traditional wedding can be a unique opportunity for you to express to family and friends how you feel about life, love, and each other. You may want to write your own vows or exchange the classic promises ... honor family and religious traditions or make your own unique statement ... walk down the aisle in a traditional church ceremony or speak your vows under the open sky. Whatever your vision of your wedding day, my role as your celebrant is to ensure that the legal requirements are met, to help you make good choices about the different elements in your ceremony, and to be a calm, steady presence on your special day so that you can relax and enjoy every memory-making moment.
Whether your wedding is large or small, I will give it the same quality of attention and care. Sometimes a simple rite can be just perfect. For example, if you have already been joined through a domestic partnership, civil union, or religious ceremony in a state where your marriage cannot be recognized under the law, I welcome the opportunity to help you complete your union with a simple legal ceremony in the District of Columbia.
My authority as a registered celebrant in Washington, DC, comes from Universalist National Memorial Church, where I serve as a deacon. We welcome everyone, including interfaith and same-sex couples, to consider our beautiful sanctuary as the venue for your special day. I can also officiate at weddings in Maryland. Even if you are planning a wedding in Virginia or have not yet selected a venue, please feel free to get in touch through the Contact page, as I know several fine celebrants who can handle a Virginia wedding.
Manage Pre-wedding Stress
Here's my favorite tip for staying calm through the process of planning your wedding: Decide on the top 2-3 things about your wedding that are most important to each of you. Put your time, energy, and money into those, and don't worry so much about everything else.
I recommend, but do not require, marriage preparation using the PREPARE/ENRICH system. What you discover about each other during our sessions together can make your ceremony even richer.
Get Your Marriage License
In the District of Columbia - If you live out of town, I can file the paperwork for you.
In Maryland, contact the court clerk in the county where you plan to be married.