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When two people choose to join together in marriage, it’s a personal and precious decision.  We craft wedding ceremonies that are just as personal.   Your ceremony should be an expression of your heart and soul. Simple or elaborate, traditional or cutting-edge, formal or casual, we create and perform beautiful and meaningful experiences tailored just for you. Our ceremonies emphasize your values and personalities so each one is different.  We work with couples of all religions, cultures, and beliefs and also perform civil ceremonies.  We have been have been serving the greater DC area since 2004 performing weddings, vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, handfastings, family blendings and many more. We have always been proudly gay-friendly and have been honored to perform over 200 same-sex weddings in DC and MD.

Capital Ceremonies' principal is A.C. Warden, a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® and  interfaith minister.   She says "I work with you to create a memorable celebration that will resonate with you and your guests for years to come.  My goal is to make your wedding day truly the day of your dreams."

Serving DC VA MD

Brittney
4/29/17
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. was an amazing officiant for our wedding. She helped us come up with ways to make our ceremony non-religious but still accommodate those who wanted that aspect to our wedding by suggesting a blessing of a ring. Everyone talked about how neat that was afterwards as well. She takes the time to get your ceremony perfect and I definitely recommend her for your big day!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for your kind words Brittney! It was such a pleasure to work with you & Ryan and to meet your wonderful families and friends.
Katie
10/22/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My husband and I had a great experience working with AC on our wedding ceremony. We asked for a simple, authentic, intimate, and secular ceremony that was still full of heart, and we got exactly what we wanted. AC came to our first meeting equipped with a ton of options for ceremony structure, readings, and rituals for us to choose from, and she continued to be extremely responsive and helpful throughout the rest of the process. Our ceremony script was customized and felt very true to us. Many of our guests told us how beautiful they thought the ceremony was and how much they enjoyed AC's animated and sincere officiating. I can't recommend her enough!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Katie. It was such a pleasure to work with you two and to meet your wonderful families and friends. Despite the wind it was a glorious day and such an intimate group in a beautiful setting.
Victoria
7/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC is very organized, knowledgeable, professional, and just wonderful to work with. She basically helped lay out most our ceremony, since we weren't sure how we would go about a Vietnamese/American wedding. Our ceremony was beautiful, touching, and very unique. We couldn't ask for anyone better and can't thank her enough for her amazing work. She made the whole process very easy for us...so I would definitely recommend her to any couple!
Victoria
7/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC is very organized, knowledgeable, professional, and just wonderful to work with. She basically helped lay out most our ceremony, since we weren't sure how we would go about a Vietnamese/American wedding. Our ceremony was beautiful, touching, and very unique. We couldn't ask for anyone better and can't thank her enough for her amazing work. She made the whole process very easy for us...so I would definitely recommend her to any couple!
Steve
6/24/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C. was such a pleasure to work with. We just wanted a simple ceremony in the outdoors, fashioned around our preferences and spiritual beliefs rather than repeating boilerplate that's been used a thousand times. She helped us write the perfect ceremony, and conducted it with charm, grace, and a wonderful, calming presence. We can't recommend her highly enough!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much N&S! It was a pleasure to work with you and to meet your friends and family members in such an intimate setting. I really enjoyed the birds in the roof too!
Alyssa
6/18/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
A.C did a wonderful job! Our wedding was on June 18th at the Billingsley House! She was very flexible and allowed me to have tons of input on our ceremony. It was perfect! I highly recommend her!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Alyssa! It was such a perfect day and a beautiful location. I really enjoyed working with you and it was so wonderful to have all your family members and friends there - even the ones who got lost. Hope all of you are doing well.
Brian
6/4/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC was our officiant at our wedding June 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. She is fantastic. She really helped us create a meaningful ceremony that was true to us, our families, our faiths, and our values. Very responsive, easy to work with, a consummate professional.
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much Brian! It was delightful to work with both of you. I loved all the wonderful touches that were part of your wedding ceremony - especially the Brass Band. It was also wonderful to meet your family members and friends. I wish you both much happiness.
Tet
4/9/16
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We were looking for an officiant that would make us both comfortable and would listen first to help figure out what our ceremony should be. A.C. was very easy to work with and she truly helped us make the ceremony our own. She made a lot of great suggestions and helped find style that fit us. She also had a lot of great ideas on how to bring elements of our very different backgrounds (Ukrainian and Vietnamese). Would definitely highly recommend Capitol Ceremonies.
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed working with you too and meeting your wonderful families and friends. Despite the weather, the warmth was abundant.
Lisa
10/11/15
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
AC of Capital Ceremonies was delightful to work with. She was extremely professional and organized throughout all our dealings with her. During our initial interview, she spent a lot of time getting to know us. We really wanted to make our ceremony reflect our story and our values, and she did a fantastic job at capturing the vibe that we wanted, going back and forth on drafts until the language was just right and it flowed seamlessly. We could never have done it without her! We also had some fairly non-traditional ideas about how we wanted the ceremony to go, and she was great at helping us think through our options and logistics for our set up (in the round, walking in together, with all of our guests surrounding us). We had our ceremony in the DC War Memorial on the National Mall, and AC was a huge help at helping us figure out how best to use that space. She gave us the idea to do a sort of reverse receiving line, where we greeted guests as they arrived; we absolutely loved how it worked out! Our guests, particularly our parents, all had lovely things to say about her. Highly recommended!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Wow! What lovely things to say. It was a complete delight to work with both of you and to meet your wonderful families and friends.
Janelle
9/19/15
Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We had a hard time finding an officiant that we really thought would capture who we are and keep the ceremony secular. We met with A.C. and after talking to her for a while knew that she would be able to make this happen for us. My husband and I are from different backgrounds and wanted to incorporate a little of both into the ceremony. AC gave us many options, readings and symbols that we could do and made it very easy to hone in on what we really wanted. In the end we went back and forth a few times with revisions and she was very helpful each time with recommending new ideas. She always arrived on time, or early and walked through the rehearsal a couple times to make sure we knew where to go and what to do. Right after the wedding we got many complements on how beautiful the ceremony was and it truly was a magical day for us. We are glad that AC was able to help us put into words what we wanted to be said and could not have been happier with her service!
Capital Ceremonies responded with the following comments:
Thank you so much for the kind words Janelle. It was such a pleasure to work with both of you and to meet your families and your friends. I especially loved your venue and your dress was spectacular. I hope you had a great time dancing during the reception.
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Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
We are so glad we found AC to officiate our wedding! We wanted something non-traditional and un-religious, and she wrote the most beautiful ceremony for us. She incorporated some poignant quotes and give us a variety of ideas for traditional cultural practices based on our ancestry. We loved that it didn't sound like the traditional religious ceremonies we'd been to time and time again and that we were able to incorporate some unique and fun elements, like a wine box time capsule to be opened on our 5th anniversary (and hopefully not before!) and sharing a glass of wine to symbolize our union. ...we got married at a winery so the wine practices were fitting! She was really helpful and patient throughout the process, and we would highly recommend her to be a part of your most special day!
User5333812

Categories: Officiant
5.0
Quality of Service: 5.0
Responsiveness: 5.0
Professionalism: 5.0
Value: 5.0
Flexibility: 5.0
My new husband and I were very pleased with the lovely ceremony that AC helped us create. My husband found her while searching the internet for an officiant to perform a small and simple ceremony for us. We met her and she really guided us through what seemed a daunting task to us both. She created a ceremony that was personal and took into account our values as well as our backgrounds to really customize our wedding to fit us. We highly recommend her for her professional, warm and knowledgeable style!
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins., 30-60 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
DC, DE, MD, NY, VA
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