James was a great officiant. We had the pleasure of meeting with him twice prior to our wedding providing comfort and confidence the event would go smoothly. His itinerary really helped when it came to my chronological organizing of how the day would go. He helped us along the way and performed a great ceremony. It was just light hearted enough to keep people engaged but sentimental enough to make a lifelong lasting impression.

Megan, Wedding Date: 03/21/2018


YOUR love shines through my ceremony. Spiritual ... not religious. 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. Mineoffends 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.


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What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?
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Describe the style of your venue
What kind of settings are available?
Covered Outdoor, Indoor
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion, Vow Renewal
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
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Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Islam, Jainism, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, Mormon, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoist, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
Less than 30 Mins.
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Christenings, Corporate Events, Eco-Friendly / Green Weddings, LGBTQ Weddings / Ceremonies, Memorials

361 Reviews

Jon, Wedding Date: 05/18/2018
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Jim Burch was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. We enjoyed meeting him on two occasions before the wedding, talked about why we were getting married, and he was very gracious in getting to know us so he could perform the best duties possible. He presented numerous options for us on how the ceremony would be structured, and he listened to us on what we preferred, and listened to our hopes and thoughts for the wedding. On the day of the wedding, he did an amazing job. He performed a quick and to the point ceremony - which is exactly what he wanted. We had numerous guests who complimented Jim's words during the ceremony. He also was excellent at providing queues during the ceremony for where we needed to stand, when we needed to turn, or when we needed to give a response. He was also extremely responsive throughout the whole process for any questions we had. We would highly recommend Jim to anyone else who needs an officiant for their upcoming nuptials.

Services Used: Officiant

Leanne, Wedding Date: 04/28/2018
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Planning our wedding from out of state, we were a bit nervous. Reverend Jim came highly recommended by the owner of our venue, he truly made our service very personal and special. Our friends and family still mention what a thoughtful and inspiring ceremony we had. He walked us through the process, and made it easy to pick the readings, blessings and vows. His personality is light, warm and inviting. We will be forever grateful to Jim for being a big part of our new beginning.

Services Used: Officiant

Stephanie, Wedding Date: 04/21/2018
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 5.0 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

I got married on 04.21.18. Jim was the best officiant I could ask for, he was very friendly and personable, and was flexible in altering the nuptial to match our spiritual views. Jim also provided a program to use for our wedding which saved me time near the wedding date. We got compliment after compliment on Jim's style. Very professional would definitely recommend.

Services Used: Officiant

Melanie, Wedding Date: 04/13/2018
Quality of Service: 5.0 Responsiveness: 4.5 Professionalism: 5.0 Value: 5.0 Flexibility: 5.0

Jim was great to work with. I didn't really know what I was looking for in a ceremony when we first met, but Jim is very experienced and had a lot of recommendations. He made it easy to personalize the ceremony to include the things we wanted and organized everything perfectly. Several people came up to me during our reception and said they thought he did a wonderful job and loved the ceremony. We loved it too :)

Services Used: Officiant


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Email me and I will send you this list of suggested things to do and not do at your ceremony which you might not have thought about, but will make the difference between a wonderful ceremony and one prone to glitches. What has worked best in other weddings: Should the little kids stand up there with the wedding party? Is it okay to have cocktails before the ceremony? On which side is my father as he walks me down? How fast/slow should we walk down the aisle ... use the "wedding walk?" Who should hold the rings? And other indispensable tips!
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