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Officiant in Clifton, VA,
(703) 818-8080

About Us

Jim Burch is a unusually-accepting, open, welcoming ordained priest/officiant who celebrates marriages from Northern Virginia to DC to the Maryland suburbs up until the end of 2021, when he will move to Cape Coral, FL, celebrating marriages from Marco Island to Sarasota. Jim is considered one of the best officiants available anywhere by those 2,700 couples (and counting) he has married, and by vendors in the wedding business. Jim makes certain that every wedding is a celebration of joy and love, no matter what your venue might be. He makes it his constant goal to help you make your wedding ceremony a day you'll never forget. All the time he hears it said: "That was the most beautiful wedding I have ever seen!"

By focusing on your preferred approach to the ceremony - be it religious/spiritual or civil - Jim aims to cater to your needs, and he uses language and concepts that you and your guests will be most comfortable with, yet always leaving the newly married with a clear and sharp story of their love. Whether you envision something indoors or outside, he always makes your happiest moment everything you dreamed it would be and more.

Jim believes to the core of his being that we are all basically the same (different ages, colors, religious backgrounds, lifestyles, eexes, etc. make like interesting!) and he is open to all spiritual denominations - or none - providing officiant services for couples of all faiths and to those who are simply not religious at all. Your ceremony is completely tailored to you and your partner, as Jim takes the time to get to know you and your one-of-a-kind love story. Wedding Ceremonies by Jim Burch is licensed to perform weddings in many states across the country. Jim offers the following wedding ceremonies for everybody who loves someone else: Non-Religious Ceremonies, Interfaith Ceremonies, Single Faith Ceremonies, LGBT Ceremonies, Spiritual/Inspiring Ceremonies, Civil Ceremonies, Vow Renewal Ceremonies.

If you want to see over 800 thank you letters Jim has received from a wide representation of couples, take a look at this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vk29taqxz3lk5cd/Thank%20yous.doc?dl=0 (You may have to copy and paste) Here are just a few:

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"We can’t thank you enough for the beautiful, beautiful ceremony that you most thoughtfully performed for us! Not only do we continue to talk about it, but our guests were also particularly touched by it. The words and philosophy were so beautiful and touching! We couldn’t believe how perfectly it matched us and our lives ... it was as if we were speaking our hearts during the ceremony. Everyone thought it was the most beautiful, intimate and loving ceremony they’d ever witnessed! We agree wholeheartedly!"

- Renee and John

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"Andrew and I received so much good feedback about you on our wedding day as well as afterwards. People thought your talk was absolutely beautiful and that you did a wonderful job as officiant of our wedding. We both know we made the right choice when we met you. Even though you do so many weddings we felt you gave our ceremony its own special touch."

- Andrew and Margaret

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"Thank you so much for officiating at our wedding ceremony recently. It turned out just the way we envisioned and our families couldn’t be more pleased. I feel that your philosophy really helped to unite both the religious and non-religious guests at our wedding. Your experience and care really made a difference in our trust and peace of mind."

- Celia and Steve

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"We can’t even come close to thanking you enough for the beautiful, loving ceremony you conducted on our wedding day. With all the details to attend to, we had almost lost sight of the real reason for the day. But your inspirational and, most of all, real, ceremony centered us, and grounded us, in a way we never thought possible."

- Judith and Fernando

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"We want to thank you for a truly inspiring wedding ceremony. It was everything we had hoped for and more. You spoke what we felt in our hearts, yet had never quite voiced ourselves. Thank you for everything. Our family and friends were all very deeply moved and have commented time and again that it was the most beautiful ceremony they had ever been to."

- Patricia and Patrick

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"Christine and I express our deep appreciation for your encouraging support of our marriage and your festive and warm ceremony … from the bottom of our hears, allow us to thank you for presiding over a wedding ceremony so beautiful and sincere that we hope it has set the tone for our entire marriage. … We truly loved every second of our ceremony, and we are both proud and thankful that a man with your convictions and beliefs officiated at our wedding."

- Christine and Christoph

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"We want to thank you for making our wedding day absolutely wonderful, unforgettable and so so happy! The ceremony was absolutely great and didn’t leave anyone indifferent. All our guests were very impressed and in awe by what you have said. Everything about you – your wisdom, voice, poise, looks - made our ceremony so special. You found exactly the right words to express what we both feel for each other. We also were impressed how smoothly everything went – we didn’t have to worry about anything: your kind voice, reassuring look and smile throughout the whole ceremony made us both feel taken care of. If there are angels on the Earth – you definitely are one of them. Your kindness, love and warmth are radiating throughout everything you do or say making people around you feel the part of your world full of love and care. Blessed and honored be the couples whom you willo marry in the future for they will be the fortunate ones to witness and share in the most unforgettable and sacred ceremony in their lives."

- Maria and Michael


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  • I lost track of how many times people came up to me after the wedding saying how much they loved and connected with Jim’s sermon and ceremony. He was professional, kind, flexible and a welcome addition to our wedding. Even when we had AV equipment issues during the ceremony he took it in stride and kept the ceremony going with little to no interruption. He also took the time to visit with people after the ceremony and my dad (the son of a pastor) thoroughly enjoyed speaking with him. He was a hit and was happy to help us design the right ceremony for us. We consider ourselves exceptionally lucky that he was willing to officiant our wedding and would highly recommend him.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Officiant

    What is the typical price for your wedding services?

    $ 495.00

    What is the starting price for your wedding services?

    $ 195.00

    What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?

    Non-religious, Interfaith, Ceremony Rehearsal, Vow Renewal, Civil Union, Single Religion

    What services do you provide?

    Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed

    What religious affiliations do you serve?

    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.

    In which states are you licensed?

    CA, CO, DE, DC, FL, KY, LA, MD, MA, NJ, NC, OH, PA, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV

    What languages do you speak?

    English



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