vendor spotlight: marriage dc

dc is a wonderful place to live for many reasons, but one of those reasons is it's an incredibly diverse and accepting place.  tiffany newman of marriage dc, a civil wedding officiant, embodies this openness and i'm thrilled to feature her officiant services here! 

i first had the pleasure of meeting tiffany when i assisted rich kessler photography at angela's and judy's intimate wedding.  her heartfelt ceremony was so beautiful, it brought me to tears, and the lovely marriage dc space is just perfect for a small ceremony - as you'll see below! 

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how did you get started as a wedding officiant?

In October 2009, I attended the March for Equality in Washington, DC.  Both being in an interracial marriage and a child of an interracial marriage reminded me of the many parallels between the fight for marriage equality in the LGBT community and that fought by interracial couples of generations past.  So, to show support, I made a sign that read "Our Marriage Was Once Illegal, Too!"  The response to the sign was overwhelming and quite moving - it became an internet sensation...

I attending another rally in support of same-sex marriage several months later.  It was then that I decided I needed to do something more.   So, in the Spring of 2010, I began performing wedding ceremonies in Washington D.C. for couples of all backgrounds, including gay and same-sex partners.  To date, I have had the priviledge to perform these ceremonies for hundreds of couples.

tiffany newman marriage dc officiant vendor spotlight washington dc lissa ryan photography
tiffany newman marriage dc officiant vendor spotlight washington dc lissa ryan photography

what types of wedding services does marriage dc provide?

I perform civil ceremonies, but couples may request additional religious elements to be incorporated.   I perform small ceremonies in my ceremony room conveniently located in Dupont Circle. I am also available for ceremonies of all sizes at your scheduled, permitted venue within the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland.

I also provide marriage license services of out-of-town couples wishing to marry in DC - I can obtain the marriage license for you in advance so that you can get married the day you arrive in DC.   (Note: service not available in Maryland)

what is your favorite part of the wedding ceremony?

The hopes, wishes, and love on the faces of the family and guests for the couple - as the officiant, I can see everyone's faces during the ceremony and it always makes me tear up.

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do you have any advice for about to be married couples?

You will both change over time.  You must be willing to not only take the chance that the person you're marrying will grow into and with you and that they will be willing to do the same for you.

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thanks, tiffany, for taking the time to chat with me! 

brides and grooms, check out marriage dc for your officiant needs and here's a peek at the adorable swag tiffany has to offer! - flip flops are my favorite wedding favor!

tiffany newman marriage dc officiant vendor spotlight washington dc lissa ryan photography