Ethical Culture weddings are performed by certified wedding Officiants. Officiants are trained by the Washington Ethical Society, certified by the American Ethical Union, and authorized by the courts to conduct weddings in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Several of our officiants are bilingual! Officiants meet with couples before the wedding to learn more about the couple and their hopes for their ceremony. We invite you to meet our officiants–and fill out the request form below so that we can match you with an officiant for your ceremony!

Carol Clayton
“A wedding is an act of faith and a celebration of love.  I am thrilled to help couples create a ceremony that is unique to them, reflecting the happiness, hope and gravity of the day.  It is my pleasure to preside over the vows you make to each other, and your community.”


Jennifer Dreyfus

“Love is an amazing gift – one to be celebrated with the people in your lives.  It is an honor to assist loving couples in designing a wedding that represents their life, love and values.”


Julie Drizin
“Weddings are a celebration of the transformative power of love. It’s a privilege to help couples craft a memorable ceremony that brings out the best in them as individuals, as a couple, and engages everyone present in one of the most joyful moments in life.”


Jo London
I enjoy being an Ethical Culture Officiant because it gives me a chance to provide meaningful ceremonies that are spiritual but not traditionally religious (mostly weddings, but also baby namings and memorial services) to people at special times in their lives.  I speak Spanish and can offer a totally bilingual ceremony.”


Mark Maier
“Making a formal commitment to a partner, naming a child or remembering a loved one are some of the most important events in one’s life.  It would be an honor if you allow me to help you plan and officiate at your ceremony. We work together to create a meaningful event, in English or Spanish. I look forward to meeting you.”


Nancy Montagna
“We humans have always used ceremonies to mark the important life passages, births, marriages, and deaths.  As Ethical Culture celebrants we can express the true meaning of these traditional ceremonies uniquely, reflecting the people involved, and without dogma.  I would be honored to create with you a ceremony that feels right to your own heart, including your own vision and values.”


Karen Schofield-Leca
“We mark life passages with ceremonies of celebration and deep meaning, filled with love — for the couple, the new child, the deceased, and our families and friends. As celebrant, it’s my delight to guide your choices to express your commitment, in ways that reflect your feelings, values, aspirations, and unique style.”

Laura Steele
“Bringing two people together who have declared their commitment to each other and their relationship is an honor I cherish from deep in my heart. Participating in that joy and helping to launch the journey of togetherness is always rewarding and special for all who are witnesses.”

Officiant Request Form