As a wedding officiant and former marriage therapist, Emily Racic, PhD helps engaged couples navigate the most important aspects of wedding planning– creating a personalized ceremony and a positive vision for your married future.

The words of the ceremony and the manner in which they are delivered are so important. Emily does it with grace and professionalism– with a dash of light-hearted humor.

Emily Racic, PhD performs all types of ceremonies, including secular, interfaith, and spiritual. Most importantly, she works with you so that your ceremony is a reflection of your unique relationship and values. She can help you create a wedding ceremony that is personalized and meaningful.

Emily performs personalized wedding ceremonies in Maryland and the District of Columbia for both heterosexual and same-sex couples. Unfortunately, she cannot perform wedding ceremonies in Virginia.

Favorite Maryland Wedding Venues // Maryland Wedding Officiant

  • Chesapeake Bay Beach Club, Stevensville
  • Springfield Manor Winery, Thurmont
  • Overhills Mansion, Catonsville
  • Oxon Hill Manor, Oxon Hill
  • Antrim 1844, Taneytown
  • Elkridge Furnace Inn, Elkridge
  • Historic London Town & Gardens, Edgewater
  • Rockwood Manor, Potomac
  • Jefferson Patterson Park, St. Leonard
  • Baltimore Inner Harbor

Favorite Washington, District of Columbia Wedding Venues // DC Wedding Officiant

  • Ronald Reagan Building
  • Dumbarton House, Georgetown
  • Private Home, NW Washington
  • 101 Constitution Ave (Rooftop)
  • Four Seasons Hotel, Georgetown
  • Whittemore House, Dupont Circle

When you choose Emily Racic, PhD as your wedding officiant, you’re choosing:

  • An experienced officiant who will listen to your ceremony ideas and bring them to life
  • An officiant who knows her role as part of the supporting cast to your wedding–a wedding where your new marriage is the star
  • Careful crafting of a custom-written and personalized ceremony text, delivered with grace, professionalism, and light-hearted humor
  • Guests at your ceremony who may laugh or cry, but who will never feel bored
  • A ceremony that enhances your wedding style, honors your values, and compliments your wedding day timeline

And, of course, you’ll also have access to tons of resources and suggestions for ceremony readings and rituals, receive assistance with writing personal vows, and submission of your marriage license to the appropriate MD or DC courthouse. Please contact Emily for more information about the specific services that are included in each officiant pricing package.

Praise from couples who chose Emily for wedding officiant services:

“Emily is wonderful! At first, we thought we would have a friend marry us for free, but we are so glad we decided to go with Emily instead–well worth her reasonable fees! As an officiant, she worked with us to plan a beautiful ceremony. She is very professional and easy to communicate with throughout the process. On our wedding day, she was early and prepared, and it was so reassuring to have her play such a special role in our ceremony. From her appearance to the readings, she was exactly on point and exceeded all expectations we had discussed. It could not have been more perfect as an experience! Thank you, Emily!”
J & B, married February 2019


I knew that I wanted an officiant who would be able to get to know us and speak from the heart during our ceremony and make it personal and meaningful to us. Both my husband and I are somewhat shy and we both found it very easy to talk with her and open up about our relationship. After only 2 [meetings], she was able to create a perfectly simple, but sweet (not cheesy) and personal, ceremony, which was exactly what we were looking for. She was always extremely well composed and professional, and I loved her calm demeanor on the wedding day. We loved working with her and would absolutely recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant!
R & T, married May 2016


“Her insightful questions and feedback helped us feel confident that we were making a wise decision in pursuing marriage and her warmth, humor, and authenticity made us feel totally comfortable being open and honest with her about our hopes, dreams, and fears.”
L & G, married March 2013

Pricing Information for Wedding Officiant Services

A high-quality wedding officiant is an important part of any wedding day– and any wedding budget. You want a wedding officiant who is experienced, personable, and warm. You want a wedding officiant who can provide direction for your ceremony, but who is also open and welcoming to your unique vision. You want a wedding officiant who sets the right tone during the ceremony so that a guest’s experience flows seamlessly into the rest of the wedding events. By choosing Emily Racic, PhD you can be confident that you are choosing the kind of wedding officiant you’ve been searching for.

Emily has thought carefully about the value of her wedding officiant services. She offers three officiant packages at different price points. Visit her profiles on The Knot and Wedding Wire to view her price sheet. She looks forward to working together to create a memorable, personalized, and meaningful wedding ceremony.

Relationship Expert + Wedding Officiant = A Unique Marriage Preparation Experience