Hello, gorgeous! I’m “not that kind of minister” Marie Burns Holzer and I LOVE what I do!

People and the big moments in life are my jam. It is the best feeling in the world to get to the heart of an experience and help others live in a way that feels completely authentic. If you’re not having fun or finding meaning in an experience, what’s the point?!


Personal tidbits: I’ve been married to Husband the Therapist for 13 years. I’m a mother to a rambunctious girl, as well as a Girl Scout Troop leader, a devoted dog mom, hardcore nerd from way back, and an avid Instagrammer. There’s also my love of coffee, video games, delicious street food, and martinis somewhere in there too. I’m also a long-term yoga practitioner and a Spartan (Obstacle Course Training). Aroo!

Professionally speaking, I’ve been doing this since 2011 and have married over 700 couples since then. (I think I’ll hit 800 in January/February 2018). I’m very proud to say that I have developed enough of a reputation in that time that I’m now considered an expert, teaching members of the European Celebrants Collective (celebrants are what everyone else in the world calls officiants) about business planning, social media marketing, and innovation in celebrancy and officiating. I’m in excellent company, as you can see!

What does all that mean for you?

Well, I do everything with excellence and purpose. For example, I purposely chose to be ordained as a nondenominational minister. This means I’m not beholden to a specific set of religious rites, so I serve couples from all walks of life, from religious Christians, Jews, and Buddhists to hardcore atheists. I love my straight cis couples, my same-sex couples, and my non-binary couples too! Your ceremony with me is about celebrating the love you share in a fun and intimate way without judgment or arbitrary rules. Here’s why minister best reflects your experience with me as your officiant:

ˈminəstər/ verb.
attend to the needs of (someone).
Merriam Webster's English Dictionary

So that’s what I do! My job is to make sure you have everything you need physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally to do what you are putting so much time, energy, and money into planning: marrying your person!

true love

Let me just start out by saying that you deserve way more than a 5 star review. You went above and beyond our expectations and we always expect 5 stars! Your attitude and personality made everyone comfortable and relaxed. You performed our rehearsal in such a way that made our actual ceremony run smoothly. I was so worried I was going to pass out that hour I was in my bridal room. Not because I was nervous but because the entire venue was air conditioned, EXCEPT MY BRIDAL ROOM and it was about 104 degrees outside! When you came in to check on me, you didn’t think twice before you helped us figure out how to open that window! You helped my guys put on their boutonnières, you helped my ring bearer (my son) walk down the stairs of the stage after the ceremony. But most importantly, you were the one who made our entire, crazy day run smoothly. We just loved you and couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special. We couldn’t have done it without you! You’re awesome! And to anyone reading this review, don’t even bother checking out other ministers to marry you. Marie is the best of the best. She is truly, one of a kind and will make your day extra special.
Kari on Yelp

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