a maine wedding officiant

Creative and loving wedding ceremonies with personalized attention and professional expertise


Maria of A Sweet Start is so incredibly talented, creative, and devoted to each and every one of her clients.
— Melissa + Chris, William Allen Farm, Pownal, Maine
 

My Approach

Your ceremony will be fun without being jokey, it'll be serious without being solemn, it will be meaningful without being overly sentimental, it'll be sweet without being sappy. I balance the gravity of this significant moment with enough levity to make it a joyful occasion. Your wedding ceremony experience will be a fabulous celebration for you and your guests!

You will feel supported by me through the entire process of crafting your ceremony, to helping you envision how it will unfold, to guiding you and your wedding party through the rehearsal, and finally to bringing your ceremony to life on wedding day. What I offer you is so much more than just a script

You will love working with me because I'm down-to-earth; I have a positive, cheery attitude; I'm wicked organized; I'm LGBTQ friendly; I'm passionate about my work; and I care about your ceremony as much as you do! I can't wait to hear from you! 

Who Hires Me

Couples who hire me know that they want a meaningful, personalized ceremony but aren't sure how to make it happen. I have years of experience offering guidance and support throughout the whole wedding ceremony planning process from envisioning and outlining your ceremony, to writing your vows, to managing your rehearsal and then performing your ceremony on wedding day. I work collaboratively with you to craft a totally original ceremony that reflects your love, your relationship, your family traditions and future dreams. The end result is deeply meaningful and personal. 

I will...

  • Guide you through envisioning, planning, and creating the entire ceremony (not just the "script")

  • Create a lively, grounded, and engaging ceremony experience for you and your guests

  • Manage every aspect of the ceremony so you can let go and be totally present

  • Be an attentive, supportive, and calming presence on your wonderfully full wedding day

I promise I will not...

  • Embarrass you by telling bad jokes or surprise you on wedding day (you always get a copy of the final ceremony before wedding day)

  • Rush you or your guests, get overwhelmed or frantic, or show up late

  • Restrict your creativity in any way (you have complete creative freedom when it comes to your Super Sweet Wedding Ceremony!)

Maria seemed to be the anchor of our wedding
— Caroline + Maxx, Private Residence, Days Ferry

More about me

I grew up on an organic dairy farm in the hills of the Monadnock Region in Southern New Hampshire. As the youngest of six children, I learned that family is everything. Fortunately, most of my family lives in New England, so I get to see them often. Other than family, the things that matter most are my husband, Nick, my sweet kitties and our little cottage in Bath, Maine. I'm self-employed with both A Sweet Start and the Maine Wedding Network. I strive to meditate daily, to be kind, and above all to be honest and real. 

Here's an interview I gave that explains more about my services and my style and another one I gave that talks about what makes me unique. You can also read 21 reasons why I'm awesome to work with. I believe in marriage equality and am delighted that same-sex marriages are legal in the United States. I have already performed gay weddings and have insight on unique and beautiful wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples. 

I am available for weddings in Maine and am based out of Bath in Midcoast Maine. Please contact me to set up a time to chat so we can get to know each other and see if we're a good fit. 

 

official bio

Native New Englander. Former schoolteacher. Sought-after wedding officiant. Of all the labels that describe Maria Northcott, however, the one you’ll hear most often is “creator of community.” It’s not just weddings that are Maria’s passion — it’s the people at the heart of those weddings. Whether it’s couples planning their wedding or the professionals who serve them, Maria thrives on building relationships and making connections. In 2015, she quit her full-time job to free her heart and soul to do exactly that. Not only is Maria in demand as an officiant by couples across the country, but she's also the founder of the Maine Wedding Network, fostering a sense of collaboration and support among professional wedding vendors throughout Maine. Whether it’s by the wood stove in her midcoast cottage or at one of the many weddings she officiates each year, Maria exudes a warmth that draws people in, makes them feel comfortable, and sends them back into the world with a brighter spark in their eye.

Maria works tirelessly to compose a custom ceremony for her clients. She provides what seem like unlimited options, encourages collaboration, and welcomes feedback.
— Harrison + Callie, Chebeague Island Inn, Chebeague, Maine