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Tia L.

The Weston Center, LLC

I’m thankful I was lead to pick Pastor Weston as our officiant for our wedding vows ceremony. From day 1, he made himself available and wants to get to know you. He’s a great counselor and minister, and did an awesome job with officiating our ceremony. Pastor Weston is now considered part of the family and I would recommend him to anyone for their special day. Again, thank you Pastor Weston for everything. May God’s continued blessings be with you. Sincerely, Mr. & Mrs. Ragland

Dec 14, 2018

Jolinda G.

U&ME4EVER

Jason did an amazing job officiating my wedding. During the rehearsal the night before we sat down and he ask if we wanted specific things done during the ceremony and he brought ideas and thoughts of things we may like. The day of the wedding he came and checked on us as we were getting ready and even had some jokes for us to help put us at ease since we were nervous. I would highly recommend Jason to officiate a wedding!

May 29, 2018

Marty R.

Barbara4Better

What a great lady! She was able to give us just what we were looking for in an officiant.

Mar 19, 2018

Rachael M.

Forevers by GEM

Jerry Meeks was the perfect officiant for our wedding (7/31/14) and provided a wonderful and memorable experience for my family and for us (the couple)! From the moment I contacted him, Jerry was so very informative and helpful with all my questions and concerns. After our first corredpondance I knew he was the right man for the job. We were not disappointed. My family loved him, he performed a wonderful ceremony and we could not be happier with how the whole event turned out. Thank you Jerry for blessing us with such a lovely ceremony. This review is long overdue but every word of it true!

Dec 14, 2014

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What does it mean to officiate a wedding?

To officiate a wedding is to oversee the official union of two people in marriage. A wedding officiant is vested with the power to legitimize your union in the eyes of the court. An officiant also sets the tone for your ceremony, leading the couple through their vows and shaping the experience with the words they choose and the pace they set. An officiant may be based in a religious faith, may be an interfaith officiant, may be a secular officiant, or may be a friend or family member who has received ordination online.

You can have a traditional wedding officiated, or you can also have an officiant oversee a commitment ceremony, a vow renewal or an elopement. Once the wedding is complete, the officiant will ask you to sign the wedding certificate, and will then submit the document to the court on your behalf. This makes your marriage legal. Wedding officiants work with you no matter how simple or elaborate you would like your ceremony to be. The more involved wedding officiants are in the planning and customization of the ceremony, the more they will typically charge.

How much does it cost to officiate a wedding?

The national average cost to hire a wedding officiant is $150-$200. Wedding officiant rates are affected by the date of the ceremony, the time of day, and how far the officiant has to travel. Some officiants may charge extra for additional ceremonies like unity candles or sand ceremonies, as well as the cost of the supplies. Many wedding officiants have higher rates for larger weddings and lower rates for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Personalizing the ceremony means a lot to some couples. Wedding officiants may have flat rates for standard ceremony templates, perhaps $100-$125, and charge more for a more customized experience, such as $150-$200. This allows the couple to collaborate with the wedding officiant as they are building a unique ceremony script. At the pre-wedding meeting, the officiant will ask whether the couple plans to write their own vows and how much input they have about the rest of the wording and flow of the ceremony. Additional planning meetings and extra communication can add up to a higher overall cost. If your venue has parking or other fees, you may need to pay on behalf of the officiant. Often wedding officiants can rent sound systems and wireless mics if you have an outdoor wedding location or venue that is not wired. These extras will also increase the overall cost.

Who performs a wedding ceremony?

Anyone who is authorized by the court or a credible online source has the power to perform a wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding officiants were ordained members of a religious organization or civil officiants authorized by the court to legally marry two people. With the increasing customization and personalization of weddings, many couples are asking a friend or family member to become ordained and act as their wedding officiant. Wedding officiants can represent a wide range of backgrounds including Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational, interfaith or nonreligious. There is no legally required structure for a wedding ceremony, so couples can customize the language of the ceremony and their vows in any way they desire (though members of some religions may have specific requirements). To legally validate the marriage, the couple and the wedding officiant must sign a marriage certificate after the ceremony verifying the date and names of those involved. The wedding officiant should then submit the certificate to the court, which will in turn mail an official marriage certificate to the newly married couple.

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