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Top 10 Ministers near Surprise, AZ

5.0
from 5 reviews
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GREAT VALUE
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Wonderful wonderful job ! Great service meaningful speech & overall the best ! I would definitely would recommend her to any one ! :)"

$100

estimated cost

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5.0
from 31 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 1 year in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
"Perry did a wonderful job of officiating at our wedding. We bonded instantly upon meeting, discovered we had many things in common, and all attending our ceremony felt the same way! THANK YOU PERRY!"

$180

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 29 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Ron was able to honor my wishes to incorporate my Filipino wedding traditions into the American wedding traditions. By the time of our first meeting, he knew what those traditions stand for!"

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.8
from 13 reviews
4.8
(13)
GREAT VALUE
  • 20 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"Barbara is an ambassador of love. Her warmth and caring disposition made everyone feel as if she was part of our Ohana(family). Thanks so much. Much Aloha"

$125

estimated cost

4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
  • 30 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"I hired Coy for my husbands retirement/birthday party and I was happy with his professionalism and reliability. As big events get crazy towards the big day, it was very nice to have Coy take charge of his DJ setup and music before the event started. His music choices were perfect and he played a good selection for everyone. I would definitely hire Coy Galloway again and recommend him for your next event."

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Sally Hervey officiated my son's wedding in 2011. At the time he was serving in the US Army in Fort Drum NY and the wedding took place in Phoenix AZ. She met with the Bride and Groom over Skype initially and for sometime after that they worked out all the details for a personalized and appropriate ceremony. Sally's compassion and sense of humor were evident in the words used in the ceremony. They also made reference to my son's time in the Army. At that time in our life as he was facing a deployment, it was a heartfelt tribute to all of us, really. Sally is a professional colleague and she exhibits the same compassion and sense of humor in her daily life as well. I would HIGHLY recommend her for such a personal and important event..."

$175

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"During a time of grieving, Linda and her work quality enabled family members to come together for a period of remembrance and celebration."

$150

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Showed up 5 minutes before you said he would talk to us through it actually added some information Excellence work with0"

$200

estimated cost

4.0
from 9 reviews
4.0
(9)
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Mike officiated our daughter's wedding in December. We could not have been anymore pleased with his services. Several guests commented on what an excellent job he did. You would have thought he had known our daughter and son-in-law for years!!!. I recommend Pastor Mike to any bride and groom to be. "

$100

estimated cost

4.9
from 7 reviews
4.9
(7)
  • 9 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Angie Barker was amazing! She was so flexible and accommodating. She took the time with us to figure out how exactly we wanted the ceremony to go. She incorporated everything we wanted in the ceremony and personalized it for us. The ceremony was absolutely amazing! She spoke such beautiful words over us and kept God at the center of our ceremony which is exactly what we wanted. We feel so blessed to have had her officiate our wedding. Many years later she’s still a trusted confidant and a good friend! Thank you so much Pastor Angie Barker!!"

$200

estimated cost

Q & A

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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.

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.

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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