Find a wedding officiant near Alameda, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Alameda, CA

7. Rev. DJ Champagne Hughes
4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"DJ Champagne helped to make our wedding day even more unforgettably special. Our wedding was put together in a month and we were lucky enough to have stumbled upon DJ Champagne and her awesome services at the tail end of our planning. She made what could have been a super stressful even into a smoothly guided and transitioned cocktail reception. DJ Champagne guided and kind of coached us through an outline of events for the evening even offering suggestions as to how things can flow in certain orders. My husband and I had to rush from the wedding ceremony to go take pictures in relocation and unfortunately went way past the set time. DJ Champagne was able to stay in contact with us and communicate with is while we were off site and literally keep the party going and engaged while people anxiously awaited are arrival. Due to being in time DJ Champagne was able to get us back on schedule by keeping us flowing through the events seamlessly. We were still able to get all the activities we wanted done in the reception while still keeping things fun, stress free and enjoyable for all ages. The music was a mixture of all the genres we requested and she stayed to the very end. I would recommend DJ Champagne to DJ at any activities as she was timely, helpful, professional, fun, communicated well and definitely had an affordable rate for all her services. Thank you again DJ Champagne for making the time with our family and friends extra special while celebrating our new union."
$180
estimated cost
10. Guidance and Grace ~ Celebrant Services
Top Pro
4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Christopher deLellis, Guidance and Grace, performed the wedding ceremony for my son and my now daughter in law about a year ago. I am not simply posting this "view" of praise because the wedding was for my son, but it was the BEST wedding I have ever witnessed. Yes, the emotional love was bursting as my son married his best friend. But, the ceremony performed by Christopher was as personal as it was professional. He spent time with my son and his now wife to prepare incredibly personal and pertinent vows and also developed a handfasting segment during the wedding that was of particular importance to my son and his wife. Christopher was amazing, charming, and most of all, incredibly present while performing the service with the two of them AND the group of gathered loved ones who were the wedding guests. Actually, one of the couples attending the wedding hired Christopher for their wedding after experiencing first hand how incredible he is. If you are looking for someone to perform a service for you who is a dedicated and highly gifted celebrant, hire Christopher deLellis. A wedding between two people is a once in a lifetime event that you want to cherish forever. Christopher gives you this experience! BTW, we later hired Christopher to do our home blessing when we sold our house of over 30 years of ownership. We invited friends, family and neighbors to this special event, and Christopher performed a splendid and moving ceremony to give us all a special closure to our home and all of the memories we made under the roof. We were so impressed, we had him also bless our new home. The wedding and our home blessings were not religious, but very spiritual, deeply moving, and gave us new memories that we have forever in our hearts. Talk to him about his ability to personalize and type your wedding or other special event. He can do it all with Guidance and Grace."
$225
estimated cost

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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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