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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a wedding officiant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The safest way to conduct a consultation during COVID-19 is virtually. Ask wedding officiants near you if they can have a phone call or a virtual appointment over video chat. If they can, make sure to ask them any questions you have about upcoming work. Discuss what precautions, if any, they have in place to ensure safety. You might consider asking if they accept digital payments or if they can complete the work remotely, without any in-person contact. 

Do wedding officiants offer remote or virtual services?

Reach out to wedding officiants in your area, and ask them if they can offer a remote or virtual ceremony. Some officiants may be willing to meet in person while maintaining 6 feet of distance, while others may prefer to conduct the entire service over the phone or a video call service such as Skype or Zoom.

Familiarize yourself with the social distancing rules in your community, city and state, and move forward only if both you and the officiant are comfortable with the arrangement. 

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a wedding officiant when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a wedding officiant when social distancing, ask if the officiant can offer remote services. Some wedding officiants are choosing to conduct services virtually and/or stand more than 6 feet away from the parties. Discuss possible arrangements with your wedding officiant, and familiarize yourself with your local community guidelines, as well as the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Only move forward if you and the officiant both feel comfortable.

You may want to implement extra precautions, such as using digital payments instead of exchanging cash, sanitizing all involved spaces and waving instead of shaking hands. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for a wedding officiant?

Ask your wedding officiant if they accept digital payments. Many professionals are accept payment via Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, Apple Pay, Zelle and other online platforms. Professionals may be more willing to switch to digital payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, as this is typically considered safer than using cash or credit cards. You can see which digital payment options officiants accept by reviewing their online profiles.

Does a wedding officiant need to enter my home?

This depends on the location of your wedding. Unless the ceremony is being held in your home, a wedding officiant will not need to enter your home before the ceremony. Some couples are choosing to stand outside or go to a vacant public place, so the officiant can conduct the ceremony while maintaining 6 feet of distance. Ask your wedding officiant what kinds of arrangements they offer, including virtual or remote services.

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.

Reviews for Berkeley wedding officiants
Sarah T.
Reverent Morgan was such a pleasure to work with for our wedding, we are so grateful he was our officiant! From the first phone call, he was so easy going and we knew right away he was the man to have to officiate for our special day. He truly has a gift and we would highly recommend him to anyone. Thank you again Rev Morgan for creating such a beautiful message for our wedding and thank you for putting up with the 100 degree heat! -Justin & Sarah Heinzle
Reverend MorganReverend Morgan
Audrey V.
We highly recommend IDoxTwo. Saundra is an amazing person. She is pleasant to work with, responsive, organize, and patience. We hired IDoxTwo to officiate our ceremony and to be our wedding coordinator. Saundra provided the services as she stated and gave us 101% fulfillment. . I love the fact she provided the itinerary, assisted with our wedding vows, and made the ceremony very intimate. As the wedding got closer, she constantly communicated with us and made sure the vendors were aligned. We encountered a few issues; however, Saundra quickly resolved them. She made sure our special day would be stress free. If I was to redo our vow, I would love IDoxTwo to officiate again.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
Thumbtack Customer
Sara knocked it out of the park for us! She brought with her so much magic on our wedding day that our family and friends almost all participated in our ceremony, because she made everyone feel so comfortable with what was going on. It was perfect. For days after the wedding the talk was all about how special the ceremony had felt to everyone present. Home Run, A+, 100% would recommend to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!
Wedding Officiant Rabbi Sara ShendelmanWedding Officiant Rabbi Sara Shendelman
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor John was so easy to work with. We are not religious and a queer disabled couple and we had to find an officiant pretty close to the wedding. Pastor John it was funny friendly and really accommodating. Our wedding was scent free and he was really sensitive to that. He incorporated everything we wanted into the ceremony as well as adding his own advice and thoughts. Everybody loved him. So many people came up and told us how much they love the ceremony and Pastor John. While he was a last-minute addition he was a surprise hit. He was brief and very funny which were two big pluses in our book. Thanks so much for working with us Pastor John!
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
We felt very lucky to have Rev. Saundra as our wedding officiant. Not only is she a lovely person to work with, she’s very experienced in all aspects of wedding planning, so she can offer as much, or as little, guidance as you need. We wanted a lighthearted ceremony with unique, personal vows. We’re writers, but we had no experience writing for weddings. Plus, we started less than a month before our date, so timing was tight! From the start, Saundra’s confidence was reassuring. She wrote the first draft of the ceremony and gave us lots of ideas and suggestions. She also gave us manageable deadlines to keep us on track. We went back and forth on versions until the ceremony and vows felt right. Her edits were spot-on. On our wedding day, the ceremony went beautifully. Saundra’s calm, joyous presence commanded the room. We were so impressed with her! And so were our guests. It takes a special sensitivity to come across in a way that’s lighthearted and serious at the same time. Our guests laughed in all the right places and were moved by the love that came through. Saundra is a natural talent. One special moment for us: We asked a family member who’s developmentally disabled to be our ringbearer. The way Saundra guided him was so gentle and sweet we’ll never forget it. We’d give Saundra more than 5 stars if we could, and would recommend her to anyone. You’ll know you’re in good hands with Rev. Saundra.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
Susan C.
Finding the perfect officiant is HARD! But thanks to Thumbtack, I was able to narrow down the candidates quickly to...just Reverend Saundra. I didn't tell the hubby that she was the only one I really liked for us, but as soon as the three of us met in person, we knew she was the one! My family is non-religious and my hubby's is Christian. She put together a wonderful ceremony with just the right amount of prayers and seamlessly worked in a reading from my hubby's sister and suggested a beautiful rose ceremony for our moms. She was meticulously organized and really made the whole ceremony process easy for us. I have no idea how we would have had nearly as magical a ceremony without her knowledge and expertise. She made great suggestions on how to conduct the whole ceremony and we loved every minute of it. One of the biggest achievements Saundra made was that she convinced my man that he could write vows with her help and she helped both of us perfect our vows. She made sure to keep them secret for us and printed them on lovely stationary for us to read on our wedding day. Needless to say, my hubby and I were both tearing up during our ceremony. We also both agree that thanks to Saundra, our ceremony was BY FAR our favorite part of our whole wedding evening. I cannot say thank you enough to Saundra. Nor can I possibly recommend her highly enough to all of you.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
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