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Top Pro
5.0
from 23 reviews
5.0
(23)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
"Will arrived a little early before the ceremony which was great! We got the paperwork signed then the ceremony began. We kept it very short and simple. It wasn't longer than 10-15 mins which suited our needs perfectly. He speech was short but elegant. At the end, he took care of mailing our paperwork for us and a month later we received the official marriage certificate. Thank you, Will!"

$195

estimated cost

5.0
from 29 reviews
5.0
(29)
  • 10 years in business
  • 38 hires on Thumbtack
"He wedded my wife and I in beautiful Palos Verdes. He was very professional and opinionated when it came to our ceremony. Very good communicator! Thanks Reverend Camillo!"

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 64 reviews
4.8
(64)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
"Terry was amazing. Texts or answers calls quickly to answer any of my questions. She came up with the perfect words for the ceremony with only a 30 minute sit down/meeting.. she made it funny just like I asked.. arrived early . Amazing beautiful woman/minister!!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Nadine was incredible. From the moment we began working with her to create our unique ceremony, to the day itself she was professional and dedicated to the task. Her desire to help us have "the perfect day" was clear from the beginning. Nadine, thank you so much for everything. You made our wedding so special, and everything we had dreamed about. I'm so glad we met you."

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
  • 14 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Thank you Bob for making our wedding so special. Our friends and famiily are still talking about the Unity Branding Ceremony!"

$195

estimated cost

4.7
from 39 reviews
4.7
(39)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 14 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
"Gianina was personable and the officiant showed up on time the day of our wedding. However they were both late for our initial meeting (by about 40 minutes) and for our rehearsal (50 minutes) which we reminded them they needed to be on time for. They didn't give any notice of their tardiness until they were already late and Gianina even seemed upset that I was bothered that they kept us, our wedding coordinator and our wedding party waiting almost an hour. Day of was a success though and the ceremony was beautiful. They're a decent price, but we might have considered using someone more professional who valued our time more had we had more time to look."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"She is super sweet and responded quickly... I can’t wait to meet her and update my review:)"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
GREAT VALUE
  • 18 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"Very professional and easy to work with! Pastor Wilkinson was able to accommodate all the last minute changes we had. Can't thank him enough. I highly recommend them!"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 44 reviews
5.0
(44)
  • 4 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Brad was a wonderful officiant of our wedding. Not like others that send you a quote, Brad meets with you prior to you agreeing to use his services. He gets to know you personally and doesn't require a deposit. You can customize your wedding or use a template that he has pre written to review before meeting him. We elected to use his template which resulted in a wonderful ceremony. I would highly recommend him to provide your wedding."

$325

estimated cost

5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 5 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Could not have been happier. From our first meeting he was very personable and really listened and incorporated exactly what we wanted in the ceremony. The delivery was meaningful with just the right amount of levity. Rev Sal was amazing at working with my fiancés grandkids who were his groomsman. (ages 6 to 11, not something everyone can do.) We interviewed several officiates and am so glad we made the right choice with Rev Sal. Hope you choose him too, he will not disappoint! Love you man!"

$250

estimated cost

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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