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Top 10 Ministers near Fontana, CA

4.8
from 64 reviews
4.8
(64)
  • 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 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"I feel so happy having found Rev. Steve. We felt so comfortable meeting with him prior to our ceremony and he listened to all of your wants and needs. He made sure that everything we asked for was met to our satisfaction. He arrived early and made sure the ceremony ran smooth. My wedding was as perfect as I had always imagined."

$250

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

4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 36 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Charlie was such a blessing to us. When my friend's dad who is a pastor wasn't able to perform our ceremony we were left scrambling to find someone. Being christians and wanting a christian wedding ceremony I didn't want to just pick any officiant. I was really hesitant to find someone online but we are so thankful for Pastor Charlie. He is a wonderful man that has been married for many years and has a wife and children and grandchildren and also pastors a church. We also had pastor charlie do counseling for us. We live far away so we did skype sessions. We didn't necessarily think we needed counseling because we thought we were really good at communication and we are both on the same page with everything about life but we really learned a lot from him and there were things that came up with family and stress of wedding planning that he really helped us get through. I think it was great for us to have someone removed from our circle of family, friends, and church, to counsel us because we could really open up and share things and discuss things with him. He really got to know us and you can tell that he is doing this because it's really his heart to counsel people and not a job or for money. He has a lot of wisdom from his own life and wants couples to have the best Godly marriage possible. Our ceremony was beautiful and even though he didn't know us previous to our counseling, he took the time to get to know us and no one at the ceremony would have known we just met him a few months prior. Seemed as if we had known him for years. I would definitely recommend him. Out of all the people I researched in my area I found him to be the best honest, caring christian pastor for our ceremony."

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 22 reviews
5.0
(22)
GREAT VALUE
  • 22 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
"Thank you Donna for making our day so special for us! That may not be the usual description for a jail wedding, but because of your kindness, understanding and compassion we felt blessed being united in God with you as our minister and witness. It took us 12 years to get there and we felt your heart with ours. I also appreciated your time and patience in helping me get the marriage license. Thank you again Love, Tracie and NIck"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 91 reviews
5.0
(91)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 17 years in business
  • 172 hires on Thumbtack
"Jonathan we cannot express how much we appreciate everything you did for us on St.Patricks Day. You are the most incredible Pastor any of our guests have ever seen and we are the richer for it. They were all raving about the ceremony! Despite the many things that went awry that day, ( Father or the Bride running late, Locked keys in Car, Bearded Lady playing guitar) ..etc...it was YOU who not only held things together, but made it all so much fun and just plain wonderful. The best thing we can do is to try to tell everyone who will listen that- Jonathan D. Mathe is the best Minister in California for one reason... He CARES and it shows!. You are a great guy and we will always remember your warmth and your wit in the most trying of circumstances. If you ever need a reference please do not hesitate to contact us. You guided us through the gate onto the path of our future together with such compassion, hope and love, that we just know we'll be together "forever-MORE!" Thank you so much for being the unexpected angel you are. May God bless you for all that you do. You are truly a righteous man. Kirk & Denise Kennedy Long Beach Ca "
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 20 years in business
"I have never worked with a Personal Development Coach before. I have been to therapists and counselors. I have spoken with trusted friends and family, yet a Personal Development Coach, what would this look like? Well, it has been just what I needed. Someone to keep me accountable. Someone who has different methods and ways for me to get where I desire to be. It is a work in progress and Villa has been there along the way- having the tough conversations with me and putting voice to what I don't want to hear but need to acknowledge and address. I am more centered, I am more positive, I am braver and daily I am moving closer to being who I want to be and how I want to be received in the world. Villa rocks! ~JLS"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 125 reviews
4.9
(125)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 19 years in business
  • 248 hires on Thumbtack
"Bill Concoff did a wonderful job with very short notice. I had more trouble than anticipated finding a minister willing to marry a same-sex couple, and Bill was not only willing, but sincerely honored to do so. He married us on Valentine's Day 2015, with less than a week's notice. He is very caring and easy-going and made us feel very comfortable and grounded. He even added a special blessing in the ceremony catered to our spirituality and passion for nature. On a night when almost nothing went off perfectly, Bill officiated the most perfect and beautiful wedding ceremony! Thank you so much Bill, we are forever appreciative! - Connie & Veronica"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 13 years in business
"My husband and I had an amazing experience working with Wendy! She was very attentive to our desires and did a wonderful job capturing our wedding. I highly recommend her and will gladly refer her to my newlywed girlfriends!"

$500

estimated cost

4.9
from 47 reviews
4.9
(47)
  • 3 years in business
  • 67 hires on Thumbtack
"Words can not even begin to describe on what a very professional and complete ceremony that Pastor Mike did for our wedding. The communication between the both of us at our initial face to face meeting and many other communication times by email or phone made everything perfected to a "tee". Pastor Mike took the time to ask so many questions about our lives, when we met, my favorite verses from the Bible, my "USC TROJANS", just everything which told me how much he cared about perfecting our ceremony. The ceremony which he performed was excellent as he brought up examples which I have described in this review along with some of his own comments that had our 107 guests laughing which was just awesome. I know his comments made Beth and I so very much more relaxed. This Pastor and gentleman is very REAL as he took the time to know us and even sent a itinerary for our review and acceptance based on what I had asked for. I would STRONGLY suggest if you are in search for a dedicated and caring minister / Pastor to perform your ceremony, Michael Shipman is your man. THANK YOU PASTOR MIKE FOR PERFORMING OUR CEREMONY ALONG WITH THE XLNT AND PROFESSIONALISM WHICH YOU DISPLAYED AND PRESENTED."
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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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