Find a wedding officiant near Madera, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Madera, CA

4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"She went above and beyond to make our elopenent even more special. Friendly, warm personality. Iys obvious that this is her passion and we would highly recommend her for any wedding event you have. We can't thank her enough for all she did and in such a short time frame."

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 41 reviews
4.9
(41)
  • 9 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverend Sandy was the perfect person to officiant our wedding. Him and his wife are some of the nicest people we have met, and they did a wonderful job at the wedding. His wife even took some beautiful photos for us. The script he wrote was absolutely beautiful as well. I very highly recommend him ☺"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"We had a FANTASTIC experience with Mrs. McCrary!!! She worked closely with us to make sure her service aligned with our values and ideas for the ceremony. She made us feel incredibly comfortable and empowered on our big day. Highly recommended!!"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 19 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"Our experience with Weddings by Jaimee was exceptional. Jaimee’s services are truly “Turn Key”. She was a very warm and professional Officiant, Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. Her knowledge of Aloha, flowers and design allowed us to customize our dream of creating our Hawaii Theme of “Ohana”! You feel her excitement for making your day the most important thing in the world. I did not hesitate to recommend her to our hotel Catering Director as an Officiant and Floral Designer. Reach out to Weddings by Jaimee to make your wedding day one to remember."

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 168 reviews
4.9
(168)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 25 years in business
  • 241 hires on Thumbtack
"Dr Konrad Hole was an amazing officiant! His price was fair, and his flexibility and laid back nature made him easy to work with. I would recommend him to anyone looking to marry in San Fransisco. My wedding on ocean beach was perfect. Thank you! C and J"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 101 reviews
5.0
(101)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
"Bob did a great job performing my Nephewa wedding. He was professional, and personal. Thanks Bob"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 24 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"I highly recommend Sara Shendelman as a wedding officiant! She did my wedding with such warmth and enthusiasm, musical talent and professionalism, i couldn't have imagined anything better. The photographers even came up to me after and expressed to me what a unique and wonderful ceremony it was. She helped guide us through the planning process, allowing our personality and beliefs to shape the service, but providing the traditional foundation which we desired. She was such a delight to work with and so easy to get in touch with when I had questions, she made this stressed out bride feel completely at ease! The guests said it was the best wedding they had ever attended."
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Our wedding day was perfectly what we wanted it to be. Our quirky request to include a quote from the Princess Bride didn't seem to phase Jesse who did a great job with the service. We came up with a personalized unity ceremony and he helped make it work so beautifully! He even took a few pictures himself for us so we were able to get his point of view. We wanted a non-traditional ceremony that still very God centered and he did just that. We felt very connected to God and our family and friends. It was beautiful!"
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 23 years in business
"Cassidy is so kind, warm, and genuinely gifted and spot on that I hardly know where to begin. He pours his heart and soul into his work. He has done several readings and healings with me very much to my benefit. I cannot recommend Cassidy highly enough. It still amazes me to connect so deeply with someone using an electronic device. But, I am here to tell you that you can literally feel his amazing and beautiful energy through the screen. His accuracy and energy are unparalleled."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 19 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Rose is truly an amazing person. She was very professional.. she gave us the ceremony we wanted and made our wedding day very special. I definetly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Her prices are also very reasonable. I'm so glad and thankful I found her."
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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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