Find a wedding officiant near Modesto, CA

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Find a wedding officiant near Modesto, CA

78 near you

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Modesto, 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
5.0
from 146 reviews
5.0
(146)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 42 years in business
  • 245 hires on Thumbtack
"John was a joy to work with. He helped us out a lot, as we were super clueless. We had a lot of people come up to us after the ceremony saying how much they enjoyed it. Can't recommend him enough!"

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 34 reviews
5.0
(34)
  • 30 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Dr. Leslie was an awesome officiant. She could not have been better and more professional for our wedding event. I would recommend her to anyone!"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 27 reviews
5.0
(27)
GREAT VALUE
  • 15 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"James is by far, the most professional and experienced DJ I've ever met. I've been to a fair share of weddings, graduations, and other celebrations, James is definitely is the best! James DJed for my wedding day and he made our special day run so smoothly. I have friends and relatives asking for his information so they can also have him come DJ for their functions!! You're the best and thank you again"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 13 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Our experience at friendly wedding chapel was lovely Mikela did an amazing job trying to find and make our wedding day just the way we imagined, despite the heat it was all we could have asked for .. Thank you Mikela and friendly wedding chapel for making our wedding one we will remember forever."

$175

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)
  • 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

5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Lluvia was amazing. She wrote out our ceremony, which came out beautiful. We stood in great communication until my wedding day. Everything come out perfect. I’d definitely recommend her services."

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Sam was beyond our expectations. She led us through the most beautiful, touching, and personal wedding. I would recommend her services."

$325

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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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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