Find a wedding officiant near Novato, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Novato, CA

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

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 43 reviews
5.0
(43)
GREAT VALUE
  • 10 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
"Ben did an excellent job as our wedding officiant. We couldn't be more pleased. He was very on the ball with everything, he always emailed back right away with any questions or concerns we had. He did everything as we asked and he dressed very nice also! Thank you Ben, if we could get married again, we would use you!"

$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

Top Pro
5.0
from 22 reviews
5.0
(22)
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a small wedding in Sonoma county and Phil was great, he was available on short notice. we also decided to have him sing a song for us. We chose on that was not on his list and he was able to learn it in about a few days before the wedding. All the wedding guest were surprised and loved it. Thanks Phil for being our officiant for our special day."

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"I have to say that my experience with Divinely Guided Ministries has been a uplifting journey! The education, comfort and guidance I received was definitely wonderful and I recommend thier services to everyone!"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 16 reviews
5.0
(16)
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"Gwen was a dream come true as a wedding officiant! She took the time to get to know us and to truly be as one with us on our wedding day! We loved her personality - she truly fit what we were looking for. Gwen is amazing and I can't say enough good things about her!!!!!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 25 reviews
5.0
(25)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"My new husband and I were very happy with Rebeca's role as our officiant for our wedding at San Francisco City Hall. She was very easy to work with over email (we were planning from out of town) and worked with us in developing our ceremony service every step of the way. Thank you for marrying us!!"

$275

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 3 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"I would sincerely recommend Christopher deLellis as the wedding officiant to any of my closest family and friends. He is very experienced and professional. He is passionate about making such an important day in couples lives truly memorable and fun. He was very supportive and communicative throughout the process and he was enjoyable to work with. He is flexible in designing the wedding of your dreams and suiting the ceremony to your particular needs. Everyone who attended our wedding specifically commented on how great Christopher was and asked how we found him. I really like the poems he personally wrote as well. Again, I would recommend him wholeheartedly! I haven't gotten the wedding photos yet."

$225

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

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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