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Top 10 Ministers near Oceanside, CA

Top Pro
4.9
from 76 reviews
4.9
(76)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
"In the beginning we knew what we wanted for OUR special day. When we explained this to David he completely understood and not once tried to upsell us on some wedding package...like at least 3 other ministers had done prior to. He worked with us in a simple concise fashion and had it all wrapped up for the day to come. On our day, we were VERY HAPPY with David's service. He was integral in keeping our special day light hearted and fun! His demeanor and humor and sincerety was exactly what we were searching for! We were lucky coming across and hiring David here on Thumbtack. Thank You David! ---Thumbtack you need to have better word of mouth or advertising for us new brides! Your service is amazing!"

$100

estimated cost

5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 27 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"We had the pleasure of having Lael as our officiant for our January 2015 wedding. She is such a warm and lovely person and truly knows and understands what couples are really looking for! She took the time to get know both of us at our first meeting and created a ceremony that truly encompassed what we are all about. We couldn't have been happier and we received SO MANY compliments and kind words from our friends family on what she had written for us. I highly recommend Lael if you are looking for an officiant in the San Diego area. She is amazing!"

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 26 reviews
4.9
(26)
  • 3 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"When my then fiancé and I were looking for an Officiant in June of 2017 we found Dawn's profile on Thumbtack and reached out to her to set up a meeting. From the moment we sat down with Dawn we knew our decision was going to be very easy in choosing her to marry us. Her personality and down to earth presence was exactly what we were looking for. She listened to precisely how we envisioned our wedding and told us everything we wanted was doable. We were extremely impressed with Dawn. She is very easy to talk to, she made us feel very comfortable and we felt as though we had known her forever by the time we left. I had several questions for Dawn after our meeting and her response time was extremely quick. My fiancé and I had a rehearsal with Dawn the night before our wedding where we practiced the ceremony. She made it fun and took the stress out of it. We got married on Saturday 11/11/2017, My husband and I are so thankful for Dawn, she made our day absolutely amazing! We recommend Dawn to anyone looking for a true professional to marry them."

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Kimi is such an amazing awesome professional. Arrived early to go over the ceremony with us and our family members that were included. She helped with last minute things at the venue. She is super caring and sweet. Made our special day extra special with an amazing sweet ceremony. Highly recommend her, if you’d like someone that shows that they care about the event."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 47 reviews
5.0
(47)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Our wedding with Rob was simply amazing! He totally got what we wanted right away, he helped us shape our vows and texts for the ceremony, and we had so much fun both meeting him beforehand and during the wedding! We absolutely recommend him, he performed a comfortable, moving and beautiful ceremony mentioning God and giving out the message he wanted to share with our family and friends. Dressed perfectly for the occasion, always on time, flexible as to perform the wedding on a boat, great with correspondence during the arrangements, really prompt turning the marriage license in, friendly with our family and guests during the celebration (we invited him to stay!) and just perfect in every single aspect! Will be forever thankful for it! Great for people looking for a religious ceremony that is still civil, but that was just our request, I know he performs all kinds of ceremonies! BEAUTIFUL!"

$240

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

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 14 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Excellent so far, as in 5 stars. thank you..."

$280

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 11 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Our gazebo was beautifully decorated and our flowers for the bridal party were beautiful! Thank you Larry"

$230

estimated cost

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!"

$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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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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