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4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
"This was literally the best experience I could have asked for. We set this up with Sandra 3 weeks before the wedding. She wanted to know exactly what our priorities were and she worked with those. She was on time, was patient while we had to wait for the helivac from Tahoe Barton landed and took off - delaying out start time. More than one of our guests asked how we knew her because she was so personable and it was as if she was part of the family. We highly recommend her!"
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 147 reviews
5.0
(147)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 42 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
"I hired Pastor John to be the minister for a wedding I was coordinating. He did an excellent job! He was very easy to work with and had a heartwarming ceremony for the couple. He made the ceremony personalized which was more meaningful to the couple. Thank you Rev. John!!"
$200
estimated cost
4.9
from 22 reviews
4.9
(22)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"Minister Hayne Bendick was kind enough to take us on a moments notice to perform our wedding ceremony. Not only did she perform the service for us, but she also took photos for us as well. She was such a sweet lady. She made us feel very comfortable and we were delighted to have her be a part of our special day. I strongly recommend her services. You'll be glad you chose her! -Annie and Saul Wonderlich"
$175
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 22 reviews
5.0
(22)
  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"The wedding was great. The ceremony conducted by Rev. Robert Mize went well, It was short but sweet and nice. And i will never forget my wedding because our officiating minister is from the united states of america so my wedding is literally a English wedding. hehe All in all it was a great wedding conducted by Pastor Robert Mize. the food is great by the way."
$200
estimated cost
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 19 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a bit of difficulty determining the officiant for our family only wedding ceremony in December. After realizing the politics were more than I could handle, I contacted Jaimee. At our first meeting, I knew that she was going to marry us. She brought an overwhelming sense of calm and was unbelievably understanding when we explained the situation to her. She didn't bat an eye and even helped us to focus our ceremony back on us and our wishes. She offered tons and tons of great ideas for the ceremony and helped us to get the wording and length exactly as we wanted it. She came to the ceremony on time and was the ultimate professional. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding."
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 28 years in business
"Working with Pastor Jason was such a wonderful experience. He truly cares and it comes across in everything he does. I would not do change anything."
$200
estimated cost
5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 3 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Sam is one of my dear friends! Met her on MS charity ride in 2012. She put her heart and soul to organize our Misfit team. She did outstanding job by putting 15-20ppl +bikes in vans and go to southern ca for 2 days ride! When came to my wedding, I had no doubt Sam was the person. I asked her not to make it religious yet spiritual She kept it 15-20 long as was requested and fun. She listened to our love stories beforehand, so She could bring our past way before my husband and I met and nicely lined it up with our present, showing why we meant to be together. She made it, magical, spiritual, fun, small music clips between, and well delivered!! Love my friend Sam, am so happy she gave us this honor to be part of our wedding🌹🦋💖!! She made it unique and all about us!!! Thank Sam making that important day majical for us!!"
$350
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"Great pastor and wedding officiant. Exaclty what we wanted and loved! Made the wedding awesome!"
$300
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 169 reviews
4.9
(169)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 25 years in business
  • 242 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Dr. jKonrad to be our minister on the beach under the Golden Gate bridge last minute because the court was full. He was able to meet us where we liked and he was very professional and made us laugh. It was a quick ceremony for just the two of us (we're having a wedding at another time) and it was exactly what we wanted. Thank you!! "
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Top Pro
5.0
from 103 reviews
5.0
(103)
  • 160 hires on Thumbtack
"Bob was everything we were looking for and more. From our first meeting at Starbucks to the time we signed papers and shook hands, he was very fun, light hearted, and eager to make things exactly the way we wanted them."
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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.

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.

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.

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