Find a wedding officiant near San Luis Obispo, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near San Luis Obispo, CA

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4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
GREAT VALUE
  • 5 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
"Our heartfelt thanks to Rev. Simone for her officiating at out 25th Wedding Anniversary vow renewal ceremony in June 2013, in Monterey, CA. We are deeply grateful for her wonderful, marvelous ceremony. We appreciate her attentiveness and knowledge. We would consider her again, should we be in need of an officiate for a ceremony! "

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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Mike was the officiant for our wedding. He was personable, friendly, on time and was willing to meet our needs for our ceremony. Being that we did not know someone personally to officiate, this experience could not have gone better. Double thumbs up. "
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5.0
from 18 reviews
5.0
(18)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev.Jason Sisk-Provencio recently officiated at our Wedding in Pismo Beach ...He was positive and extremely helpful with the ceremony and pre checks and post assistance at getting our marriage license recorded...He would enhance any wedding that he assists the groom and bride, groom and groom or bride and bride...We can highly and completely recommend his services to any couple. GFreire"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Michael was absolutely amazing! Such an amazing guy, and he brought such great energy to the whole experience! He made sure our ceremony went exactly how we wanted, and he couldn't have done a better job!! We are so happy we chose Michael to be apart of our special day! "
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"deborah has a calm and compassionate presence, which creates a very safe container to discuss and deal with any subject matter and life challenges. she offers clear and easily understood direction and suggestions of steps to take in the direction her clients want to go. i think working with deborah would be helpful to anyone who chooses to engage with her for coaching"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 4 years in business
"We were so happy, Roy was our officiant for our wedding! He was so wonderful! He wrote our vows and they couldn't have been more perfect. We highly recommend Roy!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 20 years in business
"I've attended a number of weddings that Maria has officiated over the years and she is always calm, articulate and professional."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Jon is a great wedding officiant and pre-marital counselor. When my husband and I got engaged, Jon was readily available to begin pre-martial prep with us through leading a class, bringing prepared material to work through, and guiding us through a pre-marital book. The class was productive every time, and Jon brought up wonderful topics and questions for my fiancé and I to discuss and work through. Jon is a transparent, authentic, encouraging, and joyful leader. My husband and I are so grateful we had Jon to lead us through pre-marital counseling - it was so beneficial to our relationship before we got married! I felt a lot of peace and prep going in to marriage because of that experience. Our wedding ceremony that Jon officiated was more beautiful, and more fun, than we ever could have asked for or imagined. Jon met with us prior to go over our vision for the ceremony and he truly brought the Gospel, our story and the message of marriage on or wedding day. He was confident, peaceful, fun, and led the wedding ceremony with ease and joy. We truly look back on our wedding ceremony with a smile. Jon is a very gifted and qualified pre-marital counselor and wedding officiant!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"Karri takes her work very seriously with a lot of pride in what she does. Karri handles each task and event as if it were for herself. Give her the responsibility and she will make sure everything gets done leaving less worry for yourself :)"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Everything was fantastic Billy did an amazing job"
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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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