Find a protestant minister near San Marcos, CA

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Top Pro
4.9
from 76 reviews
4.9
(76)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I met up with David to get to know him and we absolutely knew he was going to be a great fit. He was understanding and very in with the younger generation, he listened to what we wanted and made it very easy for us. The day of the wedding it went quick which is what we wanted. Some offiants/ministers/priests talk for what feels like hours and he was quick and got to the point. Thank you again David!"

$100

estimated cost

5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 27 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverend Lael Jackson did an amazing job at our wedding. She was so sweet and her words were absolutely touching. We couldn't have asked for a better person to marry us. She was so professional yet so personal, it made our day even better. So grateful for this woman! "

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 2 years in business
"We were so fortunate to have met Sarah on the day were we able to take home our baby boy from the NICU at the hospital. Sarah was thrilled and honored at our request of her marrying us right there in the hospital so that we could go home as a family. She went out of her way to make that happen. We don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our path for a reason. Sarah is a kind, caring, compassionate and giving soul. Even though she has moved cross country, she will always be a huge part of our lives and always in our hearts."

$115

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 26 reviews
4.9
(26)
  • 3 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Chaplain Dawn makes this such an easy process for any couple who is totally new to the wedding scene! She met with us beforehand to ask any personal details we might want in the ceremony, and she did a wonderful job of incorporating them! Also awesome for accommodating a non religious request. We ended up going with exactly what Dawn wrote, with no changes at all, because it was perfect! When I, the bride, starting crying during our vows, she gave me a little "you got this" and that was so sweet. So so happy we went with Dawn, and highly recommend her services to anyone looking!"

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 64 reviews
4.8
(64)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 137 hires on Thumbtack
"Terry was amazing. Texts or answers calls quickly to answer any of my questions. She came up with the perfect words for the ceremony with only a 30 minute sit down/meeting.. she made it funny just like I asked.. arrived early . Amazing beautiful woman/minister!!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 47 reviews
5.0
(47)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverend Rob was really wonderful! He has a really kind and calming presence (perfect for a slightly hectic wedding day!) and he is also very patient and humorous. The vows that he provided were beautiful and he really made our ceremony unforgettable. Both of our families loved him as well. The ceremony couldn't have gone better. Thanks so much, Reverend Rob!"

$240

estimated cost

5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
(12)
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Kimiko was exceptional! Love her, love her!!! She is so friendly, upbeat and happy. She's TERRIFIC! It was like having a relative marry us. All our friends at the wedding were very impressed. So many compliments on the ceremony which made us feel good. It was exactly what we wanted. A special ceremony that people would remember. She added personal details we gave her about us, as a couple and she expressed it in a way that was eloquent and loving...even a couple funny parts that were unexpected, but brillant. She really put a lot of heart into our wedding and it made the world of difference. If you have a chance to work with her, we highly recommend Kimiko."

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 9 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverend Steve provided a truly romantic and sincere vow renewal for my husband Ron and I. He was very well spoken and gave great suggestions on how to make the ceremony special to us. I highly recommend him!"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 38 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"He was caring, and really got to know us and what we wanted. He made our day special. He is the best !!!! I recommend him to anyone who wants personalized service at a great price !!"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"The Father was great and very professional. He was also flexible on working with our schedule because we would be running on time one min and behind the next."

$225

estimated cost

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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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