Find a wedding officiant near San Mateo, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near San Mateo, CA

Top Pro
5.0
from 147 reviews
5.0
(147)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 42 years in business
  • 249 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor John was absolutely amazing! He was always available to us by phone or through thumbtack and really helped to ease some of the stress and nervousness that can come with getting married. We couldn’t have chosen anyone better for our ceremony!!"
$200
estimated cost
4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 26 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
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
"Ben was a wonderful officiant that exceeded our expectations. We live in Wisconsin but are from the Bay Area and booked him about a year in advance of our wedding date. He was extremely courteous, professional, and provided answers to our questions immediately. We could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding! He gave us a personal binder with our vows and other details and promptly submitted our marriage license. Trust that Ben will be there for all your needs and his services are top notch!"
$200
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 37 reviews
5.0
(37)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 30 years in business
  • 56 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)
  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"Robert Mize was our wedding officiant, and we couldn't have been happier with how the ceremony turned out. He was highly organized and took time to plan the flow and order well in advance with us. We appreciated how he took our thoughts and opinions and incorporated them in the service, which made for a personalized ceremony that reflected us as a couple. It was a seamless experience from beginning to end. Robert's good natured personality was also calming throughout the wedding process, and we received many compliments on the ceremony afterwards (not something you often hear)!"
$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
Top Pro
5.0
from 25 reviews
5.0
(25)
  • 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
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
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 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 26 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Very professional, personable & a native San Franciscan to boot! So very pleased to get to talk to him & he was very responsive to the bride & groom's vision."
$245
estimated cost

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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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