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Adrianna M.

Minister For My Wedding

Carolina was amazing. We were in a rush and she answered our request same day. We were able to talk by that night or the next day and review what type of wedding it would be. She came over to the house and came to the rehearsal at no extra charge. She helped us with the material and added perfect additions to the script. She was early to the site the day of the wedding and worked with hour wedding Planner. I would choose her again!

Sep 9, 2018

Shelby O.

Geni Krogstad, Esq.

Geni was wonderfully organized and professional during our wedding planning process. She was also so sweet and took time to get to know us, making our ceremony very personal because of the many details she picked up on. She took time with us the evening before the wedding to fill out the marriage certificate with no rush or pressure, and made sure we had everything we needed and our nerves calmed. We loved working with Geni!

Aug 3, 2017

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From the Heart Ceremonies & Event Planning

Jessica was so helpful and awesome! She initially got back to us very quickly, and was so flexible and helpful with helping us figure out a place to have our ceremony (we planned our ceremony short notice only 2 days ahead of time). The ceremony was very nice! I couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant.

Jul 18, 2017

Christy C.

Rev. Sandy

Reverend Sandy was the perfect person to officiant our wedding. Him and his wife are some of the nicest people we have met, and they did a wonderful job at the wedding. His wife even took some beautiful photos for us. The script he wrote was absolutely beautiful as well. I very highly recommend him ☺

Apr 16, 2017

Derek B.

Karim Elbisi

I could not have picked a better man for the job. Karim "Kerry" went the extra mile in making the the ceremony just how my wife and i had dreamed of, from the very beginning of planning stages, to the day of the wedding he was there to answer questions from his experience, and give ideas when needed. He definitely gets an A+++ in my book!

Jan 31, 2017

Q & A

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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.

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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