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5.0
from 56 reviews
5.0
(56)
GREAT VALUE
  • 13 years in business
  • 124 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeanie performed our ceremony exactly as we had hoped and was very responsive prior to the event. Thank you!"

$175

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 28 reviews
5.0
(28)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Loretta was really fantastic. She was very enjoyable to work with and did a wonderful job as our officiant. We received many compliments on her from our friends and family."

$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 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 13 years in business
"My husband and I had an amazing experience working with Wendy! She was very attentive to our desires and did a wonderful job capturing our wedding. I highly recommend her and will gladly refer her to my newlywed girlfriends!"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 125 reviews
4.9
(125)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 19 years in business
  • 248 hires on Thumbtack
"Bill Concoff did a wonderful job with very short notice. I had more trouble than anticipated finding a minister willing to marry a same-sex couple, and Bill was not only willing, but sincerely honored to do so. He married us on Valentine's Day 2015, with less than a week's notice. He is very caring and easy-going and made us feel very comfortable and grounded. He even added a special blessing in the ceremony catered to our spirituality and passion for nature. On a night when almost nothing went off perfectly, Bill officiated the most perfect and beautiful wedding ceremony! Thank you so much Bill, we are forever appreciative! - Connie & Veronica"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 34 reviews
5.0
(34)
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
"We needed an officiant at super short notice. We were having a small, standing only ceremony in Solvang, CA. Our guest list was only 12 people. We wanted a short & sweet vow exchange, but we did not write our own vows so we also needed the officiant to provide vows. We asked to keep it fairly traditional, but not super religious. Fortunately for us, we had a few responses to our last minute request. (Thumbtack rocks!) Dani responded with a quote almost immediately which is huge to me, customer service-wise. We hired her Wednesday morning for a Friday wedding. I actually called her on the drive to CA to touch base with her since we wouldn't have time to meet in person. She was warm and friendly and easy to talk to and work with. She emailed me a copy of the short ceremony (10-15 minute per my request). The ceremony included a couple of blessings and mentions of God. She asked if I wanted to include them or not, and requested approval of the ceremony & vows. My husband is not religious, whereas I have a strong religious background. Our guests were of mixed religious views as well. I thought her ceremony and blessings were perfect so I asked her to include them. The day of our wedding Dani was absolutely wonderful. She could not have done a better job. Even my non-religious husband said he was glad I kept the "blessings & God-stuff" in our ceremony. From the uber-religious (eek! female clergy?!) to the totally atheist, every single person in our party gave her rave reviews. I would HIGHLY recommend Dani Antman to anyone who needs a wedding officiant or any other service she offers. "
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Top Pro
4.9
from 18 reviews
4.9
(18)
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"It's been quite some time since I've written a service review but I had to praise Elvis and June's amazing work for my wedding a few weeks ago. My husband and I planned a small ceremony with just our immediate family and friends but still wanted to have a photographer to capture the day and like all of you reading this, found our way to this page. I can honestly say that their work nearly brought me to tears when I received the proofs. The professionalism and experience photographing at weddings truly come out in each and every photo. June also helped us every step of the way from meeting at the clerks to greeting guests to getting those beautiful photos. Love the whole team."
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4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 5 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"My wife and I were married by MFE in late Feb in the Angeles National Forest. We were extremely satisfied with our experience with Rev B and her partner, they made us feel comfortable and accommodated the whole process. They were very professional from the first consultation to the wedding day. Rev B especially made us feel loved and supported in our decision to become a married lesbian couple. She did everything in her power to make our special moment even more special. We were happy with the flexibility MFE had to offer with several options to our wedding style. Ultimately when we chose the "hand ceremony" to be included her selection of words during that moment touched our hearts on a deep unforgettable level. Thanks Rev B and MFE for being so accommodating and sharing our day with us!"
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5.0
from 17 reviews
5.0
(17)
  • 9 years in business
  • 24 hires on Thumbtack
"Phillip was GREAT! We hired him pretty last-minute (a few weeks before our wedding since we completely procrastinated on finding an officiant) and he was very sweet and patient and was all about what we wanted to do. He gave us assistance and many examples but did not push his ideas on us and let us completely make everything our own, since he knew we wanted to write our own script and our own vows. We ended up writing our own script almost entirely from scratch, as well as our vows, and used a couple of his ideas for the ring exchange. We did not even give him our final script until maybe two or three days before the wedding and he completely went with it! And he was able to do deliver excellence with no rehearsal, no meetings (besides an initial skype meeting), it was all very easy and convenient for us. He rolled with the punches and our ceremony was flawless and emotional and beautiful and we were so happy with how well everything went. I would recommend him to anyone! Thank you for helping make our ceremony awesome, Phillip! :)"
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5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
(12)
  • 2 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Our good friend became an ordained minister so he could perform our wedding ceremony. Unfortunately he became ill so we had to find someone else quickly! Luckily we found Pastor Mark! Not only was his price beyond reasonable but during the ceremony, we felt as if he truly knew us. It is evident that Mark genuinely cares about the act of marriage and the binding of two people together. We are so blessed to have found Mark to officiate our wedding on such short notice. Highly recommended!! Thank you Pastor Mark!"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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