Find a wedding officiant near Ventura, CA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Ventura, CA

Top Pro
5.0
from 28 reviews
5.0
(28)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Loretta is a truly wonderful human being. She captured my husband and I beautifully in her unique ceremony and we were emotional the entire time. She was very receptive to tweaks and changes and her voice is a truly beautiful beacon on such a special day. Our wedding would not have been the same without her and we would choose her 1000x over! Thank you Loretta for our beautiful ceremony. "

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 64 reviews
4.8
(64)
GREAT VALUE
  • 5 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
"Teri, was amazing and made our special day beautiful. Teri waa very accommodating to our all needs. If you need a wedding officiant Teri is your Hire! Thank you for everything Teri. B"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 13 years in business
"Rev. Rieley was awesome and a total professional. She has such a fun personality and was able to put my fiance' and me at ease. There is so much stress leading up to the big day, but we were able to enjoy it more because of Rev. Rieley. We also hired her photographer and she did an amazing job capturing all the important and candid moments. I highly recommend them for your wedding. Kathy A."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 26 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"She is very dedicated and does care to provide the best education possible. She also does have a very sweet and friendly personality which makes it easy to work with her. I am very satisfied of her trainings."

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 125 reviews
4.9
(125)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 19 years in business
  • 248 hires on Thumbtack
"My wife and I recently hired Bill to officiate our wedding. At first we were a bit hesistant because of the long distance and we needed somebody who would be willing to officiate a Jewish/Cathloic ceremony. After talking to Bill on the phone we knew we found our guy! Bill was not only affordable but he was super flexiblible, creative, and most importantly helpful! He actually listened to all of our crazy Jewish/Cathloic wedding ceremony ideas and he offered to incorporoate his own suggestions to make it a very classy yet personable ceremony. He lets you call and email as much as you need. He showed up to our ceremony over an hour early just like he said he would. Gave me peace of mind and one less stress to worry about."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 34 reviews
5.0
(34)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 14 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
"So far Dani has been perfect. Our wedding is 10 days away and I look forward to having her officiate."
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4.9
from 19 reviews
4.9
(19)
  • 26 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"When my wife and I were cold-calling wedding officiants, we weren't sure what exactly we were looking for, but hoped we would be able to find someone who matched our unconventional style. When we spoke with Rev. Doreene for the first time, she made it clear that she believed in love and made us feel special. She read her version of vows to us over the phone and my wife and I both ended up in tears- we originally wanted to write our own, but Doreene's version was so beautiful and touching that WE JUST KNEW Rev. Doreene was the right person to marry us! She provided us with a wonderful ceremony guide and allowed us to add in a couple symbolic ceremonies like the sand ceremony and water blessings. She even learned some phrases in Hebrew to accommodate my wife's Jewish ties! She made our day so meaningful and special! I'm so glad we found her!"
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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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Top Pro
4.9
from 18 reviews
4.9
(18)
  • 5 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Thank you all my wedding team! They provided me everything I need for a perfect wedding. Joanne and her team know this industry very well and assigned the wedding coordinator, photographer, stylist, venue, DJ to us. They helped me get rid of all time consuming vendor calls!!! Also, they have very stylish app to make everything organized and trackable. Very cool!!! Highly recommend the whole team!!!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Stewart was absolutely magnificent and professional. I am the bride and as many brides know, planning your wedding and choosing the right vendors is an overwhelming process, but very important. A friend of mine recommended Stewart to be our Officiant. My husband and I were looking for a non-religious ceremony that could capture who we are as individuals and as a couple. We met with Stewart and he was exceptional. His main objective was to accommodate us and provide us with our vision of our perfect ceremony. He asked us many questions to acquire as much information as possible to gain an understanding of what we wanted and expected. After our first appointment with him we knew he was the person we wanted for our officiant. Throughout the rest of our process prior to the wedding he kept in frequent contact to make sure we were kept in the loop and allow us to make changes as we went along. We finally came up with our perfect ceremony. On the day of our wedding, Stew showed up early to set-up and greet people as they showed up. Our wedding took place on the beach and Stew came prepared. He was well dressed and brought all items necessary. He came with his own speaker and mics. One thing my husband and I did not want was a generator ruining our wedding; however, Stew's Speaker was portable and did not require any electricity. Our ceremony was absolutely PERFECT!! He captured our vision precisely. He truly made our wedding meaningful and special. After the ceremony, many of our friends and family came up to me to ask where we found him and if he had any business cards because they thought he did a phenomenal. Overall, I was very satisfied and would HIGHLY recommend Stewart Bubar!!!"
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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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