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Katelynn S.

Wedding Officiant/Ordained Minister

We hired Beth to officiate our ceremony. She was responsive, professional and wrote a beautiful personalized ceremony on relatively short notice for an amazing price. Very happy

Dec 16, 2018

Jennifer F.

Love, Honor, and Cherish

Dave is an incredible wedding officiant! Not only is he an eloquent orator, but he brings a special warmth and personability along with his professional demeanor. I cannot recommend him enough! Dave brought a sense of calmness and peace to our occasion and set a magical tone for the evening. He is friendly, reliable and easy to work with. I am so happy Dave married us! He was the perfect choice for a very important event; adding to the very lovely memories we will cherish throughout our lives. Namaste Dave 🙏

Nov 22, 2018

Melissa R.

Let's Say I Do together

I have nothing but great words for Rebecca. I needed someone last minute to help with my wedding rehearsal, and she was so responsive. She was early, kind, and had such a positive attitude. She came organized and prepared to assist with our rehearsal. I wish I could have hired her to officiate my wedding, I know I would not have been disappointed.

Aug 10, 2018

Kiara R.

Justice of the Peace

Pete did an amazing job the day of our wedding, very punctual and reliable. Came to our rehearsal and even did our unity sand at request with no issue, very open to suggestions and gives great suggestions as well. Handled our marriage license paperwork and sent it off to the town. Glad we chose you Pete, you were beyong great! Thank you.

Sep 4, 2017

Lori W.

Weddings By TLC - Wedding Officiant

Tammy did an amazing job officiating our wedding! She is so pleasant, friendly, very punctual and very good at what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!!! Hire her for your wedding and you will be very happy with her! A+

Jun 6, 2017

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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