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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Bartow, FL

Top Pro
5.0
from 53 reviews
5.0
(53)
  • 3 years in business
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
"Anthony was a spectacular wedding officiant! He was incredibly friendly, sincere and had a most amicable personality. The quality of his work is superb and I will recommend him to all of my engaged friends and family!"

$175

estimated cost

4.7
from 63 reviews
4.7
(63)
  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
"Jon provided us with the most spectacular ceremony we could have every asked for. When we initially met with him for our consultation, he was super helpful and very knowledgeable! He made the ceremony planning very easy and enjoyable! Our wedding was 12/27/2015 and I loved how flexible Jon was with our guests, bridal party, and parents, especially since many of our guest did not speak the best English. I honestly could not be more happy with the decision we made to go with Jon as our wedding officiant. The ceremony was the most important aspect of our wedding for me and he made sure that everything ran smoothly and that the ceremony was memorable, and most importantly meaningful. Jon, thank you very much for the service you provided. It was fantastic! "

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Officiate as an ordained minister at weddings to marry couples in the central Florida area. Assisting couples in joining together for a lifetime of joy and love. Committed to one another."

$125

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"We couldn't had asked for a better officiant. My husband and I had planned our wedding at last minute, Elder Herrington went out of his way too help us on our very special day within a 2 hour time frame, late in the evening. He helped us choose a great location for our ceremony and it's a place I will never forget. I was very nervous about how the ceremony was going too end up but it went through smoothly and we even had a few laughs in as well. Herringtons wife even came along and took pictures for my husband and I as we weren't from the area, We eloped. Very friendly, kind people. Glad we choose Elder Herrington. Give him a call!"

$160

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 9 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a small wedding and she came in and did more than we had asked for! She was fantastic! She helped keep everyone calm! She is s great tool to have!!! She even came early that day! She dressed beautifully and we felt we were in good hands! She accepted us and did not judge us! She is great to have around as well! Very professional but friendly!"

$150

estimated cost

4.8
from 11 reviews
4.8
(11)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Tom was THE perfect wedding officiant for our ceremony! My husband and I could not be more pleased and happy that we chose him. "

$130

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Him and his wife where really nice and gave us different ceremony options I like them I had a really nice ceremony thanks Mr Roy and Mrs Keenom "

$150

estimated cost

5.0
from 63 reviews
5.0
(63)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 102 hires on Thumbtack
""Mother of the Bride speaking.......Due to participation of out of state family, the rehearsal with Bonnie was the day before the wedding, not a lot of time for fine tuning. She gave her options of various thoughts to be included in the service. The Bride and Groom felt some of it was not what they had envisioned for them and their guests, and gave her their input. With all the hub-bub, we were hoping she was listening. And guess what....she was! She had condensed the ceremony exactly to their wishes, and just as important, was a happy and enthusiastic participant during the ceremony, with her ready smile and the natural manner of her delivery. It felt she was a friend of the couple, who was enjoying herself as she carried out the tone of a joyous day!" "Bride Speaking for couple"... There are no words to describe how fortunate we feel to have found Bonnie to officiate our wedding. I spoke with Bonnie a few months before the wedding and knew after our first conversation I had chosen someone who truly cared about making our wedding a special moment for us and our guests. Throughout the wedding planning process, the ONLY thing I didn't worry about was the wedding ceremony because I felt confident it would be special because of Bonnie. My husband and I have young adult children and it was important to us to include them in our ceremony. We chose to incorporate the hand fastening and have each child wrap the cord around our hands as we said a vow. It was an outdoor wedding and was a beautiful moment to be cherished forever. Bonnie truly always made me feel she was excited for our wedding and touched by our love story. It came across in the words that she wrote and spoke & by the response of our friends and family. I had many people ask how Bonnie knew us and were shocked that she wasn't a longtime friend. We can't speak highly enough of how special Bonnie made our days leading up to the wedding and the our wedding day! We told her she will renew our vows unquestionable one day! "
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Top Pro
5.0
from 48 reviews
5.0
(48)
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
"Denise officated at my wedding on april 7th and I booked her a few months a head she always kept in contact with me sent me sample and even proof read my hand written vows for me she always let me know what the plan was and what was going on she is not only a great officant but a great person !"
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Top Pro
4.9
from 77 reviews
4.9
(77)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
"Nick performed our wedding ceromony Saturday June 25th 2016 and he was a wonderful officiant. He comes highly recommended and is a great person to work with. So happy to have picked him for our wedding. "
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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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