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Alisa M.

James Hamp, Wedding Officiant (GA/AL/SC/FL) Recipient of's "TOP PRO" Award 2015, 2016 & 2017

I highly recommend Mr. James Hamp for wedding officiant services. I was very satisfied with him for my son's wedding. He was professional in his delivery, attentive, and even light hearted at just the right moments. His appearance was immaculate, and even before the day, he was always responsive to my email communications and provided the necessary documentation to walk us through the service. Thank you so much Mr. Hamp, we truly appreciate you!

Jul 24, 2018

Virginia M.

Bless the Day Wedding Officiant

Rick was fantastic! He handled everything so beautifully, and put my mind at ease with the ceremony. I couldn't have been more pleased! I highly recommend using Bless the Day Wedding Officiant - you will not be disappointed!

Nov 27, 2017

Jeffrey L.

Your Wedding Your Way

Saying that Patty is one of the best wedding officiants would not be a lie! My husband and I didn’t know where to start with our ceremony and Patty helped us create the best ceremony for us. She was able to take different pieces, verbiage, poems, etc. that we liked and created a ceremony that was personalized and special to us. She quickly becomes a great friend or pseudo aunt instead of just an officiant that you hired. Patty was amazing to work with and was always so kind and patient with us. Patty not only excels at creating the best ceremony, but delivering it as well. You can feel her warmth and love during the ceremony and she has a way of making any nervous feeling just melt away. You feel that you, your spouse and she are the only ones at the ceremony. After “Congratulations!”, “...that ceremony was the most amazing ceremony ever…” was the second most frequent thing we heard from all our guests. We knew the ceremony we created with Patty was special, but hearing it from more than 100 of our guests really confirmed to us that we made the right choice in selecting Patty for our wedding officiant.

Apr 18, 2017

Amber P.

PSA Weddings

Paul did a great job with our wedding. He was 100% prepared and went over the top to make sure that our day was perfect. I will definitely be recommending him to friends and family!

Jan 6, 2017

Kelly R.

Darnell Brantley, Sr.

We contacted Pastor Brantley to officiate the funeral service for my Father. It was less than 48 hours before the funeral, and when we contacted him he responded immediately and was available last minute to help us. He did an excellent job, was on time, and spoke very comforting words to our family. He was compassionate and kept the flow of the service going. Pastor Brantley, thank you so much again!!

Jan 1, 1970

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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