Find a wedding officiant near Ames, IA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Ames, IA

4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
GREAT VALUE
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"For our wedding, my husband and wanted a ceremony that was personal to our relationship, our family, and our shared interests as a couple. We’d known Clark for several years, and knew he had experience officiating weddings, and asked him to officiate ours. Over the next couple months we met with and emailed back and forth with Clark several times to hash out the details of what ended up being an extremely unique, personal, and beautiful ceremony. Neither my husband nor I knew very much about wedding ceremonies, or what would be good things to include in them, and in this point Clark was an excellent resource for us. He explained both traditional things that are included in ceremonies (including poems, songs, vows, etc) as well as non-traditional things (we included a great many quotes and references to our own relationship). He did an exceptional job and tailoring and crafting or ceremony, from the songs that played as guest sat down to the vows we read to each other. To this day, my husband and frequently get compliments on how unique, beautiful, and fun our wedding ceremony was, and I owe all of that to the hard work that Clark put into it. He literally crafting each element of our ceremony to our personal taste, and rather geeky relationship. It was filled with quotes, jokes, touching moments, poems, songs, and love. I would 100% recommend Clark to any couple looking for an officiant for the wedding ceremony, he will give you the most tailored and beautiful ceremony that you and your guests will remember for years to come."

$180

estimated cost

4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Scott officiated our wedding in 2013 and he did an amazing job. He was very professional and he did exactly what we wanted. I would highly recommended him to anyone needing someone to officiate their wedding."

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 75 reviews
5.0
(75)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
"Sue did an amazing job, both officiating the ceremony on our wedding day and providing guidance and expertise during the planning phase! She was completely open to our hopes for our ceremony and really focused on infusing who we are as a couple into the day. She checked in on us frequently during the months leading up to the wedding to see if we had any questions or to collaborate on the ceremony. We highly recommend Sue to anyone wanting a caring, calm, professional officiant on their wedding day!"
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4.9
from 24 reviews
4.9
(24)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
"Great experience. Both bride and groom currently live out of state and asked me (bride's mother) to find a local officiant for their wedding. Both really happy with Richard and told me how much they liked him. He took time to talk with them and get to know them and provided them with a copy of the ceremony for a keepsake. He was very good about prompt contact with any questions. I would definitely recommend him!"
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5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"Kristy does an amazing job! She made everything go so smoothly at our wedding and I would highly recommend her to anyone!"
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4.7
from 3 reviews
4.7
(3)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Vititoe did a beautiful job with our wedding service making it the best day of my life. He is a very kind, wonderful man I would recommend him to everyone to make that day you say I do a very special memorable day!"

$399

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 23 reviews
5.0
(23)
  • 8 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeff was great, he was personable and gave us exactly what we wanted for our wedding. Would reccomend him to a family and friend!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 21 reviews
5.0
(21)
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Art was the officiant at our wedding and was fantastic! From the beginning we could tell that he was very devoted to us and came up with an amazing service! We couldn't be happier and would recommend him to anyone! "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"ACTION Talent provided a wonderful experience for our guests!! Teddy Roosevelt attended a political fundraiser...he was great! In costume and in character, Teddy was a highlight of the event!"
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 23 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Isaac kept the party going, and kept checking with me to make sure I knew what time it was since it was quickly slipping away from me on my wedding day. Very professional, and someone who's enjoyable to be around. Couldn't have been happier with my experience!"
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Q & A

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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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