Find a wedding officiant near Davenport, IA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Davenport, IA

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)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 9 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"Sheila was excellent! She went out of her way on a holiday weekend to fill in after my daughter was told two weeks before her wedding that she would have to find a replacement. She met with my daughter and her soon to be husband and figured out what they were wanting For their ceremony. She put together a beautiful ceremony. Rehearsal is were it was put together with the music and bridal party and on the big day I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful wedding. It was positively amazing! Sheila told me from the very beginning to relax she would make it a very touching ceremony and she nailed it. She was so supportive as we were stressed to the max and we couldn't be more Greatful. Thank you again Sheila 💜"
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!"
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"We met Adam over coffee and was so impressed with him that we decided we wanted him to marry us. He sent use an email of the ceremony asked us quest. We scratched things and added things. After a couple of exchanges he came ip with the perfect ceremony. It brought tears to my eyes and made me laugh all at the same time. Carolyn came in the day of the wedding and made sure everything ran smooth. They were both in this for us to make our day special. If you are looking for someone to marry you.......Adam is your man. It's a custom wedding, and Carolyn is there to help with anything the bride needs. Just talk to them and you will see why. Thank you Adam and Carolyn for making our day so special. Bev & Craig England"
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 28 years in business
"Chad Earhart is my Coach and he is like a breath of fresh air - he has put wind into my sails and helped me realize that my dream is worth pursuing and is within my reach. His insights into helping me discern who I am and what my gifts and abilities are has been a priceless gift. He asks penetrating, thought-provoking questions that get me to move and pursue steps toward finishing the book project I've been working on. I highly recommend anyone partnering with Chad to help reach their dream(s) ! ! !"
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Liz did a fantastic job as our wedding officiant. We met with her previous to our ceremony, and found her to be friendly, and easy to work with."
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"We needed a last minute wedding official and Randy was awesome!!! Very nice, funny, and so sincere. I couldn't of picked anyone better. He made our untraditional ceremony very intimate with his words. You can't go wrong with Randy! Thank you so much! "
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 26 years in business
"Cindy is the best of the best! She is someone you just want to get to know. She handled everything so beautifully and led us through it each step of the way. Our wedding was better than we could have ever hoped for! She made the entire wedding so personal and even wrote the most incredible poem about our lives together. We are going to have it framed as a lifelong reminder! With Cindy performing our marriage, we always felt comfortable that everything was in control and would go well - and believe me, that's a great feeling! After all, your wedding is your most important day! Cindy doesn't only have a lot of experience marrying people, but she has been a speaker for years! So she is very used to talking to big crowds. This was so wonderful, because she came across so natural, she could be heard well, and really knew how to "present" the ceremony so that it all comes off without a problem. She is also great for those awkward "on the spot" moments where no one knows what to do or say. (We had one of those with my mother-in-law, but Cindy handled it beautifully!) Everyone was so pleased and very impressed. She led us through our rehearsal so we all knew what to do and what to expect. She helped us to write our vows without being intrusive or pushy. She was sooooo helpful! She organized our music for us, helped us to chose readings and just put together and overall ceremony that blew us away! Oh, and she also created our wedding bulletins! They were really awesome! I just loved them!!! I will recommend Cindy to everyone (and do). She is that on-in-a-million type of person you just hope will come into your life. We will always be grateful that she came into ours!!!!"
4.5
from 2 reviews
4.5
(2)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I got marrie on 10-8-14. Pastor Knapp was very nice. He made our ceremony personal and was very kind gave us a gift regarding uniting of two people with a water colors. It was very sweet simple quiet and quick. Thank you. Brigida and Mike "
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"In all honesty, he made our wedding a success. He did exactly what we asked, and put a twist on it to make it his. He was wonderful, and our families loved him. He made our wedding day worth while, and I will recommend him to anyone. You won't regret having Tim as your minister, pastor, etc!"

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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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