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Top 10 Ministers near Des Moines, IA

4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
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GREAT VALUE
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Clark was wonderful! We were set on a non-religious, personal ceremony, and he helped steer us in the right direction. He was on time, well spoken, and a pleasure to work with."

$180

estimated cost

4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"We decided to get married rather suddenly and contacted Scott to perform the ceremony. He did a fabulous job, provided a rough draft of the ceremony for us to review, it was exactly everything we asked for. The day of the ceremony, he arrived on time. This was our actual first time meeting in person and it felt like he was a long time friend. The service was absolutely perfect and he provided us a professional document with the ceremony, etc. so we can keep it as a memory of our special day. I highly recommend Scott!!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 75 reviews
5.0
(75)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 142 hires on Thumbtack
"When meeting Sue for the first time it was like you had known her all your life.  She had a great personality all bubbly and eager plus very pleasant to speak with.  The ceremony couldn't have gone any better.  She presented it just the way we wanted it.  It was professional yet fun and joyous with the occasion.  We were extremely happy to have had her as our officiator.  David and Jill Sykora"
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4.9
from 24 reviews
4.9
(24)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
"I hired rev. Reckseen for a medieval wedding. I was so thrilled to find someone who was not only knowledgeable about a hand fasting ceremony we wanted to do but also willing to marry two 18 year olds when all other officials blew us off and made us jump through hoops. I can not express how happy my husband and I are to have found someone like him. Both our families loved how fun the ceremony was and how much he made the guest feel welcome. We are truely lucky to find him and hope to keep in contact with him for years to come."
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5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 7 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"You did a very good! Very excellent job! Amazing I would recommend you to everyone that's getting married! Thank you so much for being a part of our special day!!! "
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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
"I knew the moment I talked to Jeff that I wanted him to officiate our wedding. Jeff had no problem meeting before hand before we made our final decision. I loved the fact that he let us personalize our ceremony. Everyone loved our ceremony for the fact that it was very personal. I loved his humor and everyone else at the wedding enjoyed his presences as well. We also had a reading and unity candle ceremony that he was happy to include. Overall it was just a lovely experience and the wedding ceremony was perfect. Thank you Jeff."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 21 reviews
5.0
(21)
  • 3 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Art was very nice and did a fantastic job. Everyone commented how wonderful the ceremony was. We met with Art once and it seemed at the ceremony he knew us very well. He listened to our stories at our meeting and put together a beautiful service. I would totally recommend him to anyone looking to have a wedding. Thank you for the beautiful ceremony. Brenda and Dave Casady"
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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
"Isacc is very professional about what he does and very talented. "
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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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