Find a wedding officiant near Dubuque, IA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Dubuque, IA

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 22 years in business
"Pastor Smith is a Man of God that not only takes the time to explain things to you but always does it with integrity and class "
$500
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4.9
from 24 reviews
4.9
(24)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 years in business
  • 32 hires on Thumbtack
"Richard was our officiant at our wedding this past weekend and if we were to do it over, we would choose him in a heart beat! During our first consultation he was able to give us some unique ideas for our ceremony that people in the end could not stop talking about. He was very prompt with his responses, very flexible in regards to times to chat and an all around nice genuine man. I highly recommend Richard Reckseen as an officiant! You won't be disappointed!"
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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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5.0
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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!!!!"
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"Serving Carroll County, Whiteside County, Clinton County, and the Quad Cities, all ceremonies are performed at reasonable rates."
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New on Thumbtack
  • 2 years in business
"The journey started with my step daughter wanting to get married. She asked me to be the officiant. I was excited and said yes. I allow the clients, not just my step daughter, to personalize their ceremony. I like to learn from and get to know the people I am about to marry. While some officiants meet once or twice, I make myself available. Thought text, phone, meetings and email. I am here for the happy couple."
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New on Thumbtack
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I enjoy working with my couples and finding their Heart Songs and helping them create their music and the beauty in their vows."
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New on Thumbtack
New on Thumbtack
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I perform short, simple, traditional wedding ceremonies adjustable to your needs. I am also available for travel on weekends."
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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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