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Lynn R.

A Brand New Day Ministries

Still working with Kendra. She is very prompt. she is close to where my wedding will be in Bethalto. Thank you Kendra. I feel it is going to be a pleasure working with you. Lynn

May 30, 2018

Lindsay M.

Pastor Melrick Bogier - Officiant

My husband and I were lucky enough to know Pastor Melrick as our friend before we asked him to officiate our wedding. He gave us the most heartfelt, tender, and personalized wedding ceremony. All of our family and friends still remark to us, now a year later, how amazing he was and how wonderful his words were on our special day. Pastor Melrick was available to answer any of our questions and also help counsel us before our marriage. We would definitely highly recommend Pastor Melrick to future couples for their wedding ceremony. Lindsay & Patrick 2017

Mar 30, 2018

Nicole B.

Life's Celebrations

Cris is exceptional in every category listed above. He did a wonderful job with the ceremony for our wedding. He was courteous, professional and very prompt at returning all messages including the one I sent the day before our wedding at 11:30p.m. He was very easy going and after our first meeting I knew that I had made the right choice in selecting him as our officiant for our ceremony. He guided us through everything from beginning to end and I had a certified marriage certificate waiting in my mail box when I returned from my honeymoon. He listened to what we wanted and didn't want in a ceremony and was willing to change anything and everything that I did not feel quite right about. I can't reiterate enough how often he made sure everything was what we wanted from how he was dressed, whether we wanted him at the rehearsal to the choices of readings and vows. We were completely satisfied with Cris and would highly recommend him to anyone we know that is getting married.

Sep 22, 2017

Andrea Kaehler


It is hard to express how amazing Diana is. If you are reading this while on the search for a wedding officiant, stop reading and contact them NOW. I PROMISE you will not be disappointed in the service they provide. They cater to anything needed to make your wedding a day dream, no matter how big, small, or unique. The amount of detail and thought Diana puts into her words for your ceremony is forever memorable, she carefully takes notes about you and your future spouses personalities and incorporates them in a great way. We skipped exchanging rings and did a tree planting ceremony, she came up with the idea of incorporating dirt from our childhood homes to fill the hole of the tree. This was especially meaningful since I grew up in Wisconsin and moved to southern Illinois. She knew exactly where to put sentimental thoughts in the ceremony, and she knew our personalities were filled with humor and added a few things that made everyone smile and chuckle because she KNEW that was our personality as a couple, and as a family. Everyone complimented how amazing Diana was and how she overflowed with charisma, making everyone feel comfortable. Thank you for being a part of our amazing day, I pick you every day of the week and twice on Sunday! Hope to see you during our vow...well I do...renewal in the future...maybe during the 2024 eclipse?

Aug 24, 2017

Linda R.

Cherie Wegener

Cherie went above and beyond every expectation that we could have asked for on our wedding day!! We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. You won't be disappointed!!!! Thank you Cherie!!! Tony & Linda

Mar 5, 2017

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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