Find a wedding officiant near Bloomington, IL

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Bloomington, IL

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
GREAT VALUE
  • 24 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Lori knew the venues and where to get the best deals. She wanted fabulous at the best price, and the results spoke for themselves. She answered all my calls promptly and calmed my nerves. (mother-of-the-bride). I would hire her for another wedding. "

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 4 years in business
"If I could give Liz a 10 star rating, I would! She was absolutely fantastic to work with and always responded to emails within an hour or two. She completely customized our wedding to tell OUR love story. She showed up early to help set up and offered to stay until everything was cleaned up! She always sent emails or hand written cards (how awesome is that?!) to let us know she was looking forward to our big day. We even received multiple compliments from some of our wedding guests as to how professional, kind, helpful and what a total sweetheart she was overall. Highly, highly recommend her! The Fair's 08.26.16"

$300

estimated cost

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4.9
from 27 reviews
4.9
(27)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
""Our wedding, though delightful in every way, wouldn't have been as special without Jim McFarlin's officiation. Jim took the time to learn about my wife and me so he could deliver the perfect balance of humor, insight and faith. He was entertaining, heartwarming and memorable. He helped make the most important moment of the most important day in my life perfect. So popular was his service that my brother hired him for his wedding and our wedding photographer noted he planned to in the future as well." - Ross, Ann Arbor, Mich."
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4.8
from 31 reviews
4.8
(31)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 14 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"We contacted J to officiate our May 2013 wedding at Allerton Mansion in Monticello. We met with him a few months before hand at a Panera to get to know each other and work out ceremony details. Everything went great and I was confident that our ceremony would be exactly what I wanted. On the day of, everything was exactly as we had planned (except for the weather!) and I'm so very happy we had J as our officiant. He's one of the vendors that I missed being in contact with once the wedding was over. Price was very reasonable.. if anything, I'd say too low! :)"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 17 years in business
"You know that moment when you are watching a wedding in a movie and you can feel the love shining through? That moment when the words spoken during the ceremony brings tears to your eyes? Well, my wedding ceremony was much like that. Jenette turned my husband’s and my love story into a beautiful movie. We met a few times prior to the wedding to talk about how my husband and I met, when we knew that each other were the one, and shared stories of our relationship. Jenette took the stories that we shared and made them into one beautiful script. She also had great ideas for the ceremony such as giving a rose to each of our mother’s; which is something that we would have never thought about doing. Jenette was there for us every step of the way and never hesitated to give her advice and answer any question that we had. She was genuinely excited and happy to share our special day with us. As a child I always dreamed of my perfect wedding day – Jenette made my perfect wedding that much more remarkable. I could not have been more pleased with Jenette as our officiant. I would and have recommended her to everybody who is getting married!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 7 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Tina got back to us quickly (we didn't have much time before we got married) and kept in contact with us through email and FaceTime. She really gave ideas when we didn't know and personalized the ceremony depending on what we did or didn't want in it. She walked us through the rehearsal and even on the day of our wedding."
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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"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"We met with Father Paul today and he is very down to earth. We hired him for our wedding and are looking forward to working with him!!!"
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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! "
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Nancy officiated at our April 2014 Wedding. She was wonderful. She had suggested passages and ceremonies for us, but she encouraged us to customize the ceremony to our taste. She had a wonderful presence in conducting the ceremony. Several of our guests commented on what a great job she did as our officiant. "
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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