Find a wedding officiant near Dixon, IL

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Dixon, IL

Top Pro
4.9
from 100 reviews
4.9
(100)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
"Jocelyn Ross was the officiant of my wedding on March 8, 2014. She did an excellent job! The vows were very eloquent and moving, personalized and appropriate to our values as a couple. She even brought a guest book, something blue for me and a paper runner for the aisle--small details that I'd forgotten in my few days of preparation. These made all the difference. It was an intimate at-home wedding and Jocelyn was an excellent choice. I highly recommend her. "

$375

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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

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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Top Pro
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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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Stephen officiated our wedding. Not only was he professional, helpful, timely, but he really cared about providing us the most personal and beautiful service. He took our input, wants, and needs to come up with an amazing service. We had so many compliments about how beautiful the service was. Highly suggest using Stephen and The Journey Ahead. You won't be disappointed!"
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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!"
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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 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Fr. David was the officiant for our summer wedding in 2014. He came highly recommended by our close friends who had been married by him the previous year. We were thrilled with our experience with him! He was incredibly easygoing and was a pleasure to work with. Fr. David was flexible and was willing to travel to meet us at a convenient location that best suited our needs, which was extremely helpful as we lived over an hour apart! He did an incredible job officiating our wedding and was a HUGE hit with our guests. Everyone loved him! Thank you again, Fr. David. We can't thank you enough for doing such an outstanding job for us! "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 6 years in business
"I've attended 3 weddings by this Rev. He is excellent!!! His weddings are very unique and customized to each couple. Each wedding was very different from the next. Very heartfelt and made me cry at 2 of the 3. Very beautifully done."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 18 years in business
"Jane Rubietta is a passionate and encouraging person. Her enthusiasm, positivity and motivational energy are transformational. Jane cares deeply for people. She has a spirit, a sense of humor and an insightful nature that are incomparable. Life Launch Me will help you reach for and realize your dreams."
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Q & A

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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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