Find a wedding officiant near Franklin Park, IL

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Franklin Park, IL

4.9
from 29 reviews
4.9
(29)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 47 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Robbins was the perfect wedding officiant. He received our changes to the suggested text with grace and enthusiasm, and he was courteous and kind during the ceremony. His smiling face is a delight in our photos!"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 111 reviews
4.9
(111)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
"Mark officiated our wedding in Naperville, IL in July 2016. He offers a great presentation with flexibility to cater to couple's specific needs- all at a very reasonable rate. His prepared introductions and readings were lovely and we were easily able to edit parts to add a more personal touch to the officiant speech. He did a great job helping us coordinate the procession at both the rehearsal and actual ceremony. We highly recommend Mark to officiate your wedding! - Matt and Courtney"

$200

estimated cost

4.9
from 59 reviews
4.9
(59)
GREAT VALUE
  • 40 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
"My partner and I both highly recommend the Reverend McDunn for your wedding ceremony. He was a breath of fresh air compared to all of those stuffy ministers we talked to. He was not judgmental and actually helped us to understand ourselves better throughout the wedding process. We were both tickled pink with the service and commitment set forth by Rev. McDunn"

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 23 reviews
4.8
(23)
  • 21 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Porter was a great choice for us. We live in California, but held the wedding in Naperville. Rev. Porter was great to work with. He was very accommodating and was available through email and phone calls. Even being half a country away, he was able and willing to coordinate with us. He was always easy to get a hold of and responsive to emails. Since this is our first (and theoretically only) time getting married, he offered a few pointers regarding timing that did make our lives easier and helped our rehearsal/wedding day go better. I'm glad to recommend him to you, and I'm sure he will help make your wedding memorable."

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 17 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"He was amazing . After breath conversation over the phone , he sent as scrip for seremony , it was amazing , short and beautiful . Exactly what we asked for . Wery friendly and personal . Felt like he's another friend in wedding , not a stranger . Very pleased"

$100

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 61 reviews
5.0
(61)
  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
"We had the best wedding experience with Dr.McFadden! Not only was he very accommodating but he was emotionally checked in with us during the ceremony and several guests said that he was one of the best wedding officiants they have ever saw. He truly made our day perfect!! Don't hesitate to hire him... Just do it and you will be pleased.. We promise! Thank you again Dr. McFadden! "

$350

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 100 reviews
4.9
(100)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"We were Elaine’s first wedding! She did a fabulous job! She did everything we asked.... and made our day everything we dreamed of!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 7 reviews
4.9
(7)
  • 24 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Leeroy Coleman performed a funeral service for my Father. He assisted in various ways in the planning and preparation of the funeral. It was immensely appreciated , because it was a time that was so difficult to concentrate and focus during such a stressful time. He was professional, yet extremely empathetic. Extremely patient. He customized the service just to suit our needs. He helped us all during our grieving period and followed up with us after. Everything he did, my family and I were so touched, Blessed and appreciated his service. I have also used Pastor Coleman to perform my wedding ceremony, and he also exercised his professionalism with us. He gave us an amazing wedding ceremony. Pastor Coleman has performed numerous weddings, funerals, baby dedications for many people that I know. He has also helped families through sicknesses and tragedies. I know everyone was quite happy and extremely grateful for his kind services to them. He tailors his service to suit each family, because each of us are unique in our mourning etc. I would not hesitate one bit to recommend Pastor Leeroy Coleman as a Pastor that can perform all these service and more while showing families, love, sympathy, empathy, patience, thoughtfulness for whatever their need be. His Ministry is a Blessing to us all. I will continue to use his services,and to recommend him to others. Audrey Powell"

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 3 years in business
"Britt was lovely to work with. She is very genuine and truly cares about making sure that everyone in the wedding ceremony feels comfortable and at easy. Her preparation was spot on and she was very responsive to our needs. Would highly recommend."

$300

estimated cost

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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