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Top 10 Ministers near Lake Forest, IL

4.9
from 30 reviews
4.9
(30)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
"Bob was amazing. I live in San Antonio so I needed someone who could follow my vision without meeting in person. I met Bob literally as I was walking out to be wed and the ceremony was perfect. My family complimented on how wonderful his words were. I highly recommend Bob for any wedding."
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 116 reviews
4.9
(116)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
"Mark was very professional and accommodating for our wedding. He is great to work with and was very friendly with our wedding party. I would highly recommend using Mark as your wedding officiant!"
$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
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Ms. Sibby spoke at my wedding. I invited her to speak at the last minute, she was there on time, excited and ready. She read 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. This scripture teaches all of what Love is what what Love is not. I never told her what scripture to use or even a scripture at all. But, she knew exactly what we needed. She then elaborated on the meaning and how keeping God first and knowing He is Love. When getting married it is important to know about Love and it was everything that my husband and I needed to hear as well as our guests. I posted that scripture in my home as a daily reminder. I am so grateful for having Ms. Sibby speak at my wedding. There were guest who enjoyed her speaking with her words of wisdom as well as Gods wisdom. Having her officiate at any wedding would be a blessing and an honor. My husband and I have been married for 10 years now."
$186
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 3 years in business
"Working with her was the best part of my wedding - second to marrying my spouse of course! ;) She took into consideration the complex, and sometimes at odds, needs of both the couple and the families, while crafting a ceremony. She also ran the rehearsal and ceremony in the most organized yet nondemanding way. It was by far the smoothest and most meaningful part of the day. Lastly, her willingness to travel was a huge plus."
$225
estimated cost
4.8
from 23 reviews
4.8
(23)
  • 21 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"We can not begin to express our gratitude for Rev. Clyde Porter and his talents as an officiant. We had our reservations about hiring an officiant online. With that being said, after our first meeting we knew we had made the right chose. Even days after, our guest are still commenting and complimenting him. Our guest were very moved by his statements and prayers. We highly recommend Rev. Porter for your wedding."
$275
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Barry and I have worked together a few times since we met in the fall. We met at a wedding that Barry was oficiating and we've working together since. Barry is a fantastic speaker, educator, and conversationalist. He is knowledgable about a variety of topics including politics, theology, and pop culture to name a few. Barry delivers his sermons with passion which capture the hearts of his audience. I have travelled to many of his talks and have held enriching conversations with him. I am excited to attend future lectures and learn more from Barry. "
$350
estimated cost
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Minister Bob was amazing throughout the entire process for us. He gave us a really good idea on how we would customize our own ceremony and it allowed our day to truly be special. He was very organized and it really helped keep stress at a minimum. Extremely flexible, and incredibly professional. "
$250
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 100 reviews
4.9
(100)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 225 hires on Thumbtack
"Jocelyn was wonderful to work with. She made the whole experience so easy and seemless. My ceremony was exactly what I envisioned!"
$550
estimated cost
3.7
from 3 reviews
3.7
(3)
  • 17 years in business
  • 5 hires 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

Q & A

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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.

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.

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