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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Oak Park, IL

4.9
from 30 reviews
4.9
(30)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 48 hires on Thumbtack
"We couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. He listened to all of our wants and performed a beautiful ceremony for us!! Thank you for being a part of our special day!"
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 116 reviews
4.9
(116)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
"We used Mark Solock as our wedding officiant and couldn’t have been happier with the job he did.  We are a multicultural and multi-religious family who needed an officiant who understood our needs and was able to unify our ceremony. (BTW not easy to find) Mark was engaging and had a great pace to the ceremony.   Our schedules are ridiculous, and Mark was an excellent communicator who made sure we understood the time lines and what all was needed to make the event amazing! He even provided us with templates and the "what to do after" guidelines as well! Mark incorporated the story of us as a couple based on the meetings we had prior to the ceremony.  We had several compliments about the job he did and would recommend him highly for other couples looking for an officiant of their own.   Wonderful job Mark!"
$200
estimated cost
4.9
from 59 reviews
4.9
(59)
GREAT VALUE
  • 40 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. McDunn was our officiant in our small outdoor wedding (about 60 guests). He did what we had requested, which was a simple and short Christian ceremony. He walks you through the process which was extremely helpful! I was and still am glad that he was part of our wedding. We would definitely recommend Rev. J. Patrick!!"
$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
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 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
5.0
from 61 reviews
5.0
(61)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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
5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
  • 18 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Amazing, personalized service. I'd recommend Barry to any couple. He was our officiant for our wedding 10/14 and was perfect for our ceremony. Look no further for an officiant for your ceremony. Many thanks, Barry!!"
$350
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 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 15 years in business
"Larry gave us a reasonable price for our pre-marital counseling. The counseling consisted of 6-8 meetings that lasted one or two hours in a private setting. There was a worksheet provided to guide & focus the discussions toward aspects of who we are & what we would be bringing into the marriage. Each session would dig deeper into how we each answered the essays on the worksheet to help us learn how to communicate & relate to one another in the marriage. I felt it was very beneficial & that Larry was a good guide & counselor to help us learn how to work with each other & our marriage."
$260
estimated cost

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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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