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Wendy C.

Pastor Scott

My fiance and I are still in the process of waiting g for the actual wedding date. But Pastor Scott has been wonderful thus far. His counseling sessions were not text book, which is kinda WHT I was expecting, but they weren't, they were very helpful for not only myself, but for us as a couple. He TRULY seems to CARE about our relationship. We are very happy with him and can't wait for him to marry us :)

Jan 18, 2017

Elizabeth R.

Colby Huff

Colby was incredibly easy to work with! Even from the first few messages we sent back and forth on here, I could tell he was going to be a true professional. Colby worked with me with every single detail of music needed for my ceremony (including processionals, music for a sand pouring ceremony, and for our recessional). Colby also even went to our ceremony site a week or so before our big day to be sure he was going to be prepared with all the audio cables and mics he was going to need. Mr. Huff even showed up for our rehearsal to walk through all of our music selections to be sure we and our wedding party were all thoroughly prepared for the upcoming day. Colby also helped me with our music at the reception (including the wedding party's entrance, our entrance as bride and groom, special dances, and even with wedding reception games - we did the "shoe" game)! Colby communicated back with me promptly whenever I had questions. We emailed back and forth, talked on the phone several times, and he was always very, very approachable. He even created a timeline of our entire wedding day and helped to make sure things went off without a hitch. I would recommend Colby to any bride who wants a stress-free, easy and flawless wedding day! Mr. Huff is an incredible DJ and will work with you with all your music and audio needs. My husband and I were SO pleased with Colby's work, and we hope we get the opportunity to recommend him to others in the near future.

Nov 3, 2016

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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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