Find a minister near Woodstock, IL

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Top Pro
5.0
from 61 reviews
5.0
(61)
  • 22 years in business
  • 89 hires on Thumbtack
"We were truly fortunate to have retained David. He's an engaged and thoughtful minister. He had a great command of the process and wedding party involved in our ceremony. Many of our guests praised his speech and service afterwards."

$350

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

4.8
from 22 reviews
4.8
(22)
GREAT VALUE
  • 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

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 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
GREAT VALUE
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor D was great to work with. He tailored our wedding ceremony to us. He was very prompt and professional and made our wedding day personalized and great. I would definitely recommend him to anybody in need of a Pastor!"

$240

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.6
from 12 reviews
4.6
(12)
  • 33 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"Leeroy was a great officiant for our recent wedding. He made it easy for us to come up with the order of the ceremony and provided us with great suggestions. He made sure we were comfortable every step of the way and that the service was customized to our needs. The ceremony was sweet and lighthearted, just how we wanted it. He's a cool guy and we're glad we chose him! Thank you, Leeroy!!!"

$275

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 59 reviews
5.0
(59)
  • 3 years in business
  • 81 hires on Thumbtack
"She was warm, caring, professional. She cares about her clients. She was punctual for our meetings, rehearsal, and the ceremony. She laughed with us... She shared with us, She married US! We look at her as a new found friend, not just as an Officiant! Thank you Jennifer for everything!"
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Top Pro
4.9
from 132 reviews
4.9
(132)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 313 hires on Thumbtack
"Very happy with our choice of ministers. Very personable. Beautiful sermon."
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Top Pro
4.9
from 96 reviews
4.9
(96)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
"Erica was a minister for our wedding and everything was perfect Erika is down to earth and very kind I appreciate all her help and I would definitely recommend her thank you Erika"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 6 years in business
"My wedding was absolutely amazing thanks to Kaushal. The ceremony he performed for my wedding was the most beautiful ceremony I've ever experienced. It was so personalized, well thought out, touching, and full of love!! I recommend everyone use him!! I couldn't have asked for a more touching wedding ceremony. Thank you so much for all that you did!! And the best part is, our wedding was the first one he ever did. You would never know it, never!! He's a natural and a true romantic and I feel those qualities help him conduct weddings from the heart and he really gets to know the couple as they are."
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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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