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4. Interfaith Ministry Services LLC
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  • 9 years in business
  • 39 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Hammond, IN
"Going into the wedding, I had no idea what exactly I wanted in our officiant. I had reached out to multiple people on Thumbtack and she was the only one who I really connected with as a person. From the initial consultation regarding what exactly I was looking for all the way through the wedding and even after, she proved to be an individual that actually cares about the people she works with. When I started talking to her about my wedding, she responded quickly and offered her advice, and even presented new ideas I had never even heard of. I took this insight to my now husband and told him about my experience with Reverend Rhonda, and he told me to book her right away, so we did and were we ever happy that we did. She stayed in touch with us for months before the wedding, kept us in the loop with what she was working on for our day, and then the day of the wedding, she made it the most beautiful ceremony anyone had every experienced! Our guests still talk about how amazing she was as our officiant and how gorgeous she made the unity of my husband and I. My favorite thing about her is after the ceremony, she didn't just vanish, as her job was complete. When I was questioning why Lake County, IN did not receive the marriage license she mailed, she assured me numerous times, they would receive it, just the Good Friday holiday caused a delay. A week passed by, and still it was not recorded. She had told me to give them until Tuesday, and I was, but then without me inquiring further on Monday, she informed me she was going to the Clerk's office personally and inquiring about the license. In the time it took her, she managed to get them to file the license and get our copies ready for the mail. Talk about top notch service! If you don't book her to be your wedding officiant you are missing out on the best service you will ever receive! Thank you so much Reverend Rhonda for answering my request for a wedding officiant and making it the best day of my life and my guests lives! May your life be as wonderful as you are. Mr. & Mrs. Bradley Meyer"

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$175

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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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