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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

5.0
from 1 review
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"Everyone willing to have an open, honest and spirit filled pre-marital counseling should totally go with Chesla! Each question stirred in us the curiosity to want to know more about each other; it was a reassurance that we do not need to know everything about each other before getting married, but we must be willing and intentional to always discover each other in the big and little things of life. Chesla did not only provide a great pre-marital counseling (it’s been a year now, and we still talk about it!), but she was quite thoughtful to deliver a homily that reflected our spiritual life, religious views, and above all our story and relationship essence."

$500

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4.9
from 27 reviews
4.9
(27)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"It was a pleasure working with Jim! He was fast with emails before our initial meeting, which was really important for us. He really cares about the couples he works with, one example was him sending us a "20 questions" questionnaire which allowed him to get to know us better before meeting. His questions were insightful and fun, I think any couple would enjoy doing this step together. We met Jim a few weeks before our wedding at a cafe and he carefully went over all the details, asked us more about ourselves, and put our minds and nerves at ease. Jim even attended our rehearsal and was so patient with all of our friends and family, including staying a little longer because we were all setting up decorations. The big day finally came, and Jim performed a beautiful ceremony for us. We had a cultural tradition during the ceremony and although it was new to Jim, he took his time to research and explain it to our guests that day. Overall, we have no complaints and we believe we were able to keep it together because a familiar face was marrying us. Thank you so much for everything Jim!"
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 17 years in business
"What a phenomenal experience! Jenette took the time to learn our story and got to know a bit about what makes each of us tick. She took these kernels of knowledge, anecdotes, and even parts of resume, and wove the most beautiful story that captured "us." Years later, we still get feedback from our guests on just how special this portion of our wedding was. I'm particularly grateful that we video-taped it so I can take it all in again. Other than the look on my husband's face as I placed the ring on his finger, Jenette's contribution to our ceremony was the highlight of our wedding - I truly love hearing her tell our story."
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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"After the sudden death of my 28-year-old daughter a few weeks ago, I found myself completely lost for the first time in my life. There were so many decisions that had to be made at a time when I was least capable. My daughter Rachel was a kind and loving young woman who left behind a young son, nine adoring brothers and sisters, and a large circle of family and friends. Knowing that we needed healing through a meaningful release of emotion and grief - and we all needed to do it together - I had to find someone who would be gentle with our family and respectful of Rachel's memory. The proper someone needed to touch our hearts and help us pull through the darkest time of any of our lives. Stacey was that someone. She met with our family to understand what we needed. When we weren't certain, she asked questions that brought clarity and guided us with helpful suggestions. The eulogy that she prepared and delivered captured Rachel's essence perfectly. Stacey was strong and powerful for us when we needed it and quiet and loving when we cried. She was excellent with the twenty-somethings who were anguished in their grief and supportive and respectful of our senrior family members. She was appropriately present and at all times, she was attentive to our needs. Our huge multi-ethnic and multi-religion family felt comfort in Stacey's presence as we said our good-byes to our angel. I highly encourage anyone in the heartbreaking position of laying a loved one to rest, to place their trust in Stacey. She will make you feel at ease, and allow you to focus on yourself and your family, which is what you need during such a time."
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike Berry did an excellent job. Very professional and personable. He took the stress out of our ceremony. We would recommend him in a heartbeat! His price is all inclusive- from meetings to rehearsal, to the day of your wedding and before dinner prayer. We decided to have him stay for the dinner welcome/prayer, which really tied in our experience. "
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Very happy with the service Mr. Rose gave us! He handled our chaos and confusion wonderfully and fit right into the wedding perfectly. Beautiful ceremony. Thank you so much!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 15 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"Very helpful & had lots of options for us, we are pleased "
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"He was very patient with us"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 3 years in business
"Scott Van Hoogstraat was the Officient at my wife and I's wedding in late October. We chose him because of his professional track record, feedback from others, and his personal beliefs. He traveled across state lines to get to our destination without hesitation. He was extremely professional from beginning to end. Before the wedding, he gave us relief by providing us an outline of the steps to come. He took charge during the rehearsal and made it extremely easy on us and everyone else attending. During nervous times, he had the incredible ability to be humorous and make us comfortable. He completely complied with every request we had. I cannot explain how much we appreciated his presence and advise anyone trying to find an Officient to choose Scott. Our overall experience was 5 star, and he was a big part of making our wedding perfect. Thank you Scott!"
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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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