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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Michigan City, IN

6. CBceremonies
from 7 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Michigan City, IN
"Cristina, CB Ceremonies, was amazing! From the beginning, Cristina was quick to respond and very helpful! I messaged her in *very* short notice (legitimately, somewhere between 1.5 months prior to our wedding, after being engaged and preparing for this event for the past, nearly 2 years! HAHA (FYI--WHICH I DO *NOT* RECOMMED DOING!!!)! Thankfully for us, she was available, by absolute pure luck! Not only is Cristina sweet as ever...but she completely fit right in to our personal style (down to earth modern country wedding)! It can be an overwhelming feeling when trying to find & figure out someone who will mesh well with your/their beliefs, style & comfort on your wedding day! It means something to have someone special officiate your wedding! Through the process of our first meeting until the end of our wedding ceremony, Cristina kept in touch, letting us know exactly what she needed and offering up *ANY* help she could! Which is something I know helped us immensely as we were writing our own vows! Cristina allowed us to roam free within our writings, and for my fiancé...she helped organize his thoughts! <3 She’s truly a special soul and is in this business for all the right reasons! Not to mention, very affordable and offers to let you pay in portions, if need be. I just wanted to say thank you for being there for us, that day.....before...and after! I'd recommend her a 100x's over!!!! Thank You Cristina!"
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Jose G.

Erika the Officiant

It was a very nice wedding and the officiant was professional the bride was a little late and they waited patiently. We were also able to add something to the ceremony last minute which was nice.

Oct 10, 2018

Breyanne J.

Coleman Life-Cycle Services

We have just start working through the wedding process and he is great thus far. Very informative.

Nov 3, 2017

Anne M.

Kelly Connell

Kelly went out of her way to personalize the wedding experience, she was extremely professional, punctual, and respectful. I HIGHLY recommend her as a wedding officiant!

Aug 22, 2016

Courtney C.

Mark's Wedding Officiant

Mark officiated our wedding in Naperville, IL in July 2016. He offers a great presentation with flexibility to cater to couple's specific needs- all at a very reasonable rate. His prepared introductions and readings were lovely and we were easily able to edit parts to add a more personal touch to the officiant speech. He did a great job helping us coordinate the procession at both the rehearsal and actual ceremony. We highly recommend Mark to officiate your wedding! - Matt and Courtney

Aug 5, 2016

Julia S.

All God's Children

Dr. R. Michael O' Connor was our officiant for our wedding and he was absolutely fantastic. He met with us prior to the wedding, arrived on time to the wedding ceremony and was personal and professional in all of his interactions with us and during our ceremony as well. He was prompt with answering emails and any questions we had; he even sent us multiple ceremonies to choose from and we ended up meshing them all together and creating our own. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a simple, nice, professional officiant!

Jun 8, 2016

Q & A

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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