Find a wedding officiant near South Bend, IN

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near South Bend, IN

Top Pro
4.9
from 47 reviews
4.9
(47)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
"I had a non ceremonial wedding. She was professional, nice, educated in her position. She even went above and beyond and had a beautiful spirit"

$140

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Thanks Rev Garza for all you help on our wedding,I definitely recommend you professionalism and dedication.Thanks again ."

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 42 reviews
4.9
(42)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
"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! "
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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

Top Pro
4.9
from 27 reviews
4.9
(27)
  • 11 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"Have hired him and excited to work with him on my 2018 wedding. Will write review after the wedding as well."
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5.0
from 50 reviews
5.0
(50)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 94 hires on Thumbtack
"I could not have asked for a better or sweeter officiant to do our wedding and a wedding that was super short notice. Thank you being a part of our day and for coming our here, you were perfection to our special day. Thank you!!!!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 33 reviews
5.0
(33)
  • 13 years in business
  • 54 hires on Thumbtack
"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!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"Rev. Nicole officiated my daughter's wedding. I could not imagine someone doing a more conscientious, professional job. She took the time to really work with the couple, helping them through the process of preparing not only for the wedding but for married life. She masterfully integrated personal aspects to make the service such a touching tribute to their love. Her meticulous preparation was so evident as the service went perfectly. She was poised and at times funny - always striking the right chord at the right time. I could not possibly recommend her any more highly."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 11 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Fr. David was the officiant for our summer wedding in 2014. He came highly recommended by our close friends who had been married by him the previous year. We were thrilled with our experience with him! He was incredibly easygoing and was a pleasure to work with. Fr. David was flexible and was willing to travel to meet us at a convenient location that best suited our needs, which was extremely helpful as we lived over an hour apart! He did an incredible job officiating our wedding and was a HUGE hit with our guests. Everyone loved him! Thank you again, Fr. David. We can't thank you enough for doing such an outstanding job for us! "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 6 years in business
"I've attended 3 weddings by this Rev. He is excellent!!! His weddings are very unique and customized to each couple. Each wedding was very different from the next. Very heartfelt and made me cry at 2 of the 3. Very beautifully done."
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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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