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Top Pro
5.0
from 24 reviews
5.0
(24)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"An excellent, friendly, welcoming officiant at our wedding."

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 46 reviews
5.0
(46)
  • 2 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
"Alice was an absolute pleasure to work with. She worked with us to create a ceremony that fit our relationship's, our families', and our religious needs. I did a lot of research on officiants and found Alice to be the best value when it came to what she included and the quality of her work. I would recommend Alice to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"Highly recommend Rev. Barbie was great. Thank you"

$240

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I will travel to counties throughout GA, FL, AL, SC, NC, VA, DC and MD to be your officiant. I will work with you to ensure that you get exactly what you desire for your special day. Certified by American Marriage Ministers"

$265

estimated cost

4.8
from 55 reviews
4.8
(55)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 104 hires on Thumbtack
"Denise was amazing! From the moment I received and excepted the quote, she was communicating very promptly. I wanted a private intimate ceremony at home, and Denise delivered the ceremony beautifully. I'm very thankful to have had Denise be our wedding officiant."

$400

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Mr. Danny Dickerson was very professional from the first time I met him. He was punctual and his work quality was top notch! Mr. Dickerson presentation was obviously well thought out and his material reached all who attended. I would definitely hire him again and will highly recommend him to my colleagues."

$350

estimated cost

4.7
from 10 reviews
4.7
(10)
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Pastor Milton is a highly committed servant of God. His marriage counseling sessions were carefully put together and covered many aspects of marriage that are contested issues in today's Union. My wife and I appreciated his counsels. The session provided a perspective on what a godly marriage entails and how to go about the very basics of our relationship. We were truly blessed by his services and would encourage Christians looking for a leap into a Godly Union to try him out. "

$500

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I loved talking to him. He set me at ease. Answered all of my questions. I am going to have him officiate at my granddaughters wedding."

$450

estimated cost

4.5
from 12 reviews
4.5
(12)
  • 9 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"What can I say, but if you want an on-time, professional, caring, and reasonably priced wedding officiant, contact Sheila with House of Excellence! She is a beautiful person inside and out and really was thoughtful throughout our planning experience and at the event itself. I highly recommend."

$350

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 70 reviews
5.0
(70)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
"We had amazing experience with Diane Hirsh as the officiant for our wedding. Diane has that rare combination of a high professionalism and warm sincere approach. She guided us skillfully through the preparation process - drafting the vows and planning the day of, she arrived ahead of time prepared and looking great, efficiency and warmly performed the ceremony with beautiful smile and kind spirit. We couldn't have wished for a better officiant. Great memories of the day have been created and will stay with us forever! Thank you Diane!"
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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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