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Top Pro
5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
"An excellent, friendly, welcoming officiant at our wedding."
$200
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 47 reviews
5.0
(47)
  • 2 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
"Great experience. We wanted a quick signing of marriage liscence even though we are planning our official wedding ceremony a year from now for different reasons. Alice was able to meet with us and do a very small ceremony and signing. She was very nice.Highly recommend her if you are looking for a wedding oficiant. Excellent job"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Highly recommend Rev. Barbie was great. Thank you"
$225
estimated cost
4.7
from 56 reviews
4.7
(56)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 105 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 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I first became acquainted with Rev. Deck as a member of Reid Temple AME Church. Rev. Deck delivers a weekly "miracle prayer" that has never been less than powerful. Rev. Deck is an awesome man of God who also uses humour to break down barriers. Rev. Deck provided pre-marital counseling to my now husband and me. He embodies the spirit of calm and was able to help us negotiate the differences inherent with all couples. Rev. Deck is an objective and compassionate counselor. His Bible-based interventions are essential for any individual, couple, or family. We also had the immense honour of having Rev. Deck officiate our wedding ceremony. We are forever grateful for the role he played in the time leading to our wedding. We are comforted to know we can seek his counsel at any time in the future and plan to do so! "
$250
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."
$400
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
4.7
from 10 reviews
4.7
(10)
  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"My husband and I were blessed to have our premarital counseling with Milton Harding. I really liked how he created a safe space to openly discuss topics that might be awkward. He brought up questions we had not talked about, as a couple, which was very helpful. Milton always kept it God centered and covered in prayer. He reminded us to keep our relationship focused on Christ and honesty with each other. We both very much appreciated the time he took to guide us and give godly marriage advice."
$500
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 73 reviews
5.0
(73)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev.Diane Hirsch officiated our wedding two weeks ago and I am so glad I came across her page on thumbtack. She met with us prior to the wedding to get a sense of who my husband and I were. She made to sure to prep us accordingly so we felt relaxed and prepared to say our "I do's". She showed up early to the rehearsal and ceremony to make sure all the wedding vendors were ready for us. She was spectacular, we couldnt have asked for a better officant for our wedding. Thank you Diane!!"
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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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