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5.0
from 91 reviews
5.0
(91)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 206 hires on Thumbtack
"Truly blessed to have Minister Campbell perform our ceremony. Very annointed and filled with the presence of God"

$170

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Online now
"Boo was officiant at my daughters wedding on March 24, 2018. She is just amazing and so full of fun and energy. She took time to research and know all about my daughter and her husband to be. She made certain to have their input on everything. Therefore the ceremony was very personable . We are Catholic , so having such a Christian infused ceremony meant the world to us. It is obvious that Boo loves weddings and people. I can't say enough about this sweet lady. Mother of Bride Cheri Gagnard"

$275

estimated cost

5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Excellent."

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 31 reviews
4.9
(31)
  • 11 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"What an amazing couple!! They made my beach wedding just perfect! They were early and took time to visit with us. I would highly recommend these amazing people!"
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4.9
from 19 reviews
4.9
(19)
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Mere words cannot tell you of the satisfaction I experienced with Rev. Carroll. Considering we were out of town, requesting an unusual ceremony, on the busiest of days in Louisiana - Mardi Gras morning (!) - she came through with comforting, kind professionalism. We communicated by phone to develop the wording of the ceremony. She perfectly combined the religious and personal relevance of our event. She went out of her way to coordinate with the hotel staff. Throughout it all, with her other commitments and personal obligations, we felt we were blessed in our selection of this officiant."
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Top Pro
4.9
from 14 reviews
4.9
(14)
  • 31 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"It was a pleasure to have Dr. Greer as our minister. Working with him was easy and straightforward. Very respectful of what we wanted form the ceremony, and made himself available for both the rehearsal and the ceremony itself. Planning a wedding is a big and stressful task, and Dr.Greer made the minister portion of it stress free."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 38 reviews
5.0
(38)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 14 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
"I couldn't be more pleased that Rose was a part of my wedding day! Rose was more than willing to meet with me to discuss ceremony details. I had such a great time talking with Rose...it was like chatting with a friend! I knew I had made the right choice, as Rose was friendly, relaxed, and easy-going. Rose did a wonderful job of fluidly delivering just the right words during each aspect of our ceremony...from the reading of a passage to the "Blending of the Sands," as she so eloquently states it. The entire ceremony felt so intimate and personal. In a word...Perfect! "
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4.9
from 12 reviews
4.9
(12)
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
"I can’t say enough great things! She was beyond understanding - communicated well in advance, and assured our nuptuals were exactly what we wanted!"
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5.0
from 31 reviews
5.0
(31)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
"Thanks to her everything was just perfect. Very understanding. If you need a good coordinator, shes the good friendly fast pasted minister. She's there every step of the way. Check her out she's amazing."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 1 year in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Ms. Gina was amazing and made our ceremony perfect. We got to choose our vows and make it our own. She practiced with us and made it a very easy process. We loved working with her. She is a wonderful person and has a wonderful personality. Thank you Ms. Gina."
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Q & A

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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