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5.0
from 30 reviews
5.0
(30)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 40 hires on Thumbtack
"Very personable and punctual with return calls. Looking forward to meeting her!"

$175

estimated cost

5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Eileen is a beautiful person! Wonderful teacher and I feel confident that I can practice Reiki 2 to my family and friends. She's a warm and knowledgeable Master, I am confident we will keep in touch and she will assist me in my new beginning. Thank you so much Eileen. Blessings, Sheila Bachand"

$150

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I'm so excited for Rebeca to be a part of my wedding!"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 83 reviews
4.9
(83)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 136 hires on Thumbtack
"Gladys was great to work with. She was fun, caring and responsive. She made our wedding day easy and special. She is obviously passionate about what she does and you can tell she cares. I appreciate her ideas about our ceremony and she kept the ceremony upbeat and stuck to our ideas. I would highly recommend her."
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4.8
from 86 reviews
4.8
(86)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
"Tina was an absolute blessing on the day of our wedding! We spoke a few times leading up to the big day to run through the plans. She handled everything from meeting up with vendors (florist, photographer, priest) to make sure everything was in place. We rented coach buses to shuttle our guests from the hotel to the reception site - a local pier since the reception was on a yacht. While the bridal party was taking pictures, guests were to board the buses. However, only one of the 2 buses arrived. Tina immediately called the bus company and when timing became an issue, she arranged alternative transportation for the remaining guests at the last minute. Additionally, on our behalf she sought a refund for the "no show bus". At the end of the night she reached out to me to let me know she had triple confirmed all of the return bus reservations. I was able to enjoy the time with my family and friends knowing she was ON TOP OF IT! I highly recommend Tina and her day-of coordination services. Thank you, Tina! -Kristen & Anthony"
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4.4
from 8 reviews
4.4
(8)
  • 14 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeff did our wedding in September of 2014. He asked great questions before the ceremony and did a wonderful job. We were very happy with him. Jim and Andrea (Westin Copley Boston, Sept. 6th 2014)"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"He is very polite and professional"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 61 reviews
5.0
(61)
  • 10 years in business
  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
"We met with a lot of wedding officiants before our big day, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to have Justice John officiate our wedding. He put together the perfect ceremony for us and was incredibly accommodating throughout the process. He was available to us anytime we needed during the weeks leading up to the wedding to share different readings and blessings with us to make sure that the ceremony was exactly what we wanted. On our wedding day, he met with everyone involved with the ceremony to make sure that we were all comfortable and helped make sure that everything went smoothly. I don’t usually write reviews, but I am so happy with the quality of service we got, I had to share. Your wedding is one of the most amazing moments of your life, and the officiant of the ceremony is a big part of that. So if you’re looking for a wedding officiant, look no further than Justice John!"
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4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 8 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Jerrie Hildebrand was great; very accommodating and led a service that was right in line for what we were looking for. Jerrie’s patience and understanding goes a long way when trying to construct a ceremony although not quite sure how to do so. Jerrie was able to script a service that was perfect for us and our guests. Her experience and writing skills were evident in every part of the ceremony. I would highly suggest considering Rev. Jerrie Hildebrand. "

$350

estimated cost

4.8
from 53 reviews
4.8
(53)
  • 18 years in business
  • 106 hires on Thumbtack
"From the very beginning, Roberta has been an absolute delight. When my now husband and I met her for the first time, she was so sweet, and clearly passionate about making each and every ceremony very special. She was always a quick thumbtack message, text, or phone call away, and was very prompt sending drafts for ceremony options. My husband and I decided on a simple ceremony, short, sweet, and to the point,lasting no more than 10 minutes. But even with the simplicity, everyone that was at our wedding raved about the vows, and wanted copies to have on hand for future recommendations. Our ceremony started later than anticipated as we were waiting for essential family members to arrive, and just she I was starting to stress, Roberta came around, calm cool and collected, and kept me distracted, laughing, and very happy. I couldn't have asked for a better, more upbeat wedding officiant!"
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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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