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Top Pro
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 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

4.8
from 5 reviews
4.8
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"She was awesome and did an amazing job!!"

$150

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"your wedding day should be the way you dreamed it should be. I will do my very best to see that i do my part to ensure that your day is the way you want it."

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 14 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a Revolutionary era wedding ceremony at which Father Preble presided. Not only did he perform a beautiful ceremony, he looked like he was plucked right out of the 18th Century. (We all did, but you don't see clergy very often at living history events, so it was very cool.) It was fantastic, and he even used an old prayer book, which made it seem even more authentic. It was absolutely magical. A day I will look back on fondly for the rest of my life."

$300

estimated cost

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

$300

estimated cost

4.8
from 6 reviews
4.8
(6)
  • 9 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Sandra was amazing. When my original Justice of the Peace cancelled on me last minute, Sandra not only stepped up when I called her but set my mind at ease. She walked me through what to expect, what decisions we will need to make and when she needed information by. I had to do everything from long distance as I lived in a different state and she was always available and accessible to answer any questions. Brendan and I loved that we were able to make the ceremony personal and include certain aspects that were important to us. I highly recommend Sandra to ANY couple. Her calming attitude and personality also made things much lighter the day of our wedding. "

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 106 reviews
5.0
(106)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 17 years in business
  • 138 hires on Thumbtack
"TJ did an excellent job. He fulfilled all of our expectations.We have received so many compliments from other ministers at the ceremony, our guest and even our internet audience. A big thanks for your understanding and reassurance. I would highly recommend him. You will get whatever you want and much more... "
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4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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

4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I had a beautiful wedding at Four Corners and it was extremely special for me since I grew up at Four Corners. The service was beautiful and our guests all had a wonderful time. Due to the church not having a wedding there for a while before my wedding, there was a bit of disorganization, but knowing the people in the church, that will be alleviated. Overall, the ceremony was wonderful and we are very happy that we chose Four Corners Community Chapel. "

$250

estimated cost

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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