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Jaime A.

Aaron Riddle - Wedding Officiant and Photographer

Aaron made our wedding amazing. We wanted something simple but wanted to make it special, and I felt that Aaron made that possible. The photos are gorgeous and we can't wait to display them in our home. Thank you so much!

Aug 15, 2017

Roger M.

Wedding Officiant

Pastor Moore officiated our wedding on June 20. He was very kind and caring, pastoral, in performing this important ministry. Working with him from the very beginning and throughout our wedding preparations, and the wedding itself, was a delight. He is also very professional in fulfilling his duties. If you ar looking for someone to perform your wedding who will help make the entire process and event a pleasurable and enjoyable experience, then Pastor Moore will be of great service to you. Sincerely, Roger Melson

Jul 5, 2015

Frances R.

Whispers of Joy

I had selected a lady to officiate our ceremony a year in advance, yet the more I interacted with her the more I knew she was not right (she was not who my husband to be and I thought she was). I tried to make it work as we had already done so much with her in preparation--but I intuitively felt she was wrong for our ceremony. I found the courage to tell my husband and we let her go one month before the ceremony! I knew there was someone out there that would flow easily with us--and instantly we get us----that is when I found Joy:) Joy is amazing and I found her via social media and trusted my intuition that she was the one for my husband to be and I's wedding. It was a picture of her showcasing her deep soulful eyes that instantly convinced me she would be the one for our ceremony. Sounds strange but very true---I could see she would "get" what we were about and be the best to help us make it happen. When we spoke about the flow of the wedding and the many aspects we wanted to include she was extremely helpful and insightful and intuitive about us---confirming what I had already seen in her picture. We connected---she is a very special human being and an extraordinary officiator. I had made the time for the ceremony to be 10am a year before the date---I was pressured by my Mom to change it to a later time--but I felt that it was the right time--I could not explain at the time why----and once I talked with Joy--I found out why--10am was the only way she would be able to make our ceremony as she had another at 2pm (2 hours from ours):)!!! She also agreed to help us even amidst her saying goodbye to her elderly father (driving from VA to FLA to be with him). She has a wonderful heart and intuitive grace. So my experience with Joy is one of serependity, joy (just like her name), love, and grace. The kind of person and presence you would want to officiate your special day.

Nov 7, 2014

Robert M.

Pastor Doug

Pastor Doug Was So Awesome! He Made Our Wedding Most Memorable! We Very Much Recommend Him.

Jun 15, 2014

Q & A

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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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