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Toni B.

Kasheem J. Bailey

Kasheem was an excellent choice for our wedding. He was kind and compassionate.

Aug 29, 2018

Daylin L.

Diana's weddings ๐Ÿ‘ฐ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽฉ

Both me and my now husband are so happy that we chose Diana to marry us not only because she did our ceremony in our native language (Spanish) but she is also very responsible!! She was at the the place where are wedding was 15 minutes before the time I gave her, we were always in communication and she gave us her blessing and prayed for us๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป I am very happy she made everything perfect! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Dec 17, 2017

Natasha Y.

Writing for the Lord Ministries

Pastor Johnson was extremely professional and amazing to work with! Our 7/7/17 wedding was remarkable. Thanks Pastor Johnson!

Jul 12, 2017

Xiao C.

Capital Unions

We contacted Billy at the last moment. He was super nice, helpful and very professional! We are so lucky to have him be our wedding officiant.

Oct 10, 2016

Ashley C.

Memorable Moments

Marjorie officiated our August 2015 wedding. We were referred to Memorable Moments last winter. After searching for reputable and highly rated officiants on Wedding Wire I had no luck. The fees that we were quoted were extremely outrageous. To be honest, finding an officiant was starting to become one of the most stressful tasks in the whole wedding planning process. I'm pretty well organized but was very un-stressed during the planning. My photographer decided to help me search. She recommended Memorable Moments. Marjorie answered my online inquiry the same day and we had our initial meeting that weekend. She actually met us half way at a local Starbucks which was really nice of her since other officiants wanted to do phone consults. Immediately we clicked. She asked go-to-know you questions that really. At the end of the meeting which was probably 35-40 minutes my now husband and I said to each other wow I forgot about that story. Marjorie got him say things and express his feelings that literally made me cry (in a good way) right there in Starbucks. Marjorie communicates very well and she LISTENS. We love that about here. She offered several options. She completely wrote our entire ceremony and customized it so that it was completely about us. We have different religious backgrounds so we opted to go with a non-secular ceremony which turned out amazing. The ceremony was exactly 30 minutes which was all of the time we had. Marjorie spoke at a pace that was easy to follow. Literally you could hear the ocean in the background and everyone could hear and process what she said. Most couples don't recall what the or since everything goes by in a blur. Well not our wedding. It was absolutely amazing. Marjorie was fantastic throughout the entire process. She followed up with us and checked in on us along the way. We received really sweet messages of her saying how excited she was to be a part of our wedding. Marjorie was literally counting down with us. She sent me an email wishing me a happy birthday and happy one month anniversary. I can go on and on but time is of essence. I recommend Memorable Moments a thousand times over again. Marjorie is such an angel. We love you Marjorie. Thank you for everything.

Sep 11, 2015

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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