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Emily C.

Dave Zuchelli

Pastor Dave Zuchelli was the perfect minister to marry my husband and I at our lakeside ceremony. I have been at other friends' weddings and seen ministers mess up important names, completely change the order of the ceremony and more, but I had no doubt in my mind that Pastor Zuchelli would lead the ceremony just as we had discussed. He is an eloquent speaker who is sincere in his words and also knows how to make the ceremony funny and light when the bride and groom are nervous! He also kindly stood in the rain and mist with us at both our rehearsal and the ceremony because we wanted the outdoor ceremony so badly! Many thanks to Pastor Dave for making our ceremony one we will never forget :)

Oct 17, 2016

Kimberly H.

A Beautiful Ceremony with Rev Christine in MD, VA, DC

Rev Christine met with us to get us started on our ceremony, she provided a few options and samples. She was very respectful of the fact that we did not want any religious content in our ceremony. She maintained regular contact in the downtime between our initial meeting and the wedding date. On the day of the wedding she was prompt and efficient, she recited the ceremony just as we wrote it. She was very professional. We received our official license from the county today, just 9 days after the ceremony. I highly recommend Rev Christine for your wedding!

Oct 10, 2016

Chris H.

I Wed You LLC

Minister Keaton was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. She arrived promptly and even helped us to finish some last minute setting up of a few items at our venue. The ceremony itself was beautiful and Minister Keaton offered a fantastic mix of beautiful vows to recite, emotional moments, and even a bit of humor to entertain us and our guests. We were so fortunate to have her at our wedding and many thanks are extended to her!

Aug 30, 2016

Tiyana M.

A Touch of Love Weddings and Coaching

Minister Candace was so nice calm and everything was like we wanted on the day of. She always answered the phone and made sure all wording was what we wanted. I am so glad we found her.

Jul 11, 2016

Trude R.

Pastor Sarah

Sarah was available at the last minute to officiate our non-religious backyard ceremony. She sent us her very, very reasonable quote on Monday and married us that Friday. During that time, she went above and beyond to put together a personalized, but simple and brief ceremony. She made it easy for us to choose from a few ceremony and reading options, and welcomed our additions. I wasn't sure what to expect with a religious minister performing our non-religious ceremony, but Pastor Sarah really understood what we wanted. Overall she was very responsive and organized, and a pleasure to work with. She arrived promptly for the ceremony, sent the license in immediately, and even took pictures of us and our three guests. (And she was patient with me on this too, as of course I wanted several do-overs on the photos!) My family commented on her calm, friendly, and celebratory demeanor. I couldn't recommend Pastor Sarah more!

Oct 1, 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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