Find a wedding officiant near Biddeford, ME

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Biddeford, ME

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Stephanie L.

Christine Chaput

As the bride for this wedding, I'll start by saying that my favorite part about working with Christine was how much she eased my stress. She handled everything without me ever having to worry about things being done. Never once did I need to ask her about a deadline. In fact, most of the time she was the one keeping me on schedule! Almost all of the wedding guests commented how nice of a ceremony it was. Not only did Christine incorporate everything my husband and I asked for, she also incorporated her own touches as well which made it very special and flow very well. I would suggest Christine to every couple getting married in her area. She was very kind, professional, and you can tell she puts a lot of care into her work. She genuinely loves weddings and is a sweet person at heart which made the experience absolutely perfect.

Oct 22, 2018

Erin L.

The Wedding Room

Having Jen as the Justice of the Peace for our wedding ceremony was one of the best parts of getting married! She was kind, open, personable and informative in all the best ways. She left no questions unanswered and helped us to really personalize our ceremony. She has a fabulous sense of humor and helped us to feel confident and comfortable when approaching our wedding day. I highly recommend Jen for any type of wedding service.

Dec 15, 2017

Eiranne C.

Ashley A Ellis

Ashley has the pefect amount of comedic timing and grace that everyone should want officiating their wedding. She is organized, fun, and has a lot of great ideas to help make the ceremony unique to the couple. I was really nervous as I got ready to go down the aisle, Ashley was there to ensure that I had everything I needed and was a true calming influence. She really helped make my day special. Thank you Ashley!

May 27, 2017

Erin A.

Cottontail Couples

I had the absolute joy of having Emicas help planning my wedding. She graciously accepted becoming my maid of honor and helped me through every tedious detail in the wedding process. She was so knowledgeable of ways to save money and how to think about what my husband and I really wanted on our special day. Even the days before our wedding, Emica was there helping us paint and put up the tent as well as plan the music playlist. Emica also went to wedding planning shows we could not attend and gave us the gift bags with vendor information so we could make the most informed decisions. I could go on and on about how much of a joy it was to have Emica part of our team. On our wedding day she made sure we had the time of our lives. Our emcee had to cancel at the last moment and she and her fiancé were there without any reservations to make sure we had the perfect wedding experience. We could not have had a perfect day without her and her fiancé. Emica is without a doubt, the glue behind our wedding. I am grateful for her help and hope to continue showing my thanks in the years to come.

Dec 20, 2015

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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