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5. LMC Wedding Officiant
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"Hello. Thank you for considering me as your officiant! I officiate wedding ceremonies as an ordained minister throughout all of Michigan and beyond. I know that you have many options when it comes to choosing an officiant, and it's imperative that you find one who is "just right" for the both of you. Let me share a little about myself and hopefully this will aid in making your decision. The first wedding I performed happened to be for close friends of mine, and it was an incredible honor to be a part of their expression of love, and vows of unity, which made a lasting impact on me. I would love to help you and your partner share in this experience, but one that is customized to your hopes and needs. I have a strong, fluid speaking voice, as well as a warm, light, and inviting personality, to ensure you, your party, and your guests are put at ease and can be fully present during this sacred event. I would be honored to use my experience and my deep desire to see love fulfilled to help you create an unforgettable wedding. I perform marriage ceremonies that fit the style of your relationship because your wedding ceremony should be uniquely YOURS.  I perform ceremonies both within the faith and interfaith, as well as in a spiritual, non-religious style if preferred. Ceremonies with a variety of optional readings are ready to be customized just for you and I love hearing from you, the couple, about your ideas and suggestions too. While I live in the Metro-Detroit area, I perform wedding ceremonies throughout the entire state in any setting (indoor or outdoor) or venue type (formal or informal).   I would love to hear from you and answer any additional questions that you may have and I look forward to sharing your special day with you! -  Lindsey Corso"
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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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