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Ayonna L.

Commerce Mobile Notary & Wedding Officiation

If I could give Mary more than 5 stars I would! She was truly a blessing to work with and a real life saver on our wedding day. One week before my wedding my original wedding officiant cancelled on me with no replacement option. In a panic I immediately went to google and was able to find thumbtack as a way to hopefully fix my problem. Of all the reviews on this site Mary’s stood out the most because there was a consistency there praising her amazing work and professionalism. From the first conversation we had Mary made me feel like I had known her for years and she was very reassuring that everything was going to be okay and that I could rest assured she would not cancel on me. She was punctual, professional, warm, compassionate, flexible, an amazing communicator and just overal a joy to work with. I would recommend mary to anyone because she was simply the best! Thank you again mary for helping make our wedding day vision come to life! -Ayonna & Jiair

Nov 4, 2018

Christy M.

Dr. Nicole Gayney

Nicole was amazing! We are so happy to have her officiate our wedding and everyone was going on about what a fantastic job she did. She made the whole process so easy! Thank you again for making our special day a success!!❤❤

Nov 29, 2017

Dale P.

Julie Rickel

Julie Did an amazing job! She was very flexible and understanding of minor hiccups. She did a great job as our officiant! She even went above and beyond and presented us with a frameable wedding certificate!

Sep 17, 2017

Jill P.

I Do Cherish U

I urge anyone who is looking for a wedding officiant to hire Debbie. She wrote a beautiful ceremony and orchestrated everything perfectly. Her experience definitely shows. She has a truly vibrant personality and a joy to have around. She nailed it!!!

Sep 11, 2016

Mary H.

Creative Ceremonies

Denise Shook was our officiant for our wedding this year on August 19th. I can not put it simply just how extraordinary she was. In the months leading up to our wedding, she took time to get to know us and our personal styles, as well as the details about our relationship, and our families. Based on that information, she came up with so many beautiful ideas for our ceremony that reflected us perfectly!!. I have full faith that no one could have done it better! On rehearsal and the day of, she was very organized and well-rehearsed. She kept things organized and calm and forward-moving the whole time. Her ideas for our ceremony were personal and beautiful -- we could not be more pleased with her!!!!! I would recommend her to anyone and everyone because your ceremony is something that should be very personal to you. She kept our best interests at heart throughout all preparation and during the ceremony. Denise is a wonderful, loving lady. She truly emits that calm loving vibe that was absolutely perfect during our ceremony!!!

Sep 5, 2016

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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