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Nicholie C.

Journey As One Ministries

Everything was Great! She not only had great ideas!!!!! She gave me total peace of mind. Very helpful. Super happy with my choice!!!

Jul 20, 2018

Ashley W.

JP Armstrong

As our officiant, JP was amazing. Getting ready for the big moment, JP went above and beyond and helped our (at the time) 4-year old son get dressed in his tiny fancy tux. With the ceremony, JP understood we had reservations regarding some of the standard ceremonial practices and graciously went along with all the changes we requested. He gave us a truly personalized experience. He was lighthearted and provided a sense of fun to the ever-boring photoshoot afterwards. For the reception, JP gave a beautiful speech in congratulations for my wife and I, and when we were dissatisfied with the DJ's performance, JP eased our stress by dealing with the guy for us, man-to-man. When gay marriage was finally legalized a few months later, JP very awesomely officiated a second ceremony for us. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process and I highly recommend him.

Aug 25, 2015

Angie B.

Liz Rae Weddings

Elizabeth was the Minister of our wedding/commitment ceremony & we are so glad we chose her. She was on time, very helpful even helped decorate before the ceremony! She helped with her experience as to where to stand or what to do throughout the ceremony. She added what what we wanted in her speech & it was very professional. She is understanding, good at listening to what you want & is an all around cool person. Also a few words from my husband: "She was punctual ,prepared and very organized ...she was a great help during some of the confusing parts of the cerimony I am extremely fortunate to have had her at our cerimony ..I highly recommend her..!!" Martin & Angie

Aug 9, 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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