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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Saint Louis Park, MN

Top Pro
4.8
from 39 reviews
4.8
(39)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 71 hires on Thumbtack
"Steven was easy to work with and very professional. He did a great job with our wedding and we would highly recommend him."
$215
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
"Megan was able to help us achieve our goal of a simple small wedding ceremoney and she was even early! Answered any and all questions we had about the documents and made sure everything went smoothly! If i could give her mlre than 5 stars i would!"
$200
estimated cost
4.8
from 4 reviews
4.8
(4)
  • 2 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"She was very kind and went over and beyond our expectations. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony and she wrote an amazing script that fit us so perfectly!"
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Lauren was amazing! She was super easy going and did the ceremony exactly how we wanted it! She’s the best!"
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 16 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"I have been to 2 weddings in which Joe was the officiant. One of which was my own! He was wonderful in each ceremony. Joe made sure to learn as much as he could about us and ensured our service was 100% unique to our personalities and style. I could not have asked for more when it came to our ceremony."
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Margaret was the pastor at our wedding 10/7/2017. She made the wedding personable to all members in the wedding party and made all of us and the guests laugh and cry. She is an absolute joy to be around."
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"Hilary was very easy to work with. We didn't find her through Thumbtack, we worked with her before she was on Thumbtack, back in 2015. She helped make our ceremony feel like our own. My husband and I both found her to be responsive, prompt, and fun! I recommend her without hesitation, she is fantastic!"
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 16 years in business
"Words can't express the level of personal growth that I am experiencing within this course. Learning the word of God and how to apply it to my life is beautiful. I am truly thankful and grateful to be apart of this course."
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 13 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"We haven’t had our wedding yet, we just had our initial consult today, but we loved Lisa! We feel like she will fit in well in our wedding picture, laid back, open to anything, and a go-with-the-flow type of person. Can’t wait to have our wedding officiated by her!"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 22 years in business
"Pastor Smith is a Man of God that not only takes the time to explain things to you but always does it with integrity and class "
$500
estimated cost

Q & A

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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.

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.

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