Find a wedding officiant near Willmar, MN

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Find a wedding officiant near Willmar, MN

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Willmar, MN

4.9
from 43 reviews
4.9
(43)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 83 hires on Thumbtack
"Elizabeth was our officiant, she did an excellent job for our wedding, she is very professional and very friendly. I know that Liz did spend a lot of time to work on writing our love story. We met many times to communicate, and she not only listened to our concerts but also offered many good ideas and advice. I remembered that last week before the wedding, my husband and I had the stress of hoping the ceremony would perform perfectly and smooth, Liz did absolutely great job in helping us to plan the ceremony. Finally, the result is fantastic, our wedding ceremony performed great! We feel lucky to have such a wonderful officiant in our wedding! -Lillian and Ruogu"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 21 reviews
4.9
(21)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"We used Patti as the officiant for our wedding September 2015. We were looking for a relaxed and intimate ceremony. Patti was both professional and flexible as an officiant. She was available to us throughout the planning process, listening to our wants and offering feedback as well. She gave us the space to design the ceremony we were dreaming of while balancing what we needed from her. We chose to write our own vows and pick our own readings, and have Patti lead the ceremony and create a brief message and blessing. Patti wrote a simple and relevant message that fit perfectly with what we were looking for. She was also respectful of our wishes to have a non-religious ceremony. In sum, Patti is an officiant who works to make sure the ceremony reflects the couple and not the other way around. She is respectful, professional, and talented in what she does. We were beyond happy to have her as a part of our wedding. "

$225

estimated cost

5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Glen was great to work with, easy to talk to, got along with everyone and very responsive. He was very personable and willing to give suggestions and also willing to go with your flow. If we ever wanted to get married again we would definitely choose Glen! We highly recommend him to anyone!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 7 reviews
4.9
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
"Still in the planning phases, but she has been so kind! She is also very similar in personality to me, which makes me feel so comfortable moving forward!"

$250

estimated cost

4.8
from 45 reviews
4.8
(45)
  • 6 years in business
  • 72 hires on Thumbtack
"Margaret was wonderful to work with. We met her a month prior to our wedding and knew she would be a great fit for us! We had a small non-religious wedding (14 adults and 4 kids) and her speech was perfect for us. She is very friendly and has a wonderful personality! I would reccomend her to all!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 46 reviews
5.0
(46)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 84 hires on Thumbtack
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"Peter was great and really made our day special! I would highly recommend him as a wedding officiant!"
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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

5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"First me say that I'm a wedding professional having been a DJ for 25 years and DJing over 1500 wedding receptions. I've seen the best and worst of weddings (except the DJ always was excellent) and when it came time for my own wedding, I wanted the best. My fiancé were listening to the Tom Barnard podcast and heard an interview with Tom and Fancy Ray. We looked at each other and said "wouldn't it be great if Fancy Ray would be our officiant". We called and booked him with no hesitation. Fancy Ray met with us prior to the wedding and we told him our story. He also asked us what degree of "Fancy" we wanted and we said we wanted the full throttle Fancy Ray. He delivered a service that was sincere, thoughtful, energetic (surprise) without being over the top or silly. Fancy Ray knocked it out of the park. We billed our event as #bogoepicwedding and we didn't disappoint, in part thanks to Fancy Ray. It was an epic wedding in the heart of the North Loop that our guests will never forget as the best wedding they have ever been to. Don't hesitate, book 'em. "
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 7 years in business
"Working with Allison was smooth, stress free and a wonderful experience! She not only ensured that what we envisioned for our ceremony came to light, but she also offered up suggestions on how to make the ceremony even better and personal for my husband and I. Allison was also an incredible calming presence on the wedding day, which helped to day-of nerves and jitters. We highly recommend!!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"If you want a Realtor who is honest, hard-working, and always has your best interests at heart, Mac is the man! He also makes home shopping wildly entertaining, which is a huge plus +++"
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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.

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.

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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