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4. Ben Poston Weddings
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"Ben was great to work with! He was very organized, responsive and accommodating. We live in a different state from our wedding site, and Ben was able to Face-time with my then fiance and I to make sure that we could meet him first before choosing our officiant. I could immediately tell that he was truly interested in my husband and I's love story and what we were looking for in our wedding ceremony. My husband and I had pretty much no idea what we wanted in the ceremony, except a few random pieces and we knew the style of ceremony we were after. Ben helped us completely customize our ceremony from start to finish. We wanted a more secular ceremony, with a few religious and spiritual aspects. I am Christian and my husband is Jewish, and Ben was able to create a ceremony that incorporated a little bit of both of our religions. He also was very accommodating at helping us customized our wedding vows - I wanted a mix of vow styles with some traditional and non-traditional wording. We also didn't decide on our reading until 3-4 days prior to the wedding, and this was no problem for Ben! He has so many different reading, prayer, and vow options to choose from, or you can completely customize your own ceremony. I felt very comfortable customizing pieces of our ceremony, since I knew Ben would give us his honest opinion and feedback. He has a very go-with-the flow demeanor, but also was super helpful at reminding us to look over his drafted scripts leading up to the wedding without being pushy. Ben is also a superb value, costing a little less than many other vendors I spoke with but his work is such high quality! I think Ben was the ONLY vendor I didn't stress over! I always felt and knew that he would do a great job and he truly delivered! We cannot thank Ben enough for being a part of our wedding day!"
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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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