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Top Pro
5.0
from 125 reviews
5.0
(125)
GREAT VALUE
  • 26 years in business
  • 187 hires on Thumbtack
"Wonderful minister"

$175

estimated cost

4.6
from 26 reviews
4.6
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Bell was quite patient and He performed a wonderfully beautiful ceremony for myself & husband on short notice when we were let down by our minister about interfaith marriages!! Thank-U so very much for your services!! Rev. Bell is very professional and reasonable rate!!"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 47 reviews
5.0
(47)
  • 31 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
"We've known George and his wife, Kathy, for years. When we were getting married, we were so excited to ask George to be the officiant for our wedding. He's been married for 30+ years and has a beautiful family and ministry; we've always looked up to him that we couldn't imagine anyone else doing it. George and Kathy agreed to do premarital counseling also. They met with us both and guided us in setting a foundation for our marriage. George took time to get to know us and what was important to us for our wedding to design a wedding ceremony that was special for us and our family. He kept us smiling and laughing. We are so thankful to George and Kathy for helping to make our wedding a day of promises coming true! - Vince & Amber"

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Charlie was awesome. He asked how long did i want my wedding to be ....I said 10mins short and sweet :). It was a little longer but he kept it short, sweet and beautiful 15mins. He also gave us a binder with the script of our wedding to. 5yrs later we still have! He gave advice and ideas but wasn't over pushy or tell you what to do. Fabulous pastor. 👍🏼"

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 4 reviews
4.8
(4)
"My experience with Brennon was great. Very professional and consistent with meeting needs and expectations."

$200

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
"I attended a friend's wedding that Rev. Gross performed. It was a beautiful ceremony and Rev. Gross did an amazing service, meeting and exceeding my friend's wishes. I would highly recommend him to officiate anyone's wedding."

$182

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 501 reviews
4.9
(501)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 746 hires on Thumbtack
"Alex was the officiant for our winter vow renewal in the mountains this month, and there just isn't enough I can say to convey how amazing he made it. It was more beautiful than even our wedding. The ceremony he wrote and conducted for our vow renewal was everything I had hoped our wedding ceremony had been years ago and made renewing our vows that much more wonderful. I didn't show the ceremony he wrote to my husband or anyone ahead of time because I wanted them to experience it in the moment. It paid off, as several of our guests, including men, cried during the ceremony. Afterward, several remarked at how touching it was. We'd experienced family tragedy recently, and I can, honestly, say Alex's words healed so much of the pain of loss I'd been experiencing lately. He made our vow renewal all we'd hoped for and even more. He came early, was immensely calming in the anxiety beforehand and helped me to relax and take it all in during without having to worry about memorization or pacing or time or anything accept my husband and the beauty of our reaffirmation of our commitment to one another. He had beautiful text and wrote touching words for all the aspects we'd wanted incorporated, including even the handfast ceremony and ring warming. He spoke to my son during the vows and incorporated him into the commitment to our family. He acknowledged those dear to us who'd lost and couldn't be there with us, and he acknowledged our guests and how much they mean to us. Alex has a talent for making the commitment of one's vows the focus of any wedding, so that it's not lost in all the planning, stress and activity of the day why you're there to begin with. I have been around ministers all my life, but I have never met anyone like Alex. You will leave your wedding focused, committed, full of love and feeling like you've made a caring friend for life. If we lived in the area, we would've joined Alex's church even though we're not religious. There's something about him that just makes you want to always stay in touch. I've been to many weddings, and I know the importance of choosing good vendors to make your vision a reality. But, in the midst of your selection, be sure to book Alex as your officiant. Should everything else go south, his ceremony and presence will leave you with beautiful memories. That he has a low rich voice made for radio is just a bonus."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 38 reviews
5.0
(38)
  • 18 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
"Came to the boat landing and met us on Sunday. Couldn't ask for more."
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4.9
from 45 reviews
4.9
(45)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
"Lisa was a true joy! She is a kind, caring and sincere person who writes personalized vows based on meeting with you as well as your own input. Lisa was prompt to reply to phone calls and emails and was very organized; even giving me a packet with information on making name changes after the ceremony. I couldn't recommend her more!"
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5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
  • 8 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"Terri is a very beautiful person who leaves nothing unturned. Her attention to detail, professionalism and her personal character are of the utmost quality. Terri shows compassion, Empathy and Love for other people. She had been there as a wonderful supportive friend during the toughest storm of my life. Love... pure love ♥️ Adriane Gurtner"
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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