Find a wedding officiant near Elizabeth City, NC

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  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Needed To Get A Signature To Confirm My Marriage Before I Left For Basic Training, Helped so much with getting this accomplished, came all the way to me, plus we negotiated a great price in value to get this done."

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  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Mulford put together a beautiful for ceremony for my husband and I. She worked with us to arrange a ceremony that incorporated the elements that we wanted and arranged them perfectly. She was also flexible enough to deal with our schedule and changes in the preparation for the wedding. She gave us some great advice for our beach wedding and even provided some things to make sure it went off without a hitch. Rev. Mulford was a FANTASTIC officiant and made our day very special!! "
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from 10 reviews
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(10)
  • 19 years in business
"Provided premarital counseling and performed our wedding ceremony - tied the knot tight, we're at 19+years! Wonderful public speaker, very professional."
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from 8 reviews
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  • 1 year in business
"Nanette has a special gift. Her knowledge, mannerism and energy put you at ease right away and you know you are in good hands. I really enjoyed my sessions and the feedback I received were envauable. I even took my daughter for a session. Make your appointment today and see for yourself."
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  • 19 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverend Borden married us one year ago. His services were exactly what we wanted and we were given many choices in the overall layout of the wedding service performed that made our ceremony personal and memorable. All went smoothly and we are forever grateful to him for everything he did for us. "
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  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Brian did a wonderful job officiating our wedding! Couldn't be any happier about the level of professionalism despite it being a way more affordable option than anything else we found. Will be recommended Best Wedding Services to any friends planning a wedding!"
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  • 2 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"We were looking for a Wedding Officiant at the last moment and we found Michelle. After speaking with her, we knew in our hearts she was the perfect fit for us. We prayed about it and God answered our prayers. She allowed us to choose the vows we wanted and customize our ceremony. She was awesome!!!! Her confidence, tone of voice, spirit, and fun personality made our special day one that will be remembered. My guest thought she was absolutely perfect and we had known her for years. The truth is, we felt like she had always been in our lives - That's how comfortable she made us feel! You will not go wrong if you choose her - we are very picky folks and she exceeded our expectations! Thank you!"
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  • 11 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Joe did a wonderful job as our officiant for our June wedding. There was a tiny mishap with the DJ's microphone, but he handled it smoothly by just turning the mic off and raising his voice, as we were outside! He did everything that we asked of him. I could not recommend a better officiant for someone else's wedding! "
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"Pastor always makes himself available and has good practical advice that is actually useful. He also does follow-up calls if he's counseling but also makes himself a friend as well."
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"If you want a seamless event, hire the professional party starters! CK ENTERTAINMENT went above and beyond to make our day great and we still have guests talking about much they danced and how great the music was! Chuck knew exactly the songs to play to get the dance floor packed. He also has a great microphone presence and helped our wedding day run smoothly."
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Q & A

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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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