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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Hickory, NC

Top Pro
4.8
from 148 reviews
4.8
(148)
GREAT VALUE
  • 22 years in business
  • 410 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Charnely was incredibly professional and worked well with us when we wanted a non religious wedding. Her elemenfs selections had everything we needed to have a beautiful service on short notice. Rev. Sydney also worked with us through a bad delay at her own family time expense. She helped make our inevitablydisasterous wedding very memorable. Thank you Rev. Sydney."
$139
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 127 reviews
5.0
(127)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 26 years in business
  • 189 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Chris Thompson officiated our wedding on 10/10/15 in Charlotte, NC. We couldn't have been more blessed to have such a wonderful man perform our ceremony. Chris is personable, joyful, enthusiastic and very well spoken on marriage and faith. Pastor Chris met with us beforehand and kept great communication throughout our planning process. Our ceremony was flawless and we couldn't be happier that our marriage began with the words from such a delightful pastor."
$175
estimated cost
5.0
from 30 reviews
5.0
(30)
GREAT VALUE
  • 8 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Terri Ellis is very professional and shows enthusiasm and understanding when working to make your wedding day dream magically come together! She is very creative and suggests ideas when you are stuck or indecisive. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to have just as magically a moment as me and my hubby!"
$130
estimated cost
4.6
from 28 reviews
4.6
(28)
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Minister Bell officiated our wedding 8/26/2016. He was very attentive to our requests and followed through with our input. The service was very professional with a reasonable rate. My husband and I would highly recommend hiring Minister Bell as your wedding officiant!!!"
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 48 reviews
5.0
(48)
  • 31 years in business
  • 64 hires on Thumbtack
"George oficiated my wedding and it was fantastic! I highly recommend him."
$200
estimated cost
5.0
from 11 reviews
5.0
(11)
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Beekley was very professional and helpful while he guided us through planning our wedding. The ceremony was beautiful and memorable. Pastor Beekley's sense of humor and integrity made the entire experience enjoyable."
$200
estimated cost
3.4
from 5 reviews
3.4
(5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeffrey done a AMAZING job! I highly suggest him for anyone else wedding ! "
$200
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.9
from 508 reviews
4.9
(508)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 752 hires on Thumbtack
"Alex was amazing!! So timely in all requests, genuine soul and had a fabulous presence at my wedding on 11/5. Many people came up to me saying how great he was - loud enough for even the elders to hear and added in some fun tweaks too! He worked with us on several edits to get it just how we wanted! He also gave us an idea of a newer "ring ceremony" that was not only touching but loved by all. Alex is a definite must use for your ceremony. You will not be disappointed!"
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4.9
from 45 reviews
4.9
(45)
  • 6 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
"Lisa was kind, and very helpful throughout our entire experience (even way before the wedding date). She created a wonderful ceremony for us that was catered to what we wanted it to say. She even had a copy of the vows we had wrote just in case we forgot to bring ours. Lisa even came to our rehearsal that was the morning of the wedding since we were having an evening wedding. I would definitely recommend her services to anyone needing a notary for their wedding. She is WONDERFUL and I'm so glad we picked her! Thank you for helping to make our wedding day smooth and carefree!"
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5.0
from 21 reviews
5.0
(21)
  • 9 years in business
  • 27 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Lindsey was perfect! I texted her at least 20 times in the months leading up to my wedding and she answered every single question! She was very in tune with what I wanted and the pictures turned out wonderful! On my wedding day it was raining and I was definitely panicky because our venue was outside. Lindsey came and made sure everything went so smoothly and still got the pictures I wanted even with the rain. All my friends and family loved her. If I ever need any other pictures taken I'll definitely come back to her. Will recommend to anyone!"
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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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