Find a wedding officiant near New Bern, NC

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Find a wedding officiant near New Bern, NC

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near New Bern, NC

Top Pro
4.9
from 69 reviews
4.9
(69)
GREAT VALUE
  • 44 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
"Very professional and very nice. Would recommend him to all my friends and family needing a great wedding officiant. Thank you again Rev. Jackie."

$175

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Wonderful and beautiful service that was a dream come true. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Highly recommend!!!"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 181 reviews
5.0
(181)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 38 years in business
  • 332 hires on Thumbtack
"Ray did an excellent job. He arrived early and was very professional. He went above and beyond all of our expectations. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a wedding officiant."
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Monique Clarke was awesome to work with. She’s very friendly, professional, patient, family oriented and will go out her way to make sure that you have everything included for your ceremony. She kept us all informed of everything and made sure all parties were well aware of what needs to be done and what has been done. She’s very caring of the needs of the bride and groom and is willing to work with anything even if it’s something new. She’s respectful and very welcoming. I️ would recommend her for anyone that’s wanting any kind of wedding ceremony!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 17 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Bride and groom were very impressed!!!!!"
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4.9
from 10 reviews
4.9
(10)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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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5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 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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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
"Pastor JB married Jason and I in July. JB and Sherry are very talented at delievering the word of GOD. They are wonderful people."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
"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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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I am Doctor Dennis Long, wedding officiant based out of Fayetteville, North Carolina. It would be my pleasure to help you create a ceremony that is special, unique and memorable! A third generation minister with over twenty years experience I have experienced and worked with many couples in a variety of circumstances and situations. I have been ordained since 1999 and have officiated hundreds of weddings. Just like no two couples are the same, all my ceremonies are unique and special. Each ceremony is specifically written, designed around the couple's beliefs and wishes. Through a friendly and easy process together we will develop the wedding of your dreams. We will customize and personalize your ceremony and incorporate your beliefs. I honor and provide officiating services for Traditional and Contemporary, Simple Civil, Secular, Interfaith, Military, Elopement, Renewal of Vows & Re-marriage ceremonies. I will perform a customized ceremony at the location of your choice. Short notice ceremonies and elopements are always welcome! Choosing the right wedding officiant is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the wedding planning process. The ceremony will be something you and your families will remember forever. My goal is to help you experience the wedding you desire. Serving all of central and eastern North and South Carolina."
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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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