Find a wedding officiant near Salisbury, NC

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Salisbury, NC

Top Pro
5.0
from 125 reviews
5.0
(125)
GREAT VALUE
  • 26 years in business
  • 187 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

4.6
from 26 reviews
4.6
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
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"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 46 reviews
5.0
(46)
  • 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 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"I can't say enough good things about Preacher Charles. It was obvious that he worked really hard on our wedding ceremony to individualize it. He and his wife are the sweetest people. I'm so happy that I found them."

$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
  • 747 hires on Thumbtack
"Alex did a fantastic job at my wedding. We had a destination wedding 10 hours away from home and we had to communicate through email solely. He was responsive, kind and willing to help. The ceremony was beautiful and he was open and willing to accomodate. Highly recommended!"
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5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
  • 8 years in business
  • 26 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!"
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Max was beyond helpful with planning the ceremony and suggestions for our wedding. He was open to anything we wanted to do or leave out. He genuinely gets to know the couple and cares that their wedding and marriage is a success!"

$400

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 59 reviews
4.9
(59)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
"Dawn Brinson was our wedding officiant 7-16-2016...She communicated with us from day one and throughout the planning of our wedding. She was very professional and pleasant. She arrived on schedule and did an outstanding job. Our family as well as ourselves were very comfortable and pleased with everthing she did. We would highly recommend her services to anyone in need of a wedding officiant. Thank you for your services..."
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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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