Find a wedding officiant near Wilmington, NC

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Wilmington, NC

Top Pro
4.9
from 72 reviews
4.9
(72)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 44 years in business
  • 109 hires on Thumbtack
"Jackie was very attentive to our wedding needs. He was very quick to respond. He was easy to get along with and everyone thought he did an awesome job!!! Could not have asked for a better wedding officiant!!!"
$175
estimated cost
Top Pro
4.8
from 33 reviews
4.8
(33)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
" We contacted Mrs. Hartlove to perform the duties of the wedding officiant and found her to be highly professional, courteous, and helpful. She was very prompt in replying. In addition, she not only gave us several samples for the service, but also helped us to personalize our special day. She was also very helpful in giving us contacts for other services that were needed for our wedding. I would highly recommend Mrs. Hartlove as a wedding officiant!"
$150
estimated cost
4.8
from 5 reviews
4.8
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 5 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev Bill was very easy to work with. He helped make my wedding everything I dreamed it would be! Thank you Rev. Bill."
$150
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"We enjoyed everything! She was a wonderful person and officiant!"
$169
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 183 reviews
5.0
(183)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 38 years in business
  • 335 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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4.9
from 44 reviews
4.9
(44)
  • 4 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
"Chris was an amazing officiant at my wedding! He was very helpful with all things I asked him for and helped make our day that much more special. I would highly recommend him if you want a wedding officiant who really knows what he's doing and is willing to give you advice. "
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 31 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Sandy was incredible to work with. She was flexible and was very easy to talk to about our wedding. She had a lot of wonderful ideas for us as we were planning our wedding out of town(in her town). She went above and beyond what we could have asked. I highly recommend Sandy to anyone needing a minister for their wedding. My husband and I couldn't be more pleased with her services for us. Thank you, Sandy!!! "
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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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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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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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