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Top Pro
5.0
from 40 reviews
5.0
(40)
GREAT VALUE
  • 21 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Cait was an awesome experience. We thought it was going to be stressful and it was quite the opposite. From the beginning she was very responsive and helpful. She sent us all the information we needed to know and all the options to chose from. If it was something we didn't understand she explained it and the significance behind it. She was eager to help and answered all of our calls/texts. The ceremony was beautiful and she was professional and personable. We didn't even have to reverse and it went smoothly and the way we wanted. She doesn't try to sway your decisions and she respects your beliefs. Her church is very open and we felt the love. I would hire her again but hopefully this will be my only marriage. 😝 Thanks Cait for being part of our day and making it special."

$200

estimated cost

4.8
from 38 reviews
4.8
(38)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
"Juan was such a great minister for our wedding. There were some last minute changes that were out of my control, but he worked with us and the ceremony was just beautiful. Thank you again, Juan! God bless!"

$248

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 30 reviews
5.0
(30)
  • 66 hires on Thumbtack
"Mr. Fenton was extremely professional he did a wonderful job to make our day special he wrote our vows for the service and they were absolutely beautiful I recommend him as an ordained minister very highly thank you for making our day so special"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
"Rev Debbie Sulner was very personal and interactive. She answered all the questions and was very reflective. She is an awesome healer and wedding officiate."

$125

estimated cost

4.9
from 23 reviews
4.9
(23)
  • 7 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"Vlada was wonderful! Our ceremony was delayed because we forgot the marriage license :-) but Vlada managed to put everything back together when we were ready and she performed a beautiful ceremony with touching memorable words. My husband and I were able to meet with Vlada weekds before the ceremony and we knew right then, that we were lucky to have her as our wedding officiant. Thanks again Vlada! "

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 35 reviews
4.9
(35)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
"Barbara was amazing! Not only was she personable but she made our ceremony so special. We had family members wanting renew their vows and have her as their officiant ! Thank you so much barbara"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 19 reviews
5.0
(19)
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"Aida you were amazing thank you"

$255

estimated cost

5.0
from 27 reviews
5.0
(27)
  • 4 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
"Minister Val was absolutely fantastic for my daughter's wedding. Linette and Val performed a beautiful ceremony, catered to the needs of both the bride and groom in a bilingual service that was extremely eloquent"

$350

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 6 years in business
"I highly recommend Love is Love Nuptials. Mary was the officiant for our wedding and we couldnt have been happier. She is an excellent listener and gets to know you as a couple. She is extremely organized, timely, and has great attention to detail. She really works with you as a couple to tailor the ceremony to you and provide the message and the vibe that you want on your special day. There are so many things to worry about when planning a wedding. Working with Mary on the ceremony definitely isnt one of them. She was a pleasure to work with and many of our guests commented on how great our ceremony was and what an excellent job Mary did!"

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and sweet."

$180

estimated cost

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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