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Antonia M.

Ross Decker Marriage Officiant

Ross made our ceremony unique and personal to us. He captured our relationship perfectly after chatting to us briefly in the month leading up to the wedding and encorporated this into the ceremony which was a lovely surprise! He suggested a beautiful spot in Central Park for our ceremony which made for stunning photographs. We would definitely recommend Ross as an outstanding officiant. We are so grateful to him for making our ceremony everything we had hoped for and more.

Aug 26, 2017

Gustavo P.

Bilingual Wedding Officiant

I used the services of Sandra Avellan for my wedding on April 8th 2017, and now with my wife & I the only thing that we can say it's wonderful things about her and the experience that we have was unforgettable, she's one of the kind, she became part of the event and makes sure everything it's under control, she handle things really well not just for business. I'll highly recommend her for your next event, trusts me you won't regret

Apr 11, 2017

Joseph Y.

Harris Bloom

Fantastic service. As we lived in New Zealand everything was done over email. We first seen Harris in person on the day of the wedding 15minutes before it took place. Very professional and felt as if we had known him for years. Would recommend to anybody. Harris is your man.

Aug 18, 2016

Earl gianne E.

Wedding Officiant Anthony

Best wedding officate...very flexible..handles ceremony smoothly.i really recomend his services

May 9, 2016

Jennafer L.

Matt the Modern Wedding Officiant

Matt was our wedding officiant and did an amazing job. He contacted us very quickly and was very professional. The service was just what we wanted! All of our guests were asking "how did we find him" and saying "we've never been to a service like this." (In a good way) I would definitely recommend him for your officiant needs!

Oct 7, 2015

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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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