Find a wedding officiant near North Arlington, NJ

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near North Arlington, NJ

Top Pro
5.0
from 40 reviews
5.0
(40)
GREAT VALUE
  • 21 years in business
  • 59 hires on Thumbtack
"Kate was absolutely amazing. She performed a Christian marriage ceremony for us with a handfasting. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone who is searching for a wedding officiant. She was on time. Well dressed. Extremely kind and courteous to us and all of our guests. She is worth every penny."

$200

estimated cost

4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"One of the first and best desicion we made regarding our wedding ceremony was to include Rev.Charlotte worsley. Her presence is warm sincere,compassionate,lovely and all of that with the right amount of humor. If you are looking for a ceremony that reflects you as individuals and as a couple and will include warm,laughter and happy tears look no further Rev.charlotte worsley is "the one"."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 8 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Michael performed services for my wife and I on our wedding day. He arrived on time, was very attentive to us and helped us with absolutely everything. We are a same sex couple so as you know - in NJ it just became legal to be married. In 2012 we had our Civil Union and Michael performed that very small ceremony. When marriage because legal in NJ we planned a big even and of course hired Michael. We love him and recommend him to everyone. He is actually performing my brother in laws wedding soon!!!! I wouldnt change anything!"

$150

estimated cost

4.8
from 38 reviews
4.8
(38)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
"Juan officiated my wedding on 08-29-15 and he couldn't have done a better job. The ceremony he put together was very fitting for us! He is such a sweet man and his demeanor just makes you feel good! You can tell he loves what he does. He was on time and ready to go. He was very responsive to emails and phone calls leading up to the wedding. I highly recommend! :)"

$248

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 very sweet snd easy to eork with.she arrived early abd walked us through ceremony process.If you are look ing for a thoughtful unique experience liok no further than Pastor Barb!!we wouldn't have it any other way and have heard maby compliments about her on our wedding day!"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 19 reviews
5.0
(19)
  • 4 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"I'm so happy I choose Aida she was absolutely amazing. She provided a beautiful bilingual wedding ceremony. She personalized the ceremony to fit what my husband and I wanted after she met with us. Thank you Aida for making our special day blessful."

$255

estimated cost

5.0
from 27 reviews
5.0
(27)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 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

4.7
from 18 reviews
4.7
(18)
  • 32 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"Vlada was our wedding officiant. She is awesome. She did a great job in everything. Very on time for ceremony, great speech and sense of humor, and very sweet too!!!! Also she is very affordable. If you are looking for an officiant you should choose her."

$250

estimated cost

5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 18 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor B shared with us on our wedding day, and what an amazing experience we had. He was truly awesome, from start to finish! When we met, he was a ball of energy, full of life and love from God! As we chatted with him, we became more comfortable with his style and knew immediately that we wanted him to be our officiant! He was definitely professional and the quality of his work was incredible! He walked us through every step and made sure we understood everything in front of us. Pastor Bryan Allen was truly a Godsend. We wish we could get married again, just so we can have him be with us!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I cannot express how happy I am to have chosen Carol to officiate our intimate wedding. My husband and I woke up one morning and decided to get married out of nowhere, and she didn’t hesitate to say yes! She quickly wrote a beautiful ceremony script that touched us both. She was also very patient with us when we were finding a spot to get married at. Carol is amazing. I will always cherish that moment she shared with us forever."

$250

estimated cost

Q & A

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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