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Joshlyn S.

Weddings for Everybody

We had such a difficult time finding an officiant in our area that accepted members of the LGBT community, and I wouldnt compromise on something so important to me. I am BEYOND grateful for finding Bill. Within minutes of posting we got an automated response and he quickly followed up and I asked to call him just minutes later! From our first call we were thrilled because he was so easy to talk to. Bill paid so much attention to detail about everything we wanted for our ceremony and it was honestly so much better than we could've imagined. We live a few hours away from him and he was early and prompt to the rehersal the night before and for the ceremony. Everyone asked to see our vows after the ceremony and people even asked for his info for their future events! There wasnt a dry eye in the room with how he was able to express the love my husband and I share (evidence from my father standing on my husbands side sobbing in every picture.) I can honestly say that without Bill we would not have had such an amazing and memorable wedding. When I say everything went wrong, oh gosh so much did, but Bill did such an amazing job and was such a joy to be around that nothing could have ruined our wedding. Bill, again, thank you so much. You made such an impact on us that even our grandkids will know about how amazing you made our day for us. ❤

Oct 14, 2018

Melissa M.

Love is Love Ceremonies

We hired Maria for our wedding and couldn't be happier! She responded quickly, was reasonably priced and worked with us to make sure we had the exact ceremony we always dreamed about and was with us every step of the way to answer our questions and calm our concerns. On the day Maria was on time, professionally dressed in her Officiant garments and provided us with the ceremony we had created; including some portions of the ceremony in Spanish as requested for the brides family. She made our ceremony very personal and we couldn't have asked for a better officiant! I highly recommend her services.

Jan 23, 2017

Chelsea B.

Captain Robert C. Brazill

Mr. Brazil was supremely professional, and was very open about gearing our ceremony to our personal philosophy on love and marriage. When we decided to get married, Mr. Brazill was the first person we called. He brought humor and tears to our ceremony and we will be eternally greatful for the beautifully written ceremony he graced the beginning of our marriage with. THANK YOU!!

Nov 18, 2016

Isha J.

One Love Weddings by Dave

I would definitely recommend Dr. Turner for anyone who is planning an upcoming wedding! He (along with his assistant) will basically go wherever your wedding is (my wedding was in Gaskill Park), arrives early and was extremely patient when our witnesses were driving from New York. He takes the time to produce a ceremony fit for you (I particularly liked the poem, These Hands). Hopefully I don't have to get married again, but if I did, I would choose Dr. Turner in a heartbeat! I cannot gush enough about him!

Aug 4, 2016

Beth B.

Ceremonies By Lynda

Lynda was GREAT! Our original officiant cancelled on us two weeks b/f the wedding. Lynda was available and put together a great ceremony script for us with such short notice. Our wedding was at the jersey shore in the middle of a Nor'easter and Hurricane Joaquin. Lynda was a trooper: she had to jump on a shuttle bus with all of our wedding guests to get to our venue. The venues parking lot was flooded with 2 feet of water. Even with the weather and the news was telling people to stay off the island, Lynda didn't even think about canceling on us. Lynda was very diligent and I highly recommend Lynda for your wedding.

Oct 9, 2015

Q & A

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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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