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3. Juan Enrique Toro
from 42 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a phenomenal experience working with Juan Enrique for our wedding. Let me start by saying that we had the good fortune of finding him with a little over a month left until the big event. He met with us during the week to get specifics about what we wanted for our ceremony, and from the first few minutes we knew we wanted him as officiant. He has a jubilant demeanor coupled with a firm dedication to making sure the ceremony itself goes exactly as you want it. I came into the meeting anxious given the impending deadline of the wedding, and left fully confident that the ceremony would go well. After we met, he gave us a copy of his typical ceremony (which he has in both English and Spanish), and encouraged us to make amendments. He gave us his phone number, and asked us to call him any time with questions or changes. We later made several changes to the ceremony, including the addition of two Bible readings (including one Gospel reading, done in both English and Spanish by Juan Enrique), and having a mix of both English and Spanish for certain key parts, and he was very accommodating. He even made sure the passages were pulled from the correct version of the Bible (we needed the King James translation since our families are both Catholic). We also decided to have two readings by family members during the ceremony, and he made sure they were printed out and ready to go. On the big day, Juan Enrique was a calming presence. He was patient and assuring, which honestly helped alleviate some of the day-of jitters. It had been raining the entire day and we found a break in the storm to do our ceremony (which was in a garden just outside the venue). Though the rain had stopped, the sky was still threatening, so we made some last minute changes to the ceremony to shorten it up. Juan executed the ceremony perfectly even with the last minute changes, and everyone at the wedding agreed it was lovely despite the unfortunate weather. I would definitely recommend Pura Vida Wedding to anyone looking for an officiant."
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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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