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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Secaucus, NJ

4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
  • 12 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I used Pastor Charlotte Worsley to officiate our wedding on August 1st, 2008. The decision to have our nuptials blessed by Pastor Worsley was an easy and great one. Her charismatic, inviting, humorous, light-hearted, God-centered nature allowed us to feel at ease about our big day but also invited us to embark on our most important journey as a union. Choosing Pastor Worsley to conduct our wedding ceremony was one of the best decisions we made."

$250

estimated cost

4.8
from 38 reviews
4.8
(38)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 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."

$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 is an amazing person. She is very professional, kind, friendly and easy to work with. We were so blessed to find her for our wedding day. Thank you Barbara for being a big part of our special 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)
  • 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)
GREAT VALUE
  • 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

4.8
from 52 reviews
4.8
(52)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 28 years in business
  • 121 hires on Thumbtack
"This summer I married my soul mate. On August 16, 2013. Reverend Callahan was our wedding officiant. He was outstanding. The ceremony was beautiful and it was performed in both English and in Spanish. Thank you for making our ceremony so special and meaningful Reverend Callahan. Best Regards Yajaira & Jamaar"

$375

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

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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