Find a wedding officiant near Albuquerque, NM

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Albuquerque, NM

5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Mauro was AMAZING! He worked so hard to make our special day perfect and I am so grateful for him! He was an amazing guide to us and he made everything smooth and seamless. I truly do not think my wedding would have been as amazing without him. I could not have chosen a better officiant!"
$125
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
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  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Paige did a phenomenal job officiating the wedding!! She gave us exactly what we asked for and more!"
$100
estimated cost
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 9 years in business
"I have worked a number of years with Pastor Lynn Touchette. I always found her to be very professional and led by the Spirit of God. She is a loving, caring person who puts people first. She is loyal and has great honesty and integrity; a Pastor you can trust. I was always comfortable working with her."
$120
estimated cost
4.8
from 13 reviews
4.8
(13)
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Wedding Officiant: Matt was very attentive to what we wanted for our wedding, he was prompt at meeting times and quickly returned emails, requests, and phone calls. Matt has a great personality and was very easy to interact with. Thanks Matt for officiating our ceremony. Catrina and Mark "
$300
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"I couldn’t complain about any part of his service. Anastacio responded very prompt, professional and respectful. I like how he gave me any and every option I asked for. I also like how he didn’t make it feel like a transaction and he did make it feel like the Beautiful moment it was. Thank You so much for your services."
$375
estimated cost
5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"We were so thrilled with our wedding ceremony! Since my husband is Catholic and I am traditional Christian, we were very pleased that we could personalize our ceremony to incorporate both traditions. We received many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was! I enjoyed that we were a full part of planning the ceremony, readings, etc. It helped ease my nerves about the big day. "
$321
estimated cost
5.0
from 20 reviews
5.0
(20)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 10 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I found Susi using Thumbtack and were delighted to receive a wonderfully affordable offer to officiate our wedding. Susi met with my husband and I about 6 months before the wedding and asked us some questions for her to use to create our ceremony. She stayed in touch with me throughout the last month before the wedding to reassure me all was on schedule. Susi is punctual and arrived at our rehearsal ready to rehearse and direct. She was again on time and ready to go for the ceremony the following day! Susi put together the ceremony of our dreams. She created an amazing ceremony which included a beautiful tribute to our daughters, and a few moment to remember grandparents who had passed on. She really understood us as a couple and the goals we had for our family. She gets us! Both of our families adored Susi and her lovely stories which captured what my husband and I are all about. All of my aunts kept saying how much they loved Susi and her personality. We loved working with Susi, she is calming, creative, and such a joy to be around. To all the beautiful brides to be and their grooms to be, if you are searching for the perfect officiant, I am telling you look no further. You have found everything you need and more in Susi Wolf. I highly recommend her and am honored to have had her officiate our wedding and her ceremony is something I will never forget!! Thank you Susi. We love you."
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5.0
from 28 reviews
5.0
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 7 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Cynthia was the officiant for our wedding at Casas de Suenos on October 1st, 2016. She is such a joy to be around, livened up the ceremony, and cracked a few jokes:) she made us both feel very comfortable and I couldn't ask for a better human being to marry us. Thank you Cynthia!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 2 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"It was amazing that we found Mary, she knew exactly what we wanted for our unique themed wedding. The advice and pointers she gave us was incredible and we will always remember our wedding day with great help from Mary."
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
"She was great from the moment i met adrienne she helped me and my fiance get thru some issues before marriage. We still use her to this day plus she actually married us as well. She is very professional and all abput her customer needs"
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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.

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.

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