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Top 10 Ministers near Freeport, NY

Top Pro
4.9
from 68 reviews
4.9
(68)
GREAT VALUE
  • 2 years in business
  • 91 hires on Thumbtack
"Minister Blair was very helpful, from start to the end. She managed to be at the wedding early at the wedding, and despite the weather, and ceremony time, she was willing to help me with the vow ceremony. Thank you again for your blessings"

$200

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 67 reviews
5.0
(67)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 8 years in business
  • 145 hires on Thumbtack
"We had a wonderful meeting with reverend bill. He is very personable and professional. We walked away from our meeting knowing we made a great choice picking him to perform our ceremony. Would recommend to everyone!"

$299

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 6 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"I've used her services over the last several months, her professionalism is second to none. My wife and I plan to use her services for all real estate transaction"

$100

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Loved my reiki session. I would highly recommend it."

$100

estimated cost

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

Top Pro
4.9
from 25 reviews
4.9
(25)
  • 9 years in business
  • 45 hires on Thumbtack
"Jordan helped us to create the perfect ceremony. He was so pleasant to deal with and treated us as if we were family from our first meeting. Even as the big day got closer and I got crazier, Jordan was patient and handled everything with kindness and a sense of humor. On the day of the wedding he arrived early, was organized, and guided us through everything. We really couldn't have asked for more and were very grateful to have found him."

$250

estimated cost

4.8
from 38 reviews
4.8
(38)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
"Juan was such a great minister for our wedding. There were some last minute changes that were out of my control, but he worked with us and the ceremony was just beautiful. Thank you again, Juan! God bless!"

$248

estimated cost

5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"In 2013 was when we first met Tina, where she officiated our friends’ wedding. Listening to her words decribe their love and connection to one another was extremely touching. As soon as Denisse and I were engaged we knew that Tina was who we wanted to marry us. Tina took the time to learn about our relationship, our families, struggled/challenges in our lives. She was always available if we had any questions or even doubts about the ceremony. She gave valuable insight and ideas on how to personalize our ceremony. She helped make our day unforgettable."

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor John was amazing and we are so very grateful for the wonderful ceremony he performed. He is was always so very responsive and went over every detail with us. We highly recommend Pastor John"

$200

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

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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