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Chander S.

Keith Burgess

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of working with Keith as the officiant for our wedding on 8.8.18 and his work was exceptional and above reproach! We had met him through this app and although we spoke to others we immediately clicked with Keith, he was warm, personable, funny and understood what we were looking for. The day of he was on time and took his time explaining to us how the day would proceed and brought a calmness to the entire process. Needless to say, his officiating was great, we had a very simple ceremony and did not take him up on the offer to help us with writing vows which I am sure is a great service! In the end, our wedding ceremony was amazing and are forever thankful to Keith in the process, he was outstanding and if you're looking for an officiant and reading same, you need NOT look any further, definitely give him a call! The Singhs'

Aug 11, 2018

Angela D.

Weddings By Antonia

I do not have enough words to describe how amazing Antonia is! After dealing with another officiant who did not make me feeling comfortable at all, I was skeptical about using another officiant that I did not know. But i gave it a shot and I reached out to Antonia and she without a doubt made me feel extremely comfortable from day one. She responded to my emails and phone calls very quickly and reassured me every step of the way. She walked me through the entire process and never made me feel like I did not know what the next steps would be. I booked Antonia about a month and a half before my wedding and we worked out all the logistics right away and I thought I wouldn't hear from her until a few days before the wedding but Antonia would email me randomly just to say hello and check up on me which made me feel she really cared about her clients! Antonia and I did not meet until the day of the wedding due to my schedule but I was confident that she would not let me down and I was correct! Not only was Antonia there a half hour early she looked extremely professional and well prepared for the ceremony. If you need an officiant and have doubts then you should go with Antonia because she will be sure to make all your doubts and fears go away! She will make sure this part of wedding planning goes smoothly. TRUST ME, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! -Angela

May 17, 2018

Lyudmila B.

Harris Bloom

Harris did a wonderful job officiating our wedding ceremony on July 11th, 2016. Our wedding was unique in that it was a Russian-Indian fusion wedding which incorporated both a formal Hindu and Russian (Christian) ceremony. We wanted the day to portray the joining of two different religions and cultures. Harris was very open to all of our ideas in making this vision a reality: he successfully incorporated a russian pre-wedding tradition called "Buyout (Vikoop)", 2 religious Hindu/Christian readings, and our love story into our ceremony while still keeping it short and sweet. Harris was also our most responsive and organized vendor from the initial contact to the wedding day. On the day of, he arrived to our venue an hour early and played a big role in coordinating our wedding party in a very hectic environment. During the ceremony, Harris was articulate, eloquent, warm, and funny/serious at all the right times. He has a wonderful stage presence and exudes confidence and calm. One thing we both definitely did not want was a boring, expressionless officiant that drones on and on. Harris was anything but! Our ceremony was personal, romantic, funny, and perfect for us!

Aug 7, 2016

Jennafer L.

Matt the Modern Wedding Officiant

Matt was our wedding officiant and did an amazing job. He contacted us very quickly and was very professional. The service was just what we wanted! All of our guests were asking "how did we find him" and saying "we've never been to a service like this." (In a good way) I would definitely recommend him for your officiant needs!

Oct 7, 2015

Magdalena B.

Wedding Officiant Anthony

Anthony was absolutely awesome! From his keeping in contact and including our own thoughts and ideas into the planning. Our first meeting about a week before the wedding assured me i had made the right decision im choosing him. Anthony is very outgoing, nice, professional and punctual. Our wedding ceremony script was ready and he had made it to our request. On the day of the wedding Anthony made our day very special and was patient considering we were running late. Thank you Anthony for everything! I would Definitely recommend him for any wedding. We handsdown lucked out. Thanks again Anthony.

Apr 15, 2014

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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