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Jeannie L.

Matthew Psichoulas

Todd and I are so grateful that Matt was our wedding officiant. He was very professional and contacted me when it was time to send him what was needed. He was also very patient with us both. At the rehearsal, Todd and I joked and laughed a lot because we knew that all eyes would be on us the day of and Matt helped put us at ease and gave us some helpful and much needed advice and tips. For the ceremony, he provided us with so many options and even though we wanted it short and sweet, he made it beautiful and perfect! I would highly recommend having Matthew Psichoulas perform your ceremony. Thank you again!!

Sep 3, 2018

Cap Capello

North Country Nuptials

As an event production master and DJ who has provided audio support for many hundreds of wedding ceremonies, the opportunity to listen and watch wedding officiants who preside over the exchange of marriage vows, I have observed the gamut of style and delivery run from producing joyful tears to uncontrollable "Are you kidding me?" cringing. Ms. Epstein delivers a quality personable experience that is all about the couple, being totally prepared and completely polished.

Dec 21, 2017

Bethany G.

Rev. Peter Rehonis

Peter was amazing. I gave always dreamt of my wedding day since i was a little girl, and with the help of Peter and what he brought to the day, my day surpassed my dream ten fold. Between the quick thinking of my husband, and the heart warming, soul clenching, memorable and true words of Peter, my wedding day will be one to be talked about for years to come. Thank you so much Peter! I definitely want you at our renewal in a few years. I cant imagine doing it all over again without you.

Jul 2, 2016

Melinda S.

Totally about Weddings and Events

We hired Tina and Kelly to decorate our wedding 11/8/15 at the Feast of Roundhill in Washgingtonville Ny ,not only did they make our day look beautiful but they did it with ease. Everything was just how I pictured it but better. They arrived early and were very personable and detail oriented. Also ,very helpful before the wedding as well with any questions I had. Couldn't be happier with the service.

Nov 27, 2015

Katrina P.

A-1 Entertainment Consultants

Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with! Our wedding was amazing thanks to him. He played the piano during cocktail hour and my family just loved it. He also gave us a great deal on a photo booth as well which turned into my guests favorite part of the entire wedding. After the wedding he provided us with all of the pictures taken in the photo booth that day and it was so much fun to go through all of the photos. I would recommend Mike to anyone. He is really nice and very talented and works with you to make the day exactly what you want. Thank you again Mike for making my wedding perfect!

Sep 10, 2015

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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