Find a wedding officiant near Tonawanda, NY

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Tonawanda, NY

5.0
from 13 reviews
5.0
(13)
GREAT VALUE
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"Wedding not done yet"

$125

estimated cost

5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 14 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"My wife had known Drew for quite awhile before we approached him to do our wedding. I met him during a semester in the city. Let's just put it this way: he was everything we needed him to be times about 1000. He was flexible on wording, arrangement/order, great with pre-marital counseling, willing to piss off your family to make you happy (not that he had to), and to top it off, he surprised everyone by personally writing a rhyming benediction that had the entire room in fits of laughter. It was and always will be a priceless memory. If you're debating about asking him to do a ceremony, don't - just do ask him already. He will blow your wedding day expectations out of the water like he did ours. Not to mention he cleans up pretty nice. :) - We loved him, you will too! He's quite a guy, Pastor Drew. "

$175

estimated cost

4.9
from 15 reviews
4.9
(15)
GREAT VALUE
  • 40 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Harvey made our special day look spectacular! His pictures captured the warmth of love my husband and I shared with our guests during our cozy night wedding. He was professional, thorough, and well versed with the skills and equipment needed to capture the night images. His timeliness, patience, and understanding, as well as his ability to work with and around the other vendors, relieving me and husband of any additional stress, freeing me to enjoy my fairy tale moment. "

$150

estimated cost

5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 24 years in business
"Ms Eschwege is a very talented artist. She is very professional and brings the qualities of care, compassion and kindness with every interaction with both clients and customers alike. She is punctual and conscientious putting forth her best work and effort in all areas of her business. I highly recommend her!"

$200

estimated cost

4.9
from 11 reviews
4.9
(11)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I hired Chris Cuccia to perform our wedding on June 19, 2015. He met with us about three times before the ceremony, once to meet in person, once to review some of the traditional readings and guide us in our vows, and again to go over our ceremony in its entirety to make sure it was as we wanted it. He also did a complete run through at our rehearsal which helped us gauge time and make some last minute edits. Chris provided us with a ceremony that was unique to us and who we are as a couple. I give him a lot of credit as he was very accommodating and accepting of all my last minute changes that took place the week leading up to the wedding. Chris was nothing but professional throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend him to any couple, especially to those looking for a unique and memorable wedding. More than any part of my wedding, I had the most complements on my ceremony."

$350

estimated cost

5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"I would absolutely without reservation recommend Jo as a wedding officiant. She really took the time to listen and care about what we wanted our ceremony to be. She is well-versed and comfortable with the religious, spiritual, traditional and not-so traditional aspects of a wedding. Her recommendations and guidance were spot-on. She brought a comforting sense of ease and relaxation to our ceremony which is exactly what we wanted. "
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5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Reverie is a great company. They made our wedding day stress free. They are easy to work with and very accommodating. I highly recommend them for any type of wedding!"
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4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Ray was an amazing wedding officiant! He made our ceremony so special he found out information about us like how we met and what we liked and incorporated it and our favorite songs into our wedding vows! He wants to get to know you as a couple before the ceremony. We wrote on own vows and he printed us a copy of them which was very special to us. We loved him and would definitely recommend him! "
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Kathleen is great at what she does. She’s a people person. My wedding was perfect because of her. I would recommend her to everyone."
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 12 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Ken was a pleasure to work with. Very warm and engaging personality. He took the time to get to know us before the wedding. He wanted to know what we saw as important but offered valuable advice about the process to a couple of novices. The ceremony itself was beautiful. We were more than satisfied ."
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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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