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4.9
from 79 reviews
4.9
(79)
GREAT VALUE
  • 31 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
"He is a great minster with a great sense of humor,down to earth and easy going.He can perform religious or non religious ceremonies and take you through it very easy"
$200
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 year in business
"Taylor is not only professional but so much fun to work with! She made me feel relaxed and confidant on a day that was hectic and stressful."
$200
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 28 reviews
5.0
(28)
GREAT VALUE
  • 32 years in business
  • 56 hires on Thumbtack
"We used Tom as our officiant recently and we were more than pleased! He was professional, personable, and helped make our wedding amazing! He was early for every meeting we had with him and for the rehearsal dinner and wedding and checked in with us periodically to make sure we didn't have any questions and customized our wedding exactly how we wanted it. We would definitely recommend Tom Hall for anyone looking for an officiant!"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 8 years in business
"Hughly satisfying and impactful."
$285
estimated cost
4.0
from 1 review
4.0
(1)
  • 7 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Very good experience!"
$399
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 77 reviews
5.0
(77)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 135 hires on Thumbtack
"David was a wonderful minister. Very friendly and made our ceremony perfect. He really put our thoughts and family into a beautiful 10 minute saying. I'd recommend him for anyone looking for a minister in this area."
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Top Pro
5.0
from 76 reviews
5.0
(76)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 111 hires on Thumbtack
"Peg wrote me within 10 minutes of filling out what I was looking for, she was very quick to reply, & was so professional, kind, & understanding. she gave us a beautiful ceremony that we'll forever cherish. I'm so glad for the pleasure of meeting her & her partner, they couldn't have been nicer. I would recommend her services to any & everyone looking to get married, I wish we could've afforded to pay her more, she was just amazing, we had little ones running about & being loud, they were so calm & put everyone at ease, me especially as I was very nervous being the center of attention lol. anyone looking for a great experience should work with her."
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4.9
from 58 reviews
4.9
(58)
  • 12 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
"Working with Absolute was great! From our very first meeting to the wedding day itself, they were super super nice and just treated me like a friend. Like a friend would do, they made sure everything went exactly as I wanted. We used Absolute for photography, video, and day of coordination on our wedding day. Kim helped with everything! She made sure everything went according to plan and ran smoothly. We just recently got all of our pictures back and they were amazing! Everyone we worked with was always super nice, always went above and beyond, and was always very professional. I would recommend Absolute to anyone. They are wonderful!"
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Top Pro
5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
(15)
  • 8 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
"Michelle is a fantastic minister who performed our ceremony with depth and thoughtfulness. She was also very flexible with our needs and timeline. Her work in our wedding was exactly what I was hoping for! Thank you Michelle! I would highly recommend her services."
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4.9
from 55 reviews
4.9
(55)
  • 7 years in business
  • 85 hires on Thumbtack
"Ed was the perfect person to marry my husband and I. Such an honest person and true. He was just what we needed to make our day. My husband is weird when it comes to pastors and Reverands and he loved Ed! I was so lucky to get to have him make our day special. Thank you"
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Q & A

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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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