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Thomas C.

Vineyard Wedding Officiants

Jennifer was truly outstanding. Her calm demeanor and thoroughness carried us through the jitters of wedding day. We give her two thumbs up

Sep 1, 2018

Melissa B.

A Wedding Your Way

We booked Adolfo for our wedding a year in advance. He touched base with us to ensure he had everything to do a good job. He suggested a ceremony script and asked for the final version 2 weeks-a month before our wedding so he could practice it. He was well groomed and wore a nice suit. He did an excellent job reading our script, adding a couple of humourous flourishes to lighten the mood. He seemed to genuinely enjoy officiating. I would absolutely recommend him to other couples.

Apr 11, 2017

Amanda C.

James M. Clark

Rev. Jim Clark was the wedding officiant for my Star Wars themed wedding this past May. Rev. Clark was very friendly and cordial. He did an amazing job at conducting our wedding ceremony. He was able to incorporate Spanish vows into our ceremony which meant a lot to me and my family. We really appreciate the great job he did.

Oct 2, 2016

Katie R.

David Evans officiated our backyard wedding. The wedding was running an hour behind. David was so patient, kind and understanding. He did a wonderful job with the ceremony and working with us to personalized it and make it our own. We highly recommend David Evans for your upcoming wedding!

May 16, 2016

Christine D.

Sunset Weddings Tristate

Mr. Hall was great to work with. He kept in touch during the entire planning process and provided us with exactly what we wanted! We couldn't have asked for anyone better for our wedding ceremony. Thank you Mr. Hall!!!

Feb 14, 2016

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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