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Jina L.

Divine Love Ceremonies

Rev. Shirley Macfarland was exceptional for our 12/31/18 Wedding. Prior to our Wedding at our first meeting with Rev. Shirley, she walked us thru everything for our big day, she was so warm, and caring, and was extremely organized, and had tremendous attention to every detail. She made us feel completely at ease, and very welcomed. On the day of our wedding, Rev. Shirley arrived early, and went over everything before our ceremony to keep us calm, we had the most special, loving, intimate ceremony I have ever seen. Rev. Shirley made us feel like we were the only ones in the room with her! Rev. Shirley's words were so captivating, so loving, I cry writing this because we had the wedding of our dreams, because our ceremony was so unique, and filled with inspiration, and very special attention and care because of Rev. Shirley. I highly recommend Rev. Shirley, she is a beautiful person, who truly loves what she does for couples. We are so blessed, and grateful, that we had Rev. Shirley officiate our Wedding.

Jan 14, 2019

Lytoni B.

Cleveland Pro Enterprises, LLC

I LOVE LOVE the wedding ceremony. She was really helpful. Help me with ideals and personalize my wedding. I'm so grateful I found Mrs. Sears. She keep a great open line of communication. She came very papered and organize. She give us a helping hand and was very understanding with our set back. The wedding ceremony was absolutely beautiful and flowed from begging to end. She was not long and got straight to the point but tackled everything we wanted in our ceremony. I would definitely recommend her to all of my family and friends.

Jun 4, 2018

Tiffany A.

Denise Peterson

Awesome personalized cemorany for my wedding

Nov 16, 2017


Briggs' Weddings

Made our 50th wedding vows very personal and emotional. Great job!

Dec 27, 2016

Rahmin W.

Ronda Armstrong

She was an excellent officiant at our wedding. Highest recommendation.

Jul 30, 2015

Q & A

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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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