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Kaylee H.

Phoenix Group and IDOWeddings

We met with Hans, the officiant, and spent about an hour talking about what we'd like to see in our ceremony. He crafted a ceremony just for us, sent it to us for review, and incorporated our ideas flawlessly. At the rehearsal, he and his wife and our DJ helped us rehearse until we felt like we had it down. The day of the ceremony, he and his wife arrived early to ensure everything was ready. His wife kept us organized throughout the service. Hans speaking voice is amazing, the pace was wonderful, and everyone told us it was a beautiful service. We loved them both, and got so much more than what we paid for!

Sep 10, 2018

Marissa P.

Katherine E Brown

Katie was wonderful to work with. She was happy to officiate my wedding with only 3 days notice. She also brought her son as a second witness which I really appreciated! Thank you Katie :)

Aug 31, 2018

Emily V.

I Now Pronounce You!

Mike provided us with an amazing personalized service for our wedding that was far more than I expected since we didn't give him much time to prepare. He even got a version of how we met from my now husband less than an hour before we started that he incorporated into the service. I would recommend Mike to anyone looking for a wedding offecient. He made the service we thought was doomed to be boring or sappy into a truly fun and sincere experience.

May 1, 2017

Mary G.

Your Weddings Your Way

Cheryl helped us design the perfect, personalized wedding. Her warmth and depth of experience helped us create cherished wedding day memories.

Jun 17, 2016

Christine W.

Wedding Ceremonies by Joy and with Joy

She was amazing. She wanted to make sure she was doing the right thing and she met with us and she made our wedding personal. She tried to make it different and stand out from others and focus on "our" love for each other. It was very special and she gave us a paper so we could remember the scriptures that she used! I would highly reccommend her!

Feb 11, 2014

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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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