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Victoria N.

Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,

Ms Carole, Did our wedding today in the park. She is a true Blessing love you much Ms Carole... God Bless you Corey, Victoria Stephens Sr❤️❤️

Jul 29, 2018

Chris H.

Rev. Cait Finnegan

Kate was absolutely amazing. She performed a Christian marriage ceremony for us with a handfasting. I would recommend her to absolutely anyone who is searching for a wedding officiant. She was on time. Well dressed. Extremely kind and courteous to us and all of our guests. She is worth every penny.

Jul 26, 2018

John L.

Joyous celebrations

We are a non-traditional couple and wanted a pop culture / Star Wars themed wedding. Danette was able to provide an exceptional ceremony script and presented it in a fashion that we are still hearing positive reviews on from our family and friends. "The most unique wedding we have ever been to", "that was a fun ceremony that was completely YOU" and "that was a one of a kind wedding that we thoroughly enjoyed" are a few of the comments we received from our guests regarding the ceremony. We could not imagine anyone else doing our wedding and HIGHLY recommend Joyous Celebrations, especially for any non-traditional and unique couples. While a wedding is a once in a lifetime experience (so we can't exactly say we would hire her again) we absolutely will recommend Joyous Celebrations to all our friends and family. She truly wants to help celebrate a day of joy and happiness and we stand fully behind her and her skills/attitude.

May 10, 2018

Lauren A.

RevJeffNJ

Rev Jeff did a wonderful job with officiating our wedding in 2012. He was very attentive to detail, met our exact needs and requests, and had a reasonable price. He made our ceremony perfect!!

Mar 1, 2013

Brittany F.

Smile Peace Love Creative

Jill was in the very least a GODSEND. She not only is incredibly flexible, but creative and certainly had a positive influence over the bridal party as a whole the day of our wedding. I would hire her in a heartbeat again. She made everything so EASY! She also linked us to Carden’s Film who were also very impressive!! Thank you Jill for keeping me sane and even laughing amongst all the chaos. You’re the absolute best!!! 💜

Jan 1, 1970

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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