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from 27 reviews
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GREAT VALUE
  • 16 years in business
  • 34 hires on Thumbtack
"When our minister fell through weeks before our ceremony we contacted pastor Shane. He met with us the next day. He tailored the ceremony to our desire and everything went down perfectly. Thank you so much for giving us exactly what we were looking for. "

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4.6
from 19 reviews
4.6
(19)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 9 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
"We chose Diana to be our wedding minister last summer because we felt so comfortable talking with her when we were planning our unique ceremony. She was informative in sharing her thoughts and experiences, but encouraged us to plan our wedding ceremony just as we wanted it to be. On the big day she arrived at our home on time and helped settle our pre-ceremony nerves! She was instrumental in making our wedding a day we'll remember with love! A big thank you to a lovely lady!"
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5.0
from 9 reviews
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IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Tracey Merlino of Reverie. Neither of us had much wedding knowledge or even a great idea of what we wanted before meeting with her, but she was full of invaluable advice and various options for customizing our ceremony to perfectly fit our tastes and our relationship and please a diverse group of friends & family at the same time. Several of our guests remarked that it was the most beautiful & spiritual ceremony they ever witnessed. We highly recommend Tracey as an Officiant: she will allow you to cater your ceremony to your style, gently guide you through the process, and offer you tips, encouragement & welcome reminders when you need them! :)"
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5.0
from 6 reviews
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  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"Kathleen is great at what she does. She’s a people person. My wedding was perfect because of her. I would recommend her to everyone."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Linda is absolutely wonderful! She was kind, thoughtful, attentive, and excellent at helping craft and direct our ceremony. Sarah and I were so lucky that she was part of our special day. We recommend Linda with the absolute highest praise - please consider her for your special day - she's awesome! Thanks so much to Linda for being our officiant and a part of our wedding we won't forget!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Karolina was by far the best person we could have possibly picked. She was very flexible with the format and uniqueness of our ceremony. She really cared about everything. We have definitely formed a friendship and look forward to continuing our relationship with her. Just a fantastic personality!!!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 7 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"We've used her for weddings and family graduations and she has always been very professional and my wife and family has always been very pleased."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 19 years in business
"I'm Pastor Adam and it is my honor to be considered as an officiant for your wedding. I have done over 100 weddings and the couples have overwhelmingly loved what I have done for them. I have married people in church, community and even folks that I had just recently met. Everything I do is geared towards making this process fun and stress-free. I travel to any type of location that you choose. We can meet in person, over the phone, or even FaceTime to get to know one another. Together we can create the wedding you have always dreamed about. You can now truly relax--you have found THE officiant for your wedding. Your guests will shower you with compliments and you will remember your romantic wedding as the greatest event of your life. Thanks for giving me the great honor and privilege of being a part of your incredible day."
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5.0
from 1 review
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(1)
  • 5 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"On time and organized. He took our wedding last-minute. It was a great event."
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5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 22 years in business
"We were married at our house with family and a few close friends in attendance. Even though it was a very informal affair, Jim Jackson performed the ceremony with the utmost respect for the sanctity of the vows. Next year will be our 15th wedding anniversary. If we decide to celebrate by renewing our vows, we would ask Jim to do the honor. I would highly recommend Jim Jackson to perform your ceremony. Bruce and Jill H Waterford, PA *************************"
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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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.

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.

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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