Find a bilingual wedding officiant near Harrisburg, PA

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Top 10 bilingual wedding officiants near Harrisburg, PA

Top Pro
5.0
from 32 reviews
5.0
(32)
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"I've decided to choose Mr. Zavala to officiate my summer outdoor wedding. His response time is superb and he is very professional. He provided my wedding script and its was very lovely! Looking forward to the big day and for Mr. Zavala to officiate. I certainly recommend! 😊"
$225
estimated cost
4.6
from 9 reviews
4.6
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"Sandy gave us exactly what we wanted for our wedding. He incorporated our children into the ceremony just the way we wanted."
$200
estimated cost
4.9
from 8 reviews
4.9
(8)
GREAT VALUE
  • 13 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"Chaplain Williamson performed a lovely wedding. He is flexible and so easy to work with. His wife was very helpful prior to the wedding, helping me with little details. I am very pleased."
$200
estimated cost
5.0
from 7 reviews
5.0
(7)
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Highly recommend Rev. Barbie was great. Thank you"
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 16 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I loved talking to him. He set me at ease. Answered all of my questions. I am going to have him officiate at my granddaughters wedding."
$450
estimated cost
5.0
from 117 reviews
5.0
(117)
  • 23 years in business
  • 179 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Robert W Sim was great! He made everything go smoothly and special especially for my parents! He was funny and upbeat. He was on time, very nice and professional. We had a difficult time finding someone that would assist in short notice. We met him a week prior to the ceremony and was very happy with the decision on having him as our Wedding Officiant. I would recommend him to anyone!"
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Top Pro
4.8
from 133 reviews
4.8
(133)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 11 years in business
  • 211 hires on Thumbtack
"We were looking for the Rabbi and the wedding officiant at the same time. Joseph was great. He came on time, he accommodated all our desires and lovely incorporated those into the ceremony. He answered all our questions and guided us through the process. Thank you"
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Top Pro
4.8
from 52 reviews
4.8
(52)
  • 23 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike with Fm Sound Productions is dedicated to making the bride happy! (I was the bride! ) He told me to text, email or call with any concerns/requests. He always responded promptly! He has a charming personality and years of experience. He kept me stress free during the wedding planning and during the wedding. I have two small children and he was patient if I happened to be missing in action when he called me to do the dollar dance! Great dj, you will have no regrets picking him!"
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4.8
from 193 reviews
4.8
(193)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 366 hires on Thumbtack
"We got married October 2016, and Kimberly officiated our wedding. Kimberly did such a beautiful and heartfelt ceremony and it brouvht me to tears! She wants to do the best job so she really gets to know the people she is working with @! I recommend Kimberly for a wedding officiant , if you are looking for an unforgettable wedding ceremony !!!!!"
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Top Pro
4.9
from 38 reviews
4.9
(38)
  • 2 years in business
  • 50 hires on Thumbtack
"He officiated our wedding and he was very professional and helpful. We were very pleased with his services and would highly recommend him to any and everyone who needed an officiant. Thanks again Minister Steve."
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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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