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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Lancaster, PA

Top Pro
5.0
from 31 reviews
5.0
(31)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 42 hires on Thumbtack
"It is a pleasure having David wedd me and my fiancee. He is very understanding and responsive. He is willing to work with us on all of our wants for our wedding including vows. He is very professional and a full pleasure. Thank you David for being a wonderful help and I am proud to announce that you will be wedding my fiancee and I. Thank you for everything Casandra and Justin"

$150

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.8
from 33 reviews
4.8
(33)
  • 6 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Richard was our wedding officiant in June 2017. He was not only an amazing officiant but he has now become a part of our family. He was incredible. Our wedding ceremony had the perfect combination of formal and relaxed. He was great to work with and picked up on our personalities to created the best ceremony that fit us. We couldn't be more pleased with Rev. Richard. Thank you so much for being a part of our day!"

$250

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 134 reviews
5.0
(134)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 6 years in business
  • 197 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Hayduk Wedding Services through this website and were very happy with the services. My daughter's wedding was during one of the hottest days of the year and they were able to keep it short but sweet. My daughter dealt mainly with John after I hired him and she was very happy with the way he kept in touch when the wedding was getting closer and how helpful he was with her questions. My daughter married an Army Ranger and we were given a military discount that we appreciated greatly! Thanks for your service, John Hayduk."

$300

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

Top Pro
4.9
from 49 reviews
4.9
(49)
  • 3 years in business
  • 74 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Rita to perform a vow renewal ceramony for my parents 50th wedding anniversary, and could not have been happier with the results. After a few conversations with Rita, I knew we chose the right person. Rita was so genuine and had such a great energy about her. Even though I only met her a few weeks before the ceremony, I felt like I knew her forever. The ceremony was very touching. Rita was able to personalize the ceremony beautifully because spent extra time learning the story behind my parents relationship, how they met, and the values they believed in. Everyone at the ceremony raved about what a great job Rita and her husband Trace (who was kind enough to take pictures for us) did, and how wonderful they both were. What a great day. I would highly recommend Rita to anyone who is looking. Terri C"

$320

estimated cost

5.0
from 9 reviews
5.0
(9)
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
"There isn't enough words that I can write to tell you how special Rev. Troy is. He is not only a fantastic wedding officiant, he is a kind and compassionate person that really takes the time to get to know the couple and listens to what you want out of your wedding ceremony. He went above and beyond to make our ceremony personalized and special. He also met with us several times to make sure we had the ceremony just as we envisioned. He also blessed our first home in the midst of wedding planning! He is truly one of a kind and a God sent in some of the most stressful points prior to our wedding day. We included some wedding ceremony traditions from our different cultural backgrounds and it was done flawlessly. He cares about you and what you want for your wedding. I would highly recommend Rev. Troy to anyone that wants a meaningful ceremony from the heart. We hope to keep in touch with him. He's a very special person."

$225

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.9
from 30 reviews
4.9
(30)
  • 7 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev Karen was outstanding to work with. It was a pleasure to have her as our wedding officiant. She went above & beyond to help us make our wedding such a special day. She took the time to ask us questions about our relationship to craft a ceremony that was unique and personable to us. She was always available via text or phone call if we had any questions. And during the wedding she was kept us calm and reassured us that the ceremony would go smoothly even when stress levels were high. She took the time to make our day special and we are so grateful that we had her perform at are wedding. We would highly recommend Rev Karen to anyone looking for a wedding officiant who is well prepared, thorough and meticulous in her ceremony preparation and is overall a wonderful person to work with. Thank you for everything Rev Karen!"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 3 years in business
"Ryan did an amazing job as our wedding officiant! He took the time to get to know each of us and used that knowledge to craft a ceremony that fit our vision. We wanted an officiant who was willing to perform an interfaith marriage and to use the religious and secular elements that we requested without hesitation or judgement. We received so many compliments from our guests on what a great job he did."

$450

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

Top Pro
4.8
from 132 reviews
4.8
(132)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 11 years in business
  • 210 hires on Thumbtack
"Very pleasant and professional experience. Would recommend to anyone needing a wedding officiant. Very accommodating ! Lokuta Family"
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Q & A

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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