Chris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant
Chris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant

Chris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant

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Introduction: This is your day! It may seem that you have a thousand thoughts and ideas. I am always accessible for questions or a chat about your ceremony. My quote includes all communications, time, travel, writing a personalized ceremony (including any special traditions you wish), filing of your Marriage Certificate with your county and required archiving of your documents. I will walk you through each and every step of the way. I love people, I love listening closely to your wishes for your ceremony and helping to put those thoughts, ideas and dreams together to make it as stress free, calm, personalized and accommodating as possible. I truly feel each couple is unique and I believe wholeheartedly in making this day about you and your wishes and vision. That moment when the two people standing in front of me joining in marriage look into one another's eyes and no matter the size of the wedding party - whether it is 6 people or 200 people - it is as if it is only this couple in the room and all the stress is gone, there is a calming moment and they know they are now one. It is just so fulfilling to have been a part of that moment for so many couples and now with Marriage Equality so many more loving couples can have this moment.

Hired 185 times

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9 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

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Wear gloves during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for professionalism, responsiveness, and work quality.

Exceptional 5.0

111 reviews


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Marie S.

Wedding Officiant

Chris was the BEST officiant we could have ever hoped for. Our wedding was a beach ceremony but a little more casual than most and she went with the flow. She never tried to bring us back to something more traditional, she encouraged us to do our own thing. We had a funny reading, we had the grandchildren shovel buckets of sand to take home to make keepsakes, (our idea of a sand ceremony) we laughed and chimed in, she took it all in stride and I’m sure she enjoyed it. I had told Chris in one of our conversations that all the kids had started calling the groom “the king” She was probably joking when she said we should crown him, but, I ran with it. In the end he kissed the bride and I crowned the king. All the kids loved it ! They also all agreed it was the perfect wedding for us, we’re very laid back, not about all the fuss, and too old for all the stress. Chris handled the pile of paperwork for an out of state wedding, was early to arrive, and even took a few pictures for us before she left. We highly recommend Chris, we believe she can make any vision you have for your wedding day come to life.
Aug 31, 2021
Joe L.

Wedding Officiant

From our first conversation, we knew we’d made the right choice in selecting Chris to officiate our wedding. Chris listened to our vision for a non-religious, less than traditional wedding ceremony and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. On the day of the wedding, she was punctual, calming and performed the ceremony with grace and professionalism. 10/10, would work with Chris again, but hopefully won’t need to. :)
Aug 17, 2021
Liz R.

Wedding Officiant

From the first moment I spoke to Chris on the phone, I knew she was meant be our officiant! Her professionalism, kindness and genuine warm spirit made me feel at ease immediately. The day of the wedding she was exactly where she said she would be, she handled the marriage certificate without me needing to be involved and took away any worries I had about the ceremony. So many of my guests complimented her!! Thank you thank you thank you to Chris! 💛💛💛💛💛
Jun 1, 2021
Chloé P.

Wedding Officiant

She is the perfect Wedding Officiant ! She was so involve in every aspect of her work and so supportive. She is sensitive, receptive, honest and open. I highly recommend her.
Jan 12, 2021
Aysha J.

Wedding Officiant

I knew from the moment I chatted with her that I wanted Chris to be our officiant. She is so sweet, kind and patient and performed such a beautiful ceremony for us. We along with our friends were so touched, would recommend her in a heartbeat! ❤️
Aug 29, 2021


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    The quote you are given includes all communications, time, travel, writing your customized ceremony, performing your ceremony, filing of your Official Marriage Certificate with your Marriage License Bureau the very next business day and my archiving of your paperwork and files. Some Couples prefer to also have a Sand Ceremony or Unity Candle or Loving Cup or other Traditions within the ceremony - Not a problem - we can put that in your ceremony! Some couples prefer Officiant to attend Rehearsal and should you need me there we can certainly book that rehearsal date/time. It is an additional $80 to have me at your rehearsal. I usually go through the ceremony completely - twice - and assist with the line up and entrance of the Wedding Party/Participants. Whatever you need to make this as stress free, smooth, enjoyable and beautiful!

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Typically the customer takes a look at my profile and reviews. And I am very happy to say that I have been awarded a Top Professional on Thumbtack and Best Of over several years (Top Professional five years in a row) per my client reviews. I always make my couples a top priority! We usually begin with the client calling me and we have an initial brief chat. They hire me. I then speak with the couple individually or together either over the phone or in person. Often I am asked to write their vows so these conversations help me get to know their story and their wishes and ideas. We then confirm dates, times and make sure their marriage certificate is in order. I will then write a personalized ceremony for you and e-mail it to you for review and any changes, edits, additions that you would like. You approve the written ceremony. I perform every type of ceremony from non-denominational, interfaith, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish Traditions, all Faiths and I have been a very involved participant in Marriage Equality. Love is Love and I am happy and honored to join you both together in Marriage! I arrive the day of the ceremony (usually about a half hour early) we look over the marriage certificate, take care of my fee, and briefly go over the ceremony (often I will have written a very personalized ceremony for the couple that we've gone over together) . We begin their ceremony on time and in whichever way they have planned. After the ceremony I sign all the documents and present the couple with their marriage certificate. I then take the portion to be completed and I file with the county/State.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I love to be able to help people in love fulfill their dream of being married and having the ceremony they wish for themselves and their family. I have heard so many scenarios of couples not being able to have their wedding ceremony done in a way that they dreamed of because of various restrictions or reasons. Each couple has a unique idea of this special day. I felt that I could provide this in my profession and adjust to the wishes of the couple and their families.

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