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8. With this Kiss Charleston
from 22 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"Chrissy is absolutely a dream come true! From day one, she was nothing but perfect. She has always responded to emails (from even before we signed a contract) in less than 24 hours. I knew immediately that she was the one I wanted to coordinate our wedding. She was very thorough in explaining the different types of wedding planning services and she drafted a contract in impeccable time that was perfect for what we wanted and needed. She was very flexible in adding/editing to the contract and when we signed it I knew we would have no worries. Even though it was over a year away, she treated it as a priority. Again, she always responded to emails very quickly, and I sent her many with the "silly" questions that pop in your head at odd times prior to the time when she was required to technically start services. She was always thorough, patient, and considerate in all of her correspondence (in all forms!). Our wedding day could not have gone more smoothly! She came to our rehearsal two days prior to the wedding and helped get everyone on the same page, answered everyone's questions, and was very accommodating to everyone (which is hard to do with family sometimes!). On our wedding day she was phenomenal at setting up our decorations, making sure we were accommodated, and handled all the vendors. She drew up a precise timeline and was wonderful at ensuring that we stuck to it! Every time I left the bridal suite I was amazed at how she transformed the venue into our dream reception. She has the best eye for decorations and the layout would work best. Additionally, we had to change our ceremony site from the beach to the reception venue due to the weather/flooding. Not a problem for Chrissy! She was able to adjust the timeline to accommodate! You have nothing to worry about with Chrissy! We received so many compliments on the ceremony and reception and it would not have happened without her! From start to finish, Chrissy is the absolute best!"
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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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