Find a wedding officiant near Knoxville, TN

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Knoxville, TN

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from 6 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 6 years in business
"Me and my husband decided at the last minute to get married so we looked up and got in contact with Proud Vows and were able to book for the exact time and day we wanted. The whole ceremony was soo peacful and laid back. The lady who did our vows was also very nice and did a awesome job. The whole experiance was just so awsome and worth the price. I highly recommend Proud Vows!"
$120
estimated cost
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
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"Exceptional service Very catering to our untraditional wedding. We were there very first ceremony and they were on time and answered any questions that we had. They made our ceremony very custom and fitting to us and even did a hand binding. They made us feel comfortable and at ease. Will use them again on our renewal."
$150
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 21 reviews
5.0
(21)
  • 22 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Janice Richards from Alexandria's Garden was not only a pleasure to work with, but the final product of her hard work turned my wedding into one that I have dreamed of since I was a little girl. Janice took my vision and turned it into reality. She was easy to get in contact with, and she was always keeping me updated throughout the entire process to ensure we were always on the same page. I would recommend Janice to anyone who is looking for a trustworthy, dependable, and respectful florist! I do not have any of my wedding pictures back yet, but the one I have posted is a candid captured by one of my guests."
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Top Pro
4.9
from 19 reviews
4.9
(19)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 36 hires on Thumbtack
"Steve was on time and blended in well with the wedding despite the fact that we were late and a little unorganized. Steve stepped up to the plate and showed true professionalism and did an amazing ceremony. Thank you Steve!!!"
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4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 8 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
"Our wedding was simple and lovely. Reverend Tom's ceremony seemed to be written just for us. Reverend Tom was wonderful ... Thanks!"
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Top Pro
4.9
from 22 reviews
4.9
(22)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Jackie was amazing in the process of officanting my wedding. Every step of the way while she was working on the ceremony she sent me drafts and really made the ceremony personal. I would recommend her to anyone wanting their special day to be perfect!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 18 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
"Dean and Diane are wonderful. Dean performed my Mom and Dads 60th wedding anniversary vow renewal. Dean and Diane were so uplifting and encouraging. Even tho we had just met them it felt like we had known them a lifetime. Awesome couple"
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Top Pro
4.9
from 13 reviews
4.9
(13)
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"Paul performed our wedding on October 7th and it was PERFECT! He included the "why" we chose our wedding party and that made it complete. I couldn't be happier and would highly recommend Paul to any Bride put there!"
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4.9
from 18 reviews
4.9
(18)
  • 4 years in business
  • 33 hires on Thumbtack
"Penny did my daughter s wedding. She helpedcarrange vows..format...program. was outstanding "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"Chaplain Patterson and his wife met us a few weeks before our wedding date. He asked us a bunch of questions in hopes of getting to us as people rather than just the next paying client. These questions included details such as who's walking the bride down the aisle, is there any other thing you'd like to include, etc. but also included questions on how we met and our story as a couple. Closer to the wedding he sent us the ceremony he planned on reading with the option to include/exclude anything we wanted. My husband and I read it together and we found that we were very moved by the ceremony. He included details about how we met, and a funny story we had told him about. Just reading the ceremony finally made it feel REAL, not just like a dream. The day of the wedding I was running behind on being ready to walk down the aisle. He took care of finalizing all the details like talking to my dad about how to give my hand to my husband, and talked to the both of us on when to hand over the flowers etc. He never ONCE complained or rushed me despite not being ready on time. His wife took pictures of us upon our request ahead of time. The ceremony had everyone in tears (of joy of course), and I'm so very pleased with how everything turned out. We had Mrs. Patterson take our wedding pictures since we didn't have a photographer lined up. While they "are not in the business" of taking pictures as they many times emphasized, we were very pleased with her photographic skills. I would recommend Chaplain Patterson to everyone! Thanks so much for making our day special!"
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Q & A

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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.

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.

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