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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Alexandria, VA

Top Pro
5.0
from 26 reviews
5.0
(26)
GREAT VALUE
  • 3 years in business
  • 25 hires on Thumbtack
"Mary is a lifesaver! My wife and I needed an officiant for our wedding on short notice and she really came through. She made our special day even more special 😊"
$200
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 32 reviews
5.0
(32)
  • 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"
$225
estimated cost
Top Pro
5.0
from 47 reviews
5.0
(47)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 70 hires on Thumbtack
"Great experience. We wanted a quick signing of marriage liscence even though we are planning our official wedding ceremony a year from now for different reasons. Alice was able to meet with us and do a very small ceremony and signing. She was very nice.Highly recommend her if you are looking for a wedding oficiant. Excellent job"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 19 years in business
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
"I highly recommend Bishop Frazier and amazing man of God and someone my wife and I consider a friend for life"
$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 14 reviews
5.0
(14)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"Dr. Wright provides the "extra" touches. We are so thankful for Dr. Wright! She was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. She was always very prompt in her replies to the many questions we had, and provided her kind support from start to finish. She showed up early and ensured all of us - bride, groom, ring bearer, best man, etc - were prepared for the ceremony, talking us through every detail. I begged Dr. Wright not to have a long ceremony – and she adhered to our request AND the ceremony was beautiful, personal, and intimate. And she mailed in our marriage license for us, so we didn’t have to worry about it! I cannot recommend Dr. Wright enough, to perform a wonderful ceremony and to take care of all the little details. I loved her wireless microphones - again those extra touches!"
$225
estimated cost
5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
"Norman officiated our wedding over ten years ago and it was an excellent experience. He was attentive to how to make the ceremony reflect who we were and he was also creative. I could tell he wanted the ceremony to be exactly what we wanted and to be meaningful to us for years to come. I still remember so much of our ceremony, and I know that's not true for many people. Norman is flexible and thinks outside the box. A great officiant!"
$300
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Dr. Darlene, thank you so much. You really helped me with leading me in the right direction with what I shared with you. God bless you for all you do and for your genuine love and compassion for people... I’m so blessed to have found you. Thank you again for all your time.. God Bless"
$300
estimated cost
4.7
from 56 reviews
4.7
(56)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 2 years in business
  • 105 hires on Thumbtack
"Denise was amazing! From the moment I received and excepted the quote, she was communicating very promptly. I wanted a private intimate ceremony at home, and Denise delivered the ceremony beautifully. I'm very thankful to have had Denise be our wedding officiant."
$400
estimated cost
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 10 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"I first became acquainted with Rev. Deck as a member of Reid Temple AME Church. Rev. Deck delivers a weekly "miracle prayer" that has never been less than powerful. Rev. Deck is an awesome man of God who also uses humour to break down barriers. Rev. Deck provided pre-marital counseling to my now husband and me. He embodies the spirit of calm and was able to help us negotiate the differences inherent with all couples. Rev. Deck is an objective and compassionate counselor. His Bible-based interventions are essential for any individual, couple, or family. We also had the immense honour of having Rev. Deck officiate our wedding ceremony. We are forever grateful for the role he played in the time leading to our wedding. We are comforted to know we can seek his counsel at any time in the future and plan to do so! "
$250
estimated cost

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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