Find a wedding officiant near Colonial Heights, VA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Colonial Heights, VA

Top Pro
4.9
from 44 reviews
4.9
(44)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 61 hires on Thumbtack
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"Gail was absolutely wonderful! We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant. She listened to what we wanted and didn’t want. She was prepared and on time even with the stormy weather that took place on our day. She answered all of our questions and was willing to officiate our wedding even if it was in the rain. She kept it short and sweet so both the groom and I as well as the guests were happy. Thank you so much for everything!"

$175

estimated cost

Top Pro
4.8
from 9 reviews
4.8
(9)
GREAT VALUE
  • 1 year in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
"Fabulous experience! Will was very professional and responsive. He personalized our vows even though we asked at the very last minute (I'm talking 6:30am on the day of the wedding). He was so helpful during the rehearsal and we couldn't have asked for a better officiant! We had several people tell us how beautiful the ceremony was and we couldn't agree more."

$150

estimated cost

4.1
from 8 reviews
4.1
(8)
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
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"Planning for our wedding has been outstanding so far!"

$110

estimated cost

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 1 year in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Needed To Get A Signature To Confirm My Marriage Before I Left For Basic Training, Helped so much with getting this accomplished, came all the way to me, plus we negotiated a great price in value to get this done."

$265

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 52 reviews
5.0
(52)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 75 hires on Thumbtack
"Jeremiah officiated our March 2017 wedding at the Mill at Fine Creek. He was communicative, easy to reach via email, showed up on time, and led the perfect simple-and-quick-but-not-rushed-either ceremony that was exactly what we wanted. Highly recommended!"
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 3 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Mary Jo was a great addition to our ceremony. We wanted something short and to the point, and she did just that while making it very personal and heartwarming. Mary Jo also has a calming presence (and fun sense of humor) that was much appreciated on our wedding day. Thank you, Mary Jo!"

$300

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 64 reviews
5.0
(64)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
"Iantha was pleasant, punctual, and professional. We enjoyed her as our wedding officiant. The booking process was easy and the price for our particular request was very reasonable. We took advantage of the 'courthouse special' and received a lovely civil ceremony on location of our choosing. We highly recommend 'Tiny Chapel Weddings'. "
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Top Pro
5.0
from 43 reviews
5.0
(43)
  • 13 years in business
  • 43 hires on Thumbtack
"Keekee was wonderful! We had a very small, non-traditional Wedding. We placed a call to Keekee, and she met us at the Courthouse that day. She was prompt, sweet and professional. She performed beautiful readings based on our stated preferences, and helped to make our Wedding Day even more special than we had imagined."
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5.0
from 37 reviews
5.0
(37)
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
"Wayne was a wonderful officiate for our wedding in Midlothian, Virginia. He was so personable and easy to work with. All of our guests really enjoyed him as well. We couldn't have been more pleased with his services. "
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5.0
from 10 reviews
5.0
(10)
  • 11 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
"The Reverend was awesome. He explained details and made sure we understood everything. The reverend was genuinely interested in our happiness for our wedding day and beyond. We felt very comfortable and happy that the Reverend was there for our special day and we will definitely stay in touch."
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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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