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5 years in business
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8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Type of ceremony
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Non-denominational (mentions God),
Non-religious (no mention of God)
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!May 27, 2018Verified
Gail was a wonderful addition to our wedding day. What I liked most about Gail was that she took the time to get to know me and my husband prior to our ceremony...and not just surface questions, she seemed genuinely interested. She is a real gem in the industry and a bonus is her husband is a wonderful photographer! Hire Gail for your officiant needs.May 16, 2018Verified
Gail was an absolutely ideal officiant! She was professional, courteous, and we actually learned a lot from her regarding wedding ceremonies in general. She was willing to work with our requests and needs. At first, we weren't going to do a rehearsal and ended up deciding to do one last minute, and she was happy to oblige us by attending. During the rehearsal, she was incredibly helpful in aiding our group through the motions in a calm and reassuring manner. On top of that, we were happy to see that she was able to provide a range of options for the ceremony. As a secular couple, we were thrilled to see that she could cater to our needs, while also paying tribute to some of our religious family members. We did a spiritual ceremony and loved the readings she selected, one of which was by Mark Twain. Also, we really loved the fact that she supports diversity and nontraditional couples. Would definitely recommend! (Photos attached by Courage & Co. Photography, Jake Cunningham).Jun 6, 2017VerifiedMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg's reply
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After the first time my wife and I meet Mrs. Gail we knew she would be perfect for us. We had actually contacted a couple of other officiants before her and they pretty much refused because it was a same sex marriage. We found out Gail was really easy going and very helpful. Originally, we were trying to book the ceremony at her place Shady Arces B&B but at the time it was being renovated. She told us about the Hanover Historical Court House which turned out to be even better. It was just what we were looking for with just enough space, and a great historical look for all the pictures we took on the property. Gail was also really personable allowing us to contact her whenever we had questions or concerns. We grew really close in a short amount of time because every time we were around her we would end up staying and talking for at least an hour. Gail made sure we were comfortable with how the ceremony would go and the things she would be saying. She helped us make since of our vows and even gave us the option on what she would be wearing the day of. Our family and friends had all good things to say about Gail as well. That meant a lot because like most people, we did value what our friends and family thought about what would be going on, on our wedding day. We got the privilege to meet her wonderful husband as well because he attended the ceremony too. Even after the ceremony they both came to our reception dinner which was nice. Overall, the best thing about Gail is that she was down to earth. She was never fake or out to get a dollar. Her services were very reasonable, and she actually took the time and wanted to get to know us. She never pasted judgment or made things about herself..she simply rendered her services. Which was being a super awesome officiant making sure everything she did was OK with us. We still to this day we keep in contact with Gail because she's so likable, honest, helpful, friendly and professional. I can honestly say she is our friend and would recommend her to anyone! I can definitely go on and on but I do hope this helps someone finalize their decision on Mrs. Gail, she IS really amazing and was everything we needed and more Good luck and best wishes. The EvansNov 6, 2016Marriage Officiant, Gail Olberg's reply
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Gail was an amazing officiant! She made our day the best of our lives! She’s truly a lovely treasure!!Oct 29, 2018Verified
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My fees are tiered for basic simple elopements, small weddings, and larger weddings with rehearsals. For engagements requiring extensive travel, an additional fee to cover time and mileage may apply. For couples who are in a hurry for their Certified copies, I will travel to hand deliver the Marriage License to the applicable Court to expedite it's processing. (Subject to my availability, additional compensation required)
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?We'll initially meet in person or by phone to discuss everything to be included in their ceremony. We continue to stay in contact right up to the day of the event. My couples are encouraged to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, changes or additions regarding their ceremony.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I specialize in Civil and Non-denominational wedding ceremonies throughout Virginia receiving 5 star reviews for my ceremonies. (Civil being, no mention of God and Non-denominational being, of no particular faith but containing mention of God. For example: in a prayer) I marry couples with no guests in attendance (Elopements), formal ceremonies with 300 guests, and everything in between. Occasionally, my couples engage my services at the spur of the moment for an elopement, but usually, my couples reserve my services between 3 – 12 months in advance of their wedding date. Even for elopements.