Find a wedding officiant near Portsmouth, VA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Portsmouth, VA

Top Pro
5.0
from 102 reviews
5.0
(102)
GREAT VALUE
  • 4 years in business
  • 196 hires on Thumbtack
"If we had a spot to give 10 stars, it would still fall short of the wonderful experience we had with Rev. Nicki Peet as our wedding officiant! She was exceptional! From the first phone conversation, we knew that our paths had crossed for a reason. Such a kind and compassionate soul who sought to exemplify our love through her words during our ceremony. Highly recommended if you are in need of an officiant in the Williamsburg, Virginia area! - Heather Bertok & Bev Mosteller-Bertok"

$125

estimated cost

4.8
from 123 reviews
4.8
(123)
GREAT VALUE
  • 32 years in business
  • 235 hires on Thumbtack
"Daniel was the officiant for our wedding recently in Virginia Beach. This was the best day of our lives and Daniel's warm and caring nature made it all the more special for us and our family. He was very good at his duties and was a great person to talk with, we had a beautiful ceremony on the beach and we were thrilled that Daniel was able to stay for our reception and get to know our friends and family a bit more. We were very happy and recommend him highly:)"

$175

estimated cost

Top Pro
5.0
from 56 reviews
5.0
(56)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 3 years in business
  • 108 hires on Thumbtack
"Good contact over the period of time before the wedding--made sure to incorporate what we wanted as well as filler that we couldn't think of. Definitely fit the part at the ceremony--stern but lovely ceremony. Answered all questions I had even after the wedding."
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Top Pro
4.7
from 43 reviews
4.7
(43)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 28 years in business
  • 80 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev Ed Lilley was an amazing officiant for our wedding. He was on time. His quality of his work was amazing.He was very helpful with everything the day of the wedding and he kept in constant contact with us through the phone and email to help make sure our wedding was a huge success. He offered great ideas to make our wedding unique and special. He got to know us at a personal level and it showed through the wonderful words that he spoke of us. He was very outgoing and love to talk to our friends and family who came to the wedding. We absolutely loved him and I would highly recommend him as your officiant for your wedding. A definite five star without a doubt. There is nothing that he will have to change, keep continuing what you do.Thanks for everything Rev Ed Lilley."
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 29 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"The greatest gift my Wife and I have had was meeting Wendy Tuttle. Starting this wedding adventure, my wife and I were struggling to find someone who would be willing to marry an interracial lesbian couple. We never thought we would ever find anyone as kind, loving, warm hearted, and compassionate as she is. Our wedding may have been about us but she was the centerpiece that held it together. She has made our wedding the most beautiful and meaningful ceremony anyone could ask for. Love, The Stoners, Brittney and Renata 🌸💕"
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4.8
from 40 reviews
4.8
(40)
  • 7 years in business
  • 51 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Daniel did an amazing job offciating my wedding yesterday 10/22. He was very professional yet keeping it cool so neither the bride or groom felt nervous. Very easy to work with and communication between us went super smoothly and promptly. Will definitely refer out to anyone getting married. Thanks again Rev. Youre an awesome person, God bless xx"
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4.9
from 20 reviews
4.9
(20)
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
"We had an absolute wonderful experience with Joe!! We were refered to him by a family friend and I'm so glad we chose him. There are so many things that can go wrong with a wedding, but he was the one aspect we did not have to worry about. He is very well spoken, intelligent, and gracious. He offered great insight and advise. We both knew exactly what to do and expect. He made a great day so much better. "
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5.0
from 4 reviews
5.0
(4)
  • 8 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"An April Affair really took care of everything for my wedding day! I was stressed out and tired from all the planning I was trying to do in a few months so I decided to reach out and get help from her services and it was amazing! Very professional and proficient. "
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5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 1 year in business
"Nanette has a special gift. Her knowledge, mannerism and energy put you at ease right away and you know you are in good hands. I really enjoyed my sessions and the feedback I received were envauable. I even took my daughter for a session. Make your appointment today and see for yourself."
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"Casandra was a great officiant at a wedding I attended recently. She was very professional and also helped to keep things on track. I enjoyed how Casandra tailored the ceremony to the couple with original commentary. I cant wait for Casandra to officiate at my wedding!"
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Q & A

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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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