Find a wedding officiant near Suffolk, VA

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8. Soul Blended Solutions/Sacred Soul Ceremonies
from 11 reviews
5.0 (11)
  • 31 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Suffolk, VA
"felt we’re taking advantage of wedding season ($$$). Reverend Wendy Tuttle responded to my inquiry on Thumbtack THE NEXT DAY, and I could already tell she was an extremely kind-hearted person. She made the entire process very easy for us. We messaged back-and-forth on Thumbtack getting the basic “wants” and “do nots” figured out, and then we arranged a meeting. Ms. Tuttle welcomed us into her home, sat us down and showed genuine interest in hearing our story; how we met, what we love and admire about the other person, and what we’d like to do together in our future. She jotted down some notes as we talked because she writes a personal ceremony for every couple she marries. She asked our opinion on wording and if there were any specific scriptures or prayers we wanted to include in our ceremony. While in her home, she allowed us to meet her pet chinchillas (they are insanely soft!!!) and sent me home with some Hawaiian ginger flowers. My day was made. I mean, chinchillas!!! It seemed like it took no time at all, but there we were on our big day; September 7, 2019. Ms. Tuttle arrived early (like she said she would) and greeted me shortly after I arrived at the venue. She assured me that she included everything we wanted, and most importantly, that it would be a short but sweet ceremony. “I timed it and I got it down to 7 minutes!!” ~ Ms. Tuttle Our ceremony was truly beautiful and sweet. The words spoken were special to our relationship, and the symbolic “washing of the rings” and Kahu’s Blessing showed Reverend Tuttle’s compassion and Hawaiian roots. I have never witnessed another ceremony like ours, and I’m so happy that we chose Reverend Tuttle to join our hearts together “into the Tapestry of Love”. She is a wonderful lady and is incredible at what she does; we have no regrets hiring Reverend Tuttle. She made our big day, our ceremony so incredibly special and unforgettable. PS: She was also very prompt in getting our Marriage Certificate to us after all the celebration and shared some valuable advice with me regarding the name change process. Job well done Ms. Tuttle. =)"
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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.

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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