Find a wedding officiant near Waynesboro, VA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Waynesboro, VA

Top Pro
5.0
from 73 reviews
5.0
(73)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 5 years in business
  • 114 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Diane officiated our wedding on 10.10.15, and she made our day more special than we could have ever imagined. She took time to meet with us and truly got to know who we are as a couple and what we were looking for on our wedding day. She crafted a beautiful ceremony that was unique to us and included personal details we requested. Rev. Diane was incredibly professional and made our day absolutely perfect. I highly recommend Rev. Diane to any bride and groom looking for a wonderful officiant! "
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."
Top Pro
5.0
from 19 reviews
5.0
(19)
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
"Kate made our ceremony unique to my groom and I. She learned about us starting from our first meeting and then tailored a ceremony for us that told our story very specially. She is very kind, easy to communicate with and helpful during the sometimes difficult wedding planning process. She gave magic to our ceremony that would not have been there without her. ALL of our guests couldn't stop raving about her. She went above and beyond to make our wedding experience once of a lifetime. We are incredibly grateful and couldn't be happier with Kate as our wedding officiant."
Top Pro
5.0
from 34 reviews
5.0
(34)
  • 2 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
"Confidence, attention to detail, open-mindedness, and joy for the service are all themes in what Mathew offers and upholds when officiating weddings. He takes the time and makes the effort to craft every detail to make each wedding ceremony personalized. Mathew emphasizes on getting to know the couple and allowing their voice and message to be in the spotlight. His mindfulness of the mechanics of a wedding service truly makes the couple at ease and ensure the best possible experience for the couple, the wedding party, and the guests. Mathew is genuinely heartwarming and determined to make your day special. It goes without saying that he is highly recommended."
4.7
from 21 reviews
4.7
(21)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 41 years in business
  • 52 hires on Thumbtack
"Rev. Larrimore did a fantastic job at our wedding. Our wedding was at Stevenson Ridge in April 2015. Him and his wife were amazing at facilitating our wedding. We are very pleased that we had him there on our special day! Thank you!!!"
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 9 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Suzee is amazing artist with an amazing personality to match! She has hosted several of my paint nights and everybody has had a blast and she's been an amazing teacher. I've also purchased several of Suzee's pieces of art as well as had a few custom pieces made. I even had her paint a football team logo on my wall! I would highly reccomend Suzee for any of your art needs!"
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New on Thumbtack
  • 14 years in business
"I've created & performed more than 1000 wedding ceremonies over the last 14 years for couples from every imaginable cultural and spiritual background at every imaginable location from vineyards to living rooms and hot air balloons... and I'd love to work with you to create your own unique ceremony! My pricing depends on many variables so, having a chance to speak with you and learn more about you as well as tell you more about how we might go about creating your ceremony together will allow me to give you an accurate quote. Please take a moment to look at my website... I look forward to talking with you! Being a part of a couples wedding day is always such an honor!"
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New on Thumbtack
"Basileia Law and Family Counseling, LLC provides an unique blend of spiritual and legal counseling to assist families in navigating those darker periods of life. With compassion, understanding and grace, Rev. Van Welton, Esq., helps families to discover hope in what appear to be impossible situations. Redemption, foregiveness, restoration, and happiness is possible no matter what harm or hurts have been sufferred."

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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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