Find a wedding officiant near Rutland, VT

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Rutland, VT

4.9
from 64 reviews
4.9
(64)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 27 years in business
  • 118 hires on Thumbtack
"Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with! Our wedding was amazing thanks to him. He played the piano during cocktail hour and my family just loved it. He also gave us a great deal on a photo booth as well which turned into my guests favorite part of the entire wedding. After the wedding he provided us with all of the pictures taken in the photo booth that day and it was so much fun to go through all of the photos. I would recommend Mike to anyone. He is really nice and very talented and works with you to make the day exactly what you want. Thank you again Mike for making my wedding perfect!"
4.8
from 86 reviews
4.8
(86)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 188 hires on Thumbtack
"Hi my name is Cassandra my husband Brian an I hired Tina to officiate our 7/11/2015 Wedding.. I was very Impressed with how she gave us several options of ceremonies to choose from. Tina has a Wonderful Personality and is easy to talk with. I would definitely recommend her to my friends,family. Thank You, The Bonesteel's"
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
"While attending a friend of mine‘s wedding, I found out that the whole thing was put together by blissful beginnings. Florence officiated the wedding, then her and her daughter took photographs and videos throughout the reception. She was very professional, had hardly any chance to sit down because there was a lot going on. I truly believe that she worked and earned every penny that she may have been paid for that. She was truly professional in every step she took to ensure that the reception would be memorable for both parties involved. I would highly recommend her to officiate a wedding, record and photograph the wedding."
5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Dave was absolutely wonderful, we felt so comfortable with him it was as if we had known him for a long time. We would recommend Pastor Dave for any wedding ceremony!"
5.0
from 12 reviews
5.0
(12)
  • 13 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Fiona was an exquisite officiant for our wedding. We felt supported through out the process with ideas and brainstorming. She gave us possibilities but was also completely open and receptive to our ideas. She dealt with a unique wedding venue (my parents' farm) and fairly chaotic situation(many friends and relatives running around cooking food for 80 people) with grace and calmness. I would hire her as an officiant/celebrant again without thinking twice about it."
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 3 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"It was a pleasure meeting with Reverend Ferris and discussing our wedding plans. We are very excited to have him officiate our ceremony in September."
5.0
from 8 reviews
5.0
(8)
  • 17 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
"I found that Remy was a very friendly outgoing and easy to get along with person. He did an awesome job officiating my daughters wedding and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an officiant. I know my daughter and her husband were very pleased with Remy also."
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 19 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
"Sean is a wonderful, sweet man! Our service was just beautiful."
5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 8 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
"Heaven's Blessings/Brenda did a beautiful job performing our ceremony. She was both great at offering ideas where needed and equally encouraging for us to design our own ceremony. She met us in the middle where needed, where our design or ideas ran out and hers filled in flawlessly from there. We had a destination wedding in Maine, which made booking our vendors a little...scary?...risky? :) ...but we are so thankful! We are completely satisfied with Brenda and her services. Easy to communicate with and accommodating when possible/reasonable. If we did it all over again, we'd book Brenda again. Thanks!"
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 7 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
"Meghan was amazing! She is reaponsive to messages and completely personalized our wedding ceremony so it really felt like us."

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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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