Find a wedding officiant near Ellensburg, WA

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Ellensburg, WA

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4.9
from 178 reviews
4.9
(178)
GREAT VALUE
  • 27 years in business
  • 308 hires on Thumbtack
"Pastor Steve was phenomenal! From the beginning to the end he was invested in our marriage, which was important to us. This could have been an issue, especially, because we live in Los Angeles. Thank you for Skype! Along with him officiating our wedding, we had premarital counseling with him weekly. Due to time restrictions we were unable to finish before our wedding, but will finish in the upcoming weeks. The day of our wedding Pastor Steve was punctual and arrived with his wife. His wife Ann was also included in the counseling and vow process. Our wedding went smooth and afterwards we signed our marriage certificate and Pastor Steve and his wife mailed them in for us. Thanks! During this process Ann was so cute with making sure there were photos and that everything was filled out correctly. Why we would recommend Pastor Steve to other couples: 1. His rate -he is affordable and will tell you it is not about the money, but being able to bless other couples (FYI - he has NEVER had a couple get a divorce in which he had officiated) 2. Invested -him and his wife are both invested in your relationship, they want you to be successful 3. Accommodating -Pastor Steve is super easy going and actually listens! You want this process to be the simple and you want to feel you know the person who is marrying you to make it more intimate. -I refer back to many of our lessons and looking forward to lunch with him and his wife in the future. Thank you Pastor Steve and Ms. Ann for being an intricate part of our wedding. #meettheseales"
$250
estimated cost
5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Professional, punctual and friendly! Stacey did a wonderful job with both the marriage counseling and officiating the ceremony. I probably won't need her services again since marriage is a once in a lifetime milestone, but I definitely recommend Stacey!"
$125
estimated cost
5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Participating in an event that brings two friends together, is like working with that happily ever after."
$550
estimated cost
5.0
from 25 reviews
5.0
(25)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 31 hires on Thumbtack
"Leslie officiated our outdoor wedding in Zillah, WA. It was an amazing wedding and an unforgettable experience. Leslie helped us coordinate the wedding in WA although we are from TX and everything went according to plan. We were unsure of the format we wanted to use and she was very accommodating providing different formats and even allowed us to customize the format to our liking. Leslie stayed in contact with us before, during, and after the wedding."
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4.7
from 87 reviews
4.7
(87)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 13 years in business
  • 153 hires on Thumbtack
"Anthony was the perfect fit for our ceremony! He was available last minute, catered exactly to our requests for the ceremony, and had experience in every type of wedding. If you're looking for an officiant for your traditional or offbeat celebration, I would certainly recommend The Wedding Judge. My husband and I were looking for an officiant to conduct our unconvential wedding celebration on late notice. Anthony was quick to respond and available with only a few days notice when the county Judges had months-long queues. The other major factor was that he was willing to meet us at our location. -K&V"
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4.9
from 16 reviews
4.9
(16)
  • 22 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
"Jack was the officiant at a wedding I hosted at my house Oct 1, and her performed a short non-religious ceremony. He just did a wonderful job. He helped write the ceremony script several weeks before, and at the rehearsal, he ran the wedding party through the whole thing several times to make sure everyone was comfortable with their roles. He did a great job at the ceremony by being joyful, funny, and competent which helped make the bride and groom more comfortable. I would hire him again and am happy to recommend him. He's an experienced officiant and was just a joy to have at the ceremony. Five stars for sure."
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4.8
from 8 reviews
4.8
(8)
  • 27 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"Charnell is an amazing coordinator! She helped us plan the wedding of our dreams and she went above and beyond to make our day beautiful and run flawlesssly. Her experience, attitude, and professionalism made us feel comfortable and allowed us to enjoy all of the special moments. We highly recommend her!"
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4.5
from 8 reviews
4.5
(8)
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
"We hired Deni to do lip readings for a beach bonfire party and she was a hit with a wide range of guests! Great way to make a party unique."
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5.0
from 6 reviews
5.0
(6)
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
"When I was jumping into my wedding last moment I found Eli here on thumbtack. He was a great and wonderful speaker. Very respectable gentlemen."
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  • 3 years in business
"Best in class proffesional officiant 100% reliable can plan and officiate your wedding call me at 509 551 nine three zero three availble any time"
$275
estimated cost

Q & A

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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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