Find a wedding officiant near Brookfield, WI

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Top 10 Wedding Officiants near Brookfield, WI

5.0
from 2 reviews
5.0
(2)
  • 10 years in business
"Anna has helped me get rid of guilt, anxiety, fear, self judgement and a broken heart. I am a survivor of child abuse and spousal abuse. I still remember the things that happened to me, but no longer the defeatist emotions and attitudes that go with it. Through Anna's help, I am a very positive motivated woman. Trust Anna. You are on the right track."

$150

estimated cost

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5.0
from 15 reviews
5.0
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GREAT VALUE
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
"I really admire Pastor Dan's outlook and relaxed demeanour. It relieves a great weight on our shoulders knowing he will be there on our wedding day."

$300

estimated cost

4.4
from 7 reviews
4.4
(7)
  • 17 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
"Shane was a wonderful officiant. He was very professional. He really made it beautiful for us."

$160

estimated cost

5.0
from 1 review
5.0
(1)
  • 4 years in business
"If I could give Liz a 10 star rating, I would! She was absolutely fantastic to work with and always responded to emails within an hour or two. She completely customized our wedding to tell OUR love story. She showed up early to help set up and offered to stay until everything was cleaned up! She always sent emails or hand written cards (how awesome is that?!) to let us know she was looking forward to our big day. We even received multiple compliments from some of our wedding guests as to how professional, kind, helpful and what a total sweetheart she was overall. Highly, highly recommend her! The Fair's 08.26.16"

$300

estimated cost

5.0
from 24 reviews
5.0
(24)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
"Shana was absolutely awesome! She was the officiant in our wedding ceremony and we couldn't be happier with her work. She was always on point, listened to all our requests, answered all our questions and made everything happen.Thank you Shana! "
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5.0
from 19 reviews
5.0
(19)
  • 30 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
"Jewel was wonderful! She was personable and not too stiff or scripted as the officiant at our wedding. She was funny and well-liked by us and our guests. My only comment is that I wish our ceremony had seemed a bit more personalized; we had suggested a theme of promises, which she did mention a few times, but was not as much of a focal point as we would have preferred. It did not, however, take away from the moment or the eloquence with which she spoke. All in all, extremely satisfied!"
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4.9
from 31 reviews
4.9
(31)
IN HIGH DEMAND
  • 4 years in business
  • 53 hires on Thumbtack
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5.0
from 5 reviews
5.0
(5)
  • 2 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Stephen officiated our wedding. Not only was he professional, helpful, timely, but he really cared about providing us the most personal and beautiful service. He took our input, wants, and needs to come up with an amazing service. We had so many compliments about how beautiful the service was. Highly suggest using Stephen and The Journey Ahead. You won't be disappointed!"
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5.0
from 3 reviews
5.0
(3)
  • 11 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
"Jim has been really great to work with. He is very friendly and is making an effort to get to know us before the wedding."
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5.0
from 20 reviews
5.0
(20)
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
"Jason and I couldn't dream of a better officiant for our wedding! Our ceremony was absolutely perfect thanks to the diligence, thoughtfulness, and charming personality of Mr. O'Leary. He was able to keep our ceremony short, but very personalized. The day after our wedding, many family members in attendance commented on what a wonderful job Jim did, and how personal the entire ceremony felt. We would absolutely suggest Jim as an officiant for any couple looking for a deeply meaningful, lasting ceremony. He goes above and beyond expectations to make your day perfect!"
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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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