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Melanie P.

All You Need is Love

Alissa is an absolutely amazing officiant! She officiated at my sister's wedding a couple years ago, and when I got engaged, seeing if Alissa was open for our date was the first thing we did! She personalizes the ceremony so well, we had so many of our friends asking if she was one of our cousins, because she knew us like family :) . Alissa calmed all our wedding nerves and made the day run so smoothly, it would not have been the same without her!

Nov 18, 2018

Dawn D.

Jerod Walker - Pastoral Services

Jerod officiated our wedding on May 5th in Milwaukee and he was amazing. We live in Chicago and he made everything as convenient as possible for us throughout the planning process. He made sure we were comfortable throughout the whole preparation for the ceremony and personalized the ceremony which made it even more special for us.

May 17, 2018

Amber W.

Susan Lee Wedding Officiant/Christian Minister

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Oct 18, 2016

Jill P.

Most Rev. William A. Johnson, D.D.

Bishop Bill was a perfect officiant for our wedding. He was thoughtful and helpful and made our day everything we hoped for and more. We would certainly recommend him as an officiant for your special day!

Sep 14, 2016

Jessica L.

Anthony L. Smith Ministries

My now husband and I are not affiliated with any one church or organized religion, but believe strongly in God and the sanctity of marriage. We were referred to Mr. Smith by friends who also had him officiate their wedding. Prior to our August 2012 wedding, Mr. Smith came to our home in Oconomowoc for several counseling sessions that we will never forget. What we learned in these sessions not only better prepared us for marriage, but Mr. Smith provided us keys to build and reflect upon throughout our lives together. Mr. Smith attended our rehearsal. He also customized his wedding speech to our preferences, while incorporating his strong Christian values and message about God and the institution of marriage. And because he took the time to get to know us both during our counseling sessions, he gave an exceptional talk at our wedding and also added a couple of appropriate mentions about us as personally. He also agreed to say a prayer at our reception. And before he did, he gave a short, but humorous speech which our guests really enjoyed. He cared deeply about my husband and I and even contacted us every year thereafter on our anniversary to see how we are doing. My husband and I still think back and feel so privileged that Mr. Smith came into our lives and officiated our wedding.

Aug 8, 2014

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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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