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A wedding officiant may have the most important job of all - to ensure that you and your spouse actually get married! Whether you’re having a religious or secular ceremony, it’s important to find a professional wedding officiant. We recommend booking your wedding officiant at least eight months before your big day.
Rabbi David Degani and Cantor Lee Degani have been creating genuine and meaningful Jewish, Interfaith and Spiritual wedding ceremonies for over 25 years throughout the U.S. South America and the Caribbean. With Rabbi David's humor and Cantor Lee's beautiful singing, they make every wedding very... (Wedding Officiants)
Rev. Jill Dillner has been part of the wedding industry since 2003 and specializes authentic and personal wedding ceremonies. Rev Dillner also offers baptism services and memorial services. Your officiant should be fun, flexible and supportive. Rev Dillner will work with you to create an... (Wedding Officiants)
Ceremonies by Bethel is a professional wedding officiant based in Bonsall, California, working with couples throughout Temecula, Palm Springs, and the entire San Diego region, including La Jolla, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. Since 2009, Bethel has specialized in creating customized and... (Wedding Officiants)
D. Crabtree-Johnson is a wedding officant based in Northern California. She is an ordained minister and licensed officiant who creates and presides over wedding ceremonies throughout the northern region of California, from Sacramento to Redding, including, but not limited to: Chico, Magalia,... (Wedding Officiants)
Koza Consulting Services is a wedding officiant located in La Grande, Oregon. The owner, Zee Koza, is a Wedding Officiant with over three decades of experience in working with wedding couples of many faiths and beliefs. Whether a couple has a religious affiliation or not, this Wedding Officiant can... (Wedding Officiants)
Fr. Stephen Ryan Wedding Officiant Fr. Stephen is an Ordained Catholic priest and wedding officiant in Amsterdam, New York. He assists people of all faiths as they prepare to celebrate their special day. Fr. Stephen is a graduate of St. Joseph's Seminary, Yonkers, New York. He has been a priest for... (Wedding Officiants)
Father Jerry Bellamy is a retired Catholic priest who has been officiating wedding ceremonies in and around Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco California since 1971. He is now married with a wonderful wife and two children. He respects each couple’s relationship by... (Wedding Officiants)
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! My name is Bryce Stanton and I am the premier officiator in the Adirondack Region. I truly believe the most special part of every wedding and the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the love between two individuals as they embark on the next step... (Wedding Officiants)
Located in Brick, New Jersey, For This Joyous Occasion Officiating Services provides officiating services for weddings of all sizes. Owner Andrea is licensed in both New Jersey and New York, and is open to officiating for both interfaith and non-denominational wedding services, as well as couples of... (Wedding Officiants)
Located in New Hartford, New York, Marry Me is ready to take on all your officiating and wedding planning needs. Let them take the stress out of your wedding management by mediating between vendors and all your day-of coordinating needs. Services Offered Marry Me wants to make your wedding planning... (Wedding Officiants)
Rev. Heidi creates romantic, fun, stress-free and unique, love story elopements, intimate ceremonies and big weddings. Her couples and their guests love that the ceremonies are never long and boring! She does weddings and elopements in all of Southern California, the Central Coast and destination... (Wedding Officiants)
As a Humanist Chaplain and Celebrant, Filtod Walker is happy to provide a non-religious or secular option for life's larger milestones. Weddings, vow renewals, funerals and memorial services, births, and renaming ceremonies can all be officiated. Travel more than 50 miles is possible with an added... (Wedding Officiants)
For your wedding you want someone who can capture and articulate the uniqueness of your relationship. You want an accepting and inclusive person to make you special day run as you hope. I am here to offer nonreligious ceremony services to all folks across Wyoming and the Eastern Montana, South... (Wedding Officiants)
First and foremost, congratulations on your big day! Marriage is the beautiful joining of two lives into one and anyone should feel humbled at the opportunity to be a part of this important institution. Pastor David Schutte is a licensed Wesleyan Pastor in West Seneca, New York who has a passion for... (Wedding Officiants)
Unique Wedding Destination Maximum 20 guests Situated on the sandy shores of Bani, Dominican Republic, El Oasis DR is a scenic Caribbean boutique venue ideal for wedding groups of up to 30 guests. The soon-to-be-weds can take full advantage of this peaceful location and enjoy a relaxing romantic... (Wedding Officiants)
Jennifer Elen Bríd is a wedding officiant based in Houghton, Michigan. Together with her team, Jennifer specializes in crafting alternative marriage ceremonies for couples from all walks of life. Licensed in both Michigan and Wisconsin, Jennifer will do her utmost to make any ceremony in these... (Wedding Officiants)
Michael, a St. Thomas Wedding Officiant is a wedding officiant based in St Thomas, Virgin Islands, that provides his services for ceremonies on St Thomas and St. John islands. Formerly a trial attorney, ordained non-denominational minister Island Mike has been living his dream and officiating... (Wedding Officiants)
Pursu Happiness is a wedding-officiant business in Santa Cruz, California, specializing in certified Reiki mastery and holistic ceremony creation. Founded in 2005 by Josefa Dillon, the company strives to connect with couples on a soul level, resulting in a truly unique and heartfelt experience. As a... (Wedding Officiants)
Officially Hitched provides wedding officiating services throughout the Bay Area and Northern California. A collective of 6 officiants, we deliver ceremonies that fit couples perfectly. Work alongside couples as guides and co-creators, giving you some control over the ceremony so that it... (Wedding Officiants)
We officiate wedding ceremonies all around Italy creating unique and personalized ceremony scripts for each and every couple. It’s important for you to meet us before committing, so we set up an online video call to talk about your plans for the ceremony and to answer all your questions. Once we're... (Wedding Officiants)
While searching for the right wedding officiant may not be the most glamorous aspect of the wedding planning process, it's crucial to the ceremony. After all, there's no getting married without an officiant! In that sense, wedding officiants have the most important job of all of your wedding vendors. Unfortunately, finding the best person to perform the ceremony can be difficult – especially if you're getting married in an unfamiliar area where you may not have a strong connection with a religious leader or judge. If you're not sure how to look for someone to marry you, don't worry. We have all the resources you’ll need to find the right officiant for your special day.
Start researching the marriage laws in the place you’re getting married in. Find out if the state (or country) has any restrictions on who can or can't marry you. (Check out our marriage laws by state information.) From there, your officiant search can begin. You might look into wedding ministers or wedding pastors as options; non-religious couples can check out tips for choosing a non-religious wedding officiant. Be sure to ask around for references. You can even chat with other couples in our online wedding forums.
Make sure you meet any potential marriage officiant in person before booking. You and your partner should feel comfortable around them, and they should get a sense of the two of you as a couple. It's not uncommon for a wedding officiant to request several counseling sessions to get to know the couple better.
During this face-to-face time, we suggest asking any and all questions you have concerning the marriage officiant’s part in your wedding. Some suggestions:
You can even ask if they have any video from weddings they have officiated before. This is also a good time to ask about their history and experience.
Wedding officiants aren't just there to preside over the ceremony. They’ll also advise you on how and when to apply for your marriage license, suggest readings for the ceremony and answer any questions you might have about the process. Whether you're looking for someone to talk at length about the commitment you are making, or for someone who will keep their speeches short and sweet, witnessing your marriage commitment is the whole reason everyone has come together. While planning the reception holds a great deal of excitement, finding the right wedding officiant will make the most important part of the wedding – your ceremony – all the more special. Just don't forget to have your officiant sign your marriage license at the end of the day!
If you’re wondering, “How do I find a wedding officiant near me?”, WeddingWire can help. Simply select “wedding officiant” from the vendor section, enter your location information and read reviews from real couples who have used the officiant before. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials!