(Closed) Finding an officiant

posted 4 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I Yelped it. I found a lovely officiant that was charging half the price of the others and she had glowing reviews. We’re paying her $150 with a $25 travel fee since it is a bit of a drive for her. She’s performing a civil ceremony and will file our marriage license for us, which I think is pretty standard, but I liked that it was written into the contract. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We asked our venue coordinator for suggestions, so that’s how we found ours! He is $200. 

I know someone who is a Justice of the Peace as well, and he said the best way to find one really is to just Google it and then make sure you like them as a person.

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

The owner of our venue recommended a couple of officiants to us. We knew we wanted to have a Christian ceremony and our officiant is a non-denominational retired Pastor. My Fiance doesn’t have a church or Pastor up where we live and I was raised Orthodox Christian, so my religion doesn’t allow the church to marry anyone not Orthodox or Catholic. We met with our officiant and loved him, booked him the same day. 🙂

Oh, and his fee is $400, but he has us work with him to create the ceremony.

Post # 5
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Worker bee

When I first started looking for wedding officiants I did not think that they were so expensive. I thought they would be at maximum $200, because you’ll find a lot of people who will do the ceremony for only $50. But then after looking into it further, most of them will not take part in the rehearsal which is important to me. It took me an entire year to find our wedding officiant, after I gave up on being stingy with money.

A lot of people contacted me on Thumbtack, which is a great website where you can set your budget and they will get ahold of you. I found my photographer this way. I found my officiant from http://www.wedfolio.com, but in the process I had to message about 50 officiants all at once and only 20% of them responded back lol. 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

pinkprincess88:  We also yelped it. I found this company online and booked them when I saw how awesome their reviews were. We only had one Skype session with him before our ceremony – and he didn’t come to the rehearsal because that would’ve been an extra fee for us, and he had performed ceremonies at our venue before – and he was awesome!! He did exactly what we wanted (light and funny, but still romantic and sweet) and we got soo many compliments! We actually had a couple people ask us for his contact info for the future 😀 He was a bit pricey ($450 I think) but he was worth it.

 

ETA: He worked with us to create a ceremony that represented us and our relationship, and also gave us really good advice about our personal vows, marriage license, going “no phones” at the ceremony, etc. It was great and I would hire him all over again if I had to.

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I totally feel your pain on this one! I was in this same situation a few months ago and came here and asked the same thing, lol. This was by far the hardest part of wedding planning for me. My Fiance and I wanted a somewhat traditional ceremony but without the religious wording. We live in the south and finding someone who fit this description was QUITE the challenge! After alotttt of googling I did find someone who fit the bill and gave her a call. She pretty much just gave me a run down of what type of ceremonies she offers and a little bit of information about herself. I asked if our venue was within the area she could travel, told her what we were looking for in a ceremony and tried to get a little bit of background info on her. She was very nice and we ultimately decided to book her. I think we are paying around $250 which I thought was a little steep but seems to be the going rate around here. Judges also perform wedding ceremonies so that’s another option you could look into. I called a few myself but they were all busy on my wedding day. Good luck with the search!

Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper

Just call and ask. The rate varies by region. You meet with them and see if the vibe is a match. I met with a few that sounded like they cared more about their ego than caring about our wedding. Nope. Thanks. We met with a beautiful lady, in which I mean in person and personality, who just loved love and being an officient was a fun way to make money and meet couples in love. She was amazing. Call around and go with your gut. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

As another poster said, Thumbtack. Totally awesome. I put in my info (date, time, length of ceremony, number of guests [12], no need for rehearsal, non-religious ceremony that still respects our religious guests), got contacted by, I think, five officiants, and we chose one of them. Our estimates ranged from $100-200, and the woman we chose was $150. I liked that it was them approaching me, and that they already knew our situation/were available. We’re planning on using it to find a musician, or more accurately, to see if we can afford a musician. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - Ocean front

FutureMrsJohnson_:  OMG this sounds like the Justice of the Peace I hired for my wedding. ….is this Justice JERRY by chance??? :+)

Same rate with a great mix of sentiment and humor my DJ referred him. 

I bet is him? :×)

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

We googled for celebrants in our area and checked out their websites and had a look at wedding blogs to see the kind of couples who have used them. We narrowed it down to a few whose websites we liked (their about me etc) and who looked like they’d married some fun couples. Then we emailed a few, got some pricing and narrowed it down further. Then we met with one celebrant (she came to our house one night for a glass of wine) to see how we gelled and we signed her contract then and there. Her fee is $700 + $75 to travel from here to where we are getting married (these are Australian prices, fyi, America seems much cheaper). 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

We called our local magistrate to have a judge do it. It was quick and easy to set up, we’re not having a rehearsal so it wasn’t a concern. And we’re eloping, so it’s going to be a short ceremony too. It’s $43, which is the state fee I think he said.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

harleybeachbride6:  Nope! His name is Alan Katz, I’m happy to hear of another Justice of the Peace like ours though! He was so awesome

Post # 15
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Busy bee

I found ours on Thumbtack. $125 fee and she is non denominational which is what we wanted. She is a lovely lovely woman. I’ve found my officiant and photographer on there so far. HIGHLY recommend thumbtack!

The highest quote I got was $350 so the quotes you received seem very high to me.. but depending on your location YMMV

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