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Best Wedding Officiants in Oakland, CA

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Castro Valley, CA 94546 Rating

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5.0 (55)

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I Do x Two brings years of experience in wedding officiating to the local community.The nondenominational minister strives to create a personalized ceremony that reflects each client's love story and that will be remembered forever and has married couples from a variety of religious backgrounds. Brides and grooms can request special traditions or rituals such as Celtic handfasting or breaking the glass and can also ask about full wedding coordination and photobooth/kiosk services. The officiant has a background in planning and managing corporate events around the world, today coordinates weddings, birthdays, and anniversary parties, and has completed a Wedding Planner Certification course as well. I Do x Two has won Best of 2016 from Thumbtack and a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2015.

Oakland, CA 94605 Rating

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5.0 (73)

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Ceremonies and Celebrations is an Oakland business that offers a variety of services. The business’ services include weddings, elopements, same-sex weddings, vow renewals, funerals, memorials, house blessings, and baby welcomings. Ceremonies and Celebrations also provides photography for weddings of two to 20 people which are one to two hours long. Irene Kane is a Certified Life Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. She has a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University. Irene is a former Deputy Marriage Commissioner. Ceremonies and Celebrations won the WeddingWire Bride’s Choice Awards in 2010 and 2011. She has more than 20 years of experience. Clients remark on their professionalism, responsiveness, compassion, organizational skills, warmth, helpfulness, and prices.

Albany, CA 94706 Rating

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5.0 (15)

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Rabbi Bridget Wynne Jewish and Interfaith Weddings is a wedding officiant located in Albany California, where it provides service to its neighboring communities. Bridget Wynne has been a rabbi for 20 years, and she offers her expertise, guidance, and support to couples who want to celebrate their weddings through a Jewish ceremony. Rabbi Wynne wants to enhance wedding celebrations that draw on the wisdom and beauty of the Jewish Tradition. Couples who are inclined to signify their uniqueness by adding depth and meaning to their wedding ceremonies can call the agency for expert and warm services. This wedding officiant welcomes heterosexuals and same-sex couples to ask for her guidance and facilitation in officiating their weddings. Jewish or people from another cultural or religious background can experience a joyful and memorable wedding ceremony performed by the agency's caring and open hearted officiants.

Pinole, CA 94564 Rating

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5.0 (140)

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Reverend Timothy Mills has been bringing couples together as a wedding officiant for more than 30 years and has performed over 2,400 weddings in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. He has a rich, powerful voice, a great sense of humor, and a sense for the sacred, and features a professional demeanor and is emotionally present at every ceremony. Reverend Tim works to create the perfect ceremony, one that has an atmosphere of awed attentiveness/. His goal is to creatively combine dignity and personality, with hushed attentiveness punctuated by laughter and tears. Whether the couple knows what they want or they’re looking for guidance on how to plan the ceremony, Reverend Tim will use the pair’s personality and event type and make it work to perfection.

Berkeley, CA 94706 Rating

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Headed by Rabbi Miriam Senturia, the Singing Rabbi, Jewish and Interfaith Weddings is a professional wedding officiation service located in Richmond, California that serves clients in the Greater San Francisco Bay area. A believer in inclusive spirituality, Rabbi Miriam serves Jewish, interfaith, and same-sex couples, and crafts creative Jewish wedding ceremonies that honor each client's faith, culture, and sexual orientation. Rabbi Miriam is a specialist in connecting Jewish traditions with each couple's personal spirituality. Previous clients praise Jewish and Interfaith Weddings for the singing of Rabbi Miriam, the crafting of a beautiful ceremony, and the ability of Rabbi Miriam to make each ceremony personal to the client. They also emphasize Rabbi Miriam's warmth, caring, openness, understanding, attention to detail, and sense of humor, as well as her commitment to taking the time to get to know each couple and work with them to craft a joyful and memorable ceremony.

Compare our Top Wedding Officiants

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
I Do x Two
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Ceremonies and Celebrations
Oakland, CA 94605
Rabbi Bridget Wynne Jewish and Interfaith Weddings
Albany, CA 94706
Reverend Timothy Mills
Pinole, CA 94564
Jewish and Interfaith Weddings
Berkeley, CA 94706


  • Introduction

    Planning a wedding is a lot of work. You have numerous tasks and responsibilities. Even if you opt to hire a wedding planner, your input is required for everything. One of the decisions you need to make is who will marry you. Choosing your wedding officiant can be a challenging undertaking.

    If you have a religious background and are a regular member of a church, synagogue or other house of worship, the choice is probably easy. But if not, you may want something less traditional. You can choose a professional or ask a close friend or family member if they would be willing to officiate the ceremony. These FAQs can help you make a decision about your wedding officiant.
  • What is a wedding officiant?

    A wedding officiant, also called marriage officiant, is an individual with the legal authority to perform wedding ceremonies. Local judges and clergy members commonly act as wedding officiants. But, nearly anyone can obtain the necessary certification to become an officiant, although requirements vary from state to state.

  • What does a wedding officiant do?

    The main role of a wedding officiant is to lead and perform the marriage ceremony. They must follow state law to ensure the union becomes official. Wedding officiants draft what they’ll say at the ceremony, often with input from the engaged couple. Some of their associated duties are signing and filing the marriage license.

  • Can you officiate your own wedding?

    Officiating your own wedding is referred to as self-solemnizing. This practice is only legal in a few states, including Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Kansas, Maine, Illinois, California, and Washington, D.C. The rules governing self-solemnizing in these jurisdictions differ. All states legally recognize self-uniting marriages that are properly performed in a state where they're permitted.

  • What do you call a person who officiates a wedding?

    A marriage officiant’s title depends on who they are and what they do. For example, clergy members are called reverend, father, minister, rabbi, pastor. Common titles of civil marriage officiants are judge, your honor, magistrate, or mayor. Friends and family members who get temporary officiant status usually have no title.

  • Who can officiate a wedding?

    The individuals who are allowed to officiate a wedding depends on the laws of the state where the ceremony is performed. Typically, most clergy members and certain civil officers can perform marriage ceremonies. Many states also permit other individuals to obtain temporary officiant authorization or to become ordained to perform a marriage.

  • Can a notary officiate a wedding?

    Public notaries may perform marriage ceremonies in only a few states. They include Florida, Maine, South Carolina, Montana, and Nevada. Of course, a notary may officiate a wedding in other states if the state they’re in allows individuals to become wedding officiants, and the notary follows those guidelines.