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Best Wedding Officiants in San Jose, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Jose Wedding Officiants on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Gilroy, CA 95020

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5.0 (49)
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5.0 (2)

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Steve Beck is a Gilroy wedding officiant service backed by over 10 years of experience. The officiant has handled over 400 ceremonies and provides customized services for both large and small weddings with personalized touches such as sand, wine, and other ceremonial traditions that the bride and groom wish to incorporate into their special day. The officiant is an ordained minister and non-denominational and has a reputation for being relaxed, outgoing, and easy to work with. Couples can find a list venues online where Mr. Beck is a preferred officiant, and the group has cultivated relationships with these locales to enable a smooth and well-coordinated wedding every time. Steve Beck has been featured in Gathering Guide and Today's Bride.

San Jose, CA 95124

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Jaimee Leigh Events is a San Jose wedding officiant service. The third-generation wedding planner first gets to know a couple via a personal consultation and then starts planning the ceremony details such as union candle, sand ceremony, or other requests. The owner is a non-denominational minister and provides officiant services for modern weddings incorporating interfaith and other elements to help reflect the values and traditions of both the bride and groom. Full event planning is also available for a personalized and custom wedding day including floral designs, and couples receive unlimited communication by phone and email. The marriage license will be filed for clients as well, and the group received Best of Thumbtack 2015, won a WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award in 2015 and 2016, and is a Featured Premium Vendor on Borrowed & Blue.

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

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5.0 (15)

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Weddings By the Sea brings 35 years of experience in officiating weddings to Half Moon Bay. The officiant has handled over 2,000 weddings, is an authorized Wedding Officiant & Humanist Wedding Celebrant, and also leads a men's group and provides marriage counseling. Couples can custom create their perfect romantic wedding getaway via the Destination Wedding Ceremony Package, including up to 78 guests, photography, bouquet, boutonniere, and officiant and will find full details on the company's website along with information on the required marriage license and vow suggestions. Videos of the locations as well as other resources can also be viewed online, and the officiant has been endorsed by The Humanist Society.

Palo Alto, CA 94306

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Bay Area Ceremonies offers wedding officiant services in the Palo Alto area. Brides and grooms hire the authorized officiant and ordained lay chaplain for ceremonies that engage and move the wedding party as well as guests, and the officiant collaborates closely with couples to make sure the ceremony is a unique experience tailored to their vision and needs. Potential clients can check the website for details on numerous possible ceremonies such as interfaith, civil, spiritual, unity candles, and those involving children, and elopements, short-notice weddings, and LGBT ceremonies are also available. Videos from previous weddings can also be seen online along with 125 reviews from past couples.

409 Tennant Sta # 305, Morgan Hill, CA 95037

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5.0 (45)

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Since 2014, The Sacred Adventure has provided officiant services for weddings held in San Jose and the surrounding areas. Rev. Kimberly Cope is an ordained multi-faith minister who offers nondenominational, spiritual, religious, and nonreligious ceremonies. She caters to small, informal gatherings or large celebrations, and each ceremony is customized to reflect a couple's beliefs, traditions, and personalities. Rev. Cope also offers premarital and relationship counseling and has officiated at other events, including memorials and baby blessings.

San Jose, CA 95123

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Giurare has been a San Jose wedding officiant company for almost 10 years. The group is known for its handcrafted ceremonies and follows the slogan of "Making Your Wedding Day Exquisite!" Services include the Esempio package with a template of ceremonies, which couples can alter per their exact needs, the Particolore package, which is a fully customized ceremony including three meetings and rehearsal, and the Compreso package, which is an all-inclusive option complete with consulting and referrals for all wedding day needs. The minister/poet was ordained through the Univeral Life Church and emphasizes the need to perfectly express a couple's love on their big day.

El Granada, CA 94018

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5.0 (11)

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California Wedding Joy officiates at weddings in El Granada. The officiant is known for his respect to all faiths and traditions, calm and joyful presence, customized ceremonies, and reasonable fees and is an ordained Interfaith minister by the All Faiths Seminary International. Couples can write their own ceremony with guidance from the minister or ask him to design the service with input from them. Rev. Raymond Teague served as associate editor of books at Unity headquarters, became a chaplain at St. Mary’s Bay Area Clinical Pastoral Education program, and also offers premarital counseling. Rev. Teague officiates at memorials and other life rituals as well, and counsels, writes, meditates, and practices yoga.

Compare our Top Wedding Officiants

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
Steve Beck
Jaimee Leigh Events
Weddings By the Sea
Bay Area Ceremonies
The Sacred Adventure
409 Tennant Sta # 305, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
Giurare
California Wedding Joy

FAQs

  • 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.