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Best Wedding Officiants in Buffalo

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Buffalo 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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PO Box 1541, Amherst, NY 14226

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Why choose this provider?

Hearts on Fire is a wedding officiant for residents of Buffalo and the Niagara Falls area. Chris Cuccia has been officiating weddings since 2010, handling weddings that range in size from a single witness to large events that require a dress rehearsal. Chris has officiated weddings that are in traditional religious facilities, such as churches, as well as in reception halls and public parks. LGBTQ couples, vow renewals, and second marriages are welcome.

2 Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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5.0 (153)
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5.0 (58)
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4.0 (4)

Why choose this provider?

Niagara Falls Chapel, the oldest chapel in Buffalo, offers wedding officiating services to couples in the area. It offers packages that include the minister and professional photographers. The ministers aim to create unique experiences for each couple. Clients can choose their preferred locations, with the chapel helping with wedding preparations to help take the stress from the couple. Niagara Falls Chapel values inclusivity and caters to couples from the LGBTQ community.

Varysburg, NY 14167

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4.4 (10)

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La Esposita Bonita was founded in the year 2000 in South America and has opened a private, 75-acre estate in Western New York to provide the area's finest event venues and services. The private club is an ideal venue for gala weddings of all kinds and styles and provides multiple indoor and outdoor locations to make each ceremony a beautiful success, including a charming lakeside lawn, a small and picturesque island, and a rustic barn for that down-home look and feel. The company offers world-class wedding planning and services to help handle every detail of the big day, including experienced wedding officiants to conduct the ceremony and professional organizers to manage guests and day-of details. The estate also has a list of preferred vendors that offer everything couples need for an unforgettable experience, such as catering, floral design, hair styling, makeup design, clothing rentals, and professional event photography.

Buffalo, NY 14227

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A Wedding Just For You is a team of dedicated and experienced wedding officiants committed to making the big day an unforgettable event. The company's Reverends have conducted thousands of ceremonies both big and small and strive to accommodate any requests so couples can enjoy the big day in their own unique style. The company has three customizable packages to choose from, including the Standard Package that provides customized support for the rehearsal, planning consultations, and a wedding ceremony guide that gives couples samples of readings, vows, and ring vows for inspiration. The company also provides officiant service for weddings at the Avanti Mansion for an added fee, as well as popular areas locations like Niagara Falls, and never take a –one-size-fits-all approach so couples can rest assured their plans and wishes will be respected. Customers can learn about services and packages on the company's website and use the online contact form to ask questions or schedule a consultation with Reverend Dave.

Buffalo, NY

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5.0 (142)
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5.0 (32)

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Suzy Woo is a healer, medium, coach, and inspirational presenter working with individuals and families in Buffalo. As an ordained minister with the International Metaphysical Ministry and the non-denominational Universal Life Church, she offers wedding officiant services for both religious and non-religious ceremonies. She also provides couples consultation services, helping clients discuss their readiness, commitment, and compatibility. Suzy Woo is a recipient of the Cheryl Davidson Humanitarian Award. Her monthly astrology column is published in Ellicottville Now.

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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.