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Diva Matters Ministry

Portland, OR 97223
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Reverend Dee Richardson is a wedding officiant and founder of Diva Matters Ministry which serves the Portland, OR metro area. She is a non-denominational, interfaith wedding officiant who is a supporter of marriage equality. Rev. Dee Richardson works in close collaboration with clients on their wedding ceremonies and strives to represent what best reflects their vision and dreams. Diva Matters Ministry has received the Couple’s Choice Award from WeddingWire for three consecutive years. Customers speak highly of her creativity, passion, and flexibility.

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Doug McCleary

Portland, OR 97216
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Doug McCleary is a celebrant, officiant, and musician serving ceremonies in the Portland, OR metro area with over 15 years of experience. He is a Portland native, a funeral and memorial celebrant, wedding officiant, and can provide sound and light services to any small to mid-size venue. Doug is also an ordained minister and licensed to officiate marriage ceremonies in all states. He strives to serve clients with empathy and excellence. Customers speak highly of his passion, understanding, and his ability to capture all the right details. Consultations can be scheduled over the phone or via email.

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EC Matrimony

P.O. Box 1372, Beaverton, OR 97075
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EC Matrimony officiates weddings throughout the Portland , Oregon, metro area. It consults clients on the wedding ceremony, helping them to understand each step of the process and rehearsing with them before the official event. On the day of, its licensed and ordained officiator conducts the ceremony, guiding clients to finalize the marriage symbolically. This business also serves clients desiring elopement, which is typically sudden or secretive. EC Matrimony provides both religious and modern ceremonies.

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5.0 / 5 (24)

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Heartcrafted Ceremonies

Portland, OR 97202
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Susie Cunningham is a trained and certified Life-Cycle Celebrant and founder of Heartcrafted Ceremonies which serves couples in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and destinations beyond the Northwest. Susie is dedicated to providing personal, creative, and non-religious services for weddings and memorial ceremonies. She also specializes in elopements and small weddings, vow renewals, and pet memorial ceremonies. Heartcrafted Ceremonies currently holds a five-star rating on WeddingWire where customers speak highly of her personal touch, accommodating ideas, and professionalism. A complimentary, no obligation consultation is always offered.

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Heather Ann Mack

Hillsboro, OR 97124
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Heather Ann Mack is a licensed wedding officiant for customers in the Portland, OR metro area. She performs non-denominational wedding ceremonies individually designed for each couple. Heather Ann Mack also has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies and specializes in wedding vow renewals, commitment ceremonies, anniversary blessings, and house blessings. Clients speak highly of her passion, open communication, and flexibility. She is available for consultations throughout the week which can be scheduled by phone or email.

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Holly Pruett

Portland, OR 97212
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Holly Pruett is a Life-Cycle Celebrant who specializes in personalizing ceremonies, reflections, and rituals for clients in the Portland, OR metro area. She has worked with weddings, unions, family blending ceremonies, funerals, home funerals, celebrations of life, transition ceremonies, divorce, rites of passage, and community rituals. Customers speak highly of her attention to important details, storytelling abilities, and passion for helping others. Prospective clients can book Holly Pruett over the phone or contact her via email with any further questions.

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Maureen Haley

Portland, OR 97214
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Maureen Haley is a wedding officiant serving the Portland, OR metro area. Maureen is a non-denominational wedding minister who specializes in alternative ceremonies, religious or non-religious ceremonies, formal or casual events, interfaith ceremonies, and both large or small venues. She offers private complimentary consultations and is available seven days a week. Maureen Haley has received the Couple’s Choice Award by WeddingWire for three consecutive years. Office visits are appointment-based only, and a price list is available for review on her website.

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Melissa Coe

Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Melissa Coe is a Portland-based wedding officiant, celebrant, and modern minister serving the state of Oregon. Melissa’s passion is to create inviting, deeply meaningful, and personal wedding ceremonies. She strives to bring a personal touch to every wedding, vow renewal, and anniversary. She has a five-star rating on WeddingWire where past clients speak highly of her openness, sense of humor, and attention to critical details. Melissa Coe was featured as Best of 2016 in Oregon Bride Magazine.

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Reverend Erik L. Arneson

Portland, OR 97242
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Reverend Erik L. Arneson is an ordained minister serving as a wedding officiant in the Portland, OR metro area for almost a decade. He specializes in custom weddings, vow renewals, dedication ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, handfasting, blessings, and much more. Reverend Erik L. Arneson is willing to perform services for many different religions and traditions. He is also a supporter of marriage equality. Past clients speak highly of his enthusiasm, professionalism, sense of humor, and public speaking skills.

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Reverend Jon Turino

Portland, OR 97230
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Reverend Jon Turino is a wedding officiant serving ceremonies in the Portland, OR metro area. He specializes in religious or non-religious ceremonies and can help customize marriage vows. A pre-ceremony meeting is included, and short notice events are welcomed. He is highly reviewed on multiple online platforms where customers speak highly of his patience, passion, and professionalism. Prospective clients can book Reverend Jon Turino online or over the phone.

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Wedded Your Way Officiant Services

Portland, OR 97223
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Wedded Your Way Officiant Services is a team of professional non-denominational wedding officiants serving the Portland, OR metro area for the past 13 years. Experienced officiants specialize in a variety of ceremonies such as large, small, religious, nonreligious, simple, elaborate, creative, interfaith, multi-cultural, and same-sex services. Last-minute and bi-lingual weddings are welcomed. Customers speak highly of their ability to create a personal, intimate, and natural ceremony.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

How do you ask someone to officiate your wedding?

If a couple wants a family member or close friend to officiate their wedding, there are a few creative ways to ask. Many companies that provide credentials for marriage officiants also sell “Will You Marry Us?” gift packages to help couples ask the person they’ve chosen if they'll officiate.

What does the officiant say at a wedding?

The couple must make a declaration of intent, saying they’re legally committing to one another and want to enter a marriage contract. Also, the officiant has to verbally signify the couple is legally wed. Other than that, the officiant has great flexibility in what to say.

How much does a wedding officiant cost?

Wedding officiant fees vary greatly. Some factors in determining cost include location, profession, experience, and relationship to the couple. There’s typically no charge with a personal officiant, although the couple may offer to pay for their certification. Professional officiants cost an average of $400 to $800, while newbies charge about $100 to $250.

How does someone become a wedding officiant?

Start with a visit or a call to your county courthouse. Ask the clerk if your state permits private individuals to become wedding officiants. If so, ask if you can be ordained online. Search for an online service. Pay and complete the form to be ordained. You may need to attend a class.

How long does it take to become a wedding officiant?

Online services to become ordained as a wedding officiant are usually quick and uncomplicated. Most only take about five to 10 minutes to complete the application. However, the hard copies of the necessary credentials may not arrive for about one to two weeks.

What do you need to be a wedding officiant?

Clergy members and civil officers who can perform wedding ceremonies by state law must meet the qualifications for their professions. Private wedding officiants who get ordained solely to perform ceremonies typically don’t need more than a credit card and online access. But, check with your state laws to learn what’s required.

How do I get my wedding officiant license?

It’s not necessary to have a license to become a wedding officiant in every state. However, states that allow private individuals to become officiants usually require that they be ordained. Many jurisdictions let you complete this process online, but be sure to review the applicable state and county statutes before getting ordained.

What should I wear to officiate a wedding?

It’s best to discuss clothing options with the couple you’re marrying. Ask if they have a preference and follow their lead. If they have no input, choose an outfit that’s suitable for the type of ceremony, whether it be formal, casual, trendy, or something else.

How much do wedding officiants make?

Individuals who perform weddings professionally make an average of $400 to $800 per ceremony, plus mileage fees. They may also charge a fee to participate in the wedding rehearsal. Other optional services, like personalized ceremonies and custom embellishments, may incur additional costs. It’s also customary to tip the officiant.

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