A wedding officiant needs to be legally registered in California if you want your ceremony to be recognized.  Beyond that requirement, there is a lot of diversity in who can perform your marriage ceremony and how it will play out.

When searching for an officiant to perform your wedding, be open and honest with your wishes.  Tell them your story and look for an officiant that shares your sense of spirituality and weight in the vows you will take.

In the throes of all the details that go into planning your wedding day, remember that the commitment you are making is really what this day is about, so make it yours.

Jo, from Above Talk Weddings, has been officiating ceremonies for almost a decade.  With a background in public speaking, writing, and counseling, we can’t think of a better professional resume for a person that has gone into a career presiding over the love between two people.  Her motto is ‘your wedding – your way’.  This theme truly holds up in the customized vows that she will help you create.  The price includes a pre-wedding meeting at their office in Fresno, and vow examples sent through and confirmed via email.  Help with obtaining your marriage license will also be offered.  Wedding rehearsals or out of town travel can be arranged at an added fee.

Officiant Style: Religious, Non-Religious, Spiritual, Civil

Price: $200+

Location: 4270 North Blackstone Ave Ste 208, Fresno, CA 93726, United States

Phone: (559) 288-6164

Facebook: Above Talk Weddings


Contact : Jo Souza

Erica Rose has an education and career skills perfectly suited to officiating wedding ceremonies; she is a minister and a life coach and has a degree in Psychology.  In the over ten years that she has been in the wedding business, she has officiated well over 200 weddings!  Anticipate getting so much more than just your wedding ceremony on the day.  Erica will cover such topics as meshing your personalities and understanding each other’s needs and as differences that may need to be addressed and brought out into the open for a successful marriage.  Erica Ministerial Services specializes in ‘Symbis’ – Saving your marriage before it starts – offers a premarital assessment and three sessions of premarital counseling, which can be virtual or in person.  Many happy couples are overflowing with gratitude for how sweet, attentive, and professional Erica was on their wedding day.

Officiant Style: Religious, Non-Religious, Civil

Price: $200+

Phone: (559) 273-5328

Facebook: Erica Ministerial Services


Contact : Erica Rose

Many couples would like to bring a spiritual component to their wedding day, even if they are not considered religious.  Rev. Chalice is happy to discuss the possibilities of officiating such a ceremony and will collaborate with you to personalize your vows to fit your wishes.  She is also a spiritual medium and healer and offers spiritual readings.  Attending the wedding rehearsal and premarital counseling are also available at an additional fee.

Officiant Style: Spiritual, Religious, Non-Religious, Civil

Price: $400+

Location: 920 Sycamore Avenue, Vista, California, 92091

Phone: (724) 504-4002

Facebook: Heart Droplets


Contact : Rev. Chalice

We have heard so much adoring praise for Thalia from Marry Me and not only from happy couples but also from other wedding vendors that have seen her in action time and time again.  Comments continue to roll in on the unique presence that Thalia offers and that she never has a dull moment and is even able to throw in a bit of humor to the mix when appropriate.  Expect an utterly customizable ceremony that starts with a questionnaire for the engaged couple before having a meeting in advance to get to know more about the love that you share.  Thalia has impeccable Spanish and can bring her bilingual language skills into the wedding ceremony so that all guests can be involved.  Destination weddings are not a problem, so feel free to contact Marry Me regardless of where you plan to say ‘I Do.’

Officiant Style: Religious, Non-Religious, Civil, LGBTQ

Price: $300+

Location: 3697 West Dayton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722

Phone: (559) 718-0405

Facebook: Marry Me


Contact : Thalia Arenas

Missy has officiated numerous weddings for elated couples in the Fresno area.  This ordained minister is legally qualified to officiate weddings in California and has been doing so for over six years.  A pre-wedding get together will enable you to plan the itinerary of your ceremony and assist with the creation of your vows.  If you are looking for a kind-hearted person to call a dear friend, then look no further.

Officiant Style: Religious

Price: $150+

Phone: (209) 347-6444

Facebook: Missy’s Magical Weddings in Mariposa


Contact : Missy

Reverend Janice Hill is all-inclusive and will happily tailor the wedding ceremony to suit your preferences for tradition, commitment, and style.  Every wedding is tailored to the wishes of the couple, and Rev. Hill believes that every ceremony should be unique, so is happy to help you with your personalized vows.  She believes that your wedding should be entertaining and worry-free and can convey the weighty message of the ceremony in a light-hearted manner.  Her degree in Communication, including public speaking and MA in Communication and Dramatic arts, is perfectly suited to her career choice as the Reverend at the First Congregational Church – United Church of Christ.

Officiant Style: Religious, Non-Religious, Interfaith, LGBTQ

Price: $400+

Location: 220 West Tulare Ave, Tulare, CA

Phone: (559) 686-5528

Facebook: Reverend Janice E. Hill


Contact : Janice

Jennifer Rogers from Love and Life Celebrations is a certified celebrant and an ordained minister.  She aims to make every wedding ceremony unique to the couple and their particular commitment, values, desires, and beliefs, as well to honor your cultural background.  She can guide you in choosing which readings, rituals, and music you might like to include in the service.  If you are excited about getting the ceremony aspect of your wedding day just right, Jennifer likely is the officiant for you.

Officiant Style: Non-Religious, Interfaith, Spiritual

Price: Upon Request

Location: 7075 NW Ave, Fresno, CA

Phone: (559) 760-8701

Facebook: Love and Life Celebrations


Contact : Jennifer Rogers

Darrin from Treasured Moments is located in Visalia, only about 45 minutes outside of Fresno.  He is happy to travel into the city or as far as Sequoia National Park, where the fee would be $500.  The officiating wedding price includes a meeting to discuss your wishes for the ceremony, rehearsal coordination and the ceremony itself.  They will also handle the documents that need to be signed and delivered to the country.

Officiant Style: Religious

Price: $200+

Location: 3210 W. Harvard Visalia, CA, 93277

Phone: (559) 901-1603


Contact : Darrin Cantrell

If you are after a genuine professional wedding officiant, then look no further than Marriage with Meaning.  Paul’s first step is to interview you as a couple so that he can get to you know a bit better and chat about your vision, commitment, and beliefs.  You can then expect on-going communication to ensure a ceremony that is unique to you as a couple.  Paul is happy to assist with writing personal vows, if that is your preference, and can provide appropriate readings by authors, poets and literature.  Once you’ve said ‘I Do’ then Marriage with Meaning will also file your license with the County Clerk to make you officially husband and wife.

Officiant Style: Spiritual

Price: $495+

Location: 1304 Crescent Oaks Way, Paso Robles, CA

Phone: (805) 540-9294


Contact : Paul Howell

Jeanie Weber is a genuine expert wedding officiant with over twenty years presiding over the couple’s vows of commitment.  Her track record speaks for itself, and though she is undoubtedly one of the longest-running officiants, she will still ensure that every ceremony is as unique as the couple getting married.  Expect nothing less than complete professionalism with Forever Yours Weddings and a flexible officiant that understands the last-minute amendments and time changes are sometimes required.  One bride even commented about how Jeanie ensured that she wore an outfit that complimented the bridesmaids!

Officiant Style: Religious, Non-Religious, Interfaith

Price: $250+

Phone: (805) 636-9382


Contact : Jeanie Weber





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Conclusion

Before choosing your wedding officiant, sit down and chat with your future spouse about what your vows mean to you as a couple.  Consider if you both would prefer a religious ceremony or maybe a spiritual service that involves hand-binding or candle lighting.  Above all, look for a wedding officiant that listens to you and wants to hear what makes your love unique and can showcase your personal commitment to your guests.



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