We Officiate!

Do you have an officiant for your wedding ceremony who knows the ins and outs of the industry? Can they speak in front of a large crowd? Do they know how to handle the important paperwork? Will they create a memorable and personalized script that isn’t generic, that tells your love story, and that honors your loved ones?

If you are still on the hunt for the perfect person to marry you and your partner, Hitch Studio is your team! Whether you need to just get your marriage license signed, or need someone to create a one-of-a-kind experience at your ceremony, the ministers at Hitch Studio are here for you! We offer three different officiating packages to suit your needs.

With some courthouses in South Dakota no longer offering marriage services, we saw a need in our community and the surrounding areas.

With three different officiating options to choose from, we can truly be the minister you need on your wedding day. Whether it’s getting your marriage legally documented or making a lasting impact on your crowd, we have the package for you! Read more about our elopement, lite, and lux ceremony packages!



You are looking to come in just get married! There is no need for a large group, long ceremony, or custom script.

For less than $100, an ordained wedding planner will help you legally get married at Hitch Studio and turn in your marriage license to the Brookings County Register of Deeds. This is the quick, hassle-free way to make it official.

Lite Ceremony


You are wanting to seal your love with a small ceremony beside close friends and family at Hitch Studio or another private location.

An ordained wedding planner will create a custom ceremony script, officiate your ceremony, sign your marriage license, and turn it in to the Brookings County Register of Deeds office.

Luxe Ceremony


You’ve planned a gorgeous wedding day full of friends, family, photos, and dancing, and are looking for a trained professional to perform a memorable and personal ceremony at your venue.

An ordained wedding planner will write a custom ceremony script, offer ceremony advice, attend your rehearsal, officiate your ceremony, sign your marriage license, and turn your signed marriage license in to the Brookings County Register of Deeds office.

When you choose Hitch Studio to officiate your wedding, you receive a keepsake book with your vows, a meeting to go over your wedding details, a rehearsal, a personalized ceremony, and the marriage license signature to make your marriage legal. We just need your forever love and two witnesses!

Our ceremonies usually last 15-30 minutes depending on unique elements, songs, and/or unity ceremonies. We encourage our couples to write their own intimate vows but if you choose, our officiants can create meaningful and beautiful vows for you. We will make sure to finish the script before your wedding day so you can make changes if needed. Some couples opt for this to be a surprise so they experience genuine reactions during the ceremony. Totally up to you!

If you are getting married outside of South Dakota, there are a few more rules that apply and some of the fees are different. For example; Minnesota has different prices depending on whether you and your partner take marriage classes. They also require the marriage license be turned into the same Register’s office it was picked up from. If you are planning your wedding out of state, let us help you figure out those details!

We have a large list of budget-friendly ceremony locations. Some optional locations in Brookings include the Hitch Studio conference room (free!), any city parks, city/county building, Art Museum on Campus, SDSU Sylvan Green, library, The White Frame, McCrory Gardens, Brookings Fire Department East Meeting Hall, Dakota Nature Park, Brookings Arts Council Building, and many more. If your ceremony is over 10 miles outside of Brookings, South Dakota, we do charge a small mileage fee.

No need to book Hitch’s full planning or decorating services either. Our wedding planners offer this service a la carte and can help you with your religious or non-religious (civil) ceremony. We also don’t require any marriage classes. We try to make this process as smooth as possible for you! We are available during the week from 10 am – 5 pm for elopements and lite ceremonies. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us about ceremonies outside of our normal hours. We may be able to accommodate you!

Why Hire A Professional?

Our planners have a great deal of ceremony experience and are passionate about helping individuals join together forever.

A great marriage (literally) starts with a great officiant! We know you have family members who are willing to take on this role for you on your wedding day. If that is what you choose to do, we totally support you, and will assist you in any way you need. Read on to find out a few of the benefits of hiring a professional officiant!

  1. Experience. The team at Hitch has experienced, certified wedding planners that have been part of countless ceremonies. We have experience behind the scenes, which is helpful when it comes to leading the ceremony.
  2. Reliable. Our team is very dependable when it comes to your wedding. We are committed to showing up on time, fully prepared, and dressed in our most appropriate wedding attire.
  3. Backup Plan. Since we have multiple ordained planners, it’s easy for us to create a backup plan in case of unforeseen emergencies or illness.
  4. Public Speaking. We are excellent public speakers, and love showcasing all the emotions at a ceremony. We are used to getting a crowd’s attention – whether that be for photos, for rehearsals, for grand entrance line-ups – so you can count on us to bring our best public speaking skills.
  5. Unbiased. We come open-minded, ready to marry you in a religious or non-religious (civil) manner. We also are open when it comes to the pieces you want to include in your ceremony. You have the option of including or eliminating things like unity ceremonies, readings, special songs, stories or anecdotes, personalized vows, and all other aspects of the ceremony.

We are so fortunate for the opportunity to build lasting relationships with couples. You can visit our website to read more testimonials from past couples that have worked with Hitch. We are here to help!

“Where do I begin?! We had Renee officiate our wedding. She assisted us with rehearsal and made sure every part was set to run smoothly. She added the most special personal touches that only a friend could do. My favorite part was the surprise toast to my late father. I felt he was so honored. Our guests raved about our ceremony and it is definitely a day we will never forget thanks to Renee (and Hitch Studio).”

from Kendall, one of our past brides

Contact us at info@hitchstudio.com if you are interested in our officiant services and we will pair you with the best planner suited for your ceremony needs.

We would be delighted to join you on your wedding day!

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