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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a wedding officiant during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The safest way to conduct a consultation during COVID-19 is virtually. Ask wedding officiants near you if they can have a phone call or a virtual appointment over video chat. If they can, make sure to ask them any questions you have about upcoming work. Discuss what precautions, if any, they have in place to ensure safety. You might consider asking if they accept digital payments or if they can complete the work remotely, without any in-person contact. 

Do wedding officiants offer remote or virtual services?

Reach out to wedding officiants in your area, and ask them if they can offer a remote or virtual ceremony. Some officiants may be willing to meet in person while maintaining 6 feet of distance, while others may prefer to conduct the entire service over the phone or a video call service such as Skype or Zoom.

Familiarize yourself with the social distancing rules in your community, city and state, and move forward only if both you and the officiant are comfortable with the arrangement. 

Can I use digital payments to pay for a wedding officiant?

Ask your wedding officiant if they accept digital payments. Many professionals are accept payment via Venmo, PayPal, Square Cash, Apple Pay, Zelle and other online platforms. Professionals may be more willing to switch to digital payments during the COVID-19 pandemic, as this is typically considered safer than using cash or credit cards. You can see which digital payment options officiants accept by reviewing their online profiles.

Are there ways to be safe if I hire a wedding officiant when social distancing?

If you decide to hire a wedding officiant when social distancing, ask if the officiant can offer remote services. Some wedding officiants are choosing to conduct services virtually and/or stand more than 6 feet away from the parties. Discuss possible arrangements with your wedding officiant, and familiarize yourself with your local community guidelines, as well as the CDC’s guidelines for social distancing. Only move forward if you and the officiant both feel comfortable.

You may want to implement extra precautions, such as using digital payments instead of exchanging cash, sanitizing all involved spaces and waving instead of shaking hands. 

How can I find out if a wedding officiant is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of essential services varies by location, so you will need to visit your state or city government website to learn what is considered an essential service in your area.

For more information on a national level, read CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Does a wedding officiant need to enter my home?

This depends on the location of your wedding. Unless the ceremony is being held in your home, a wedding officiant will not need to enter your home before the ceremony. Some couples are choosing to stand outside or go to a vacant public place, so the officiant can conduct the ceremony while maintaining 6 feet of distance. Ask your wedding officiant what kinds of arrangements they offer, including virtual or remote services.

How much does it cost to officiate a wedding?

The national average cost to hire a wedding officiant is $150-$200. Wedding officiant rates are affected by the date of the ceremony, the time of day, and how far the officiant has to travel. Some officiants may charge extra for additional ceremonies like unity candles or sand ceremonies, as well as the cost of the supplies. Many wedding officiants have higher rates for larger weddings and lower rates for smaller, more intimate ceremonies. Personalizing the ceremony means a lot to some couples. Wedding officiants may have flat rates for standard ceremony templates, perhaps $100-$125, and charge more for a more customized experience, such as $150-$200. This allows the couple to collaborate with the wedding officiant as they are building a unique ceremony script. At the pre-wedding meeting, the officiant will ask whether the couple plans to write their own vows and how much input they have about the rest of the wording and flow of the ceremony. Additional planning meetings and extra communication can add up to a higher overall cost. If your venue has parking or other fees, you may need to pay on behalf of the officiant. Often wedding officiants can rent sound systems and wireless mics if you have an outdoor wedding location or venue that is not wired. These extras will also increase the overall cost.

What does it mean to officiate a wedding?

To officiate a wedding is to oversee the official union of two people in marriage. A wedding officiant is vested with the power to legitimize your union in the eyes of the court. An officiant also sets the tone for your ceremony, leading the couple through their vows and shaping the experience with the words they choose and the pace they set. An officiant may be based in a religious faith, may be an interfaith officiant, may be a secular officiant, or may be a friend or family member who has received ordination online.

You can have a traditional wedding officiated, or you can also have an officiant oversee a commitment ceremony, a vow renewal or an elopement. Once the wedding is complete, the officiant will ask you to sign the wedding certificate, and will then submit the document to the court on your behalf. This makes your marriage legal. Wedding officiants work with you no matter how simple or elaborate you would like your ceremony to be. The more involved wedding officiants are in the planning and customization of the ceremony, the more they will typically charge.

Who performs a wedding ceremony?

Anyone who is authorized by the court or a credible online source has the power to perform a wedding ceremony. Traditionally, wedding officiants were ordained members of a religious organization or civil officiants authorized by the court to legally marry two people. With the increasing customization and personalization of weddings, many couples are asking a friend or family member to become ordained and act as their wedding officiant. Wedding officiants can represent a wide range of backgrounds including Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, nondenominational, interfaith or nonreligious. There is no legally required structure for a wedding ceremony, so couples can customize the language of the ceremony and their vows in any way they desire (though members of some religions may have specific requirements). To legally validate the marriage, the couple and the wedding officiant must sign a marriage certificate after the ceremony verifying the date and names of those involved. The wedding officiant should then submit the certificate to the court, which will in turn mail an official marriage certificate to the newly married couple.

Reviews for Birmingham wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Allan did a fabulous job as the Wedding Officiant for my Brother's wedding this past Saturday. As the wedding planner I was worried about everything!!!. Allan calmed my nerves along with the bride and groom. My family was very complimentary of Allan's services.
Another Happy CoupleAnother Happy Couple
Anna G.
Amazing experience with Rick. He did a great job throughout the process from when I initially booked him, his response time, his organization, and perfect execution the day-of. Our wedding was magical and having such a professional officiant was a big part of that experience. Highly recommend him to any potential clients.
Bless the Day Wedding OfficiantBless the Day Wedding Officiant
Nick S.
Kersta did a great job with our wedding. She was exactly what we needed in an officiant, especially when something went amiss (*cough* we forgot the rings *cough*). She was prepared at all times, and we received several compliments from friends and family about how friendly she was. Definitely recommend!
Moon Love CeremoniesMoon Love Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
Yikes! With less than 3 weeks to go until our wedding we found ourselves without an officiant. Having gone through our list of knowns, it was time to leap into the unknown. Not for the usual viewing of death-defying acts of insanity or making impulse purchases of really cool useless stuff, but to find a stranger to officiate our wedding, we turned to the internet. Expectations were off the charts. South. And then we found Allan on Thumbtack. And Allan spun the compass. This was our eventual timeline: Day 1 - Connected with Allan on Thumbtack. Day 2 - Set up a meeting at the wedding site for the next day. Day 3 - Met with Allan to discuss needs and expectations (not the old expectations, but ones that were rapidly ascending). We had no doubts that we had found the right person. Day 4 - Allan emailed the 1st draft of a wonderful ceremony. Over the next 12 days, we incorporated our own vows and added a scripture reading by a friend. Day 16 - Emailed the revised draft to Allan. Day 17 - Allan emailed the 2nd draft. We revised and responded. Allan emailed the 3rd and final draft. Same day. Day 21 - Wedding at the Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills, AL. I added the timeline to illustrate how quickly Allan responded to our questions and comments. His replies were always informative and encouraging. From our first meeting we knew that our ceremony was in good hands, and we could concentrate on whether sushi or BBQ made the better reception victual (we chose both). Allan's officiating was confident, friendly, humble, and welcoming, and he drew bride, groom, and guests together into an inspired wedding ceremony. Afterward he mingled as an old friend. Thank you, internet. Thank you, Thumbtack. Thank you, Allan. Especially Allan. You are off the charts. North.
Another Happy CoupleAnother Happy Couple
Jessica H.
My husband and I were getting all of our boxes checked off during wedding planning, but we were having a tough time deciding on who should perform the ceremony. We both knew what type of ceremony we wanted, but kept coming up short with making a decision. While we were initially hesitant to turn to the internet to help us make such an important decision, we were incredibly relieved when we found Allan’s information. From my husband’s initial phone call with him all the way to the end, Allan proved that he was the right man for the job. He sent over his first draft of how the ceremony would go, and we didn’t have to make one single change. He perfectly captured everything we wanted from the ceremony, and even was thoughtful enough to suggest ways to include my husband’s daughter, which is something we wouldn’t have thought of as an option on our own. If anyone asks me for advice when looking for an officiant, I will definitely highly suggest they contact Allan.
Another Happy CoupleAnother Happy Couple
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