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Your burning questions: answered

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Oro Valley wedding officiants
Karla R.
There is no words to describe this amazing person, our wedding ceremony was beyond perfect, we were very blessed and fortunate to have her as our officiant, highly recommended.
Wedding By LauraWedding By Laura
Thumbtack Customer
Laura was the officiant for my sister Elizabeth's wedding. I was so impressed by her warmth, service and professionalism. She is truly talented and I very highly recommend her.
Wedding By LauraWedding By Laura
Kevin S.
I was recently married by Cherisse. She was so wonderful. She was able to answer all the questions my wife and I had, was very flexible and she was on overall delight to have officiate my wedding. I would give her an A+++
A Romantic Dream WeddingA Romantic Dream Wedding
Thumbtack Customer
Cherisse Belussi, A Romantic Dream Wedding, did a wonderful job as our wedding service officiant at our wedding in Tucson, March 2015. The officiant that we had intended to use had cancelled on us only 5 days before the wedding, but when we found Cherisse on Thumbtack, she agreed to step right up and rescue us at a reasonable price. Straight away, she sent us some very nice sample wedding service ideas by email—in fact, her examples were exactly what we were looking for. We did not have to look any further. She spent a perfect amount of time helping us work out the details at our rehearsal on Friday evening. She provided us maximum input, yet required very little of our already overcommitted time. The following day at the wedding, she arrived well ahead of time and helped us stay organized and calm as we made last minute preparations. She provided us with a sense of stability and confidence. During the ceremony, she was cheerful and sweet and read the writings with great feeling. It all went very smoothly under her direction. We can’t recommend her enough to others. In retrospect, we are so glad that the original officiant cancelled, as she had none of the marvelous qualities that Cherisse possesses.
A Romantic Dream WeddingA Romantic Dream Wedding
Thumbtack Customer
I could not imagine a better person I could have picked to officiate our wedding. She worked with me when I changed my mind on things I wanted and was always readily available. Laura is incredibly friendly and kind hearted, punctual and easy to talk to. I felt like she was my friend through a stressful wedding planning process, and I would highly recommend her to anyone! Thank you again, Laura!
Wedding By LauraWedding By Laura
Lindsey S.
Laura is amazing! She was there for us from the beginning, figuring out what kind of ceremony we want, helping with our vows, accommodating my terrible indecisiveness, and personalizing everything so it fits us perfectly. She even helped me through a mini panic attack I had at rehearsal the day before the wedding when only one person from the wedding party was able to make it. She worked with all our other vendors flawlessly and our families loved her. I had so many people come tell me what a beautiful ceremony it was and ask where we found such a wonderful officiant. Her presence was calming, loving, and joyful, and my husband and I are so happy we picked her. Thank you Laura, you were an instrumental part in making our day perfect!
Wedding By LauraWedding By Laura
Zachary B.
When we initially met Laura we felt like we were working with a close friend from the start. She listened to our input on what we wanted her to say during our ceremony, while also putting her own unique twist on it. After the wedding was over, we received more compliments about how beautifully Laura performed as our officiant than anything else. She also made sure to back away during our first kiss being married so our photographer and videographer could get the perfect shot of us. Cannot recommend her enough!
Wedding By LauraWedding By Laura
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