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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Phoenix wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Cancelled shortly after accepting to officiate our wedding....I know things come up but I was devastated when he did...luckily we did find someone who officiated our wedding and it was a beautiful ceremony....
Non-denominational PastorNon-denominational Pastor
Jake W.
scott is a grade A dude. will definitely have him officiate my next wedding.
Officiant of the DesertOfficiant of the Desert
Briana W.
My sister had a last minute wedding and Joseph was ready and willing to officiate. Thank you!
Joseph FritzJoseph Fritz
Chicone K.
Very accommodating and responsive as a wedding officiant. Flawless service. Highly recommended. Would definitely do business again.
A Wedding 4 U AZA Wedding 4 U AZ
Julia B.
Terri was very responsive and calming through the planning and ceremony of my sisters’s Destination Wedding here in Phoenix. I would definitely recommend Lake 3 Weddings to officiate any upcoming ceremony!
Lake 3 WeddingsLake 3 Weddings
Kristi R.
Very pleased to have Scott officiate my wedding. My fiancé and I are excited and Scott was quick to reply with our request.
Officiant of the DesertOfficiant of the Desert
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Mary Riley was wonderful to work with during our wedding. She went above and beyond what is expected of a wedding officiant to make sure our big day was everything we wanted it to be.
Weddings From The HeartWeddings From The Heart
Adrienne O.
We appreciate the Pastor in officiating our wedding. Our guests also found him funny and kind. Thank you so much!
Pastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert MinistriesPastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert Ministries
Erin J.
Barbara at JAMC Event Management officiated our June 2019 wedding and did a wonderful job. She met with us several weeks before to get to know us and talk about our ideas for the ceremony. She sent us suggestions for the ceremony vows and was receptive to our changes. Barbara was wonderful and we are so happy that she officiated our wedding.
JAMC Event ManagementJAMC Event Management
Lori F.
Helen was a sweetheart. She arrived early to our daughter’s outdoor wedding, officiated her wedding with laughter and lightheartedness. She took care of the marriage license details too. She was very helpful and easy to work with.
Weddings to RememberWeddings to Remember
Joshua T.
Our wedding officiant Charlie was super nice and friendly. He was right on time and was extremely patient with us as we worked our way through streaming our wedding due to covid. We were under the impression that the officiant was a woman (not that it makes any difference) but was just confused that morning when we got the confirmation text stating "He" will be there soon. Other than that though, we are both extremely satisfied with service & would highly recommend Charlie & Lake Harris Weddings!
Lake 3 WeddingsLake 3 Weddings
Grace y.
Nice lady ! Awesome experience ! Leeann is a great wedding officiant. She’s on time and communicative. We had a small ceremony but she made it memorable! Recommended!
LoveLee CeremoniesLoveLee Ceremonies
Liana C.
Shannon was the officiant at our wedding ceremony and we were very happy to have her as part of our special evening. She was professional, warm, and great at communication.
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Jose M.
Minister Keith is amazing!!! We couldn't ask for a better wedding officiant. He met with us and got to know us and put some personalized touches in the ceremony. He was early to the wedding and rehearsed everything before hand. He was such a blessing to our wedding and would highly recommend him.
Minister Keith RogersMinister Keith Rogers
Amber T.
We had a great experience with Ron. He is very organized. He personally meets with you, sends you a layout of the ceremony, is at the rehearsal and was even early to the wedding. I felt so comfortable having him officiate our wedding. Highly recommended.
Personalized Wedding CeremoniesPersonalized Wedding Ceremonies
Micah C.
I would also like to state that Pastor Mike was punctual. He did an awesome job and by far we were glad we chose him to officiate our wedding.
Pastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert MinistriesPastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert Ministries
James z.
I hired when the 'company' name was Terri Lake and I was under the impression I was hiring Terri. The profile picture is of Terri and the Thumbtack pictures posted have Terri as the officiant. On the day of the wedding rehearsal, 2 hours before rehearsal began Terri messaged that Kristin will meet us. Kristin is not listed or shown in their profile; I specifically chose this company based on the profile provided. Terri sent Kristin as the officiant. It's disappointing to research and hire someone for such a personal matter and they send someone else in their place. Not only did Terri send someone else to officiate but at the wedding the officiant didn't have our witnesses sign the marriage license in front of her, she left both copies of the marriage license for us to sign later and take care of and mail in ourselves.
Lake 3 WeddingsLake 3 Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Having Keith officiate our wedding was so great. He made our ceremony so much more memorable and made us feel at ease. He was very Accommodating and thorough and professional.
Minister Keith RogersMinister Keith Rogers
Jacob A.
Terri was an amazing hire as the marriage officiant at the wedding ceremony for myself and my bride! She was helpful and patient with us as we selected our script, was promptly on time at the location, and was even understanding as things were slightly delayed before starting the show. If you’re getting married in the Phoenix area and need someone great to officiate, look no further than Terri!!
Lake 3 WeddingsLake 3 Weddings
Jessica b.
Leigh was a God-send. Typical 2020 wedding, we made our way to Leigh after a couple of failed attempts with other officiants and I am convinced she was meant to be at our wedding all along - I couldn’t have imagined a more beautiful, personal, professional experience. I can’t thank you enough, Leigh!
LoveLee CeremoniesLoveLee Ceremonies
Lynn S.
1 Timothy 5:17 of Gods word states that elders who direct the affairs of the church well should be worthy of a double honor. Pastor Kyle is such a man who faithfully proclaims and administers the Holy Scripture as required of a faithful bond servant to the Lord Jesus Christ. We are so pleased to have been able to meet and have Pastor Kyle officiate our wedding. We would not hesitate to recommend Pastor Kyle to anyone who would be in search of a Christ follower to officiate their own wedding ceremony. Officiating a marriage covenant before a Holy God is a serious matter, and should be conducted with faithfulness and reverence that such an occasion demands. Pastor Kyle takes his calling seriously. Thank You and God Bless You pastor Kyle!
Kyle M. Glenn / The Hiking PastorKyle M. Glenn / The Hiking Pastor
Aaron G.
Marnie made everything simple, easy and to the point. We had two wedding officiants fall out on us and 5 days before our wedding, Marnie put me and my wife at ease knowing she had everything under control. The day of the wedding went smoothly, she’s confident in controlling any situation and will definitely handle business. Highly recommend for any wedding whether planned out in advance or last minute, Marnie will let you know you’re in good hands.
AZ Ceremonies Your Way - wedding officiantAZ Ceremonies Your Way - wedding officiant
Matt G.
Scott exceeded our expectations of what we hoped for from an officiant. Not only did he give us peace of mind when we sent him our rough draft of our script, but he gave us a more beautiful ceremony than we could have ever asked for and we will be forever grateful. Without hesitation, we would highly recommend him to anyone we know who is looking for an officiant for their wedding!
Officiant of the DesertOfficiant of the Desert
Bunmi M.
Minister Keith provided us with a great service. He is personable, he officiated our wedding beautifully, great stage presence, sense of humor and overall service from start to finish. We had compliments of him through the night. Thank you for being a part of our wedding, and making our special moment so memorable. I would definitely recommend him to others.
Minister Keith RogersMinister Keith Rogers
Jaime P.
Scott made our wedding beyond perfect. He repsonded to every request, was on time, and had everyone so impressed by his services. We could not have been happier with Scott. If you want an officiant, Scott is the best man for the job. Thank you Scott.
Officiant of the DesertOfficiant of the Desert
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