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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Tempe wedding officiants
Sarah M.
While our wedding was very small, Mr. Fritz was very responsive in discussions leading up to the wedding. He was friendly but professional, and the ceremony went well. I would definitely recommend him to someone looking into an officiant for their wedding.
Joseph FritzJoseph Fritz
Mingyang C.
Rev. Michael is a great officiant for our small wedding. He accommodated us in many ways (dressing, ceremony process, etc.), and he was nice and polite throughout the ceremony. I would recommend Michael to any couples who are preparing for their wedding.
Rev. MichaelRev. Michael
Thumbtack Customer
Leanne was amazing! We lost our officiant the day before our wedding. Leanne was able to come to our rescue with less than 24 hrs notice. I can't say thank you enough!
LoveLee CeremoniesLoveLee Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you so much to Joe and Helen for making our wedding day perfect! David and I met with Joe initially to get more information about officiating our ceremony- we both got a great feeling about Joe. We ended up using Joe and Helen for both officiant and music (they do both wonderfully!). We couldn't have been happier with their services! By the time our wedding day came, they both felt like good friends that were meant to be there. Thank you both for your professionalism, humor, and kindness!
Weddings to RememberWeddings to Remember
Thumbtack Customer
Pamela is an amazing officiant. She met with us a month before our wedding & our first meeting I knew she was perfect. She was very kind and supportive of our ceremony wishes, and very professional. Everyone at our wedding raved about how sweet & perfect the ceremony was. We definitely highly recommend her.
Rites of CelebrationRites of Celebration
Jirat H.
Terry is an amazing officiant! We have our wedding vows ceremony at Lost Dutchman Park by Apache Junction at 4 pm she arrived 30 mins early so that’s the first impression that I have for her, and Terry was very professional and friendly, she guided us through out our ceremony, the scripts she brought with her are so touching and that makes our day so perfect! I highly recommend if you are looking for a wonderful officiant that will help your big day goes smoothly!
Lake 3 WeddingsLake 3 Weddings
Jeff C.
I interviewed a few and boy did I pick the right Officiant! Pastor Dr. Mike Gilbert is the best by far! He has the patience of an oak tree and never made anyone feel rushed even though we were a mess. He pulled off magic by making a quagmire look like a wedding. He even found a way to squeeze in an unplanned rehearsal. We love this guy. Highly Highly recommended. Thank you Dr. Mike!!!!
Pastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert MinistriesPastor (Dr.) Mike Gilbert Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
We met Keith in July after a detailed meeting and reserved the date and time for his services. But about a month later he cancelled which has really left us scrambling for an officiate in October which is prime wedding month in Phoenix. I asked if he could provide a referral for someone else given that he cancelled and he could not. I understand things come up but I think it should have been a professional courtesy to at least refer us to someone else. He is a nice man but our experience with him was very disappointing.
Minister Keith RogersMinister Keith Rogers
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