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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.

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 Bankers Hill wedding officiants
Casey G.
Rev Drum did a great job officiating our wedding!
Weddings Your WayWeddings Your Way
Kristin K.
Thank you again, Bill for being our wedding officiant! We are so grateful for the service you provided. We highly recommend Bill Martinez as a wedding officiant, as his professionalism, attentiveness and punctuality was much appreciated!
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Belen N.
Danny was extremely professional and made us feel extremely comfortable. He truly made our ceremony very memorable. If you are seeking for a wedding officiant look no further. We highly recommend Danny to be your wedding officiant. He would make your ceremony personal and special.
RainCross CeremoniesRainCross Ceremonies
H A.
We loved having David as our officiant! Everyone loved his sense of humor. Thank you David for making our wedding fun!
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Brigitte J.
Bill was a wonderful and charming wedding officiant! He provides a calming and peaceful vibe to the proceedings. We appreciated his presence very much! Thanks, Bill!
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for everything! You made it easy and very special for us. Wish you many more weddings to officiate, because you were great!
Weddings Your WayWeddings Your Way
Chris D.
Reverend Drummond Macomber was an outstanding officiant on our wedding. I met up with him a few months prior to our ceremony to discuss how we wanted it as he also shared some ideas on how to make our vows better. Reverend Drummond is quick to reply, easy to work with, fair pricing, very friendly and very professional. I would highly recommend him to officiate your wedding ceremony.
Weddings Your WayWeddings Your Way
Chelsie R.
I can't comment on my experience with the wedding officiant yet due to my wedding being at the end of this year in September but from the meet and greet everything was great he was very polite, enjoyable, punctual and truly interested in what we wanted for our ceremony.
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Armando O.
Everything about Bill's wedding officiant services was wonderful. He is very responsive, thorough, and performs well during the ceremony, and all of this for a fantastic price. Highly recommended! Thank you Bill!
Weddings by BillWeddings by Bill
Lisa B.
My husband & I feel incredibly blessed that Dave officiated our wedding! He brought such a sense of individuality as well as spiritualism to our special day! He’s such a pleasure to know and work with.
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Jane Y.
Choosing Pastor David Harts as our wedding officiant is the best decision we’ve ever made during the preparation stage of our simple and intimate wedding. Two weeks before the wedding ceremony, he invited us for a 1 hour over the phone talk- for an introduction and some planning discussion. During this call, I felt the passion of Pastor David and his open heart to be used by God to minister through weddings. We felt his unstoppable desire to serve through the gifts, skills and calling that God gave to him. So even before the wedding, my ex- fiancé (now my husband) and I agreed that we made the best decision to hire him. The night before the wedding and the morning on the day of the wedding, he continuously checked on us- how are we, are we excited, do we need help from him, etc. It greatly showed how passionate and committed he is to his calling. September 1, 2019- the day of the wedding went very quick but we know God’s blessings stayed with us and part of it is because we chose the right wedding officiant. He delivered a wonderful and heartfelt wedding service. Truly, choosing him as our officiant is a divine appointment. This man will offer you not just a wedding service but a lifetime of friendship! We couldn’t thank you enough, Pastor David. May God reward you with so much blessings -good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over. Much love, Mr. and Mrs. Yanit
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Janice B.
To all who are in need of a lovely, personable, caring and prompt officiant I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Kimmy! She was so warm and caring on our first call while on the road traveling to wedding destination one week before our wedding we decided on the spot to choose her! On the day of our wedding she was prompt if not early to Sunset Cliff, Ocean Beach area to meet before the ceremony. Once paperwork was completed, she and the wedding party left to the wedding destination within walking distance. A small snafu required her and the wedding party to stand around and chat while waiting for the perfect spot to open up at Sunset Cliffs. The ceremony she prepared was beautifully put together! ❤️ The chatter with the wedding party after the ceremony was how lovely and wonderful it was to get to know more about her! Her positive and lovely personality won everyone over including me the BRIDE! She will be referred to anyone I know looking for an officiant! Thank you Kimmy for our beautiful wedding ceremony!
$350 Wedding Officiant$350 Wedding Officiant
Claudio g.
Molly Silva did an amazing job at our wedding. She really guided us through everything and made us feel really comfortable. She was there to answer any questions we had in a quick and timely manner. I would definitely recommend her for anyone that is looking for a wedding officiant thank you so much molly😊
Molly Silva Officiant ServicesMolly Silva Officiant Services
Thumbtack Customer
We had a wedding ceremony on the beach in La Jolla, San Diego. Jason Frye was our officiant. He conducted the ceremony very well, with sincerity and a personal touch. We are very pleased with his job and would highly recommend him.
Humanist and Secular CelebrationsHumanist and Secular Celebrations
Krista B.
We couldn't be happier with our choice to have Kimmy officiate our wedding. I wish I could give her more than 5 stars! What we liked about Kimmy is that she is very friendly, organized, and responsive. She has a way with words and she is a GREAT LISTENER. Because of these skills, she was able to deliver a personalized and meaningful ceremony. Not only did she capture/told our story, our family and friends were also really engaged during the entire ceremony. Kimmy was responsive before the wedding and even AFTER. I reached out to her a couple of weeks after the wedding to ask for the title of the poem she read, and she went above and beyond by sending the script from our wedding. I didn't think to ask for this, but now I'm so glad I have it. I highly recommend hiring Kimmy to officiate your wedding!
$350 Wedding Officiant$350 Wedding Officiant
Kristina M.
Dave did an amazing job with officiating our wedding 😊 I was laughing and crying the whole time because he did a great job with leading the whole ceremony. He also was very quick to respond whenever I reached out to him for any questions or changes that I wanted to be made for our ceremony. 10/10 would recommend working with him if you’re looking for an officiant. Thank you so much Dave!
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Bill served as my wedding officiant last month and I was so happy with his services. We spoke on the phone a few months before the wedding and he also came to the rehearsal dinner to ensure everything was customized to our liking. His message was beautiful and our family and friends had lots of compliments and thought he knew us as a couple for years!
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Lizbeth O.
Reverend Poblano did such an amazing job as our wedding officiant. She arrived on time even though I did not , she was available for the many questions that I had, and she performed our ceremony in both English & Spanish so all of our guest could understand. She truly delivered a great service and made our wedding a bit more special!
Blissfully Yours Bilingual WeddingsBlissfully Yours Bilingual Weddings
Duyen T.
We highly recommend Will as a wedding officiant! We got married on 5/7/22 and Will did an excellent job with the ceremony. Will made the ceremony script very personal and humorous. We especially enjoyed working with Will due to his positive attitude, charisma, and professionalism. When preparing for the wedding he had many options of vows to choose from (if you don’t want to write your own) and he was flexible on what you wish to include in the ceremony. It was very easy to plan our ceremony with Will and we’re incredibly lucky to have him as our officiant. Thank you again, Will! We appreciate you!
Will Penick, Wedding OfficiantWill Penick, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Dave to be the officiant at our wedding and it was an awesome experience! He met up with us to discuss our needs, gave us guidance through the process, was very communicative, and did a phenomenal job at the ceremony. I would totally recommend Dave to anyone!
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Susie B.
Julia was an absolute LIFESAVER for our wedding. We were a part of the corona-couple group whose wedding was postponed until the fall. We really had our heart set on the date so decided to elope! I connected with a number of different officiants I could find online, and immediately felt a connection with Julia. Instead of just sending over a pre-made script she took the time to really hear our story, and understand what we were looking for in terms of our marriage. She is a wonderful communicator, and absolutely put me at ease throughout the entire process. She was professional, calm, radiated kindness... everything you want your officiant to encompass. Going above and beyond is an understatement, if you have the ability to work with her and have her be your officiant... you won't regret it. THANK YOU SO MUCH JULIA! You will forever be a cornerstone of our special day!
Your Wedding Belles - Rev. Julia Satterlee, OwnerYour Wedding Belles - Rev. Julia Satterlee, Owner
Thumbtack Customer
When we met Lael we knew within minutes she was the officiant we wanted for our wedding. She was well spoken, well poised, very professional and just a lovely person. Lael projects this vibe that instantly makes you smile & her energy is contagious. The entire process organizing the ceremony was easy as Lael took the lead and emailed us for approval as needed. My wedding was 10.10.15 and Lael wowed my guests with her beautiful chosen words and perfect vocals. Many guests many went out of their way to let us know how fantastic the ceremony was. I highly suggest Lael to any couple looking for an officiant. She is amazing!
Reverend JacksonReverend Jackson
Arriane B.
Kimi was a-ma-zing!!! I couldn’t ask for a better officiant!! She was able to accomodate us with very short notice, she was extremely helpful and responsive, and my husband and I loved how our wedding ceremony turned out!! Thank you Kimi for helping us out to make our wedding day very special! We loved everything about it and we’re very happy and satisfied with your service!
$350 Wedding Officiant$350 Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Lael officiated our wedding and doing so created magical memories. She made suggestions for our ceremony and was very accommodating to include changes we wanted to make. On the day of our wedding she was on top of everything and, with her beautiful speaking voice and an impeccable outfit, graciously performed our ceremony. My husband and I are simply in love with her and thank our lucky star that we had found her!
Reverend JacksonReverend Jackson
Thumbtack Customer
We needed a bilingual officiant Lily is still learning her Spanish. To top it off she couldn't make it for our day to see where the wedding will be due to a emergency. She then ended up canceling on us very last minute feeling she take part in what we needed. Very unprofessional.
Lily BhattacharyaLily Bhattacharya
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