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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.

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 Beverly Hills wedding officiants
Maria L.
Leslie was great! Very engaged, thoughtful, responsive and responsible. And she has a lovely personality to boot! We thoroughly enjoyed having her as our wedding officiant.
Ceremonies by Rev. LeslieCeremonies by Rev. Leslie
Thumbtack Customer
I am very pleased with the wedding ceremony that Jonathan officiated at my daughter's wedding on Dec 23 at Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. It was a short personal non denominational ceremony that I am sure pleased the bride and groom very well. Jonathan was very professional, while being a warm and gracious person at the same time. The bride is away on her honeymoon, but echoes my review of Jonathan. Jonathan is very highly recommend as an officiant......Chona
Jonathan Derrick Mathe - Ordained Minister/Wedd...Jonathan Derrick Mathe - Ordained Minister/Wedd...
Thumbtack Customer
Doreene is ver professional. She made us feel her our old friends who we can trust. She officiated our wedding at Beverly Hills and it was perfect!
Your Wedding MinisterYour Wedding Minister
Thumbtack Customer
It was an awesome experience. I consider my request for him to be an officiant to our wedding ceremony as a short notice and he responded to my inquiries in a very professional and quick manner. I do recommend him since he will guide you throughout the ceremony. You can tell that he is an experienced officiant. More power to you Reverend Greg. God Bless.
The Seasons of Life CeremoniesThe Seasons of Life Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
We had a bilingual wedding and were seeking an officiant who could speak in both English and Spanish! Pastor Jon did a great job translating between the two languages. We are very grateful to have found an officiant who not only did our ceremony, but also took nearly 3 hrs to go through a pre-counseling session with me and my now husband; and this session is where our vows were derrived. We feel Pastor Jon exceeded the value paid. He's a great guy and a jolly fellow! We wish him the best!
Pastor Jon KiblerPastor Jon Kibler
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen was absolutely outstanding!! Since the first communication with Stephen, we were so impressed by his care and interest in our wedding ceremony. We felt as though he had a very invested interest in us as a couple. He went above and beyond to make sure he knew us in order to create a beautiful ceremony speech. We had much communication with Stephen and he was always extremely prompt by email whenever we had any questions. We were married in Santa Monica - our limos were late for pickup and he was so understanding and waited for us without question and made us less stressed in a very stressful situation. I cannot say enough amazing things about Stephen - we are so ecstatic that he was able to share in our celebration and will forever be a memory of ours and his. If you are having a wedding ceremony around Beverly Hills or Santa Monica - you MUST have Stephen as your officiant!!!!
Stephen MachtStephen Macht
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Leslie was so wonderful to work with!! We first met with her while interviewing officiants about 6 months prior to our wedding, and she made it an easy choice to go with her. One thing she mentioned was that she liked to personalize the ceremony by including a few lines or a personal story about the couple, and coming up with a story was something we really struggled with! It came down to the wire, but she took what we were able to come up with and helped to make our ceremony beautiful, personal, and got a few laughs, too! We got SO MUCH wonderful and positive feedback from our guests about her, which, to me, says more about her work than what I can. She made everyone feel comfortable and brought the perfect blend of seriousness and laughter to our ceremony. It was an absolute pleasure to work her! Thank you, Leslie!!
Ceremonies by Rev. LeslieCeremonies by Rev. Leslie
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