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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.

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 Carlsbad wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Jeff to officiate our wedding ON a hot air balloon. He was super helpful, patient, and accommodating throughout the entire process (bids, discussions/preparations, and the ceremony). Generally, just seems like a great guy, and we're so glad that we asked him to officiate our wedding!!!
SoCal Christian Weddings OfficiantSoCal Christian Weddings Officiant
Magdalena G.
David officiated my wedding about two years ago, he really understood how beautiful a wedding and marriage are and was very attentive and accommodating as a result. Just wanted to say thank you again David! 😊
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Drum was absolutely amazing during the entire wedding process and even more amazing during our rehearsal and the wedding. He kept us laughing the whole time to keep us from crying from his beautiful words! He is great with email communication and would always get back to me within hours - if it even took that long. It was an incredible ceremony and I could not have asked for a better officiant. I would highly recommend him for your wedding and plus he is Santa for Christmas - so I don't think there is a better person in the world for your officiant!
Weddings Your WayWeddings Your Way
Eric C.
We hired Chaplain Dawn to be our Wedding Officiant and we very glad we did. From the day we hired her to our Wedding day, Chaplain Dawn did an amazing job explaining the entire process and made us feel extremely comfortable. I highly recommend Chaplain Dawn.
Wedding Chaplain DawnWedding Chaplain Dawn
Dave c.
Amazing experience with out of the box weddings. Very professional and took the time to help us perfect the script and made the process very smooth. I would absolutely recommend out of the box weddings to any friend or family member looking for an officiant that cares about making your day special. Thanks again for the beautiful ceremony.
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Susan L.
We chose David to officiate our wedding because we wanted someone who was Out-Of-The-Box and who would add a fun and a light-hearted tone to our ceremony. We met with him prior to the wedding to go over the ceremony outline. David was very good about adding a Celtic blessing and tailoring the ceremony to our desires. Additionally, David was very personable, friendly, and professional.
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Diana L.
Don did an amazing job officiating our wedding. He made our special day even more special. He was early and communicated often about what we could expect for the ceremony. Even though we had just met it felt like we had known him forever! When I couldn't open the sand ceremony jar, Don jumped in to help. I would highly recommend Don to officiate your ceremony if you want a warm and dependable person! Thank you, Diana and Tim Lefler
Don FoorDon Foor
Jeanetta S.
Dave was absolutely amazing it rained during our original time! Dave was very accommodating to our new schedule! After the rain the heavens open and the sun shined ever so bright on our love! Our day was perfect, at the end of our wedding the biggest rainbow appeared🌈 which is significant to us! Thanks Dave for officially joining our love!
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Eulina D.
I can not find enough words to describe how much it was a pleasure to work with Pastor Chris. My Bride had a last minute change of plans which resulted in me having to find her a officiant with less than 2 weeks from her destination wedding in Carlsbad. I was a little hesitant with my research as the search produced all types of officiants with a wide range of pricing and personalities. I found Pastor Chris and after a 3 way conference call with my bride who lives in Texas she agreed we couldn't find a more better fit for her ceremony. Pastor Chris attended the rehearsal the day before and on the day of the ceremony was punctual and absolutely amazing ! He was very personable and exhibited true professionalism. If you are in need of an officiant Pastor Chris is your man!
Repeat After Me Wedding OfficiatingRepeat After Me Wedding Officiating
Dori R.
Mr. Foor made our wedding ceremony so meaningful! The first time we spoke over the phone I immediately felt comfortable having him officiate the ceremony. He sent us a format for approval and even made a special prayer. We all loved his sense of humor and our family and friends were impressed with him. He simply tied everything together and set the tone of the event. Thank you so much, Pastor Foor!
Don FoorDon Foor
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