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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 Huntington Beach wedding officiants
Teri M.
Bill was great. He was always available to answer questions. He did an excellent job officiating our wedding and was funny too!
Weddings by BillWeddings by Bill
Ran W.
our wedding officiant had a pleasant calming presence in effect assuaged our uneasiness with those formal elaborations usually attendant with such ceremony.
GM Notary Now- Wedding OfficiantsGM Notary Now- Wedding Officiants
Morgan D.
We were searching for a wedding officiant and were so lucky to find Brandon on Thumbtack! He was so professional, and really helped us personalize our wedding into a beautiful ceremony. He went above and beyond for us! Thank you so much Brandon, you were excellent!!!
A+ PastorA+ Pastor
Bethanny h.
I found Nadine on Thumbtack two weeks before my wedding after my previous officiant canceled. She was helpful and very organized in her work. I appreciate her so much for helping me out last minute. I definitely recommend having her for your special day!!!
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Mike did a wonderful job officiating our wedding at Huntington Beach. Although we did not meet him before the day of the ceremony, we immediately felt comfortable talking with him when he arrived. Our service was very small and intimate with just the two of us, Pastor Mike and our photographer. He chose a very appropriate scripture, added a little humor that made us feel comfortable, and kept the service short as we had asked. It felt as though he had known us for a very long time and understood exactly what we wanted our wedding to be. We could not have been more pleased, and we finished the ceremony feeling blessed and happy that we met this wonderful man. Thank you, Pastor Mike!
Celebration WeddingsCelebration Weddings
Carly B.
I was not sure about who to hire as our officiant for our wedding 4/29/18. I am non-religious so this was my most difficult decision. My husband and I met with Ira and it was an instant connection. He was upbeat, funny, positive, and made us feel so comfortable right off the bat. He was the first one we met with and we knew he was the right fit for us. He was flexible and made this process smooth. He was PERFECT on our wedding day. He was funny and warm. I received tons of compliments from our guests about what he had to say. He helped make our ceremony beautiful. His kind words touched everyone. I would recommend him it anyone, anytime.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Richard R.
The Reverend Dr. Steven Marsh is the executive pastor of a local Presbyterian church. Neither my fiancee nor I attend this church, but Dr. Marsh works with couples from all types of backgrounds (e.g. Christian, LDS, Jewish, Interfaith marriages, etc.). Dr. Marsh really understands the spiritual meaning of marriage. He was able to communicate that to our wedding guests in a simple, yet insightful way that was sometimes serious and sometimes funny! Many of our guests raved about Dr. Marsh. They loved his message and and his genuine and sincere manner. Dr. Marsh met with my fiancée and me and asked many questions to get to understand us and our story. He wanted to make sure his talk reflected who we are as people and why we love each other. We were scheduled for 30 minutes but he was so engaging and re-assuring we ended up speaking to him for over 1.5 hours - no extra charge. It's obvious from the very reasonable rate he charges, given his amazing credentials, that he is not performing marriages for financial reasons. He really loves performing marriages to minister and bless couples who are starting out their married lives together. If I could sum up his officiating in three words, they would be: experienced, accommodating and heartfelt.
real theologyreal theology
Troy D.
She did a decent job on the ceremony. We were disappointed we never got to say "I do" and had to say "i the wed" instead. We didn't specify this before hand but we assumed when you get married you say "I do". The only reason she is getting 2 stars from us was a total miscommunication and lack of responsibility when it came to the marriage license. When we had a meeting with her (which she was late for) she assured us numerous times that she would take care of the marriage license and mail it in so we wouldn't have to worry about anything except getting married. Unfortunately, she didn't fulfill her end of the bargain on this one, and didn't keep the application to mail in. She gave it to one of the witnesses and didn't give any reason as to why or what we need to do with it. I asked her about it when we got back from our honeymoon (that's when i became aware), and she wasn't very helpful. "i gave it to her. the girl." is what she wrote. I then expressed our dissatisfaction in the fact that she didn't provide a service that she said she would, and she just said she's glad we found the application. I would ask for a partial refund, but since we didn't have this in writing, I don't have much of a case. PUT EVERYTHING IN WRITING AND BE VERY SPECIFIC WHEN MAKING THE DEAL. She is very loose and doesn't use contracts and gives hand-written receipts. I also had to ask numerous times to send us the breakdown of how the ceremony will go. She also didn't attend the rehearsal. She's charismatic and will put on a good show, but will also poke fun at you during the ceremony. My wife has a silly nickname for me, and addressed me as such during her vows. Molly then stopped / interrupted and said "really? that's his nickname? do you know what that means? really? wow!" I wasn't too bothered by it, but a few people did comment that they didn't like how she poked fun at us. Sorry it's such a long-winded review, thanks for reading and i hope this helps you make careful decisions regarding your officiant! Last thing, I wouldn't be writing such a review if I wasn't really bothered by the situation. This is my first time writing a review on this site.
molly Silva.commolly Silva.com
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