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Your burning questions: answered

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.

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 La Jolla Village wedding officiants
Sheila s.
David was exceptional. We met before the wedding to go over the outline and our vows. He was professional and a great guy all around. I’d definitely recommend his services as an officiant.
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Lael was a wonderful addition to our wedding. We weren't sure whether to have a friend officiate our wedding or a professional and we sure are glad we picked Lael! From the initial meeting to pronouncing us husband and wife Lael was wonderful, professional and helped us create a beautiful ceremony. She took our vows, readings and ring vows and turned them into a wonderful ceremony. I would recommend Lael to anyone looking for an officiant. Thank you so much Lael!! xo Sara and Nic.
Reverend JacksonReverend Jackson
Jason T.
Bill was the wedding officiant for our elopement. I had a great time working with him. He kept the ceremony fun and lighthearted. He was easy to communicate with and flexible when it came to what we wanted. Thank you Bill!
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Silvia Z.
Don Foor was the icing on the cake to our wedding ceremony! Covid completely changed our plans x 100 and only three weeks before our original date, we decided to have a micro-wedding. During the hectic planning, choosing Don as our officiant was the easiest and best decision. After a few phone and email conversations, he was able to beautifully personalize the ceremony with the perfect combination of love and humor.
Don FoorDon Foor
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Jon officiated our wedding this Saturday 3/7/2015. Since we wanted a bit of an unconventional wedding with a Chinese tea ceremony, we wrote a script out of exactly what we wanted in the tea ceremony and also scripted most of the rest of the ceremony. He went off script a bit and even misstated the tea ceremony a bit. However, he was a very engaging personality and we got positive feedback by some of the audience. He also spent about 4 hrs with us during our consultation, performing a bit of pre. Marital counseling and not rushing any of the process. In addition, he traveled very far to officiate our wedding and so stayed to celebrate with us during our reception. He is a tremendous value for a customized ceremony, and we appreciate his patience with us since we were a bit rushed in the rehearsal and script. Overall highly recommended!
Pastor Jon KiblerPastor Jon Kibler
Thumbtack Customer
We had the pleasure of having Lael as our officiant for our January 2015 wedding. She is such a warm and lovely person and truly knows and understands what couples are really looking for! She took the time to get know both of us at our first meeting and created a ceremony that truly encompassed what we are all about. We couldn't have been happier and we received SO MANY compliments and kind words from our friends family on what she had written for us. I highly recommend Lael if you are looking for an officiant in the San Diego area. She is amazing!
Reverend JacksonReverend Jackson
Doris D.
Bill is a kind officiant who brought warmth to our wedding ceremony. I appreciate him meeting with me before the ceremony to get to know my husband and I and our story, so he could add a personal touch to our ceremony. This said, he got many of the details my husband and I requested for our ceremony wrong (which he said he would implement). My husband and I also took the time and effort to craft a ceremony script. We were actually very proud of the work we put in, especially since this was a multicultural wedding and we wanted to incorporate different traditions and the wording for certain parts was very important to us. It seemed like Bill didn't read through it all and improvised parts of it. I understand some improvisation but perhaps I should have been even clearer on some of the details that were very important to us. I will always be appreciative of Bill officiating our wedding as he is a kind and warm natured person.
Affordable Weddings by BillAffordable Weddings by Bill
Kaeli R.
Less than a week before my wedding date I was in need of an officiant, I messaged Whittney and I am SO glad I did. Such an outgoing and bubbly personality. She responded very quickly and helped with what began to be a stressful week, stress free. I definitely recommend hiring her!! Everyone at my ceremony enjoyed her just as much as I did!
Rev I, do OfficiatingRev I, do Officiating
Luz S.
Jodi Peters is such a wonderful person to work with. She is kind and very professional. We had a very small wedding and was helpful catering to our unique situation. She is fun and very pleasant to talk to, I highly recommend her to anyone who needs an officiant. She even helped us get the perfect angles for our photos since it was on the beach and even offered to have her fiancee use his drone to take breath-taking sceneries of La Jolla shores. Not only that, but they captured the beautiful moments of our intimate wedding, those are the most treasured memories of our special day. Thank you again for all you work Ms. Peters.
Sweet and SimpleSweet and Simple
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I wanted to renew our wedding vows not because of "being on the rocks" but because of "everything we have been through". My husband and I have been married for 20yrs. We have a child with autism and in 2012 I had to have a transplant and endured 2 years mostly "in " the hospital with lots of complications. I wanted to tell him and show him how much I Love him. Lael helped me to write the most amazing vow renewals. She handled everything professionally and even endured a walk on the beach to the photographers surprise destination. I would highly recommend Lael to be your Officiate you will not regret it. Good Luck to you on your big day.
Reverend JacksonReverend Jackson
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