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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 Laguna wedding officiants
Jacqueline G.
Molly did an amazing job, her contribution to our wedding was everything I envisioned. She officiated our ceremony in Spanish! Our wedding took place in Laguna Beach, at the beach She will definitely work with any location you have in mind! Thank You so much Molly
molly Silva.commolly Silva.com
Wendy Y.
Jodi has been very professional and took the time to listen to exactly what my fiancé and I are wanting for our small intimate wedding vows. I’m excited and looking forward to having her officiate for us!
Sweet and SimpleSweet and Simple
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Ira Lake helped to make our wedding ceremony very special. He has this kind genuine approach that accentuates the importance of the event yet he made the ceremony very personal and relaxed. We couldn't have made a better choice and would definitely recommend Dr. Ira to anyone in search of a wedding officiant. Thank you from Svetlana and David
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Karina V.
Doug and Pam were the sweetest. It's too bad we couldn't spend more time with them to thank them for everything. They were amazing since day one. So prompt in responding and so easy to work with. We didn't have them at our rehearsal and they still made everything run so smooth. Their speaker set up and officiating we're perfect for our wedding. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for an officiant.
Your Best Day EverYour Best Day Ever
Lubov M.
Ernie is very warm a kind person. He is provisional and helped us a lot in the last minute. Always on time and very supportive. We would like to recommend Ernie if you are looking for a wedding officiant who knows what he is doing and who can make your ceremony great!
Heart Felt Wedding Ceremonies By Ernest JacksonHeart Felt Wedding Ceremonies By Ernest Jackson
Carla P.
We were happy and satisfied by choosing Dr. lake as our officiant for our wedding. We met him a week before our wedding and we share what we were looking for. We didn't want to have a long ceremony but we want to have a ceremony about us and what marriage means to us and that is exactly what he delivered. He stayed in contact with us about how to write our vows since that is what we chose to do. He provided advice and links to where to find guidance to write them. He gave a precise and very wise speech about what you need to do to have a successful marriage and we couldn't be happier. All our guests gave us compliments about his performance and charisma in our wedding. One of my friends is having her 15th wedding anniversary and they are thinking about hiring him for their vow renewal ceremony. You will not go wrong by hiring him for your ceremony.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough about how blessed we were to have Pastor Mike officiated over my son and new daughters laws wedding . He was so very patient even though after driving so far to perform the ceremony and had to wait for a very good while, he still displayed a cheerful and caring attitude. Everyone at the ceremony truly enjoyed pastor Mike and thought we actually knew him forever. If you didn't know we had found him online you would think we had known him from our own home church. I would definitely recommend him to anyone . In fact others commented, they would like to re-due their vows with him because they enjoyed him so much. He was truly a blessing to our family. Doreen Talamantes
Celebration WeddingsCelebration Weddings
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