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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 Livermore wedding officiants
Erlinda P.
Brenda is such a professional ,kind-hearted sweet lady. Me and my husband are priveledge we had her officiated our wedding ceremony.
Brenda CastellanosBrenda Castellanos
Thumbtack Customer
It was great working with Pastor John. I know he would have done a wonderful job, at our wedding. As a surprise, my best friends dad, will be the officiant at our wedding. I do highly recommend Pastor John. God bless.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Cheryl P.
Pastor John has such a fun personality, he will make you feel so comfortable and relaxed about everything on your wedding day! He is the best officiant I could ever get! Highly recommend !!!
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
LeAnn M.
He is a very kind person. He has a sense of humor and always has a smile on his face. He did such a great job officiating our wedding. Pastor Darrel, thank you for your beautiful words and taking care of all the details behind the scene! You rock!
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Angel L.
Christopher was by far the most personable officiant I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. He made our small wedding something so amazing and special . From the moment I called him he answered every question. Christopher was extremely kind and was able to help us even with short notice . His presence made our day not only unique but incredibly perfect .
Guidance and Grace ~ Celebrant ServicesGuidance and Grace ~ Celebrant Services
Markeyuna M.
He was the best! I would highly recommend him if you want someone who is punctual, respectful,reliable, and professional. Unfortunately our wedding ceremony was not able to start on time due to a personal matter that took place. Our wedding was suppose to start at 3pm and he had another wedding ceremony to do at 4:30. I communicated with him and let him know what happen and our situation. I asked him would it be possible if he can go to his next appointment since we were not ready yet, and then come back. He said yes he will be able to do so, which made me feel so much better because i was starting to panic and I didn't know what we were going to do if he had not been able to come back. He was able to, so I was so happy that we had that option. After he was done with the other ceremony he let me know he was done and asked did I still need him to come back I told him yes, and he came back. He prayed with us before the ceremony and after that he performed our ceremony and he did a wonderful job. I am really thankful and appreciate that he was still able to officiant our wedding even after the setback we had. Thanks again I really really appreciate it, and by the way I loved how you put our love story together, it was great! If anyone was is looking for a great officiant, like I mention earlier, I would highly recommend him as the one to perform your special ceremony.
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Yael V.
Rachael worked with me and my fiance to create our wedding ceremony, which also included a love story about our relationship, and our vows. (We chose the combination DIY-with-consulting-package.) She was very easy to talk to and collaborate with, and provided us with a lot of thoughtful questions and resources so we could come up with ideas and write. She gave us useful feedback and suggestions that made our writing better. The ceremony Rachael designed was beautiful, meaningful, and thoughtful. Many of the guests I spoke to told me that they enjoyed the way she officiated the ceremony and her warm presence. Overall, she worked really hard and did an excellent job. Rachael, thank you so much for making the most important part of our wedding day as special and memorable as it could be.
Officially HitchedOfficially Hitched
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor John was an absolute godsend. We had the misfortune of having our previous officiant back out on us with a week to go before the wedding. Pastor John stepped in on extremely short notice and still provided us with a beautiful ceremony customized just for us. We even wanted a unique ceremony, and to write our own vows, and he incorporated it perfectly, exactly how we imagined. He chose beautiful readings, but allowed us to pick everything we wanted. We chose the benediction, but allowed him to select what he thought would fit, and he chose perfectly. He really made us comfortable through the whole process. From immediate contact (he called within 15 minutes of my post at thumbtack) and collection of everything he needed to write the ceremony, all the way to during the ceremony, where he seemed to know just how to keep everyone relaxed and yet enticed at the same time. He made sure to bring printed copies of both of our vows and the ceremony, even though one of us didn't finish them until the day of our wedding (Sunday, May 31st), and he is sending us a writeup of it to keep for ourselves. Thank you so much, Pastor John, for making our day absolutely perfect, even through all of the hiccups and problems. It was just amazing. Sincerely, Mr. and Mrs. Jorgensen.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
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