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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 Los Angeles wedding officiants
Stefan J.
Roberta officiated our wedding in Spanish and English. She made our guests feel welcomed and made her speech personal to us. I highly recommend Roberta as a punctual and professional officiant!
Weddings by Roberta Central CoastWeddings by Roberta Central Coast
Roxanne A.
I highly recommend Terri Ties the Knot! I needed a Spanish speaking officiant for a wedding with only 3 weeks notice and Terri came through! The officiant she staffed was warm, friendly and didn’t miss a beat.
Terri Ties the Knot weddingsTerri Ties the Knot weddings
Bryan J.
Eric Hunter was the perfect choice as our officiant. His professionalism helped make our wedding a truly special day.
Hunter, Wedding OfficiantHunter, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Don was a pleasure to have as our wedding officiant. He was experienced, punctual and professional. We would happily recommend his services!
Don Foor/ No InsuranceDon Foor/ No Insurance
Thumbtack Customer
Pam and Doug are a lovely couple. When I meet them I felt like I knew them forever. They are so sweet and kind. They make you feel at ease and extremely comfortable. Pam officiated our wedding vow renewal and she was AWESOME! Everyone at our event loved how clearly and eloquently she spoke. I highly recommend Pam and Doug to officiate your wedding or anniversary. You will not regret it!
Your Best Day EverYour Best Day Ever
Thumbtack Customer
Leslie officiated our wedding last month and we highly recommend her! Me and my now husband were only engaged for 7 months so we had to quickly plan the wedding. I was in talks with other officiants but I knew that they weren't the right fit. I was worried that we won't find the perfect officiant who could marry us. We then met with Leslie at a local coffee shop and we knew then that she was the one! She has a very warm presence and was helpful throughout the process. Our guests loved her speech and they all raved that our ceremony was one of the best that they've gone to! Thanks Leslie!
Ceremonies by Rev. LeslieCeremonies by Rev. Leslie
Leslie F.
Giannina is such a kind, friendly person! She was very responsive and informative. We experienced a beautiful ceremony, in Spanish, thanks to her and her being so accommodating. Definitely a great wedding officiant choice!
GM Notary Now- Bilingual Wedding OfficiantsGM Notary Now- Bilingual Wedding Officiants
Sha'Dona B.
Rev. Nadine is great at what she does. She is passionate, well informed, and professional. I am an event producer. I presented Rev. Nadine to my bride and groom client as a potential officiant and they absolutely loved her from inception. They were very impressed with her presentation and were very satisfied with her services officiating their wedding.
Ashley I.
I'm so so happy we had Narrecia officiate our wedding. She responded quickly, was easy to talk to and so nice overall. We did not have a traditional wedding, yet she was open to assist with everything we wanted. She was the perfect fit for our ceremony. It was exactly as we envisioned it to be.
HarperAnderson Weddings&EventsHarperAnderson Weddings&Events
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for helping make OUR day a very memorable one. Your professionalism, sense of humor and patience with working with us to personalize our ceremony is very much appreciated. We are very pleased and have no regrets in having you officiate our wedding.
Ceremonies by Rev. LeslieCeremonies by Rev. Leslie
Thumbtack Customer
Our wedding with Rev. Leslie on June 9 was so perfect. We decided to have it earlier in the day than we had thought and she made it happen. Our excitement of getting married ( we are an ss couple from TX) was so shared by her that we were so happy she officiated our celebration. Thank You Rev. Leslie we will always remember you on our wedding anniversary!
Ceremonies by Rev. LeslieCeremonies by Rev. Leslie
Jackie B.
We hired Nicholas last minute after our ceremony officiant cancelled 2 weeks before our wedding. Nicholas was perfect! He speaks loud and clear and everything was well said. What we liked the most was that he was around our age and matched our energy. Definitely recommend!
Hernandez Event ServicesHernandez Event Services
Kathy R.
We are so glad Don was the officiant for our intimate wedding back in June of last year! He was amazing. Don was very easy to talk to and responsive during the vow planning process—taking into account our vision for the wedding and providing recommendation/feedback based off his many years of experience. On the actual day of the wedding, he arrived on time and had such a sense of calm to him that it eased my husband and I’s nerves as we stood at the altar and said our vows. We were so pleased with how beautiful the ceremony turned out! Thank you again Don!!
Don Foor/ No InsuranceDon Foor/ No Insurance
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Jon was absolutely amazing! He really took the time to create a personal ceremony that will remain special to my wife and I forever. Pastor Jon is someone that really cares about the people he marries, there was a meeting before the wedding where he reminds you why you fell in love with your fiance in the first place and where customize your wedding to your exact preferences. For the cherry on top, Pastor Jon is the most affordable officiant I can find, I got way more that what I paid for. Pastor Jon is amazing!!
Pastor Jon KiblerPastor Jon Kibler
Amanda T.
Mateen was such an amazing officiant. His speech was the perfect balance of funny and sentimental. He was so easy to work with. I threw in a couple of last minute additions that I wanted for the ceremony, and he quickly added them in. It was so smooth! The ceremony was easily my favorite part of our wedding. We got so many compliments on how unique and special our ceremony was. I will cherish this memory forever. Mateen, thank you so much for bringing your humor, your wit and professionalism on our wedding day. We couldn’t have imagined it to go more perfectly.
Married By MateenMarried By Mateen
Adrienne F.
I'm not the kind to usually write a review but man how can I not after having the most amazing officiant anyone can ever ask for. This guy made my wedding so much fun everyone LOVED him. I got married 6 months ago and i still have people talking about how much fun he was at the ceremony. He customized a speech for us and personalized our vows to our loved story which made it super unique. He even let us chose his outfit that day LOL. He was so kind. You wont be disappointed in the service that he offers. BEST OFFICIANT I could’ve asked for. I cannot recommend Chris enough!! Thank you for everything Chris.
Christopher PayneChristopher Payne
Thumbtack Customer
Don Foor was the officiant for our wedding on 4/27/16. He responded very promptly! From the first time we spoke up to our wedding day, he was very easy to work with, honest, friendly, flexible, and organized. He went through everything thoroughly and was patient with us, answering all of our questions. After speaking with him for just a few minutes, I knew I wanted to book him. We wanted our ceremony to be short and sweet. He was easy to communicate with and even arrived before we did to the event! He did exactly what he said he would. He even handled the marriage license signing and sending it off, taking that added pressure off us. I highly recommend him for your special day.
Don Foor/ No InsuranceDon Foor/ No Insurance
Chelsi L.
Bill was fantastic as our officiant for our wedding. He's a very down to earth and personable fellow and managed to work in my proposal anecdote into his readings. He was very organized and gave us multiple examples we could use for select readings. He even had non-religious choices that we ended up selecting. Probably the best part of working with him is I felt he gave a nudge in the right direction for my wife to reconnect with her dad. He mentioned the ceremony can be a "healing moment". And healing it did! Thank you Bill! Mike and Kristy
Weddings by BillWeddings by Bill
Miranda M.
We can’t thank Christopher Payne enough for the amazingly wonderful day . He really helped our dreams come true and our ceremony was absolutely perfect 🙏🏽 We would highly recommend him to a family member or even a stranger . He had a great personality , and his words were warm and heartfelt. He really came through for us , he made us extremely happy being our Officient. His attentiveness to details was spot on . If your looking to have a amazing wedding day , hire Christopher Payne he will really make your day.
Christopher PayneChristopher Payne
Daryl S.
Rev I Do, or Rev Whitney as I got to know her as was A M A Z I N G. Every part of the process she was extremely helpful. A constant theme in her communication to us was ‘’it’s no big deal''. Someone telling you that when everything is Such A Big Deal was timely and gave us the reassurance we needed that Rev knew what she was doing . We met Rev Whitney a few times before the wedding. Her confidence came through immediately her sense of understanding what we wanted. Rev knowing she could perform it flawlessly is EXACTLY WHAT SHE DID as showed us every step of the process. She even calm my SUPER NERVOUS 6 year old daughter down. To say she was a God Send would be the most accurate statement . I would not refer anyone else but her to officiate a wedding. She is an INCREDIBLY MOVING minister and very talented writer as well! Reverend Whitney you are a Syas family member forever. Thank you Thank you Thank you!
Rev I, do OfficiatingRev I, do Officiating
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