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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 Los Angeles wedding officiants
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
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen is a wonderful wedding officiant that will bring humor and heart to your ceremony. He gets to know you as a couple, and works with you so he's more of a friend than a 'hired professional' at your wedding. He is also very punctual; he was early to the rehearsal and the wedding! Almost every guest came up to me at the wedding and told me that he was one of the best wedding officiants they had ever seen! Do yourself a favor, hire Stephen and cross something off your list!
Stephen MachtStephen Macht
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 FoorDon Foor
Thumbtack Customer
Ira is a fantastic officiant. We initially hired him to officiate our wedding because of genial he was along with his academic credentials. He truly seems passionate about marital counseling and is not "in it for the money" as I've seen while looking at officiants. 5/5! Be warned he is busy so try and get as much time in with him as you can
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
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
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.
ReverendNadine.comReverendNadine.com
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- Wedding OfficiantsGM Notary Now- Wedding Officiants
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
Janice A.
Martin and Geena Medina Wedding I had found him and referred my brother to him based on the affordable price but we got so much more. He was very helpful in leading my brother on what to do. He added humor to the wedding and everyone enjoyed the ceremony. Thank you for making my brother's wedding so special. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a proffesional and supportive officiant to make their wedding special.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Thumbtack Customer
Dear Stephen, Thank you so much for officiating our wedding on 1/23/15. I'm very pleased with your service and your professionalism. We will definitely recommend you to all our family & friends. Thanks a Million, Vlada
Stephen MachtStephen Macht
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
Ben N.
Dr. Lake was always available when ever we had questions leading up to our wedding. I don't plan on getting married again, but I wouldn't think twice about having him for our officiant. Our guests loved him and he was there right when we needed him.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you for doing such a phenomenal job officiating our wedding. We have received an outpouring of messages from our guest about how amazing you are. Your words were thoughtful, beautiful and so inspiring to us. No words can truly express how grateful we are to have found you.Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!! Aaron and Francine Cater!
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
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
Philip R.
Ira officiated our wedding ceremony in LA. My fiancée (now, wife) and I contacted him only a week or so before the event, but despite the short notice he agreed to work with us. He was easy to communicate with, and at the service he was charming and funny. We especially enjoyed his homily on the "Five A's" of marriage (Acceptance, Admiration, Affection, Attention, Activities), which several of the guests noted with Approval. :)
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Kenley S.
We aren't a very religious couple - but having Reverend Camilo officiate our wedding was an absolute blessing! He spoke with us at length about our needs and wants, tailored his speech to the time and with the loving vibes we longed for! We were so lucky to have found him! Reverend Camilo was perfection on our big day and we'd recommend him & his services to EVERYONE. With so so much Love, Mr. & Mrs. Scott
Rev. CamiloRev. Camilo
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 FoorDon Foor
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
Thumbtack Customer
No lie, I was really nervous about hiring an officiant I had no prior experience with on a website - but let me tell you - he made our ceremony memorable with just the right amount of humor. Everything was perfect and went without a hitch. He also took it upon himself to do some research for our added Japanese Tea Ceremony which we included before we were pronounced. I can't say enough how much we enjoyed having him take part in our wedding. Got many compliments from family about him as well! Thanks again!
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Lake exceeded my expectations and I could not imagine having had a better officiant. With the many events occurring in my life at one time, my husband and I did not have time to write our own vows and were worried that the ceremony would not be as heartfelt. Luckily, Mr. Lake was phenomenal with his words, and even pulled a few laughs out of our family and friends. (As well as my husband and I) But, as with most weddings there are a few unexpected hiccups...we had one of ours while lighting the unity candles. Unfortunately, the candles my husband and I were using to light the center candle, (which represents our unity) did not light the center candle. While I was thinking of how awkward the moment was, and persistent to light the center candle, Mr. Lake came to our side, smiled, and said "I've got this." So we proceeded to walk away from the candles and hold hands as we were, and he quickly turned to our family and friends with his smile and said " You all didn't see it, but it was lit." I am so thankful that he was quick with his words, and able to keep the flow of it all BEAUTIFUL.
Imtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. RiversideImtasik Family Counseling Services Inc. Riverside
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