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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. 

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.

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 Sacramento wedding officiants
Ben was a wonderful officiant for our wedding! We loved how attentive and professional he was when sharing our vows during our wedding ceremony. We highly recommend Ben as your officiant for your upcoming wedding! Thank you Ben :):)
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Aaron C.
We enjoyed having pastor John officiate our wedding. He had a great sense of humor and helped make our big day easy with his direction. Would recommend to anyone looking for a officiant
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Kelsey H.
Bob officiated our small backyard wedding and he did an excellent job! Because of COVID, we obviously had to change a lot of our original plan wedding plans and Bob was extremely responsive and great at getting back to us with any questions we had. The ceremony itself went really well. It flowed really nicely and all the guests so they really enjoyed the ceremony. I would definitely recommend Bob if you are in need of an officiant.
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Chelsea B.
He was great to work with. Very organized and knowledgeable. Even had paperwork to send me on the steps to change my name. I would highly recommend him to others looking for a wedding officiant.
Eberhardt Treasured WeddingsEberhardt Treasured Weddings
Caitlin H.
Eileen did a great job with our wedding ceremony. She was on time, very communicative, and even let us edit the script she used. She still was great even though some of the edits we made were lost, but that was totally on us because we didn't do a final read-over to check. That is the only not-positive thing I can say about her, and that is more my fault then hers. She did a great job and even sent in the wedding licence for us the day after the ceremony. I would recommend Eileen to officiate your wedding if you're looking for an awesome, kind, and understanding officiant. Thank you Eileen!
Wedding Officiant EileenWedding Officiant Eileen
Marie V.
Sonia was absolutely wonderful as our wedding officiant! On December 15, we decided to get married on Christmas Day. We found Sonia on Thumbtack and she made everything happen with only a 10 day notice! She arrived early so we could make our early dinner reservations. Everything went smoothly without a rehearsal. Sonia played Ave Maria as I walked into the room. She included our deceased parents names in the ceremony as well as a unity candle. Sonia is absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend Sonia as your wedding officiant.
Sonia PadillaSonia Padilla
Courteney M.
Tamara! You were such a great officiant and I am so glad I found you to be part of our day. The words you chose were absolutely perfect and spoke so much to Kurtis and I. I loved every part of our ceremony. Thank you for your kind and heartfelt words, that truly means a lot. It was an absolute pleasure to have you officiate our wedding! Thank you again!!!!!
A True Love Ceremonial BlissA True Love Ceremonial Bliss
Thumbtack Customer
Edward is amazing! He was very responsive whether it was email or text. We were having trouble with our vows and he provided us with a few samples. After seeing the samples, we were able to put our own personal touch on our vows. He also provided several sample scripts to give us a variety of options for what would be said during our wedding. What made it even better was that he was able to send us a video of a wedding he was the officiant for at the same venue we are using. It was awesome to see how things would be laid out and how the ceremony would go. You can't go wrong with choosing Edward to officiate your wedding.
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
He was AMAZING! This was my first time ever using Thumbtack and my oh my, I will surely use it again! Ed was an outstanding officiant! From the moment I read his profile to the first phone call we had, I knew there was no better Officiant for us! We decided to take a twist when it came to our vows and Ed made it sound perfect on our wedding day! I recommend him to anyone who would like a beautiful Ceremony! -Y
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
Jason W.
Mr. Kelly provided a great service as our officiator. He was courteous and respectful. His services for us included rehearsal the night before and ceremony the day of. He mailed in our paperwork to the Sacramento Registrar’s office on Monday and we were able to pick up our wedding license on Friday.
Charles B.
Pastor John accepted our short notice booking request and took the stress out of arranging the details of our ceremony. He explained what to expect and put both of us at ease throughout the whole process including the ceremony itself. His experience is apparent as well as his genuine passion for officiating weddings.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Ed officiated our April 2014 wedding in Sacramento, California. He was perfect! We had a very DIY wedding and he helped make sure that even the vows were personalized and reflective of us as a couple something we definitely wanted. Ed is extremely flexible. Due to weather and the inability to get the entire bridal party together for an official rehearsal, we definitely winged the procession to say the least. Thanks to Ed's experience and our groups ability catch on quick, none of the guests were the wiser. Ed showed up early the day up to help our group go over the key points and stayed to capture some of the post ceremony photo session on film for us. Thank you Ed. It definitely wouldn't have been the same without you!
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Everything exceeded our expectations. The ceremony performed by Ed was superb. We wrote our own vows borrowing a little from the ceremonies he sent us. His officiating was brilliant. He even took an outstanding video of our small wedding. Everything about his service impressed us. We recommend Ed highly and hope that Amber House and other wedding venues suggest him in the future. His work is above and beyond what anyone could want. Well done, Ed.
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
Lauren I.
Darrell was amazing! He took our requests/story and intertwined them perfectly. He made our backyard wedding one to remember. Several guests commented on Darrell and how personal our ceremony was. Darrell delivered our story/vows with a calm yet powerful nature. Thank you so much for exceeding our expectations Darrell. We would highly recommend Darrell to anyone looking for the perfect officiant.
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Larry C.
We found William at the last minute after our officiant could not make it days before the wedding. From the first time we talked to him, we had no doubt in our minds that he was a great person and made us feel at ease. William was very open and communicated openly about the expectations for the rehearsal and ceremony. He added a few things that we would not have thought of. He even sent a script for our approval before the ceremony and we received a personalized surprise gift after the ceremony. We were very pleased with his professionalism and attention to detail. We highly recommend him for any couple that needs an officiant. Thank you William for making our celebration amazing!!
Important Moments Officiant ServicesImportant Moments Officiant Services
Thumbtack Customer
Ed did a wonderful job as our officiant. He is very experienced and gave us so much good advice with planning and coordinating everything. We had several phone and email conversations about vows and our different preferences, and he was very good about staying in contact throughout the months before our wedding, he even arranged for us to meet prior to the wedding. He is so easy to talk to that we really enjoyed our meeting with him! He even came to our rehearsal dinner and got to know our family/ helped us plan the ceremony. He also came early on the day of the wedding to help with whatever we needed, and get to know everyone. He is such a nice guy and when you meet him and get to talking, it feels like you have known him a long time. We still have family members saying how nice he was and they were all surprised to find out that we had just met him a few months before the wedding! I could go on and on but I will just say that I would 110% recommend that anyone getting married should hire this man, you will not be disappointed! Thank you so much, Ed! :)
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
Brenda P.
Reverend James Marques is AMAZING! I contacted him back in January 11th for my little sisters wedding ceremony that was planned for less then a month away. February 2nd was the date, worried of not having an officiant I took to google and found Thumbtack. Lucky I came across reverend James. From the first interaction to the end of the entire process it was a pleasure working with him. He is a complete professional who is very experienced and does everything he can to make this very easy for anyone to work with him. My sister and her husband are a young couple who had no idea where to start with the marriage license process. Once I connected them with Reverend James he gave them a step by step playbook on what they needed to do on their end and what he would take care off on his end. Very clear and easy for anyone to do. The day of the ceremony came he was there early and ready next his lovely wife. He introduced himself and Mrs. Marques and talked for a moment giving us instructions on what to expect and all that was to take place during the ceremony. Once he started the ceremony the tears started flowing! He’s amazing at what he does. The vows where chosen by the bride and groom ahead of time from some options reverend James provided as options. Everything else was all him, the speech and blessings came from his heart. It was very memorable for everyone. You can tell he loves what he does by the way he officiates. Very warm and loving message he delivered for my sister and brother in law. You would have thought he knew them personally for years! I loved it! You will not be disappointed by choosing him for your celebrations. I’m a very picky individual who researches everything before doing business with anyone and I was very happy and blessed to have found Reverend James on this site. Naturaly nervous as we didn’t know what to expect and since the wedding was so close we didn’t get a chance for the couple to meet ahead with him to get a bit more familiar before the big day. However he did more then what we expected with his services and the ceremony was BEAUTIFUL! Days after the wedding day my sister received her wedding certificate in the mail thanks to Reverend James who also took care of mailing it in for them. He does everything for you and the best part is he is very responsive and communicates with you throughout the entire process. No question went unanswered thanks to him. You will not be disappointed by choosing him to officiate your big day. Its been two months since the wedding and we still are amazed of how memorable this day was thanks to the beautiful ceremony preformed by Reverend James. Thank you so much for making my sister and brother in laws day so special. You are amazing and we can’t thank you enough for such an easy process, your professionalism and your beautiful ceremony. Note: review wouldn't let me choose more then three options on the review but we would have loved to select "value" and "punctuality" as he delivered the hole package as stated on my review.
Reverend James Marques  "Soft Ceremonies"Reverend James Marques "Soft Ceremonies"
Thumbtack Customer
Ed was absolutely AMAZING. Just a bit of background, for us we were looking for an African American officiant and Ed actually reached out to us via thumbtack and very professionally stated that he was interested in performing our ceremony. After striking out and even after Ed himself tried to think of any, we decided to go with Ed. The professionalism in which he reached out to us and informed us of his interest is what actually prompted us to go with Ed, the price didn't hurt him either lol, but from the moment we decided on Ed he was more than helpful and went FAR beyond the scope of an "officiant". We had a problem getting speakers for our rehearsal and Ed was gracious enough to bring his portable speaker that we could hook up our music to so that we would be able to have a proper rehearsal. He also offered, in the beginning of us working together, to video tape the event for us. At 1st we were not going to video our event, but after careful thought, we decided to do it, and it was because Ed did NOT pressure or try to up sell his services that we went with that extra service. The rehearsal and wedding went off without a hitch Ed was on time, NO he was EARLY for each event and made sure that EVERYTHING was the way WE wanted it to be. He corresponded with us via email almost everyday it seemed like, lol, to take care of any issues or thoughts we may have about the wedding, ie; our vows and when we wanted to say them, what we wanted him to include or not include in the general words to the audience. He stayed and filmed the entire wedding, he was able to get some GREAT video, only one thing wrong on the video was on my song to my wife it was focused on me singing and we would have loved to see a pan out and capture my wife as well, but even with that it was still a GREAT production. All in all this was thee GREATEST moment of my life and Ed did everything to make sure that it was from his end. Ed sir, you succeeded in making our wedding our most enjoyable life event EVER, and I will recommend you to EVERY & ANY one who tells me they are getting married. So I guess there are only 2 words that say what this post is supposed to say THANK YOU!
Sierra Wine Country WeddingsSierra Wine Country Weddings
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