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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 San Jose wedding officiants
Laurel H.
Ben served as my wedding officiant and he was a wonderful person to work with. Extremely responsive, punctual, professional and very experienced. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking a wedding officiant for their special day. Thank you Ben!!
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Eniwoke O.
We contacted Bob a few weeks before the wedding to help officiate our wedding. He was very quick to respond and he also helped us decide on important details for the wedding. During the wedding, he made things flow smoothly and made everybody laugh. I would definitely recommend Bob to people who are looking for an officiant.
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Franky N.
Pastor John did an amazing job officiating our wedding. His service was beautiful, funny, and charming. His seasoned wedding officiating experience is apparent since he was able to help us work through technical kinks with ease. Thank you!
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Shaylene N.
Bob officiated our intimate backyard wedding. He was great! Another engaged couple who attended our wedding inquired about him too, he was a hit. Happily wedded customers here !
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Anvay V.
Bob did a great job managing my wedding ceremony; He is inquisitive and loves to make the ceremony about you! I'm glad that have chosen Bob to by my wedding officiant
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Thee W.
Sonia helped us officiate for our marriage license. She was a pleasure to work with. She is incredibly responsive, extremely knowledgeable about the process and very professional. I highly recommend her for anyone who needs officiating for wedding/marriage license.
Sonia PadillaSonia Padilla
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Weddings by Jaimee was exceptional. Jaimee’s services are truly “Turn Key”. She was a very warm and professional Officiant, Wedding Planner and Floral Designer. Her knowledge of Aloha, flowers and design allowed us to customize our dream of creating our Hawaii Theme of “Ohana”! You feel her excitement for making your day the most important thing in the world. I did not hesitate to recommend her to our hotel Catering Director as an Officiant and Floral Designer. Reach out to Weddings by Jaimee to make your wedding day one to remember.
Minister Jaimee HinmanMinister Jaimee Hinman
Kevin P.
My wife and I hired Gwen to officiate our small backyard wedding and she did an amazing job. She was extremely helpful and made everything feel super relaxed. Definitely recommended :)
Rev. Gwen AponteRev. Gwen Aponte
Iana and I love Pastor John. There is something truly human and lovable about him. We asked him to suggest a wedding venue for us and he chose an amazing location that was beyond all of our expectations. He is friendly, personable, funny, loving, and he was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Mitalee N.
Bob was great to work with! He worked out a date to meet us in person before the wedding which was important to us. He was on time, professional, funny, and sincere as an officiant and I would definitely recommend him!
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Thumbtack Customer
We met w/Rev Saundra about officiating our wedding. She was so warm and genuinely wanted to help us customize our wedding to fit our personality. She went through the wedding proccess and showed us samples of vows, exchanging of the rings etc. and gave us a better idea of what we might want for our ceremony. We liked her so much and professionalism that we hired her for our wedding.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
Daniella p.
Pastor John was a fantastic officiant for our wedding. He catered to our needs and made everything feel easy. We never once felt pressured to do anything other than what we wanted. If you're looking for someone who can bring a funny, but dignified ceremony to your wedding look no further.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Albert B.
Pastor Bob is a God-send. After establishing phone correspondence, it was easy to coordinate plans with Pastor Bob. Most of all, Matt and Christina had the opportunity to speak with Pastor Bob over the phone and immediately liked his demeanor, and were extremely happy with Pastor Bob officiating their wedding ceremony. Pastor Bob performed a beautiful and memorable ceremony, which exceeded our expectations, as he was very professional, cordial and friendly with all the family, friends, and guests. Thank you Pastor Bob for officiating and celebrating with us, as well as with your assistance, diligence and cooperation within such a short period amount of time. Matt and Christina will certainly request your services again for a larger wedding ceremony when they both return from overseas deployment. Thank you and best regards, Albert Braceros Wedding date : 17MARCH2018
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Amanda A.
Pastor Robert was amazing to work with from the beginnings to the end of our ceremony. He was responsive, punctual and fun to be aroind. He treated us and our guests like family and keep the ceremony light with his humor. We recommend Pastor Robert to anyone who is looking for an amazing and professional wedding officiant. Thanks for making our ceremony memorable and beautiful!
Memorable WeddingsMemorable Weddings
Lee P.
Bob is awesome, we spoke a couple times prior to the wedding. He did an incredible job. He was funny, serious, down to earth and just made it a great ceremony. Made my new amazing bride feel comfortable and at ease with the vows. Everyone had all great comments afterwards on how blessed we were to have found him to officiate. Thank you Bob for a great day!
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
Krista R.
Hired this officiant, and he gave me all the details and said he would e-mail me with a draft. I never heard back from him after that. I even tried following up with him a few times. He e-mails me two weeks before my wedding to tell me he can no longer do my ceremony. Thanks for nothing.
Thumbtack Customer
From the very beginning I knew Rev. Saundra was the perfect choice as the officiant of our wedding ceremony. She is very personable, friendly, and professional. From our initial meeting, both my husband and I felt like she truly cared and it is not just a "job" to her- her passion is very apparent. She made sure that we were happy with the wording of the ceremony and was very accommodating and patient. Rev. Saundra is truly a nice person and we're so happy she was part our of special day.
I Do x TwoI Do x Two
Tajea A.
If I could of chose all five highlights I would! She made my day so special! She was so quick to respond, available WHENEVER I needed to talk to her, and she and her husband are such great souls. Thank you so much Rev Gwen for making my day so amazing and working with us to figure out how to make our ceremony one to remember! IF YOU HAVE ANY WEDDING CEREMONY AND NEED AN OFFICIANT 10/10 recommend her!
Rev. Gwen AponteRev. Gwen Aponte
Mary L.
Shelley officiated our wedding this February and did a wonderful job. She was punctual, flexible, responsive, professional, and helpful with any questions we had. She truly listened and was so patient and kind throughout the whole process. Her presence during the ceremony was calming and grounding. Most of all, she wrote a beautiful ceremony script tailored to us. Several of our guests even asked for a copy of the script because they were so impressed and touched. We highly recommend Shelley! She exceeded our expectations and was just so lovely to work with! We are so grateful for her help.
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
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