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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 San Mateo wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor John did a great/awesome job as an officiant in our ceremony, he gave a simple yet meaningful message to our wedding just like what we expected, for us we find him cool,fun officiant. We would highly recommend him to others. Thanks Pastor John:)
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Kristina A.
Love Pastor John! He made our big day wonderful, humorous and I loved having him officiate our wedding. Highly recommend!!! Thank you, Pastor John for a lovely ceremony!
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
My Husband and I got engaged in September 2016 and Jeff officiated our wedding in December 2016. My Husband is Portuguese Catholic and I am Indian Hindu. As you might imagine, finding the right person to officiate our wedding, with only about 3 months to work with, while ensuring our and both our families wishes were considered, AND taking care of all the other wedding planning (catering, flowers, DJ, photographer, etc.) - COULD have been an extremely challenging task! Luckily, during one of my lunchbreaks from work, I googled "wedding officiants bay area". I clicked on Thumbtack, and the website asked me a few questions, such as wedding date and address. I submitted my answers and didn't think much of it, and went back into work. When I finished work, I checked my phone, and I had about 10 responses! Each officiant had a little blurb about themselves, but I was really drawn to what Jeff Finger had to say. I called him and he was friendly and kind. He asked to meet with my Fiancee and myself, and was very accommodating about where to meet and respectful of our time (and stress levels lol!). When we met, Jeff wanted to know about us as a couple, our path to marriage, and not only what we envisioned for our wedding, but also for our life together. We left the meeting feeling happy, hopeful, and excited! There was no doubt in our mind that Jeff was what he were looking for. ​Leading up to the wedding, Jeff sent us an outline of the ceremony. This was so helpful to us, because it added structure our entire wedding. He also checked in with us a couple of times to make sure everything was going well - again, this was super helpful! On the day of the wedding, things were chaotic. It rained and guests were late. Jeff was flexible, calming, and told us everything was going to be ok. And he was absolutely right. Our wedding day was beautiful and perfect, and a day I will remember all my life! Jeff officiated our wedding with emotion, confidence, and professionalism. Many of our guests commented on the beauty of the ceremony, and the way Jeff included everyone seated in the venue, and how they felt they were a special part of our wedding day. We were so fortunate to find Jeff, and highly recommend him to anyone planning a wedding!
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Zakaria A.
Shelly was awesome!!! She officiated our wedding in such short notice in San Francisco City Hall. She communicated with us regarding the prefered location to do our vows and she offered to help writing out vows as well. I recommend her :)
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Connie A.
Gwen was the perfect officiant for our “minimony”. She adjusted the ceremony to our liking, and made sure things ran smoothly. I loved how she was able to bring laughter into it, and was very friendly with our guests. Her husband also took amazing pictures of our wedding and shared it with us!
Rev. Gwen AponteRev. Gwen Aponte
Patricia O.
Ben was very professional and detailed throughout our first contact and during the ceremony. He was even caring enough to ask what color suit I’d prefer him to wear and I thought that was a real nice touch to his work. He also made us laugh and that was awesome!Great wedding officiant! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Prateek K.
Ben is an amazing officiant and did the job perfectly for us. We booked him at a short notice for our wedding on Christmas day as our previous officiant had to cancel at the last minute. Adding to the short notice, our plans kept on changing due to the stay at home orders and the raging pandemic. Ben was super flexible, patient and helped us a lot by suggesting counties to get the license earlier, ideas for the wedding and a wonderful speech. He also did well with the unique setting of our parents giving speeches from video call. He was extremely punctual and professional and submitted our license to the county the next day. An unexpected thing- He also gave us a personlized book with our vows and his speech written in it :)
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Kwok M.
Shelly did a wonderful job of officiating our ceremony. She is punctual, flexible, and professional. She sent us the questionnaire and wrote us a beautiful and sweet script based on our response. Shelly also very flexible on the location, date, and time, which allows us to hold the ceremony very easily. She made out simple wedding memorable and I highly recommend her to everyone!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Marina P.
Pastor John was great at our very small covid wedding. He was very responsive leading up to the date and gave us plenty of options to personalize the ceremony. On the date of the wedding, Pastor John gave a light and entertaining ceremony and was upbeat and positive. He was ok waiting a few minutes for one guest to arrive which I appreciated. After the ceremony, Pastor John handled all the paperwork and we received the copies of the marriage certificate in the mail just a week later. Overall working with Pastor John was a great experience, and I'm glad he was available to officiate on our special day.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Karla B.
Where to start... from the very first moment I spoke to Rebeca on the phone I wanted her to officiate our wedding. I love her vibe and how friendly she was over the phone. Even though she was above our budget I knew she was the one, I knew she was going to make it special and she sure did. My husband and family were in “awe” of her. I received so many compliments about her. She’s AMAZING!! Hubby and I are very grateful for your beautiful ceremony. Thank you!
Rebel's WeddingsRebel's Weddings
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