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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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’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. 

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. 

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 Santa Barbara wedding officiants
Maria M.
I am so thankful that we found Bill to officiate our wedding! He was kind, easy to work with, and had excellent communication throughout the process. He met with us before our wedding to learn more about us and made suggestions to guide us through the ceremony planning process. He included our readings and made the ceremony very special. I would highly recommend going with Bill to officiate your wedding :)
Weddings by BillWeddings by Bill
Chris D.
Mark was absolutely amazing as our Officiant. He personalized our wedding and really took the time to get to know us and who we are as a couple. He gave us great advice and made our special day something to remember. Mark is a caring person, professional, punctual and will go above and beyond to ensure that your wedding is all that you want it to be. We HIGHLY recommend him to do your wedding!!!
Pastor Mark Richardson, Wedding OfficiantPastor Mark Richardson, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Dani is a wonderful officiant! We hired her for a small wedding ceremony in Santa Barbara. She responded quickly to every question we had and was very easy to work with. We don’t live in the SB area, so we were not able to meet with her before the ceremony, but she still did a wonderful job of getting to know us so that our ceremony was very personal. I would recommend her to anyone in need of an officiant. Thank you Dani!
Sacred and Unique WeddingsSacred and Unique Weddings
Anette B.
Dani is a great officiant! She responded to our request right away and we had great communication leading up to the wedding. She's very professional and put together a lovely modern and personal ceremony for us. She arrived early to the venue and gave us a wonderful ceremony. Would highly recommend Dani Antman!
Sacred and Unique WeddingsSacred and Unique Weddings
Tracy C.
Jeanie was wonderful! I was a nervous wreck since i planned my own wedding i thought that the process of finding an officiant was going to be stressful. A miracle happened the day i came across thumbtack which then led me to Jeanie with Forever yours weddings. From day one she was so comforting and helpful. I was at ease knowing that this sweet sweet woman was going to be the one to marry my husband and I. I went through several officiant listings but knew right away that Jeanie was the one. Fast forward to the day of the wedding, I, of course was a nervous wreck because Half of my wedding party showed up with 10 minutes to spare for the ceremony. Jeanie was so understanding and tried to keep me calm the whole time. Telling me that everything was gonna be okay. Even helping me make last minute changes to the ceremony, making it fit, in order for the "I do's" to push through. I am so grateful for her! Thank you so much Jeanie!
Forever Yours WeddingsForever Yours Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Dani was great. We were married in the Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse. She was there on time and helped us make sure everything was set up and ready to go. She had a calming tone and performed the ceremony with ease. She incorporated all of the things we wanted to have in the ceremony. We were very happy to have her officiate our wedding!
Sacred and Unique WeddingsSacred and Unique Weddings
Cristen C.
Our good friend became an ordained minister so he could perform our wedding ceremony. Unfortunately he became ill so we had to find someone else quickly! Luckily we found Pastor Mark! Not only was his price beyond reasonable but during the ceremony, we felt as if he truly knew us. It is evident that Mark genuinely cares about the act of marriage and the binding of two people together. We are so blessed to have found Mark to officiate our wedding on such short notice. Highly recommended!! Thank you Pastor Mark!
Pastor Mark Richardson, Wedding OfficiantPastor Mark Richardson, Wedding Officiant
Elizabeth C.
Jeanie did an excellent job as the officiant of our small wedding ceremony. She kept in communication with us from the time we booked her services up until our big day. Jeanie offers exceptional service for great value. She gave us options on the type of ceremony we wanted to have. Jeanie is incredible to work with; she is friendly, responsive, reliable, and helpful. She was also flexible on any changes we made. I highly recommend her!
Forever Yours WeddingsForever Yours Weddings
Chris Y.
After reading all the positive reviews about Jeanie I asked her to officiate my wedding and she was just amazing. She made everyone feel comfortable and you could sense she is very passionate about what she does. My party was running late and she stayed and delivered an amazing service. I understand why she had so many positive comments, she deservers them all and more. A complete professional through and through. Thanks again Jeanie
Forever Yours WeddingsForever Yours Weddings
Kathryn S.
Dani was wonderful to work with! She had suggested vows that were exactly what my Fiance and I had envisioned for our ceremony. Her flexible and respectful approach to integrating our faith /spirituality made us feel comfortable, and welcome. Her vast knowledge of Hinduism was a surprise to us, and the ease at which she recited mantras with us during our ceremony was really beautiful! She took our ceremony 'outline' of Hindu traditions, and added verbiage to create smooth transitions with explanations, and translations into English. We could not have asked for a more fitting person to act as our wedding Officiant!
Sacred and Unique WeddingsSacred and Unique Weddings
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