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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.

How can I find out if a wedding officiant is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

The definition of essential services varies by location, so you will need to visit your state or city government website to learn what is considered an essential service in your area.

For more information on a national level, read CISA’s publication on critical infrastructure workers. Some, but not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Temecula wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with SoCal Christian Weddings was outstanding. We couldn't of selected a better Officiant to perform our daughter's wedding. We would highly recommend SoCal Christian Weddings for your wedding.
SoCal Christian Weddings OfficiantSoCal Christian Weddings Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure to have had Jeff Saville as our officiant on our wedding day. Very professional, friendly, helpful and funny. All our guests enjoyed the ceremony and we are so blessed to have him and be a part of our wedding. A highly recommended him to any event.
SoCal Christian Weddings OfficiantSoCal Christian Weddings Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Adrain did such an amazing job officiating my wedding. She eased my concerns and even did a walk through on everything she was going to say. She is amazing. I highly recommend her to anyone!
Jones WeddingsJones Weddings
Trish R.
We are so blessed and happy to have found Will. His caring, easy going manner was greatly and warmly appreciated. The wedding ceremony was made more perfect with him as the officiant. We can’t thank him enough for that!
Will Penick, Wedding OfficiantWill Penick, Wedding Officiant
Rebecca G.
She was amazing! I needed an officiant last minute, like a week before my wedding and she pulled through! Responsive, respectful, friendly and cared about me and my special day. I requested an officiant to be there for the rehearsal and the day of and she had no problem doing both. The day of was amazing! She knew exactly what to say and made my husband and I feel comfort and love. I love her! :D I don’t have photos yet, but I’ll upload once they come in! Thank you again Jodi!
Sweet and SimpleSweet and Simple
Philly s.
Hello good afternoon Judy thank you for being the best Officiant anyone could ever ask for 🙌💖 you helped make our dreams come true minus our funny hiccups but got threw them because of her 😍 ... You are truly one magical woman! Anyone would be lucky to have you at there wedding.. Funny moments..
Sweet and SimpleSweet and Simple
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff Saville from SoCal Christian Weddings did an amazing job officiating our wedding. We were very impressed with his attention to detail. He sat down with us to review the entire ceremony and then spoke with us again on several occasions to ensure we had everything squared away for the ceremony. He also always responded to e-mail in a timely manner. During the ceremony, he made us feel comfortable and guided us the whole way through. We highly recommend him!
SoCal Christian Weddings OfficiantSoCal Christian Weddings Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
We had the pleasure of working with Jeff for our AMAZING Temecula Wedding. We were coming down to the wire and had no officiant selected. Jeff actually contacted us from a posting we did on Thumbtack and he took a huge weight off our shoulders. He immediately welcomed us to his house and went over the ceremony in detail. He constantly followed up with us via email and on the night of the rehearsal, he took charge over the wedding coordinator and gave us a great idea of what to expect on our wedding day. Jeff gave us plenty of options and delivered the day off. We had so many guests tell us that it was the best wedding that they had ever been to. Thank you Jeff for your A+++ Service. -Shane and Maricruz
SoCal Christian Weddings OfficiantSoCal Christian Weddings Officiant
Stephanie P.
Our officiant, Chris Kroger, was absolutely wonderful. He performed our wedding ceremony on 8/12/17 and we could not have been more pleased. He took the time to get to know us and personalized the service, which we very much appreciated. I would recommend him highly. I wish that I could give him more the 5 stars..
Repeat After Me Wedding OfficiatingRepeat After Me Wedding Officiating
Thumbtack Customer
Pam and Doug are so sweet. They did a great job officiating our wedding and helping us make it our best day ever. They arrived early and made us feel so at ease about everything. Communication was great and they even played the music for our ceremony, we would highly recommend using them for your special day. Thank you Pam and Doug! God bless Steve & Tanya
Your Best Day EverYour Best Day Ever
Rebecca G.
She was an awesome friendly person. We agreed that she will come to my rehearsal and my wedding day which were in October. We discussed this way in advance. A week before my rehearsal she mentions something comes up and isn’t able to make it. Unfortunately I had to cancel with her because this being my day I wanted my officiant to be there for both days. She was understanding and refunded my full amount. Overall, the communication was good about the process of my wedding but I was not able to continue with her so I can’t give a full review on how she is on the day of. Thanks again for the attempt!
Rev I, do OfficiatingRev I, do Officiating
Emily B.
Danny was amazing from the start! We contacted him LESS than one week before our weeding because our officiant bailed. He made us feel so comfortable. Like A weight had been lifted. Day of wedding, Danny showed up early and attentive. His speech from start to finish was funny, thoughtful and memorable. Our guests are still talking about how great he was. We highly recommend Danny!
RainCross CeremoniesRainCross Ceremonies
Zack K.
Dave was absolutely amazing! He met with us weeks in advance to discuss our wedding ceremony, discussed how the ceremony would proceed in detail, and emailed us an outline for the ceremony which also contained blessings to choose from and vows to choose from if we needed them. After our first meeting and before the ceremony, we worked together and customized the officiant process so it was exactly as my now wife and I wanted it to be. We were incredibly pleased and our audience loved him. Our ceremony was perfect and I would give Dave a 10/10!
Out of the Box weddingsOut of the Box weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Finding the right officiant for our wedding was the most daunting task I faced while planning our wedding! I really didn't want just any joe schmo marrying us and I spent months trying to find someone who my husband and I clicked with. Everyone we spoke to immediately rubbed us the wrong way. They didn't make an effort to get to know my husband and I and seemed to only care about payment. When I came across Jonathan on Thumbtack I decided to reach out to him and I am SO glad I did. From our first conversation to our last Jonathan was engaging, personal and kind. He listened to our needs and helped us construct the perfect ceremony for US. He encouraged us to write our own vows which obviously made our ceremony so much more meaningful and intimate. Come the day of the wedding Jonathan conducted the ceremony seamlessly. He made both my husband and I so comfortable and all my wedding day nerves vanished. He was incredibly charismatic and professional. I felt like we knew him for YEARS! Thank you Jonathan for helping make our special day ever MORE special!
Jonathan Derrick Mathe - Ordained Minister/Wedd...Jonathan Derrick Mathe - Ordained Minister/Wedd...
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