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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. 

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. 

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.

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 Western Addition wedding officiants
Li Y.
We are very happy to have John be our wedding officiant. He was professional, humorous and easy gonging. We had a wonderful wedding. Thanks to John for being our wedding officiant.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Elizabeth H.
An incredible experience with an incredible officiant! Our ceremony was last minute and private at our San Francisco hotel and Leslie made it so meaningful, special, and was a true joy to have be part of our wedding! We highly recommend her to anyone looking for a warm, kind, and loving person to officiate their wedding.
Taylored 2 U Weddings and NotaryTaylored 2 U Weddings and Notary
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff Finger did a great job of officiating at our wedding. He is warm, personable, knowledgeable, and professional. I recommend Jeff highly to anyone planning a San Francisco wedding.
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Ximeng X.
Pastor is extremely professional and kind. We have asked him for being our officiant a week before our wedding, and he replied right away. The wedding went very well with his present.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Lynette A.
We had a beautiful, small casual wedding yesterday accompanied by our family and officiated by Pastor John. So happy that we chose him to officiate and guide us. He was very prompt in contacting us. He provided his ceremony outline and several samples of readings, prayers and blessings to customize the ceremony. We spent some time converting his suggestions an notes in to a wedding "script" for the entire event. We included photos and participant information to make a program we could hand out to guests. At any stage we had questions, pastor John, was happy to help. With his help we created our dream wedding. He also created a commentorative book for our wedding. We highly recommend Pastor John to officiate your wedding.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
We have wedding with David as our officiant on 6/6 at SF. David is very easy going, professional and nice person. Thanks David!
Love is LoveLove is Love
Kayla M.
Bob was our wedding officiator. He did a great job and was very accommodating to what we wanted in our ceremony. Very easy to work with!
Bob Le LaurinBob Le Laurin
William D.
Shelley did an amazing job officiating our wedding. Me and my wife exchanged our vows this past Saturday, and we could not have found a better officiant. We contacted her very last minute due to unexpected changes, she accepted, spent time getting to know us, helped us express ourselves, and did a wonderful job with our wedding. Thank you
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Victor Z.
Pastor Robert was officiator of our wedding ceremony. He was very professional. He arrives early, asked for rehearsal need, and pay particular attention the dress code of the event. He delivered great message before the vowing. In summary, he is a great officiator and we had a wonderful time.
Memorable WeddingsMemorable Weddings
Jordyn H.
Lisa is awesome and such a joy to work with! My husband and I planned a small surprise wedding for our parents at SF City Hall -super last minute! We kept putting aside the task of finding an Officiant for our wedding because of the fact of having a complete stranger marry us. After being turned down from one Officiant due to schedule conflict, I spoke with another Officiant which went just OK but after speaking with Lisa and explaining to her our whole grand surprise wedding scheme, she was very supportive and excited for us and really took interest! We met Lisa in person and my husband and I instantly knew she was going to be our wedding Officiant! Lisa’s very personable, funny and has an awesome personality and made us both feel comfortable. She is great at asking the right questions and getting her point across. Lisa made our wedding ceremony very special and was able to translate our love story into such a beautiful and memorable way.
Officiant LisaOfficiant Lisa
Yiran C.
It was great to have Christopher as our wedding officiant. He was nice and professional. He had actively communicated with us regarding details of the ceremony and scripts. Highly recommend him!
Guidance and Grace ~ Celebrant ServicesGuidance and Grace ~ Celebrant Services
Rachel L.
I own a wedding planning and photography company. I hired Ben to officiant a wedding for one of my couples and he did an excellent job. I would definitely hire him again, and I plan to. He arrived early, nicely dressed, and had a pleasant demeanor. He has many years of experience, and most importantly, he really enjoys being an officiant. He was great with the couple, and I personally enjoyed the ceremony.
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Kobe M.
Ben is an outstanding officiant which is out of my expectation. He manage our wedding ceremony very well. And he can provide very useful suggestions and comment for us to arrange our wedding smoothly before my trip to US, as my wife and I were traveling to San Francisco for the marriage. I really happy with the service that Ben provided and I highly recommend him to others who is seeking for an professional officiant.
I Do (Marriages)I Do (Marriages)
Diana G.
As a nervous bride and control freak i was worried about finding someone to officiate our wedding at San Francisco City Hall. From the moment i first spoke to Him i was put at ease. He answered all my questions and was always available to us. The day of he arrived early and even entertained our guests while i was running behind. I could not be more Happy with his Services and you would be lucky to have him officiate your wedding.
Pastor John's Personalized WeddingsPastor John's Personalized Weddings
Robin C.
We had the absolute best experience by choosing Troy as our wedding officiant. He went out of his way to make sure we had the most intimate wedding. We both loved our experience with him & wouldn’t have had it any other way.
VOWS by Troy BrunétVOWS by Troy Brunét
Anjuri J.
Dyanna was amazing. We did a small pop up wedding snd she was our officiant. She was professional and worked with us to incorporate what we wanted in the ceremony. Highly recommend her.
W.E.D. by DyannaW.E.D. by Dyanna
Me and my partner Aditi were looking for an officiant in a time crunch situation for our wedding in SF city hall. Aditi was very particular in the type of officiant she wanted as we wanted to make our ceremony a memorable and fun affair for everyone. We can’t thank enough to thumbtack and our fortunes to have met Chris and have him officiate in our wedding. Chris was very supportive from the start and guided us through and through until the last step. He provided many samples and ideas which helped us navigate the vows and ceremony smoothly. He also printed our vows on a card-stock paper and got it for us, which was very sweet. Everyone in our wedding loved him. We are glad to have found Chris and to have got a chance to work with him. Totally recommend this gem of a person for wedding ceremony.
Guidance and Grace ~ Celebrant ServicesGuidance and Grace ~ Celebrant Services
Tom L.
Hiring Shelley to officiate our wedding was an excellent choice. She helped us deal with all the paperwork that goes into getting married, was super responsive when we needed her and her speech made our wedding day all the more special. I couldn't recommend her enough!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Jennifer O.
Darrell made our special day even more special. From the first time we met to discuss our wedding, we felt comfortable and relieved to have him officiate our event. He was professional, timely, and truly interested in our love story and making our wedding magical.
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Jeff makes my wedding ceremony complete! First of all, all bridal party was late at wedding rehearsal night, but he was very patient waiting for others while guiding us through the timeline. On the wedding day, he did everything just perfect. He is very professional, not only because he knows what to do but also he has sense of humor. With Jeff, everything was in control. I highly recommend Jeff as your wedding officiant!
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Christine L.
We couldn't have asked for a more perfect wedding day! And a big part of our day was all due to Shelley's presence as our officiant. She was extremely communicative, professional and takes great pride in her work. We are incredibly grateful for Shelley and her husband's assistance officiating and taking photos of our special day. I'm hopeful we get the good fortune of staying in touch with her!
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Nhan H.
Shelley was a fantastic wedding officiant. It was so easy to work with her. She made our day so special. I loved what she had to say. It was very personal. I highly recommend her. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better.
Loving Vows (Officiant) &  Furry ❤️ FriendsLoving Vows (Officiant) & Furry ❤️ Friends
Monica K.
Jeff officiated our wedding at Palace of Fine arts June 17,2017. He did an AMAZING job. He was professional and easy to work with. He guided us through the process and delivered a unique and beautiful ceremony. If you are looking for a professional - THIS IS YOUR GUY !
Weddings WonderfulWeddings Wonderful
Nikita M.
Jacqueline officiated our wedding very beautifully. She was very responsive and kind during our initial interactions. Jacqueline added a lot to our ceremony by her beautiful speech. We love you Jacqueline, all the best for your future endeavors.
Jacqueline MoralesJacqueline Morales
Hassan N.
Phil was amazing. He was professional, very polite, had a good sense of humor. He did a fantastic job at officiating our wedding ceremony. He helped us recite our vows, despite my wife and I being very nervous during the ceremony. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone looking for an officiant! Thank you so much, Phil! You made our ceremony such a memorable experience for everyone who attended!
Fun WeddingsFun Weddings
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