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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.

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 Colorado Springs wedding officiants
Robert V.
Rachel was amazing and provide us with what we exactly wanted for our wedding. She was funny, professional and witty. We would recommend her to anyone looking for a officiant for there wedding. Thank you so much for making our wedding just that more special.
Kokopelli WeddingsKokopelli Weddings
Jennifer C.
Tia did a wonderful job as our daughter’s wedding officiant. From start to finish, she was excellent. A kind and warm individual who was easy to work with.
Nerdy Birdy (Tia)Nerdy Birdy (Tia)
David D.
Thank you for an unforgettable moment in our lives! Keppen you far exceeded anything we hoped for. We were truly blessed finding you to officiate our wedding.
Elevate OfficiantElevate Officiant
Janie M.
Noemi was wonderful at officiating my daughters wedding. From preparing us before the wedding to the day of. My daughter was a nervous wreck and Noemi made this one less thing we had to worry about. She was very personable and such a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend her.
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Terri was hired to be the officiant in a surprise wedding. She was very professional, comical, and a pure pleasure to be around! As a senior enlisted military person, I expect perfection and she did not disappoint. Well done!!!
The Gadfly PastorThe Gadfly Pastor
Cheryl M.
As our wedding officiant, D.J. Smith added exponentially to our marriage elopement ceremony. Words are not adequate to express the joy and meaning his officiating brought. He prayed with us and over us. He was so completely organized and relWe felt the presence of God in all parts of our ceremony as a result. It was more beautiful than we could ever have imagined.
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
Susan N.
Reverend Teri was a perfect officiant for our daughter's wedding. She was kind, dependable and had a nice sense of humor. She helped us with a service that was a blend of the bride and groom's religions. Thank you, Reverend Teri!
The Gadfly PastorThe Gadfly Pastor
Natalie B.
DJ was the perfect officiant for our wedding, he was very personal and got everyone's attention. We got so many compliments on him after the ceremony on how beautiful his speech was. We will definitely recommend him to all our friends who are planning a wedding. Thank you DJ for making our day so special!
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
Diana L.
Jo officiated the double wedding of my son and daughter in law, and daughter and son in law, and it was apparent that she has a heart for the celebration of marriage! I was caught off guard by how important she was-not just part of a process but so sincere , so special, we won’t forget her!
Get Married By JoGet Married By Jo
Brannon P.
I hate that we were only able to select three characteristics/qualities. I highly highly HIGHLY recommend Tia. She was able to step in as our wedding officiant and she was just amazing. She was lovely and was a key part in making sure our day went as planned!
Nerdy Birdy (Tia)Nerdy Birdy (Tia)
Justin T.
Pastor Dan was amazing, he not only officiated our wedding but also has taken us through some pre-marital counseling sessions! He personalized our ceremony to fit our personality’s but also kept God at the forefront! I could not have imagined a better Pastor for our big day!
Dan DeMey Wedding OfficiantDan DeMey Wedding Officiant
Dania G.
I cannot express how amazing it was having Dan officiate our wedding. He was personable, punctual, responsive, and felt like we’ve known him for years!! I took a chance on Dan because I am from South Texas and we were having a destination wedding in Colorado. And he definitely did not disappoint! My family can’t stop going on and on about how much they loved him and his beautiful words at the ceremony! He took the time out to make it to our rehearsal and even would make time to FaceTime with us prior to wedding day. He’s seriously the best!
Dan DeMey Wedding OfficiantDan DeMey Wedding Officiant
Karen B.
There isn't enough words to express all the wonderful emotions we have experienced having Rachel perform our wedding ceremony. I am so thankful that she accepted the job (and I might add, on a very short notice). She was prompt and even patient when I was running late. Rachel truly is gifted and I experience her to be passionate on performing our ceremony. Her process is very simple and straightforward. She prepared for us a very beautiful ceremony. I really felt that she connected well with my husband and myself. She really captured who we are to each other and the journey that brought us to the big moment. The whole time and even looking back, words can just overflow to describe all we have felt at that moment - sweet, sincere, candid, genuine, encouraging, truthful, inspiring, solemn, intimacy, in-love, grateful, joyful and excitement... I can go on and on. We have a very small wedding party and all were really moved. They only have admiration of Rachel's contribution. Rachel, you were instrumental in making our "Union" official. Not just on paper but deeper in our hearts the vows were truly felt for us to keep alive. Thank you very much. We really appreciate you being there.
Kokopelli WeddingsKokopelli Weddings
Daniel J.
My (now) wife and I flew in to Colorado from Maryland to elope. We flew in on a Thursday night and were getting married the next day at The Garden of the Gods, an hour away from our hotel. Needless to say, we were a little frantic, anxious, all of the above. We had been in touch with DJ maybe a month or so in advance. I had an initial phone call with him and even over the phone he was very kind and genuinely interested in getting to know us. A few weeks later my wife and I had a Skype meeting with him to get to know us a little further and to put us even more at ease about the whole event. Fast forward to the ceremony. It was a very small ceremony, only 4 other people were there. We held it at High Point at The Garden of the Gods and it was RIDICULOUSLY windy. Literally blow-you-over windy. We decided to have the actual ceremony on the rocks, somewhat close to the cliff. I bring this up because DJ was 100% game, no hesitation at all, and he was the closest to the edge! And boy did he come prepared. I let him know the various songs we were going to have playing during the ceremony and, even though we had them on our phones, he had them as well. And he brought a speaker! He printed our vows for us when we were ill-prepared on that front. His presentation/words were beautiful. He allowed for us to customize anything we wanted but we still leaned on him for a lot and I'm glad we did because he knocked it out of the park with his words. DJ was also very patient. Admittedly, I am a procrastinator and maybe a little lazy (the wedding was in December and I'm just now getting to write this review - sorry DJ!). I was very spotty with my communication with him in the weeks leading up to the big day, but he kept checking in with me, and I appreciated that. And when the start time for the ceremony had changed slightly, DJ said no problem. He was very accommodating. And then to top it all off, he took care of our marriage license for us! Sure enough we received it in the mail a week or so later back home across the country. I cannot recommend DJ enough. I would give him 10/5 stars if I could. I was completely blown away. A true professional, very comforting, very personable. I am EXTREMELY happy and proud to have had DJ as our officiant!
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
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