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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 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 Golden wedding officiants
Brittany D.
We highly recommend the Wedding Officiant Extraordinaire. He married my husband and I over a year ago. We absolutely enjoyed the experience. He respected our wishes and was so delightful. Thank you for Officiating our wedding.
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Ryan S.
Dan was the perfect choice to have officiate our wedding! He made the ceremony special and definitely a night we will remember for the rest of our lives. Couldnt have asked for a better officiant!! Felt as if we have known him our entire lifes.
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Lesley G.
David did a wonderful job being our officiant for our wedding and was so patient with us when we changed our plans from a small backyard ceremony to include all our friends at The Golden Mill. We also changed the time from morning to afternoon and changed our vows several times. He was so helpful through the whole process making our special day go smooth. He arrived early and was very professional. I would absolutely recommend David to officiate your wedding. Thank you for David for marrying us!
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Cassie p.
The ceremony was perfect. The officiant went above and beyond to meet our needs and also had some surprises for us. Hiring keppen was the best decision we could have done, we felt confident he would deliver a beautiful ceremony and it was one less thing I had to worry about for my wedding.
Elevate OfficiantElevate Officiant
Vanessa D.
David is the best officiant I could have ever asked for!!! He definitely was one part of the wedding planning that was stress free. He made the process so simple, was very professional, came early to both the rehearsal and wedding, and overall did a very fantastic job. Not only did he provide me with samples of scripts, but he was very flexible and very easy to work with. He definitely is an amazing person and soul. I highly recommend David to everyone looking to make their day extra special. I couldn't have imagined mine any other way :)
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Kayla M.
If I could give Keppen with Elevate Wedding Officiant 100 stars, I totally would! He was very responsive and personable. From the moment we met him on Zoom, we clicked and moved forward with booking him. He was very attentive to our love story and payed close attention to what made us “us”. He mentioned things in our ceremony that I don’t even remember discussing with him, so our family and friends at our ceremony could have thought he knew us just as well as they did. Keppen even took it upon himself to allow time for a separate ceremony for my bonus kids and I to make a promise to one another. Everything special about our ceremony was because of him. I will never forget all the little details and effort he put into our Wedding day ❤️ THANK YOU KEPPEN for everything!
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