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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.

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 Highland wedding officiants
Austin T.
Did and amazing job officiating our wedding.
Wedding Officiant ExtraordinaireWedding Officiant Extraordinaire
Amber T.
Very happy to have Teri officiate my wedding this year!
The Gadfly PastorThe Gadfly Pastor
Thumbtack Customer
Kris is the best, she officiated our wedding and helped make the ceremony perfect. Even with a couple days notice!!!
Colorado Wedding MinistersColorado Wedding Ministers
Lizbeth S.
We loved the ceremony!! It made everybody cry and be in the love harmony. Loved it!! Thanks so much. It was a pleasure working with you and having you officiate my wedding. ❤️❤️
Rigoberto MendezRigoberto Mendez
Jayme M.
Rigoberto was AMAZINGG!! He made our ceremony that much better. All of my family are Spanish speaker, so it was important to have an officiant that is bilingual. He made it so special for myself and my whole family. If are looking for an officiant for your wedding look no further, Rigoberto is the person for you.
Rigoberto MendezRigoberto Mendez
Jessica L.
We had the best experience with Colorado Wedding Ministers. We eloped and had two weeks to find an officiant. Not only did we find and hire THE BEST officiant, we were honored to have I Do for You Photography, who captured some truly amazing photos. If you hire Kris (Colorado Wedding Ministers) you must hire Ken (I Do for You Photography). You will not be disappointed.
Colorado Wedding MinistersColorado Wedding Ministers
Emma F.
Lisa absolutely knocked it out of the park for our wedding ceremony. I seriously cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Lisa. She truly took the time to get to know us as a couple and perfectly crafted our ideal wedding ceremony reading. Lisa is a positive light and this radiates into her work. She is extremely well spoken and professional in her officiating work. ALL of my family, friends, and bridesmaids were so thoroughly impressed with Lisa and plan to book her for their upcoming nuptials. I had several people come to me and remark on what a great officiant I had found. If you are looking for a courteous, highly knowledgeable, and amazingly personable wedding officiant - look no further than Lisa! THANK YOU, Lisa, for helping to make our wedding day perfect!
Lisa Dimino White, The Joy SeekerLisa Dimino White, The Joy Seeker
Christin H.
When we met David we knew he had to officiate our wedding. David is so down to earth, it felt like we have known him forever. He surpassed our expectations at the wedding. Our ceremony was so beautifully written and presented! Thank you so much David!!
Wedding Officiant ExtraordinaireWedding Officiant Extraordinaire
Carlos V.
We had DJ officiate our wedding at Wash Park and it was wonderful. We needed someone who was bilingual and could keep English & Spanish speakers happy and comfortable. He exceeded our expectations, everyone at our ceremony was extremely pleased. We got rave reviews from our families afterwards on how great everything was. We highly recommend DJ as an officiant. Thanks for everything!
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
Kayla w.
I couldn’t even imagine a different person officiating our wedding. From the moment we met with Hal on Zoom, we loved him! His personality and charm makes him perfect for the job. He was early to every meeting and to the wedding. We was quick to respond to text and reached out often to make sure we didn’t need anything from him. He seriously was so amazing. If we ever do a vow renewal ceremony and he’s still officiating, there is no doubt we would hire him again. I cannot recommend him enough.
Harold Lentz @ H P PastorHarold Lentz @ H P Pastor
Michelle M.
Donna with Elevate was wonderful. She went beyond just officiating. The ceremony was light hearted and fun. Originally I thought we would be working with Keppen because all of the reviews pointed to him, but Donna ended up being a great addition to our wedding.
Elevate OfficiantElevate Officiant
Anarely M.
Our wedding was wonderful! Deej is such a spiritual person that it just resonates with you and everyone in the room. He worked so well with us and everything turned out wonderfully! He offered a bi-lingual wedding service to us and his passion and energy connected with all our guest. He offered his help to us not only as an officiant, but as spiritual guidance through our marriage! Muchas Gracias -Los Carranco
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
Ashley E.
We reached out to Rigo about 2 months before our wedding. Yikes right? Not with Rigo! He did everything and then some! Our ceremony was perfect and had everyone laughing. We were absolutely grateful and so very happy he was our officiant!! It was everything we ever wanted ❤️
Rigoberto MendezRigoberto Mendez
April H.
It was an honor to have Chaplain Wayne MacKirdy officiate my wedding. Our friends and family raved about how much they loved our ceremony. It was such a blessing, thank you Wayne for making Kevin and my day extra special. (p.s. Kevin was sold just by seeing your Stetson hat in your photos)
Chaplain Wayne MacKirdyChaplain Wayne MacKirdy
Lynzie B.
I hired Teri to be our officiant for our wedding on June 23, 2018 and it was a great experience. She was very responsive and easy to work with to come up with a ceremony that worked well for my husband and I. She also involved our daughter in the ceremony and made it that much more special! I would definitely recommend her!
The Gadfly PastorThe Gadfly Pastor
Brandon P.
DJ did an incredible job officiating our wedding! He is extremely personable, professional, and responsive. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish which is exactly what my wife and I were looking for. The ceremony was officiated in both languages and in a way that was time efficient and honoring for both families. Another thing we appreciated was the stories and personal things we told him about our relationship that were woven into the ceremony. If you are looking for a charismatic and all around genuine person to share in the love, excitement, and joy of your day I highly recommend DJ.
One For Life WeddingsOne For Life Weddings
Katelin D.
Stephanie was the perfect officiant for our wedding. We really appreciated that she went the extra mile to make sure the ceremony and vows were so unique and special to us. She conducted the ceremony with poise and a warm attitude that set the relaxed tone that I wanted so badly. Don’t hesitate to ask her to share your big day.
Stephanie LattaStephanie Latta
Josh b.
We could not have picked a better officiant for our wedding. Keppen was nothing but professional, truly caring, And punctual with everything he did. He took the time to truly get to know us before writing our ceremony. Keppen made our Day so special and we cannot ever thank him enough for the amazing ceremony he put on for us. If I could suggest one thing out of all of the wedding planning that I’ve done during the Covid pandemic is to hire keppen. He will make your day something truly special and I truly believe that because he did that for us. He turned a massive wedding into a two person wedding Without any hesitation it was always there to answer any questions we had. Keppen is somebody truly special to have in your wedding and to bring a couple together.
Elevate OfficiantElevate Officiant
Nicole V.
Stephanie was awesome and it was a pleasure working with her. With less than a month to plan our wedding, during COVID, we’re so thankful we found her. After the first call, we knew we wanted her to officiate us. She’s really sweet, responsive, funny, and just great overall. I highly recommend her if you’re looking, you won’t regret it!
Stephanie LattaStephanie Latta
Manuel V.
Rigo did an amazing job with our Bilingual wedding. He ensured that both families were included the whole way. He had helpful tips and was willing to answer any and all questions we had anytime of day. He included our family traditions with ease. He included a small bit of comedy that was tasteful and definitely helped ease the nerves. If I ever needed a officiant again i would not hesitate to re hire Rigo.... Although I have no plans of ever needing one again. Rigo Made our ceremony beautiful and one for the books Thank you. (more pictures to follow!)
Rigoberto MendezRigoberto Mendez
Mark U.
Jason was our officiant for our wedding ceremony two weeks ago. I can't say enough good things about Jason. Early on he gave us this sense that we'd known him forever, which provided us the comfort we made the right selection, and that he was going to provide the same care and attention that you would a family member. He made himself available for phone discussions and pre-ceremony site visits to make sure the plan was in place for the big day. Even though we were a bit behind schedule and we forgot the marriage license at home, Jason easily rolled with the punches and everything was perfect just like we hoped. We can't thank Jason enough for being a part of or special day, and highly recommend him for his services. - Mark & Jezamine
Jason McBrideJason McBride
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