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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.

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 Cape Coral wedding officiants
Carla h.
Lisa is awesome! II highly recommend her service if you are in need of a wedding officiant. She is very responsive to emails/texts. Helps you prepare for the wedding, and let’s you personalize the ceremony. Could not have asked for a better officiant. Thank again Lisa, you are the best. Tim/Carla
Lisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary PublicLisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary Public
David M.
It was a total delight having Lisa officiate at our wedding. Sweet, kind and very friendly. We actually felt like she was part of our family. Thank you again Lisa..
Lisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary PublicLisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary Public
Amy H.
I contacted Jennifer less than 2 weeks before my daughter wedding due to my friend(who was originally going to officiate) back out at the last minute. I was very impressed how quickly she responded back to me. I was freaking out that we had no one to officiate and she reassured me that is what she is here for. She was amazing! Thank you again Jeyfpr saving my daughter’s special day!!❤️💍
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
Donna F.
Lisa not only did my hair and makeup she did an awesome job as our officiant. She allowed me to revise what she had written to add my personal touch and she made our wedding day great. Thank you Lisa.
I Do’s and Up Do’sI Do’s and Up Do’s
Mia G.
What a great experience it was having Tony officiate our intimate wedding on Friday. It was truly the best day ever and he really made it a calm atmosphere. His script was great and really focused on us and our families. Loved it. Highly recommended! Thanks again Tony!
Such a Day as ThisSuch a Day as This
Marcy V.
If you are looking for an amazing wedding officiant then Lisa is truly the right person for you. From the very beginning she was very responsive and accommodating to our needs. She took the time to send us different types of wedding ceremonies for us to decide what works best. She offered her help all around and even helped with our vows. We are very happy with our decision of going with her. She's awesome!!!
Lisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary PublicLisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary Public
Shelby B.
Jennifer helped make my special day even more special :) she is a wonderful person and I could tell she really cared about me, my husband, and making our wedding day the best it could be. She took the most wonderful pictures for us as well! If you want to have a amazing ceremony you need someone amazing like Jennifer Officiating!
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
Lizbeth P.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Lisa is super sweet and values your requests and does the best in her ability to make the best for her clients to have a memorable day, stress free. Shes more than our wedding officiant, she’s a great guide and makes it easier for our preparations for my fiancé’s and I special day. She’s very quick to get back to you and very detailed. Also very affordable.
Lisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary PublicLisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary Public
Thumbtack Customer
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony. Caleb did an outstanding job. It was as if we had known him our whole lives, instead of just through a couple phone calls and text messages. Our ceremony started an hour later than it should have due to the rain, and there was not one complaint. Instead he mingled with our families and waited patiently for me to arrive and begin. He spoke from the heart with a smile on his face. I would 1000% refer Caleb to anyone needing an officiant for their wedding. Thank you so much Caleb!
Neff WeddingsNeff Weddings
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