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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.

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 Fort Myers wedding officiants
Jocelyn H.
Jen did an awesome job officiating our wedding! She was very professional and personable! We would highly recommend her to anyone getting married!
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
Blake A.
Tony officiated our beach wedding at the Pink Shell in Fort Myers. We couldn’t be happier with him. He spent time getting to know us over Zoom prior to the wedding and helped guide us to the type of wedding that was right for us. I highly recommend Tony for your special day.
Such a Day as ThisSuch a Day as This
Jeanne r.
Looking forward to having Lisa officiate at our daughter’s wedding in October. We have been so pleased with her quick, professional responses in getting all the details worked out. Really looking forward to working with her.
Lisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary PublicLisa Rosa Wedding Officiant Notary Public
Thumbtack Customer
He was our officiant, he met with us prior to our wedding and assured us that he was the one that we should go with, very professional and goes out of his way to help with whatever he can, he was over our rehearsal to make sure everything was flawless
Alpha WeddingsAlpha Weddings
Doris J.
I just want say Jen was great! I am really happen I chose her to officiate my wedding we had great communication and on the day of the wedding she was awesome we were running a little do to some catering issues but she took care of it for me I just was so happy with her I would recommend her to everyone!! She really cares and also her pictures are really great...
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
Kendra A.
Our ceremony was absolutely BEAUTIFUL! Tony made our ceremony so special and he left a few guests with their jaws on the floor and tears in their eyes. Tony, thank you so much, you have a gift and I'm extremely grateful you were my officiant! You made our wedding everything we wanted it to be!
Such a Day as ThisSuch a Day as This
Jordan M.
THANK YOU so so much Pastor David Minor, for the most memorable wedding ceremony! Your great powerful words, full of love and grace. My husband and I really enjoyed our experience so much more because of you! You were so professional and punctual with everything. I didn’t have to wait days for a reply, also very affordable! I recommend this wonderful man to officiate your weddings, you will be so happy you did! God bless.
Rev. David MinorRev. David Minor
Terisa S.
It was a joy to work with Jennifer on our wedding! My fiancé and I appreciated the different ceremonies that she offered to us as choices and when Jennifer came to direct our rehearsal, it was like she was one of the family! She was very friendly, present, calm and reassuring! Everything fell into place beautifully as we practiced a few times going through the ceremony with her. On the day of the wedding she showed up early and was happy to help in whatever way she could. I highly recommend her and could not be happier with her service as our wedding officiant. What a wonderful person and a beautiful presence! I am so glad that we found Jennifer! She will always be remembered as bringing joy, meaning, confidence and her beautiful presence to our wedding ceremony. Thank you, Jen!
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
Dena T.
I can't say enough about having Jennifer officiating our wedding. She was very personable, warm and inviting. She is just amazing and made the day even more special for us. Whatever we needed, she was there to accommodate us. I would honestly recommend her to anyone that is getting married. She made the ceremony so personal for us as if she knew us for years. Tom and I are so thankful that you were the one to marry us.
Jennifer Manzo, OfficiantJennifer Manzo, Officiant
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