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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 Hollywood wedding officiants
Luisa D.
It was an absolute pleasure having Constance as our wedding officiant. The ceremony was perfect. She’s professional and goes above and beyond. If you’re looking for the perfect wedding officiant, look no further! You will not be disappointed! Thank you Constance for your services. We loved everything about our ceremony!!!!
Marry Me, LLCMarry Me, LLC
Marie W.
Great officiant! Highly recommend. She responded promptly, sent sample vows and performed the sand ceremony for my beach wedding.
Beach Mobile Notary ServicesBeach Mobile Notary Services
Thumbtack Customer
From the start of speaking with Sophia till the time of our wedding, she was courteous, respectful and professional. I would strongly suggest hiring her as your wedding officiant. Thank you Sophia for an outstanding experience.
Sophia Tezel - Wedding OfficiantSophia Tezel - Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Connie did a great job officiating our wedding! She even gave us a keepsake copy of our ceremony. She's a great speaker and I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
Marry Me, LLCMarry Me, LLC
Hazel L.
Rev. Martinez officiated my wedding and before everything started he made sure everyone was ready and relaxed. He delivered a beautiful ceremony and we couldn’t be happier with how everything turned out.
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Krista B.
Judge Rob was an excellent officiant! He ensured that my sister’s wedding went smoothly, and he was very flexible to accommodate her wishes. He was friendly, funny, and communicative! We would highly recommend him!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Kristin S.
Joanne is professional, thoughtful and excited about being part of our wedding. I can't say enough as to how important this day will be for us and she too expresses the same feelings. I'd rec her to all and everyone in search for a perfect fit as an officiant
Joanne Zito, Wedding OfficiantJoanne Zito, Wedding Officiant
Dr. C.
Absolutely the best experience with Mikki Racine. He was extremely professional, attentive and really a part of the event. His ability to get to know the couple/family and bring the entire event together was remarkable. I would whole heartedly recommend MR Wedding Officiant. He spent hours with the couple making sure their wedding was day was very special with all the I’s dotted and t’s crossed! And a great value too!
MR Wedding Officiant & Hosting ServicesMR Wedding Officiant & Hosting Services
Maria P.
We love having William as our wedding officiant ! He definitely made this moment a lot more special for both of us , and everyone attending. Since both our families speak English , he performed the ceremony in Spanish , which made a lot more special for us.
Hernandez Mobile Notary ServicesHernandez Mobile Notary Services
Benny S.
We couldn't be happier with our choice in choosing William to officiate our wedding as well as the rehearsal. His punctuality, professionalism and flexibility went above and beyond our expectations. All 50 of our guests were very impressed with him. Being a military veteran, it was an honor to have a fellow veteran marry us.
Hernandez Mobile Notary ServicesHernandez Mobile Notary Services
Krista M.
Judge Rob did a fantastic job officiating our wedding this weekend! I couldn't be more satisfied with choosing him in any way. He was early, did exactly what we discussed and my guests absolutely adored him. Thank you for being part of such an important day and making it go off with out a hitch!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Christina G.
Joanne is fantastic!! She is extremely personable and caring about your special day. I spoke with a few other people before I talked to Joanne and I felt as if they were all business. But as soon as we started talking I knew she was right person to officiate my wedding. She made everything comfortable and easy. We did a sunrise wedding on the beach and she was just as excited since this was her first one. Anything I spoke to her about, her response was “this is your day”. She is prompt with answering calls, texts and emails. I absolutely recommend Joanne...and she has a great photographer she recommends to people too.
Joanne Zito, Wedding OfficiantJoanne Zito, Wedding Officiant
Banis G.
William officiated my Aunties surprise vow wedding renewal in Florida, he did an exceptional job. He is very professional, kind, responsive and charismatic. He even took pictures for us and helped us with the venue set up. I am so humbled that he took his time to capture some beautiful moments and shared them with me. Thank you so much William, for making the day memorable. My family and I are entirely grateful. We will never forget you :-)
Hernandez Mobile Notary ServicesHernandez Mobile Notary Services
Maria C.
We were looking for a wedding officiant that offered a ceremony that wasn’t only legal, but special. Damaris definitely offered that. She provided us with more than 5 scripts we could choose from. Some included poems and she even had a sand ritual that we could add on for a small fee. She was on time and even patiently waited for me in her car when I, the bride was late. The ceremony was great. She spoke clearly and took her time. I would highly recommend Damaris for her work quality and responsiveness as well.
Damaris AgostoDamaris Agosto
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