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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 North Lauderdale wedding officiants
Dennis M.
Amazing experience. I would highly recommend for anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
Donnette P.
Patricia did my wedding and she was phenomenal.. service was awesome would recommend her to anyone looking to hire an officiate for their wedding .
P. Charles Mobile Notary LLCP. Charles Mobile Notary LLC
Marci B.
I just hired Judge Rob for my wedding in November. He has been very communicative and responsive. He is knowledgeable and friendly! I look so forward to having him as our officient!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Thumbtack Customer
Norm McDonald was the officiant at our wedding August 20 2016. He was very pleasant and easily accessible anytime. He texts..emails.. and makes phone calls. He paid attention to meet our needs and delivered a very heart felt interfaith marriage that all present enjoyed. I highly recommend him. He was on time with a wonderful disposition and a caring smile. Great officiant with lots of experience.
Nashville Wedding Officiant - Norm McDonaldNashville Wedding Officiant - Norm McDonald
Tom S.
What can I say...Judge Rob was fantastic!! Not only did he do an outstanding job as our officiant but he also was our EmCee!!! And everyone loved him...he kept everyone on their feet having a great time...and was extremely helpful at organizing all of the speeches, dances, etc!!! He even got all our guests to come outside and enjoy our horse and carriage rides!!! Every guest had something nice to say about his personality and how much energy he has! He made our wedding very special and one of a kind! I would recommend him to everyone, not only as their officiant...but also to host or EmCee your special event!!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Sandy S.
Joanne is amazing! She takes her time to get to know the couple like a friend. She is there every step of the way including picking out readings and giving a variety of examples of ceremony readings (ring exchange, sand ceremony..etc). She writes a well crafted introduction based on what she learned from the couple in your first meeting. From start to finish Joanne is there guiding the process even showing up for the rehearsal! Cannot say enough of how awesome she is! My husband and I are so thankful to have had her officiate out beautiful wedding.
Joanne Zito, Wedding OfficiantJoanne Zito, Wedding Officiant
Rick R.
Thorough, Caring and Professional Reading previous reviews about Judge Rob indicated he was a qualified person that pleased his customers. Judge Rob proved to be everything his reviews indicated. We are so pleased to have had him as an essential part of our special day. The biggest worry I had was whether he would actually show up or be too good to be true. He showed up early and even texted me earlier in the day to calm my nerves. My opinion of him immediately increased as he communicated quickly, accurately and clearly. He stayed in touch with us every step of the way. He provided thoughtful and helpful suggestions for our ceremony and how to structure the process. He responded to our ideas and added value to most everything we created. Judge Rob wears a judge’s robe and it brings so much to the event by having him dressed for the part. He provides all the official certifications and guidance on how to file and complete the license. The ceremony was read beautifully and he addressed all our guest. He incorporated our special vows and readings. He was even a great director of the photographer for best wedding photos. I don’t think we could have chosen anyone better or more capable than Judge Rob. All our guest were so complementary of him and how he managed the wedding. He’s now a great friend of our family.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
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