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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 Orlando wedding officiants
Pablo E T.
Pish was very pleasant, personable and professional. She would be an awesome choice for officiating any wedding.
Fantabulous Wedding OfficiantFantabulous Wedding Officiant
Ariel H.
Liz was the best officiant I never got to work with!! She had a personal emergency 2 days out from my wedding. She transferred payment, her script and all of my desires for my ceremony to a new officiant. This new officiant was amazing. I am thankful for her thinking of my wedding day even while dealing with her own private matter. I am so thankful for her!!
Lizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding OfficiantLizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding Officiant
Hillary G.
I was very happy with Edna! However, she was unable to do our wedding due to a scheduling issue; her cousin officiated our ceremony. Edna is very responsive and professional, and I really appreciated her services! I highly recommend her or her cousin to anyone who is looking for a bilingual officiant! Our wedding was on 11/10/19.
#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna
Alexis S.
Elder Jeffery was a pleasure to have officiate our wedding! He was ahead of time, ready to go and I really found that to be very professional of him. I would not have picked another Officiant for our wedding! Thanks for all that you do Elder Jeffery! He was easy to contact when needed, answered all my questions and even checked up on me at times....if you are looking for an Officiant, look no further. Thank you so much...from the Taylors !!!
Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.
Michael F.
Chrissy was very responsive and agreed to officiate our wedding at the very last minute after another officiant fell through. She helped us with our script, incorporating our personal edits, and was there for both the rehearsal and the day of. Very professional and kind, a pleasure to work with!
Ceremonies By ChrissyCeremonies By Chrissy
Hillary G.
We didn’t go through with Crystal, but I appreciate how sweet, professional, and responsive she was to my fiancé and I when we were trying to decide on officiants. I think you all should consider her when looking for a wedding officiant.
Ceremony by CrystalCeremony by Crystal
Kristin D.
Ms. Tish was amazing! She not only officiated but she helped us all destress and helped us make sure we achieved our dream wedding with no setbacks❤
Fantabulous Wedding OfficiantFantabulous Wedding Officiant
Heather Z.
Thank you so much Ofelia for officiating our wedding. You delivered exactly what we wanted and we loved your warm and kind spirit during our special day. Thank you again!
Ofelia Wedding OfficiantOfelia Wedding Officiant
Jennifer P.
I chose Lizette to officiate our wedding because she was bilingual and her prices were very fair. Lizette stayed in touch in the months before the wedding to get to know us. The ceremony was exactly what we wanted! It is noticeable that she loves her job! I would recommend Lizette over and over again.
Lizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding OfficiantLizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Edna was an amazing officiant. She accommodated us in making the ceremony as church like as possible. She was able to proform the wedding in English and Spanish very well. Her attitude is part non. I Highly recommend Edna Bautista.
#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna
Irene I.
Mr.jeffery was beyond great officiating our wedding! He was professional and on time and went with the flow! (We found out literally minutes before the wedding it was actually on the sand) lol smh but he handled it exceptionally! The ceremony was everything we spoke about. Anytime I asked a question, he answered. Thank you so much for making our day special, for praying during our ceremony and being so professional!
Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.
Thumbtack Customer
Vianka made our wedding very special! She came up with a very nice ceremony and met up with us before to go through the wording. she made us feel very comfortable and was very accommodating to our needs. She was very punctual. Vianka also went above and beyond by having her daughter take pictures and sending them the next day to us. We definately recommend her to everyone who needs a wedding officiant.
Vianka GilVianka Gil
Sibel C.
Susan was our officiant at our wedding and she was amazing! She was very sweet and professional; we were kinda nervous about having someone we’ve never met before as our officiant but with her amazing personality she won us over immediately. All our friends and family couldn’t stop mentioning how great she was. And although we asked her at almost last week to attend our rehearsal, she was able to come and help us rehearse everything so that we will be prepared at our real ceremony. Thanks a lot for everything Susan!
"I Do's" by Susan LLC"I Do's" by Susan LLC
Ashley K.
Rocio did an amazing job helping us out when we were in a really difficult position and needed to find an officiant at the last minute for a wedding on property. She was super responsive and very personable and easy to coordinate with when it came to details for the ceremony. She did a beautiful job creating a ceremony that made our bride and groom very happy with the memories they'd created for their special day.
Weddings A La CarteWeddings A La Carte
Thumbtack Customer
Phenomenal officiant!! She made my wedding an exceptional occasion with all the support she provided up front and throughout the planning process. During the ceremony I, being a strong manly type, felt I was going to breakdown and turn into a weeping willow and Edna, being the amazing at what she does, said it was okay if I did..... That reaffirming word, her supportive nature, and professionalism makes her tops in my book. Oh, lest I forget she is super detail-oriented, my wife is detail-oriented and she loved working with Edna because she over delivered!!! If you're looking for an officiant look no further...Trust me you will not be disappointed.
#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna
Tom d.
Many thoughts and considerations go into making a such an important decision such as choosing a wedding officiant. Beginning with the initial conversation and through each different ideation of ceremony Mariella was nothing but a detail oriented professional who truly cared about the experience of her clients. It would absolutely be a pleasure and privilege to offer my personal recommendation of anyone seeking such services going forward. She brought together what was truly an unforgettable experience, and we could not be more thankful.
Married by Mariella LLCMarried by Mariella LLC
Nicole S.
Absolutely amazing! We had our wedding rescheduled 4 time in other states due to covid. 4th time must have been the charm because we found Ne'keda! Her script was beautiful and exactly what we were looking for vs the officiants we had in other states. She was calm, cool, and collected as well as friendly and was able to schedule us 1 month before the offical day. Highly recommend!!! I love that we is LGBT+ friendly too! Amazing person to work with.
The Wedding OfficiantThe Wedding Officiant
Kristen W.
Crystal was AMAZING!!!!! We are so incredibly blessed to have found her to officiate our wedding. Not only was Crystal so sweet and professional to work with, but she put so much energy and time into ensuring that our special day was absolutely perfect!!!! Our guests could not stop talking about how wonderful our ceremony was and how it was the most authentic and heartfelt ceremony that they have been to! There was not a dry eye in the audience! Crystal made the ceremony process so meaningful to us and gave us so much guidance and ability to make the ceremony truly special to us. I cannot say enough about Crystal and would recommend her without any hesitation to anyone looking for the perfect touch to their wedding!!
Ceremony by CrystalCeremony by Crystal
Claudine C.
Pastor Brian was absolutely amazing from start to finish. There are no amount of words that can describe how wonderful he is. We started out by completing the questionnaire and he promptly texted us that he was available and we discussed a time to speak. He called us right on time and we went over what we wanted during our wedding and more importantly he listened to our story. He’s so easy and fun to speak to. After speaking with him we knew he was definitely the one we wanted to marry us. On the day of the wedding he showed up early and performed the wedding exactly like we asked. My family loved him. He’s truly a man of God and we were so thankful for that. We had to also ask him to come and pray at a funeral and he did that as well. He is amazing and anyone wanting a great officiant look no further than Pastor Brian.
Chosen For Him International MinistriesChosen For Him International Ministries
Marie R.
Pastor Brian did a wonderful ceremony for me and my now husband. He responded quickly, accommodated us in such short notice (one day before wedding day) and he was very kind to drive almost 2 hours just to officiate our little ceremony in Daytona Beach. He prayed for both of us and I felt so much love and warmth. Anybody would be blessed to have Pastor Brian at any special ceremony. Thank you again Pastor, you have touched our lives and may you continue to do it to other people as well. More blessings to you!
Chosen For Him International MinistriesChosen For Him International Ministries
Lara L.
What a blessing these two are. My husband and I just knew that we found the perfect officiant when we began to talk to David and Toni. These two truly care very much about what they do and the people that they meet. I would give a hundred stars if I could. We felt like they were old friends of ours. They were so warm and inviting. The presence of the Lord is a must for my husband and I, and they truly are followers of Christ. When we do our vow renewal/wedding ceremony celebration next year we are planning to contact David and Toni again. We just love you guys so much, thank you!!
Weddings by David & Toni + DJ serviceWeddings by David & Toni + DJ service
Thumbtack Customer
I'm providing an update to my original rating. While I had an excellent experience during my ceremony, it has been almost two years and the photos I paid for as part of my contracted wedding package have never been sent to me. My mother and I both have contacted Edna on numerous occasions and were promised my wedding photos. To this date, they have never been received. My mother called again around Christmas because she wanted to make me an album and Edna told her they would be sent. TIt's September 15, 2017 and I still have NO picutures from my wedding ceremony. It's unfortunate because the once amazing experience has now become a sore spot. found Edna on Thumbtack and I'm so glad I did. After my fiancé and I decided to cancel our huge wedding and opt for a smaller more intimate ceremony I was in the need for an officiant who could perform the ceremony over the Thanksgiving holiday while my daughter was in town. Edna and her husband Ed did not disappoint. Her price was more than reasonable and she treated my wedding wants with a care and professionalism beyond my expectations. Edna made great recommendations for the ceremony and acted as a planner during the event. While her husband took pictures (which was such a pleasant surprise) she made a point to make sure all of the highlights were captured from our first kiss as a couple to cutting the cake, Edna was thoughtful, responsive and kind. Edna and Ed joined us for dinner afterward and made the event extra special with her warm personality and attention to every detail. I cannot say enough about her services. Top notch all the way and every detail was covered. My intimate ceremony was more than I ever imagined and was told by attendees that it was more beautiful than anticipated on such short notice. Choose Edna for your special day and you will not be disappointed.
#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna
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