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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 Palmetto Bay wedding officiants
Karinne B.
Beautiful wedding service. Great officiant.
Beach Mobile Notary ServicesBeach Mobile Notary Services
Christopher D.
Damaris was a delight to meet and work with. Very knowledgeable and straightforward. We hired her to officiate our wedding and loved the ceremony.
Damaris AgostoDamaris Agosto
Kiara C.
William is a great wedding officiant. He was always polite and responsive to all of our questions and concerns. He spoke beautiful words at our wedding, and my husband and I truly appreciated all of the time he dedicated to us - both throughout the organizational process and on our big day. He is an honest and dedicated wedding officiant, who is truly passionate about uniting people in marriage. Thank you SO MUCH William!! <3
Hernandez Mobile Notary ServicesHernandez Mobile Notary Services
Scott C.
Rosario was a pleasure to work with , Did a great job explaining everything , was early and well prepared, and flexible , would highly recommend to anyone needing a wedding official.
Rev.Rosario V. BottariRev.Rosario V. Bottari
Nathalie N.
He was awesome. No pressure, super nice. Thank you so much for making it easy on us. We will definitely be calling you back next year for our official wedding ceremony.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Jessica R.
Reverend Pedro Martinez was very professional punctual and kind. It was a pleasure having him officiate our wedding. We would highly recommend him to any lovely couple who are considering getting married one day. He made our wedding day a very memorable and special one.......Thank you
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Alex J.
Damaris was incredible. Not only as an officiant to our ceremony, but also by helping organize our bridal party, keep our bride at ease and recommend placement of the procession. She handled the wedding like a pro. She did our ceremony in bilingual nuptials and spoke clearly to the crowd. I highly recommend Damaris for a wedding of any size.
Damaris AgostoDamaris Agosto
Michelle C.
Reverend Luis González did a very professional job. Our ceremony was a beautiful and emotional experience. He said a message very accurate about the true meaning of marriage. I am so happy he officiated our wedding ceremony.
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Thumbtack Customer
Hazel was an amazing officiant! My wife and I received so many compliments on how fun and interesting our ceremony was. I've been to traditional weddings in the past and no one ever talks about the ceremony portion. If you've been to one wedding, you've seen them all before! Not with Hazel though! She personalized everything to us, so our guests got to hear the story of how we met and fell in love. Hazel worked closely with us to make sure every detail was exactly how we wanted. I would highly recommend if your looking for an officiant then look no further!
Weddings By HazelWeddings By Hazel
Lisa T.
Judge Rob was a fabulous officiant! He made sure he knew all the details we wanted to include in my daughter's wedding ceremony. He arrived early on her wedding day, so we could all talk about last minute details and any last minute questions. He made the ceremony so beautiful and special by adding warmth and laughter. Thank you Judge Rob for making my daughter's wedding ceremony so wonderful and special !
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Angie B.
It was such a pleasure to work with Rabbi Melinda. From the time we began to working together, we immediately sensed that Melinda got us and what we wanted for our ceremony. It was a great experience from beginning to end. The service she gave for our wedding was beautiful and special and I couldn't have asked for a more special day. We were so lucky to have her officiate our wedding.
Rabbi Melinda Bracha BernsteinRabbi Melinda Bracha Bernstein
Thumbtack Customer
Rosy was our wedding officiant on 11.12.13 and I must say that everything was beyond perfect. She did a great job of guiding me through the whole process and making it as comfortable and perfect for us as possible. Rosy was early, affordable, professional and did an amazing job being our wedding officiant. We laughed, my bride cried and we couldn't have asked for someone to do what we needed any better. Our dog Max was part of the ceremony and Rosy was not only open to that, but enjoyed it and even included him into the ceremony speech so that made it all the more amazing. Rosy was super flexible when it came to last second changes which was great! I definitely recommend booking Rosy Figueroa for service! Rafael Duran Wedding on 11.12.13 at Longans Place Miami, FL
Photos by RosyPhotos by Rosy
Sianna E.
Rev. Martinez was amazing officiating our wedding, he helped incorporate all the details I wanted. I highly recommend him. He is responsive with each text, I am so glad I found him on Thumbtack. Thank you for doing such a wonderful job for our very special event. Sianna Rodriguez
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Thumbtack Customer
Judge Rob disappointed me immensely. After booking him and discussing my wedding, months later, I spoke to him confirming our affairs, he made other arrangements. He didn't call me to inform me of the cancellation. I had to. If I hadn't done so, my wedding would've been without an officiant. The level of dissatisfaction has surpass any other service I have ever been disapprove of. His communication was poor.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Thumbtack Customer
We could not ask for more on our special . From the start Bob was very attentive, and the ceremony that he put together for us made our day even special! We recommend Bob to everyone that is looking for an officiant. He is professional and prompt and most of all a really nice guy! He truly made our wedding day a special one!!
Special Day Wedding OfficiantSpecial Day Wedding Officiant
Albert S.
This so called legal officiant is very unprofessional. Answers at first contact in order to collect a non refundable deposit to secure date and then does not answer or respond any messages. Day before wedding she said yes she will be there but never bothered to ask for the address or location of where ceremony will take place. Do your research this one is not worth the stress.
Sanz LegalSanz Legal
Thumbtack Customer
I spoke over the phone with Sophia on two separate occasions several weeks before the event and confirmed with her that we wanted to use her services. She seemed extremely professional and pleasant. As my wedding day approached, she sent an email reconfirming the event. I did not see her emails and did not reply so she cancelled my booking. She had my phone number, that was the only way we had ever contacted each other but she did not bother reaching out to me on the phone like before. On my wedding day, I must have called her at least a dozen times and she never answered. This entire misunderstanding cost me $420 because I had to hire another wedding officiant. I can understand her frustration at not receiving an answer via email but I would have hoped she would have tried contacting me the way we had originally communicated and that was by the phone. I am only guessing she got a better gig and changed venues leaving me out to dry. She did not even bother to answer the phone on my wedding day to tell me that she was no longer planning on being our wedding officiant.
Sophia Tezel - Wedding OfficiantSophia Tezel - Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Pedro is amazing and very professional! We are very happy that he officiated our wedding ceremony, he transferred his joy to all of our guests who were delighted with the beautiful ceremony and he also prepared a well planned timeline with suggestion for us to make our special day a wonderful memory. Thank you very much Reverend Pedro. Chris and Elisa
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Thumbtack Customer
I had an amazing destination wedding in Miami, I came from Charlotte NC and had family fly in from Buffalo NY. As everyone knows wedding don't always go as planned and I was 1/2 hour late due to traffic; yes I was late to my own wedding but Judge Rob personally entertained and took the time out to introduce himself to every guest while waiting on my appearance. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant and my guest absolutely adores him. He made my special day that much more special by taking the time out to get all the pictures he felt was important. I cant thank him enough and I would definitely recommend him to everyone.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Richard T.
My partner and I decided to get married after many years together, but we just wanted a small, private ceremony at our home. William was the perfect officiant for this--he was responsive to our questions, was very professional, and arrived promptly before the set time. His reading of the vows, personalized for us, was very touching and memorable; in fact we felt an immediate friendly bond with William, as did our only two guests, and we had an enjoyable champagne brunch together after the ceremony. William was able to handle all of the paperwork and official procedures to make this all very easy for us. We highly recommend him for any of the services that he offers -- many thanks to William for making our wedding just the way we planned!
Hernandez Mobile Notary ServicesHernandez Mobile Notary Services
Stephanie p.
Judge Rob was absolutely amazing. He was there months back to answer all of my questions and concerns and when the week of our wedding came, he called us a few days early to go over the whole ceremony. On the day of our wedding he showed up early and ready to go. We started a little later than we wanted to but Judge Rob was standing up in front of everyone and entertaining them until I walked down the aisle. He gave a beautiful and effortless ceremony. Everyone gave us tons of compliments and I would just like to tell anyone who is looking for an officiant that you should definitely choose Judge Rob! He will deliver!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Pedro Martinez was our wedding officiant. We were very please and happy with him. He wrote our beautiful vows and made it all so easy and beautiful. We had an incredible wedding ceremony, he was open to my husband's humor. Reverend Martinez was very professional and made us feel at easy in our ceremony. We loved the way he spoke and made us feel. His sweet voice was from heaven. Our guests were also very pleased with the way he conducted our unity sand ceremony. I would recommend him with my eyes closed. Thanks again for making our day so special and unforgettable.
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Thumbtack Customer
I originally received 3 quotes from Thumbtack and chose the least expensive marriage officiant at $90. Rob had quoted us $150. Due to a misunderstanding with our first choice, we were left without an officiant on our wedding day. We contacted Rob and he agreed to help us out at a higher fee of $200, which we agreed to because of the short notice. The bride was 1 hour late to the ceremony and twice Rob threatened with leaving unless I agreed to give him an additional $100. The total fee that I paid was $420 ($400 plus $20 fee for paying him by PayPal). I am appreciative that he was willing to help me but I felt I was taken advantage by Rob because he knew that I had no other choice but to agree to his money demands. I paid him the $420 promptly and I sincerely regret having hired him. He made me feel like a random hostage at my own wedding, knowing all he wanted was to make the most of the situation.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Pamela H.
From the moment we contacted Rev Martinez to ask about their services they were very professional and responded in a timely manner. When we met with him we choose him straight away from three others we were considering. Communication was very important to us and Rev Martinez responded to our emails, telephone calls and watsapp messages promptly; nothing was ever too much trouble. The whole officiating process from start to end was perfect. No complaints whatsoever. Rev Martinez arrived at our rehearsal on time and on our wedding day he arrived one hour prior. Our guests remarked that they have never seen such a 'slick' officiator. He matched our wedding colours and our ceremony was perfect. The readings he prepared for us were just beautiful. He is very organized and we did not have to worry about a thing. We felt very confident that all would go well and it did! We were not nervous because of his calm and warm demeanour, mixed with the right touch of humour. He is just excellent and the service he provided from start to end was excellent. Thank you so much. Pamela & Dervin.
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Maylene R.
Reverendo Pedro Martinez was the one we select since the first day we talked to him . He is a very profesional , dedicated , oriented to details wedding officiant . He was working on all of the details making sure nothing was missing for the ceremony, . Always responded fast . He work with you on your wedding ceremony . He was there as a part of the family . A man surrounded by the love of God . He inspires you peace , love , all my families and friends at the ceremony got very good impresión of him . I can not give 5 points to him . We gave him 10 points . Thank You Reverendo Pedro Martinez , God bless you today and always . Keep bringing love and happiness through you work and God words. 🙏
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
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