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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.

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.

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 Saint Petersburg wedding officiants
Shannda B.
It was an honor to have Rev Ben officiate our wedding. He made our day special with his emotion, passion, and sense of humor. We were very pleased with our decision to have him officiate our wedding.
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Thumbtack Customer
Ben did a fantastic job performing the wedding. He showed up on time and very workable how we wanted the wedding to be done. I highly recommend if anyone is looking for a wedding officiant to contact him.
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Jenn z.
Tony officiated our destination wedding. Being from out of town, there were a lot of uncertainties with various aspects of the wedding planning process because we were unable to meet a lot of vendors in person. I had a phone conversation with Tony and exchanged emails between selecting him to officiate our wedding and the wedding day and I was so happy with how things turned out! Tony was able to make the ceremony very personal and even included our dogs, Hank and Evie, by reading a very touching reading about dog ownership being a lot like love. We were so happy with the end result and would recommend Tony and Such a Day as this to anyone looking for a wedding officiant in the greater Tampa area!
Such a Day as ThisSuch a Day as This
Thumbtack Customer
I'm the owner of a wedding company and we recently chatted with Fr. Ruiz about a wedding for our clients. Our clients decided to go with a non-religious officiant, but we will keep Fr. Ruiz in mind for future bookings.
St. Catherine's MissionSt. Catherine's Mission
Kym L.
Denise did our wedding on June 23, 2018 and did a wonderful job. She was responsive to texts and did everything we asked her to do for our wedding. We would definitely recommend Denise as an officiant!
Denise BennettDenise Bennett
Tatiana M.
It was great working with Bellissima Wedding & Event Planning. Rocio was very helpful and did a great job planning my wedding at the beach. Her team organized all the logistics of the ceremony and decorations, and Rocio was also the officiant of my ceremony.
Weddings A La CarteWeddings A La Carte
Liane L.
Ben was fantastic from the beginning to the very end. Prompt responses to emails and offered helpful suggestions for the ceremony. We highly recommend Ben to officiate your wedding!
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Anthony B.
We loved working with Ben. He showed up early and made us very comfortable with the entire wedding process. We couldn't have chosen a better officiant.
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Casey H.
Ben was the perfect addition to our wedding day. He was professional while still adding his own flare. He made the experience very carefree and I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of an officiant!
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Bethsaida V.
Chris was professional, punctual and flexible on a last minute need for an officiant. He got to know us as a couple and made us feel comfortable, which was so important to us. The ceremony was absolutely beautiful. We highly recommend Chris for your wedding!!
“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris
Shauna K.
She did an amazing job on very short notice! Our first officiant cancelled 3 days before our wedding, so I contacted Crystal and she made our ceremony absolutely beautiful it was perfect for us! Shauna Allen
Ceremony by CrystalCeremony by Crystal
Natalie H.
Angelica was an amazing officiant and made such a great addition to my wedding officials. From the moment I hired Angelica she hit the ground running. From providing my husband and I samples to meeting with us to learn personal stories to really make it our own. She made the experience fun and brought great energy to my ceremony. Thank you Angelica for everything you did for our special day! You really helped relieve the stress.
Tadhana ForeverTadhana Forever
Samantha K.
Chris was the perfect officiant for us on our wedding day! He completely understood what we wanted for our ceremony, and sent us a draft of the script beforehand just to make sure we were on the same page and we definitely were! We also utilized his emcee services which were the perfect vibe for our reception - upbeat and exciting. I highly recommend Chris/Forever Is Fate for your wedding day!
“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris
Thumbtack Customer
Planning a destination wedding is stressful, but finding a wedding officiant in a place where you don't know a lot of people is even more stressful. This person is the most important person (besides the bride & groom), so you have to make sure their personality and way of doing a wedding match yours. We were more than happy with Michael & his photographer Tina. We feel that we have made new friends for life, and our pictures truly capture an amazing beach wedding! Thank you so much! My friends also liked them so well, that they are planning to hire them for their vow renewal ceremony this year.
Viegas PhotographyViegas Photography
Tammy S.
We needed a wedding performed Christmas eve with only three weeks notice. Rob responded to us within less than 30 minutes of our search. We spoke the same evening and began planning. He was always made time to take our calls with any questions. He personalized / customized the service for the happy couple. He arrived on time and did an amazing job! I truly believe we found the most personable, responsive, professional, fun wedding officiate ever!
Rob Mustachi Wedding OfficiantRob Mustachi Wedding Officiant
Kelsey R.
I reached out to Corinna 3 days before our wedding because our officiant had cancelled. Corinna responded quickly and immediately took away all of the stress. She was very communicative and reassuring throughout the entire process. And despite a really short window, was able to create a personalized and special ceremony for the two of us. We wish we had booked Corinna all along. Thank you, Corinna!
Mobile Notary/Loan Signing Agent/Wedding OfficiantMobile Notary/Loan Signing Agent/Wedding Officiant
Alissa R.
Lets face it weddings are stressful multiple checklists to do up until the big day! I was sooo worried about picking an officiant, because I didn't feel comfortable having someone from a church marry us. I needed someone who understood how out of place I felt when it came to weddings in general. I feel as though my prayers were answered when I found Denise. -She wrote our vows just by conversations about my Husband and I; captured everything we felt for one another. -Whenever I had a question, she was prompt in her responses. - She came to my rehearsal and made my family at ease about the wedding the next day. Regardless of your faith/religion Denise will work with you to add anything and everything into your ceremony! :) I am so glad I found her. :)
Denise BennettDenise Bennett
William F.
Angelica was simply wonderful! From the very beginning, she was so professional and kind. She reached out to us to learn exactly what we wanted in our ceremony and also explained everything we needed to do in a step by step process that was easy to understand. She just made the whole thing very easy for us, which was amazing because it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of planning a wedding. And the ceremony was PERFECT. Any couple would be lucky to have her as their officiant. Thank you so much, Angelica!!
Tadhana ForeverTadhana Forever
Kristina R.
I took entirely too long to write this review, and for that I apologize. Tonya was incredible. We had an instant connection, and loved how much work she put into speaking to my fiancé and I separately to get feel for our relationship dynamics as well as getting to know us and our love story. We could not have picked a better person to be there with us on our special day. My husband and I are coming up on our first wedding anniversary and each time we talk about that day, we also talk about Tonya. She was wonderful, and our guests and wedding party adored her! She helped people get ready when we were running behind, helped ease all the nerves that come with getting married, and even had a FaceTime call with us a week before the wedding to meet and talk more about our story (we didn’t officially meet until the day because we live in Ohio and got married in Florida) so she really went all out to make sure she had all the details. We opted to have her write our vows, and she was spot on with our fairy tale romance ( what can I say, I fell in love with the boy next door!!) The best part for us was that she set up a Zoom meet. The summer of 2021 still had a lot of Covid restrictions and a lot of our family was unable to make the trip for our destination wedding, but everyone at home felt as if they were right there with thanks to Tonya’s thoughtfulness with the Zoom meeting. I can’t express enough of my appreciation for her and the service she provided. Because of her, we are officially husband and wife and we are eternally grateful that she was with us for our special day! We can’t wait to add to our family, and when we do, Tonya has claimed the name of “Aunt Tonya” when we finally bring a baby into the world!! Tonya, I’m sorry I took so long to write this, but I hope you know how much we loved meeting you and having you with us for our perfect day!!
VieBro Notary ServicesVieBro Notary Services
Will P.
Mercedes was absolutely wonderful in every way. My (now) wife and I has a very small intimate non-religious wedding and Mercedes was everything we could have hoped for and more. Even though we did not have an opportunity to meet her before the ceremony itself, we were completely confident that it would go off without any issues. She was responsive, professional and more than patient with our very busy schedules. Happy to respond whichever way was prefered, whether it was via text, phone call or email. The ceremony itself could not have been more perfect and her choice of words brought both of us to tears the first time we read them. We would both highly recommend Mercedes to anyone looking for an officiant. :) :) :) :) :)
Beach Side Weddings and EventsBeach Side Weddings and Events
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