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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 Tampa wedding officiants
Marie C.
Wedding Officiants helped to make the day special for us. The reverend was punctual, patient snd most of all professional.
Wedding Officiants of Tampa BayWedding Officiants of Tampa Bay
Lauren S.
Our wedding day was perfect ! The ceremony was so personal and sweet! She really is the best officiant! Thankyou so much ☺️❤️
Tadhana ForeverTadhana Forever
Danielle F.
Steve showed up about 45 mins before the ceremony. He was very professional and well spoken. Our ceremony was short, sweet and perfect. I would highly recommend Steve to officiate any wedding. Thanks!
Swan WeddingsSwan Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Catherine is the so sweet an pleasant an made our wedding ceremony beautiful an timeless.She is very professional an writes the most beautiful ceremonies!I recommend her to anyone who wants to get married.She is a down to earth honest doll an so happy she was my Officient at my wedding!I wouldn't want anyone else!
Ceremonies by Catherine PickCeremonies by Catherine Pick
Jennifer P.
Our wedding official backed out at the last minute and Peggy Sue was quick to respond and offer her services. Our dream was for a beach wedding, but due to time constraints and the current global crisis we were going to settle for less. Peggy made sure we had our beach wedding at one of our favorite beaches. She was very easy to work with, sweet, kind, and compassionate. She truly did make our day special.
Weddings by Peggy SueWeddings by Peggy Sue
Ana S.
I was very hesitant on who to choose to officiate my wedding ceremony. My husband and I are Hispanic and perfected the ceremony to be in Spanish. Mercedes did an excel and job portraying us as a couple and made it very unique and special to us. Thank you Mercedes for an unforgettable moment!
Beach Side Weddings and EventsBeach Side Weddings and Events
Malorie M.
I’m so grateful to have found Susan. I had a small wedding ceremony at home which we live streamed on Zoom for family and friends from around the world. I was happy our wedding ceremony felt very personal, and my husband and I wrote our own vows. We also did a sand ceremony which turned out beautifully. Susan was a pleasure to have officiate our ceremony, thanks so much!
"I Do's" by Susan"I Do's" by Susan
Shannon M.
Working with Susan to officiate my wedding this past weekend was seamless and perfect. She was very responsive throughout the duration of the planning, and offered helpful vow suggestions to help our process run as smooth as possible. She was professional and friendly from start to finish, even asking me if the attire she planned to wear would work for my ceremony. I highly recommend Susan for your notary services. She was puntual and prepared, and receptive to everything we wanted for our wedding! Thank you so much for everything! Shannon & Eric Crosby
Notary Signing SolutionsNotary Signing Solutions
Lande P.
What an amazing day that was! Chris has been nothing but amazing to us he made our wedding extra special.Our ceremony was super short and sweet just like we wanted it to be. We’re so thankful and grateful that we have found someone who understand our needs and was able to delivered as we wanted. We couldn’t ask for a better officiant. So thank you so much!!! it was such a great pleasure working with you looking forward to working with you more I thank you.😃😃
“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris“FOREVER IS FATE” by Chris
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