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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.

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 West Palm Beach wedding officiants
Christopher S.
Wedding officiant Constance is great and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a quality officiant. Thank you very much for making our wedding great!
Marry Me, LLCMarry Me, LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Connie, Thank you for Officiating our Wedding. You listened and executed our wishes thoroughly, making our dream Ceremony a reality!
Marry Me, LLCMarry Me, LLC
Laurie H.
Judge Rob officiated our wedding on June 20,2020. Our original date was for April 18 but was put on hold..the Judge stepped up and with just a weeks notice, and getting immediate family members together, he officiated the best ceremony I could have ever asked for complete with robe and in very hot weather!
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Jessica G.
Having Rev. Pedro Martinez officiate our wedding was one of the best decisions we made when we decided to get married! He was communicative, professional and made our union special and romantic!
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
LaToya W.
Ryan did a great job officiating my sister-in-law’s backyard wedding. He was very easy going throughout the whole process, keeping us up to date beforehand, and throughout the wedding day. He was very professional, yet very personable. His personality, personal touches, and flexibility really helped to make wedding day special. Thanks again Ryan, we can’t recommend Love Unions enough!
Love UnionsLove Unions
Thumbtack Customer
Connie, made our wedding day special July 8, 2015. we searched online to find someone who could officiate our wedding at our house. We thank God for Connie, she gave us some ideas and was very respectful to what we both wanted. We highly recommend her service! The Myers
Marry Me, LLCMarry Me, LLC
Monique M.
From the moment we met him, it felt like he was an old friend. He is accomodating, patient, and friendly. He was very easy to talk to and made my wedding day amazing. If you think that selecting someone on line to officiate your wedding would somehow change it, making it less special, just give him a call and he makes the rest a cake walk.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Jennifer D.
I would highly recommend Father and Daughter Ministries!! On October 12th, 2019, Rich officiated our wedding and it was perfect! He wrote a beautiful and personal service that really encompassed everything I wanted. Thank you Rich for making our ceremony a memorable one!
Father and Daughter MinistersFather and Daughter Ministers
Friederike K.
My wedding was on July 18,2020. I contacted Ryan because my former officiant canceled on me last minute. He worked with us on a short notice. His ceremony was beautiful and made my wedding day so special. You can feel that he has a passion what what he does. Thank you for marking my day special with your beautiful ceremony.
Love UnionsLove Unions
Thumbtack Customer
Judge Rob was perfect. He fully understood the type of wedding we both wanted and delivered it flawlessly. Participants and attendee's, and ourselves, were impressed by his professionalism, and humor, and was the subject of conversations afterward. We all agreed, that he helped make what could be a stressful situation for some into a truly joyous occasion. I would, without question, highly recommend Judge Rob to be your wedding Officiant.
Judge Rob, The Officiant, FLAJudge Rob, The Officiant, FLA
Thumbtack Customer
Sheena Brown is THE BEST. I'm soon glad we chose her to officiate our ceremony. Our guests laughed with us and cried with us. We had a traditional ceremony, but Sheena will give the personal touch that your wedding needs. She is there for you before, during,and after your wedding. We had a mishap with our marriage license that was on behalf of the court house. I truly believe that if we didn't have Sheena on our side helping us, we might have had a different outcome. We can't thank Sheena enough.
Experience Love EventsExperience Love Events
Brenda A.
What can I say about the Reverend Pedro Martínez? How about PERFECT! When we first spoke on the phone it felt like I was talking to someone I have always known. Very nice man. That phone call made me think he is the best person to officiate our wedding. The price was right. I highly recommend paying the extra amount for the rehearsal. We are so happy we did that. It made everything on our wedding day go smoothly. Plus I cried like a baby at the rehearsal and only teared up at wedding. That's a plus. Didn't need makeup messes :) He was always communicating with me to make sure everything I wanted done at the ceremony was perfect. He answered all of my emails and text messages promptly. Even at the last minute when I asked to add our moms to our Sand Ceremony he was happy to do so. He was early to the rehearsal and early on our wedding day. He is very professional, courteous, polite, respectful, and that smile on his face never left him. We loved everything about this wonderful man. He was even on board when I asked him to do a funny picture with us. Don't look any further. You will not regret hiring him to officiate your wedding. Just Amazing! We Love you Rev.! Brenda & Michael Dingers 3-12-17
Reverend Martinez & Reverend GonzalezReverend Martinez & Reverend Gonzalez
Thumbtack Customer
Kathy officiated our ceremony and marriage on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Words cannot describe how beautiful her delivery was. We met briefly with Kathy in advance of our wedding to talk through the type of ceremony we wanted and reviewed the vows we wrote. She was so easy to work with, so professional in her delivery. I cannot speak more highly of this lovely woman who will be forever one of the highlights our special day.
All You Need is LoveAll You Need is Love
Thumbtack Customer
My name is Dianne and my husband Norman and I were so honored and blessed to have Marilyn as our officiant on our special day on Nov 3rd 2013. The day we first met with Marilyn in her lovely home, we felt so welcomed and at peace with her and knew she was the one who would marry us. Marilyn put together a wonderful and touching ceremony for us so much our family thought she was so awesome. We totally recommend you making her apart of your special day. Planning a wedding alone can be so stressful so to have someone like Marilyn who is just so experienced and laid back will help anyone feel comforted. She stayed in constant communication with us to remind us about our vows and also helped us put our ceremony in order . Thank you Marilyn for being apart of our special day and just doing it with such grace and class. We will always remember and appreciate you, Norman & Dianne Murray
A1 Tropical WeddingsA1 Tropical Weddings
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