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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 Winter Park wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Edna officiated my wedding in Mead Gardens this past October. She did an absolutely wonderful job. With planning my wedding I had a lot going on and didn't get to correspond with her as much as I wanted. Still Edna created a ceremony that felt very true to us. Thank you do much!
#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna#IDo Wedding Ceremonies by Edna
Alfiya K.
We enjoyed having Norm as our officiant. He communicated with us in timely manner, arrived early to our wedding ceremony and waited patiently for the bride. Most importantly he is very easy going and good spirited person and it shows the that he loves what he does and puts his heart and mind into it! You will not regret choosing him as your officiant because he is personable and kind and it feels like you’ve known him from before.
Norm and Dee NuptialsNorm and Dee Nuptials
Brian M.
We couldn’t imagine a better wedding officiant for our wedding than Danielle. From the first moments of communication she was timely, professional and courteous. She engaged us for information to ensure our ceremony would be personal and memorable. Danielle worked with us over several drafts of our wedding script that was amazing and very moving. Danielle has a truly beautiful personality that comes thru with her kindness and attention to detail. Danielle made our wedding absolutely wonderful. We are extremely grateful to her for being part of our special day. We would very highly recommend her for your special day. Once again, thanks Danielle for everything. We feel truly blessed.
I Do By DanielleI Do By Danielle
Gloriann R.
I booked Lizette to be my wedding officiant, she was so nice and knowledgeable, guide me to all the steps I need to take and offer to help. Even after I had to cancel with her due to a church becoming available, she was extremely kind and understanding and help me work something out that will worked for both of us…! 10/10 Recommend for you le ceremony
Lizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding OfficiantLizette Dreyer - Notary and Wedding Officiant
Ms. S.
Elder Jeffery was very understanding to our situation.. We had originally planned to have a wedding before covid happened and we did not want to risk our loved ones being hurt from the sickness that has plagued our country. So due to the fact that we wanted to keep our commitment to God and one another we were blessed to find such a integral and humble man who became our officiant on August 1, 2020. Our ceremony was to us full of the presence of God , His peace , and His Love... and we thank God for sending Elder Jeffery our way at a time where we needed someone such as himself. His Wife was kind and sweet and we really enjoyed our special moment with them . We recommend this Man Of God to anyone searching for an officiant for their wedding ceremony : you will not be disappointed. Thanks Again and God Bless you and this very special Ministry that brings joy to so many couples.
Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.Elder Jeffery M. Herrington Sr.
Karen R.
Words can’t express how amazing Pastor Crystal was from beginning to end. She helped us plan everything and has amazing tools and resources for doing so. We had no plans when we first contacted her, and wound up with the most beautiful wedding on the beach. She is so much more than just an officiant. Highly highly recommended! I could only pick three of the above, but she was also very responsive and punctual. And so much fun!
Ceremony by CrystalCeremony by Crystal
Patricia P.
We hired Brandi to officiate our wedding back in March. Two weeks before our wedding we had to postpone due to COVID. Brandi was more than happy to reschedule to our new August date. As August approached and cases rose in Florida, we decided to get married with our family in our backyard. I messaged Brandi and she was more than happy once again to change plans. We connected via email and phone to coordinate the ceremony. Brandi had plenty of scripts for us to choose from. Once we made our selection she still made sure to walk us through and made sure we were happy with the script. On the day of, Brandi arrived earlier than the start time of our ceremony. It gave me a piece of mind knowing she was already at our house and ready to go. She spent time speaking to my family and husband to which they all said she was a delight. We had a mishap with the company who was catering our dinner. They ran late due to a flat tire and did not arrive till 7:25. Our ceremony was supposed to start at 7:30pm. My husband asked her if she wanted to just go ahead with the ceremony and we can make it quick so we can be available for the cater. She said absolutely not because she did not want to rush our special day. I absolutely recommend Brandi to anyone who is looking for an officiant for their special day. She made our special day that much more memorable with her professionalism and kindness. Thank you Brandi!
Brandi R. Morris, OfficiantBrandi R. Morris, Officiant
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