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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Atlanta wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Wedding officiant
James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022
Lendora A.
She did a lovely job officiating our wedding ceremony. I'd recommend her service.
Carol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding CeremoniesCarol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding Ceremonies
Eric K.
Matt officiated our wedding and we could not be more please with his services. He made our day that much easier and we would recommend him to anyone who is searching for an officiant.
Your Wedding OfficiantYour Wedding Officiant
Alexis P.
Robert, from Wright Now Weddings, was the officiant at our wedding. Not only was he responsive and punctual to our wedding, he was very professional. He officiated for us a beautiful Christian wedding just as I had described to him. Everyone complimented on the beautiful service that he performed . We are so grateful and honored to have had him as a part of our special day! Thank you so much Robert!
Wright Now WeddingsWright Now Weddings
Alexis W.
LeNieca did such an amazing job officiating our wedding. Her communication was amazing and she was very punctual and thorough. She made our wedding ceremony very memorable!
Sacred Vows - LeNieca Venzant, LMSWSacred Vows - LeNieca Venzant, LMSW
Justin L.
Everything was awesome, my original wedding officiant cancelled on me day of our wedding (crazy, right?) I called "Bless The Day" Wedding officiant and many others in a rush merely hours before my wedding and he got here just in time. The other officiants that I called didn't pick up the phone. I would give him ten stars if I could; I should have went with him in the first place, he was professional, organized, punctual, and very calm. If you are reading this, please hire this guy. He's a lifesaver!
Bless the Day Wedding OfficiantBless the Day Wedding Officiant
Doug A.
Andrea was the perfect officiant for us. Every wedding is unique and Andrea made ours just like we wanted.
" The Bilingual Wedding Officiant"" The Bilingual Wedding Officiant"
Thumbtack Customer
Carol officiated our wedding in March and was wonderful! She met with us and then put a lot of work into personalizing our ceremony. She was a pleasure to work with and made our wedding ceremony really special!
Carol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding CeremoniesCarol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding Ceremonies
Mica N.
Alicia was great to work with. We had to get a replacement officiant a week before the wedding and she stepped right in. She is easy to work with, and flexible. Would recommend!
BreathtakingCeremonies Elopements/MicroWeddingsBreathtakingCeremonies Elopements/MicroWeddings
Maria G.
We are so pleased to have Pastor Carlos officiate our upcoming wedding on December 12, 2020 in Atlanta. It is clear to me that Pastor Carlos is kind and compassionate.
Carlos Josue GuevaraCarlos Josue Guevara
Dionne H.
We were very grateful to have the Craig Dane, CDE Wedding Officiant perform our ceremony. They were on-time & very responsive to our needs. We very much appreciated the service they provided, and the wedding vows they used were beautiful. We couldn’t be happier!
CDE Wedding OfficiantCDE Wedding Officiant
Paul F.
Carol was contacted to be an officiant for my wedding at Fernbank. Her personality was a perfect fit for the occasion amongst family and friends. Her calm and relaxed personality made my wife and I feel relaxed when exchanging vows in front of a crowd. I would definitely recommend her for those looking for a punctual and responsive officiant at a reasonable price
Carol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding CeremoniesCarol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding Ceremonies
Doria T.
We are so happy we chose Minister Carol to officiate our wedding. She was so professional, organized, thoughtful and kind. Thank you again, Minister Carol! Doria and Dex
Carol J Underwood Notary and  Wedding OfficiantCarol J Underwood Notary and Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Our company Worrell Events was extremely pleased with the Officiant service that he provided at our annual Valentine Wedding and Vow Renewal. Our brides, grooms, and guest enjoyed his services as well.
Fred WedsFred Weds
Tia C.
Fred did an amazing job officiating my Husband and I's ceremony. I also appreciated the fact that he added humor. I would strongly recommend his for your wedding ceremony.
Fred WedsFred Weds
Thumbtack Customer
Carol did an amazing job officiating our June wedding. She was a joy to work with and we were so grateful to have her be a part of our special day. Both professional and personable!
Carol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding CeremoniesCarol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding Ceremonies
Kimberly W.
We appreciated them officiating our wedding at the last minute. They took the time getting to know us before the ceremony. The presence of God was truly there on our special day. Thank you! -The Winston's...
The Duo Marriage Officiants❤The Duo Marriage Officiants❤
Karen B.
We absolutely loved having Rev. Hamp officiate our wedding. Our guests thought he did an amazing job and definitely added to make our ceremony much more special. Book him NOW!!
James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022
Ann F.
Carol was everything we could have dreamed of in a wedding officiant. She talked through everything we wanted with us and she delivered our ceremony in an unconventional setting without hesitation. We highly recommend Carol!!
Carol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding CeremoniesCarol Lane, Officiant; Atlanta Wedding Ceremonies
Jade m.
I had been taking a while in making a decision for my officiant for my wedding, so I had a couple of contenders. Then I lost my brother and when I became unresponsive, this man called me rude and discourteous to him when I’m the one scrambling to find an officiant that feels right for me - as I am literally grieving. Let alone him not even trying to meet me before the wedding so I can feel good about it. Needless to say, I will be taking my money and business elsewhere.
CDE Event BartendersCDE Event Bartenders
Minerva L.
We highly recommend Karen, she was Professional, affordable and very responsive. Excellent communication, she listen to our requests and was punctual at the wedding. We had a wonderful Ceremony, so glad we chose her as our Officiant. A++
We Do! Weddings+Baptisms. vintage ice creamWe Do! Weddings+Baptisms. vintage ice cream
JaToia M.
Pastor Brantley did an amazing job blessing me and my husband's union. He was personable and professional and we are very pleased with his services. Couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. Thank you so much!
Darnell Brantley, Sr.Darnell Brantley, Sr.
Carrie L.
It was great meeting Angie and have her perform as our wedding officiant! She was easy to communicate, fast to respond, and willing to accommodate us. Service was fast and efficient and we had so much pleasure working with her! Definitely will recommend to anyone!
Ceremonies By GieGie | Wedding OfficiantCeremonies By GieGie | Wedding Officiant
Jenna C.
Rick was a great officiant at our wedding! He went above and beyond! Even though we couldn't have guests there due to the pandemic, he made the day feel so special! He even tailored the ceremony to our (unique) situation.
Bless the Day Wedding OfficiantBless the Day Wedding Officiant
Courtney D.
Excellent!! He totally made the wedding! I felt like I've known him for years!!! Very personable. Couldn't have asked for a better officiant for my special day. Thank you so much, James!!! We love you!
James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2022
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