Find a wedding officiant near Decatur, GA

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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 Decatur wedding officiants
Bridgette B.
Matt officiated my wedding and did a fantastic job! He was prompt with his responses to our questions and reached out to set up the script with us, in addition to being punctual and professional at the wedding itself. I highly recommend him!
Your Wedding OfficiantYour Wedding Officiant
Vanisha C.
Absolutely wonderful. Rev. Robertson was able to officiate my sister/friends wedding with very short notice. The couple was very pleased. I would definitely use him again.
Rev Robertson  COVID vaccinatedRev Robertson COVID vaccinated
Jacquesha B.
Officiant James Hamp survived our wedding. What a day to remember? Officant James Hamp - Thank you so much for your professionalism, perseverance, and jocosity. Our entire family loved your services.
James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2021James Hamp, "TOP PRO"2015-2021
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted a non-traditional ceremony for a small, unconventional wedding. Although we decided to write our own vows, Rev. Patton helped to steer us in the right direction by offering to show us different weddings she'd officiated. She was very professional, warm, and easy to reach. We wanted a ceremony that was spiritual, not religious. Rev. Patton delivered!!!
Rev. Angela PattonRev. Angela Patton
Lexus J.
Tia was great! We had originally booked her for our wedding and then somethings happened and we went with my husbands father who got ordained. But then the coronavirus got worse and things just started to slowly fall apart. We still wanted to get married so I reached out to Tia and she was available last minute and performed the ceremony perfectly! Not only that but I expressed to her about our issues with other officiants and she helped us feel safe in her hands. Would definitely recommend! Thank you so much, Tia!! This will definitely make a great story for the books.
Nup2All Blessings Unboring CeremoniesNup2All Blessings Unboring Ceremonies
Shawna H.
Dr. B was fantastic! Professional, very friendly, and responsive. I had an Easter afternoon wedding with 140 guests at the Historic DeKalb Courthouse. My pastor was to be on a mission trip on our wedding date and I had no backup officiant. Having used Thumbtack before with great experiences. I was looking for someone who was ordained, presentable, married themselves, genuine, and a fan of love and marriage. When I found Dr. B, she very much fit who I was looking for! We had an informal meeting at a coffee shop so she could get to know our love story and preferences. The next day she gave me options to write our own vows or use a script. We decided to use her ready script but it wasn't as basic/not special as you may think. The script had all the perfect words two people could want to say to each other. Knowing it was a semi-formal event, Dr. B asked my preferences for her attire/robes and I was so pleased to have that traditional touch. She opened the ceremony with a reminder that it was unplugged (at my request) and a light-hearted story she crafted and let us review beforehand about how we met and how special finding love is. Some of my guests are still commenting on how unique the vows and ceremony was and how they even got emotional. I wanted to do the unity cross in the ceremony and Dr. B walked us through it skillfully while explaining what it meant to the audience along the way. She was the perfect addition to my special day and I'm so grateful we found her!
Buckhalter Coaching & Marriage MinistriesBuckhalter Coaching & Marriage Ministries
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