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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 Duluth wedding officiants
David B.
Nicole was the perfect officiant for our small intimate wedding. Highly recommended.
Nuptials by NicoleNuptials by Nicole
Xiaomeng W.
We really enjoyed working with Craig, very professional, knows what he’s doing as an officiant. Our wedding ceremony was stressless because of him. Thanks!
CDE Event BartendersCDE Event Bartenders
Thumbtack Customer
Patricia Burgess was and is the best Wedding Officiant around! From the first moment we met her she was very professional and wanted to make sure that our special day was exactly how we wanted it! She is so loving and caring and makes both my husband and I feel like we were part of the family! Aunt Patty, as we call her, on our wedding day was on time and waited patiently to do her diligence of making our Dream Wedding a success! After the wedding all of our family and friends also begin to call her Aunt Patty and said that when they get married they want to request her to be the officiant! She is the best! We love Her so much! Thanks Aunt Patty Your Nephews Bensley & Marvel Brooks Partee
Your Wedding Your Way/Patricia BurgessYour Wedding Your Way/Patricia Burgess
Nafi S.
My husband and I are were really please with the services provided by Elder Annette. Upon meeting her and her husband Earl, we knew we had found the right officiant to officiate our unique wedding. They were both interested in the well being of our marriage and offered great advice on how to have a successful marriage. We thoroughly enjoyed our wedding ceremony. She listened to us and our vision for the ceremony and delivered an exceptional ceremony. My guests loved how personable she made our ceremony to reflect our relationship. I am looking forward to watching our ceremony on video and re-living the moments over and over again for years to come. Thank you again Elder Annette. Much love.
Behind the Vow Marriage Counselors & OfficiantsBehind the Vow Marriage Counselors & Officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Words cant express how happy my husband and I are with having chosen Ms Patty to officiate our wedding ceremony!! She was very helpful and knowledgable from start to finish. To find someone who has so much passion in what they do is a rare find and we definitely saw that in her. So if you are looking for a real genuine person with A1 service, we would without a doubt recommend you use her to officiate yours as well!! Thanks again Ms Patty!! We wish you much success as you continue your craft... 😊
Your Wedding Your Way/Patricia BurgessYour Wedding Your Way/Patricia Burgess
Thumbtack Customer
Patty was amazing to work with and everyone loved her! My new father-in-law was supposed to be our officiant but backed out at the last minute. That could have been a disaster, but then I found Patty and Your Wedding Your Way! She's a delight, so easy to work with and open to just what you want to do for your day, and everyone loved her! She's prompt, warm, professional and so very helpful! Chris and I feel blessed to have had her as our officiant! I was super excited once she helped me put the ceremony together, but it went far more beautifully than I had even hoped for!
Your Wedding Your Way/Patricia BurgessYour Wedding Your Way/Patricia Burgess
Thumbtack Customer
Patty is absolutely amazing! From our initial consultation my (now) husband and I knew she was the person we wanted to marry us. She had such a wonderful spirit and we talked as if we had known her for years. Patty was very helpful with the layout of our ceremony and we truly were able to make it exactly the way we wanted. She was also present for our rehearsal which helped to ease our minds about the process. The day of the wedding was absolutely beautiful; we followed Patty's lead and everything just flowed so naturally. All of my family commented how great she did and how it was the most beautiful ceremony they've attended. We are so blessed so have found Patty and would highly recommend her to any engaged couples looking for a loving, open-minded, and professional officiant. Thank you Patty for making our wedding unforgettable, love the Jones'
Your Wedding Your Way/Patricia BurgessYour Wedding Your Way/Patricia Burgess
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