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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 Honolulu wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Adam & I very much enjoyed Pastor Paul as our wedding officiant! He was very accommodating and very friendly! He most certainly made sure our small intimate wedding was very special! We would recommend him to anyone wanting a wedding on Oahu!!
Pastor Dr. Paul L. Klink, PhD, DD, Licensed Haw...Pastor Dr. Paul L. Klink, PhD, DD, Licensed Haw...
Blakely E.
Mark was the officiant for our wedding, we were flying in from Alaska and didn't get a chance to talk much before the wedding. However that didn't effect any part of the ceremony, he honored our wishes for a secular ceremony, told our story, and gave an amazing Hawaiian blessing.
Mark KurnowMark Kurnow
Brett W.
Minister Dean officiated a beautiful sunset ceremony for my parent’s 50th Anniversary Vowel Renewal. His attention to detail is impeccable. He provided beautiful leis, a bouquet, a sand ritual and wedding certificate. He’s extremely responsive and went above and beyond to help us celebrate such a wonderful occasion. I highly recommend!
Kahiko o Ke Akua MinistriesKahiko o Ke Akua Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Angela was awesome! We met her a few weeks before the wedding to go over everything and she was so informative and comforting seeing that we've never been married before and had NO IDEA what the ceremony was supposed to look like. She offered support leading up to the wedding and even suggested a licensed agent to help us with our marriage license at OUR CONVENIENCE. At the rehearsal she made a great impression on our family and friends and fit right in. During the ceremony she it was so comforting to have her as our officiant. Her person is very calming so it was great being able to feed off of that during the most anxious, exciting and happy moment in our lives. Angela is seriously GREAT and I would definitely recommend her to ANYONE (kama'aina or visitors) to have her as their officiant.
Marriage Officiant Angela KeenMarriage Officiant Angela Keen
Thumbtack Customer
From the first email, I had already had a great feeling, and my gut instincts turned out to be true on my wedding day. Reverend Jim just has a naturally calming aura about him and he trult makes you feel so comfortable around him. His reading blew us away and touched everyone's heart, ESPECIALLY mine! He didn't just stick to the reading but he also shared a few of his own words and advice with us. That spoke volumes to me about him as a person. He's really not there for the money, he truly puts his all into his work and genuinely celebrates with you on your wedding day. I will remember every word Rev Jim said and I will forever be grateful for him. He truly made my day special! All my guests kept complimenting my choice in the officiant and upcoming newlyweds already wanted to hire him. The price he charges is truly not enough for the service he brings! So if you're looking for an officiant, believe me when I say you don't have to look any further! You won't be disappointed with Rev Jim! Thank you so much again Reverend Jim! We really appreciate you more than you'll ever know! Aloha!
Divine Love MinisterDivine Love Minister
Karen T.
Jim could not have been a better choice to perform our wedding ceremony. This was such a special day for us and having Jim officiate made the event perfect. Jim made us feel like we had know him all our lives from the moment we introduced ourselves. Jim has a gentle and a softspoken nature that enhanced the sanctity and solemness of the ceremony. He was personable, lighthearted and completely genuine. The Lei Ceremony performed was exceptional. Michael and I will always remember our special day because of you. We will keep you in our hearts forever. Thank you Jim!
Divine Love MinisterDivine Love Minister
Chris P.
Working with Minister Michael was an absolute pleasure. From the moment I contacted him about his services to very end he was outstanding. My (now) wife and I were more than satisfied with his services. He worked with us on creating a ceremony that fit what we wanted and he was open to tailoring it to our needs. We requested a Catholic ceremony and he sent us a sample. We emailed back and forth about what we wanted and he was very responsive (that same day sometimes within an hour or two) We let him know we wanted to write our own vows and he requested that we send it to him so he can print it out and not have to worry about it on our wedding day. On the day of the ceremony, Minister Michael was early, he talked about what would take place and let me know he would guide us during the ceremony which was much needed since I was so emotional I could barely get through my vows. The ceremony he performed was beautiful. He even wore a traditional priest outfit. After the ceremony was finished he stayed to take pictures. To top everything off he gave us a gift and did a blessing of the food which he totally did not have to do but made it all the more special. If you are looking for a wedding officiant, Minister Michael is the person you should choose!
Minister Michael, Officiant,State Lic.Minister Michael, Officiant,State Lic.
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