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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 Chicago wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Erika saved our wedding the day OF the wedding. Our original officiant fell through the morning of the weddings so we messaged Erika. She responded promptly and was half of what the other officiant was charging. We actually liked her better anyway - best thing that happened was the other officiant falling through
Erika the OfficiantErika the Officiant
Stephanie B.
Happy to have had him officiate our intimate wedding..very lovely.
Reverend Jerry MillerReverend Jerry Miller
Shari E.
Toria was such an amazing officiant and wedding guest! She will make your day extra special!
Special Day WeddingsSpecial Day Weddings
Anastasiia T.
I absolutely loved Bob as our wedding officiant. Everything went great. Bob was very attentive throughout the whole process of preparation. He was also very flexible as to our couple needs and wishes. Bob is the wedding officiant you can definitely rely on as he arrived to the place chosen for wedding ceremony 20 min before the actual arranged time. There’s nothing I would change if I go back to plan our wedding ceremony with Bob again. I would highly recommend him as the wedding officiant for the ceremony to my friends and just simply everyone.
Special Day Wedding OfficiantSpecial Day Wedding Officiant
Julie T.
Tilsa is so professional she is an amazing officiant. She gave my wedding day a phenomenal experience. She helped us on every step. She was prepared she was on time she was so nice she is awesome. We were blessed to find her to officiate our wedding.
Divine Wedding Vows / Se abla español!Divine Wedding Vows / Se abla español!
Xiaojin N.
We are so grateful and happy to have had Brenda as our wedding officiant! She was very helpful throughout the process - including scheduling the ceremony, answering our questions about the ceremony, and officiating. We were able to meet her virtually before the wedding, and this check-in really helped to ease our mind. We also appreciate how professional and caring she was in officiating the ceremony. Thank you, Brenda!
Simple Ceremony ChicagoSimple Ceremony Chicago
Renea S.
John was very professional and handled his duties gracefully! He was very punctual and easy to communicate with. We are very thankful to have had him officiate our wedding, and highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant.
AA Wedding MinistriesZAA Wedding MinistriesZ
Cyprian T.
From the time I put in the request for a wedding officiant, Wydetta was very punctual, responsive and professional. I really appreciated the communication she had with us in order to ensure the ceremony was a hit! And it was...We couldn’t have had a better officiant!
David S.
Erika is Excellent! She officiated our wedding June 2020. Because of the coronavirus we had to make numerous adjustments and changes of schedule. Erika was very accommodating and flexible and always prompt in getting back to us with replies. We would absolutely recommend her as an officiant. - D&K
Erika the OfficiantErika the Officiant
Melchor K.
We reached out to John and were delighted that he officiated our wedding in a private ceremony. When we first contacted John, he rapidly responded and discussed with us the various details to consider to plan the ceremony. He was very accommodating to meet us at a discrete location and we were very happy with how everything worked out and that he was able to officiate our wedding. We strongly recommend John.
AA Wedding MinistriesZAA Wedding MinistriesZ
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. John officiated my wedding and it was just wonderful. Everyone loved the ceremony. It was customized to our preferences, It was great. I'm very happy and I recommend him 100%.
AA Wedding MinistriesZAA Wedding MinistriesZ
Mishaal H.
Pastor Jeff was absolutely amazing. He was so helpful and kind throughout the whole process and created the perfect ceremony for us. We spoke with multiple officiants but he was by far the warmest and most genuine, and so excited for us! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding. Stop looking and choose Jeff!!
Pastor Jeff WarePastor Jeff Ware
Guillermo R.
You won’t find a better officiant for your wedding in Chicago than Kari. She is genuinely interested in making your special day even more special. Thanks Kari!
Wedding Day ChicagoWedding Day Chicago
Angel Z.
John was wonderful! You should definitely go with him if you are looking for an officiant in Chicago. Do not overlook how important it is to have an experienced minister officiate your wedding. John helped keep me calm and walked me through all the details of the ceremony. I am very grateful we had the opportunity to work with him.
AA Wedding MinistriesZAA Wedding MinistriesZ
Megan S.
Kari is the best officiant one could ask for! She was an absolute pleasure to work with & offered to help in ways we didn’t expect - officiated our wedding with only 4 hours of notice & took amazing photos for us. The ceremony was so special & personalized to our wants & needs based on her suggestions which truly added so much meaning to our wedding day! Kari’s passion for wedding planning is genuine & shines through as you work with her. You should definitely go with Wedding Day Chicago! We are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her & will definitely recommend her to family & friends. Thank you Kari!
Wedding Day ChicagoWedding Day Chicago
Serj R.
An absolutely wonderful experience. My wedding day was already perfect and the officiating was the cherry on top. Thank you for helping make one of the most important and special days of my life so smooth and easy!
It’s Your DayIt’s Your Day
Babylyn M.
I am really grateful working with rev kurt. He was really fun and amazing person. He did a really great job to officiate on my wedding day. I highly recommend him. 😊
Minister in a minuteMinister in a minute
Cammy M.
Jeff was such a pleasure to work with! He officiated our wedding this past Friday, August 20, 2021. We first met Jeff via Skype in March of this year and we just connected instantly with him and his passion in being an officiant for weddings. We were lucky to get to know him as well and have him apart of our big day. He made the most lovely speeches of us and everyone that attended our wedding had nothing but great things to say about him and his service! We will recommend Jeff to anyone getting married. Thank you for celebrating with us!
Pastor Jeff WarePastor Jeff Ware
Nivedita K.
Kari did an amazing job as our officiant! She is a very genuine person and went above and beyond to help and check-in on us throughout the wedding planning process. She tailored the ceremony to suit our needs and gave us great inputs to make it more special that what we initially envisioned. She is responsive, accommodative and pleasant to work with. She was also quick to organize and deliver our marriage certificates soon after the ceremony. Would definitely recommend Kari to anyone who is looking for a wedding officiant!
Wedding Day ChicagoWedding Day Chicago
Bo H.
Pastor Rob was able to officiate our wedding at the last minute. He was very punctual, communicative, and efficient. He led us through the process even though we were pretty clueless. I really enjoyed working with Pastor Rob and even our guests mentioned how great he was. Thank you again! I highly recommend Pastor Rob as officiants for everyone.
Exceptional Wedding DaysExceptional Wedding Days
Thumbtack Customer
Deb did a wonderful job . She made my wedding rememberable. She was very kind and generous. I would recommend her service for anyone Who needs a officiate . Thank you so much deb!
Minister/Wedding OfficiantMinister/Wedding Officiant
Deborah K.
Jeff Ware was a wonderful officiant for our wedding. We had a very tight timeline and Jeff was able to meet our needs. His layout of the service let us pick the elements that were most important to us. We were both extremely grateful for his part in making our wedding day wonderful.
Pastor Jeff WarePastor Jeff Ware
Thumbtack Customer
My wedding ceremony was on an entertainment cruise that toured the Chicago skyline. My officiant was the best. I met her when I had just finished dressing and briefly went over some things. Jocelyn Ross was fantastic, she helped with the walk down the isle order and made things flow so much better. I highly recommend them to anybody that is looking for an officiant in the Chicago land area.
Officiant On DemandOfficiant On Demand
Ryan G.
Getting married is such a special occasion and for us we needed someone who could do something not so standard(handfasting) we absolutely loved having Simple Ceremony Chicago as our wedding officiant. She was extremely responsive and open to any questions we had no matter how simple or obvious they might’ve been. If I ever meet someone getting married and they needed an officiant I’d recommend her in a heartbeat
Simple Ceremony ChicagoSimple Ceremony Chicago
Ana Carolina M.
Although we had a last minute wedding, he was open to officiate something Special for us! Above spectations... We followed his instrucciones and we were able to get our certificates the same day. Thank you so much!! Blessings!
AA Wedding MinistriesZAA Wedding MinistriesZ
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