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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.

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 Rockford wedding officiants
Shirley G.
It was a pleasure working with Christine. She is helpful, knowledgeable and professional. We appreciate her kindness, her understanding and acknowledging our private wedding. We recommend her to anyone looking for an Officiant for their wedding.
Forever RememberedForever Remembered
Michelle C.
Rev. Johnson was amazing! He was so easy to work with and he created the perfect wedding for my fiancee and I. He customized our wedding to exactly what we wanted and was so friendly and kind to all of our guests. I cannot say enough good things about Rev. Johnson and would highly recommend him to any couple looking for an officient. A huge thank you to Rev. Johnson for helping to make our wedding day extra special.
Most Rev. William A. Johnson, D.D.Most Rev. William A. Johnson, D.D.
Thumbtack Customer
Laura was great to work with and the ceremony was beautiful! Living out of town, it was hard to meet and coordinate with our vendors ahead of time but Laura made it easy to plan our ceremony long distance. She is very thoughtful and we really appreciated her help making our wedding exactly what we wanted. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant.
Marriage and MoreMarriage and More
Marie P.
Reverend Porter succeeded all of my expectations and more. From the day we met he was wonderful. The wedding ceremony my husband had in mind was a little too short and sweet for me. But that all changed after we met with Reverend Porter. He had a plan for our wedding and a whole outline to fill out and customize. It was really organized. I really loved that. After our meeting I felt super excited and said to my Husband "we're going to have a real wedding!" My one important request was that we made sure we invited God to our wedding. And God was definitely there! Reverend Porter spoke of our family's and called them our village. Which was something that spoke to my heart. Because several years ago I wrote in everyone's Christmas card how thankful I was that they were a part of my village. I didn't tell him anything about that before the wedding. He also picked my favorite bible verse First Corinthians and explained it in such a way that he touched everyone. He made a couple jokes too that my father in law told me later that he enjoyed. After the wedding I had several of my family and friends come up and say how the Reverend's words touched them. And they thanked me for having you officiate our wedding. Those people didn't know it but they were fulfilling my prayers. I prayed that God's presence would touch my family and friends. And Reverend Porter was the perfect vessel. If Reverend Porter had a church I would become a faithful parishioner!
Rev. Clyde A. PorterRev. Clyde A. Porter
Briseida O.
Heather was everything you want an officiant to be: kind, organized, and incredibly professional. She made me feel so much calmer and even helped set up some of the wedding decorations—something most certainly not in her job description. She had a smile the entire event, even though it was over 95 degrees and no one knew what was going on. In short, we should have been an even bigger hot mess without her lol! The most memorable part about her services was how inviting she was; I felt like she was my friend and there to make sure I was okay. She stood outside the venue with me before the ceremony and told funny stories that put me at ease. Overall, I couldn’t recommend her more! Thank you so much!
Heather Miller Photography & Officiant ServicesHeather Miller Photography & Officiant Services
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