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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. 

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.

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.

Reviews for South Loop 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
Tamara M.
Shana was a great officiant! She made our small wedding feel really special. After the wedding, she promptly filed our paperwork with the county, which was very helpful. I highly recommend Shana to officiate a wedding!
Stuckey LeadsStuckey Leads
Michael O.
Toria was the officiant at mine and my wife’s wedding and did an excellent job!!
Special Day WeddingsSpecial Day Weddings
Stephanie B.
Happy to have had him officiate our intimate wedding..very lovely.
Weddings For All Creative Collaboration.Weddings For All Creative Collaboration.
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 habla español!Divine Wedding Vows / Se habla español!
Robert T.
We had hired Leeroy to be our wedding officiant in August this year and were extremely disappointed. We chose Leeroy because we enjoyed talking with him during our first phone meeting and wanted him to be a part of our special day. He had great reviews and it was a pleasure meeting him. Unfortunately, less than a week before our wedding, he called us and said that he was no longer able to be the officiant for our wedding because he needed to go to a conference in California. We totally understand that things happen and circumstances come up that are beyond our control. However, this event is for a wedding, a special occasion in life, and we believe the officiant is a pretty big role in a wedding. Leeroy did not provide us with an immediate backup when he called and canceled. He said that he wanted to give us an option to find someone that we knew to be our officiant and that he might have someone that might be able to step in for him but it was not definite at the time that he canceled. Obviously, we would have loved to personally know our officiant and if we knew anyone that could officiate our wedding, then we would have totally chosen that person at the very beginning of our wedding planning. Having Leeroy cancel the week of our wedding had caused us such a great amount of stress and rush to find someone else to officiate our wedding. Wedding planning is fun but can also be pretty stressful and crazy at times since there is a lot to do and there are a lot of moving parts. To not have an officiant the week of the wedding was totally unexpected. It was just a shock to us. We felt that this experience with Leeroy was very disappointing and unprofessional. We are sharing in hopes that this feedback will be helpful for improvements in the future.
Your Life CelebrationsYour Life Celebrations
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 MinistriesAA Wedding Ministries
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!
Yogesh H.
We got Married in May,and i got to know jaime in April I thought that was not enough time to appoint her as my wedding officiant because it’s only one month left for my wedding but she accepted and did everything like how one PROFESSIONAL WEDDING OFFICIANT WOULD DO,guess she is great and she is very quick in responding back , I would definitely recommend her for work like wedding officiant,she understands you and guides you through everything for our betterment,right after our wedding next day she submitted our application and within few hours our Marriage Certificate was ready we were so happy by her work ,if you go for her you would be in safe and Professional hands Thank you so much Jaime !
Memorable Ceremonies: Happily Ever AfterMemorable Ceremonies: Happily Ever After
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
Adrian F.
We were in a pinch and needed a wedding officiant. She responded quickly and took care of everything we possibly needed, would recommend 10 times over!!
Stuckey LeadsStuckey Leads
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 MinistriesAA Wedding Ministries
Carlena D.
Father Tom did a wonderful job officiating our wedding, our guests thought he had known us forever in the way he spoke about us. He made our ceremony meaningful, and so special! We thank you for everything and recommend him to everyone needing an officiant!
Father Tom Pels WeddingsFather Tom Pels Weddings
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 MinistriesAA Wedding Ministries
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 MinistriesPastor Jeff Ministries
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
Jasmin S.
Shana was great! She was able to officiate my wedding and worked with us on a package that fitted our needs. Everything was punctual and exactly how we wanted. I would definitely recommend!
Stuckey LeadsStuckey Leads
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 MinistriesAA Wedding Ministries
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
Rosie G.
Pastor Jeff really made our wedding ceremony special. He made it personal by sharing stories of how we met and gave us great advice. We loved his friendly and funny personality. We couldn't have picked a better officiant for our wedding.
Pastor Jeff MinistriesPastor Jeff Ministries
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
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 MinistriesPastor Jeff Ministries
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