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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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 Goshen wedding officiants
Kari B.
Pastor Earl was wonderful. I want to start by saying that we threw a rehearsal at him last minute - about two weeks before the wedding - and he was more than helpful rearranging his schedule to be there! If you are on the fence about having your officiant present at your rehearsal, just do it. He made the rehearsal entertaining and fun while making sure everyone knew what was going to happen the day of. It took off so much of the stress of the actual wedding day. Pastor Earl provided us with a comprehensive outline of how the wedding day would run prior to the event. He was early both days. His wedding ceremony was great and he made both of us feel comfortable the whole time. Lastly I want to share that the most heard compliment we received throughout the wedding day and after was how impressed people were with our officiant! Rightfully so! I cannot speak highly enough of Pastor Earl and the experience we had with him. Thanks again, Pastor Earl!
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Chloe E.
Thank you Reverend Smith for being our wedding officiant!! Earl initially met with us over zoom as we live a few hours away and really listened to our wants for our wedding ceremony. After this meeting, we were confident that he would make our day so special. He seamlessly ran our rehearsal and even offered to run through it again until everyone felt comfortable. It was obvious he was passionate about his job and making the bride and groom feel so important!! He calmed our nerves during the rehearsal with his humor and reassurance that everything about our wedding day will be beautiful. Our ceremony was everything we could have imagined and got multiple compliments on our officiant, Earl. We would recommend him over and over again!! Thank you!
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Tori L.
We would absolutely recommend Reverend Earl to all couples who are planning out their weddings! He was professional, welcoming, had a great sense of humor, was on point in conducting the rehearsal and ceremony, accommodating and so much more! Our family and friends commented on how incredible Earl was and even our DJ noted how we made the right choice in officiant as he has worked with him previously. He takes his work seriously and wants to give you the absolute best experience possible. Our wedding day was perfect and he helped to make that happen! If you’re looking for an officiant, look no further! Reverend Earl, thank you for everything you did for Nick and I, you helped make our wedding dream come true and helped in making the entire experience and day fun, exciting and stress free :) we’re both so glad and appreciative that you were a part of our special day!
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Thumbtack Customer
Kelly was the officiant for our wedding. She was very fun and vibrant. She helped us tremendously by keeping everyone on track in the rehearsal and on our wedding day. She did a great job helping us decide on wedding vows and helped guide us through everything for the ceremony. She made sure our vows and ceremony contained everything we wanted, she was great to work with and ensured she had met all of our requests. She made the ceremony a beautiful occasion and really helped pull everyone together so everything ran smoothly preceding and during the ceremony. I would absolutely recommend Kelly for weddings and more. Thanks Kelly for making our day wonderful!
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Seth G.
Reverend Smith was absolutely amazing. We feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to have had him officiate our wedding. He went above and beyond with all of our interactions and is genuinely one of the best people we have ever met. He’s an amazing listener and added the perfect amount of character to our ceremony. Our guests have raved about him asking how we found someone so special. We also went through his premarital counseling classes which helped strengthen the foundation of our marriage to last a life time. All of the tools and deep conversations we had because of him will forever be remembered and cherished. Thank you so much Reverend Smith for everything you’ve done for us!
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