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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Indianapolis wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Officiant for my daughter's wedding
Debbie HennesseyDebbie Hennessey
Danisha T.
Shalon did an amazing job being the wedding officiant for my dad's wedding!!!
HDG Mobile Notary ServicesHDG Mobile Notary Services
Kimberly A.
Lynn did a wonderful job! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Patrick L.
Dave was amazing for our wedding day! From the first meeting until the big day he was of great help and assistance, listened to us, great to talk to, and truly got to know us. Would recommend Dave to anyone looking for a great officiant for their wedding. Thanks again Dave!!
Rev. Dave Coons   Weddings By DesignRev. Dave Coons Weddings By Design
Sarah H.
We had a great experience with Rev. Dave! He was great to work with and is definitely a pro when it comes to weddings! He made everything so easy for us and made sure our ceremony included everything that was important to us. I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing an officiant!
Rev. Dave Coons   Weddings By DesignRev. Dave Coons Weddings By Design
Jan L.
Rev. Coons was a welcome addition to our daughter’s wedding day. He met with us prior to the ceremony; he was friendly and personable. He had great suggestions and based the service on what meant the most to the kids. We received many compliments on both the content of the ceremony and the officiant. Thanks so much Dave! Outstanding job!
Rev. Dave Coons   Weddings By DesignRev. Dave Coons Weddings By Design
Stephen V.
Working with Dave was an absolute pleasure. We did not have any particular preference before our wedding about an officiant, but definitely were looking for someone who was experienced and gave us a great vibe. Dave was so nice and accommodating. He also gave us lots of pointers and tips beforehand to make the planning phase go smoothly. Highly recommended!!
Rev. Dave Coons   Weddings By DesignRev. Dave Coons Weddings By Design
Lyndsay C.
Marc was excellent to work with and I am so glad we found him to officiate our wedding!! Mark helped ease our stress of planning a wedding during Covid. He met with us on zoom multiple times and walked us through planning the ceremony from beginning to the end of the ceremony. He gave us pointers where we needed them, he was supportive, knowledgeable, and just an all around great guy!! He even emailed us after the ceremony to let us know he had mailed in our wedding license and to check in and see how we were doing. Our ceremony went fantastic, thanks to him! I would recommend him to anyone!!!
Marc McClureMarc McClure
Kiesha M.
We are extremely satisfied with the way Valet Vows handled their business from start to finish. It was very short notice when I reached out to them (2 days before the wedding). When I tell you I received a response in less than 15 minutes, and they were available to work with us, I almost passed out lol! The officiant did her thing effortlessly!! I definitely recommend.
Valet VowValet Vow
Stephanie G.
Rev Coons was awesome to work with. He met with us prior to our wedding so that we could get to know him and see him in person before our big day. He gave us numerous of examples of wedding ceremonies he had performed before. He was so easy to talk with and worked well with our bridal party for rehearsal and made everything light and fun. He was very responsive and got back to me in record time with any questions I had regarding the ceremony flow, rehearsal etc. If you are looking to have someone marry you that is professional but also personable and easy to work with Rev Coons is defiantly the one you should hire. Rev Coons we really appreciate you working with us and really enjoyed having you officiate our wedding. Thank you for everything!!
Rev. Dave Coons   Weddings By DesignRev. Dave Coons Weddings By Design
Alexandria B.
Summer made my day prefect! She was my officiant and day of coordinator. If you want someone to take your vision and execute perfectly go with Summer! My wedding ceremony was everything I ever could have wanted! I'm definitely more introverted than my partner and was extremely worried about how I was going to feel being the center of attention but Summer made me feel at ease and excited! I had so many guest, family and friends rave about her! I absolutely love her! I could not have gotten through my wedding without her! I highly recommend Summer to make any event prefect!!
House of ReignHouse of Reign
Porsha I.
Jim was absolutely amazing!!! It took me some time to find the right wedding officiant, but I'm glad I ran across Wholly Matrimony 4U. I contacted Jim only a few weeks before my wedding date and he fit me right into his schedule. He was very quick responding to all my many questions and gave me comfort going through the process. I did not know what to expect but he gave me recommendations and ideas based of his experience. He took time to get to know me and my fiancé and the speech he gave spoke to us as a couple. My wedding day was extremely hectic and nothing went as planned 😩. Jim, however, remained a true professional and stuck it out til the end. Words can't express how grateful we are to have had Jim be a part of our big day! Thank you so much!!!
Wholly Matrimony 4UWholly Matrimony 4U
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