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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Westside wedding officiants
Amanda e.
Diane officiated our beach wedding last night. She was very sweet. Professional. And very responsive. She also did not try to push us into a certain style ceremony as other officiants I spoke to before finding her have tried. I would recommend her to officiate your wedding!!! Thank you again Diane you are a wonderful person💚
Moore Notary LLCMoore Notary LLC
Simone S.
Thank you so much! I appreciate you coming to officiate our wedding. I appreciate your punctuation, kindness and efficiency. I highly recommend your services. For anyone looking you came to the right person, don’t hesitate secure your signing or officiation with Deidre.
Chris A.
I would highly recommend Deana as your wedding officiant. Such a sweet lady with a gentle soul. I have already recommended her to 3 other friends that are recently engaged.
I Do Weddings & MoreI Do Weddings & More
Thumbtack Customer
Terri ensured our ceremony was special and recommended the perfect place to tie the knot. If anyone needs an officiant, Terri is a great choice for your wedding needs. Thanks Terri Mr and Mrs Colley
Poster-Taylor Enterprises, LLCPoster-Taylor Enterprises, LLC
Paige F.
My husband and I had an amazing experience with 904notaryllc as she officiated and helped plan our intimate wedding. She was kind, professional, knowledgeable, responsive and punctual. She made our special day smooth and stress free !
Miranda Z.
We found Angelique while planning a last minute wedding due to the coronavirus. She was able to community with us virtually up until the day of. Our wedding was in St. Simons and she arrived from Jacksonville right on time. The ceremony was short sweet and simple. We’re glad that she was able to make our marriage official with such little notice!
Love Is Love Officiant ServicesLove Is Love Officiant Services
Brianna V.
Renee was perfect. Our first officiant canceled an hour and a half before we were supposed to get married. Renee showed up after doing another wedding an hour before was on time and was so patient with my crazy family. 10/10 recommendation.
Renee's Weddings & Mobile Notary ServicesRenee's Weddings & Mobile Notary Services
Thumbtack Customer
Terri did an excellent job officiating our wedding. She had lots of different options for us to choose from concerning vows, and seemed very comfortable and knowledgeable with the whole process. It was a huge relief to work with someone who really knew what she was doing!
Poster-Taylor Enterprises, LLCPoster-Taylor Enterprises, LLC
Seanika N.
Wow!! Deana made my wedding so special. It didn’t feel like just words being read. This was a magical moment that I will never forget. Deana was on time and very professional. Weeks and days before the wedding she kept in touch. When we were looking for someone I told my husband she is the one. After the wedding all we talked about is how perfect Deana was for us and we were glad we went with her. So if you are looking for the perfect officiant she is the ONE.
I Do Weddings & MoreI Do Weddings & More
J. J.
We had a great experience with Terri for our wedding. The ceremony she created for us was personal, professional, funny and sentimental. Everyone at the ceremony asked me where I found her. My sister and fiancée will be contacting her for their ceremony next year. We highly recommend Terri Poster-Taylor for officiating your event. Thank you Terri!
Poster-Taylor Enterprises, LLCPoster-Taylor Enterprises, LLC
Diem T.
Our experience with Mr. Michael Franks was amazing. We were looking for a Christian officiant that would fill our wedding with the spirit of God, and he certainly did that and more. He was also very kind, caring, and attentive; He joined us for our recital to make sure things went smoothly during our big day, and he executed everything perfectly on the wedding day. Very kind fellow that accommodates your day exactly the way that you want. Would highly recommend.
Michael Franks Enterprises LLCMichael Franks Enterprises LLC
Jackie L.
Selethia was so amazing to have officiate our small wedding. She showed up on time, she laughed and cried with us, she was flexible and patient as we made last minute additions, changes. She was so kind and had a calmingness about her which was so helpful to have because we were so stressed! We would absolutely recommend her!
Dotted Line Signings, LLCDotted Line Signings, LLC
Tina O.
Renee, provided excellent service for our special day. Not only did she officiated our ceremony in her beautiful garden, her husband which is a wonderful photographer took beautiful photos as well. This was literally a one stop shop! I would recommend both her and her husband- Allen@ Allen’s unique photo for any of your wedding or special event needs. Renee also can notarize if needed! Thanks, Renee and Allen From the Santiago’s!!!!
Renee's Weddings & Mobile Notary ServicesRenee's Weddings & Mobile Notary Services
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Michael Franks to officiate our sons wedding on June 20, 2015 at the Amelia Island Golf Club. From day one he was up front and very personable. We set up a time that the Bride and Groom could call Michael (since we live in a different city than he does), and talk to him regarding the vows and the wedding details. He provided everything we needed and took all the pressure off of us in regard to the vows and the ceremony for the Unity Candle. Any time we emailed him with a question he responded in a timely manner and was on time for the rehearsal not to mention he showed up early for the wedding just so there would be no problems or questions regarding his services. We found Michael to be an absolute asset to our family's special day. He really made everything go so much easier. Great job Michael, it really feels like we've known you all our lives! Thank you so much for helping us flow through a very exciting and stressful time in our lives!
Michael Franks Enterprises LLCMichael Franks Enterprises LLC
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