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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.

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 Ashburn wedding officiants
Marie-Christiane B.
Thank you Monica for officiating our wedding in such a short notice. You made it so easy for us with your professionalism and patience. I will definitely recommend you to anyone in search of a wedding officiant. May God bless you
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Karen s.
The best wedding officiant on this app, he’s very professional and respectful. Thank you so much for your service ❤️❤️
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Jamila C.
great guide, provide excellent service to me and my wife. was very grateful to have you as our wedding official
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Livanessa G.
the best wedding officiant. very nice, punctual and professional. Thank you very much for everything , God bless you
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Lizbeth M.
Daniel was very professional, I am glad I choose Daniel to officiate my zoom wedding celebration. I would definitely recommend him!
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Carlos C.
Everything was done sufficiently well and to the point Martha is friendly and very respectful i recommend her to anyone who needs a professional person officiating their wedding ceremony
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She made everything very easy, she is very personable, I'm very happy to have her officiate my wedding. I highly recommend her
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Christian R.
We made a great decision in choosing monica as our wedding officiant. She was always there to to respond to any questions we had very professionally. At the time of the ceremony she was very polite and flexible with the time we needed. I would highly recommend hiring her to anyone who needs a professional officiant
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Shaneatta H.
Mr. Bloom is an AMAZING Wedding Officiant. My wedding was done inside Central Park area. It was EXTREMELY WONDERFUL. Mr. Bloom was very Professional, Respectful, Funny. He's very Responsive & so much more. Me & My Husband are EXTREMELY Thrilled we chosen Mr. Bloom as our Officiant & would do it again without a doubt. Thank you Mr. Bloom from the Housey Family with much Love to you. You are APPRECIATED!!
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Fanghore E.
My husband and I were desperate to find an officiant available in two or three days but Parth was there  and for an affordable cost on top. He was ready to clarify everything  and helped us out with our vows. He went with the flow and made our wedding truly special. I definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an AMAZING officiant!!
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Thumbtack Customer
She made my wedding so special! Best decision ever was making her my officiant. So sweet, helpful and she really loves what she does. My ceremony was amazing.
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Ashley S.
Trish was an amazing officiant. We did not know much about how a wedding is supposed to be and she helped us understand. She was attentive and positive which made us very comfortable with her. Thank you very much Trish we loved having you part of our wedding.
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Crismeiry M.
Thank you for my marriage ceremony it was amazing. Thank you for being my wedding officiant. I got marry through Zoom and it was wonderful. I will recommended to other people that want to get marry.
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Amy W.
We are very happy after choosing Trish as our wedding officiant... Do not hesitate to book this warm, kind professional... My mom said,”She made the ceremony...” Thanks very much Trish!!
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Hanna L.
Stephen was amazing officiant for our ceremony. He came early, lead us with his professionalism and gave us special ceremony that was perfect for us. It was really cold outside but that didn’t stop him from his quality of service and I really appreciate that. Thank you again for making our wedding holy ceremony. If anyone’s looking for an officiant, he is definitely the one you need!
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Ngan T.
Pastor Calicia’s Officiant is great!! She is very professional. She prepares everything and tell you how the wedding works. It is clear and easy to understand. I’m so lucky to work with her. Thank you so much.
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Codruta A.
Words can truly not express our gratitude for you making our day so special. We both feel so lucky to have had you officiate our wedding. You were the perfect person to lead our wedding ceremony. Everything went smoothly and was meaningful. Your delivery of explanation of the meaning of marriage was a very special part of the ceremony. You helped us stay relaxed and comfortable through the entire ceremony with your confidence and warm smile. We are so, so blessed to have met you. We are highly recommend you, the perfect and amazing wedding officiant. May God bless you!
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Elizabeth r.
Before we scheduled Our wedding on March 8th Mr. Parch was was efficient and was able to answer what ever questions I had. He was willing to assist and help us with the wedding . Is flexibility was amazing he was excellent. The day of the wedding he was punctual, professional, funny and sweet. He made our day special, smooth and tranquil. I would recommend Parch as an officiant he is the best.
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Alexsa P.
Thank you for your professionalism, PUNCTUALITY my husband & myself loved the service provided,any questions or concerns we had were immediately answered & solved. If you are looking for a wedding officiant don’t look any further!
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Rafael P.
She was totally amazing and a very fast when it comes to replies. Honestly, I think I pick the perfect officiant to my wedding. I’m very happy with what she did. If you looking for one, she is the one.
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Inteshar V.
Our experience with Fé is above our expectations. He makes sure that me and my husband feel comfortable and confident during the ceremony. We felt that the ceremony was full of love, we can not begin to say thank you enough for officiating our wedding. We appreciate your time, care and expertise through everything. would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. He takes care of his services very seriously and its easy to see that he will do whatever it takes to make sure his couples experience is the best.
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Seth S.
Our experience with Parth was a memorable one, just like our wedding day we loved his officiating. Prior to that he was readily available to relate any important information and also answer our questions. We appreciate you Parth.
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Delbie G.
Officiant Muhammad was incredible! I truly recommend him to anyone who is looking for someone that is professional, cool and knows their job. He was very accommodating with our wedding schedule, gave us excellent advice, down to earth and charismatic. My husband and I are very pleased with officiant Muhammad services as well as all our family. We're blessed and happy to have had him marry us and couldn't have asked for anyone better!
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Cheree A.
Trish was very professional, pleasant and punctual. Communicating with her was easy. Trish was very responsive and flexible right up until our wedding day. She created a ceremony very personal to us. My wife and I felt as ease during our ceremony. She was exactly what we were looking for in a wedding officiant!! We definitely recommend her!!
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Arielle D.
It was my pleasure to work with Pastor Hewitt. She was very kind and flexible with our requests. I’m very happy with our virtual wedding and I’m so happy I chose to work with her! I’d highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for an officiant.
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