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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 Lexington wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Steve is one of the nicest people that we have ever met! He made our wedding a better experience for EVERYONE. He is so easy to work with and has such a positive outlook. Great wedding officiant. I would recommend Steve to ANYONE looking for a wedding officiant.
Steve's Wedding OfficiantSteve's Wedding Officiant
Damariz c.
Laura was very professional and sweet at the day of our wedding. I highly recommend! I couldn’t of had a better officiant!
Laura Gray Wedding OfficiantLaura Gray Wedding Officiant
Elizabeth M.
Jennifer drove down to Lexington, KY to officiate our wedding on September 22nd. She arrived early, delivered a beautiful scripted ceremony, and let us customize it as we liked. She helped bustle my dress and took care of all the paperwork. The first time we chatted I knew she would do a great job at our wedding and I wasn’t disappointed. She is a great value, I would highly recommend her to anyone needing an officiant!
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Kristi M.
Laura was so helpful and patient with me while we worked on our wedding script! She was always there before me and my fiance when we needed to meet up and she spoke with such grace and sincerity during our ceremony! I'm so happy to have hired her for officiate our wedding!
Laura Gray Wedding OfficiantLaura Gray Wedding Officiant
Briana W.
I highly recommend Lovely Weddings! Chrysanthia was absolutely amazing!!! She was right on time, very professional, and exceeded our expectations as our officiant! I am so pleased with the ceremony and she was so down to earth and comforting! Thank you again!!!
Lovely WeddingsLovely Weddings
Samika P.
We have had wonderful expierience with wedding were considering our to be the best we possible could have were not asking to do or for to much but we will like it to be a night to remember and of course we will and can't wait for our officiant to join and help us with it weddings are a site to last forever as much as the love we have for each and we are greatful to be able to join together in marriage can't ask for anyone else as special wedding have always been rememberable to me and we appreciate our value thank you
Lovely WeddingsLovely Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Greg Horn impressed both myself and my husband enough that I returned to thumbtack to ensure I left this review. I feel it is important to find an officiant who suits your personality so interview them, as we did. We are glad we went with him because his approach on marriage officiating is unique. Typically after a wedding, you hear compliments about the food or the DJ. Rather, we received several regarding him. He requested we provide to him 10 reasons why we wanted to marry the other and did a beautiful job presenting these quirky, yet serious reasons to our guests. There was not a dry eye on this day. We also hurriedly wrote our own short vows the morning of our wedding and presented them to him last minute and he incorporated them without missing a beat. We read them from crumpled pieces of paper and I would not change a thing. Greg held a short, intimate ceremony that truly encompassed all that we are as a couple. We have been together for 7 years, own a home and raise 2 dogs and 2 cats (no kids yet). We are no stranger to what marriage really means, and he honored this before our guests rather than treating us as beginners. He spoke clear and confidently to our guests, describing our relationship and leaving us with lasting advice. He did not stutter, there was no awkward pauses, and the readings he chose from the bible suited us so well. Having an officiant is really the most important component to a wedding (if you're marrying for love, that is!). Yet, it is most often forgotten. We hope to see Greg at future weddings we attend and we thank him for blessing our marriage.
Pastor Greg WeddingsPastor Greg Weddings
Shannel C.
We hired Rob to officiate our wedding, and we are glad that we did. Rob did both our rehearsal and our actual ceremony. Prior to our ceremony we were in contact several times so that we could understand what kind of ceremony that my fiancé and I wanted. We wanted a Christian ceremony that empathized the importance of God in our relationship and Rob made sure that he created a ceremony that demonstrated that. When it came time for the rehearsal he kept the vibe light so that we weren't stressed yet everyone knew what was expected. On the day of our wedding he performed the ceremony well and we were happy with how everything went. Rob was great and I would recommend him.
Rob's Weddings / NotorizationsRob's Weddings / Notorizations
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