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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.

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 Baton Rouge wedding officiants
Roslyn P.
Boo made our wedding ceremony so special and memorable. She was on time, friendly, kind, professional, and experienced. My husband and I enjoyed having her as our officiant on our wedding day.
Boo Casserleigh,  Licensed Wedding OfficiantBoo Casserleigh, Licensed Wedding Officiant
Mylene W.
Dr.Greer officiated our wedding. He was so personable, several people told me they loved the service. I would highly recommend Dr. Greer for your special day.
To God Be The Glory  Dr Paul Greer, Ed.dTo God Be The Glory Dr Paul Greer, Ed.d
Ronnica R.
Rev. Dr. Greer, Thank you so much for officiating our wedding. Although, we only met once before the ceremony, I knew we made the right choice in choosing you as our wedding officiant. You were very responsive, professional and caring. You took the time to get to know us before our scheduled meeting and learned a little bit about our family. Rev. Dr. Greer incorporated those details in our ceremony which made our ceremony Uniquely Ours and we sincerely thank you for that.
To God Be The Glory  Dr Paul Greer, Ed.dTo God Be The Glory Dr Paul Greer, Ed.d
Thumbtack Customer
Donna Gail was better than I could have asked for as an officiant! My wedding was small and untraditional and not at all choreographed. Donna came well prepared and read a simple and beautiful set of vows (we didn't bring our own). Thank you again, Donna :)
Tie The Knot Wedding ChapelTie The Knot Wedding Chapel
Kelby B.
Mr. Campbell and his wife were a treat to have at out wedding! We couldn't have picked a better officiant. He helped us piece together everything. He meant it when he said that on the day of our wedding, that we'd "only have to show up." Mr. Campbell goes above and beyond to accomodate and he made sure to respect my grandmother's differing faith. He and his wife are living the example of what we aspire to do in our own marriage. If you choose him as your officiant, you won't be disappointed. To The Campbells, may God continue to bless your marriage. --Kelby & Elbis
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
I could never begin to say enough about how wonderful and pleased we were with the ceremony that Donna performed. The vows that Donna had prepared for us were by far my (our) favorite part of the night. We met with her once for about a half hour and we knew she was the perfect fit for us. The wedding was in my 90 year old mother's backyard with family and our close friends. She arrived on time and looked amazing. She made the difference in a "ceremony" and the "Perfect Ceremony". The vows were the most beautifully composed and the most heartfelt vows I've ever heard. Everyone there was so impressed with her, that they all kept telling us that it was the most beautiful, "Perfect Ceremony". My mother's memory is failing her, but she hasn't forgotten to keep telling me how much she loved our vows, thanks to Donna. We absolutely got the greatest person who went above and beyond her way to officiate our "Perfect Ceremony". She even gave us a copy of our vows, and that was the icing on the cake! I highly recommend using this very "special lady", Donna Gail. She was exactly what we wanted and more!! Thanks so much for making our special day so wonderful !!!
Tie The Knot Wedding ChapelTie The Knot Wedding Chapel
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