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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 Lake Charles wedding officiants
Vivian L.
Mr. Andrew is the best and most professional wedding official
Andrew CasanaveAndrew Casanave
Lisa W.
Pam was very kind, professional, and efficient. She addressed every concern and need that we had. I would highly recommend her to anybody in need of a wedding officiant.
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Charlene J.
Pam was a lifesaver! We were in a bind because our previous officiant canceled on us a week before our wedding. I contacted her and her response was prompt and very professional. She was able to incorporate our unity ceremony into the wedding with no problem. Thank you so much!
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Hannah K.
He was very accommodating especially when my fiancé got called back to work and we had to miss our initial meeting. We had our meeting over the phone and he assured me that he could help make our wedding beautiful. I can’t wait for him to officiate my wedding!!!
Andrew CasanaveAndrew Casanave
Kianaa l.
Mrs. Pam was amazing ! We couldn’t have chosen a better officiant for our wedding . There wasn’t a dry eye in sight . She was there for anything we needed and adapted quickly to our ceremony changes . We appreciate her so much ! HIGHLY RECOMMEND 💓
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Thumbtack Customer
Andrew was a joy to work with. A perfect wedding officiant. He kept the ceremony within my timeframe and said everything that needed saying. Professional and pleasant. A lovely ceremony and good time had by all. Highly Recommend. Thanks Again Andrew. Best Wishes!!
Andrew CasanaveAndrew Casanave
Laura D.
Wow! Where to begin?! This was the whirlwind wedding of a lifetime. Due to Covid, a re-enlistment, a college graduation and a major change of life plan...we had about 10 days to pull off a wedding in Louisiana ( where our soldier is the only one living there). I discovered Thumbtack & quickly looked up officiants. Mr Andrew was a lifesaver! Quick to respond, easy to communicate with and was just an overall upstanding guy! Things went off without a hitch ( well... they did get HITCHED 😂) I would wholeheartedly recommend Mr Casanave to anyone needing an officiant. On time, helpful, personable and just an upstanding dude.🙂
Andrew CasanaveAndrew Casanave
Lorilee F.
We had a heck of a ceremony none of us will ever forget. Ms. Pam was beyond my expectations! I contacted her in August to do my wedding ceremony and unfortunately, hurricane Laura hit the weekend i was to be married. She stayed in contact with us the whole time, even though we both were dealing with the aftermath of the storm. She married us 3 weeks after the hurricane outside near a beautiful oak tree that stood the winds. We brought joy to each other during this trying time and she was wonderful the whole time! There are still good people around and I look at Ms. Pam as friend now. I'd recommend this lovely lady to anyone looking for a wedding officiant hands down; she will do her best to accommodate you!!!
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Laura D.
We have a son that is military and for reasons out of his control, he needed to plan a wedding in a week. We all were scrambling to make this happen for him. I contacted Pam and she was quick to reply that she had availability. Soon learned that they had to change the date. I contacted Pam and, again, Johnny-on-the-spot! She replied quickly that she could still help us out. Unfortunately, another family member had just hours before, booked another officiant. I will say, even though we weren’t able to use Pam, I would highly recommend her.😊
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