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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 New Orleans wedding officiants
Rohan P.
Officiant was great he really went above and beyond made the wedding that much better.
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Jeffrey B.
Lorrie was exactly what we wanted from a quick, small, outdoor destination wedding ceremony officiant. Great job.
NOLA Elopements and Wedding CeremoniesNOLA Elopements and Wedding Ceremonies
Evelyn Z.
Alonzo did such a great job officiating my wedding ceremony and all of the fun we had at the reception! I am so glad we chose to hire him!
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Kimberly A.
I hired Mrs. Terrebonne today for our wedding in August. She put me at great ease with the upcoming nuptials. She is very sweet and accommodating. My fiancé Stephen & I are looking forward to her officiating our ceremony. We plan to meet before the wedding to discuss our big day.
Terrebonne Ties The KnotTerrebonne Ties The Knot
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Osbey officiated our wedding ceremony. He was very prompt and did a beautiful job at our ceremony. It was difficult selecting a minister from a city I don't live in. He is a man of God and that was shown during our ceremony. I do wish I was able to communicate with him before the actual wedding day.
Faith Walkers ChurchFaith Walkers Church
Catherine A.
This was such an important day for us and I'm so glad we asked Jim to officiate our wedding. He was so kind and even though we didn't know him, he made the ceremony feel personal. I highly recommend if you are in need of a minister!
LeBlanc's Marriage MinistryLeBlanc's Marriage Ministry
Jacquelyn B.
My husband and I got married in January 9th, 2021. We wanted to be able to attach our photos to our reviews to show future brides and grooms how much happiness this officiant couple has brought to me and my husband and both of our families. Responsiveness has got to be my top favorite quality about Mr and Mrs Campbell. Had they not responded as quickly as they did, we likely wouldn’t have had our wedding date be January 9th. Mr Alonzo Campbell was the kind of officiant that can light up a dark room just with his personality. We absolutely loved having him as our officiant, and he and his wife are some of the sweetest people. We will definitely be recommending them to anyone who is getting married in the New Orleans area. We are so blessed with love and friendship. The truth is, there were several times in the week leading up to our wedding where our wedding wasn’t going to happen. We had a lost birth certificate, we lost our officiant like the day of our rehearsal, and we even had a family emergency and one of my bridesmaids had to drop out two days before the wedding due to that emergency. It felt like a new level of JUMANJI every single day of the week leading up to our wedding day. But we pushed through that and got to the end. That is why I am so thankful to the Campbells for stepping up and helping to make sure all our efforts that week were not in vain. We had the most stunning wedding, and Mr Campbell and his wife are the sole reason for our wedding happening. I had written the script for our ceremony for our original officiant, so Mr Campbell had to memorize that whole script and the adjoining poem that I had found as a close to the ceremony. Again, this was literally like an hour before our rehearsal was supposed to start that we hired him. And he just did such an outstanding job. Our families were so impressed with how quickly he was able to memorize the ceremony and how sweet he and his wife were about doing this for us last minute. We are forever grateful to Mr and Mrs Campbell. All Our Love and Gratitude, Mr and Mrs Pelaez 💕
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Rosalie was a co-officiant at my daughter's wedding and she was absolutely wonderful. It was a Christian and Hindu fusion ceremony that we had no idea how we were going to pull off. Rosalie worked with us, meeting with us several times and communicating via email, to come up with a script for the ceremony, which wasn't easy. The other officiant was a Hindu priest who had broken English. None of us, other than the groom, were familiar with a Hindu wedding. But Rosalie made this all work and was even able to improvise when during the ceremony the Hindu priest went off script. I would give Rosalie ten stars (even though the highest rating is only 5 on here). She was absolutely excellent and I would recommend her to everyone. Thanks Rosalie!
Rosalie Mortillaro - Wedding OfficiantRosalie Mortillaro - Wedding Officiant
Brooke E.
The absolute best. Rosalie was incredible throughout the entire process. From suggested readings to vows, to follow through. She was the best. Let it be noted that our wedding happened during a HURRICANE and she moved the time up and drove into a storm for us, FIVE hours early. She is amazing. For sure, this is the officiant you go with, hands down.
Rosalie Mortillaro - Wedding OfficiantRosalie Mortillaro - Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Campbell and his wonderful wife Jackie are two of the most kind and generous people that my husband and I have ever had the joy of meeting. They gave me all the advice and help we needed to plan our destination wedding in New Orleans. He brought so much passion and energy to our ceremony and there wasn't a dry eye in the place. I can't imagine our wedding without him! The officiant can be so much more than just a person reading the vows and signing a piece of paper. He brought life to our wedding and was an anchor in the storm of emotion and frustration that everyone knows a wedding can be at certain points. we already know and pray that in ten years we can renew our vows with Dr. Campbell again.
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Lauren W.
Reverend Campbell set the tone for our wedding, a celebration of love, it was so personal, engaging, serious when needed, humorous had our guests laughing and feeling the spirit! We could not have picked a better officiant! Reverend Campbell's wife takes phenomenal videos that we cherish and she gives the BEST hugs ever!!! We love the Campbells! If you want to have the best wedding ceremony, choose Reverend Alonzo Campbell. I wish we had done marriage counseling through them too! Amazing experience and a friendship that will last a lifetime!
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Judith A.
My husband and I renewed our wedding vows on our 14th anniversary on April 19 and Nicole was our officiant. We were pleased right away with her prompt communication by email, phone and text across the US from Oregon to New Orleans and by the time of our ceremony we already felt like Nicole was a caring, thoughtful friend or pastor. We had a lovely ceremony with the kindest most perfect vows, and we had a last minute request and she way exceeded our expectations. We Recommend Nicole very highly.
Terrebonne Ties The KnotTerrebonne Ties The Knot
Kim R.
I wanted to choose all 5 of the choices for the reason we liked working with Olga! She responded very quickly every time I needed to contact her! The last thing I needed was having to wait on a response to questions I needed answers for while planning a quick surprise wedding!Thanks❤️ We got married on Christmas and she was very flexible and was willing to do whatever it took to make our day special ❤️ Olga was very professional; she was on time, the paperwork was all in place and at the same time was like and old friend; personable also! We wanted a very short, memorable ceremony ( it was outside and cold) we got exactly what we wanted ❤️. And she made it personable with some of her own words! If anyone needs a wedding officiant; consider Olga! You won’t be disappointed! Thanks again Olga ❤️
Olga WilhelmineOlga Wilhelmine
Amilie M.
Alonzo was exceptional as our wedding officiant. From the start, he was keen to schedule time with us to discuss what we wanted and what our vision for our wedding was. He was eager to ensure we were happy with every decision and detail. He suggested venues for our marriage at our request - and we were really happy with one of the recommendations and decided to do as he suggested. Every step of the way, Alonzo was super responsive - always called/wrote when he said he would, and always so helpful. I genuinely knew he cared about making sure we were happy. Both Alonzo and his wife Jackie are lovely, kind-hearted people who go the extra mile to ensure that you are happy with the services delivered. We had an issue in obtaining our license - and Alonzo was positive and encouraging in terms of looking at our alternatives with us. He went out of his way to meet up with us another time to be helpful and ensure our paperwork was completed. The experience was excellent - and I cannot recommend him enough or speak too highly of him. This isn't the kind of service you can use again and again (or that I hope to ever need again!) - but I would recommend 'Strive to be the Best for Jesus' to anyone looking for an attentive, friendly and genuine officiant for their marriage. Could not be any happier with the service provided.
Self   Employed as a Wedding OfficiantSelf Employed as a Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Rosalie was absolutely outstanding! From the very beginning, as I was reading her reviews, I had a good feeling about her. Boy, was I right!! Rosalie was very responsive and polite. She was able to communicate and offer helpful suggestions such as providing a draft ceremony script, wedding ceremony sites, instructions and reminders for licensing requirements and even fun photo sites!! She was truly remarkable in her effort to help us pull our elopement off on such short notice! We were very fortunate that she was available for our private and intimate elopement, for only myself and my groom, on Valentine's Day. We met in New Orleans Botanical Gardens, and although it was a little stressful (as with most weddings), Rosalie did everything she could to make our ceremony perfect. She is one of the sweetest women I've ever met! Rosalie helped us feel perfectly comfortable and she took care of everything we needed! I could not recommend her highly enough to officiate your wedding! Thanks so much Rosalie for helping us pull off the most romantic Valentine's Day ever!
Rosalie Mortillaro - Wedding OfficiantRosalie Mortillaro - Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Absolutely wonderful experience! My now husband and I searched high and low for an officiant. We were overwhelmed with options and sites galore. We stumbled on Thumbtack and were blessed to have been found by Rosalie when we posted our event. Rosalie was perfect. She spoke with us in advance, got to know us and we talked about what we envisioned for our ceremony. She shared the script she planned with us shortly after and gave us the option to approve or edit - we didn't change a single thing. In fact, we're getting it printed, designed, and framed with our photo. On the day of our wedding we met up in advance, talked (I was fretting about my hair), and she was comforting, kind and just like a friend. It was beautiful, moving and more than we expected. Thank you, Rosalie! We're so happy and grateful to have had you to marry us. XoOXo
Rosalie Mortillaro - Wedding OfficiantRosalie Mortillaro - Wedding Officiant
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