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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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.

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 Boston wedding officiants
Christopher K.
Nicole was very good in communicating, and as soon as she found out that she may have been exposed to COVID, she informed us immediately and provided a replacement officiant. The replacement, Milagros Cruz, was excellent. She stepped in on short notice and took care of the ceremony beautifully. I think anyone would be fortunate to have either Nicole or Milagros to officiate their wedding.
Nicole Wedding OfficiantNicole Wedding Officiant
Brenda L.
Gladys was amazingly professional and within minutes of her arrival she felt like family. Gladys made our wedding day special. We had our own vows but the words she added about the journey will never be forgotten. You will not go wrong if you choose Gladys to officiate you wedding. Sweet, kind and personable Brenda Lee Cummins
Hon. Gladys Rivera Rogers, Justice of the PeaceHon. Gladys Rivera Rogers, Justice of the Peace
Megha S.
Kim officiated my wedding on 5/7 and she was absolutely wonderful! Not only did she bring her own fun-loving energy into the ceremony but also was very keen on giving us very meaningful blessings (and she did). We truly appreciated it!
Matrimony by Mimi & Notary PublicMatrimony by Mimi & Notary Public
Jennifer G.
I'm so glad we chose Justice John to officiate our wedding! He was always responsive and flexible in working with us to make the ceremony as personalized as possible. He showed up at the ceremony site even before we did, and everything went beautifully. Thanks again, John! -Jenn and David
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Jennifer G.
We are so glad to have chosen Justice John to officiate our wedding ceremony. He was extremely professional, and he tailored the text of the ceremony to our particular circumstances very well. He went above and beyond in making our day special for us, and we would wholeheartedly recommend his services.
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Ashley k.
We loved having Justice John as our officiant. He was very helpful leading up to our wedding. During cocktail hour he fit right in and our guests loved him. Our ceremony went smooth thanks to him! Highly recommend if your searching in the Boston area! Thank you again!
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Alfreda B.
He was an amazing officiant, he was available for my wedding which was only 3 weeks notice. He was on time very professional spoke very clearly kept in communication with me regarding what I wanted to be said during the ceremony and provided an rough draft before sending a final one . I would highly suggest him to anyone !
Justice of the Peace Cosmo Macero Jr.Justice of the Peace Cosmo Macero Jr.
Pedro A.
I have nothing but amazing things to say about Justice John. Due to covid, we had a small ceremony at our house with just a few friends and we all had a great time. Justice John was responsible, punctual and his speech was dynamic and personalized. We are very happy that we chose him to be our wedding officiant.
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