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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 Baltimore wedding officiants
Sohil P.
David was an amazing officiant! Made our small COVID conscious wedding so much more special.
David E. Zavala:  2hearts 2gether 4everDavid E. Zavala: 2hearts 2gether 4ever
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Bob did a great job officiating our ceremony. We met briefly beforehand to discuss the particulars. On the wedding day he showed up on time and provided a lovely ceremony. Highly recommended!
Wedding Ceremonies since 1998Wedding Ceremonies since 1998
Emily R.
My new husband and I had the pleasure of working with Kimberly to create our perfect wedding ceremony. We initially contacted Kimberly because she has experience officiating non-traditional wedding ceremonies (and plenty of experience officiating traditional ceremonies too). We wanted to create a ceremony that was unique and highly reflective of our personalities and relationship. From the first phone call, Kimberly expressed her enthusiasm and support. She provided us with tons of ideas and gave us practical feedback as we worked with her to draft the ceremony script. Her insights were extremely helpful and she always let us know that her top priority was making sure we stayed true to our vision. On the day of the wedding (which, by the way, was also her birthday) she arrived early and was a calming presence, going over the ceremony with us one last time and helping us figure out exactly what we needed to do. We adore her! I can’t imagine having anyone else officiate for us and we can’t recommend her highly enough. She made this part of our wedding day very low stress and very meaningful. We are so grateful to her for that!
Fanciful Hearts Wedding CeremoniesFanciful Hearts Wedding Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Kaehn was the most amazing officiant for our wedding! She went above and beyond, letting us insert our personal touches into the ceremony, was super responsiveness to all emails, great price, had great laughs with the groom & best man waiting for me, and was so special to start a prayer chain separate from our ceremony for my mother who is ill. She really made our wedding extra special!!
Grace AboundsGrace Abounds
Thumbtack Customer
I truly wish there were more stars to give because of the WONDERFUL job he did. He made sure our wedding started on time, was very professional, and even indulged us in taking an I DO Selfie. He continues to keep in touch and gives us words of encouragement and invites us to activities sponsored through his church. I couldn't have asked for a better Officiant!!!
Wedding Ceremonies since 1998Wedding Ceremonies since 1998
Thumbtack Customer
Marjorie was super helpful. She sent us a first draft of our ceremony and asked for our input! We felt a part of the process and the ceremony was perfect! Our guests (English and non-English speakers) say how they appreciated that the ceremony was bilingual. I was worried it would drag, but Marjorie blended both languages so well. Even after the wedding, Marjorie sent me information on how to change my name and the confirmation that the marriage license was officially filed. Super thoughtful and helpful! HIGHLY reccomend her for any wedding but especially for bi-lingual ceremonies.
Memorable MomentsMemorable Moments
Thumbtack Customer
Marjorie is amazing.She gets to know her couple's. She worked with us from start to finish even when we had to change our wedding date from August to November. She is very detailed in getting your ceremony together and is very open minded about traditions know and unknown.She will work on your ceremony until it is perfect. She was such a joy to work with and we have refered her to multiple couples we know that are getting married and will continue to do so. Thank you so much Marjorie for officiating our special day.
Memorable MomentsMemorable Moments
Thumbtack Customer
We could not have asked for a more perfect officiant for our wedding!! I don't even know where to begin. Marjorie was quick to respond, super communicative and friendly right from the start. She was patient with all of our changes and is just a fabulous person to sit down and chat with. Our ceremony was perfect and so many of our guests remarked on how beautiful the ceremony was, the words were perfect, her storytelling was captivating and she was just "so cool!". Truly, this woman was exactly what we were looking for and we could not be happier!!! We love you Marjorie!! ~Sarah and Joe
Memorable MomentsMemorable Moments
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