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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.

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 Frederick wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Dave the pulpit man was wondering he was our officiant for our July 30th 2016 wedding. He hit every point and did it so beautifully. He did everything he wanted said and plus some he helped me with some of the planning and it turned out wonderfully. I had so many people tell me how wonderful he did and is the best officiant speech at a wedding they ever heard. Thanks so much Dave.
Dave ZuchelliDave Zuchelli
Thumbtack Customer
We chose Natalie as our officiant for our September 21 wedding. I only had spoken to her by phone up until the rehearsal, but when we met her in person she was even better than we could have asked for! She was energetic, fun, and seemed to really care that she did a good job for us! We had received lots of compliments from guests saying how wonderful of a job she did, and we 100% agreed. I would recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding!!
Weddings Quick and SweetWeddings Quick and Sweet
Thumbtack Customer
Marjorie was amazing. My husband and I couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant. She was able to work with us on a super short notice which we really appreciated. She listened to what we wanted and 100% delivered. I give Marjorie a very high recommendation.
Memorable MomentsMemorable Moments
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Diane is stellar! We could not have found a better match to officiate our wedding. Rev. Diane is absolutely and sincerely connected to what she does. Her genuine connection to the world and the people around her can easily be felt upon first meeting, and we could not have been happier! :). Thank you, thank you, and thank you again, Rev. Diane for helping us to create such a special memory. We will remember those special moments and you forever. -R.M.
Weddings by Rev. Diane HirschWeddings by Rev. Diane Hirsch
Thumbtack Customer
We had a phenomenal experience working with Juan Enrique for our wedding. Let me start by saying that we had the good fortune of finding him with a little over a month left until the big event. He met with us during the week to get specifics about what we wanted for our ceremony, and from the first few minutes we knew we wanted him as officiant. He has a jubilant demeanor coupled with a firm dedication to making sure the ceremony itself goes exactly as you want it. I came into the meeting anxious given the impending deadline of the wedding, and left fully confident that the ceremony would go well. After we met, he gave us a copy of his typical ceremony (which he has in both English and Spanish), and encouraged us to make amendments. He gave us his phone number, and asked us to call him any time with questions or changes. We later made several changes to the ceremony, including the addition of two Bible readings (including one Gospel reading, done in both English and Spanish by Juan Enrique), and having a mix of both English and Spanish for certain key parts, and he was very accommodating. He even made sure the passages were pulled from the correct version of the Bible (we needed the King James translation since our families are both Catholic). We also decided to have two readings by family members during the ceremony, and he made sure they were printed out and ready to go. On the big day, Juan Enrique was a calming presence. He was patient and assuring, which honestly helped alleviate some of the day-of jitters. It had been raining the entire day and we found a break in the storm to do our ceremony (which was in a garden just outside the venue). Though the rain had stopped, the sky was still threatening, so we made some last minute changes to the ceremony to shorten it up. Juan executed the ceremony perfectly even with the last minute changes, and everyone at the wedding agreed it was lovely despite the unfortunate weather. I would definitely recommend Pura Vida Wedding to anyone looking for an officiant.
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
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