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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Kalamazoo wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Kelly went out of her way to personalize the wedding experience, she was extremely professional, punctual, and respectful. I HIGHLY recommend her as a wedding officiant!
Kelly ConnellKelly Connell
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I were under a tight schedule these last few weeks, putting our wedding together. Bill was our officiant. Bill was professional, punctual and extremely pleasant to work with. I cannot say enough great things about Bill. I recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding. He made our day an amazing one!
Ashley L.
Pastor Cynthia Palmer was absolutely everything that we could have hoped for and more in a wedding officiant. She took the time to get to know us as a couple and what we wanted before sending us a beautiful draft of the ceremony, worked together with us to ensure the ceremony was perfect and was a joy to work with from start to finish. If you are looking for someone who will make you feel completely confident that the ceremony part of your wedding will be perfect pick Pastor Cynthia because she will do an amazing job. We got a lot of compliments afterward about how beautiful our ceremony was and it was primarily due to Cynthia's beautiful work. Additionally, we had a Jewish interfaith wedding ceremony and a ketubah ceremony. We were initially a little nervous about having the ceremony performed by someone other than a Rabbi but after talking to Pastor Cynthia the first time we knew that she was the perfect officiant for our wedding. She was an amazing part of our special day and we are so happy we chose her to officiate!
West Michigan Wedding  Officiant, Cynthia PalmerWest Michigan Wedding Officiant, Cynthia Palmer
Lyliana A.
I honestly feel that Maria was meant to officiate our wedding. Wow. She was PERFECT. It was extremely important to us for our officiant to speak Spanish. She not only has a beautiful speaking voice that commands the attention of the room, the words she did speak were breath taking. Maria has such a positive aura about her, I felt like I knew her, like she was family. She took the time to get to know us, and it truly showed in the ceremony. It was so personal to us. I can go on, do yourself a favor and look no further. Trust me :)
Weddings by EssenceWeddings by Essence
Thumbtack Customer
Vickie acted as the officiant for my wedding. I found her by chance through Thumbtack and I am so glad that I did. The price that she charges is absolutely unbeatable and she is a wonderful lady. She is funny and knowledgeable about marriage laws and knows how to get the job done. I would highly recommend her to anyone that is getting married.
Weddings by VickieWeddings by Vickie
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I feel very fortunate to have found Deb on Thumbtack. We became interested after reading her rave reviews and we can now say with confidence that she lived up to all the kind words people have said about her. She is extremely personable and was helpful every step of the way in preparing the perfect ceremony for our wedding. Deb was very responsive with any communication and always got back to us within the same day. Another selling point for Justin and I was her long history of working in academia, giving her vast experience in public speaking. She truly did a fantastic job in preparing us for our big day during the rehearsal and ensuring the entire ceremony ran smoothly. We have nothing but positive feedback regarding her services. We highly recommend her to other couples looking for a wedding officiate that will provide a customized ceremony.
Minister/Wedding OfficiantMinister/Wedding Officiant
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