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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 Bloomington wedding officiants
Anton M.
Pastor Greg is amazing! Not only he saved our wedding by agreeing to be our officiant just 2 days before our wedding (our initial officiant got sick), but also he did such a wonderful job! I can't describe how lucky we were to find Pastor Greg! We would definitely recommend Pastor Greg to everyone who needs a wedding officiant.
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Breanna H.
Rev Carl was really great to work with, he was able to officiate our wedding on short notice and really saved our day!!🤗
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Stephanie H.
We had June officiate our wedding and she didn’t disappoint! With a mixture of laughter and professionalism, we couldn’t picture anything more perfect for our day! She was extremely helpful up until the wedding day as well!
Shit’s About To Get RealShit’s About To Get Real
Thumbtack Customer
Tamara was so wonderful! She is a very sweet lady and just an outstanding Wedding Officiant. She met with my now husband :) and our son prior to the wedding day. She wrote a beautiful wedding story for us and added a unique twist at the end. It fit our family perfectly. My wedding guest all loved her speech. She is a great choice for any wedding.
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Thumbtack Customer
Our experience with Tamara was great. She is experienced, professional and she made our ceremony memorable and truly a spiritual experience. We highly recommend Tamara as a wedding officiant.
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Meghan H.
My husband and I needed an officiant for our COVID wedding at the last minute. We found Peter, and he was very responsive, tailored a ceremony for us, and worked with our schedule. Our wedding was (very) small, and our guests loved the personalized service. We’d definitely recommend him!
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Zachery H.
Pastor Greg did a wonderful job with the wedding ceremony. He is polite, professional, responsive, and adaptive. Despite not being able to meet in person before the wedding like we’d hoped, he still found a way to make the most important part of the day a special and intimate experience that we will never forget. He also has good taste in wedding appropriate humor, so that’s a bonus. We would recommend him to anyone in the metro area looking for a wedding officiant without hesitation!
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Gayathri B.
Pastor Greg officiated our wedding ceremony. Not only did Pastor Greg arrive in time but also went to great lengths to personalize our wedding with his captivating speech and our guests thoroughly enjoyed his presence and company. Thanks to pastor Greg, we had such a lovely time and the best wedding during this covid scenario. I would recommend pastor Greg to anyone . It was such a pleasure having pastor Greg. Will attach photos once our photographer sends it to us .!!!
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Erin M.
Lauren was our officiant for our wedding this weekend and was SO amazing to work with. She’s so friendly, bubbly, professional, and so well-spoken. We got so many compliments on what a great job she did during our ceremony. I highly recommend Lauren!!!
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Emely D.
June officiated my little backyard wedding and she was great! Her and Rick were a great help with planning the ceremony so we can get exactly what we wanted! I especially appreciated June for keeping me and my fiancé calm. She was on time and professional!
Shit’s About To Get RealShit’s About To Get Real
Laura L.
Pastor Greg was amazing, very professional and made the wedding such a fun experience. He takes his time getting to know you, and can adjust things based on your needs. My fiance and I talked to several people to officiate the wedding, but when it came down to it the only obvious choice for us was pastor Greg. He fulfilled not only the faith we shared, but the element of fun as well. Thank you pastor Greg!!
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Pang L.
My husband and I live in another state and held our wedding in MN. Pastor Greg informed us of what we needed for our wedding (license certificate) and was wonderful to work with. We mostly communicated via text after our initial introduction and it worked great for us as I had to finish wedding plans and work life wasn’t going to put itself on hold. Pastor Greg listened to our wants and needs and the speech had our personal stories incorporated in it. We highly recommend him if anyone is looking for an officiant.
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Jennifer L.
Pastor Christopher is a patient, kind and caring person. He willingly added words from my late father into our ceremony. We were running late getting started and Pastor Chris helped get everything back on track. Choose Pastor Chris as your wedding officiant you won’t regret it.
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Ashley D.
Peter was absolutely amazing. From our first meeting, to wedding day, to following up the next day to even ask for a few photos to see, he was the best. Peter made us feel calm during the ceremony, as we both were pretty nervous. He had everything move smoothly from beginning to end. We have had so many compliments about how amazing of a ceremony he provided for us, and I couldn’t agree more. I 120% recommend Peter and I will until the day he is done officiating ceremonies for other couples lucky enough to have him be their officiant!!
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Monsiou D.
Very outgoing, engaging, professional, entertaining officiant I am glad he was able to make it. I don’t think there could have been anyone better to marry my aunt and uncle. We all appreciate the hard work and dedication that Fancy Ray McCloney had to make sure that the wedding went well. I highly recommend him. -Moni
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Thumbtack Customer
You know your officiant is perfect when you look at her during the ceremony and you don't see an officiant but you see a friend who knows exactly why you're here and what this day means to you. This is exactly what happened to us during our ceremony. From the beginning we had a good connection with Tamara. We wanted a ceremony that would be out of the norm, that would surprise our guests and family, and that would be "us". Tamara loved and supported every single ideas we came with. We did our homework and Tamara made the magic happens! Feedback have been better than we thought it would be, from "OMG, it was the best ceremony I ever attend... it was so much fun" to "Guys,, I must be getting old, I teared up and it wasn't even my wedding" or "This was SO like you guys!". We are so happy we found Tamara! PS: And she looks great on the pictures ;)
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Thumbtack Customer
Tamara officiated my wedding ceremony at W. A. Frost on the 21st of November. She did a FANTASTIC job. I got several comments about how our ceremony was one of the most beautiful, inspiring and meaningful that my guests had ever heard. Tamara went beyond the call of duty for us. I chose her after reading many reviews about how she puts in the effort to make every ceremony she writes unique to that particular couple. It is absolutely true! Though she had never met us, she wanted to (and successfully did) make our ceremony about US, as individuals and as a couple. She also gave me some beautiful ceremony ideas I had never heard of. She made it clear to me that I could contact her as often as I needed, which was minimally, because she took care of everything! She was available and on time. I couldn't possibly come up with anything that needed improvement- Tamara was all around wonderful! I would STRONGLY reccomend her to any couple! Oh, and another important point- she was so affordable. We had very little time and money to plan our wedding, and many other officiants would have cost more for a much less personal ceremony. I couldn't be happier with how everything went, thanks to Tamara!
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Carissa B.
As an intercultural couple, we had no idea where to look to find an officiant for our wedding day. We thought maybe a friend at first but wanted to ensure our ceremony was special and meaningful, so I went out looking for recommendations on Facebook and was referred to Marggi's Thumbtack site from another MN bride. Marggi immediately touched our hearts with her kindness and passion for what she does. I loved that she wanted to meet us personally and spend time getting to know us. We met multiple times, both in person and over the phone to discuss our plans and get to know each other. On the day of the wedding, Marggi showed up early and prepared. Everything about the ceremony was perfect, and I absolutely loved how personal and intimate our ceremony was, just as we wanted. What really underlines, Marggi's skill was hearing from others after the ceremony. She was the talk of our cocktail hour, as so many people thought she had to be a relative or a close friend due to how personal she made the ceremony feel. People were shocked when we told them we had just met a few months prior. Marggi put a lot of time and effort into writing a special "little talk" that was specific to us based off of interviews that she had done prior. This little talk was both touching and hilarious. Our ceremony exceeded our expectations, and I would happily recommend Marggi to anyone looking for an officiant.
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