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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 Rochester wedding officiants
Goran L.
Reverend Carl is such a great officiant! The wedding went smooth and I would recommend him to everyone! thank you reverend Carl!!
Rev. Carl T. LindelienRev. Carl T. Lindelien
Molly P.
She was amazing! We were looking for a wedding officiant that was able to keep our ceremony shorter. She did so amazing, we loved it! Definitely would recommend!
Journey As One MinistriesJourney As One Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Tom did a great job officiating our wedding! He was so helpful prior to the wedding with planning readings for our ceremony. He was also very helpful at our rehearsal with keeping everyone organized. All of our guests had such nice comments on our ceremony. Our wedding ceremony was perfect! Thank you Tom for doing such a nice job at our wedding.
Tom Ersland, Today I give to you weddingsTom Ersland, Today I give to you weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Tom officiated our wedding last weekend. Did outstanding job! We felt really at ease, made everyone feel as part of the experience. Tom was very easy to communicate with, replied to emails and messages right away. And of course the price was right, too! Highly recommended! Thank you, Tom.
Tom Ersland, Today I give to you weddingsTom Ersland, Today I give to you weddings
Jeremy H.
The pastor decided to say that he does all kinds of weddings with alternative life styles his comment made me feel un easy and uncomfortable a pastor or officiant is supposed to make you feel comfortable about your big day whether it be gay or not gay but his comment just made me feel very uneasy
Pastor GregPastor Greg
Brennan A.
Peter did an amazing job as our officiant! Throughout the whole process he has been extremely easy to communicate with, he was completely flexible & understanding of our postponement in 2020 due to COVID, and helped us create the perfect ceremony for our recent wedding at the beginning of June 2021! Peter worked with us the whole way to create a ceremony that tied together all the important parts of our lives, family, faith, and even added in participation from the attendees of the ceremony which was a nice touch! We received a number of compliments from friends & family throughout the night & following the wedding regarding our ceremony & how much everyone liked Peter & the perfect job he did in officiating our ceremony! We couldn't be happier how the day turned out, and we are so thankful for Peter and everything he did for us! Thank you!! Brennan & Ashley Ashton
What do you want? WeddingsWhat do you want? Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
We planned our October Minneapolis wedding from out of state (Saint Louis) and Peter was fantastic to work with. I somehow left finding an officiant to the VERY end and finding Peter made it so easy. We finalized things days before the wedding but you would never have guessed. Majority of our 60 or so guests thought we had known him for years! He was so personable and made the ceremony very special for us! I would not have wanted anyone else to marry us. If you have a year, months, or even Peter and he will make sure your day goes off without a hitch! Thank you again Peter!!!
What do you want? WeddingsWhat do you want? Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Howdy! Tamara officiated our wedding. She devoted time to getting to know us and making our ceremony personal by listening and sharing family folklore and stories. She included tidbits about both of us with charm, humor, and sincerity. Tamara made us feel comfortable and like her long-time friends. The ceremony went extremely well. Even though our vows were traditional, she included a Celtic knot tying rtiual at our request along with highlighting the theme of our reception. She was flexible and approachable regarding all our desires, making our day, Our Day.
Jump the Broom WeddingsJump the Broom Weddings
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