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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 Saint Louis Park wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Mark officiated our wedding on March 11th and it was perfect!!! We met with him 2 weeks before the wedding day and we knew then that he was the right person to officiate our marriage. He did a short "sermon" during the ceremony and we all loved it. It was just perfect! If you are looking for an officiant for your special day, I will strongly suggest you pick Mark!
Personal Wedding Officiant ServicePersonal Wedding Officiant Service
Thumbtack Customer
Liz officiated my daughter and son-in-law's wedding on 7/18/15. Liz did a great job with helping them plan their wedding and gave them options on their ceremony. The end result was a personal, fun, meaningful marriage ceremony. Liz was the best!
Liz Rae WeddingsLiz Rae Weddings
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!
What do you want? WeddingsWhat do you want? Weddings
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 .!!!
Pastor GregPastor Greg
Tarek S.
Peter did a great job and we couldn’t have been more pleased with his officiating our wedding! He made what was already an amazingly special day just that much more enjoyable and memorable!! Thank you, Peter. Sincerely, Mr. & Mrs. St. Michaels 💓
Rev. Peter PaulRev. Peter Paul
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!!!
Unbreakable Vows WeddingsUnbreakable Vows Weddings
Katelyn M.
Mark did a great job officiating our wedding. I came up with a script that he modified. He improved the flow and added his own personal touch. He also has questions for us to add in more personal details. Would highly recommend him!
Personal Wedding Officiant ServicePersonal Wedding Officiant Service
Thumbtack Customer
Dale officiated at our big gay wedding. He was awesome. He sensed what we wanted and conducted the service we had hoped for. He got the length, the tone and overall feeling of our celebration exactly right. The wedding guests loved him---people still ask us about him. He's become a friend of the family. We can't recommend him strong enough
Officiant & Care MinisterOfficiant & Care Minister
William M.
Rev. Heimbuch officiating a wedding for my husband and I on a last minute basis, and we could not have been happier. He was extremely kind, respectful, was prepared with a few words to say, and handled the final paperwork aspect. His pricing was also fair. I highly recommend him!
Rev. John HeimbuchRev. John Heimbuch
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.
Pastor GregPastor Greg
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.
Pastor Christopher ClarkePastor Christopher Clarke
Kristine V.
We got married during COVID. We made it really simple and thanks to Pastor Marggi it was beautiful. Words can truly not express our gratitude for you making our day so special. We both feel so lucky to have had you officiate our wedding – you exceeded our expectations.
marggi pleiss- sippolamarggi pleiss- sippola
Thumbtack Customer
We initially met with Peter in Bloomington to see whether he would be the right fit for out wedding. My fiancee was running late so it gave me time to talk one on one with Peter and his easy-going nature made it feel like I was meeting with an old friend. Once my fiancee arrived she quickly came to the same conclusion. Peter came prepared with many ceremony ideas, several printed wedding scripts, and was even able to pull up examples and pictures from his past officiated weddings on a tablet. As we planned the wedding, Peter was very timely with replies to emails and even met with us a second time to go over revisions to the ceremony script and work through an idea we had for a 'unity reaction' (we're chemists). Through the rehearsal and ceremony Peter was very professional, showing up at least 20 minutes early to both events. I had many guests inquire as to whether he was a family friend as he fit in so well and was so approachable. I can't recommend Peter enough to anyone looking for an officiant. You'll not find a more kind, genuinely good person to share in your wedding day!
Rev. Peter PaulRev. Peter Paul
Thumbtack Customer
Liz is an outstanding Wedding Officiant! She is very understanding and helpful when it comes to writing your vows and suggesting great ideas. Many of my friends and family complimented her to me. I am beyond happy we found each other. Liz is so wonderful! She goes out her way to help with your needs. You won't be disappointed!! Thank you Liz for everything. You did a tremendous job at our Wedding! I highly recommend her service!
Liz Rae WeddingsLiz Rae Weddings
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
Fancy Ray McCloneyFancy Ray McCloney
Christina F.
Chuck is phenomenally professional in every aspect, and made the entire process as smooth as possible. We noticed he had perfect ratings and he definitely lives up to them. His lovely wife Phyllis and him are so personable and passionate from the start, to the big day. They meet with you to discuss everything, and take the time to get to know you and your partner to the fullest. Chuck responds to emails promptly and courteously throughout the process. When the wedding day finally comes, Chuck's dedicated officiating comes so natural, and makes the ceremony all the more meaningful and joyous. We can't recommend Chuck and Phyllis more!!! They are fantastic people!!! ---- Trevor and Christina.
Pastor Chuck LandonPastor Chuck Landon
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