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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 Woodbury wedding officiants
Peggy T.
This woman was the perfect officiant for my daughter’s wedding! She is a comedian too and was able to turn a chaotic, quickly planned out backyard wedding into a memorable relaxing evening. She worked with the young couple to use their requested theme and rituals. Highly recommend.
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Derek O.
Mark did an excellent job as officiant at our wedding. He was incredibly responsive up until the last minute, very flexible and easy to work with, and even learned some Swedish for our ceremony.
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Thumbtack Customer
Tamara provided a beautiful ceremony for us. She met with us multiple times to make sure everything would run smoothly. We were very happy we decided to have her officiate our wedding!
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Amanda H.
Lee was amazing to work with for our 7/10/21 wedding! Even though we don't know him personally, he was able to pull in many personal elements into the wedding ceremony just after a couple of meetings. We also loved how he made things a little quirky and light-hearted-- he is very well-written! We received many compliments from our wedding guests as well! We couldn't have picked a better officiant to solemnize our wedding. Highly recommend!!
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Jonathan o.
Peter is a great officient, he helps customize your ceremony the way you want and easily adapts to it at affordable price. he puts feeling into the ceremony that made our wedding feel unique and exciting. thanks again Peter and job well done!!!
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Calli K.
Pastor Greg was kind enough to officiant our wedding 9/28 and I couldn't be happier! He was extremely professional, versatile and funny! I've had many compliments from guest and he's just a kind kind man! I would highly recommend him!
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Thumbtack Customer
We asked Tamara to officiate at our wedding. We worked with her to plan a simple, intimate ceremony for us and a few friends and family who are close to us. The text that Tamara chose reflected our personal values and feelings so well, that combined with our vows, everyone was moved to tears. It was simply beautiful.
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Stephanie M.
I would absolutely recommend Pastor Chris to anyone looking for a minister or officiant for their wedding. He was very friendly and understanding when we had to postpone our wedding TWICE due to Covid. He did a great job of letting us pick what we wanted to include in our ceremony while also providing us direction and advice on what to say. The ceremony was beautiful, and he was a big reason why. Thanks Pastor Chris!
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Michael A.
Such a kind man, took his time to meet My wife & I before the day of our event. Was very patient, punctual & worked around whatever we wanted to do. I couldn’t have asked for a better officiating of our vow renewal. Thank you for your help & definitely recommend him for your wedding!
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Natalia H.
Rev. Carl met us the day before our private home ceremony and instantly connected and was able to make our ceremony special and personal. Myself and now husband felt confident in our selection and it was confirmed by the end of our ceremony. You can tell he really enjoys officiating weddings and his joy and calm demeanor was contagious.
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Troy C.
I truly believe that Peter is far and away the best officiant that has ever existed. He fit right in like he had known my wife and me since we were kids. One of the best decisions we made at our wedding was having Peter there. Peter, Jenn, and I truly appreciate you and everything you did at our wedding, you definitely made our day special and forever will be part of our family. Thank you so very much!!
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Bennett B.
If I could click all of the items on the list I would. Rev. Carl was absolutely amazing and such a wonderful officiant. He is so kind to everyone and help us from the beginning all the way up u til we said our I do’s. He is so responsive and will always take a call or text from you at any time. He dose everything for the wedding.
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Marlene L.
Peter did a great job as our officiant! He has a fantastic script, but is happy to customize as well. Communication was always great & he did an excellent job at our rehearsal with our large wedding party! My husband and I did have a couple hiccups of our own during our ceremony and Peter rolled with it and made it memorable. We got so many compliments on our wedding ceremony and that was in large part due to Peter's work - he does a great job of finding the balance of seriousness & humor to make your ceremony enjoyable & special!
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Thumbtack Customer
My fiancee and I recently chose Tamara as the officiant for our wedding. Though we only met once, we could tell right away she was who we wanted to work with. She's down-to-earth, hard working, and very creative. It's also great to work with someone who charges one lump sum upfront AND tells you everything it is going towards. We are excited to work more closely with Tamara over these next few months and are confident that she will make our ceremony one to remember!
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