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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 Charlotte wedding officiants
Brittany R.
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Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Brent C.
It was indeed a pleasure having Angela officiate our wedding. Angela was punctual, professional and responsive to all messages. I highly recommend her for your wedding!
Annie's your OfficiantAnnie's your Officiant
Erika T.
Pastor Dusty was the best! My husband and I felt very comfortable with Pastor Dusty. The ceremony was beautiful, he really personalized it to us and was patient and took the time to meet with us on video call several times prior to our wedding. We had interviewed a few other officiants prior to meeting Dusty, but we didn’t feel as comfortable as we did with Dusty. Many other officiants tried pushing other services such as event planning, singing, etc. and it seemed transactional for them. A wedding ceremony is a sacred event, so it’s important to have a genuine officiant. Pastor Dusty was the most genuine officiant and really took notice to who we are. He is truly the best officiant. If you are looking for an officiant, then look no further, Pastor Dusty is the best officiant in the area.
Pastor Dusty BrackettPastor Dusty Brackett
Rossy P.
I couldn’t have a better wedding officiant Thanks for everything Alex you are the best everybody in my wedding was talking about you and your professionalism my recommendation 100%
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Amanda L.
Nancy did a great job officiating our wedding. We got tons of compliments on the ceremony from our guests!
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Aly A.
We are so grateful to Pastor Dusty for officiating our wedding! He was kind, responsive, and truly cared about getting to know us as a couple and as individuals prior to our wedding. Our ceremony felt very personal and meaningful - we couldn't have asked for anything more lovely. Pastor Dusty was wonderful to work with and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant for their own wedding. Thanks, Pastor Dusty!
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Chantel J.
Pastor Dusty officiated my wedding and he was absolutely phenomenal!!! Myself and my husband’s family and friends talked about how they thoroughly enjoyed how he officiated our wedding and made it meaningful and special. Pastor Dusty was always responsive when we had a question, he met with us concerning our vision for our wedding ahead of time as well. When we changed location of the ceremony, we let him know in advance and he had no problem with it. He also worked well with our wedding planner/coordinator. He was all around great and I’m so glad he was able to officiate our ceremony, we’ll never forget it!!!
Pastor Dusty BrackettPastor Dusty Brackett
It was our pleasure having Mr.Brent Edwards as our wedding Officiant. He was very cooperative and responsive during the event and he his presence and pleasant smile made our small wedding venue more blissful.
Wedding Officiant - Brent EdwardsWedding Officiant - Brent Edwards
Maribeth A.
Alex was our officiant for our wedding this past Saturday, 12/4/21. He wrote a personalized ceremony and included us in the writing process throughout. He knew when to make people laugh during the ceremony and when to be serious. He spoke loudly and clearly so that everyone at the ceremony could hear. After the ceremony, many people came up to us and told us how much they loved the officiant! I highly recommend having Alex officiate your wedding ceremony!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Alex S.
Pastor Chris officiated our marriage and was wonderful. He was so kind and helpful in the planning of our ceremony and offered great tips for a ceremony timeline and writing our own vows. He was professional and honestly everything we were looking for in a wedding officiant. Could not be happier.
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Andrea S.
Thanks so much for officiating our wedding and working through the delays!! We will be contacting you for our vow renewals when we do them!
Pastor Dusty BrackettPastor Dusty Brackett
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Chris was excellent in officiating our wedding this past Friday. He was personable and made it an easy process. I recommend him highly to do your wedding. My Family and friends are still talking about how beautiful the ceremony was.
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Amy M.
Annie did a great job officiating over the wedding for my wife and I. We contacted her just two weeks before our small backyard wedding. She responded quickly to any questions we had and the ceremony was lovely.
Annie's your OfficiantAnnie's your Officiant
Victoria V.
Best Pastor Ever! Included everything we wanted in our wedding ceremony and then some! Hes a great choice to officiate any marriage! Thanks again Pastor Chris
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Stewart I.
It was such an awesome experience having Lori officiate our wedding. She was very professional and was able to make it very memorable!!! It felt as if we knew her our entire life.
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Bonnie P.
We highly highly recommend Pastor Chris. He gave us a perfect wedding day. His words were heartfelt and well thought out. Pastor Chris captured who we are as a couple. We are thankful he officiated our Christmas Eve wedding!
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Barbara S.
Minister Bell officiated our wedding 7/13/2019. We had so many concerns that we didnt get to meet the Minister till the ceremony. We had texted several times through out. He was very attentive to our requests and followed through with our input. The service was very professional with a reasonable rate. He was very nice and kind and understanding . My husband and I would highly recommend hiring Minister Bell as your wedding officiant!!!
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Lygia S.
Alex was a perfect choice for my friend’s wedding, and I’m very glad I found him. He organized and performed an elegant and personal ceremony that was perfect for the occasion. The bride and groom were more than satisfied and I would recommend him to anyone looking for a highly professional and personal wedding officiant
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Alfonzo f.
Pastor did an amazing job officiating my wedding. He was very down to earth, polite, and friendly. He made sure to communicate with us throughout the process and answered any and all questions we may have had leading up to the wedding date. Would recommend his services to anyone several times over
Lem LeRoy - Wedding ServicesLem LeRoy - Wedding Services
Thumbtack Customer
So thankful to have had Chris officiate our wedding! He engaged the entire family. He didn't rush off but instead spent time individually with my elderly parents and older sister. Everyone was touched and spoke so highly of Chris after the ceremony. My wedding was a wonderful family event! Thank you Chris!
Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
Elizabeth C.
It was a pleasure working with Alex. Finding professionals who actually love their job and finding ones who put their hearts into their work tends to be rare. Alex genuinely cares about his clients. We could not have asked for a better wedding officiant!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Saphire M.
Cedric did a wonderful job officiating our wedding! He worked to keep everything calm and collected with our delays and offered great solutions when my bouquet was loss!! I would definitely recommend working with Happily Ever Sanders!!!
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Michael B.
Alex Cheek is an incredible officiant, and my wife and I are so glad that we found him! From the first phone call, he made us feel comfortable and excited to begin the process of choosing our vows. Alex was very flexible and patient- allowing us to pick and choose pieces from dozens of samples, bringing them together to make a beautiful ceremony. He was on time, helpful, and I can’t think of anything else I could’ve asked for from an officiant. Thank you, Alex! We happily recommend Alex Cheek to officiate your wedding.
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Mary A.
Tamatha was amazing! She was always responsive and very helpful in helping us with our vows. She made our ceremony very special. We are very pleased and grateful that we found her. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
Tamatha Lowman ( Wedding officiant services)Tamatha Lowman ( Wedding officiant services)
Shelly R.
Thank you Alex for your service!!! We were really pleased having you as our wedding officiant . I'll definitely recommend your service with my friends and family. I have no words to describe how beautiful was everything what you wro for our wedding. Alex hiciste un excelente trabajo tanto en Inglés como en español te lo agradecemos mucho.
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
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