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Your burning questions: answered

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 Charlotte wedding officiants
Brittany R.
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Pastor Chris ThompsonPastor Chris Thompson
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
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 Petals & EventsAnnie's Petals & Events
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.
Wedding Officiant ExtraordinaireWedding Officiant Extraordinaire
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
Ashley C.
Iris officiated my wedding and it was amazing. She gave us multiple options of different vows at our initial meeting and answered all of our questions. She was kind and patient and was able to reach quickly when we were getting our license at the courthouse. I can't imagine our wedding if we'd have chosen a different officiant! We were running a little behind schedule, but she went with the flow. Thank you so much Iris!
A Beautiful WeddingA Beautiful Wedding
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!!!
Minister Roger BellMinister Roger Bell
Fran S.
Pastor Cunningham was very professional, punctual and I highly recommend him as a wedding officiant. We are so thankful for his assistance on our most important day! Thanks so much Pastor!
Pastor Darryl CunninghamPastor Darryl Cunningham
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
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
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
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)Tamatha Lowman ( Wedding officiant)
Thumbtack Customer
Aj was fantastic officiant for our wedding. Very professional. She added the exact flair to our wedding that we expected. Dressed Impeccably, she was very aware of all the details and made sure we knew what was going on. She was very attentive during the planning phase. Due to scheduling conflicts - we actually ended up having to change the date of our wedding - but she was able to rearrange and work with our new schedule. Fantastic Day! Fantastic Job! Would highly recommend !!!!!
Forever Love WeddingsForever Love Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
I had gone through many officiants and wasted a lot of time, By the time I found Linda I only had two months before my wedding she not only gave me a very reasonable price but she prepared a beautiful and unforgettable ceremony for me and my husband.
A Beautiful WeddingA Beautiful Wedding
Thumbtack Customer
Alex was an amazing officiant! He was so funny, kind, and thoughtful throughout the whole process. He made the ceremony enjoyable for us and our guests. He made my husband and I feel at home and releived whenever we spoke to him on wedding details. We highly reccommend him!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Heather A.
Reverend David really made our ceremony. His preparation and delivery and thought made it so meaningful and intimate. You can tell he has such a passion for bringing two people together and it shows. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to officiate our wedding! Heather and Christian Sinnott
Reverend David Mark SeidelReverend David Mark Seidel
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Smith officiated our wedding in November. We were in contact with her throughout our whole engagement and she was always very polite and responsive. She came to the rehearsal promptly and offered advice on how to best execute the wedding of our dreams. She was very professional and helpful during our ceremony. We could not have asked for anyone better to assist us with our ceremony and help us start our forever together.
Forever Love WeddingsForever Love Weddings
Heather C.
Alex was absolutely amazing!!! He was so easy to work with and did everything we asked him to do. At our reception all of guest kept saying to us and our parents how great of a job he did. We couldn't have chosen and better officiant for our wedding! Thank you so much Alex!!!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Thumbtack Customer
I would recommend her to anyone that's in search of a Officiant, very pleasant, nice and flexible. My husband was late for the ceremony due to another member of his family, but she still did our ceremony with grace and poise, and she had someplace else to be. We loved her, and members of the wedding party had nothing but compliments.
Forever Love WeddingsForever Love Weddings
Amy H.
Peggy went above and beyond what we expected as our wedding officiant! She was punctual, responsive, very friendly and worked with us on a multiple drafts of our ceremony to make sure it fit our style perfectly. Her years of experience helped us tremendously, which in turn helped us create wonderful memories. We highly recommend her! -Amy & Ryan
Your Solemn VowYour Solemn Vow
Yami R.
What a great decision on hiring Iris for our bilingual wedding ceremony! I would regret badly if we didn’t have her as our wedding officiant. Iris is very professional in every aspect, from beginning to end. Iris gave us lovely ideas to make our ceremony even more interesting and with that beautiful touch to make a ceremony unique. She is very punctual and so as patience, she always would have immediate responses when I tried to reach her on any suggestions I needed from her, Always with a smile (I loved that) and wonderful advices. Since we had mayority of English speaking guests and so as Spanish speaking as well. I thought at some point in the reception would of be nice to have someone to help us translate a few scenes in our reception. At last minute I asked Iris if she could stay and help me at the reception. Iris with no second thoughts accepted my invite to stay with us at the reception and give me a hand with anything I needed. I would never forget how helpful Iris was to me the whole entire time since I met her til even after the wedding. I liked Iris so much that I immediately referred her to my sister in order to be the officiant for her wedding just a week a part from mines! :) Iris also did a such fenomenal job! “Iris, I will need you again for my silver and gold wedding” I STRONGLY RECOMMEND IRIS TO OFFICIATE ANY WEDDING. I PROMISE YOU WILL NEVER REGRET! I love Iris and will forever be thankful for all the extra miles and special touch that she added to my event. I am extremely satisfied. My husband even told me I could of not hire anyone better then her. Sincerely, Idalia Velasquez (Yami)
A Beautiful WeddingA Beautiful Wedding
Kelly C.
Alex was amazing to work with and we were so glad to have found him. Not only was his pricing a great value, he brought many years of experience to the table. He was able to put together the perfect flow for the ceremony and I loved how he incorporated my children into the ceremony. It made it even more special. Alex aims to please, even down to verifying how/what colors the bride would like for him to wear to the ceremony. Working with him was such a smooth process. He was truly wonderful and was the perfect officiant. I would highly recommend Alex to anyone looking for someone to officiate their wedding. Thank you so much for everything Alex!!!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Thumbtack Customer
From the very beginning Mr. Cheek was friendly and extremely accommodating. He was willing to educate my husband and I on the whole process and never made us feel rushed or bothersome. The day of the wedding Mr. Cheek called me (the bride) and asked me how I was feeling, gave me some pointers to stay relaxed and reassured me that everything will be beautiful. He delivered the ceremony with ease and expertise. We picked the perfect wedding officiate. Thank you Mr. Cheek for making our lifetime memory 5 star and thank you Thumbtack for providing us with the resources to find Alex Cheek.
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
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