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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 Jacksonville wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Ray was fantastic!! He agreed to officiate our wedding with only a weeks notice and was wonderful about accommodating our desires for the ceremony.
Ray Garrison - Wedding Officiant, MinisterRay Garrison - Wedding Officiant, Minister
Erazel A.
I’m a 2 years late in this review, but I’m so glad we had Mr. Garrison as our wedding officiant. He did wonderful for our wedding. When my husband and I would go through our rough times, we would go back to the venue where we had the ceremony and just remember the day we got married. Just stand in the same spot, looking at the view we had was amazing. I can’t thank Mr. Garrison enough to be our wedding officiant.
Ray Garrison - Wedding Officiant, MinisterRay Garrison - Wedding Officiant, Minister
Sydney V.
Jackie was absolutely amazing. He made our ceremony the special event that we were hoping for and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. My husband and I had a hand binding ceremony and Jackie did a great job explaining not only the colors of the ribbons we used, but also a short history on hand binding. Jackie was great to work with and very open minded. We were so grateful to have him officiate our wedding and would recommend him to anyone!
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
Thumbtack Customer
Simply put, Maritsa was awesome. We wanted a small wedding on the beach with a few family and friends and Maritsa was wonderful. From helping us find the perfect location through the ceremony she was in contact and with us all the way. If we had a question she answered it and got back to us quickly. We did not plan on doing a rehearsal prior to our ceremony and Maritsa highly suggested we do one. We went ahead and did it and she couldn't have been more right. We both felt much more comfortable with the flow afterwards. She was professional, courteous, and friendly. Tina and I could not be happier that Maritsa was our officiant!!
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Ashleigh R.
While Ray was very friendly and personable, I was not what I would consider satisfied with our service. When I initially began my search on Thumbtack I indicated I wanted the officiant to be present at the rehearsal. Less than a week before my wedding Ray told me he wouldn't be there, which was a stock to me and upsetting but I moved forward because he convinced me that it was unnecessary for him to be there. However, during the ceremony things did not flow as smoothly as they should have and there was a point that he asked us "What's next, are we waiting for music?" As you might imagine, I was quite upset because had he been at the rehearsal this would not have happened. It was awkward and embarrassing. I was also upset because Ray printed out our ceremony script and had it on a large piece of paper sitting out during the ceremony, so instead of looking as if he were reading from a Bible, it was clear he was just reading from a piece of computer paper. It looked unprofessional in my opinion. My advice to someone working with Ray in the future would be to discuss plans in detail well before the big day to avoid disappointments.
Ray Garrison - Wedding Officiant, MinisterRay Garrison - Wedding Officiant, Minister
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