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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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 Wilmington wedding officiants
Russell I.
Rev. Gantt was professional, humorous and just an overall amazing part of our wedding ceremony. Would 1000% recommend Rev. Gantt as a wedding officiant to anyone looking to get hitched!!!
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
Daniela C.
We feel so fortunate to have had Bill officiate at our wedding. He is very professional, reliable, friendly, caring and compassionate. His calm and peaceful demeanor made our wedding a beautiful event and we had lots of compliments from our guests. The words were meaningful, sincere, and delivered perfectly! Bill was incredibly supportive and we highly recommend him to officiate at your wedding!
Coastal WeddingsCoastal Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
One of the key elements of a wedding is the actual ceremony. And one of the key elements of a wedding ceremony is your officiant. You want them to have a specific feeling as the couple, and you need to be comfortable with them. My husband and I got married in January 2014 and Maritsa Hartlove was our officiant. She was the perfect choice for us. And we found her in such short notice! Having Maritsa Hartlove as the officiant in our wedding was a great pleasure for us and for our guests! Not only she performed a beautiful ceremony but she also dropped off the paperwork right afterwards to process everything quickly. Thank you Maritsa for helping to create a long-lasting memory of our beautiful wedding! We highly recommend her!
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Suzette H.
Maritsa was an absolutely wonderful officiant for our wedding! She responded quickly and efficiently to all correspondence. She even helped us plan out our entire wedding ceremony! I would definitely recommend her services to anyone interested.
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Raelyn B.
Priscilla was so easy to work with and did an absolutely beautiful job on our vows! She really made the whole thing custom and very special on short notice. 100% would recommend her to anyone looking for a spectacular wedding officiant.
I DO I DOs on the CoastI DO I DOs on the Coast
Ailish D.
I was having trouble getting in touch with my previously booked officiant so within the week of my wedding date I reached out to him & he was so willing to help in such short notice! Incredibly kind & understanding. Definitely recommend booking with him !!
Coastal WeddingsCoastal Weddings
Ngoc L.
Mr. Gantt, although only at our wedding for an hour, made an wonderful impact on our special day. He is friendly, kind, and most of all, great at what he does. I would recommend his services to anyone searching for an accommodating and professional officiant.
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you so much for being our wedding officiant! Maritsa was responsive and incredibly helpful. She assisted in the writing of our vows and was great from start to finish. We're so thankful that she was an integral part of our "big day." Her thoughtful and kind nature was certainly appreciated. We highly recommend her for your wedding ceremony! Cam & Michele Connelly
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Words can not express how amazing Hartlove Wedding Ceremonies is! My fiancé and I planned our ceremony while he was deployed, and we needed to find an officiant. I messaged Maritsa and she was on it! The process was smooth, she was so helpful, and even recommended a beautiful spot on the beach, which was my dream! The ceremony was beautiful, and her words brought tears to my eyes. I would 100% recommend her to officiate your ceremony. Many Blessings!
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Anastasia B.
We absolutely loved having Reverend Bill as our officiant at our wedding. He did an amazing job customizing the ceremony for us. He was funny, responsive, and incredibly easy to work with! We had many guests give us feedback on the ceremony and compliment how well he did!
Coastal WeddingsCoastal Weddings
Renee B.
Reverend Jackie officiated our wedding and we couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Our ceremony was a unique one and Jackie didn’t miss any of the details that were important to us. He put a special touch on one of the most significant days of our lives. Everyone at our ceremony loved him, and we are so grateful for the energy he brought into everything! It was very obvious to us that his heart is in what he does and he cares very much for others. If you’re on the fence regarding officiants, don’t hesitate on this one. Thank you!
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
Kelly D.
My husband and I are both military veterans and we appreciated having Ray officiate our wedding, as a veteran also. We liked the flexibility of being able to write our own ceremony. We felt like we could relate to Ray. He has a great personality. We definitely recommend him!
Ray Garrison - Wedding Officiant, MinisterRay Garrison - Wedding Officiant, Minister
Thumbtack Customer
Mrs. Hartlove was so very supportive in the entire wedding process. She gave us a cornucopia of feedback and helped us mold the ceremony into exactly what we wanted for our special day. She has such a great spirit and truly made the whole experience heartfelt and honest. I could not have asked for a better wedding officiant to work with for my wedding. She took a lot of time with writing the original ceremony and had no issues letting us go through the ceremony and make additions on what we felt needed to be altered. I'm so very happy she took the time to be a part of my wedding, and I will forever be grateful! Thank you!!
Hartlove's Wedding CeremoniesHartlove's Wedding Ceremonies
Victoria W.
I can’t say enough about our experience with Rev Jackie. He was flexible with us being late for our rehearsal. Made our vows feel unique & special even though I asked for quick & traditional. I honestly could not have seen anyone else officiating us. The genuine compassion he has for marrying couples is apparent. My wedding planner even wanted to know how I found him. He was also so easy to communicate with leading up to the day and day of quick changes. When he says just tell him what time and where he means it. He asks what to wear to match your wedding vision. I just could go on and on. You can not meet a friendlier local to Wilmington. We can not thank him enough. Many blessings to him in the future.
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
Russ S.
I wish I had more stars! Rev. Jackie was absolutely wonderful! He dressed using our colors, we had an outdoor wedding that was unplugged and everyone could hear everything! He was serious when he needed to be and also hed me and my guest laughing. He made suggestions which was very helpful. Everyone expressed how much they loved him. I really cannot say enough good things about this man. If you want an officiant that cares about making you day special and not just there to do a job I would highly recommend Rev. Jackie! He made Our day definitely one to remember!
Rev.Jackie GanttRev.Jackie Gantt
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