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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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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