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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 Winston Salem wedding officiants
Tiffany R.
Minister Via has been wonderful and a joy to work with I would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs a wedding officiant
Forever Joined by Minister C. ViaForever Joined by Minister C. Via
Roderick A.
Do not look any further if you are looking for a pastor to officiate your wedding! Torri made our day wonderful. Her personality and style took our wedding over the top. Highly recommended!
Tie the knot with TorriTie the knot with Torri
Susana S.
We chose Mr. Cheek to officiate our wedding after reading all the wonderful reviews! He is very professional and catered to all our needs not to mention the price was affordable! Our ceremony was short and sweet but very meaningful. We are very happy to have chosen him and couldn't have chosen a better officiant !
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Ravi V.
We had a lovely experience with Marie. It was such a short notice, still Marie made us and the whole process very comfortable. I totally recommend her to you all is looking for an officiant. Her wedding vows recital was so clear and amazing to be a part of. She is great officiant and humble person. Totally recommend her!
Marry Ink English / Spanish OfficiantMarry Ink English / Spanish Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Alex to be our wedding officiant and he was absolutely AMAZING!! I couldn't have asked for a better person to work with and to be part of my special day. He wrote and amazing ceremony for us and i was well beyond please with how professional he was. Alex was very friendly and did everything he could to make sure my day went as perfect as it could. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant. I will always be grateful to alex for making my wedding as amazing as it was.
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Brittany N.
Alex is an amazing officiant and really cared about my wedding as if it was the only one he is doing. He put time and effort into my wedding and helped us with our vows. He was time efficacy and professional. I would recommend anyone who is looking for an officiant to contact Alex you won't be disappointed. I will always remember my wedding and Alex is the reason the ceremony was so special. Also if u are looking for someone who speaks English and Spanish he beautifuly incoprates both if that's what your looking for. 10 out of 10 and would recommend. Thank you Alex!!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Regina M.
Rev. Alex Cheek is an Excellent officiant and played a key part in our wedding. He is a great communicator, very punctual, very helpful and professional. Alex has a great personality - he is a genuinely friendly person. Best of all, Alex's price is extremely reasonable for the services he provided. The service was catered specifically to our desires and he made it easy to pick meaningful vows. He even officiated our wedding out in the snow with us with no problem at all. I would highly recommend him to any of my friends. Thank you!
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Thumbtack Customer
Dawn officiated at our intimate wedding ceremony at Graylyn on New Years Day. She was very accommodating as to the type of ceremony we wanted and the date and time. I would highly recommend her! She wrote a ceremony for us that was perfect!
A New DayA New Day
Susan M.
All weddings are unique and Alex is prepared to personalize your wedding to be exactly the way you want it. My husband and I are an older couple and wanted a very small simple wedding with an emphasis on our faith. Alex sent us some beautiful suggestions and emphasized that it was our wedding day and he would customize it to our liking. Alex was always pleasant and responsive. He was punctual to the ceremony, unlike myself, the bride, late to my own wedding. He did a great job at easing wedding jitters and made for an all around beautiful ceremony. My new husband and I saw God in every detail of our wedding and having Alex officiate was no exception. He truly was a God send and we highly recommend him.
Ceremonies By AlexCeremonies By Alex
Thumbtack Customer
She is absolutely amazing. She helped make my day a dream come true. I couldn't have asked for a better person to officiate my wedding. I am so thankful for her support and the perfect individualized ceremony that she created for me and my wife!
A New DayA New Day
Andrea M.
I cannot find the words to say how Pastor Torri made our wedding such a beautiful event. She exceeded our expectations. I can't count the number of people who told me how much they loved our wedding ceremony. If you are still looking for an officiant, look no further. Pastor Torri will definitely make your day a memorable one. 💕💕 Sincerely, Andrea the Happy Bride
Tie the knot with TorriTie the knot with Torri
Nefertiti j.
I searched for an officiant to originally have a courthouse wedding. Minister Via responded first. Im very glad that she did . We hit it off instantly. I loved that she introduced us to Grace court park where our ceremony was held. I loved that she personalized our ceremony and made it about us. Thank you so much
Forever Joined by Minister C. ViaForever Joined by Minister C. Via
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