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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.

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 Jersey City wedding officiants
Katherine A.
Thank you so much for officiating our wedding! Very professional and punctual!
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Kristi Ann S.
Cathy is an amazing officiant and person! She was very professional, kind and understanding. She’s everything you could ask of a wedding officiant. You made our day special! Thank you!!
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Derrek D.
Angel was phenomenal. My husband and I couldn’t be more pleased with her being officiant for our wedding.
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Tong B.
Couldn't have asked for a better officiant! She officiated our simple wedding ceremony in our apartment building. Martha was responsible, organized and punctual! I definitely recommend her service to anyone getting married!!!
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Justine v.
Ms Cathy was such a professional wedding officiant and a wonderful person! She always updates and helps us with the best that she can. Me and my wife had a lovely wedding ceremony because of her and we definitely recommend her!
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Vibhasna R.
Cathy is absolutely wonderful. I am so glad that I chose her to officiate my wedding. She is easy to work with and made the process incredibly smooth.
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Ivan S.
Cathy is an amazing wedding officiant! Very professional, open, responsive and friendly. We were so happy and lucky to have her on our special and very important day!
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Stephanie N.
Heather was a fabulous officiant for our wedding. She made my wedding so seamless and special. Heather’s positivity and professionalism was noticed by not only myself and the groom but by all of our guests. Everyone commented on what a beautiful ceremony it was and how Heather made it feel so warm. Best pandemic wedding ever thanks to Heather!
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Yannan J.
Cathy is great! She not only officiated our wedding ceremony but also went extra miles to help us in the process. Thank you Cathy for giving us the most wonderful and memorable ceremony!
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Thumbtack Customer
His performance as an officiant at our wedding was very good! He did arrive on time, and he took the time to incorporate personal elements regarding my wife and I into his speech that our guests appreciated.
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Amey M.
Parth was a wonderful officiant and made sure that all our guests from India on zoom (300+) enjoyed every moment of the ceremony. He made sure to take the wedding to a whole new level!! Thank you Parth!
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Omni N.
It was amazing to have Heather officiate our wedding. She was very accommodating and responsive since we reached out to her at the last minute. We loved working with her and she made sure we had a beautiful ceremony.
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Miti S.
Having Rev Juan as our officiant was one of the best decisions we made. He was a bundle of positive energy on our wedding day! He made sure he connected with us ahead of the ceremony. He also worked around our tight schedules and was patient with us. He tailored the officiating to how we wanted. Most importantly, the energy was unparalleled - we got complimented on the ceremony by our guests, for his enthusiastic and radiating officiating! Personally, I don’t think we could have had any one better. Thank you Rev Juan!
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Saad A.
It was a pleasure working with Parth as our wedding officiator! We were looking for someone who was responsive, knew all the ins and outs of how the wedding process works in Jersey City / NJ, especially during the Covid era, and could guide us through the steps in detail. Parth fit the bill perfectly and made it super easy for us to get our wedding done in a very short timeframe. Parth personally pays attention to even the most minor details, communicates very effectively, and adds in a personal element to the process which makes it very refreshing to work with him. If you're looking for a wedding officiator, regardless of how elaborate you want your ceremony to be, I would hands down recommend working with Parth. He is not only the best person for the job, but also the best option in terms of value. Thanks a lot Parth - you made our day (and the entire wedding process) so seamless, and we are glad to have gotten to know you!
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Jordan M.
Our wedding officiated by Cathy was everything we had hoped for. The ceremony was the perfect length and had just the right amount of personal touches. Cathy was a great communicator beforehand, and helped us with all the necessary paperwork. Overall, I cannot recommend Cathy enough for your special day!
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Craig P.
Cathy was excellent to work with! Our officiant “dropped us” about a month before our wedding date due to a conflict and we luckily found Cathy. She was very responsive, delivered a personalized ceremony listening to what we wanted, and was fantastic to work with. HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Cathy!
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Thumbtack Customer
Kimberly Powers did an OUTSTANDING job officiating our wedding on Jan. 2. From our first conversation she took the time to talk and get a thorough understanding of the type of ceremony my husband and I wanted. The ceremony that Kimberly put together for us far exceeded our expectations. Kimberly suggested some personal touches to make our ceremony unique. Those features (wine ceremony and treasure box) were a HIT and the "talk" of our wedding guests. Kimberly and her assistant Richard kept the ceremony flowing seamlessly. If you want that personal touch that will make your ceremony unique, then Kimberly Powers is the officiant you should hire. 5 Stars!
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Zibo Z.
We sincerely recommend Rev. Paul for any who wants a wedding officiant that is respectful, responsible and professional. He works really hard to help us figure out the details and always make sure that we have options to fit our preferences. I would recommend him to my friends and family for future ceremonies.
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Vandana J.
Cathy is very diligent and happy go lucky to work with. She agreed to officiate our wedding last minute, agreed to speak to our parents so that they feel okay, and explained to us everything patiently. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone, she is excellent at her work. Thanks Cathy for being a part of our intimate ceremony.
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Harsimran K.
Amy is down to earth and full of positive vibes. My fiance and I were a little nervous at first but she made us feel so comfortable. Another plus point for hiring Amy is that she was early and so accommodating with our requests. We would highly recommend Amy to any couple looking for someone fun yet responsible to officiate their wedding.
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Stephanie L.
Cathy was AWESOME! The vow she wrote us was really nice and sweet. She made our wedding ceremony such a great one despite the current situation. The two witnesses she brought were also genuinely nice and caring people and they had some really nice pictures taken! We feel very lucky to have her as our marriage officiant! Thank you, Cathy!
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Erik M.
Putting on a wedding in a very short period of time requires a lot of patience and steel nerves! Thank God with Elsie I never had to worry for the person who will officiate it because since the first moment I contacted her, she was not only very nice but also totally responsive and very accommodated. Thank you very much for making our experience so easy!
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Sulma G.
He was an amazing officiant! He made us feel so welcomed as well as my witnesses. The biblical verse was such an amazing touch to our religion and the song that made us all laugh and connected even though we had our ceremony virtually. He’s definitely the one for your wedding!! He helped us in every single step of the way!!! He also very very responsive.
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Jonathan k.
Amy was wonderful. She was very friendly and professional, answered all of my questions very quickly (getting marriage licenses, etc., is surprisingly complicated!) and was flexible with timing/travel. Day of, everything was lovely and went smoothly. Amy was the first person to arrive and, despite our ceremony running a little over (due to my lateness) and that Amy had another wedding to officiate after ours, nothing ever felt rushed. I highly recommend!
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Marianna C.
My fiancé and I wanted to get legally married, but when we tried to have it done via City Hall we were told the wait would be over six months if we went through them. Not ideal so I became to search online for an officiant and found Cathy. She was such a pleasure to work with!! We did a short and simple signing of paperwork with two witnesses, but Cathy still found a way to make it special and sweet! She also took the time to explain the most efficient way for me to file the paperwork which I appreciated since again, City Hall is not very helpful in guiding people through this process. I can’t recommend her highly enough if you need somebody to officiate your wedding. She is kind, professional and was a pleasure overall. Lastly, she was extremely communicative throughout the process and responded almost instantly via text to any questions I had leading up to signing of the paperwork.
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