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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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Albuquerque wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Wedding Officiant: Matt was very attentive to what we wanted for our wedding, he was prompt at meeting times and quickly returned emails, requests, and phone calls. Matt has a great personality and was very easy to interact with. Thanks Matt for officiating our ceremony. Catrina and Mark
Matt CawardMatt Caward
Chelsea K.
Pastor Manny was wonderful as our wedding officiant. He took into account what we had in mind for the wedding. He is extremely professional, reliable, and great with communication.
Pastor Manny BacaPastor Manny Baca
Eden D.
Mauro was very thoughtful and eloquent with our wedding ceremony. He was even willing to hike a mile through the Bosque to get to the perfect location. I highly recommend this officiant for your wedding.
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-MontoyaArcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya
Kandice K.
Pastor Manny did a wonderful job officiating our wedding last month. He was responsive and very punctual to both our meeting with him prior to the wedding, the rehearsal and the wedding itself. He made our ceremony exactly what we had imagined! 100% recommend!!
Pastor Manny BacaPastor Manny Baca
Thumbtack Customer
The wedding ceremony officiated by Fr. Steve went very well. He was very courteous and accommodating. I would definitely recommend him to others. Great job!
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Anna M.
Fr. Baker is all of the above and more! He takes into consideration every detail and took time to get to know us. He is kind and truly represents what a minster and wedding officiant is all about. We feel privileged to have had him as our officiant. He gave our ceremony meaning!
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Thumbtack Customer
Steve was our awesome officiant at our wedding in Tijeras, NM for only a few hours as he officiating another wedding right after ours in downtown Albuquerque. Steve met with us a couple times before the wedding including the rehearsal. He was very professional and organized. He gave us some ideas on how to make our ceremony more personalized. And he definitely respected our wishes for a non-religious ceremony with no problem. We would and have referred him to couples we know who are getting married.
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Thumbtack Customer
Truly Amazing! If your in need of a wedding officiant don't look any further, you won't be disappointed..Fr Baker is very caring, patient, and professional.. So happy we found him.
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Joel S.
Mauro was super accommodating and responsive when we contacted him about performing our wedding ceremony. He took the time to meet with us beforehand to personalize what he would say during the ceremony. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant to perform their wedding.
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-MontoyaArcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya
David S.
Stephen is a complete professional and was available when we needed him. Our ceremony was beautiful and our guests also complimented the ceremony. If you're looking for a quality officiant, I highly recommend Stephen for your wedding!
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Thumbtack Customer
Steve was so accommodating and easy to work with. We got the exact ceremony we wanted plus a couple little extra touches to make it our own. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Thank you Steve!
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Thumbtack Customer
Fr. Baker officiated out wedding, and it couldn't have been more perfect! He was kind, patient, gently humorous, and we couldn't have pulled it off without his gentle guidance. He made changes to his beautiful vows that made our ceremony unique and special to us both. I would recommend him without question to anyone getting married and searching for a wonderful officiant. Thank you so much Fr. Baker!! Danya
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Saryn S.
Pastor Manuel was amazing! He is so kind and worked with us when our previous officiant dropped out 5 days before our wedding. Pastor Manuel was very responsive and made my husband and I feel very comfortable. He tailored our wedding to fit our personalities and helped make it a beautiful day. We are very grateful to have found Pastor Manuel.
Pastor Manny BacaPastor Manny Baca
Christian G.
Reverend Mauro helped make our wedding day exceptional. A week before the wedding, he came to our house to discuss options for the ceremony and was very thorough in helping us plan. At the wedding, he was punctual, personable, and very professional. He has a great speaking voice so everyone could hear him clearly at our outdoor ceremony. We highly recommend him and can't think of anyone else we would have wanted to officiate our wedding! Thank you so much Rev Mauro ... you were awesome! Christian & Cymone
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-MontoyaArcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya
Taunnah G.
Pastor Manny did a great job on our ceremony. He was in great communication the entire time and made the ceremony exactly as we liked it. He led us through it wonderfully especially since we were full of jitters! We are so happy we picked Pastor Manny to officiate our wedding!
Pastor Manny BacaPastor Manny Baca
Jesse T.
We asked Mr. Baker to be our officiant for our April 9th wedding and it was wonderful! He is very kind and helped us determine the type of ceremony we wanted and the vows we would use. He is prompt and professional. His response time to any question we had was always within 24 hours. He asked us what we would like him to wear for the ceremony (he wore a nice suit jacket) and wanted to make certain our day went perfectly. His fee is incredibly reasonable (I was originally hesitant since other officiants charge much more if Mr. Baker would be reliable) and I'm so glad we chose him. Wonderful man to officiate and I will certainly be recommending his services to others.
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
Josh S.
My gosh, where to even start! Mauro met with us for coffee a couple weeks before our wedding, my now wife and I were planning on just being there for 30 minutes and hour tops. Just enough time for him to get the preliminary information that he would need to officiate our wedding. Instead we were met with this amazing man that we now get to call a good friend! Not only did he ask for the base level information that he needed, but took the time to genuinely get to know us not only as individuals but also as a couple! We ended up being there for almost 3 hours just getting to know each other and forming a long lasting relationship. If you want a genuine person who truly cares about you and making your day YOURS Mauro is your man. We could never have asked for a better person to officiate our wedding, he made it truly perfect!
Arcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-MontoyaArcoiris Weddings, Reverend Mauro Walden-Montoya
Thumbtack Customer
Steve officiated our wedding on 09/13/14. He is very friendly & professional! He helped us come up with a ceremony that was exactly what we wanted, a mix of traditional vows & our own vows. He even offered to help my husband with his vows. I would highly recommend Steve & it was a pleasure to have him share our special day with us.
Stephen BakerStephen Baker
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