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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 Buffalo wedding officiants
Hannah C.
We are so incredibly thankful that we chose Ray as our wedding officiant! He created the coolest, most unique ceremony I have ever seen. We can't recommend him enough!!
Meaningful Personalized CeremoniesMeaningful Personalized Ceremonies
Samantha D.
So happy that Drew officiated our wedding! He did a really awesome job - turned a moment where emergency vehicles went by during our ceremony into a fun moment and was able to integrate our readings on a whim. Overall did a beautiful job Thanks Drew!
Rev. Drew LudwigRev. Drew Ludwig
Stephanie M.
Jo was the perfect match for us and I couldn't have imagined anyone else officiating our wedding! She was thorough, communicative and personable. She took time to understand who we are as individuals and was not 'cookie cutter' what-so-ever. The details of how she put together our ceremony were fabulous and touched on many things we didn't even know we needed to consider. I highly recommend Jo as an officiant! We were so lucky to find her and were 100% satisfied from beginning to end. Thank you Jo!
"Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C..."Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C...
Jeannine M.
I truly feel blessed to have found Chris. I did an extensive search to find the perfect officiant for my sister and brother-in-law’s very special wedding. There were circumstances that made this wedding a very precious union and Chris managed to grasp the uniqueness of that and came prepared with a beautiful and perfect ceremony for those extraordinary circumstances. I could tell that he was truly heartfelt, compassionate, and so very generous with his time to make their day beautiful. I am indebted to you, Chris Cuccia.
Chris Cuccia Wedding OfficiantChris Cuccia Wedding Officiant
Kesia P.
I just want to say how fortunate my husband and I were to find Jo. I had planed my wedding with very short time with the purpose to include my inlaws. We only met her once in person and obviously kept in touch by message and calls however she made us feel like she knew us forever. She made everything go so smoothly. I want to add as wekl she is a very kind, genuine and professional as a person and wedding officiant. So if you are reading this review and are making plans for your wedding make sure you contact Jo, you won't regret it.❤
"Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C..."Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C...
Sara m.
We got married during a pandemic!! Our wedding was 09/19/2020. It was certainly a leap of faith to trust a name that I had found in the world of web surfing to officiate my wedding but that is exactly what I did. I am happy to report that Rev. Missy is a trustworthy professional all the way. We had a simple wedding and she helped to keep it that way by showing up on time, being fully prepared to guide us through ceremony vows and even filed our paperwork. Most of all she was a dependable and good natured spirit – I am not sure you can ask for more then that!! she went above and beyond for us especially during a pandemic.
Rev. Missy RayRev. Missy Ray
Tristan S.
Missy served as the officiant for our wedding ceremony on February 9th, 2020. We began collaborating many months in advance, and were impressed with Missy's level of responsiveness and attentiveness throughout the process. She worked with us to customize our ceremony and really gave the impression that she had a vested interest in making the day special. And it was: the ceremony that she crafted was beautiful and our guests were in tears. She far exceeded our expectations at every juncture. I couldn't give a strong enough recommendation for her services. Thank you for making the day meet our best imagining!
Rev. Missy RayRev. Missy Ray
Tymika B.
This woman is absolutely amazing no really amazing 😍😍 I don't know where to start!! I don't think I have enough room on here to express how great she was, so I'll give you a few things. First and foremost, she is so loving, honest, and open and she was there every single step of the way. If I called she picked up and was so sweet and helpful. There were a lot of laughs and a ton of happy tears. We could not have asked for a better young lady to do this. We walked away with not just someone who did a phenomenal job at our wedding and who also took amazing pictures but we also walked away having an amazing friendship that we will cherish for the rest of our lives. Pictures were impeccable and at the service everyone cried and everyone thought she was amazing. When she did our wedding, I didn't feel like she was a stranger. We felt like she was a part of our family. If you want an amazing photographer or an amazing officiant this is your gal ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ P.S She was so great we had her do my sister in laws pictures for her wedding too 💓💓
"Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C..."Jo" of All Trades - Wedding Officiant, Dream C...
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