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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. 

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 Rochester wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
She o Marge was amazing!!! She was the perfect person to officiant for our wedding!! If I could give her 10 stars I would!! I highly recommend her to everyone. She was easy to work with and made my wedding THE PERFECT DAY!!
Minister Marge Prof. Nutrition ServicesMinister Marge Prof. Nutrition Services
Benjamin O.
Needed someone to officiate a wedding on very short notice and Adam was there for us. He helped us understand what we needed to do, and the ceremony went very well. Friendly, accepting, helpful, and patient. Made getting married a great experience.
Pastor Adam - Wedding Officiant, Premarital Cou...Pastor Adam - Wedding Officiant, Premarital Cou...
Erin G.
Carole did an awesome job officiating our special day. She conducted a perfect ceremony and made everything easy. She met with us early on to know how we wanted everything and then was in touch several times before the wedding. It was great working with her!
Joining  2 HeartsJoining 2 Hearts
Alicia K.
Rev Bev was amazing! She worked with us to craft a beautiful ceremony that fit our relationship perfectly. Everyone was talking about how lovely it was at the reception too. She was proactive and diligent in making sure everything was all set before the wedding. We could not have had a better officiant!
Godsource Gatherings & Soft Moon Healing & Teac...Godsource Gatherings & Soft Moon Healing & Teac...
Felicia F.
I don't have anything but nice things to say about Rev. Beverly. I have been very indecisive with how I wanted my ceremony to go, she was understanding and gave me ideas and suggestions as well as some examples. Helped me create "my" perfect ceremony. She worked with me when I needed her to and answered every question I had!! Unfortunately I did have a family emergency causing me to cancel my wedding but I'm the future Beverly will be the person I call to officiate my wedding.
Godsource Gatherings & Soft Moon Healing & Teac...Godsource Gatherings & Soft Moon Healing & Teac...
Oksana G.
We highly recommend Pastor Adam who officiated over our August 17 wedding ceremony. We initially met to review what we envisioned our ceremony to include and with his suggestions finalized the ceremony. As a follow-up to our meeting, he sent a complete text of the ceremony and asked that we review it for any changes we may have. He was professional, easy-going and a delight to work with. We were very pleased and as stated, highly recommend his services!
Pastor Adam - Wedding Officiant, Premarital Cou...Pastor Adam - Wedding Officiant, Premarital Cou...
Luz B.
Living Faith officiated my wedding this week and Reverent Joseph was just amazing. The fact that he was able to come on such a short notice and in these tough times meant everything to my husband and I. On top of such a short notice, he even went out of his way to bring me a beautiful bouquet of flowers. The whole experience was wonderful and beyond any expectations I had. Reverent Joseph was patient with my husband’s language barrier and made me feel secure about the entire ceremony. Thanks to Reverent Joseph and Living Faith, this was a very special day for my husband and I that we’ll hold in our hearts forever.
Living Faith MinistriesLiving Faith Ministries
Destiny H.
Going though wedding officients trying to find someone within mine and my (now) husband's price range that would be able to be open minded i came across Carole. The first thing i wanted to let her know was the circumstances that she would be marrying us in. She seemed really open minded and nonjudgmental. So I stuck with her. We met a bunch of times got a bunch of ideas of what each of us would be saying. While we waited for the whole process to get accepted we kept in touch and continued getting everything together. Carole was extremely professional and used all the time we had to plan. She definitely took ahold of the new opportunity and experience and that was definitely a huge plus for us. She didnt let the circumstances scare her or effect how she worked. I would recommend Carole to eveyone getting married and needing someone professional, sweet, caring, compassionate and someone that really takes what they do seriously. Definitely glad I found Carole. And another plus was 8 months after marrying us she checked in with us! Definitely a great choice.
Joining  2 HeartsJoining 2 Hearts
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