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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 Saratoga Springs wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Barbara was absolutely perfect as the Officiant for the wedding I coordinated. I had compiled the ceremony, but she added special touches. Her voice and appearance are excellent and she wore a white dress as requested by the couple. Best of all, she brought a microphone and speakers for this outdoor venue and could play any song we requested. Her husband accompanied her and did a beautiful job adjusting the sound. Her fee was very reasonable and I would hire her for any wedding that requires an officiant.
Wedding Officiant B.BerlinWedding Officiant B.Berlin
Thumbtack Customer
We're so happy Peter officiated our wedding! We wrote a beautiful ceremony for us after meeting with us and happily incorporated a family commitment with my new stepdaughter that I asked to include. He's a sweetheart and a super cool guy!
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Thumbtack Customer
We called Barbara on Monday to officiate our wedding on Thursday. She arrived to the house early to setup music and ensure everything was in order. She was very professional and our ceremony was perfect. We couldn't have had it go any smoother if we had planned it for over a month.
Wedding Officiant B.BerlinWedding Officiant B.Berlin
Ciara F.
After having to postpone our wedding due to COVID, we were lucky enough to find Peter to officiate our special day! He married my husband and I on 8/20/2021 at Saratoga National! He did such an amazing job and after the ceremony, many of our family members expressed how beautiful the ceremony was. Not only did Peter officiate our wedding, but he took the time to get to know my husband and I! He was willing to meet us at a small coffee shop to discuss the details of the wedding and to get to know us. That really meant a lot to David and I! Peter is not only kind and warm hearted, but he is also very funny! He had us laughing the entire time from our sit down meeting to the wedding day! This meant so much to me personally after my father passed away a few years before my wedding day. My dad was quick witted and hilarious, just like Peter! That is when I knew it was meant to be! We are so happy we were about to meet him and you will be too! :)
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Heather S.
Peter married my husband and I on September 19, 2020 for a small wedding. We were so happy with Peter's flexibility, professionalism, and genuine kindness. We met with Peter beforehand with short notice, and he was on time and really wanted to take a few moments to get to know us. He wrote a short and sweet wedding ceremony for us and gave us the option of changing anything we wanted. Peter also graciously provided us a military discount. Throughout the process, Peter was extremely responsive as well. We would highly recommend Peter as a wedding officiant!
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Francine C.
Peter officiated our wedding on 1/2/21 at the Courtyard Marriott at Saratoga Springs. I reached out to Peter with about a month’s notice, as we had to completely rethink our wedding due to COVID. I was planning a whole new wedding, from Long Island, during the pandemic. I was feeling so overwhelmed and defeated, but Peter was a gem and such a huge help. He spoke with my husband and I over the phone and worked with us over the course of the month, checking in on us and offering kind words. Peter was easy to get a hold of and always responded quickly. We used the ceremony he had prepared and made no changes, as it was perfect just the way he wrote it. My family had reservations about the ceremony, but once they heard what Peter had prepared, they felt it was the perfect wedding. I am so happy we got to share our special day with such a kind and professional person. 10/10 would recommend. Thank you, Peter!
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Dominique T.
Peter, was Amazing. If stressing over a wedding wasn't bad enough we had to worry about the pandemic that broke out Covid-19. Not only did he make sure he was on time but he was always efficient and proffesional. The first day we met Peter he was very polite and fun. He told us about him self and was very down to earth, he made us laugh. We got to know alot about him and where he came from and how he started being a officiant after being a reverned as well. Peter walked us through everything that was going to happen on our wedding day at the rehersal that made us not stress as much, but obviously the bride and groom or going to be nervous because it may or may not be there first time; it's still very nerve-wracking. Especailly if you're shy like my husband and i but, peter made everything simple. Most importantly he made it fun and a day we will never forget. Thank you so much Peter Rehonis it was a beautiful day! Everybody at our wedding ceremony was so comfortable with him, they had so much to say about him. Everybody got along with him. Its sad to know we won't see him again he is a genuine human being.
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
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