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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 Staten Island wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Ross was amazing. Exact service we wanted. Pleasure having him officiate my wedding. Thank you again!
Ross Decker Marriage OfficiantRoss Decker Marriage Officiant
Juddie P.
My wedding event was superb owing to his experience and professionalism. I am glad I chose him to officiate at my wedding. I recommend him and his services to anyone around the world.
Traveling Wedding Officiant & Public SpeakerTraveling Wedding Officiant & Public Speaker
Shanice T.
We enjoyed working with Kendall as our wedding officiant. He was very responsive and was available throughout the entire process. The ceremony he wrote was personalized to our story and added a nice touch to the wedding. We would definitely recommend Kendall for your wedding.
Kendall, The OfficiantKendall, The Officiant
Xiomaira T.
Amy was my officiant for my wedding she was very friendly, easy to talk to, very professional, and very responsive. My husband and I highly recommend her!!!
Amy Voltaire Wedding Officiant Inc.Amy Voltaire Wedding Officiant Inc.
Evelyn b.
It was the best ceremony officiant I could’ve ever asked for she was there before the wedding started, the ceremony was perfect, and she had extra an amazing speech. We loved it! Definitely recommend !
Por Amor WeddingsPor Amor Weddings
Jennifer p.
So happy to have Sherry officiate our wedding.. it was amazing.. She was so professional, caring and detailed.. Glad I was able to have my magical ceremony thanks to her. She helped me find the perfect location and made sure everything went well.. I highly recommend Sherry to anyone looking for an amazing officiant
Sherry B CohenSherry B Cohen
William s.
What an experience. Our wedding was amazing. Juan was an excellent officiant. He was punctual, professional, and dedicated to his work. the ceremony was amazing, his sermon was even better and It was a pleasure having you marry us. !!!.
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Daphne M.
Thank you Sherry!!! Working with Sherry is super easy, not just that she is the most affordable wedding officiant I could find, she came early to prepare the work, she is truly professional & amazing, she lifts up the whole atmosphere during the ceremony. I was super busy coordinating my wedding that I couldn't prepare of the speech, she prepared the speech for me, and it was fantastic!! The speech got me and my husband, some of my guests full of watery in our eyes. It was very touching and lovely. Exactly what we need to capture and memorize that important moment. I can't thank you enough for having Sherry to be our wedding officiant, to witness and be part of our wedding. Thank you Sherry!!!
Sherry B CohenSherry B Cohen
Remo C.
I was very pleased to have Cathy as my wedding officiant. She was very responsive, attentive, and informative with the planning of the ceremony. Great value as well. I would 100% recommend and hire her for my renewal of vows.
Ceremonies by CathyCeremonies by Cathy
Byron v.
With two weeks before my Wedding my pastor had a family emergency and could not officiate my wedding. I reach out to Juan Enrigue and it was the best choice I could make. He was wonderful, professional and very caring to our needs. Thanks to him we had amazing ceremony. Thank you Mr.Enrique
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Sherry was such a blessing to have as our wedding officiant.She was very professional down to earth and entertaining made me my wife and guest feel very comfortable.She was also very safe with her mask on at all times do to the coronavirus crisis.Me and my Wife couldn't have ask for anyone better and I recommend to anybody who is searching for a wedding officiant to give Sherry a call ASAP
Sherry B CohenSherry B Cohen
Sue L.
I made a great choice by hiring James, he was very nice and helpful. He came to the ceremony ahead of time and waited us patiently while we were taking the time to get ready. I will recommend him to someone who needs a wedding officiant!
Sincerely, JamesSincerely, James
Kelly N.
Parth Patel was amazing. He was always available to speak and always got back to me with any questions I had right away. He made my wedding day less stressful. He did a great job as our officiant and I would highly recommend to anyone.
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Doreen F.
Both my husband and I were charmed by Cathy's warmth, personality and JOY at officiating at our small at home wedding. She is the absolute best and we were both moved by her words and so happy with we chose her! I would recommend her to anyone! <3
Ceremonies by CathyCeremonies by Cathy
Talia L.
Parth was a pleasure to work with, he was timely in his responses and gave me the exact information I needed upon request. I chose him over others specifically for his punctuality and professional and friendly demeanor. You’d be smart to choose him as your wedding officiant! Thank you Parth!
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Brian T.
Ross did an amazing job officiating our wedding ceremony. He had just the right amount of humor and personal touches in combination with tradition. Extremely punctual and knowledgeable with the process and provided us with guidance every step of the way. He's also very easy going, approachable, and willing to accommodate different cultures/traditions.
Ross Decker Marriage OfficiantRoss Decker Marriage Officiant
Amanda L.
Sherry was wonderful ! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an officiant. She helped ease my wedding day nerves and always answered any question I had. She always replied quickly and she arrived early before our ceremony. Thank you for making our ceremony so wonderful !!
Sherry B CohenSherry B Cohen
Brian A.
Stephen’s officiating skills are top tier! he provides great charm, friendly attitude, and overall wonderful service. He even stuck around and waited when my bride was two hours late. it doesn’t get more kind than that. He made my wedding experience one to remember. Thanks Stephen for playing a big part in my special day.
Stephen FieldsStephen Fields
Jamie L.
There are not enough positive words to describe Harris and his amazing wedding officianting skills! My husband and I recently had an interfaith ceremony. First of all, Harris is on time, professional, well spoken and I am really so glad we found him. My guests told me its one of the best wedding ceremonies they've ever been too. Harris delivers the perfect balance of humor and emotion all while incorporating our faith and explaining our values. His delivery of the entire ceremony was done in a traditional way yet with a modern twist, which impressed us and our guests! Harris is undeniably exceptional.
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Janess L.
Juan is the best officiant! Very personable, on time and genuine. He made us feel very comfortable during the wedding and did not rush us one bit. We were nervous and didnt know what to expect, but he guided us throughout the whole process. Even our parents appreciate juan with his kind heart and his patience. We love his beautiful gospel from juan during our ceremony. We would definitely recommend his services again! A++
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Thumbtack Customer
Thank you Harris from the bottom of our hearts for going above and beyond our expectations. When looking for a wedding officiant for our ceremony we knew we wanted to be go with a very nontraditional approach. Harris asked us questions and included everyone in the vows. (our 3 children) He also added some comedy to the ceremony that was very witty and tasteful. He mentioned Jose's grandmother who had passed on recently that she was with us and most likely in heaven cleaning something. There was laughter and happy tears all around the room. We are ecstatic to have hired Harris Bloom!!! He made our wedding a very memorable and special day for us that we will never forget. All The Best to you and your family Harris!!!
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Jennifer B.
I could not be any happier with Rev. Michelle Cordova. From the moment I contacted her I knew instantly she was going to be the one to officiate. Not only is she professional but very sweet, easy to talk to and wants to make sure every thing is exactly how you want it to be. She makes you feel like you have known her forever. She sent us a draft of some of the words that would be said and I fell in love ..Thank you Michelle for making this part of my wedding stress free.
Rev. Michelle CordovaRev. Michelle Cordova
Jessica A.
Wow - what can I say? Fé went above and beyond our expectations as an officiant. His communication was great and actually took the time to learn about me and my husband. Everything about the ceremony was clear cut, extremely detailed, and super customizable. Fé is so incredibly organized and focused, and just an overall great person with a great personality. You can tell he loves what he does, and that’s bringing two people together to celebrate one of the most important days of their lives. He made a stressful event completely stress-free, which is all you can ask for on your wedding day.
Weddings By FĂ©Weddings By FĂ©
Alexandra C.
I cannot begin to express my complete satisfaction with cathy! All I can say is wow. Not once did I have to contact her. She was on top of everything. If finding an officiant is a concern of yours, hire her. She was the furthest from my worries when it came to planning my wedding. She has the sweetest voice with such power and passion behind it. I only wish I had opened up my envelopes prior to her leaving. She is the most gracious, heart warming and mesmerizing person to have stand between you and your partner. I can't imagine sharing this moment with anyone else. I only met her at my wedding but it was as if she knew us for as long as we did. She took the time to get to know us. All I can say is, it felt like family standing up there. She cares and that's what's most important. In my opinion she is worth wayy more!
Ceremonies by CathyCeremonies by Cathy
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