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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 Troy wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
My wife and I hired Barbara Berlin as our wedding officiant for our wedding and she was absolutely amazing! Shannon and I flew from Florida to Albany, NY to get married since NY honors the same-sex marriages. Once we got our license we immediately started looking for an officiant. Barbara was the first to respond and had the most reasonable prices. She met us in Washington Park and waited with us while the rain passed and performed the ceremony in the most professional fashion that also suited our morals and beliefs. I would highly recommend her! Thank you again Barbara! ~ Amy & Shannon Chenoweth
Wedding Officiant B.BerlinWedding Officiant B.Berlin
Patricia F.
Larry and I had a wonderful experience with Sharon and highly recommend her as a wedding officiant. She helped us every step of the way. She was responsive to all our questions in a very timely way. Sharon is also very professional. Thank you Sharon! Patty and Larry
Sharon Rose LaVerda WeddingsSharon Rose LaVerda Weddings
Carly B.
Peter did an amazing job officiating our wedding! The ceremony was beautiful and many people came up to my husband and I after to tell us how lovely it was. Peter was very friendly and professional and he made sure that Kevin (my husband) nor I had to worry about anything.
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Felicia S.
Peter was amazing to work with from the beginning. He always got back to us fairly quickly. He met with us and got to know us a little bit where he then showed us his wedding script. The ceremony was quick but very sentimental and pointed out every quality of marriage. He allowed us to make any changes we wanted, although very minimal changes were made. We were very pleased with Peter’s work as our wedding officiant!
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
Thumbtack Customer
Tina was hired to marry my fiancé and I on very short notice (within 2 days of the ceremony), pulling through without a hitch. She arrived at the time we agreed upon and ready to go right away. She had even altered our vows to our liking per our request. Tina was personable, professional, and very kind. I would whole heartedly recommend her to anyone else who may be looking for a wedding officiant (and for a fantastic price!).
Totally about Weddings and EventsTotally about Weddings and Events
Stephanie S.
My husband I are so happy that we hired Rev. Peter to officiate our July wedding. At all times we found Peter to be an absolute delight to work with during a highly stressful time. Peter was available for as many consultations and meetings as we requested, meeting us at convenient locations right near our home. He created a beautifully written, unique and perfectly suited ceremony for exactly what my husband and I had described we wanted. Peter came to our rehearsal and made himself available for any questions that our bridal party, parents or planner had regarding the ceremony. Peter was professional, but personable, provided advice and pointers as needed, and encouraged us to express our ideas. We would highly recommend Peter to any couple who is looking for an officiant to provide them with a unique, one of a kind ceremony and who will go above and beyond to ensure that they have he most perfect memories of their special day.
Rev. Peter RehonisRev. Peter Rehonis
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