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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 Upper West Side wedding officiants
Sydney W.
She was a pleasure to have officiate our Zoom wedding!
Newport RI and NYC — $500 flat rateNewport RI and NYC — $500 flat rate
Alberto V.
Great officiant! Our wedding was great because of him!
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Jewels L.
Pam was amazing! She made our wedding ceremony so special. Couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant! :)
Ceremony Is YoursCeremony Is Yours
Eileen B.
Lex & AssociatesLex & Associates
Charlotte M.
Excellent officiant!! Always available to help and make our dream wedding come true.
💫Rev Monica Castro On Call Services Corp💕💫Rev Monica Castro On Call Services Corp💕
Thumbtack Customer
Love Lissette. She did an amazing job officiating my client wedding. Highly, highly recommend her.
Beloved Unions by Lissette MarreroBeloved Unions by Lissette Marrero
Fernand H.
James was a very friendly and professional wedding officiant who made our day amazing. He was very helpful and communicating during the whole process . He loves his job and did it amazingly with joy and empathy. I will highly recommend him for anyone looking for a very fun professional and amazing wedding officiant
Sincerely, JamesSincerely, James
Thumbtack Customer
Anthony was perfect as a wedding officiant - 5 Stars all around! We couldn't have asked for anyone better. He was extremely professional and very accommodating. We would recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant in the area.
Make It Official - Anthony FoggiaMake It Official - Anthony Foggia
Rusty J.
Dave was an amazing wedding officiant. He allowed us to customize the ceremony and performed it perfectly, leaving not a dry eye in the crowd.
NYC Marriage OfficiantNYC Marriage Officiant
Stacey S.
Nathan did a great job professionally officiating our wedding. He was always quick to respond and answer our questions
Nathan Kline, OfficiantNathan Kline, Officiant
Jane M.
Parth is an amazing wedding officiant. Apart from being professional and punctual, he held our online ceremony with grace and made it a very memorable experience! Words that Parth said about the meaning of marriage and the energy he delivered classic vows with was extraordinarily touching. It was very special, beautiful and meaningful. We honestly didn't expect it to be this(!) amazing. If you are looking for a wedding officiant that will make your day even more special- Parth is your perfect officiant.
Wedding Officiant NY/NJWedding Officiant NY/NJ
Jack z.
It was very lucky to have James as our wedding officiant. Before the wedding, he did lots of preparation works, helped us go through the process, and write vows for us. He was always responsive and patient to our questions and tried his best to fulfill our expectations. The wedding ceremony went smoothly due to his professionalism, we were very happy about the ceremony. James also charges a reasonable price, definitely reconmmend him as your wedding officiant!
Sincerely, JamesSincerely, James
Thumbtack Customer
Ross was a great marriage officiant for our NYC wedding. He was very professional and made the ceremony very special. Highly recommend!
Ross Decker Marriage OfficiantRoss Decker Marriage Officiant
George A.
Kevin was great in officiating at our wedding… He took our minimal instructions and turned them into a ceremony that was all our own…
Kevin HouriganKevin Hourigan
Anthony M.
We had a short wedding ceremony. Nathan is very professional and so calming. I would recommend him to any of my friends looking for an officiant. He is a wonderful person and I thank him deeply for being my officiant.
Nathan Kline, OfficiantNathan Kline, Officiant
Brandie T.
Leland was very efficient, the moment we spoke before my wedding he asked me questions that the previous officiant did not. He never made me feel like it was a bother to ask him questions as this was our very first time getting married and going through the process of finding an officiant. My wedding was very small (intimiate) but he made my moment feel BIG, We want to thank you Leland for making us OFFICIAL UNDER THE EYES OF GOD
Leland FowlerLeland Fowler
Igor L.
It was amazing to have Ross as the officiant at our wedding. He was very well prepared and told our story beautifully at the wedding -- we and all the guests loved him! We highly recommend him.
Ross Decker Marriage OfficiantRoss Decker Marriage Officiant
Yury T.
Kevin was amazing. He officiated our wedding, helped us with our vows, and made sure everything was perfect for our big day.
Kevin HouriganKevin Hourigan
Smruti A.
I had an absolutely amazing experience with Fé! He was quick to respond and wrote a great script for the wedding! He's very punctual..he reached the wedding venue early. He has a positive personality and I would recommend him to be an officiant for your wedding!
Weddings By FéWeddings By Fé
Miguel G.
Sully made an absolute amazing work, my wedding ceremony was awesome. Sully is punctual patient, and a profesional officiant. I highly recommend her…!
💛💫 Luxury Signings 🥰💫💛💛💫 Luxury Signings 🥰💫💛
Ebony S.
Pastor Calicia did an excellent job as officiant for our wedding. She personalized the ceremony script and made it special for my husband and me. Very professional.
Pastor Calicia's Officiant ServicesPastor Calicia's Officiant Services
Darlene B.
Daniel Cantor was the best wedding officiant we could ask for. He was kind, professional and thoughtful. The ceremony was spot on. We would recommend him to anyone.
Cantor Daniel PincusCantor Daniel Pincus
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Foggia was our wedding officiant! Anthony was absolutely amazing!! He was patient, gracious and extremely professional... Our wedding ceremony was a wonderful delight!!! Thank you so much Anthony!! Our special day will forever be in our memories!!
Make It Official - Anthony FoggiaMake It Official - Anthony Foggia
Thumbtack Customer
Harris was amazing! As a planner myself I have worked with many officiants. I couldn't have chosen a more professional man for my OWN wedding day.
Harris BloomHarris Bloom
Tamika w.
Lex was absolutely amazing!! Her sermon was beautiful and she over exceeded my expectations!! Wouldn’t have picked anyone to officiate my wedding!! Thank you!!
Lex & AssociatesLex & Associates
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