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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Dayton wedding officiants
Charles S.
Becoming One (Steven Martin) did an outstanding job officiating our wedding. The wedding ceremony was perfect and he was the perfect person to officiate. He responded very quickly when I contacted him and he has a lot of experience officiating weddings. He was very helpful planning the flow of the ceremony and customized it to be exactly what we wanted it to be. My wife and I are extremely happy with the outstanding, professional job Steven did officiating our wedding and highly recommend him to others who are looking for a wedding officiant.
Becoming OneBecoming One
Renee M.
Ginger was the perfect officiant for my son's wedding! I highly recommend her! She was very kind and worked with us to have a wonderful wedding ceremony!
I Do! by GingerI Do! by Ginger
Thumbtack Customer
It was a pleasure having Kevin officiate out wedding. His attention to detail was a blessing and offered us a real sense of comfort. Highly recommend
Wedding 2 CherishWedding 2 Cherish
Desyre Y.
I contacted Steve when our officiant bailed last minute. He quickly responded to my inquiry and came to our home same day to officiate our wedding. He was kind to our family and very professional. 10/10 recommend
Becoming OneBecoming One
Billie A.
My daughters wedding official could not attend the ceremony and we found Katherine online at the last minute. Katherine was amazing and she made the day perfect!!!
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Amber H.
Drea did an exceptional job! She was very professional and on time. She went above and beyond on my wedding day. She was only there to be an officiant, but ended up being a coordinator as well.
Drea WilliamsDrea Williams
Kelsey C.
We had a great experience with Steven from Becoming One. My husband and I had to find a new officiant at the last minute and Steven was happy to help! He was extremely responsive, which is great in the days leading up to the wedding. He even called a few days prior just to check in. The ceremony went very smoothly and the words that Steven included were beautiful! We would highly recommend Becoming One to anyone needing a wedding officiant!
Becoming OneBecoming One
Thumbtack Customer
Carol was our officiant at our wedding, she was outstanding! Carol was very good at staying in touch with me, making sure she knew what it was we wanted, what was important to us and providing that. She was on time and well prepared. I would definitely recommend her!
Carol A OsborneCarol A Osborne
Thumbtack Customer
If you're looking for a great wedding official, Kevin is your man. He was extremely nice, professional, and all around amazing. He made sure to work with me and my schedule to make sure we planned the best ceremony. He can do it all. If you have a small ceremony or if you have a huge one, Pastor Kevin can accurately accommodate anyone and anything.
Wedding 2 CherishWedding 2 Cherish
Katie F.
Absolutely fantastic! We are thrilled Steve was able to officiate for us. We weren’t all too certain how the process goes or all the questions we should ask— but he made it beyond easy, seamless and wonderful. He asked us guiding questions we hadn’t thought about before, and as the wedding approached he molded the ceremony with our changes so effortlessly. Steve was so kind and checked in with us periodically, and made us feel so assured our day would go well. He was so easy to get ahold of, helped us with figuring out what processional song we would like, and tied the ceremony together beautifully. We & our guests could not have been any happier!!!
Becoming OneBecoming One
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