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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 Forest Park wedding officiants
Kelly S.
Ty so much for officiating our wedding. You are wonderful and highly recommended. Everything was perfect.
Becoming OneBecoming One
Kaileigh p.
Rev. Stacey Midge was such a delight to have officiate our wedding! We reached out with a last minute request for an officiant and she was very helpful and quick to accommodate, providing multiple times she could be available. She was friendly and exactly what we had hoped for in an officiant! I highly recommend her!
Rev. Stacey MidgeRev. Stacey Midge
Jonathon B.
My new wife and I are so happy to have had Carol as our officiant..She was so warm and down to earth..We feel so blessed to have her be the one to make our wedding day official.
Carol A OsborneCarol A Osborne
Sherri A.
Jeff was awesome! He was able to officiate my wedding ceremony with one day notice. He was professional, early and a pleasure to be around.
Marks' OfficiatingMarks' Officiating
Daniela R.
Loved having her officiate our small, socially-distant wedding ceremony! Her words were beautiful and made it even more special.
Crystal WalkerCrystal Walker
Elisabeth M.
Steven helped us pull off a surprise wedding for friends and family. We were able to set up a personal "get to know each other" meeting which helped make our ceremony seems more personal and meaningful. Our guests all said how wonderfully written the ceremony was, and that it captured my husband and my personality. Not only did Steven complete the normal tasks an officiant would be in charge of, but he also arrived early and hid from guests so that he could help pull of our surprise wedding! We would HIGHLY recommend Steven to officiant your wedding ceremony.
Becoming OneBecoming One
Allison S.
Everyone loved having Adolfo as our officiant. He made everyone laugh, he was always quick to respond to messages, and very professional. We were so happy we chose him for our wedding.
A Wedding Your WayA Wedding Your Way
Timmy T.
She did a really good job in officiating the wedding but she was late to the ceremony which then in turned made everything else behind. She also spelled my last name wrong on the certificate of marriage slip we get to keep.
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Ashlee K.
Carol stepped in at the last minute when I had 2 other officiants cancel on me! She was wonderful. She truly made our wedding a very beautiful experience and her ceremony was so special. She met my fiancé and I the day of the wedding but I felt like I already knew her. I can’t say enough good things about her. I would highly recommend her services!! A+++
Carol A OsborneCarol A Osborne
Adi J.
Jennifer was wonderful officiant for our wedding ceremony. My fiance and I had planned to elope and not let the current situation hold us back from our original plans of getting married. We also wanted our ceremony to represent us and our own style of thinking. Jennifer was very responsive to our changes in the script and our last minute changes to the wedding venue. She showed up earlier to help us rehearse a bit as well. She also helped make our special day run seamlessly during the ceremony, definitely relieving the stress my husband and I were already feeling about everything going well. We both think that Jennifer did a wonderful job of officiating our ceremony and we definitely recommend her skills for your special day.
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Caroline H.
Jake is a great guy and was super easy to work with and talk to. He is hilarious and seemed more like a friend than someone we were hiring. We had no prior experience writing vows and figuring out what our officiant was supposed to say, but Jake helped us and made it all pretty easy. He was early the day of the wedding, and did a great job.
Uniquely YoursUniquely Yours
Thumbtack Customer
Simply put, Adolfo was amazing and exactly who we were hoping to find to officiate our wedding from the start. He was careful, kind and courteous with his questions and really went above and beyond to listen to what we envisioned and help make it a reality. Then on the wedding day, he delivered with a sense of calmness and confidence that put the whole party at ease. His presence commanded attention and yet was not the focus of the ceremony; a feat rarely accomplished. From day one to the delivery, Adolfo was beyond compare. I would highly recommend his gentle manner and professionalism to anyone seeking only the best. Thank you!
A Wedding Your WayA Wedding Your Way
Kathleen G.
My husband and I decided to get married on a whim, which meant we were scrambling to find a marriage officiant. Carol called us right away to meet us, immediately turned around a draft for our vows, and made the whole process easy and stress free. She was available by text or email and it was if I was texting a friend. She was open to any ideas we had and helped to make our micro covid wedding a great experience.
Carol A OsborneCarol A Osborne
Thomasina S.
Jennifer was excellent. She responded immediately with availability and was very professional every step of the way. She was available over the phone and our initial conversation answered all of my questions. She sent multiple scripts to choose from and had recommendations on how to personalize them. She was easy to reach via email and the use of google drive. She never had an issue with my dozens of updates to the script. The day is the ceremony she ran all over Cincinnati as the weather changed the ceremony location multiple times and ultimately was way behind schedule. She was patient and unbothered in her delivery of our ceremony. Even afterwards she ensure a copy of our marriage license was hand delivered to the licensing office. Jennifer is a great choice for a wedding officiant especially if you are having a small intimate gathering or want a very personalized service. Thanks again Jennifer. We couldn’t be happier!
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
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