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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.

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.

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 Gahanna wedding officiants
Paul O.
Jennifer did a wonderful job officiating our wedding from the initial contact with her, through pronouncing us husband and wife. We appreciated her responsiveness and professionalism throughout the process, and she always got back to us in a timely manner. The day of our wedding, she arrived on time and was very friendly, and she seemed confident in handling the details of the marriage process. She did a wonderful job in the actual officiating of our wedding, and we would highly recommend her!
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Shawn S.
Brad was “the perfect choice” for our wedding. He was very kind, very humble, polite and pleasant to have and speak with. Brad’s experience made the ceremony memorable and joyful. Having Brad officiate our wedding was the perfect start to our perfect day!!
Brad BelohlavekBrad Belohlavek
Jay T.
Look no further than Quilting Hearts Officiants if your ever in need of Officiating services. Mrs. Tramise is heaven sent and most definitely walking in her purpose. From the beginning it was nothing short of professional and a real genuine concern of how each of us desired this experience to unfold. Every interaction we had with her, she knew just the right words to say and was very helpful in any questions we had. From all the nerves before the ceremony to the emotionally powerful way she officiated our wedding. We could not have asked for better, thank you so much for everything. Your amazing!
Quilting Hearts OfficiantsQuilting Hearts Officiants
Ngalia K.
Jennifer was fantastic as our officiant. She’s punctual, responsive, and very understanding. We truly appreciate her following up and guiding us through the process of meeting at the selected venue and time of the ceremony. Weddings can be incredibly stressful; however, Jennifer is calm and helped ease us of any concerns. Thanks again Jennifer for everything!
Vineyard Wedding OfficiantsVineyard Wedding Officiants
Danielle B.
My wedding was yesterday (June 2022). Erica and Boom ... Married was the best choice that I could have made to make my wedding official. She was attentive, engaging, and listened to our wishes. The ceremony and the vows were so much more than I could have ever hoped for. She took everything we asked into consideration and then gave us so much more. I would recommend Boom ... Married to anyone and everyone who needs this service. I chose a package to have personal service and she delivered in so many ways. It was personal, not a generic wedding reading that you would see on TV, and it was absolutely perfect for us. She really listened and "understood the assignment" for lack of something better to say.
Boom Married Officiating ServicesBoom Married Officiating Services
Quinn S.
My wife, Christa and I had a wonderful experience working with Brad as the officiant for our wedding! He was always very responsive to any questions that we had and very accommodating to our needs. We had to make some last minute ceremony changes due to rain and he was very quick to get us all on board for the change to indoor and the ceremony went so well. We couldn't be happier with his service!
Brad BelohlavekBrad Belohlavek
Devon R.
Tramise absolutely outdid herself for our ceremony; there are not enough words to say how thankful we are for the beautiful ceremony she performed for us. From our first meeting we knew that she was the officiant for us and every interaction after that just felt like we had known her for years. She was so helpful in walking us through the process and keeping my husband and I calm through the stress of wedding planning. On top of that, our guests were absolutely raving about Tramise to us immediately following the ceremony. Not only did they tell us that she did a beautiful job, but before we even walked down the aisle she was engaging and getting the crowd involved. She kept their attention the whole time and they were just as blown away as we were. The beauty of her words and the way she helped showcase our love for each other had the tears flowing the entire time. I cannot recommend her enough, the smartest thing we did was have Tramise officiate our wedding. Thank you!!!
Quilting Hearts OfficiantsQuilting Hearts Officiants
Shauna M.
Where do I even start? From the moment we met Tramise, we knew we wanted her to be our officiant. There is something so calming about her presence. She made our ceremony absolutely fantastic. She made the whole crowd laugh and everyone kept saying how much they loved our wedding because of how engaging she was! She is also HILARIOUS. My husband and I were quite nervous and she is right there to support you along the way. I truly think without her up there, one of us may have passed out 😜. She feels so motherly and nurturing. Do not hesitate to book tramise. She is absolutely wonderful and made our ceremony so unique. Grateful to know her!!
Quilting Hearts OfficiantsQuilting Hearts Officiants
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