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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 Gahanna wedding officiants
Lina Z.
Sam is a warm hearted officiant. He gives us as much support as he can. You won’t regret to choose him as your wedding officiant :)
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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
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
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer was my officiator for my wedding this past Saturday June 9, and I love her. From day one to the date of the event she was very professional, very detail she did everything we ask and more and especially she was very prompt on time I felt so bad that she had to wait for me and never once did she complain. Thank you so much you really truly made my wedding day a dream come true for me and my husband. For anyone looking for a professional and a friend at the same time who is truly understanding of any situation and custom I recommend you to Jennifer Arzaga and again thank you!!!
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Sandra C.
He didn't show. And I had called and messaged him for 3 days. On my wedding day I started trying to contact him at 7am and finally around 230pm (30mins) before he was supposed to marry us he sent a msg and all it said was " just got home from hospital ambulance guys didn't take my phone" I completely understand things happen I found an emergency officiant to come out but paid triple what I had already paid Sam. I paid him 200 in full on April 11th. After all that I replied "I'm so sorry to hear that happened and I hope you get better. Please lmk how to expect my refund." After that he has ignored me and hasn't refunded me. Also what upsets me the most is it all doesn't match up. I messaged him twice two days before my wedding, then called the day before and didn't get any response. If he really did have an issue Sunday morning then why didn't I hear from him Friday or Saturday? If you are in this business you need a back up plan. He should have had someone contact me. It's really unprofessional and regardless everytime worked out. I wouldn't have even rated him but now that he is responding about my refund is wrong. I didn't just pay the 100 deposit I paid him 200 in full.
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