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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.

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 Shaker Heights wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
I am so happy that I was able to find Cleveland Wedding Officiant for my wedding ceremony. The services I was rendered were Exceptional. She was very professional, patient, and knowledgeable. I would refer her to anyone that wants a very organized and professional experience for a reasonable price. I AM TOTALLY HAPPY WITH MY CHOICE and my ceremony was PERFECT! THANKS AGAIN Cleveland Wedding Officiant for everything.
Cleveland Wedding OfficiantCleveland Wedding Officiant
Brent P.
Pastor Briggs was great! We are so glad we chose him to officiate our wedding. He was on time, professional yet personable. We highly recommend him to anyone planning a wedding!
Briggs' WeddingsBriggs' Weddings
Kelynn C.
Devine Matrimony provided outstanding Officiant duties during unprecedented circumstances. Elecktra’s professionalism and flexibility helped us in performing our vows in the most suitable way possible. Look no further for a caring person that is dedicated to officiating your wedding or vows ceremony to the highest professional and caring standard.
Electra B.Electra B.
Colen b.
It was an honor and pleasure to allow Elena to handle our wedding procession. She handled It with grace an kindness as well as professionally. I would recommend anyone looking for a Great officiant to hire her . YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Elena Marquetti-AliElena Marquetti-Ali
Judenie G.
I had the pleasure of working with Elena, and it was the best decision ever. She is very responsive and knowledgeable; she recommends a few locations for our small wedding, shows up on time, and very patient when the wedding ran a little behind. I wish I could give her 100 ⭐️⭐️⭐️. Thank you for officiating our wedding, We had a wonderful time, and BTW you have an angelic voice.
Elena Marquetti-AliElena Marquetti-Ali
Jessica S.
Steffy answered my request within 5 min of shopping for an officiant. I wanted a same day wedding, and she delivered. We even had to change venues due to rain, and she happily obliged. She was on time, patient, and performed a beautiful ceremony.
Binding Ties Nuptials by Officiant SteffyBinding Ties Nuptials by Officiant Steffy
Taylor M.
Dale Briggs is an awesome wedding officiant. He was very professional, friendly, and helpful! He showed up to our rehearsal and helped organize it. He also let us fill out a questionnaire about each other and neatly tied it into our ceremony. We couldn’t be happier with his wedding services. I would definitely recommend him to our friends and family. Thanks again!
Briggs' WeddingsBriggs' Weddings
Monika D.
Sharon is an amazing wedding officiant. She is not only very professional, but extremely kind, responsive and goes above and beyond to ensure our wedding is everything we ever wanted. We had a few special requests from Sharon and she was more than happy to accomodate us. I will recommend Sharon to everyone in a heart beat. Thank you for being a part of our special day, Sharon!
Sharon ViibergSharon Viiberg
Megan M.
We found Jenna to officiate our wedding through Thumbtack and I am so glad we did. She was very professional and friendly. She offered advice and help where needed but still made sure it was the way we wanted it. I highly recommend her services.
Jenna, Minister ,Reiki Master & TeacherJenna, Minister ,Reiki Master & Teacher
Kyle W.
Mike was a kind, gracious, and incredibly professional officiant. He was personable, outgoing, and has the warmest demeanor. Mike went above and beyond to make the ceremony feel personal and unique. He did a fantastic job. After meeting with Mike before the wedding and through our conversations, it felt as though Mike was an extension of our family. Everyone commented on what a great ceremony he conducted. I highly recommend Mike to anyone looking for an intelligent, charismatic, and loving officiant. Couldn't be happier. Thanks Mike! You are a beautiful soul.
Michael T. RaeMichael T. Rae
Thumbtack Customer
We had the pleasure of Pastor Mangus being our officiant at our very intimate wedding. We absolutely LOVED the Christian ceremony he performed for us and the professionalism with which he performed it. I have no reservations recommending him for your needs..you will not be disappointed! Linda and Randy
Summit Wedding ServicesSummit Wedding Services
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Lacinak nade my daughter's wedding special. He and his wife were excellent to work with and went above and beyond to make her day everything she wanted it to be. He was dynamic with the service and knew many different denominations and made the service part of our Catholic religion. I would recommend him to anyone that is looking of an officiant for their wedding. Thank Rev, Lacinak and Barb for making everything what my daughter wanted!
Rt. Reverend Joseph Lacinak, VicarRt. Reverend Joseph Lacinak, Vicar
Thumbtack Customer
Robert officiated at our wedding on Nov.18th 2014. I could not have asked for a better ceremony. He was on time, very professional, and was above and beyond my expectations. I highly reccomend him and HAVE to a few of my friends that are getting married this summer. Everyone that attended our ceremony commented that he was fun yet professional.
Ceremonies by RobertCeremonies by Robert
Thumbtack Customer
Working with Karen Shepard was wonderful. She was one of the first officiants to respond to my request, and was very professional. She had a great attitude and personality to match. Her rate was very reasonable and she was available for both the rehearsal and ceremony. It made such a difference because the wedding was so last minute. Thank You very much Ms. Karen and I would highly recommend her to anyone else for her services.
KRS Wedding ConnectionKRS Wedding Connection
LeoLady W.
I want to thank Dominique for officiating my wedding last minute with many difficult changes throughout the way I really really really enjoyed the entire ceremony she is very professional prompt she was very awesome just awesome awesome and we will be calling her in the future when we renew our vows and I highly recommend Dominique and her services thank you very much Dominique.
Sugar Tree EventsSugar Tree Events
Orlando L.
The whole experience was an excellent one from start to finish. We chose Sharon to do our wedding vow renewal and she was so responsive and walked us through the whole process; sharing with us her thoughts and her past experiences. Thank you Sharon, for making our special day such a memorable one. If your looking for a professional, responsive and on time officiant; Sharon is is the one, I highly recommend her.
Sharon ViibergSharon Viiberg
Kimberlie A.
My husband and I were married August 7th, 2020, Steffy was wonderful every step of the way. She felt more like family then just an officiant, she was kind, warm, and caring. The word Steff spoke at our wedding touched not only my husband and I but our entire family. I say from my heart she is the best and I will be passing her name and number to those who plan on getting married. Thanks so much Steffy!!!!!!!
Binding Ties Nuptials by Officiant SteffyBinding Ties Nuptials by Officiant Steffy
Asia H.
Chaplain Steve was much more than we could have imagined. He took what he does very professionally and passionately. He travelled 2hours to us and was even there before we were and above all he was truly a man of God. Very trusting and trustworthy. He was very fun and put us at ease. A very memorable ceremony and he is always going to be a big part of our conversation of that day. We are grateful for him and would recommend him to anyone who is looking for an EXCELLENT officiant for their ceremony and large weddings. Just brilliant!!!
Chaplain SteveChaplain Steve
Thumbtack Customer
Robert married my fiance and I yesterday in a very special open sky ceremony on the top of the Met hotel in downtown Cleveland. Every interaction I had with Robert leading up to the wedding very much put me at ease. He made a point to personalize the ceremony for us, arrived early at the venue, and even talked to our catering manager to make sure everything was set up correctly for us. I recommend him highly to anyone getting married. He's the best there is in officiants! Thank you so much Robert! Best, Kelly and Tim
Ceremonies by RobertCeremonies by Robert
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