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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 Toledo wedding officiants
Tanya D.
Did an awesome job officiating my wedding
Pastor Jeffrey LavalettePastor Jeffrey Lavalette
Thumbtack Customer
Big Day Weddings really helped out us in a pinch when our officiant had a family emergency. We wish we could have gotten to talk to the officiant a little more before the actual wedding, but at the end of the day we got married, so we were happy :)
Your Big Day Weddings & EventsYour Big Day Weddings & Events
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Jeff did a great job officiating our daughters wedding. He was prompt, polite and made it personal for the kids! We would definitely recommend him.
Pastor Jeffrey LavalettePastor Jeffrey Lavalette
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Deb was the perfect choice for officiating our wedding, she was very helpful from the first contact, I felt like we bonded before the wedding and I'm sure she will remain a friend after the wedding, the service was perfect and we are so pleased that she was able to be part of our day, Pastor Deb is very caring and so helpful, she is very passionate about the work that she does, we felt very comfortable with her and I would recommend her to any loving couple, we are so grateful to her for the lovely heartfelt service.
Sharefellowship ChurchSharefellowship Church
Thumbtack Customer
Faythe did an outstanding job officiating our wedding. She contacted me repeatedly to make sure she was including everything that I wanted in our ceremony. She was on time and extremely professional. Both my husband & myself are very shy & were extremely nervous about being on display & she went out of her way to put us at ease. The entire ceremony was perfect!
Your Big Day Weddings & EventsYour Big Day Weddings & Events
Thumbtack Customer
If we could pack up and take Jeff with us for our ceremony in Colorado we would! He's amazing! We had a small commitment ceremony for family who couldn't come to our destination wedding. The flowers were beautiful, the music was perfect, but your Officiant is everything!!!! Jeff made the event a moment to talk about and remember for eternity. When the love dust settles, it won't be the cake and flowers that is reflected on as much as it will be the words spoken and designated as your vows. Jeff is amazing.
Pastor Jeffrey LavalettePastor Jeffrey Lavalette
John b.
I would 100% recommend Jeffrey. My husband and I wanted a simple ceremony with a few personal touches and he delivered on that. He was funny and kept everything lighthearted, which makes it even better for the audience. Jeffrey was able to come out for the ceremony and the rehearsal and was there early as he said he would be. I don't think we could have asked for a better officiant for our wedding and we truly thank him for helping to make our day special.
Pastor Jeffrey LavalettePastor Jeffrey Lavalette
Thumbtack Customer
Although we are not getting married until next year, my fiancée and I could not stop raving about Faythe after meeting with her. She is planning on officiating our ceremony next year and made us feel completely comfortable with planning a ceremony that is right for us. She gave us so many great suggestions for not only our ceremony but the wedding planning process altogether and we left our meeting with her very excited for our big day. Can't wait to work with her!!
Your Big Day Weddings & EventsYour Big Day Weddings & Events
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