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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 Tulsa wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Elise Wilson officiated at my wedding recently. She was wonderful. My husband and I wanted a humorous ceremony and she embraced it. I couldn't have asked for a better wedding officiant.
Reverend Elise WilsonReverend Elise Wilson
Mireille M.
She is amazing ! I really enjoyed her being my officiant at my wedding
Green Country Wedding MinisterGreen Country Wedding Minister
Brandy T.
I am so glad that I was able to find Cathy on here. My officiant canceled on me just a few days before my wedding. Cathy was fast to answer and helped make my wedding perfect. I will be recommending her to anyone that asks me about an officiant. Thank you so much for all you did!
Green Country Wedding MinisterGreen Country Wedding Minister
Brian W.
Alexis was a wonderful officiant at our wedding. We had about 60 guests at the wedding. Her delivery of the ceremony was so smooth, that she put us right at ease. I can't recommend her enough.
Weddings by Alexis  Wedding Officiant & PlannerWeddings by Alexis Wedding Officiant & Planner
Thumbtack Customer
Diana made my wedding ceremony very easy for us. She was extremely nice, well prepared and on time for our services. We are absolutely thankful for her and could not have picked a better wedding officiant! I 100% recommend her!
I Pronounce YouI Pronounce You
Shari S.
Reverend Elise Wilson was an awesome selection for our wedding officiant! Not only was she responsive to our wedding questions, but she also went the extra mile to guide us with the process of living wills and even advised on how many copies of wedding licenses to obtain. Reverend Elise Wilson is the way to go!
Reverend Elise WilsonReverend Elise Wilson
Thumbtack Customer
Elise officiated my wedding and it was perfect! She did a great job with explaining everything and expertly calmed my nerves before the ceremony. So happy I found her!
Reverend Elise WilsonReverend Elise Wilson
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Diana officiated a ceremony, I coordinated as the wedding planner. Although this was her first same sex marriage ceremony she handled the ceremony with expertise and compassion for the union. It was a great experience for us all. She was on time and very professional!
I Pronounce YouI Pronounce You
Rachel J.
Deanna did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. We really enjoyed her warmth and the script she provided for vows said everything we wanted to say and more. We had a non religious ceremony, and if you are looking for the same I would definitely recommend Deanna!
Celebrations-Professional Wedding OfficiantCelebrations-Professional Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Elise was wonderful to work with. We had a very last minute wedding and she arrived all smiles and ready to go. She made sure certain things were said that we requested and her actual ceremony delivery was beautiful. Definitely recommend her. We loved her as our officiant - she was fabulous.
Reverend Elise WilsonReverend Elise Wilson
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Steven Griffith officiated our wedding beautifully, with the perfect balance between humor and sensitivity. We received several compliments and comments: "where did you find the minister?!" He was a great fit to complete my husband and I becoming one. Pastor did our pre-marital counseling, as well. This is where we met his other half that compliments and completes him so well; his wife Ms. Valerie. She was such a joy. They are both exceptional and I'm grateful that we were led to them.
Griffith's MinistriesGriffith's Ministries
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