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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 Milwaukie wedding officiants
Nathan S.
Ernie did an amazing job as the officiant at our wedding. The ceremony was perfect and his communication and help leading up to the wedding was great!
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Thumbtack Customer
Loretta was the officiant for my wedding last weekend, she was super polite and helpful, very reliable, and just nice all around. I definitely recommend her as an officiant.
Loretta Rossini, Wedding OfficiantLoretta Rossini, Wedding Officiant
Aaron H.
Very good Officiant. Even gave us a huge discount because of small size of our wedding.
Magical Event ServicesMagical Event Services
Chenyang L.
Terry is very patient and professional, we had a wonderful experience with him, I'd like to recommend to anyone need a wedding official
Dignity WeddingsDignity Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie was the officiant at our December wedding. He was awesome. He was professional, prompt, warm and a great communicator. Our sincerest thanks.
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
We couldn’t be happier with Gabriel. He customized our ceremony and made it a special experience. We’re very grateful he officiated our wedding!
Heart Wedding ServicesHeart Wedding Services
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Turino officiated our wedding and was wonderful. He was very friendly and did an amazing job on our ceremony. We definitely recommend him.
Jon Turino, Wedding OfficiantJon Turino, Wedding Officiant
Shawn L.
Cathi is a very thoughtful and experienced wedding officiant. She give us a lot of advice and also flexible to many requests during this difficult time. She performed our wedding professionally with her touching speech. We had a wonderful and memorable wedding. Thank you Cathi.
Wedding by Divine DesignWedding by Divine Design
Teri S.
Blissful Oak Wedding services was everything I was looking for in a wedding officiant. Teri was able to accommodate our needs on very short notice, and delivered a professional and peaceful experience to our elopement. Very pleased and highly recommend if you are looking for this service.
Blissful Oath Wedding ServicesBlissful Oath Wedding Services
Thumbtack Customer
Loretta was my wedding officiant for our wedding at Oaks Park in Sellwood, she was great from the very first impression. She wrote us a kind message, expressing interest in officiating our wedding, we met up for coffee to explain the type of ceremony we wanted and she was friendly, punctual and attentive. The months leading up to the ceremony she was available for communication about the vows and was quick and friendly with each interaction. The day of the wedding she was there early. The ceremony only took ten minutes or less, and she hung around patiently while tears were shed and hugs were given. Very sweet and personable woman, highly recommend Loretta for a fun wedding!
Loretta Rossini, Wedding OfficiantLoretta Rossini, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie will be officiating our wedding in July. He was very accommodating to my schedule for a meet to discuss details. He was also very professional and was a huge help in getting me to understand the process.
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Thumbtack Customer
Loretta was a wonderful officiant for our wedding! She was warm, professional, flexible and easy to work with. She made both me and my husband feel relaxed and confident in the process- I would definitely recommend her.
Loretta Rossini, Wedding OfficiantLoretta Rossini, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
I had two major questions asked of me after our wedding reception... Where are we going on our honeymoon? and where did you find this guy?? Jerrad did an outstanding job, and we both could not have been more pleased with how he did! Days after the wedding in fact some of our wedding guests still mentioned Jerrad's performance (Even in the 100 degree heat!) It was important for me to have a younger, more energetic officiant, and we got exactly what we wanted! If you are looking for a sure bet on a great officiant, you will not be disappointed! Thanks again Jerrad for making our day even more special and memorable!
Jerrad LopesJerrad Lopes
Sarah s.
Many B was awesome. It was a true blessing having her officiate our wedding. She went out of her way to help us with photos, brought us a gift, and wore the shirt we made her. It was an amazing experience. Thanks Mandy.
Magical Event ServicesMagical Event Services
Kristen C.
My clients enjoyed working with Wedding by Divine. The only disappointed with their experience, was that she was over 15 minutes late to the ceremony. I think it's always a good idea to arrive at least 30 minutes early for a wedding, especially if you are officiating. Otherwise, she was professional and kind to work with leading up to their special day and did a good job in the actual ceremony.
Wedding by Divine DesignWedding by Divine Design
Thumbtack Customer
She did a wonderful job listening to the type of ceremony we wanted to do, and totally ran with it in a way so that most of the guests were very impressed. She filled in the blanks on areas we hadn't prepared or even really gave much thought. We strongly recommend her as a wedding officiant. Andre and Josiane.
Loretta Rossini, Wedding OfficiantLoretta Rossini, Wedding Officiant
Jason R.
Paul was great, we got lucky to find him via Thumbtack. We have met him and his wife once before the wedding and once at the wedding, they both are great. He interviewed me and my wife to get to know us better and he came up with a great story that he made a fantastic speech. I’m sure he has done a lot of work to put that together. We highly recommend Paul and he is the best. Again, we are so grateful to have Paul to officiate our wedding. Thank you so much.
A Storybook Wedding With PaulA Storybook Wedding With Paul
Thumbtack Customer
Tom was an incredible Officiant! He was great to work with, met with us as much as we needed, and gave us the guidance we needed to create a ceremony that was both special to us, and special for our family and guests. We really enjoyed working with him, and can confidently say he was one of the main factors of our wedding that made it as special as it was.
Creative Wedding OfficiantCreative Wedding Officiant
Jacqueline P.
Jon was SO INCREDIBLE! we absolutely loved having him as our officiant. So easy to communicate and get along with, he captured our vision, and worked with our needs and desires. He sent us a script of our wedding a couple weeks in advance in case we wanted to change or add anything, it was so helpful. WOULD RECOMMEND TO ALL COUPLES GETTING MARRIED!!!
Jon Turino, Wedding OfficiantJon Turino, Wedding Officiant
Yuliza R.
Deshna was an amazing wedding officiant and was well prepare. She makes everyone feel welcomed and has a heart warming vibe. She gave us the ceremony we were looking for and took the time getting to know my husband and I. She also arrived 15 minutes early to make sure everything was ready. It was a pleasure working with her, I highly recommend her!
Lift the Veil WeddingsLift the Veil Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Mike made us feel immediately at-ease. After having some very unfortunate luck trying to pin down a wedding officiant, we stumbled on Thumbtack and thus, Mike Ashland. What an amazing stroke of good fortune! Our families both commented on how nice it was getting to speak with him, and what an entertaining ceremony we had. The ceremony revealed our love for one another in a way that was honest and genuine, in our own words instead of a using a generic template. His communication was direct, clear, genuine, and prompt. He took the time to interact with the whole family, and to include everyone he could. His love for officiating is obvious: a calming demeanor, a wonderful sense of humor, a touch of the theatrical, and wide-eyed honesty combined to create a most memorable experience that made us laugh and cry. Valuable above and beyond any monetary price- this was an experience that money simply cannot buy and Mike made it as special as it could possibly be. Mike, you have our sincere thanks! If we ever need an officiant for other family celebrations or losses, we will certainly be coming to you to be there with us to officiate. Let us know when you are in town next!
I Now Pronounce You!I Now Pronounce You!
Alethea D.
David “Pastor Dude” made an immediate impression with his responsiveness to my inquiry and his experienced insight and connectivity. We were short on time and David mirrored our sense of urgency and pre-wedding jitters with calming, reassuring responses. He collected our wants, needs, and personal histories with a keen ear, and came prepared to guide us and our guests through one of the most meaningful ceremonies of our lives. David was gentle, joyful, and charismatic; he was significant in creating a beautiful, memorable ceremony, one that didn’t leave a dry eye in “the house”. Our small back yard wedding was the wedding of our dreams, and Pastor Dude helped make those dreams come true. We would recommend David to anyone looking for a thoughtful, well spoken officiant.
YourPastorDude's WeddingsYourPastorDude's Weddings
Abbey H.
Cathi was very sweet on the phone and a pleasure to talk to. She seemed like she would do a beautiful job and we were very excited to work with her. Unfortunately she was a no-show on our wedding day because she forgot. We were incredibly disappointed and had to have my matron of honor officiate at the last minute. Luckily she recently became a pastor and did a great job filling both roles!
Wedding by Divine DesignWedding by Divine Design
Thumbtack Customer
We chose River over other officiants we met with because she was the most personable. She listened well to everything that we wanted, did everything that we asked of her and helped make our wedding the most memorable event of our lives. She took the time to get to know us, as we did her and created a connection that many couples don't get from the person performing their ceremony. This has given us a friend for life and we couldn't have done it without her.
Rev. River Stone Wedding OfficiantRev. River Stone Wedding Officiant
Lauren G.
We had a great experience hiring Jon! I initially chose him because he seemed unbiased that our wedding was an elopement. He was patient with us despite it all being a last minute decision. He was very helpful and caring in making sure the verbiage was just right. He responded quickly with all emails, came early, and was very professional. During the ceremony he spoke loud and clear. He was very genuine in wishing us all the best. I would highly recommend Jon to officiate your special day!
Jon Turino, Wedding OfficiantJon Turino, Wedding Officiant
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