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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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 Portland 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
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!
Honalee Forest Wedding ServicesHonalee Forest Wedding Services
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
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
Rubaina M.
Marcel was amazing with all our needs. He was responsive, punctual and had a great attitude through out. He was happy to drive to the location we wanted him to and was there before time. Highly recommend Marcel if you are in need of a wedding officiant.
Marcel LucienMarcel Lucien
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
Daniele M.
When we first met with Ernie, he was a good vibe. Very welcoming, so patient and kind. My husband and I felt comfortable sharing our story and just having a conversation with him about our wedding. He did not disappoint at all. Ernie was quick to respond, and was so generous to help us if we needed to the best of his knowledge. You will not go wrong in choosing him to be your wedding officiant or guest speaker. So grateful we came across his profile. If you are looking for a wedding officiant or guest speaker, he’s the man! Ernie, thank you for making the best day of our lives memorable. You definitely delivered our love story so beautifully.
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
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
Vivian B.
Couldn't have asked for a better service at our small wedding. Ernie helped us every step of the way. We felt heard, seen and cared for. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I would very much recommend Ernie as your Officiant.
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Lucia L.
Gabriel was the perfect officiant for us at our wedding. It was hectic at the beginning, but Gabriel tried to keep me as calm as possible and in the end everything went perfect. Gabriel worked quickly and efficiently with us as we were in a time crunch, and we would definitely recommend him for pretty much everyone that would like to get married.
Honalee Forest Wedding ServicesHonalee Forest Wedding Services
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.
Weddings With PaulWeddings 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
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 — Weddings and Spiritual CareLift the Veil — Weddings and Spiritual Care
Michaela C.
My experience with Gabriel was nothing short of perfect. The night before my wedding, my officiant cancelled and said he was not able to make it. In less than 24 hours from reaching out, Gabriel not only accepted the job on short notice, but he even created a lovely, personalized ceremony script for me and my new husband. If you’re on the fence about hiring Gabriel, this is your sign! The highest of recommendation!
Honalee Forest Wedding ServicesHonalee Forest Wedding Services
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
Annelise T.
For some reason choosing a wedding officiant was the toughest part of the planning process for us. We kept pushing the decision off until the day was getting pretty close. When we met Tom, we knew immediately just from his warm smile and energy that we found the one. Tom put together a beautiful ceremony for us that all our guests were very impressed with. Even though there were a few obstacles- rain diring our outdoor wedding and a very loud crowd of hotel guests that he had to talk over- he faced them with grace and humor and made the ceremony seamless and beautiful. It couldn't have gone better. Thank you Tom for making our day so wonderful! Our guests are still talking about how great he was.
Creative Wedding OfficiantCreative Wedding Officiant
Rickeisha F.
William and I found Reverend Deshna really close to our wedding date October 10, 2020 as all of our previous plans had to change due to the global pandemic. With many interviews scheduled, we were stressed with the re-planning of our entire wedding. Reverend Deshna was kind, patient and communicated with us thoroughly. William and I were very pleased and felt immense comfort during our entire process. We felt peace and a sense of direction finally! Reverend Deshna helped us through the entire process from marriage license to I do. This was very helpful to us. On our wedding day; Reverend Deshna was very accommodating, understanding and highly professional. Reverend Deshna curated and created our ceremony wording through questions answered previously through our interview process. Our guest, William and I were blown away with how beautifully she spoke during our ceremony. Reverend Deshna was soft spoken but heard, thoughtful and charismatic. We will never forget her words! William and I are incredibly grateful we got to have Reverend Deshna officiant our wedding ceremony. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND her to any couple wanting to tie the knot with the love of their lives!!! She was wonderful to work with from start to finish. Thank you Reverend Deshna, we very much appreciate you!!!
Lift the Veil — Weddings and Spiritual CareLift the Veil — Weddings and Spiritual Care
Stephen A.
Our officiant, Cathi, was everything we hoped for and more...our elopement was quite sudden; we decided on April 5th to get a marriage license and to get married on April 11, a day of deep significance to both of us. It seemed we might miss our April 11 target date as we began looking for someone to speak the words over us...either an officiant was booked that day or they didn’t share the Christian values we both needed to see in the person responsible for leading us in forging a covenant between my wife, myself, and our Father in heaven. We did quite a bit of praying, and we saw all our prayers answered, and we are both certain that Cathi is one of God’s miracles because as our officiant she was absolutely perfect! The spirit of solemnity with which she conducted our ceremony was lightened beautifully by the obvious and very genuine joyousness of her spirit. We are very grateful to Cathi for making our day more wonderful than we had expected, and for not only taking us on at extremely short notice but for her extra efforts and involvement in helping us with ideas for writing personal vows, for offering potential ceremony venues, and for giving us a wide variety of ceremonies to chose from or to borrow from if we chose to create our own. She was also accommodating with her modest fee, which, in our opinion, was well below her value. We would recommend Cathi and Weddings by Divine Design to anyone! Thank you very much! Sincerely, Steve and Kimberly
Wedding by Divine DesignWedding by Divine Design
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