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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.

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 Center City wedding officiants
Irma R.
We love our ceremony. James is an excellent wedding officiant. He was always available for us.
Memories by McCuskerMemories by McCusker
Tamika D.
I've decided to choose Mr. Zavala to officiate my summer outdoor wedding. His response time is superb and he is very professional. He provided my wedding script and its was very lovely! Looking forward to the big day and for Mr. Zavala to officiate. I certainly recommend! 😊
David E. Zavala:  2hearts 2gether 4everDavid E. Zavala: 2hearts 2gether 4ever
Rom R.
I needed a wedding officiant for my wedding which was scheduled on 10/28/18. The first time I spoke with Lindsey, I knew she was the one I wanted. She was really sweet, and had great positive energy. She was great with keeping in touch and was very professional. She made me feel comfortable and less stressed about he whole ordeal. She did a great job officiating our wedding. I loved the wedding script she prepared and everything was perfect!
Philly’s Wedding OfficiantPhilly’s Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Galliano was great! My husband and I were looking for a civil wedding officiant, rev. Galliano was very professional and the vows were absolutely beautiful! I would recommend her!
LoveSong WeddingsLoveSong Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Taya was a god-send! Our other officiant (Stacy from Liberty Weddings) never responded to our calls and emails the week before the wedding so we were forced to look for another officiant. We went on Thumbtack the night before our wedding and Taya responded immediately! We had the ceremony already written so she didn't have to do much, but she was so friendly and accommodating. I wish we would have dealt with her from the beginning. We could feel her sincerity and genuine concern for our big day. She was presentable and professional. Check out her reviews on yelp - she has over a hundred and they are all good. This is what you need to look for when considering an officiant. I would recommend Taya to anyone and everyone! Thank you, Taya, for saving our day!!
Altared Vows by TayaAltared Vows by Taya
Xingpei Z.
Thanks to Dave and his nice wife! Dave touched everyone in our wedding. Also he made a lot of fun to help I and my husband relax. I will recommend him to others who need an officiant.
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Cori l.
Lynda was amazing with every part of our wedding ceremony. We could not have picked a more amazing wedding officiant. She was very professional, even put in a special poem in memory of my father. Me and Danny greatly appreciate every word she said during the ceremony, it was the perfect day and she played a huge part in that.
Ceremonies By LyndaCeremonies By Lynda
Marietta V.
Although my daughter wedding is not until August 2018. I can say presentation along with the first initial contact mean everything. Chris is definitely all the above and I find her to be very honest and compassionate about her profession and I truly look forward to her officiating my daughter’s upcoming wedding. P.Scott
Chris McGuigan, Wedding OfficiantChris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Mrs. Storey is an excellent officiant. She was very prompt and gracious. The ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt. Everyone commented on how it seemed that she knew my daughter and her husband. I highly recommend Mrs. Storey for anyone that is looking for a special, heartfelt wedding ceremony.
MilestonesMilestones
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks Sareeta and your Husband at Tie The Knot Wedding. Thank you so much on coming through on our Wedding ceremony. We greatly appreciated you and your husband for celebrating and witnessing the love Elston and I for one another. If anyone looking for an officiant. Sarta will do a wonderful job. Everything I asked she was on point!! Thanks again, Mr. & Mrs. Davis
Tie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment OfficiatingTie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment Officiating
Jennifer F.
David was so awesome! He listened to what my husband and I wanted and tailored everything to meet our needs. He did and awesome job at our wedding! We could not have been happier. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant.
David E. Zavala:  2hearts 2gether 4everDavid E. Zavala: 2hearts 2gether 4ever
Daniel B.
I just noticed that my review got deleted the first time I posted it BUT I'm going to the effort of writing it again, let this be a testament to how good One Love Weddings was! Its fair to say that Julia and I were not the most organised of wedding planners and our wedding day was a slightly chaotic, but that did not stop Dave being the most professional, calm and patient Officiant we could have hoped for. The role Dave and his wife played in our day was so important - the Officiant sets the tone of the whole ceremony and Dave's choice of words were just right and he delivered them perfectly. We were feeling the stress of getting friends and family to the venue but despite that and a delayed start, the moment Dave began the ceremony everything fell into place, we forgot about everyone else, and we focused on the ritual of our wedding. In short, Dave and Katie were really supportive and contributed massively to the success of our day. We're really happy with our choice to work with One Love Weddings and Dave and Katie.
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Tracy n.
Dave is a great officiant to work with! He was very helpful when it came to figuring out what to do for a quick and fast wedding ceremony and very understanding! I definitely recommend him for your personal day for his professionalism, punctuality and overall great service helping me and my fiancee finish the marriage process!
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Thumbtack Customer
I thought Lori did a fantastic job. We weren't able to meet in person until right before the wedding but she did a wonderful job with the ceremony. I don't think anyone could've guessed that we had only met that day! I couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Thank you Lori!
Lori Gersh, Wedding Officiant/Spiritual MinisterLori Gersh, Wedding Officiant/Spiritual Minister
Scheneider S.
My wife and I want to thank you Mr. Derrick Bean for making our day fantastic and our wedding ceremony absolutely beautiful. Besides his great personality, he's punctual, responsible. He deserves a lot of credit for a perfectly executed service. He was very flexible, kind and willing to marry us. We were fully satisfied and we couldn't have asked for more. We highly recommend him to anyone who's looking for an officiant for their wedding.
Derrick Bean, Wedding Officiant/CounselingDerrick Bean, Wedding Officiant/Counseling
Katherine p.
Mr Bean and his wonderful wife; attended and officiated our wedding this evening. They were professional, supportive and spoke beautifully about the love they share with each other. Derrick conducted an elegant and romantic service in my back yard. He was very present and my whole family enjoyed his company. I highly recommend! PS, if you book this man, send him home with some sweets, it was much appreciated Thank you Derrick for making our cancelled wedding PERFECT
Derrick Bean, Wedding Officiant/CounselingDerrick Bean, Wedding Officiant/Counseling
Susan R.
Dave was our officiant this weekend for our wedding. My husband and I are of mixed faiths. Dave was very patient and helpful with assisting us to create the service that we wanted. I would highly recommended him to anyone seeking to be married. He and his wife Katie are lovely. Don't hesitate to hire him. Susan Rose
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Thumbtack Customer
David was awesome!!!!The week before our wedding we could not get in contact with the chapel that was supposed to marry us. In a pinch we crossed our fingers and decided to search for a officiant online the day before. We found David Turner and the rest is history. Besides his great personality he was very flexible and willing to marry us the next day.David was very kind along side his wife and made my day fantastic. He saved our wedding!!!!!!!
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Jamie M.
My fiance and I were faced with the challenge of moving our wedding date up to accomodate his very ill parents. It was super important for his parents to be there for our wedding day, but their health was failing......BOTH of them at the same time. We decided to forego the traditional "big family wedding" and opted for an intimate, immediate "family only" ceremony in the matter of weeks. Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but having to put EVERYTHING together in a few weeks is almost impossible. I was looking for a wedding officiant who was flexible, organized, competent and most of all, had a warm and welcoming sense of humor. The Men In Black exceeded all of those expectations beyond our wildest imagination. They were responsive from the first inquiry, and from there, it was flawless.......Absolutely SUPER ORGANIZED......NO MATTER WHAT DENOMINATION OR FAITH YOU PRACTICE, MEN IN BLACK CAN AND WILL ACCOMODATE YOU. I was so hesitatant about shying away from the "the traditional church wedding", but time was not on our side. The MEN IN BLACK were a God sent.....I cannot thank them enough for their professional service, quality of ceremony and amazing communication throughout. If you are looking for an officiant, please.....LOOK NO MORE.....THE MEN IN BLACK ARE EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. Congrats on your big day!!!! You have enough to worry about.....Let the Men In Black do what they do best!!!!!!
Men In Black OfficiantsMen In Black Officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Charlene was qualified and helpful for officiating our marriage in Philadelphia, PA. She talked to us on Skype several times to answer various questions before the wedding and did a good job at the wedding itself. We would give her 5 stars except that she slightly messed up the vow's wording. Still, It was nice to have a non-religious wedding performed, and the court accepted it with no problems. Also her Husband showed up unexpectedly and took some very nice pictures for us. Charlene's fee is much more reasonable than the overpriced and questionably legal internet ministries we search for. We'd highly recommend her to any other couple looking to get married.
MilestonesMilestones
Catherine H.
We had Michael and Ken officiate at my daughter’s 8/31/18 wedding in Philadelphia. This was an out-of-state wedding and there were numerous details to take care of. Ken was so helpful and super quick to respond to questions and provide feedback on the wedding script. They provided helpful suggestions for wedding readings and music selections. It greatly simplified what could have been an overwhelming process. Michael and Ken also provided invaluable advice during the rehearsal, putting my daughter and future son-in-law at ease. The ceremony was beautiful, they crafted such a personal, specifically designed one for them. They interwove some humorous elements that helped them to relax and enjoy the ceremony. They were so friendly and engaging, our guests told us repeatedly how much they enjoyed the ceremony and speaking to them at the reception. Selecting Michael and Ken was the smartest thing I did during the wedding planning process.
Men In Black OfficiantsMen In Black Officiants
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I feel so blessed to have found Chris as our officiant. She made a trip to see me and explain the process, her ceremony was beautiful and she was very professional. Chris made me feel very comfortable with the entire process. I would recommend chris for anyone. Our wedding was very small, simple and very family oriented. We decided not to have it religious and she made it very accomodating. Thanks again, Chris!
Chris McGuigan, Wedding OfficiantChris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Rev. Lisa to perform our non-religious wedding ceremony based on her genuine and candid attitude, her flexibility to work with us to create the ceremony we wanted, and most importantly her easy-going nature. We met with her in person before hiring her as our officiant and found her to be a great match for us, then worked with her via email to create the script for our “short and sweet” ceremony. On our wedding day, Rev. Lisa was prompt and flexible as we went through last-minute preparations, but seemed to have no recollection of our initial in-person meeting. The ceremony itself went smoothly, but did not closely follow the script we had written, causing my now-husband and I to ad-lib our way through parts of the ceremony and vows. Overall, though, we were satisfied with our selection.
Reverend Lisa BruecksReverend Lisa Bruecks
Thumbtack Customer
From the very beginning John was very helpful, kind and sincere. Within the first hour of posting our officiant search on Thumbtack, John was the first to respond. He replied to our emails and addressed all of our questions and concerns quickly. I really appreciate how he seeks the input of the couple to customize his words to fit the occasion. John performed our rooftop New Years Eve wedding ceremony not once complaining of the chill in the air or lack of microphone. The tone of his voice is perfect and his delivery is eloquent and moving. I couldn't picture our special day without John!! A thousand times THANK YOU!!!
Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...
Thumbtack Customer
Rita did a great job officiating our wedding. She met with us in person for our initial meeting and for our second meeting weeks before the wedding she opted to do a skype meeting. We had gone over the flow and outline of the ceremony and she had us type out and send the outline to her so we were on the same page. But the day of the flow was a little out of order from what we wanted. It didn't affect anything in the grand scheme of things, only me and the groom noticed. One other small incident was that the marriage license was sent without the city and state of where we were married so the county borough was trying to call us while we were overseas on our honeymoon. Overall, I would hire her again. She made the ceremony warm and she has a great speaking voice. She used information from our first meeting and incorporated it in to the ceremony.. Everything turned out really well :)
Tie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment OfficiatingTie the Knot: Wedding & Commitment Officiating
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