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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.

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.

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 Lancaster wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Mike was an absolute pleasure to work with for my September 5, 2015 wedding. Coming from a non-religious background and unique family situation, it was a little scary looking for a wedding officiant. Pastor Mike was extremely respectful, responsive, and affordable. He listened to all of my feedback - on top of the entire wedding party giving him kudos for his personality and easy going nature. I 100% recommend him!
Pastor Mike's Wedding OfficiatingPastor Mike's Wedding Officiating
Shelby S.
John officiated our wedding and we had a blast! He is very responsive and a great people person, very professional as well. Everyone who spoke with him had great things to say. I would highly recommend him!
Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Moore was the officiant at our Wedding on August 9, 2014. His sermon/talk was excellent! The bible texts he used and the application he gave to it was heartfelt, enthusiastic, motivating and well spoken. We couldn't have made a better choice. THANK YOU
Pastor Rich MoorePastor Rich Moore
Thumbtack Customer
Hi Cheryl, I'm sorry but I can't figure out how to contact you through Thumbtack. Could you possibly email me at I am very interested in having you officiate my wedding in May 2016. Best, Natalie
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Marti S.
Reverend Harding is simply the best! My husband and I are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Reverend Harding to get to know him as our officiant. He helped put our nerves at ease and was pleasant and friendly to work with. He also has a great sense of humor, which complimented our wedding party well. He is wonderful to work with, and we highly recommend him for your wedding!
"Your Special Day" Weddings"Your Special Day" Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Mike was so personable and professional. Mike officiated our wedding on 6.14.15 and we could not have been happier. He did a very heartfelt and excellent job, helping us along the way, from our first meeting, rehearsal and throughout the ceremony. Thank you, Mike!!
Pastor Mike's Wedding OfficiatingPastor Mike's Wedding Officiating
Isary D.
Pastor Rich set the tone for our wedding day. He was amazing. The ceremony was traditional, Christian based and perfect in every way. We can not Express how wonderful it was to have Pastor Rich officiate our wedding. Our family and friends are still talking about what a great job he did. If you want your wedding ceremony to have that extra special touch, you need to call Pastor Rich. Again, a million thank yous, from Mr and Mrs Plaza.
Pastor Rich MoorePastor Rich Moore
Kimberly N.
If you’re looking for an officiant for your wedding, Pastor Bob Sim is definitely the ONE! Big or small wedding, he is the perfect fit. First off, he finds a way to respond very quickly and his communication is fantastic. He does an amazing job making you feel relaxed and comfortable throughout the process. We met him for the first time on the wedding day, since our wedding was very small and intimate and it felt like we had already met him before. Pastor Bob did an awesome job explaining the process prior to the special day so I felt at ease. Overall, it was such a great experience. Thank you Pastor Bob!!!!
Robert W Sim PastorRobert W Sim Pastor
Thumbtack Customer
We got married at Lauxmont Farms in Wrightsville on June 27th 2015. Cheryl had contacted me shortly after we put our search for an officiant on Thumbtack. After meeting with her at a location that was very convenient for us, we knew she was the one. She was very outgoing and kind during our meeting and she got right down to business. Her pricing was affordable and she did everything the way we wanted. She even did extensive research for our unity ceremony, which was a love lock. Even though this type of ceremony is unique and not heard of very often, she was able to do enough research and was able to write something beautiful to say during the ceremony. She was quick to get in contact with me when we were discussing the ceremony and she was very flexible with meetings and during our wedding day. I would definitely recommend her for officiating anyones wedding.
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Richard Harding was incredible! He brought humor, passion, and honesty to our wedding ceremony - exactly what we were looking for! He worked with us to completely customize our ceremony script, allowed us to incorporate family members as speakers, and punctual to our meeting, rehearsal and ceremony. If you're looking for someone to officiate your special day - you won't regret working with Reverend Richard!
"Your Special Day" Weddings"Your Special Day" Weddings
Allison M.
Pastor Richard was beyond incredible! As soon as we met him, it felt like we had known him for years. We had a meeting about six months before the wedding to meet each other and go over what we would like for the ceremony. We knew at that meeting it was fate that we had found him! He contacted us several times leading up to the wedding making sure everything was going well. He attended our rehearsal and put any worries or nerves about the ceremony at ease. The day of the wedding, he was beyond gracious. The ceremony was so personal. Everything was heartfelt and he even added his witty charm into the ceremony. We cannot recommend Pastor Richard enough! He is a lovely soul and we are so happy we not only found an officiant, but found a friend.
"Your Special Day" Weddings"Your Special Day" Weddings
Gissellie O.
My name is Gissellie and my husband and I took on the difficult task of celebrating a wedding during a pandemic. The search for vendors across the board was rather challenging especially when you want to explore options to ensure you get the best person for the job. I had reached out to many wedding officiants before I landed on the right one. From the first message right up to and including the day of our ceremony, Minister Troy was a wonderful professional and super easy to work with. He made it a point to learn about my husband and I as both individuals and as a couple before anything. He tuned into exactly the type of ceremony we wanted and helped make it a moment that we will never forget. The ceremony was personalized, fun, spiritual, and filled to the brim with love and emotion. Minister Troy helped to keep us centered and focused with the least amount of pressure and was extremely helpful throughout the entire process. He maintained constant communication and answered my messages in a timely manner, kept me updated at every step, and made me feel at ease. My husband and I will be forever grateful to Minister Troy for making our special day purely unforgettable!
Minister Troy Manmiller (ULC)Minister Troy Manmiller (ULC)
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