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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 Philadelphia wedding officiants
Joseph W.
Great wedding officiant.
Brandy's BlessingsBrandy's Blessings
John W.
Chris is awesome was fun having her officiate my wedding
Chris McGuigan, Wedding OfficiantChris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant
Deena S.
Great experience with Dave officiating our wedding. Would recommend!
One Love Weddings by DaveOne Love Weddings by Dave
Irma R.
We love our ceremony. James is an excellent wedding officiant. He was always available for us.
Memories by McCuskerMemories by McCusker
Kenyon W.
As my Wedding Officiant, Minister Derrick was very courteous & went over every detail of the process
Minister Derrick Bean, Wedding OfficiantMinister Derrick Bean, Wedding Officiant
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
Morgan N.
Lindsey was amazing as our wedding officiant!She took the time to meet with us in person before we officially booked her to make sure we were all a good fit. She did a great job officiating and our family & guests loved her too. I highly recommend!
Philly’s Wedding OfficiantPhilly’s Wedding Officiant
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
Angelica Z.
Amazing wedding officiant! Brilliant job! Brandy did everything as we wanted and even better. Our gratitude to this wonderful woman is out of bounds
Brandy's BlessingsBrandy's Blessings
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
Samantha R.
Working with Rob was just amazing! He kept the whole ceremony fun and focused on the love and family aspect of our wedding which is exactly what we wanted. I couldn’t have imagined a better officiant :)
Rob Mustachi Wedding OfficiantRob Mustachi Wedding Officiant
Alaina C.
Don't hesitate to hire Brandy to officiate your wedding because she was absolutely amazing. All questions were answered quickly and Brandy helped with organizing our ceremony which took a lot of pressure off of us. She was a joy to work with and her readings for our ceremony were perfect. It was nice to have someone so down to earth and funny officiate our wedding. Her words of wisdom for entering a marriage is something my husband and I will cherish forever. I'm so grateful we found her. Thanks again for everything!!!
Brandy's BlessingsBrandy's Blessings
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
Joe L.
From our first conversation, we knew we’d made the right choice in selecting Chris to officiate our wedding. Chris listened to our vision for a non-religious, less than traditional wedding ceremony and wrote a beautiful ceremony for us. On the day of the wedding, she was punctual, calming and performed the ceremony with grace and professionalism. 10/10, would work with Chris again, but hopefully won’t need to. :)
Chris McGuigan, Wedding OfficiantChris McGuigan, Wedding Officiant
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
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
Titilope c.
I was skeptical about hiring an officiant online for my small wedding. When I post the project 2 officiant contacted me here and 2 others on another platform but I decided to go with Denise because of her simplicity with her first message. And boom when we talked on the phone, she was conversing like we have known each other for years. She didn't even ask about her payment 😄. So days to my wedding anxiety set in and boom I got a message from Denise to check on me, guess thats her routine 👍 and she keeps checking on me till the last minute before we got wedded by her. Her gentleness and composure are out of this world. Thanks Denise for blessing my wedding. PS we are even in different state and she made it on time. My family loves you Denise. ❤
Denise BennettDenise Bennett
Traci R.
Brandy was amazing and helped me out of a pinch. I am the owner of Wedding Kiss Ballroom and also a Wedding officiant. I had to go out of town at the last minute Brandys Blessings to my rescue. She was super responsive, professional and over all AMAZING! My clients were happy and my team loved working with her. Brandy you truly were a BLESSING... Thank You!!!
Brandy's BlessingsBrandy's Blessings
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
Meg & Mike S.
We had a wonderful experience with Tysha as our officiant! She is such a sweet person and working with her was an absolute pleasure! Even with the rain on our wedding day, she worked through it like a pro and helped make our day the best it could be. We appreciated Tysha listening to what we wanted including in the officiant script and she was very accommodating and willing to make changes as necessary. Would highly recommend and we would definitely recommend her to our friends and family who are planning to get married!
Under the Mistletoe Wedding OfficiantsUnder the Mistletoe Wedding Officiants
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
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
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
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