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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 Pittsburgh wedding officiants
Morohunmubo I.
Happy he officiated my wedding. He was punctual and did his job so well.
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Thumbtack Customer
Steven officiated my wedding. Before the wedding he was accessible and accommodated all our wishes. As an officant he was just the right mix of light hearted and serious. He definitely earned a perfect rating.
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Rob N Jamie M.
Denise was amazing!!! Well spoken, professional, and very responsive!!! I couldn’t have asked for anyone better to officiate my wedding. Thank you so much.
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson
Megan K.
Steve did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. He was professional, kind, and used a unique ceremony and was willing to cater it to our needs in any way. Steve's calming presence was very welcomed on a stressful day and he guided us through the ceremony so that it all went perfectly. We received so many compliments on the ceremony that Steve did. I highly recommend Steve Zmigrosky to be your wedding officiant.
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Jenny Y.
Chaplain Steve did a fantastic job officiating my wedding with short notice. He was very kind and professional, and responded quickly! He made it a very special and sweet moment.
Chaplain SteveChaplain Steve
Chengcheng L.
Denise is awesome! My husband and I want to have the wedding down at a very urgent date. We have talked to couple of officients as and Denise offers the help with very short notice! She is wonderful and our wedding was fantastic. I would highly recommend she to my friends!
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson
Thumbtack Customer
Steve was great to work with - friendly and lots of experience. He provided great suggestions for the ceremony and worked with us to customize it to our liking. Overall we were very pleased to have him as the officiant at our wedding.
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Michael I.
Ed was the perfect choice! He officiated our wedding amidst very difficult circumstances, and I highly recommend him to anyone who is looking! His price was also unbeatable, and he tailored the ceremony to exactly what we wanted!
Pastor Ed RudigerPastor Ed Rudiger
Phyllis B.
Denise was wonderful! She arrived a little early and immediately put us at ease before our vows. We are so pleased Denise was able to officiate our wedding and celebrate with us. She is extremely kind and professional. You will be in good hands with Denise.
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson
Shirin K.
Chaplain steve was amazing He truly saved the day Our first wedding officiant never showed up and never answered the phone and chaplain Steve responded the same day and he even showed up early to assure us and keeps us at ease
Chaplain SteveChaplain Steve
Zach N.
He was great to work with! He was very attentive to my wife and I’s needs. We put together a very quick wedding and had only about a month beforehand with no officiant. He was able to step up for us. At the wedding he did his part perfectly going over everything he needed to say plus some humorous one liners here and there. I would recommend him to anyone. Whether your wedding is big or small, he’ll put forth 100% effort and care.
Rev. David R. SaylorRev. David R. Saylor
Cheryl S.
We feel so fortunate to have had Denise officiate at our wedding. She is very professional, reliable, friendly, caring and compassionate. Her calm and peaceful demeanor made our wedding a beautiful. She work us in on busy day due to our hectic schedules. We are very grateful and highly recommend her services. Her personal touch made all the difference. Thank you Denise!
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson
Rochelle M.
Our experience with Steven was wonderful! In our search for an officiant, he was quick to respond, provided very helpful information, and was able to accommodate all of our requests. Steven followed up with us twice prior to our wedding, making us feel comfortable and confident that everything would run smoothly. On the day of the wedding, things couldn’t have gone any smoother! Steven was punctual, handled the paperwork with the marriage license professionally, and delivered a beautiful ceremony that was very well rehearsed and tailored to our love story. Throughout our whole experience with Steven, it was apparent that he has a true passion for what he does and takes great pride in it. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant who will make their special day one to remember!
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Jason G.
On June 18 we found this website looking for an officiant for our wedding that was to take place on Friday, June 21 because the person who was supposed to officiate canceled on us last minute. Needless to say we were absolutely panicked. Pastor Rudiger responded to us within minutes saying he would love to officiate for us. We had a very small wedding in my husband‘s parents backyard and Pastor Rudiger made it such a beautiful and meaningful experience. He has a way of speaking that makes you less nervous and relaxed. The vows he wrote and the passages he chose couldn’t have been anymore perfect. He happily took pictures with us and gave us a lovely keepsake of the vows and passages he read printed out in a nice little booklet. He also makes an audio recording of the ceremony and uploads it to YouTube which is wonderful. For less than three days notice I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it couldn’t have been any more perfect. We HIGHLY recommend Pastor Ed Rudiger.
Pastor Ed RudigerPastor Ed Rudiger
Thumbtack Customer
We had such a beautiful wedding and Pastor Dave was a big part of it! He made the process so easy for us. He was quick to respond to all our communication. We would like to thank him for delivering a very sincere and thoughtful sermon, for singing in the ceremony and joining us in the reception at our request. His jovial personality matches ours so he was an absolute pleasure to work with! From beginning to end, he was very accommodating to our requests. We definitely recommend him to anybody who is looking for an officiant for their wedding!
Rev. David R. SaylorRev. David R. Saylor
Emily F.
Steven was the absolute best! He made our wedding ceremony so special. The moments before the ceremony begins can be chaotic and Steven really helped the day to flow smoothly. The vows he used were beautiful, I am still receiving compliments about him from our ceremony guests! I would absolutely recommend Steven to anyone needing an officiant!
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Oshin W.
Working with Steve was an absolute bliss. From the first day we spoke he was very informative. When we met to go over the program he was very easy to talk to and his ceremony layout was absolutely beautiful. All my guests enjoyed his script. My husband and I are extremely happy that we chose Steve to officiate our wedding on April 23, 2017. Thank you Steve! Oshin and Desmond
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Cassiah J.
Steven is an incredible officiant and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is looking to wed in an intimate ceremony. He contacted me right away and spent a lot of time capturing my vision on how I wanted our wedding ceremony to be done. He had excellent suggestions and incorporated a beautiful hand ceremony that was loved by our entire family. I was so impressed by his professionalism and he kept in close contact throughout the entire process. I would highly recommend him as a true professional for anyone who is looking for a beautiful ceremony and someone to walk them through the process. Thank yo ufor making our day special!
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Annastasia C.
My fiancé and I decided last minute we wanted to go ahead and get officially married before we have an actual wedding in a year or so. I reached out to Steven on a Wednesday and he got back to me almost instantly! He was able to make it on short notice which was amazing! We showed up right on time and was ready to go. He did a great job walking us through the process and made us both feel extremely comfortable. I would absolutely recommend Steven!
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Abby G.
Miss Gail was genuinely excellent! We started to look for someone about a week before our wedding day, and I am so thankful I found Miss Gail for our day. She checked in with me several times about what I was hoping to have for our day, but the attention to detail during our service was outstanding. I had mentioned that my husband and I met over our mutual love of Star Wars, and she incorporated that into our service so beautifully. I cannot recommend her enough to anyone looking for an officiant.
Gail Ross Brown, Wedding OfficiantGail Ross Brown, Wedding Officiant
Elzbieta K.
Chaplain Steve officiated our wedding ceremony. Steve is professional and laid back and in that way he is working to find out what a couple needs. We took his offer to customize our vows, which made the ceremony feel very special to us. Steve is very thoughtful and supportive. He guided us skillfully through the process and made us feel at ease, which helped to disarm our nervouseness. We have even received a wonderful advise from Steve about how to deal with life hardships successfully. Highest possible recommendation!
Chaplain SteveChaplain Steve
Thumbtack Customer
Steve did our wedding this past weekend and he was awesome! He was very easy and pleasant to work with! My husband and I knew without question that we wanted Steve to marry us the first time we met him. He was professional, very friendly and worked with us to put together a ceremony that was perfect for us on our big day! We received many compliments after the ceremony from or family and friends about what an amazing job Steve did! They loved him! He left a lasting impression with us as well as our guests! I would highly recommend Steve to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, pleasant, professional and affordable officiant to perform their wedding ceremony! Steve was something special and we are so lucky and blessed to have found him! Call Steve, you won't regret it!!
Steven ZmigroskySteven Zmigrosky
Andrea M.
It was our pleasure to meet with Rev. David R. Saylor as the officiant of our wedding ceremony on August 27, 2022. He took the time to go over the details, personalizing our vows, attentive to our circumstances with availability and maintaining contact with us throughout the process. His personality is extremely warm and welcoming towards our guests for a very private family outdoor ceremony. All the attendees were delighted to meet Rev. David and we received so many compliments on our nuptials. Thank you, Rev. David for being so understanding, and making our ceremony gentle, sweet and unforgettable. We highly recommend him to everyone.
Rev. David R. SaylorRev. David R. Saylor
Christina R.
Pastor Dave officiated our wedding and was absolutely wonderful! He was always timely, early to the rehearsal and the ceremony. His ceremony had the perfect mix God, love, seriousness and humor. He was happy, friendly and so easy to get along with. He made it very easy to feel comfortable. When I was saying my vows I began to tear up and couldn't speak. Pastor Dave told me to just breathe and to take my time. I was able to make it through my vows and enjoy the moment. It was the perfect ceremony, all thanks to Pastor Dave! Without him the day wouldn't have been the same. We were so blessed to have met him and had him with us!
Rev. David R. SaylorRev. David R. Saylor
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