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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 Reading wedding officiants
Haidee P.
She make it possible when we look for an officiant in a last minute. And she did a great work not just being officiant right on the day of our wedding but also guide as on the next steps we need to take
Rise N Sign Mobile NotaryRise N Sign Mobile Notary
Nikita B.
Pastor Bob did an excellent job officiating our wedding! He was always responsive when I had questions or requests for the big day!
Robert W Sim PastorRobert W Sim Pastor
Mckenzie D.
Carol preformed my wedding ceremony and did a beautiful job. Very glad we chose to have her officiate out special day! Ceremony was just what we wanted.
Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,
Lisbel M.
Carol was amazing, and patient. Got there super early and waited for me when things were running late. She made my wedding day very special and I am so thankful I found her. I recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Thank you Carol
Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,
Alyssa D.
Cheryl was amazing and able to work with our short time frame. She showed up on time, well dress and was professional throughout our entire event. I’m glad I asked her to officiate our wedding.
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Lauren L.
I’m so happy we found Pastor Bob to be our wedding officiant. We chose to incorporate hand-fasting into our wedding ceremony, and I was nervous about finding someone who knew what they were doing. He did a great job and was so easy to work with! Thank you for making our day extra special!!
Robert W Sim PastorRobert W Sim Pastor
Alicia B.
We could not have picked a better officiant than carol!!! She traveled a little further for our wedding and the ceremony was everything we could have asked for!!! I would recommend her for anyone looking for a sweet, intimate and personal ceremony. She is wonderful!!!
Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,Carol Shirley, Wedding Officiant,
Thumbtack Customer
Hank performed our wedding ceremony. He's very cooperative and very quick to communicate. Hank is affable and intent on helping the bride and groom. He made the ceremony flow the way we wanted and was an excellent choice. The only choice, in my opinion. If you're looking for an officiant, Hank is your guy.
Hank Finkel, Interfaith Minister/Wedding OfficiantHank Finkel, Interfaith Minister/Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Planning a wedding can be a stressful time. Thankfully, we had Reverend Hayduk as our officiant. His positive and supportive personality naturally encouraged our happiness to shine through. He was an expert at the process and allowed us to fully enjoy the day. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you so much for everything. Maktub, Kolton and Aubrey
Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...Hayduk Wedding Services Affiliated with The Chu...
Melanie A.
Dr Freeman was extraordinary kind and very sweet. We initially spoke via zoom in which he took the time to walk the premises to show us his location. When we officially met on our wedding day, he gave us words of advice and wisdom about the importance of our marriage and the value it holds. He was professional as well as very friendly making you feel right at home. Thank you Dr Freeman for making us feel so welcome and so cherished on our wedding day. If you are looking for someone, absolutely contact Dr Freeman!
Dr Freeman O. Ileyemi/Wordhouse ICCDr Freeman O. Ileyemi/Wordhouse ICC
Thumbtack Customer
We found Cheryl less than a week before our wedding after changing plans late in the game. She was wonderful and enthusiastic from the first phone conversation to the end of the ceremony. She put her whole self into the ceremony, changing words on a page to a joyful, robust performance. Cheryl was more than an 'officiant.' She is a 'celebrant.' If you're looking for someone who is flexible, sincere, and engaging...then Cheryl is perfect!
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
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