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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.

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.

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
John P.
Reverend Brett did a great job explaining the steps and officiating the wedding. His words of Love were very appropriate. I highly recommend using Rev. Brett as an officiant.
Rev. Brett ReiderRev. Brett Reider
Thumbtack Customer
She was amazing!!!! Understanding and overall just a sheer pleasure to have her as our Officiant for our wedding. Thanks so much for everything and the pictures! Sincerly, Mr & Mrs. Rivera
MilestonesMilestones
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,
Thumbtack Customer
Brett officiated our wedding beautifully! His words were inspirational, his actions pleasant and heartwarming, and his passion for life, love and God shown through in every thought! He made our day warm and beautiful!!
Rev. Brett ReiderRev. Brett Reider
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
Brett is the most thoughtful, caring, detail oriented, happy, flexible and supportive wedding officiant!! He's always on time, gives the best advice (offering help and making sure it had the most meaning to us). Everyone genuinely enjoyed our wedding ceremony. We loved having Brett unite us with God and each other. I wish we could give him more than 5 stars because he is phenomenal.
Rev. Brett ReiderRev. Brett Reider
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...
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
Thumbtack Customer
My husband and I had a wonderful experience working with Brett for our wedding ceremony! During our initial meeting, Brett put us at ease with the ceremony details, giving us a layout of how ceremonies are typically designed, and offered two different options for choosing vows (traditional and modern). When we were putting together our ceremony, Brett was so helpful and patient while we asked many questions and added our own special touches to the ceremony. He was always available to meet with us when we needed and responded to emails immediately. We definitely suggest hiring Brett as your officiant!
Rev. Brett ReiderRev. Brett Reider
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