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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.

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 York wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
My husband Joe and I just had our wedding Saturday June 28 and Cheryl helped to make the ceremony so special! She made us both feel so comfortable and at ease. She really listened to what we wanted and helped us create the perfect ceremony! We would highly recommend Cheryl to anyone looking for an easy-going, fun, upbeat wedding officiant!! She was awesome!!
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Cheryl to officiate our backyard wedding. She was absolutely wonderful to work with and really helped create a ceremony that will be remembered for our lifetime. Cheryl was easy-going and friendly. We appreciate her bonding us in our marriage. Thank you so much for our wonderful day!
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Bill was absolutely fantastic!! He was a pleasure to work with and has helped us greatly throughout the entire wedding preparation process. He was always available to talk and was always easily reachable. He prepared a perfect ceremony for us and listened to every request and question that we had. Everyone loved him and our ceremony, so I would 100% recommend him to any couple who is looking for someone to officiate their wedding!
Thumbtack Customer
Cheryl wad wonderful from our first contact with her through her officiating our wedding. She was so very nice. She listened to what we wanted, made a suggestion, gave us a description of what she would say, etc. She delivered such a wonderful service, with heartfelt sentiment. We highly recommend her to anyone.
Heart To Heart Ministries IntlHeart To Heart Ministries Intl
Thumbtack Customer
My now husband and I were looking for a wedding officiant for our July 2015 wedding. Through Thumbtack we found the perfect fit in Pastor Bill Read. We left our initial meeting with Pastor Read knowing that he would provide us with the ceremony we envisioned. Prayer was important to me to incorporate into our ceremony; however, it was equally as important to my fiancé for our ceremony to follow a more secular route. Pastor Read delivered the perfect blend. Prior to the wedding day Pastor Read was in touch with us several times to ensure that we both we ready for the big day as well as to make sure the sermon was what we were expecting. Our rehearsal was well organized and we practiced until everyone understood the order of the day and its importance. On our wedding day (which, by Pastor Reads suggestion, my fiancé and I stood on a platform so that our friends and families saw us the entire ceremony) we were beyond happy with the service. Several guest commented on how much they enjoyed the ceremony. It was just the right length (about 20minutes), highlighted our wants and personalities, and was truly thoughtful and unique. Pastor Read ended the ceremony with an old Irish prayer that is very special to my husband and myself and was the perfect way to start our lives as husband and wife. I have no doubt that Pastor Read will deliver the perfect ceremony for your wedding. It is obvious that this is not something he does for money but something he does as a true service and calling. He is open to any type of ceremony; he listens to your wants, needs and concerns, and makes you feel the importance of this special day. What I have enjoyed most from working with Pastor Read is that my husband and I have found someone who is willing to help and guide us whenever needed through the ups and downs of our marriage. We strongly recommend meeting with this remarkable man and finding out for yourself how great he is. Thank you Pastor Read for making the most important part of our wedding day unforgettable!
Lauren O.
If you are looking for a great officiant, then Pastor Troy is your guy! He was helpful through the whole process, and our ceremony turned out better than we could have ever dreamed. Our initial meeting was great-he listened to all of our needs and tailored a ceremony to what we wanted. He was always extremely responsive through communications leading up to the wedding day. He came to rehearsal and gave us full confidence that we would be relaxed during the ceremony. Pastor Troy picked the perfect Bible quotes for our readings, and even did a small reading about Ecclesiastes while we braided our cord of three strands. He was more than we could have ever hoped for, and made us feel extra special and close to God during our ceremony. We look forward to communicating with him in the future too!!
Rev. Troy ShortRev. Troy Short
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