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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 Providence wedding officiants
Jeannie R.
Angela was super personable and friendly. She really loves what she does and she helps take charge to make sure you are happy and everyone knows what they’re supposed to be doing. I loved how she made our ceremony tailored to us as a couple, it was far from your regular generic. A+ Wedding Officiants is amazing!
A+ Wedding Officiants ❤️ Angela and CynthiaA+ Wedding Officiants ❤️ Angela and Cynthia
Chinda k.
Spoke with Octavio once and he seemed pretty nice and cool about doing our wedding, until the next day we were suppose to have a phone conversation and he never called. He said to text him anytime and I did but no response. I waited weeks and weeks and still nothing. I also reached out to him again as well and once again no response. This was horrible! As a bride to be planning her wedding and finding an officiant like this is not needed. From an unhappy stressed bride to be.
Octavio Gomez Minister OfficiantOctavio Gomez Minister Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Tim was the officiant of our small private wedding ceremony. We asked him to do something simple and non religious at our home, for a group of our closest friends. He did a great job, brought a beautiful speech for us, he was fun, well groomed, easy to reach during the preparation, flexible with his availability. We loved him, please consider him for your ceremony.
T. J. SweeneyT. J. Sweeney
Santheara H.
I wished i could choose all of the highlights if this app gave me an option to! I just want to say that i had a great experience with Rev. Denomme. While i was experiencing issues being punctual (as the bride) , and had to push back the start of the ceremony til about another hour, he stood there in the beating sun to stay and officiate my wedding. The sermon was beautiful and i still could not believe as i was standing face to face with my groom that i was getting married. It felt like a dream! Rev., thank you for coming out to Lincoln, it was a pleasure!
South County WeddingsSouth County Weddings
Nicole C.
Angela was great!!! She was understanding and very accomodating. She responded right away and met all my needs for my big day. She was on time (I ran late) and still had a smile and was happy made me feel so comfortable. She even did my vows on the 4th of July! She truly seemed happy and I could tell she loves what she does. I would highly recommend her to officiate you wedding day. Thank you again Angela so much for being patient with me and for making me the happiest bride ever!
A+ Wedding Officiants ❤️ Angela and CynthiaA+ Wedding Officiants ❤️ Angela and Cynthia
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