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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 Mount Pleasant wedding officiants
Gina A.
Barbara recently officiated our wedding and wrote a beautiful message for our wedding. She offered us the option of a hand fasting, which was a beautiful touch. We highly recommend Barbara - she is responsive, very warm and professional.
Barbara Pinker Wedding OfficiantBarbara Pinker Wedding Officiant
Scott S.
Jasmine did an excellent job as our wedding officiant. In the weeks prior to the wedding, Jasmine took the time to get to know us. We completed a questionnaire, and spoke with her on FaceTime. Just before the wedding date, Jasmine allowed us to review a copy of her ceremony and sermon, and make any necessary corrections. At the wedding, Jasmine was dressed appropriately, and conducted a delightful ceremony.
The Weekend NotaryThe Weekend Notary
Emil H.
Kevin was absolutely amazing! He was always responsive and helped us stay organized. We felt so comfortable with him from the very beginning and couldn't have asked for more as an officiant for our wedding.
Appleby Wedding OfficiantAppleby Wedding Officiant
Megan B.
Sherrie was FANTASTIC!!! She went over and beyond to make our wedding day perfect. We didn’t have anything planned and she helped plan everything start to finish. She always responded to my messages very quickly and was very thorough! If you need a wedding officiant she is the ONE!
Hearts and Vows, L.L.CHearts and Vows, L.L.C
Thumbtack Customer
Howard did a wonderful job officiating our wedding! We had several compliments from our guests on what a beautiful ceremony he provided for us! Howard also did a great job incorporating a knot tying ceremony and making our wedding exactly as we had imagined! Thanks so much!
Howard Pendley, Ph.D.Howard Pendley, Ph.D.
Sara H.
Howard is such a sweet professional officiant! My husband and I thought finding an officiant would be easy, but it wasn’t! Not until we found Howard, only 4 weeks before our wedding day. He was always very quick to respond to our questions over Thumbtack and gave us as much information possible, and even drove all the way from GA to SC for our wedding. When it came time to pick what scripture we would like him to read, he let us combine 2 of them together. Howard was such a blessing to have on our wedding day, and would recommend him to anyone and everyone that we can! Thank you Howard!
Howard Pendley, Ph.D.Howard Pendley, Ph.D.
Latacia D.
Pastor John officiated our wedding, and my (now) husband and I highly recommend him. He was very responsive, professional, and my guests commented on how friendly he was even after the ceremony was completed. We felt very comfortable with him, and although the wedding has been completed we do plan on remaining in contact with Pastor John. Again we definitely recommend him
Pastor John A. PetersPastor John A. Peters
Starnell W.
Howard was fantastic. He was punctual for the ceremony, despite the weather. He interacted with our mothers, who became quick fans of him. If you are in need of a officiant for your wedding- Howard should be your only option. Thank you Howard for your professionalism- we were very pleased!
Howard Pendley, Ph.D.Howard Pendley, Ph.D.
Victoria R.
Howard was the absolute perfect choice to officiate our wedding! He was always quick to respond. He is a genuine, kind individual, with great wisdom and advice to offer to all soon-to-be newly weds. My husband and I are so thrilled that Howard was a part of our special day. He travelled from Georgia to South Carolina, not only to marry us, but to meet with us a week before our wedding day. My husband and I even had an issue with our marriage license well after our wedding day, and Howard was still willing to help us sort it out. We are forever thankful!
Howard Pendley, Ph.D.Howard Pendley, Ph.D.
Kimberly B.
Barbara made our wedding ceremony so personalized and perfect for us. She guided us through the planning process and helped us with our vows and led a ceremony that we loved and got so many compliments on. I think she would be a fantastic officiant for anyone because she is personable and a great listener who takes the time to get to know you. She led a beautiful sand ceremony that we chose as a "blended" couple which was a really nice way to include the kids in the big day, and even offered a gracious blessing over our meal after the ceremony. Highly recommend. Thanks Barbara!
Barbara Pinker Wedding OfficiantBarbara Pinker Wedding Officiant
James l.
Mr. Appleby was outstanding! My wife and I are from out of town and we found him on thumbtack and couldn’t be happier with our choice! We had a few zoom meetings to review the whole process, then again just to check in and see how things were going. He sent us reminder texts on important things not to forget, which was great. He was very responsive if we had any questions. At the rehearsal he did a great job walking us through the process of his part. On the big day he showed up early and looked great. Kevin is super personable and helped calm some of the day of jitters. Even though we didn’t know him prior to the wedding, it felt like we had a friend officiating our ceremony. The ceremony was flawless. He kept it meaningful yet fun per our request. We had several guests comment to us the following day about how good our officiant and ceremony was. If I could give him more than 5 stars I would.
Appleby Wedding OfficiantAppleby Wedding Officiant
Dan W.
I found Kevin Appleby on Thumbtack earlier this year by pure luck and happenstance, after searching frantically for a wedding officiant that could seamlessly combine the meaning and importance of what a strong marriage can really be and the challenges that could also be encountered between an Evangelical (my son) and a Catholic (his new bride)..My son (Jason) is a US Navy sailor, that was at the time, deployed to the Middle East and had left most of the wedding planning details to his soon to be bride, that was also bringing her young daughter into the marriage .... After speaking with Kevin for about 5 minutes on the phone, I was confident that he was our man for the job. His own personal history as a retired Navy Sailor and the many unique challenges of “military life” ultimately led me to put him in contact with my son’s fiancé (Jenni) for the final approval ... She called me within a few days to let me know how happy she was with Kevin and how helpful he was in explaining to her, the finer details of planning her wedding... Kevin remained in contact with her over the many months leading up to the big day, that was scheduled for 22 November 2019 at the truly beautiful venue of Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, SC.. He helped her and my son with preparing their own vows and the sequence of events for the service... I finally got to meet Kevin myself at the rehearsal, after my wife and I flew in from Seattle to attend the wedding....To say that Kevin is a true professional would be a gross understatement... His attention to the details, engaging yet humble personality and genuine concern for the bride and groom by delivering exactly what he promised was clearly evident as we watched him work with my son his fiancée.. The fact that he also included and was able to seamlessly integrate my son’s fiancé’s 6 year old daughter with Down’s Syndrome into the service was an extra special touch.. The best part outside of the wedding of course; was the fact that I was also able to build a new friendship with Kevin and his wife.. I’m a retired Army Infantryman myself, so Kevin and I also “speak the same language”, military lingo and share many of the same values.. In closing, I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommending Kevin to anyone that wants to guarantee a flawless wedding ceremony.. It’s a very special day for anyone and Kevin will definitely deliver on making sure that you get exactly what you want!!.. Great Job Kevin!!!..👍🏻⚓️🙏🏻🇺🇸
Appleby Wedding OfficiantAppleby Wedding Officiant
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