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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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Myrtle Beach wedding officiants
Amanda S.
I hired him to officiate my moms wedding. He was wonderful.
North Myrtle Beach Wedding OfficiantNorth Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Amanda W.
Rev Tommy did an amazing job for our wedding! We would highly reccomend him to anyone! We feel very blessed to have met him and had him officiate our wedding!
North Myrtle Beach Wedding OfficiantNorth Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Our low-key beach wedding was kept simple with guidance from our officiant, Tricia, from Vows at the Beach. She was punctual, efficient and very pleasant.
Vows At The BeachVows At The Beach
Ashleigh C.
Reverend Tommy did an wonderful job officiating our wedding on 04.01.2020. He was very helpful with finding a photographer, keeping me calm when the beaches closed due to Covid-19, and maintaining the social distancing orders. He showed up on time and was patient when I was running a few minutes behind. We relocated last minute and Rev. Tommy was more than happy to help. He did everything I asked in the ceremony and officiated perfectly. Thank you for making my wedding day wishes come true!
North Myrtle Beach Wedding OfficiantNorth Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Katie k.
John did an excellent job officiating our wedding! He was very responsive and easy to talk to. He calmed my nerves and I am so grateful for that! He delivers and very nice and meaningful ceremony, and I 100% recommend him! I can’t thank him enough for making our special day so special!
AA Wedding MinistriesAA Wedding Ministries
Jack O.
Pastor John was wonderful! I am so happy he officiated our wedding. He was so warm and made me feel that her genuinely cared about making everything perfect for us. I wish he had a church in Myrtle Beach. I would definitely join his church. I would highly recommend Pastor John!
Pastor John A. PetersPastor John A. Peters
Kelly E.
We wanted a laid back, no hassle beach wedding and Rev. Bill was perfect from the communication to the preparation and then made us feel so at ease the day of! He (and his wife) were kind enough to hang around while we took pictures and fit right in with the family. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area looking for an officiant. Unfortunate we love so far from each other, fantastic couple!!
Coastal WeddingsCoastal Weddings
Micaela H.
Rev. Tommy was amazing! It was a last minute decision to get married at the beach and so glad we chose him! It was beautiful, quick, and a great ceremony, just like we wanted. I told him we wanted somewhere that wasn’t so busy and he had the best location on the beach. I worried about it raining on the day and reached out to him and he already had a backup plan incase it did rain! Every question I had he was quick to help! He kept in touch considering we live 4 hours away and on the wedding day he arrived early! If anybody is looking for a wedding officiant, I highly recommend Rev. Tommy!
North Myrtle Beach Wedding OfficiantNorth Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Angela C.
If you're in the process of hiring a wedding officiant. This is the very best. Mr. Tommy made my day so much better from the first time I called him. He responds so quickly stays in touch the entire time. He is so involved with your day to make it as beautiful and takes so much stress off you. Mr. Tommy is the way to go he is there before hand to greet you stays with you for as long as you need. He is the best. I hired him last minute and he was there. Thank you Mr. Tommy for everything.
North Myrtle Beach Wedding OfficiantNorth Myrtle Beach Wedding Officiant
Susan R.
My husband and I were the crazy type that basically planned our whole wedding in a week... and also were hoping for at least some level of personalization from our officiant (without spending a fortune). After looking around a bit, that started to feel a bit like an unreasonable expectation. But then we hired Tricia. She was positively amazing to work with, had a great response time, and gave us far more than we were hoping for so far as ceremony personalization. What she came up with after talking to me for just a half an hour was very applicable to us personally as a couple, coming across like she actually knew us. It's refreshing to meet someone in the wedding business who does it out of her love of love, not for her love of money. There were a few hiccups on our end (hello, planned in a week!) And she seamlessly handled every challenge that we threw her way. (Like, not even having a spot nailed down for sure when her and I had our consultation call) Tricia played an integral part in making my wedding day that perfect dream day everyone hopes for.. My husband and I intend to hire her again in the future for our vow renewal, and I absolutely recommend her.
Vows At The BeachVows At The Beach
Thumbtack Customer
We planned a very small beach wedding in a short amount of time. Tricia was very helpful and offered several suggestions to help us put together the perfect ceremony. She took great care of us, even making last minute changes to our ceremony when we wanted to add a special service. She met us on the beach, on-time and ready to go. She performed a beautiful ceremony and made us feel surrounded by love & joy. She cared about making our ceremony exactly like our vision. She took some beautiful photos after the ceremony that we'll treasure forever - she's a great photographer! We strongly recommend Tricia for any couple looking for an officiant in the Myrtle Beach area. She's a gem!
Vows At The BeachVows At The Beach
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