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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 Rock Hill wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Minister Bell officiated our wedding 8/26/2016. He was very attentive to our requests and followed through with our input. The service was very professional with a reasonable rate. My husband and I would highly recommend hiring Minister Bell as your wedding officiant!!!
Minister Roger BellMinister Roger Bell
Anh D.
It was great to work with Iris! She responded to our questions promptly and she was very punctual on our wedding rehearsal and day. I would highly recommend Iris for your wedding officiant needs.
A Beautiful WeddingA Beautiful Wedding
Crystal L.
He was very inspiring, down to earth, and most importantly, Godly. We felt at ease knowing he would be officiating our wedding.
Minister Roger BellMinister Roger Bell
Trupti C.
I wanted to get married on a very short notice may be 1-2 days. We contacted Pastor Dusty for officiating the wedding. It was very easy to reach out to him in case of doubts/queries. He gave importance to what kind of ceremony we wanted and made us feel very comfortable throughout. We wanted to have a non-religious ceremony and he took care of it. Thank you Dusty for being a part of my wedding day 👍
Dusty Brackett, PastorDusty Brackett, Pastor
Albert V.
The quality of work and professionalism that Rev. Seidel displayed was exceptional. Upon meeting with him prior to the wedding day, we knew that we had chosen the right officiant. He was pleasant and made us feel as though we had already known him. He was helpful in assisting us choose a photographer who made herself available to us at the last minute. Our wedding plans were all last minute (within a 5-day span), and this was all accomplished with the quick response and help from Rev. Seidel and our amazing photographer, Juliet. Without their quick planning and professionalism, our wedding day would not have been as beautiful and joyous as it was. They became a part of my family during that happy occasion and we thank Rev. Seidel tremendously!! My husband, family and I highly recommend him.
Reverend David Mark SeidelReverend David Mark Seidel
Nikoll M.
Angie made an already special day into something even more incredible. We're usually awkward around new people & the process of picking an officiant was tedious because I didn't want just anyone to be there with us. The moment I started talking to her on the phone to talk about the event (a small ceremony at a garden with just 2 guests, so it was PRETTY intimate & personal), I just knew she'd be perfect for us. She truly goes above & beyond to make you feel comfortable & make the event simply amazing. The script she picked for us went perfectly with the setting of the ceremony. She also met with me before the wedding date to just talk about the details & we ended up chatting for A WHILE! So on the wedding day, I just felt so comfortable & familiarized with her, it all flowed naturally. She arrived on time & my family was also extremely happy with her & grateful for her in our ceremony. I would 100% recommend, whether for a small, simple ceremony like mine, or a full blown event, because she's simply extremely versatile & truly accomodates to just make your special day truly unforgettable.
Annie's Petals & EventsAnnie's Petals & Events
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