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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.

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 Clarksville wedding officiants
Susan A.
Wonderful ceremony! So happy that we chose Joe to officiate our wedding ceremony!
Joseph TimberlakeJoseph Timberlake
Bailey J.
Pastor Zach officiated our wedding. He arrived on time and gave us a nice and short ceremony. Kept in good contact and was very professional.
TN Wedding PastorsTN Wedding Pastors
Bianca A.
Hello Everyone, Eric is full of joy and energetic. He was an awesome officiate. Have him for your wedding and he’ll make it 10x better or elopement. His energy is everything.
Eric A. PattonEric A. Patton
Aliza H.
Eric was the cherry on top of our perfect day. He spoke with enthusiasm and care for us as a couple, and is someone i could not recommend more for anyone else who is looking for a wedding officiant!
Eric A. PattonEric A. Patton
Marisela G.
She helped me with my wedding at the last minute when a different officiant couldn’t do it. She worked with me and I loved it. I really do appreciate her she’s the best!!! Thank you soo much my night was perfect
Lauren Sykes OfficiantLauren Sykes Officiant
Nikki m.
Lauren was so sweet and made us so comfortable. By the time she preformed our ceremony I felt I had know her for months, not days. She made our day special and the ceremony personalized to us. If you are looking for someone to officiate your wedding, she will not disappoint!!!
Lauren Sykes OfficiantLauren Sykes Officiant
Mr. Timberlake was a wonderful officiant for our tiny wedding. He was easy, fun, and extremely friendly. He gave us exactly what we wanted and made it entertaining as well. And his charming wife as our witness made the day even better. Thank you both! Rick and Miranda
Joseph TimberlakeJoseph Timberlake
Breana H.
It was a joy to have Ms. Daniel officiate our wedding! She stayed in contact and was very informative and helpful from the moment I reached out to her until the end of our ceremony. Her presentation was beautiful❤️ She chose all of the right words and scriptures and definitely helped to make our wedding day a day to remember. I would recommend her services to anyone in a heartbeat. Thank you so much Ms. Daniel!!
♥️Wedding World♥️Wedding World
Michelle T.
We had Mr. Timberlake officiate our small backyard wedding on March 28, 2020 and he did a phenomenal job. We were so impressed with how well he did our vows and our parents love him and his wife. It was such a blessing to have him do such a special ceremony for us in the midst of this rampant virus. We are having him come do it again for our big wedding in August!
Joseph TimberlakeJoseph Timberlake
Hannah V.
Krystal was a wonderful choice to officiate our wedding! She made me and my husband both feel safe, comfortable, and happy, as our wedding was very non-traditional. She was more than happy to go along with what we wanted; her highest priority was consistently making sure that we felt happy and fulfilled with our ceremony. My husband and I genuinely could not have found someone better. It was the perfect experience!!
Walker2TheAltar WeddingsWalker2TheAltar Weddings
Sherri G.
Krystal did a wonderful job officiating our wedding! We booked very last minute and she came to our home for the ceremony. She was so open, friendly and fun. She made us feel so comfortable and delivered a wonderful service. She helped make our day very special!
Walker2TheAltar WeddingsWalker2TheAltar Weddings
Evelyn H.
Eric was a perfect officiant for our wedding! After a few last-minute mishaps my fiancé and I were left suddenly without an officiant before our wedding which was less than a week away. In a frenzy I reached out to Eric who came with glowing reviews and, boy, he definitely delivered the quality and professionalism I expected based on his profile. Eric was so incredible. It’s obvious that this line of work makes him incredibly happy. Not only was he willing to work with me and my fiancé on incredibly short notice, he also took the time and effort to craft for us a beautiful ceremony. Thank you, Eric, you really made our best day ever the best day ever. Much love, Evy and Jon.
Eric A. PattonEric A. Patton
Baylee B.
My husband and I hired Mrs. Burson to officiate our wedding. Long story short, we do not recommend her as a wedding officiant. She was unprofessional. I have stated my reasons for the review below. She did not inspire confidence at the rehearsal. She told us a story about how she could not remember a previous groom’s name during the ceremony and said the wrong name several times in the poor couple’s wedding. She was late to our actual ceremony, which made everyone nervous. The ceremony itself was fine. We requested a short ceremony and Mrs. Burson kept it short as promised. My main problem with her service, besides her tardiness, was the fact that she did not file our marriage license. I called the county clerk to obtain a copy and found out it had never been turned in. I then asked Mrs. Burson about it and her response was completely unprofessional. She provided excuses for why it wasn’t turned in (all personal reasons) and almost seemed to try to make it okay by justifying that she wasn’t the only officiant to turn a marriage license in extremely late. I was incredibly disappointed in the service she provided. Her only jobs were to marry us and return the form. Both of these she was not able to do smoothly and without issues.
From This Day ForwardFrom This Day Forward
Lincoln C.
I just got stationed to Fort Campbell. My now wife and I are from Fayetteville NC. We decided that we did not want to be a part from each other any longer and wanted to start our life together with our family. So we decided to have a small intimate wedding and have a bigger traditional wedding for our friends and other family members next year. I was referred to Mrs. Walker through another wedding officiant because the day we wanted to do the ceremony the officiant got booked. So I contacted Mrs. Walker and she responded back very quickly and swooped in and made our ceremony happen and even picked out the location which helped out a lot due to being from another state and not knowing the area. Mrs. Walker gave us advice and went above and beyond what we were expecting. She was warm and kind and made us feel very comfortable and at ease. She was very funny as well which broke up the nerves between my wife and I. She embraced us just like we were a part of her family which now we are 🙌🏾🙌🏾
Walker2TheAltar WeddingsWalker2TheAltar Weddings
Amaya s.
To start. I love Eric’s personality. I felt that he fit perfectly with us. He was very quick to reply about the initial setup and there after. We handled everything over the phone and that worked perfectly. He picked out a wonderful poem for our wedding. But as great as he is there were a couple major flaws. To start, he never stuck to his time tables. When we had the initial meeting he told me he would have the contract out at a certain day with a specific due date. Then comes the night before the due date and I have seen no contract but I messaged him and we got it taken care of. I was told that we would have the official wedding program a week before the wedding so it can be approved and a few days before the wedding and I still hadn’t seen a program. And here is where the real issue comes in. He did not do what we wanted. Two weeks before the wedding I sent him a set of vows that I would like in place of his and he says he will change it. They were never changed and our vows at the wedding were not the ones we requested but i didn’t catch it because of everything going on. When he finally sent the wedding program we asked for a small change to be made in the beginning he replied and said it would be taken care of and here comes the wedding day and he did not make the change and left it how it was before. So overall I like his personality but his professionalism needs work and he did not honor our request when he said he would.
Eric A. PattonEric A. Patton
Kim P.
Pastor Timberlake is wonderful, I could not have chosen a better person to officiate our wedding! He is very responsive, professional, and warm. I appreciated how he wanted to speak on the phone and get to know us a little before the ceremony. I was impressed by the ceremony as he quoted the bible, used humor, and focused on our love. He even won over my mother-in-law, which can be hard to do! I would recommed him in a heartbeat. Our special day would not have been the same without him!
Joseph TimberlakeJoseph Timberlake
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