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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 Memphis wedding officiants
Pamela G.
He was GREAT!!!! He made the occasion very memorable. All the wedding guests loved the message given. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a wedding officiant!
Kymone HindsKymone Hinds
Thumbtack Customer
John provided us with a beautiful ceremony on our wedding day. We met with him prior to our wedding, and he took the time to get to know us and our story. I couldn't have been more pleased with John, and I would highly recommend him to officiate your wedding!
Rev. John PicklerRev. John Pickler
Ellen T.
Reverend John Pickler did a great job officiating our wedding! The ceremony was beautiful and he was very attentive and professional. Thanks for helping us make our day so special!!
Rev. John PicklerRev. John Pickler
Naomi C.
Integrity’s service were top notch. I could’ve saved $650 and dropped the bridal coordinator. Phillip was very knowledgeable, punctual, professional and made my wedding day a breeze. You will not go wrong using Phillip as your officiant. Be blessed -Naomi-
Integrity ServicesIntegrity Services
Thumbtack Customer
John worked with us to customize our ceremony exactly how we wanted it, and in a very professional manner. Our ceremony was absolutely perfect- touching and emotional but with a few laughs. I am extremely happy with the choice we made in choosing John to officiate our wedding.
Rev. John PicklerRev. John Pickler
Candida H.
I would highly recommend Rev.Steve. He was very polite and a joy to be around. He was on time and very professional. I don’t think my husband and I could have asked for a better person to officiate our wedding. Thank you so much Rev.Steve for such a great service.
Rev Steve - Justice of The Peace Alt.Rev Steve - Justice of The Peace Alt.
Amy M.
Reverend Jason did an amazing job officiating our wedding. I would recommend him to anyone getting married. He said all the things we wanted and his overall personality is amazing. I would give him 10 stars if I could. Thank you again!!
Rev. JDiddyRev. JDiddy
Amy B.
This review is a little delayed because I am just terrible about leaving reviews...but John was fantastic! We called him about a month before our wedding (Dec. 3, 2017) freaking out about not having an officiant, and he was kind enough to meet with us immediately and came up with a game plan!
Rev. John PicklerRev. John Pickler
Thumbtack Customer
Words cannot express how appreciative we are for having Rev. Donaldson as our wedding officiant. He went ABOVE our expectations and absolutely did a beautiful job... seriously. This is a true review and I HIGHLY recommend Rev. Donaldson for any service and can provide for the requested occasion. He took pictures with us, blessed the food for our guest, etc.. He's honest and caring. Rev. Donaldson was always on time to our rehearsal, wedding, and any private session we had scheduled. He dressed appropriate for the occasion and even matched our wedding colors. Rev. Donaldson is a very sharp individual. Again we are so thankful. I believe Rev. Donaldson put us in the record book of the best wedding ceremony of all time. Rev. did his thing!
Eric Ovid Donaldson - World Class Speaker / Min...Eric Ovid Donaldson - World Class Speaker / Min...
Kewida P.
She was PERFECT she was everything I wanted and more. We had postponed the ceremony and Olga was so understanding and patient and only a tex message away she always replied no matter wat time she played the violin at the ceremony which was lovely. I’m about to save up so I can fly her down for the official wedding in US Virgin Islands lol
Olga WilhelmineOlga Wilhelmine
Felicia S.
Thanks John for officiating our wedding just the way we wanted it. Intimate and traditional. When everything else wasn't going according to plan it's always reassuring to know that at least the minister is one less thing as a bride you have to worry about. If we had to do it all over again without a second thought you'd be our first pick for a minister. Thank you thank you thank you. #theThigpens
Rev. John PicklerRev. John Pickler
Arnisha P.
I absolutely wanted to add punctuality and work quality along with the other items but I could only choose 3. Edward was absolutely AMAZING. He understood that we wanted a ceremony that was short and sweet and he delivered with no issues. His attitude put us right at ease and he was so great to work with. You can tell Edward has experience with this line of work because it showed in his delivery of the service. Thank you a million Edward! If you’re looking for a wedding officiant Edward is hands down the person to go to!
Short Story WeddingsShort Story Weddings
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