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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 Allen wedding officiants
Christina i.
I’ve been to many wedding from friends and family members and I have to say I had the BEST bilingual wedding officiants in the DFW. They responded very quick and answered all of my questions. And the day of the wedding not only were they on time but they were very helpful with everyone involved in the ceremony. The ceremony was very beautiful and meaningful. And it was all in Spanish as I requested. They definitely made our wedding day extra special. Thank you Mariana and Sofia.
Marriage by Marianna and SofiaMarriage by Marianna and Sofia
Christina i.
I don’t like to write bad reviews. But when it comes to a beautiful moment like a “weddingwedding officiants should be very professional. If you are not available, if you can’t or simply don’t want to do a wedding you should say right away. Thank god after waiting around for DAYS on this guy to “text me” after saying through this app he was available and would do my wedding I decided to look for someone else and everything came out perfect.
Michael DiazMichael Diaz
Arzoo R.
Leslie was wonderful! She officiated our Muslim/Christian wedding. She met with us several times to put us at ease and to finalize the script. She really took our input and incorporated into the final ceremony script. We totally loved working with her and would highly recommend her :)
Leslie MorganLeslie Morgan
Jessica C.
We are so glad we chose Jim to be our officiant. We met many months ago to go over our ceremony, what style we were looking for, and Jim was extremely helpful in the process. Throughout wedding planning, Jim would always respond quickly to emails, adjustments, or requests. He was gracious enough to lead the wedding party in a walk through at rehearsal night. The big day arrived, and Jim was there early and prepared. The ceremony went as planned and it was wonderful! Thank you so much!
James WahlJames Wahl
Shanae H.
If we could give 100 stars we would! Doris and Ralph have been a blessing in our life. Walking into their office for Pre-Marital counseling was one of the best decision we have made as a couple. They were welcoming and professional from the beginning and made us feel so comfortable. They connected with us and would consistently check in on us during the days we didn’t have counseling. We previously took a pre-marital class so we thought we were completely ready to marry one another but we learned so much more about each other in counseling. Now we are more confident than ever that we aren’t leaving any stones unturned. We have committed to ongoing counseling after we are married because it has made us stronger and we want to remain proactive in our marriage rather than reactive. If you want a safe, spiritual, welcoming, professional place to start the journey of marriage, go see Doris and Ralph! They will walk with you the whole way. As a bonus, they will also be the officiating our wedding ceremony and we can honestly say, we wouldn’t trust anyone else to be at the altar with us. There are not enough words to explain how happy we are to have found The Bridge Christian Counseling.
The Bridge Christian Counseling CenterThe Bridge Christian Counseling Center
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