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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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 Austin wedding officiants
Angelina R.
Frank did an amazing job with officiating my husband and I’s wedding! He was courteous, funny, sweet and patient the entire time, both during the wedding and the hiring process. He was very transparent with us regarding his officiant history and experience and that helped build trust. For the price, you would get high quality officiating service and a memorable experience. We highly recommend hiring Frank!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Brittany D.
Phillip was an amazing officiant at our wedding. He was willing to work with us very close to our wedding date and made sure to make our wedding ceremony personalized to us. I was a true blessing to have him join my husband and I in holy matrimony!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Jacob D.
Frank was just the officiant we needed for our wedding. We had an intimate wedding and he created the perfect ceremony to go along with it. Frank was punctual and well dressed and just an overall great person. We highly recommend Frank
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Rogchelle O.
Tanja officiated our recent wedding. She was able to incorporate Filipino wedding traditions and did all of her own research. Tanja is easy to get a hold of and is very knowledgeable on wedding ceremonies. Our ceremony was so awesome, that we keep getting compliments on it! Thank you Tanja!
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Sofia S.
My wedding day has come and gone. Frank was extremely professional. He even officiated our ceremony in English and Spanish. He was on top of everything! Highly recommend him!!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Thumbtack Customer
We used Phillip to officiate our wedding. He truly was outstanding. He met with us early, and we instantly knew he was the guy we wanted. Our search for a wedding officiant was over after meeting with him. He guided us exactly trough the process. He made himself easily available for questions and concerns. He was also very astute, paying attention to all the little details that we normally would not have thought about. The day of the ceremony, he arrived early in case we had any concerns. He met with both of us individually which helped calm some nerves. Also, Philip officiated the ceremony exactly the way we wanted it to happen. Phillip is also very funny! His comic relief was welcomed. Phillip takes the time to get to know you personally, and has a good read on what kind of person you are - using that style during the ceremony.It was good to have somebody who felt like a good friend to officiate the wedding!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Thumbtack Customer
He was early enough to be at the place at the same time we got there. He was flexible and really sweet! He's really helpful and laid back too! I suggest Stephen to anyone needing a wedding officiant! He was outstanding!
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
Thumbtack Customer
Although I had to cancel my wedding at the very last minute due to a family tragedy, Stephen was wonderful to work with and was very accommodating. I will definitely try to have him officiate our wedding when the times comes. Cannot imagine using anyone else after the great experience we had with him.
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
Stephani R.
Frank did an amazing job officiating our wedding of 40 guests. He is extremely easy to work with and does a great job getting to know the bride and groom before the wedding to help tailor the ceremony to your liking. He is very kind and made our guests feel welcomed! We highly recommend him!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Nicole L.
Rev. Jonna was a great officiant for our wedding! She was so easy to work with and super sweet all around! She is super responsive and made sure our vows were exactly what we wanted! Highly recommend.
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Rosie R.
Mr. Boone did a wonderful job officiating our wedding ceremony, the vows were beautiful and fit us perfectly. In addition to performing our ceremony he led our rehearsal and went above and beyond on the day of our wedding to help in any way that he could. We are so happy that we choose him because he made sure that our wedding was special and perfect. Also, our family loved him!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Thumbtack Customer
If you want a Wedding Officiant who is reliable, fun, funny, sincere and professional, then Celebrations by Phillip is your guy! We thoroughly enjoyed our experience with Phillip! We highly recommend him!! (Thank you Phillip!) Lucy & Alex Newton
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Kayla G.
Frank did such a great job officiating our wedding! He was on time, polite, very funny, explained everything to us, calmed our nerves, and his words were beautiful. He did an amazing job. Thank you so much Frank!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Coyle was amazing!! I didn't have to worry about anything, he put my mind at ease and created a perfect ceremony for our big day. I am so happy we chose Reverend Coyle as our wedding officiant.
Reverend CoyleReverend Coyle
Elizabeth Y.
Heather went above and beyond to help us. Our rehearsal was stormed out and with mishaps from the venue etc she was awesome. She helped us when setting up and just went beyond. Highly highly recommend her to officiant any wedding!
Wedding Ceremonies by HeatherWedding Ceremonies by Heather
Thumbtack Customer
He was our Wedding Officiant on November 13, 2015. My husband and I had a Renaissance themed wedding with a hand fasting ceremony. He listened to what we wanted and made suggestions to us to make it better. Although, two days before the wedding we felt that he should have sent us an email with what was going to be read so then if there was anything that we wanted to add, he could add it in a nd finalize it. But overall, I would recommend him to anyone.
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Jonathan M.
Phillip was very personable and professional. We truly enjoyed his personality and flexibility with where we decided to have our wedding in these uncertain times we are currently experiencing. Phillip is hands down the best Officient my wife and I have seen and we have been to quite a few wedding! We highly recommend using Phillip!! And yes we made him laugh!! 😄 Thanks Phillip!! We look forward to having you at our future wedding with family as well!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Thumbtack Customer
Kimberly was an irreplaceable part of our wedding day. She helped us write our vows and created a ceremony that was so US. Every one of our guests complimented our ceremony, and many said they fell back in love watching us and listening to the words we shared with each other. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant or spiritual counselor to shepherd us into this exciting new phase in our lives. There's no such thing as a perfect wedding, but the ceremony was absolutely flawless!!
Turtle Dove CeremoniesTurtle Dove Ceremonies
Antonio W.
Let me just start off by saying that I wish that Thumbtack would let you pick all five qualities to what this man brings to the table. Instead of just three I would have given him all five. The quality of work and the value are top notch. First his responsiveness to messages were in a timely manner. He was also quick to set up a video call with my wife and I once we talked to other officiants and decided to hire him. Frank just stood out above the rest! He was also quick to send an email of his wedding script for our input. Next his punctuality for the rehearsal and wedding day were on point. On the day of our wedding he checked with both my wife and myself. He also had a way of making me and my wife feel like he has known us all of our lives! One last little thing he was also very efficient about mailing our marriage license on the following Monday since our wedding was on a Saturday! I can’t recommend hiring Frank you to officiate your wedding. Thanks once again Frank for making an already beautiful day that much more magical!
Weddings by Hipguy4relWeddings by Hipguy4rel
Thumbtack Customer
Highly Recommended! We chose Phillip to officiate our casino boat wedding in July. We were very impressed by his consideration, preparation, and the very nice wedding ceremony he performed. Phillip is a very friendly, likeable guy, and we were glad that we went with him. We are atheists and he was glad to help us write appropriate vows for the occasion. He also was nice enough to remind us to obtain various state documents that we forgot and keep us on track during a very stressful time! Thanks Phillip!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Veronica Z.
Pastor Bryson was amazing he was not just with me the day of my wedding - we had a great first talk and from there he would periodically check in and even day of wedding he was early and had a chat with me As for the ceremony itself I could hardly find the words to say my vows after his beautiful words, everyone afterwards was talking about how beautiful and well done the ceremony was performed If you’re looking for an officiant look no further and book him- you won’t regret it! I will edit this later on to add a pictures ones I have them from my photographer !
Pastor Bryson Wedding OfficiantPastor Bryson Wedding Officiant
Jennifer V.
If I could give Phillip 6 stars on this website I would but unfortunately it only goes to 5. He went above and beyond! I can't recommend him enough. He was my ROCK during the whole wedding process. I couldn't have done my wedding day without him. We initially had hired him as our officiant because we absolutely loved his personality and professional demeanor after meeting him in person for the first time. I later found out Phillip also provides "wedding day coordinator" services as well. I must admit I was a bit skeptical to hire the same person to provide both services, but he was incredible and honestly I don't believe anyone else could have done a better job at either roles on my wedding day (August 1st 2019). My wedding was for 100 guests at a large venue and Phillip was both helpful and amazing at coordinating/catering to everything I needed. I am a DIY bride and he was helpful in ensuring everything was put together and made no fuss about what I wanted to do to make my day extra special and more personal. I had so many compliments about him regarding the ceremony he officiated and how everything seemed to be going so smoothly the day of the wedding. To be honest, I can't think of anything that went wrong on my wedding day and that probably has to do with the fact that Phillip was able to coordinate everything without a hitch and was able to keep me calm and focused on being happy and enjoying my big day without worrying about the details. He was the best money I ever spent on my wedding. So if you are looking for someone to help you with the chaos, that is of executing a wedding and making sure that you and your partner can actually enjoy your day.... HIRE PHILLIP! Thank you Phillip for being awesome and we will remember our day with big smiles and great joy because of you. The Cooks.
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Kyra P.
Due to complications securing an officiant, I reached out to Rev. Sheryl only three days left before our wedding. Her response times leading up to the ceremony were always immediate, which was a big relief (can’t have a wedding without an officiant!). During our actual wedding day (Oct 11th 2021), Rev. Sheryl arrived early for our ceremony time and everything ran extremely smooth. She had the ceremony prepared and personalized to our love story. Not only did she allow us to virtually stream the wedding, but by request recognized those friends and family appearing virtually. Being a military family, many of our loved ones were not present so it was extremely comforting to still include them in our special day. I also really appreciated the chance to have a moment of silence for my late stepfather. Genuinely her ceremony was well written, and working with her was a breeze. I’ve never been married, I’m sure most haven’t been, and she was very helpful at guiding us through the process without a hitch (our wedding didn’t have a rehearsal for context). It is early morning the day after my wedding— so I don’t have my photos yet to add to this review. But for anyone worried, please don’t be. Rev. Sheryl works with the photographer and helps gives ideas and poses for the main couple, their family members, and guests etc. I’ve been at photo shoots where the photographer made me feel nervous or stressed that we weren’t getting the right photos, and that was the opposite case here. She helped every step of the way. The photographer took photos from the moment I walked down the aisle, to the moment we cut the cake and smashed it in each other’s faces. He even took some of my 11 month old playing/walking around after the ceremony. I haven’t seen them yet, but I just know they were amazing and as soon as I can I’ll add them to this review. If you’re nervous about finding someone to officiant, choose Rev. Sheryl. She cares about her couples, she goes above and beyond helping the ceremony and the guiding the photographer so that everything runs smoothly. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding.
Weddings by Rev MartinWeddings by Rev Martin
Nina H.
She is very understanding and patience. She did a beautiful job with our ceremony. If you are looking for someone who values your wedding just as much as you do this is the woman to go to! Very professional, very sweet, very reasonable, I don't see why you would want to choose anyone else! Our officiant had cancelled the night before our ceremony. Denise Peterson responded almost immediately after I inquired. Everything worked beautifully with her! Thank you Denise!!!
Denise PetersonDenise Peterson
Thumbtack Customer
We wanted a very short, but memorable service. Stephen visited with us beforehand to determine what would work for us. His website has a lot of options, designed to meet the needs of most (if not all) couples. He was right on time..though we ran a little late because of guests traveling in for the wedding. The ceremony was great, and conveyed exactly the feelings we were looking for. We would highly recommend Stephen if you are looking for someone to officiate a traditional, or non traditional exchange of vows. Ben and Julie-Austin, Tx
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
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