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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

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. 

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.

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.

Reviews for Carrollton wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Tom is a gentle, patient, genuine and professional wedding officiant. My wedding is a simple elopement , but he devoted and made it a perfect and sacred one. My husband and I both appreciate a lot about his job in our wedding. Thank you, Pastor Tom!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Brandon B.
The Dotted Line met all of our expectations as an officiant for our small, backyard wedding ceremony. Responses to the initial inquiry and our subsequent questions were very timely. Booking of the service was painless. Not only did The Dotted Line officiate the wedding, but provided tips and 'to do' items before and after the ceremony, and multiple ceremony scripts from which to choose with flexibility to modify to our exact specifications. Our family members in attendance all agreed the ceremony was lovely and well done.
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Jonathan T.
We had Brian officiate our wedding and it was a great experience. He spent time getting to know our story and interests, and created a personable ceremony unique to our journey. It was just the right balance of humor and lightheartedness, while still being heartfelt and sincere. On the day of our wedding, Brian and his wife arrived early and went above and beyond to check in with us and help get things organized. They were both incredibly kind, caring, and professional throughout the entire process. They are wonderful people and we are grateful that they helped make our wedding day extra special!
Weddings by BrianWeddings by Brian
Miranda R.
Gentry was so responsive, flexible, and gave us exactly what we were looking for in an officiant. He really had all the right words to make our day special, and was even willing to attend our Saturday morning rehersal to get everything just right. I heard from more than one wedding attendee how much they liked talking to him after the ceremony. Not a dry eye in the house during the ceremony - truly outstanding work!
Gentry ArmstrongGentry Armstrong
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