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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 Conroe wedding officiants
Taylor S.
When we first started to look for a wedding officiant the first person we contacted was Lynn. She has been very responsive, professional, and understanding. Overall Lynn is awesome and I would highly recommend her to officiate your wedding!
Wedding Officiant by Lynn SechelskiWedding Officiant by Lynn Sechelski
Thumbtack Customer
Mr. Steve was a great officiant. He was timely and kept it simple like I wanted. Was great having him at the wedding. Would definitely recommend him to a friend.
Best BeginningsBest Beginnings
Thumbtack Customer
Rabbi Barry Fineman officiated our wedding this past weekend and we couldnt be happier about it! He was so personable and really took the time to get to know us before the ceremony which made the ceremony even that much more special. He made a point to talk with our familys and was an absolute pleasure to have officiate. I cant say enough great things about this Rabbi!
Temple Without WallsTemple Without Walls
Kayla F.
Absolutely incredible man to work with. Had to move my wedding last minute due to COVID and he worked with me through it. His message was very meaningful during our ceremony. All in all, 5/5 stars. If you need an officiant look no further.
David Collingsworth - Not Your Ordinary PreacherDavid Collingsworth - Not Your Ordinary Preacher
Beth O.
Nick, thank you for providing my now husband and I with the wedding ceremony for which we were looking. Even on relatively short notice, you provided a beautiful ceremony in which all our family complimented on afterwards. You made the process simple, easy, and worry-free. This feeling continued through the actual ceremony. Thank you again and I will highly recommend you to anyone who is looking for a wedding officiant.
Nick OyerNick Oyer
Chelsea D.
Phillip was greater than we could have ever expected for finding a wedding officiant online. He was very responsive and helpful during this whole process. Everything he said during our ceremony felt very catered to us as a couple and fit very well with our new marriage. We can’t thank him enough for being able to marry us. Would definitely recommend him!!!
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Maritza R.
We hired Nick Oyer to be our officiant for our December 2019 wedding. Neither my husband nor I are confident public speakers, but Mr. Oyer assured us that he would read the vows slowly and carefully and if any mistake was made he would make sure the guests knew it was his fault and not ours, and we would pick up where we left off. Well, this was not necessary because everything went without a hitch! He did awesome, and we followed in his footsteps! It started to sprinkle during our ceremony, and I probably injured my new husband's hands as I was squeezing them so hard out of fear. I was afraid it was going to pour at any second if we went on too long - but Mr. Oyer was cool as a cucumber, got through everything quickly and we were done and married in no time (high and dry!) To top it off - we forgot our marriage license that day that he needed to sign. He assured me it was okay, and he would meet with us the following week to make sure we got it taken care of - which he did. I am very grateful we chose him as our officiant, and I recommend him to any engaged couples!
Nick OyerNick Oyer
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