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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.

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 Fort Worth wedding officiants
Hailey H.
No response from officiant after booking. Our wedding is in a few weeks so now it puts us on a time crunch to find a new officiant.
Happily Ever AfterHappily Ever After
Thumbtack Customer
Tom was an amazing officiant and we thoroughly enjoyed him being our pastor at our wedding ceremony!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Willow W.
She was very professional, she was understanding of how we wanted our wedding to go she was a great officiant
Turner Consultation and OfficiatingTurner Consultation and Officiating
Thumbtack Customer
Tom officiated our wedding ceremony. He did a fantastic job, and I would recommend his services to anyone interested.
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Joe V.
Tom was prompt, personable and entertaining. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a wedding officiant who will will cater to your custom requirements. Thank you Tom for sharing in our day
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Paul M.
Thank you Anthony for officiating our wedding on May 12th, Mother's Day. You did an incredible job. My wife really loved it. You were the perfect choice. It could not have gone any better. Thank you
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Taylin P.
SO THANKFUL to have Anthony as our Wedding Officiant. He was very helpful from beginning to end. Making sure we felt comfortable and granting all of our wishes. Thank you again! We really appreciate you🥰
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Andrew D.
Ron was the first person to respond to my request and he certainly has a price that can't be beat. We met with him for the first time yesterday to discuss plans for our ceremony. He is exactly who we were looking for to officiate our wedding.
River of life Outreach MinistryRiver of life Outreach Ministry
Paul B.
Dr. Josué was simply the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony. Her warm personality and beautiful words made the occasion feel very special. She had a careful attention to detail and expertly navigated a secular/interfaith ceremony that both families enjoyed.
Riverwalk Weddings/Dr. Khannah Josue & TeamRiverwalk Weddings/Dr. Khannah Josue & Team
Melisa M.
We are very grateful that Anthony was able to meet us under such short notice to officiate our wedding. He is very eloquent with his words and we really enjoyed the way he conducted the short and sweet ceremony with all our family and friends through zoom.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Katie C.
Rachel is amazing! Our wedding came together so fast and there were lots of stressed but dealing with her was definitely not one of them. She responds quickly, she is so sweet and truly listens to her clients needs! We would recommend Rachel to anyone we meet who is getting married❤️ we are so happy we chose her to be the officiant of our wedding❤️
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Thumbtack Customer
I have 0 complaints, he was amazing.....the wedding was in august at 11 and didn't start until 12. He did an amazing job keeping the crowd distracted which was a hard job considering it was outdoors and the real-feel temperature was around 100. All of my guests loved him.....he had a sense of humor and always said the right thing at the right time....BEST WEDDING OFFICIANT EVER!!!!!
Rev. BrianRev. Brian
J. L.
We found Reverend Brian about two months before our wedding. He was everything we were looking for in an officiant. He met with us when we first offered him the job, to go over what we could expect of him and what he needed us to do. He came out to the rehearsal dinner and took us all through a walk-through of what would happen on the wedding day. He was punctual and ready to go by ceremony time. Brian is likable and funny, and has a backup plan if he is sick or has an emergency to attend to at the last minute, so we never worried we might not have an officiant at the last minute (a friend of mine hired an officiant that didn’t show, thus my concern). Thank you, Brian, for being so great at what you do! We couldn’t have been happier to have you lead the ceremony!
Rev. BrianRev. Brian
Kevin L.
Ron Wooten far exceeded our expectations .. he did an amazing job. Everyone from our family had positive things to say about Ron's pose; preparation; and his warm genuine personality. I could not imagine a better Officiate for your next wedding. Thanks Ron!
River of life Outreach MinistryRiver of life Outreach Ministry
Blanca B.
Anthony did an amazing job officiating our wedding! He put us at ease and every word he said was so beautiful and made the ceremony more special than we anticipated. Thank you Anthony for being part of our day and making it unforgettable! 3-12-22
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Helen M.
Mr. Wahl was the ideal officiator for our wedding. The moment I found his profile online, he immediately responded and he stated he was available for the day we were looking at. That immediately melted the stress as I was worried my schedule would be hard to match. We had emailed and then finally met in person. Our wedding ceremony was the ideal length and we could not have been happier. You can not beat the price, professionalism, or, punctuality. I highly recommended Mr. Wahl, if you truly want your wedding day to be truly special.
James WahlJames Wahl
April H.
Marci was amazing!!! First and foremost I contacted her days before my wedding because our other officiant cancelled on us. Marci responded very promptly she was very detailed, on time and she did a wonderful job at our ceremony. We would like to thank you again because it meant so much to us. Please book her services you will not regret it!
Marci Marie Events & Officiant ServicesMarci Marie Events & Officiant Services
Sarah C.
Anthony was great. He asked many questions prior to the wedding, and he provided me a run down of what he would do on the day. He was on time (if not a little early), he got to know my now husband as well as our families. The ceremony was amazing. Many of the guest remarked that it was the best officiating that they had witnessed. I would definitely recommend him to anyone getting married.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Pamela L.
We chose Pastor Ron based on his values mentioned in his bio and we met with him a couple of times and it was like we had know him for some time. He is very creative in putting a script together after he meets with you and learns little about you! He makes you feel very comfortable with everything and he wants you happy with it all! He officiated our wedding outside in a park and he did an excellent job. Thanks so much Pastor Ron
River of life Outreach MinistryRiver of life Outreach Ministry
Shelly F.
Brandon was nothing short of perfection! He showed up on time and delivered such an amazing ceremony for us! I literally told him right before the ceremony about some changes and he added them in with no problem! Our ceremony was very intimate and personal and he had the guest laughing and in tears. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect ceremony because of him! If you are looking for an officiant, Brandon is your wedding man!! Thank you so much Brandon for helping make our day so perfect!
The Wedding Man LLCThe Wedding Man LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I absolutely loved having Tom as our officiant. He was just great. He was always there for us when we had any questions or needed advice. Offered some great suggestions for some reading we could do before the service. He was very open to our ideas for the ceremony and made everyone feel so incredibly comfortable at the ceremony. He totally got our off the wall personalities and connected with our inner nerds lol. I would very highly recommend Tom for any wedding ceremony, he truly is a great guy.
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Kimberly B.
Mr. Wahl came to my daughter and son-in-laws rescue when the officiant that they’d had scheduled backed out with less than 30 days to the ceremony. I had heard about Thumbtack so I logged in to check it out. Mr. Wahl was highly rated and he was very quick to respond. He performed a very sweet ceremony for my daughters wedding. My daughter said, upon meeting with him that he answered questions she didn’t know she had. From my stand point as mother of the bride, I would recommend him.
James WahlJames Wahl
Thumbtack Customer
Tom did such an amazing job, we got so many compliments on the ceremony! Our family and friends couldn't believe that he hadn't known us for years and years. He was so personable and made everyone feel relaxed and happy. We didn't find Tom until a few weeks before the wedding after our other plans for an officiant fell through. It turned out to be such a blessing that they did, because we couldn't have asked for a more perfect experience. He maintained the best combination of reverence for the occasion, making sure we understood the importance and meaning of each step we would take in the process, as well as a light and wonderful sense of humor to ensure that we would never lose sight of the happiness of the day. He wasn't able to be present for the reception, but my new husband and I, as well as our guests, applauded him when he was mentioned in a toast. Thank you so much, Tom, you made our wedding day absolutely perfect!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Darlene was the perfect professional to hire for our big day. From the first time I contacted her, she was very responsive to my emails. When I accidentally gave her the wrong time for the ceremony, she was very understanding and driven to find a solution rather than fret about the mix-up. Darlene was very attentive to our desires for the ceremony, and put me at ease by giving clear directions to me and our wedding party so the ceremony went smoothly. She was even kind enough to remind me to breathe and give me a few pointers to stay calm before I walked down the aisle. She showed up on time and sweetly congratulated me before she left. I would absolutely recommend her to any couple who is looking for someone to officiate their big day!
Say, "I Do"Say, "I Do"
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