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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 Georgetown wedding officiants
Cameron H.
Frank did an awesome job officiating our wedding. Have zero complaints, everything went so smoothly from start to finish.
Thumbtack Customer
Stephen did a great job officiating our wedding. He had such a graceful presence. He knew how to put a smile on everyones faces. The whole wedding party loved him. I couldnt ask for a better person to marry us.
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
Renee G.
Elder Lyles was exceptional and agreed to officiant our wedding on pretty short notice due to covid. However, he was professional, prompt in responding, and over delivered! I would definitely recommend him for your day!
Elder LylesElder Lyles
Kimberly W.
Stephen was AWESOME! From the first initial meeting until he said his goodbyes after the ceremony. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant. His professionalism is superior and his kindness is exactly what every couple needs when planning their wedding.
I Do CeremoniesI Do Ceremonies
Patrick A.
Frank is such a great man, We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant. This man was always available to reach when We had questions, he wrote such a great ceremony, and asked if we wanted anything changed, added, or removed. He was so helpful at rehearsal and the ceremony!!! He has a great sense of humor, and such great professionalism. We were so blessed to have him at our wedding.
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Scott was the most amazing part of our wedding. We were left high and dry without a minister on Christmas 9 days before our wedding. He was enthusiastic about getting to know us and being everything we needed on the day. He never left the bride's side, he was always attentive if I needed a moment to breathe, if I needed to make an announcement to the party he was happy to do it. He was an all around coordinator that made my day special! My fiancé grew up with a single mom. Rev Scott helped to easy his nerves, tie his tie, and even read some precious words that family had given him to read when we were alone. I can't thank him enough, we were directionless and needed help! He held our hands and got us married! He even wrote 3-4 drafts of the ceremony till it was perfect, and printed up a bound copy for us! He was there when I needed tissues. He was there the day before when a family tragedy struck and we had to push through an awkward rehearsal. Words cannot truly say how much he meant to us. He made us feel like family, and I hope to stay in contact through the years! He is a truly honest soul whose business is not wedding consulting/officiating, but rather his ministry is love! I know having that ceremony and those photos will help our marriage grow, and our love thrive!
I Thee Wed Rev. Scott KerschnerI Thee Wed Rev. Scott Kerschner
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