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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. 

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 Houston wedding officiants
Estela O.
She was an excellent officiant to our wedding, very kind and professional.
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Jairo N.
Our wedding ceremony with Officiant Veronica Maldonado was magnificent. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant than Veronica! Our wedding ceremony was very last minute with only a day away Officiant Veronica was available and worked with us from learning about us to waiting for the groom who ran a couple of minutes late to the ceremony. Officiant Veronica did an amazing job leading the ceremony from her words to her tone. You could see the wedding guests with tears. We will forever be grateful, for she was a huge part of our ceremony , officiant Veronica pronounced us husband and wife. <3
Officiant Veronica MaldonadoOfficiant Veronica Maldonado
Nicholas B.
Pretty sure it's rare for ordained official to get to wedding b4 the bride. Very amazing
Sterling Weddings (by Silver Star Entertainment)Sterling Weddings (by Silver Star Entertainment)
Thumbtack Customer
Excellent Officiant! I could not be more pleased! He fulfilled our last minute request to get married and my new husband wants him to by the officiant at our "big wedding" next year as well.
Pastor Martin PiggeePastor Martin Piggee
Alisa T.
My introduction to Mr. David was very pleasant and professional. We look forward to him officiating our wedding!
David Collingsworth - Not Your Ordinary PreacherDavid Collingsworth - Not Your Ordinary Preacher
Beatriz A.
She arrived before time to get the papers ready. She was friendly. Kind. I recommend her as wedding officiant.
Cne Notary ServicesCne Notary Services
Sulema D.
Lesly is very informative, she responded quickly and I am Excited for her to be able to officiate my wedding in October
Lesly, let’s get married!💕Lesly, let’s get married!💕
Janet H.
She was wonderful!! Way more than I expected!! I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a wedding official.
Let's Get Married Now ❤ Jeynees BilingualLet's Get Married Now ❤ Jeynees Bilingual
Thumbtack Customer
Jan was the best wedding officiant we could have ever asked for. She is a wedding professional & not only handled the ceremony perfectly, but she also helped me in so many other ways. She gave me a confidence that everything would be great & it was! Not only is Jan the best officiant you could ever have at your wedding, she is a remarkably great & genuine person. We were so pleased to have you Jan, thank you so much!
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Medhanit A.
Jan was very professional and punctual. We appreciate her availability as a Christian officiant, we were able to have our wedding reflect our beliefs.
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Shail M.
You should def book Pastor Leo to officiate your weddings. He was punctual, even waited for some time. The ceremony he performed was sooo beautiful.
Pastor Leo Loves WeddingsPastor Leo Loves Weddings
Keiah W.
Thoroughly pleased with our Officiant. Darrell was communicative, friendly, funny, professional and really took time to understand us as a couple to incorporate our story in our wedding ceremony.
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Eliana D.
I had to find a new officiant a few days before my wedding and Yvette came through for us. Within a few days she responded and was prepared on our wedding day. She's a very sweet woman and did a great job!
Yvette Westmoreland - Twin Flames of TexasYvette Westmoreland - Twin Flames of Texas
Shannon D.
My wife and I were so happy that Sierra officiated our wedding!!! A true professional and an amazing person. I would highly recommend Sierra. She’s a Rockstar!!!!
Sierra’s Notary ServicesSierra’s Notary Services
Pauline R.
Mr. Peden was a very nice gentleman. He arrived 30 minutes before my wedding was to start as planned and was an absolute professional with the entire ceremony. He was a very down to earth person and I am glad I chose him to officiate our wedding. Thank you Johnny for being part of our wedding memories.
Your Special DayYour Special Day
Olive W.
Lynn was amazing!!! We contacted her to officiate our wedding with only 2 days notice. We got married inside Costco, Lynn was so nice, and pleasant. She preformed the wedding ceremony with absolute ease and professionalism. I would recommend Lynn for any type of wedding! She was such a blessing for us on our special day!
Wedding Officiant by LynnWedding Officiant by Lynn
Sreyashree B.
Septymber made our wedding day extra special. She’s very accommodating and easy going. We enjoyed having her officiate our marriage. Will highly recommend her 😊
*To Have & To Hold”*To Have & To Hold”
Ashton H.
I hired Silverbell Weddings for my bilingual ceremony. Our officiant was so kind and well spoken. Thank you for helping make our special day even more special.
Silverbell WeddingsSilverbell Weddings
Anne N.
Mr Ashley was a wonderful officiant. He took the time to talk with the bride and groom ahead of time so that his service was more personal. He was very professional and helped make the wedding special.
Will U Marry MeWill U Marry Me
Rae A.
We were married this past weekend and He did an amazing job!!! My husband also said the officiant came to hang with him in the Grooms suite before the wedding! He told our story as if he knew us prior to the wedding. He had the audience laughing and crying!!
DOMinion WeddingsDOMinion Weddings
Porter C.
Robert was an amazing officiant! He made our wedding ceremony memorable and personalized! He was always available for any questions we had, and even gave us some good ideas for the ceremony.
Will U Marry MeWill U Marry Me
Mansi K.
Jan was amazing!! She was very kind and caring before, during and after the ceremony. Our wedding had a mixture of Indian and American traditions and Jan prepared the perfect script for our wedding. She followed up with me a week before the wedding for any last minute changes and also learned pronunciations of some Hindi words. She arrived 45 minutes early and explained details to me and my (now) husband about the sequence of the ceremony. She also did her research on Hindu traditions (garlands, sindoor) before our ceremony to make sure everything was correct on the script. She is a wonderful wedding officiant! I am so fortunate to have Jan as my wedding officiant. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Wedding MinisterWedding Minister
Oni B.
Mr. Martin was excellent! He counseled my husband and I prior to our nuptials and also officiated our wedding. His outline for the ceremony was easy to follow and easy to customize. Despite a few speed bumps at the ceremony he breezed right through and made it look easy! Would definitely recommend him for any of your officiating needs
Pastor Martin PiggeePastor Martin Piggee
Toy R.
I was looking for the right officiant for our ceremony so, my mom found her and I’m happy that she did. Her quality of work for our ceremony was so beautiful I wouldn't change it for the world. She was very professional and responsive to my every need. If you’re looking for an officiant for your ceremony, I highly recommend Silverbells Weddings.
Silverbell WeddingsSilverbell Weddings
Patricia L.
Maribel did an amazing job officiating our wedding. We were very pleased with her punctuality and professionalism. She was very sincere with conducting the ceremony. Thank you so much for an amazing day.
Silverbell WeddingsSilverbell Weddings
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