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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.

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.

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 McKinney wedding officiants
David Z.
Rachel was a complete package. From the different options on how the ceremony should be done up to choices of our wedding vows. Despite the corona virus chaos she managed to officiate our wedding. I highly recommend Rachel as a wedding officiant.
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Rachel L.
Rachel was the perfect officiant for our wedding ceremony!!! Lots of options to make it feel YOUR day instead of just reading a script like some officiants. 1000% recommend!
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Black is amazing! I'm elated with the outcome of our wedding. He was very understanding of our situation, and made our ceremony amazing. I will definitely recommend him to anyone in need of an officiant. Thank you again Dr. Black!
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Thumbtack Customer
Dr Black is very personable and very easy to work with. He comes across as a warm and caring person in his officiating duties, very punctual and professional. Our wedding ceremony was a seamless dream. For a private ceremony Dr Black is highly recommended.
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Black was professional and accommodating through each step of planning our private wedding ceremony. He adhered to all of our requests and took the time to confirm as well. Our dog was part of our ceremony and she warmed right up to Dr. B, and we always trust her instinct. We highly recommend Dr. Black as a wedding officiant.
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Ivy F.
He really came through and made a very stressful event beautiful and special and everything I was hoping it would be. My own father was supposed to officiate my wedding and 7 days before the wedding he left me hanging. LGBTQ+ Weddings usually have family issues but this one left me panicking. Not only did he come through for us, but he respected my partner and my pronouns (they/them) made extremely helpful suggestions and even brought a prop for us to use. He was kind and patient. He seemed like he genuinely enjoys officiating . If you're part of our community and looking for someone who has immaculate vibes, a great personality and will provide a wonderful experience (even last minute), I highly recommend. ❤🧡💛💚💙💜
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Amber C.
Rob officiated our wedding at the Bella Donna Chapel on July 12th. From the moment we started communicating, Rob was extremely responsive! We needed assistance in writing our vows and he provided the perfect sample and allowed us to customize it to include our unity candle ceremony and ring exchange. On the day of the wedding Rob was punctual and arrived well before the scheduled time which was great. I highly recommend Rob and his work. From start to finish it was wonderful and we are so thankful that he made the process so smooth!
Wedding Guy Rob: Wedding OfficiantWedding Guy Rob: Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
I could not have been more pleased with Pastor Tom's work. He was such a sincere person and truly made me and my then fiancé feel 100% comfortable. We met with him a few weeks prior to the wedding and he gave us so much to think about before the big day. I feel so blessed to have found him searching the site. I would absolutely reccomend him if you are looking for someone to officiate your wedding. There will be no awkwardness or confusion as of what to do. He is such a kind man and I hope that we can keep in touch. Jade Wilson
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Dr Michael Black did a terrific job officiating at a wedding ceremony in our home. We met with him at his office where he collected background for a script. He captured our situation beautifully and had it to us for review within two days. Dr Black was very personable with our guests, and the ceremony was perfect and memorable. We both recommend Dr Black highly. He's a true professional in every respect.
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Thumbtack Customer
Garry was our officiant for our wedding this past Thursday. I must say, I could not be happier with his services. He drafted beautiful vows, and executed them perfectly. He spoke from his heart and really seemed to care about us and our marriage going forward. I can honestly say he's one of those people that I could see contacting us years in the future to see how we are doing, even after only having met with us for a short amount of time. I genuinely believe Garry to be a great man and he is certainly a great man of god who loves the people that he helps and services. If you ever need a minister for a wedding or for any other reason, this is definitely the guy I would tell you to call first.
Texas Marriages, Counseling and CoachingTexas Marriages, Counseling and Coaching
Angela B.
Pastor Micah D. Johnson married my husband and me on January 1, 2021. Due to the pandemic my destination wedding planed for August 2020 was cancelled and we set a new date for New Years day, 2021 I was nervous about finding someone to marry us on the holiday on such short notice. I reached out to Pastor Johnson late at night and within 60 minutes he responded to my inquiry. After having a follow-up conversation, both my fiancé and I were in agreement that he would be perfect for our small intimate wedding in our home. I loved that Pastor Johnson offered premarital counseling, allowing us the opportunity to get know him better and ensure we were ready to embark on this next chapter in our lives together. Upon conclusion of counseling we felt like we had known him for years and this chemistry was felt during our ceremony. I HIGHLY recommend Pastor Micah D. Johnson to officiate your wedding!!
Pastor Micah D. JohnsonPastor Micah D. Johnson
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