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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 Oak Lawn wedding officiants
Babagbemiga A.
He is a very wonderful pastor. He officiated my wedding and he did it so perfectly well.
Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.Solace Ministries Int'l, Inc. & Music School.
Carissa G.
Met with him to go over wedding plans. Super nice guy! Listened to every detail we want. Can't wait for him to officiate our wedding.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Cameron S.
Our wedding officiant was absolutely amazing from the first time we contacted her about our wedding to our wedding day. She was very responsive and professional and such a pleasure to work with. Thank you!!
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Dikshya S.
Rev. Sasha was amazing! She officiated our small wedding, was on time and always responded to my questions. I would definitely recommend her!
Marry Me Wedding OfficiatingMarry Me Wedding Officiating
Yiwei H.
Tom was our wedding officiant, and he was great. We met several times before the wedding day and he gave us many good suggestions. We felt very comfortable while working with him. Tom is the one that you need for your wedding!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
An amazing wedding officiant! We had our wedding ceremony in his home and it completely met our expectations! He made sure to get to know us, so the wedding script seemed as he knew is for years. We felt comfortable with him-especially since we are from out of state. We really appreciate having Dr. Black as our officiant! I would definitely recommend him to others as well as maybe come back for our renewal in 10 years! LOL
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Jaw-waad J.
Rachel was wonderful even before the wedding day. Very professional and responsive, understanding which kept me stress free. I would Highly recommend her to anyone in need of a officiant.
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Thumbtack Customer
Rick officiated our wedding and it was perfect! He helped us with choosing a timeline of the ceremony, a rehearsal a few days before the ceremony, and then performed the ceremony beautifully. Very professional, highly recommend
Pursuit Christian FellowshipPursuit Christian Fellowship
Elizabeth M.
Michelle was an excellent officiant for our outdoor elopement. She arrived ahead of time and made the process of choosing our vows so easy as she had many examples to choose from. She has a warm and bubbly personality that made our ceremony fun and lively. I would recommend her for any of your wedding officiant needs.
Make It All Legal Notary and Wedding OfficiantMake It All Legal Notary and Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Dr. Black did an outstanding job officiating our wedding. He listened to our ideas, offered helpful suggestions and is a very responsive communicator. Would definitely recommend! Thank you Dr. Black!
Lone Star Chaplain ServiceLone Star Chaplain Service
Alex K.
We weren't asking for much in the way of a wedding, ideally a party of 3 enjoying a serene moment together to make official what my (now) wife and I have looked forward to for some time. Rev Kev turned our minimalism into beauty, our simplicity into memorable, and our heart's truth into something official. Folks, it doesn't get any better, thoughtful, or personable than this fine man here. I know that before us Rev Kev mentioned only getting into the officiant business as a means to serve friends and preside over their "I do's". Now with our wedding date in the past, I hope he can continue to say the same.
Rev Kev's Officiant Services.Rev Kev's Officiant Services.
Thumbtack Customer
Leslie was the most amazing wedding officiant (Rabbi) I could have ever imagined. She performed the entire service outside in the freezing cold and did not complain once. She attended the rehearsal and guided my wife and I every step of the way. Every guest in attendance raved about how well she explained every prayer, item, and step of the Jewish Wedding that most of them had never experienced before. I will absolutely refer anyone who is having a wedding and in need of a Rabbi to officiate to her. I wouldn't use anyone else! She was better than I could have ever dreamed!
Leslie MorganLeslie Morgan
Jessica S.
Erika was fantastic! Our wedding was short notice and she had no issues with that, told us exactly how everything would go, was very responsive and has a great personality. I would recommend her to anyone needing an officiant!
Erika Arneson Wedding officiantErika Arneson Wedding officiant
Thumbtack Customer
My fiancé and I reached out to Pastor Tom when we found ourselves in need of a wedding officiant. We met with him in person and found him to be incredibly personable, genuine, and excited about getting to know us and our relationship. While we decided to work with a family friend who we recently discovered performs weddings, I would fully recommend Tom for your wedding. He clearly has a passion for weddings and serving others & the Lord, and it shows!
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Oline C.
We hired Marianna through thumbtack not knowing what to expect, but we were definitely surprised by how great she was from the very beginning of contacting her. She was very professional and responded to every one of my questions and ideas about officiating the wedding very quickly and we knew we found a perfect officiant. She was early to our ceremony and had the time to go over last minute details with the groom. She officiated the ceremony flawlessly in both English and Spanish for our guests and it was just lovely. We would very much recommend Marianna to anyone! Thank you!
Marriage by Marianna and SofiaMarriage by Marianna and Sofia
Thumbtack Customer
I was looking for a man of faith to officiate our Sunday morning wedding. I'm glad I found Pastor Arthur, he's personable and a joy to work with. He's punctual, affable and personalized the service to our liking. Thank you so much for the wonderful service!
I AM  Empowered MinistriesI AM Empowered Ministries
Elizabeth J.
Kristyn was absolutely amazing! She officiated our wedding and we couldn't be happier! She is super sweet and an amazing officiant. We are pretty laid back and when we met her, we got to know each other. We asked her to write our vows for us as simple as possible and she nailed it on the first try, we didnt make any revisions! She was so personable, punctual, and professional. She made our ceremony so special and unforgettable!
One World Ceremonies and MoreOne World Ceremonies and More
Aaron L.
Anthony was AMAZING. He sent us his program notes and allowed us to change them based on our specific preferences. And then on the day of the wedding he did so well. Incredibly punctual, very professional. He led an amazing ceremony and made everything flow so naturally. He truly made our day special. If you are looking for an officiant to lead your wedding, THIS IS YOUR GUY.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Alma F.
Anthony did a fantastic job at our wedding on Saturday May 4, 2019!! Our guests asked us how we knew him since he seemed like a friend or someone we have known for awhile. The ceremony captured exactly what we wanted. We highly recommend him for anyone looking for an officiant for their ceremony. On the day of the wedding he was texting and keeping in touch. As a bride, it was very reassuring.
Anthony PenickAnthony Penick
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Suzi did an amazing job. She was professional and on time. We were running late and when we arrived, she was the sweetest and most understanding. My husband, who planned the entire wedding,my only job was the officiant, was nervous. He said once he spoke with her, he was completely relaxed. She stayed in contact with us throughout the processs.The vows she wrote for us were perfect. Our wedding, would not have been the small and intimate wedding that we envisioned, without Reverend Suzi..
Reverend Suzi McKinleyReverend Suzi McKinley
Traci B.
Our ceremony was GREAT! She was very responsive to each message, very prompt, and very understanding when I had little issue the day of our wedding. I am looking forward s to utilizing her on our year anniversary because we were very satisfied with her as our officiate!
Farrell's Daughter ServicesFarrell's Daughter Services
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Art is a great man. Charismatic, funny, but above all an honest man. Looking back at the experience, I don't think the wedding would have been as great as it was without Pastor Art. He helped us along the way and told us that going forward, we could count on him for anything. If you want a great officiant for your wedding and a good friend for life, give Pastor Art a call, you won't regret it.
I AM  Empowered MinistriesI AM Empowered Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Ralph and Doris are amazing. Kind, God-fearing, and overall good-spirited people. We couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. It was like we'd known them for years. If I had the choice again, I choose them every time. Thank you both so incredibly much for making our day one to remember.
The Bridge Christian Counseling CenterThe Bridge Christian Counseling Center
Isabella C.
Michelle was an amazing officiant for our wedding and we wouldn't have wanted any other person. She held a beautiful ceremony in front of our closest family - one that will be in our hearts forever. She was responsive, kind, warm, and her service was relevant and the exact amount of time we wanted it to be. Thank you so much Michelle for this beautiful service!
Make It All Legal Notary and Wedding OfficiantMake It All Legal Notary and Wedding Officiant
Margaret W.
Rob officiated our elopement during the coronavirus pandemic. We were supposed to be married in Scotland on the date that we decided to make it Legal in Dallas so this was a very emotional time for us. From the first point of contact, Rob was the consummate professional and his responsiveness was absolutely amazing. He was so on top of messages. Rob was extremely flexible regarding our ceremony and also the verbiage we wanted incorporated into the ceremony. His demeanor before our short ceremony and during was so calming and soothing. He is very reliable and punctually. If you are looking for someone of this amazing caliber to officiate your wedding, your search is over, Rob is the one!
Wedding Guy Rob: Wedding OfficiantWedding Guy Rob: Wedding Officiant
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