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Your burning questions: answered

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Plano wedding officiants
Allen H.
We are very glad to have Michelle to be our wedding officiant. She is not only helping us to write the vows but also arrived at the wedding location earlier than the time of appointment. It’s our honor to have her.
Make It All Legal Notary and Wedding OfficiantMake It All Legal Notary and Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Suzi is a very warm and caring person. She was so wonderful officiating our wedding, the ceremony and exchange of vows was warm, loving and even humorous including our dogs in the ceremony. I would highly recommend her! Thank you Reverend Suzi!!!
Reverend Suzi McKinleyReverend Suzi McKinley
Mariel G.
Pastor Tom was our officiant for our wedding. We met a couple of times and he guided us because we didn’t have clear what we wanted. That day it started raining so I couldn’t get out of the car in time but he was considered and waited for me. Pastor Tom made sure to include our kids in the ceremony and make it sweet and easy! Thanks for your professionalism.
Kingdom Advance MinistriesKingdom Advance Ministries
Patricio F.
Rachel was so helpful in so many different ways! She was always very responsive to any questions or concerns we might have had. Most messaged we sent her were responded within 30 minutes and at the lated early the next morning. She was very punctual and professional when she wanted to meet us and again when the wedding took place. She was also very patient on any concerns we might have had and gave us many options on how we wanted our wedding to be. We were able to customize our own script based on some exiles she provided for us. I am glad I chose Rachel as our officiant, I would most definitely recommend to anyone!
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
Thumbtack Customer
Hi Pastors Mr and Mrs Alexander, we just want to thank you for the wonderful service you provided for our wedding. Not only did you make our special day unique from any others, but you also made it special for all of our guests.Your service was excellent and you composed yourself very well. We really wanted to let you know we are very thankful for you for officiating our ceremony, and we would definitely recommend you to anyone we know that is getting married. Thank you!
The Bridge Christian Counseling CenterThe Bridge Christian Counseling Center
Jovan N.
Dr. Khannah Josue and her team were simply amazing. Dr. Josue and her team were punctual and very professional. The most important thing to my husband and I was selecting a wedding officiant with a great aura of energy. Dr. Josue was so much more than we expected. We got to experience her great energy prior to our ceremony when we completed a martial counseling session with her, that was very enlightening and beneficial. Definitely recommend completing the martial counseling session with her. My husband described Dr. Josue as a ray of beauitful energy and sunshine. She was the perfect officiant for our ceremony, she spoke so much positivity, life, and love into our union. I know our union will blessed for many years because of the beautiful and powerful words she delivered during our ceremony. We couldn't be happier with how everything turned out and recommend everyone hire Dr. Josue and her team for your ceremony, I promise you won't be disappointed. Thank you Dr. Josue and team for everything.
River Walk Ceremony with Dr. Khannah JosueRiver Walk Ceremony with Dr. Khannah Josue
Amanda A.
Our original wedding was canceled due to Covid 19 so my fiancé and I just wanted a quick ceremony until were able to reschedule the main event again. The Dotted Line was so helpful with everything! She suggested a few locations, gave advice on how to change my last name, I mean she basically guided us through the whole thing. What I loved the most is that she’s so friendly and bubbly before the ceremony and then she switches to a soft spoken professional during the ceremony. She not only officiated our ceremony but she acted as our family and friend as well. We recently moved to Texas so it was just us two and our puppy. I highly recommend The Dotted Line!
The Dotted LineThe Dotted Line
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