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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 San Antonio wedding officiants
Justin H.
Dale was absolutely amazing in officiating our wedding. A very down the earth guy and very patient with us as we were running a little behind schedule. I highly recommend Dale to officiate your wedding!
Dale the Wedding OfficiantDale the Wedding Officiant
Nicole B.
Dale did a great job officiating our wedding, he has far pricing and showed on time to the ceremony. I would recommend this officiant
Dale the Wedding OfficiantDale the Wedding Officiant
Leticia B.
Heather did such a lovely job officiating our wedding, I couldn’t have been more pleased.
Wedding Ceremonies by HeatherWedding Ceremonies by Heather
Alyssa S.
We were so impressed with having Heather officiate our wedding. She wrote the entire ceremony and personalized everything to make it resalable to both the bride and groom. She had the perfect balance of seriousness with lightheartedness. I would recommend Heather for any type of wedding you're seeking an officiant for!!
Wedding Ceremonies by HeatherWedding Ceremonies by Heather
Thumbtack Customer
Audrie made our wedding experience beyond amazing. She was very communicative and made sure we knew what was going on at all times. I thoroughly enjoyed her as our officiant and would recommend her to anyone seeking a professional officiant
San Antonio Wedding ProfessionalsSan Antonio Wedding Professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Sally was so wonderful! She helped us with our ceremony selection. We wanted to include a poem and found a special poem for us. Everyone in my wedding thought the poem was perfect. We had such a great time! She was always professional,but it was like having a friend officiate my wedding. Also,because of our schedule differences she was able to help us online or over the phone. I would certainly recommend Sally to you all looking for a wedding officiant!
Joyful Unions San AntonioJoyful Unions San Antonio
Heather T.
He was excited to officiate my son and daughter-in-law’s wedding. Listened to everything she wanted and responded according. The ceremony was created around them. It was beautiful.
Edward GildemeisterEdward Gildemeister
Nikki S.
Tanja was awesome! She made our intimate ceremony special, memorable, and was really present with us. I'd highly recommend having Tanja officiate your wedding!
Let's "I Do" This WeddingsLet's "I Do" This Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
We enjoyed Reverend Sally officiating our wedding. She arrived early and met with the groom and I separately before our BIG MOMENT. Made us feel at ease. Thank you so much!! Katrina & Paul
Joyful Unions San AntonioJoyful Unions San Antonio
Kimberly R.
I absolutely loved everything about Reverend Sally Mosley. I contacted her about two weeks out from my official wedding date and was luckily able to book her. Thank God I did! She did an amazing job. Of course like many others it was my first wedding and this would be, my now husband first time ever attending a wedding(his own) so we had no idea what would be said during our ceremony. She made it so easy and less stressful. We were able to walk through the entire ceremony over a phone call which helped because my husband and I are are very busy people during the day. On the day of the wedding she showed up very prepared and ready to officiate our wedding. She is bilingual which took me by surprise but also helped out greatly because my dad is more fluent in Spanish than he is in English so she was able to communicate with him on his comfort level and that warmed my heart. If I could redo my whole wedding I would still choose her to officiate the ceremony. Everyone loved the ceremony too.
Joyful Unions San AntonioJoyful Unions San Antonio
Melissa S.
Phillip was the best officiant we could have possibly gotten. I am so thankful I stumbled upon his information on this site. He made our wedding so special and our family and friends just loved him.
Celebrations by PhillipCelebrations by Phillip
Andrew E.
Reverend Sheryl Martin was an exceptional officiant. She put together a great wedding program for my wife with short notice. Not only does she have a great venue with multiple locations but she provides complimentary photography. I highly reccomend using her for services. She is very professional and truly cares about making everyone’s wedding the most memorable occasion.
Reverend Dr. Sheryl T. MartinReverend Dr. Sheryl T. Martin
Alana R.
Pastor Jay is Amazing! Our wedding ceremony was personalized, fun, quick and flowed perfectly. Pastor Jay is very responsive to texts/emails. He incorporated everything we wanted into the ceremony and gave us much more. He got to know a little bit about us and really made the ceremony personal. I’ll definitely recommend Pastor Jay to anyone looking for a wedding officiant. Thank you so much!
Pastor JayPastor Jay
Joseph T.
Dale was absolutely wonderful, we couldn't have lucked out with a better officiant for our wedding and his professionalism and demeanor made our special day Magic. He truly gave us confidence in his experience from the get go and continued to guide us through the process. 10/10 would recommend.
Dale the Wedding OfficiantDale the Wedding Officiant
Jessica M.
Rev Sally Mosley is such amazing person. She was very professional yet kind and so helpful during our wedding. She was such a pleasure to have as our officiant and she felt like family by the end of it. Everybody complimented the ceremony and Sallys way of projecting it. We highly recommend her and so thankful to have met her.
Joyful Unions San AntonioJoyful Unions San Antonio
Amy G.
At the last minute, we needed a officiant for our wedding and pastor Jay stepped in to help us. He was very easy to work with and it was a smooth process. Our families complimented him in the delivery of our ceremony, they said he spoke as of he knew us for a long time. We are extremely grateful for pastor Jay and couldn’t recommend him more to you!
Pastor JayPastor Jay
Erika Z.
We enjoyed meeting Mike as our guests did--he is loquacious, funny, and accommodating. Mike directed a sweet and special ceremony for us. Before the wedding, he met with us and discussed ideas and even offered solutions to our COVID-19 situation and the weather inconveniences presented. If you want a serious officiant who takes the time to listen to you, Mike is the person.
Bluebird, Rev Mike CurtisBluebird, Rev Mike Curtis
Caitlyn H.
Jon truly was our saving grace on our wedding day! My husband and I came in from out of town to have a very small ceremony and our pastor got sick 12 hours before we were supposed to get married. I came to Thumbtack and got an immediate response from Jon. Even though he was performing another wedding ceremony that morning, he was so willing to work with us and do everything he could to make our day happen. When we got to our location he was warm and welcoming and made sure everything was perfect. He’s truly an amazing man of God and you would be lucky to have him officiate your wedding!
Texas Hill Country WeddingsTexas Hill Country Weddings
Jennifer C.
Mr. Gildemeister was a wonderful officiant!! He was very patient with me as I had a lot to do while planning my wedding! He has a very kind demeanor & is very much about making sure your ceremony goes the way you'd like. He makes suggestions but is very open to how you invision your ceremony. We loved him. My, now husband, thought he was a very nice & friendly person. We were very happy with our choice. Thank you, Mr Gildemeister!!
Edward GildemeisterEdward Gildemeister
Arianne A.
Rev. Mosley was a joy to have at my wedding! Her words were beautiful and she spoke loudly so that all of my guests could hear her (we were in a park with no sound system). I felt like she was a member of our family and not just an officiant. We recieved many compliments on how beautiful the ceremony was and that it seemed like she knew us forever! I would highly recommend her services because she responded to emails quickly, was prompt, and created a wonderful ceremony for me and my husband that we will never forget! (She also pronounced our last name, Zaragoza, correctly!!)
Joyful Unions San AntonioJoyful Unions San Antonio
Amanda M.
We decided to elope the week we found her. I was searching for an elopement venue simultaneously. When I saw Dr. Martin also had Reverend in her title, I thought what a wonderful officiant to do the intimate wedding we wanted. Once my inquiry went through she was very quick in response...definite +1 in the book! Then we found out she could do our ceremony at her place in Wimberley aka Hill Country, our ideal setting we were elated...another +1!! When we set our hearts on The Wishing Well location (for an extremely wonderful price) communication was always clear, concise, thoughtful while also very professional. We both loved the questionnaire to pinpoint our LOVE story, ideals and values for Reverand Dr. Martin to craft vows unique to our relationship! Also, the fact she was willing to go above and beyond anything we needed to ensure our ceremony unfolded exactly as we wished!! Our wedding was everything we imagined in our minds come to life before our eyes....intimate, private, elegant in a peaceful outdoor setting with every detail we chose. A beautiful experience to start our life as one. THANK YOU Reverand Dr. Sheryl Martin <3
Reverend Dr. Sheryl T. MartinReverend Dr. Sheryl T. Martin
Paige W.
I couldn’t of picked a better officiant at my wedding! When you have almost half of your guest coming up asking about him where did you meet him, he was great, etc I think that shows how great of a job he did. He showed up on time, stayed for our pictures, professional, outgoing, when reading the scripture he sounded so passionate about it I even started getting teary eyes. At one point before walking down I got nervous and he reassured me and made me feel calm. He mailed our license for us. Even through the changes of date he worked with me and showed up when he could of easily told me he had other plans. That shows me he is a man of God and iust a genuine person! When I first met him he took a shake of my hand and was based on word which I love because you don’t find that anymore. Thank you so much for making our day so beautiful!!
Texas Hill Country WeddingsTexas Hill Country Weddings
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