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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Salt Lake City wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Jennifer was a wonderful officiant for our wedding!
Joined Together by JenniferJoined Together by Jennifer
Thumbtack Customer
Earl performed our wedding ceremony very professionally!! We are very happy we chose him to officiate. Thank you!!! (:
Oquirrh MinistryOquirrh Ministry
Francis Joseph B.
Cindy was great! The ceremony was so good and the whole family loved it. Thank you Cindy for officiating our wedding!! 10 stars for me!
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Jaime S.
Very amazing! It’s like our officiant knew who we were as a couple. Even the wedding guests asked if he was related somehow. I highly recommend him for your wedding. So caring and thoughtful.
OrangeBird OfficiantsOrangeBird Officiants
Katheryn A.
The wedding was really small, which was great. We definitely loved having Rin as our Officiant. It was a day I'll remember (or hope to remember) for the rest of my life.
Thumbtack Customer
Our wedding officiant cancelled two weeks before our wedding. Rev. Earl Dowdle not only came go our rescue, but made me glad our original officiant cancelled. The ceremony he prepared for us actually made me cry just reading it and I'm not an emotional person. He was very professional and he and his wife were so sweet and nice, and friendly with everyone. I'm glad they became part of our wedding and I would highly recommend him and will!
Oquirrh MinistryOquirrh Ministry
Terasa K.
OrangeBird Weddings is the best way to go if you want the best virtual wedding that you can ever have. Punctual, professional, with great work quality. OrangeBird's officiant Greg is the best and knows how to make your union feel incredible!
OrangeBird OfficiantsOrangeBird Officiants
Diana S.
Cindy was a pleasure to work with from start to finish! She was very kind and professional. Everyone at my wedding loved her beautiful words. I’m very happy that we chose her to officiate our wedding and would definitely recommend her!
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Marc G.
Eileen was very professional and responsive. She took us from start to finish of our Wedding Ceremony and made it a very pleasant and easy experience. I am very happy that we chose Eileen to Officiate our Union. If you are still considering an Officiant for your Wedding you can't go wrong hiring Eileen. I could tell she is very experienced and we couldn't be a happier with how smoothly everything went. Thank you!
Eileen Lynch Wedding OfficiantEileen Lynch Wedding Officiant
Thomas W.
Ash, was very personable and extremely professional. We decided to elope at the last second, only gave her 3 day advance notice, was happy to officiate our wedding taking all the stress away and was easy to work with. Without hesitation, have Ash officiate your special day. You won’t regret it! Thank You, Ash!
Ash Marie Wedding OfficiantAsh Marie Wedding Officiant
Danielle P.
Terri is the best, she officiate our wedding for us! The way she put our love story together from the questionnaire was awesome! She made our day very memorable! Thank you Terri ❤️
Your Perfect Day Wedding OfficiantYour Perfect Day Wedding Officiant
Rachelle M.
Cindy was such a marvelous officiant for our wedding. She really made sure that the ceremony embodied exactly what we wanted. She was professional, thorough, and extremely pleasant. She felt familiar and really captured our love and spirituality
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Rachel G.
We couldn’t have picked a better person to officiate our wedding other than Cindy. She did such a fantastic job! She deserves 10 stars across the board. Thank you so much Cindy we loved working with you!
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Jenny E.
Nancy was absolutely incredible, kind, soothing, fun, professional, and made our day much more special. She does have a way about her! I would highly recommend having Nancy officiate at all types of weddings. Thank you Nancy!
Promised VowsPromised Vows
Sherin L.
I loved how Cindy worked on my wedding. She’s an all-rounder. She did a great job in coordinating our scripts making sure everything was to our liking. She’s Very outgoing, she helped with picture taking too. Even my guests loved how she worked. I’m glad I found her to officiate my wedding. It was great having her.
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Shaylee C.
Our first Officiant was so unprofessional and had a huge lack in communication! I’m so glad we decided to go with Eileen she was professional, prompt, and caring to our wedding. I would recommend her to family and friends! Thank you so much for all your help!
Eileen Lynch Wedding OfficiantEileen Lynch Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Our wedding officiant plans fell through and Rev Earl contacted us back immediately to help us out. He had less than a week notice and he made everything still smooth and beautiful. When we met with him we knew right away he was perfect for us. Such a great guy and easy to work with.
Oquirrh MinistryOquirrh Ministry
Austin D.
Greg was everything we could have hoped for. He prepared the ceremony meticulously and had the perfect personality for our wedding. Greg was very responsive, worked with what we wanted, and even recorded the ceremony for us. We wanted someone a bit more personable, relaxed, and organized and Greg delivered on everything. We highly recommend him to anyone looking for any officiant service.
OrangeBird OfficiantsOrangeBird Officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Nancy officiated my daughter's wedding on October 9, 2016. She was amazing! She was so professional and on top of everything, she instructed the bridal party on what to do, the service was wonderful and she really went above and beyond. The photographer, guests and venue staff even mentioned to me how impressed they were with her. It really couldn't have been better. Thank you, Nancy! --Susan Adams
Promised VowsPromised Vows
Joseph S.
We had the pleasure of Reverend Earl officiating our wedding ceremony. He was very organized at the initial meeting, was very versatile with the wedding program based on our needs, polite and professional. When our day came he was right on time. When the bride was running behind he waited patiently in a stuffy, hot, cramped space. He handled the many distractions with kindness and grace, made us feel special and made our day beautiful for those in attendance and those watching the live stream. We got several compliments on him from our guests, as well. I highly recommend him for your special day.
Oquirrh MinistryOquirrh Ministry
Susan c.
The church we attend has half a dozen pastors all who were "too busy" to perform our wedding ceremony. We were in a panic to find someone who would be our officiant. We contacted Reverend Earl and he got back to us right away and we met by phone. We told him about our respective families and he was very kind and understanding. Rev Earl arrived on time and was very gracious. He set a perfect tone for our wedding ceremony. He did all we asked and provided us a copy of our vows too. I highly recommend him!
Oquirrh MinistryOquirrh Ministry
Gavin W.
Fantastic officiant, this guy is real a pro! We even had other vendors coming up to us and complementing his work. Greg was highly skilled with his ability to deliver our wedding ceremony perfectly. His approach kept things fun, but very heartfelt. Everyone really had a great time working with him and he helped us steer things in the right direction. Cannot say enough great things about our experience with Greg! Highly recommend!
OrangeBird OfficiantsOrangeBird Officiants
Savana V.
Cindy officiated our wedding today, and we were so grateful to have her! Our plans, like many, were cancelled due to COVID-19. I reached out to Cindy only 3 days before our wedding day. She was extremely responsive and empathetic. She helped us work through our ceremony, and provided us with more options than we knew we had. Ultimately, our ceremony felt comfortable and extremely personal to us. We opted to not have a rehearsal, and Cindy still absolutely killed it. She is professional, affordable, and incredibly kind and understanding! I am so glad we had Cindy join us on our special day!! 💖
Legit Love WeddingsLegit Love Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
We had experienced a bit of trouble finding an appropriate officiant for our wedding, so we were thrilled when we met Nancy! We selected what we liked from a few different sample scripts (she has several to look through) and from those she created one specifically for us. I liked having the flexibility to change wording and add personal details. She even gave us a nicely decorated copy of the entire ceremony script as a keepsake. Her experience helped the whole wedding run smoothly and her cheerful and caring personality put us at ease. Many of our guests commented on what an excellent job she did (on the wedding day and still do months later). Even more importantly, we were pleased--Nancy was absolutely wonderful! I would definitely recommend Promised Vows!
Promised VowsPromised Vows
RaeAn B.
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Greg on our wedding day. Greg was super amazing to work with! He has a way of making you feel so comfortable during your ceremony and he is so funny and personable! He also has great ideas if you aren’t sure what you really want during your ceremony. Our families loved Greg so much and complemented on what a great service he did (I’m not sure if he knows this). I highly recommend you hiring Greg to be your officiant. He goes over the top and he is punctual.
OrangeBird OfficiantsOrangeBird Officiants
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