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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.

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 Arlington wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Alice was an absolute pleasure to work with. She worked with us to create a ceremony that fit our relationship's, our families', and our religious needs. I did a lot of research on officiants and found Alice to be the best value when it came to what she included and the quality of her work. I would recommend Alice to anyone looking for an officiant for their wedding!
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Stephanie B.
Norman officiated our Zoom wedding on July 10 2020. He came up to Arlington from Fredericksburg and was right on time and did a nice job. He provided possible vows and I adapted one of the options to suit us. Happy experience!
Wedding Officiant, Norman ConnerWedding Officiant, Norman Conner
Thumbtack Customer
Jamie responded to a last minute request when our originally- scheduled Officiant had a medical emergency a few days before our wedding date. We had the ceremony program already written up, and she could have easily just saved herself a lot of time by going with what we had. Instead, she recommended significant enhancements to make it more tailored and meaningful (former officiant just did a bare bones program). We were so happy with her changes. Many people said that they thought the words were so nice and that the officiant expressed things very well. They were surprised that she was a last minute substitution.
Rev. Jamie DeeRev. Jamie Dee
Jarred B.
My husband and I were ecstatic with the ceremony Alice put together for us! From the beginning she was full of energy and excited to give us the best wedding day possible. She was extremely flexible with initially cancelling our wedding due to COVID and later rescheduling to officiate in our backyard ceremony. Alice has a great process of going through options for the type of ceremony we wanted and even wrote us a poem catered just to us during our planning session! I recommend the couple counseling session as well, she had some great insights to help make our marriage a success. She really helped make our day special and memorable. I highly recommend Alice to officiate your wedding! Thank you so much from both of us!
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Alexis H.
He was a life saver. I had gone through 4 officiant s prior due to COVID related issues. I only had 3 days before our wedding and Anthony immediately responded and went above and beyond to make our day special. We are so grateful for him.
The Ministry for YouThe Ministry for You
Thumbtack Customer
John was absolutely wonderful to work with. He helped my husband and I plan out our entire ceremony, and worked with us to make sure it was exactly what we wanted. John was extremely professional the entire time and delivered an excellent service during our wedding ceremony. If you're looking for a fantastic, affordable wedding officiant who really strives to make your ceremony just the way you want it, John is your guy!
Nuptialz: Bringing People Together in MarriageNuptialz: Bringing People Together in Marriage
Thumbtack Customer
John was the most flexible person we had worked with throughout our planning for our wedding. He made sure to meet our needs and wants. He even supplied us with a draft of the ceremony to look at and adjust to our liking. If you are seeking an officiant for your wedding I highly recommend using John Bell. Trust me when I say, he is all about the happy couple and their special day! My now wife and I are very pleased we chose John Bell.
Nuptialz: Bringing People Together in MarriageNuptialz: Bringing People Together in Marriage
Nicholas C.
Dave did an absolutely amazing job performing our wedding ceremony. It was by far the best wedding ceremony my wife and I have seen performed, and it was our own. We wanted a ceremony that was meaningful to our friends and family, and one that wasn't too long and drawn out. Dave did a phenomenal job of making our ceremony just beautiful. He had our friends and family laughing at times and his words touched everyone's heart on our most special day. He incorporated things in our ceremony that we wanted, such as personal vows in place of the traditional vows and he performed a hand fasting ceremony that went with a poem we picked out. Dave also has a lot of experience as a wedding officiant, which proved to be very helpful in planning our wedding. We planned our own wedding and when we met with Dave he prepared us what to expect on our wedding day and how to be best prepared for our day. Dave made our wedding day so special, our family, and friends absolutely loved the ceremony.
Dave ZuchelliDave Zuchelli
Hanh D.
Travis is a hero, do yourself a favor and start with him. He is professional, creative, and thoughtful, and can even deliver in a pinch. We had another officiant lined up who fell through at the last minute. With two days to the wedding, Travis stepped in and delivered beautifully. He proposed a great ceremony to begin with and then adjusted it exactly the way we wanted it. A number of folks asked us about him, saying he was impressive, then when we told them that he only had two days to deliver, people were shocked because he was so well prepared.
Travis J. ClineTravis J. Cline
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