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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 Bellevue wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Nicki was very accommodating and professional. We appreciated her willingness to work with us to customize our wedding. I would HIGHLY recommend her services as a wedding officiant. Many Thanks!
CelebrationsCelebrations
JE'VON F.
We had " Ms.KIONDRIA JOHNSON " officiate our wedding, and we must say.Everything was handled "VERY" professionally.We we're truly impressed.She is a amazing person!!!!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Thumbtack Customer
Keith is simply amazing. We hired him to officiate our wedding at the last minute, and he was nothing but professional, kind, an all-around great guy, and a nice calming presence. He made our wedding day so special. Thanks Keith!
Hampton Roads OfficiantHampton Roads Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Wayne was wonderful! He performed just what we wanted for our small, intimate ceremony. His personality was delightful! I will recommend him again and again to any of my friends needing the services of a wedding officiant.
wayne swatlowskiwayne swatlowski
Thumbtack Customer
We LOVED having Robin officiate our wedding. She was very helpful in the planning and did a wonderful job with the ceremony, it was perfect. We felt as though we had known them forever, friendly, fun and down to earth.
Bird on a Bike Wedding OfficiantsBird on a Bike Wedding Officiants
Jennifer T.
Wow! Tiny Chapel was incredible! Bill was the perfect officiant for our ceremony. He was so kind, accommodating and funny! We loved this experience! Do yourself a huge favor and choose Tiny Chapel Weddings, you will be so happy with the experience. 😊
Tiny Chapel WeddingsTiny Chapel Weddings
Dawn B.
Spence and I had a million things to do on our wedding day and Kee-Kee was so prompt and flexible to our needs!! I would recommend her and Let’s Toast Events to anyone looking for personalized, professional officiant services!!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Thumbtack Customer
Liz Modeste was awesome! Very professional, on time, always returned my calls and made my husband and I feel so comfortable during the ceremony, we loved her and would highly recommend her for anyone needing a wedding officiant.
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
Thumbtack Customer
Liz Modeste is a great wedding officiant! She was the first to respond to my request on thumbtack. Her communication skills are great, our phone conversations were delightful. She was so accommodating to the wishes we had for a Christian wedding ceremony. She really tries to give you exactly what you want, irregardless of your particular faith or background. I could tell that she really loves what she does and puts a lot of "heart" into it. The night of our wedding Liz showed up with such a joyous spirit. Everything went so well. We couldn't have asked for more. Liz's love of life, God & her work is very apparent, and we were so pleased to see our official copy of our marriage license come quickly in the mail just 3 business days after our wedding.
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
Salina M.
Gail was absolutely wonderful! We couldn’t have asked for a better officiant. She listened to what we wanted and didn’t want. She was prepared and on time even with the stormy weather that took place on our day. She answered all of our questions and was willing to officiate our wedding even if it was in the rain. She kept it short and sweet so both the groom and I as well as the guests were happy. Thank you so much for everything!
Marriage Officiant, Gail OlbergMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg
Thumbtack Customer
Nicki was a life saver! I contacted Nicki to help my best friend out since her Wedding Officiant backed out last minute, Nicki was able to step in with no problem and responded so quickly! Next, my friends wedding ended up getting postponed for a family emergency, and Nicki was wonderful to work with and able to reschedule. Finally on the wedding day she performed a beautiful ceremony and was so organized. I would recommend Nicki to anyone!
CelebrationsCelebrations
Thumbtack Customer
Liz Modeste was the Officiant at our wedding. She is willing to do anything for her clients and is flexible with meetings. She is very personable which makes the ceremony unique. I would not change a thing about the day, and I am very pleased with the services she provides!
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
Christina B.
Jeremiah gets a 10/10 in our book. We loved working with him as we built the perfect ceremony for our wedding. He was very responsive over email and even met with us a few times as we were planning. He handled our marriage paperwork seamlessly and was so patient with us if we had any questions about the paperwork process. We would definitely recommend Jeremiah! It was a pleasure having him officiate our wedding!
Jeremiah Dillon, Wedding OfficiantJeremiah Dillon, Wedding Officiant
Christina B.
Gail made our day truly special! As a same-sex couple, it was important for us to find an officiant that we felt comfortable with, and Gail truly made our day so special. The words she selected were perfect and really helped us focus on the moment. Our ceremony was just the two of us, and Gail was really helpful in pointing out picture ideas and areas at the courthouse for us to conduct the ceremony. She really helped to guide us through the whole planning process, and it is greatly appreciated. We felt like Gail made the day extra special and highly recommend her to anyone considering her to officiant their wedding!
Marriage Officiant, Gail OlbergMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Liz is the best at what she does, she is friendly, nice, and punctual. she is always there when I call her, and she gives you great advice. it was a great experience working with her, I don't think I could have picked a better officiant for my wedding! She is great and I would recommend her to any friends or family member. Yvie
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
Thumbtack Customer
We decided to take the "leap" on February 29, 2016. The tiny chapel was a beautiful location for our intimate ceremony. The officiant, Bil Malbon, had such a meaningful service prepared. We never wanted a huge wedding and a big fuss. We were provided a lovely, affordable, memorable,and professional service. Very grateful to Tiny Chapel. It was exactly what we were looking for on our special day!
Tiny Chapel WeddingsTiny Chapel Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Bill of Tiny Chapel Weddings provided top notch service from beginning to end! Very professional and personable and Bill was super communicative leading up to the ceremony to make sure that our officiant needs would be met the day of. He was on-time to our pop-up ceremony site and even stayed longer than planned to accommodate us running behind schedule. Will definitely recommend others for their special day!
Tiny Chapel WeddingsTiny Chapel Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
My fiancé and I truly enjoyed our initial meeting with Mrs. Modeste! She had such a warm and positive spirit that we felt from the moment she opened her mouth. She was genuine and we felt her excitement for us. She made the appointment about us and really listened to our ideas and wishes for our wedding ceremony. She provided feedback and suggestions without being pushy. She was profession, organized, and thorough. She made everything for us very easy and her fees are VERY responsible. We are just so thankful we find her and look forward to her officiating our wedding and!!!
All Things NecessaryAll Things Necessary
Thumbtack Customer
"It's ED!" Outstanding, he was an excellent officiant! Serious yet "light", he ran the show and it ran the full spectrum of emotions... serious with some well timed humor sprinkled in. Leading up to our wedding he was readily available, we spoke as often as Jess and I wanted. I think he is tip top, I wouldn't have wanted anyone else's services after our wedding yesterday. I believe he is genuine, I think he lives what he speaks, I think you'll be extremely glad you hired him if you need an officiant. He goes the extra mile, he listens to what you want, he delivers... what else could you ask for... he'll tailor "your day" to your wishes... 5 stars, number 1, all that rating "stuff"... he's legit! Thanks Ed, you were tremendous, many complimented your service to us out of the blue during our conversations. Call him, talk to him, you'll hire him. Joe and Jessica
Rev. Ed LilleyRev. Ed Lilley
Thumbtack Customer
We received nothing but compliments on our ceremony yesterday and we have Wayne to thank for it! We met with him once to go over our thoughts and he helped turn our ideas of a simple, intimate ceremony into reality. He took the time to listen to us and when he gave his reflections, you would have thought we were old friends, not someone we met just a few weeks ago! We highly recommend him to anyone needing a wedding officiant.
wayne swatlowskiwayne swatlowski
Alexis F.
Jeremiah was fantastic! He was thorough and flexible. I had so many compliments from family members telling me how great a speaker he was and how well he capitalized on some candid moments. Jeremiah took the time to talk to me for a long while getting a sense for exactly the type of ceremony we wanted before we ever hired him and he more than delivered on our expectations. Weddings are without a doubt a chaotic mess but lucky for us, a great officiant was one thing we nailed.
Jeremiah Dillon, Wedding OfficiantJeremiah Dillon, Wedding Officiant
Reyne J.
Starting with our first phone conversation, I knew there was something special about Gail. She was very informative, professional and put me at ease with bridal worries. I booked her months in advance because after speaking with her I had to have her officiate my wedding. She listens to what YOU want and envision for your day. Do yourself a favor and reach out to her now..I was beyond satisfied, my now husband loved her and we got countless praise from our guests on our ceremony. It was a night full of love and happiness and I'm certain Gail Olberg played a crucial hand..
Marriage Officiant, Gail OlbergMarriage Officiant, Gail Olberg
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