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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 Harrison wedding officiants
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
Nadia S.
Jeremiah did a phenomenal job officiating our ceremony. From our very first call with him, we knew he was the right person for us. He was very organized and provided us with a lot of options to have our wedding ceremony be uniquely ours. He was clear and informative during the rehearsal and he delivered on our wedding day! He was on time, dressed appropriately and extremely charismatic. He made our ceremony exactly the way we wanted it to be. Jeremiah is a wonderful person and great officiant. Hire him if you want a professional and personable officiant. 5 stars all the way!
Jeremiah Dillon, Wedding OfficiantJeremiah Dillon, Wedding Officiant
Can H.
We are very glad to choose Kee-Kee. It was an amazing day for us. She was a great wedding officiant. She was very responsive and such a professional. We would recommend her to anyone who needs excellent service.
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
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
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
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
Tammera C.
Kee-Kee was the absolute best! She was our officiant and our day of coordinator. We couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with. She was friendly, punctual, and gave us so much good advice. She made sure everything was done and in place so me and my wife wouldn’t have to deal with the stress concerning vendors and and our wedding venue. She really went above and beyond for us. She was there whenever we needed anything. And she was so much more than an officiant and a coordinator, she was a friend! Thank you kee-kee! You are the woman!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
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
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
Kashina A.
Kee Kee officiated our wedding she was amazing and very personable We had a small intimate ceremony at the park in which she assisted, by making sure the area was prepared for us. She prepared a beautiful script unique to our relationship. The small details made it so perfect. When we first view you, we knew that you were the one for us. Jonathan and I thank you so much for making our special day perfect.
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
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
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
Stephanie H.
We had the best experience with Let’s Toast Events. Getting married can be anxiety provoking, nerve-racking, and stressful BUT Let’s toast events made the process so enjoyable, stress free, and intimate. Kee-Kee was very kind and professional during every interaction I had with her. I know how hard it can be choosing someone to be your wedding officiant.. I had a hard time deciding myself but something led me to Kee Kee and I am so glad we chose her as ours. Thank you thank you thank you!!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
Sarah D.
Kee Kee came in to save the day after our friend became unavailable to officiate our simple, small wedding at the park. The service that she prepared for us was meaningful and personal, and she did a phenomenal job of inviting our families into our lives and asking us to consider the solemnity of what we were doing. For a petite flower, Kee Kee certainly carries more than her share of gravitas Working with Kee Kee in the lead up to the big day was also extremely easy. She's very responsive to messages on Thumbtack and is happy to text or call, should you need it. Punctuality is important to your service, and it's also important to Kee Kee. So are COVID safety protocols. I would not hesitate to recommend Kee Kee and Let's Toast for any wedding of ANY size or type. Thank you Kee Kee!
Let's Toast EventsLet's Toast Events
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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