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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 Leesburg wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Dave was a fantastic officiant. He made our wedding ceremony personal and intimate. He incorporated all of the things that we wanted beautifully. I would highly recommend him for anyone getting married.
Dave ZuchelliDave Zuchelli
Grant G.
We needed an officiant for our wedding less than a month away and we are so fortunate we found Michael on Thumbtack. Michael was extremely responsive from the start. He was professional with just enough humor during the ceremony, and has a great speaking voice. We received numerous compliments after the wedding. Needless to say I highly recommend him.
Michael Rye - Wedding ConsultantMichael Rye - Wedding Consultant
Rachel H.
We got married 4/2/17. Troy was open, honest, and inviting from the beginning. We met with him for the first time in his office and right when we walked back to our car, we knew he was the right guy to officiate our wedding. In our meetings, he asked us deep questions that made me and my husband really dwell and talk about them even days afterward. We still think about these discussions and Troy's advice. Troy also offered other sessions on topics like money, family, and intimacy which we never had the chance to go to unfortunately. Troy worked with us on the wedding ceremony and let us have input as well. We would 100% recommend Troy to any couple who wants a down to earth officiant who they can really form a relationship with. Thanks again for everything Troy! Feel free to use us for references any time. We'll be in touch :) (Rachel & Chris)
Rev. Troy ShortRev. Troy Short
Thumbtack Customer
After looking through the many officiant's, I had Picked Juan due to the many great comments about his services. when first hiring him through thumbtack he was very quick with responses time and had full availability. about a few hours later he told me he "forgot" about another couple he had been hired by on the same day around the same time & if I was willing to change my wedding time so he could do both weddings. At that time my wedding invites were already sent out so it was a no, he said he would see if the other couple would maybe move their time to make it work. when I had told him my concerns regarding him juggling 2 weddings so close together, he never responded back. After scrambling to find a new person he contacts me over a month later to tell me he was now available.. Very unprofessional.
Juan Enrique ToroJuan Enrique Toro
Robin K.
Rev. Hirsch was a complete delight to work with. We chose her to officiate our wedding in May 2018, and it was exactly what we wanted. We first talked on the phone, and then met with her in person for a couple of hours. She listened to our 'story' as a couple and wove it into the ceremony, provided a vast array of readings and vows to assist us with developing that part of our ceremony, and was with us every step of the way as we approached The Day. Her steady and calm demeanor was such a blessing, as our ceremony was very emotional for my husband and me, especially after the very recent death of my mother. By the end of it all we felt like we had known her for years, and that feeling of connectedness was very apparent during the ceremony itself. I should also mention that we had several people comment on how much they "really liked the Reverend" during the reception, which was icing on the cake.
Weddings by Rev. Diane HirschWeddings by Rev. Diane Hirsch
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