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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.

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.

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 Suffolk wedding officiants
Melisa A.
I Thee Wed was wonderful officiant. He was on time, very helpful with telling everyone what they needed to know. He was so funny and just had a excellent personality. I would recommend him to everyone looking for a officiant.
I Thee WedI Thee Wed
Chelsea B.
We couldn't have asked for a better officiant for our wedding. She was very flexible with our needs and made our ceremony perfect!
CelebrationsCelebrations
Kimberly W.
A great wedding officiant will work with you to create and perform the perfect ceremony for your couple. Ms. Anna went above and beyond that. They will respect who you are and adjust themselves and their services to meet your needs. Ms. Anna knew our families were of two different cultures. Not only did she communicate to both eloquently; she ensured she embraced both heritages during the ceremony and translated to both while officiating. A great wedding officiant will make sure you feel comfortable and confident on your wedding day and ensure that moment is the most special moment in your life. Ms. Anna had such a wonderful spirit: she made the wedding ceremony grand and engaging; our couple and families absolutely appreciated every moment, every word spoken during our ceremony. It was just Beautiful. Thank you Ms. Anna!!
The Wedding OfficiantThe Wedding Officiant
Lisa G.
She was wonderful from start to finish. Giving us exactly what we asked for. We will be using her again for our vow renewal.l would highly recommend her to anyone who's looking for a officiant for their wedding
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Gary S.
We had a small ceremony of about 15 people. Evan was full of personality, very professional, funny and rolled through our ceremony smoothly. We couldn't have asked for a better person to officiate our wedding. Thank you Evan.
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Makayla C.
Nicki was such a delight to work with! We had great communication leading up to the big day and she was super helpful at the rehearsal. On the day of my wedding, I forgot to bring my marriage license (whoops!) and Nicki was more than accommodating to get them signed later that evening after the reception. She is amazing at what she does and I recommend her to any couple looking for an officiant.
CelebrationsCelebrations
Thumbtack Customer
I cannot say enough great things about Rev. Ed Lilley! We were a little unsure about finding an officiant online, but I would make the same choice again everyday. He gave us an amazing service and everyone at our wedding thought he was a long time family friend. He took the time in the months leading up to our wedding day to get to know us. He would check in often and made sure that everything was going smoothly. He did a fantastic job and all of our guest have mentioned how much they loved the ceremony! You will not be disappointed!
Rev. Ed LilleyRev. Ed Lilley
Sonal M.
What a wonderful experience! I found Keith on thumbtack thankfully but was not sure If he is the right one. Me and my husband are Indian by origin and wanted to do our wedding in Indian temple. Unfortunately we didn't find any Indian officiant to sign our marriage licence. Keith happened to make the process seamless and with a lot of kindness. His focus was not to only do his job but to make sure we get married without any concern and full satisfaction. Keith had a personal issue and couldn't make it personally on our marriage day but made arrangements to get the job done. Me and my husband are super impressed with his passion and willingness to help people and professionalism. He is the best!
Hampton Roads OfficiantHampton Roads Officiant
Amanda S.
My now husband and I plan to have a destination wedding this Summer however we really wanted to make things official 2/22/22. Ms. Sonja was absolutely exceptional. We had an opportunity to meet via Zoom where she offered some great insight and advice for married couples. She even went above and beyond to make sure we were announced as husband and wife at exactly 2:22 for a simple vow exchange in our home. We will never forget her and her sharing in the moment of sending us a receipt of purchase for 2 items that totaled $2.22! We highly recommend her service and expertise to any other couples joining together in holy matrimony! Thank you.
Rev. Dr. Sonja Flye OliverRev. Dr. Sonja Flye Oliver
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