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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 Virginia Beach wedding officiants
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Campbell did a wonderful job officiating our wedding. We are new to the Hampton Roads area and wanted to find a minister that could both officiate our wedding affordably and make us feel very comfortable, he did just that and more! He was the best choice for our wedding!
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Cynthia c.
James was such a pleasure to work with! He made our wedding day so special. What an awesome day we are so happy we chose him to officiate our wedding
The Wedding PastorThe Wedding Pastor
Thumbtack Customer
Daniel Campbell was the officiant for our wedding and he did a wonderful job! He was on time and within our budget. He had a good sense of humor and kept everyone laughing. We would recommend him to anyone in need of an officiant!
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Deb D.
Its very stressful to plan a wedding and find an officiant from out of state. Evan made our wedding feel very prrsonalized and specail. He is very personable and can mingle well with allgroups
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Jordan E.
Marisol was thoroughly professional and helpful throughout our wedding process taking care of all the behind the scenes paperwork and elegantly officiating our ceremony!
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Thumbtack Customer
We had a beautiful wedding! Rev. Daniel's message during the ceremony was perfect. Definitely recommend him to others who may be looking for awedding officiant
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Kharla R.
I enjoyed having Evan my wedding officiant I looked for so many n he was the one he was polite n professional on every level I really recommend on having Evan as one of ur officiant he makes sure that what you want you get
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Thumbtack Customer
Nice person and competent officiant, but can not be on time. He was 30 minutes late for a lunch time wedding. Also, he is sometimes hard to reach due to using a Google voice number.
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Brenda P.
Bishop Ducksworth has performed more than 1,600 weddings!! 💒 However, he made our ceremony so very personal and performed an exceptional professional Christian ceremony for us. We were very appreciative of his easy rapport and pleasant demeanor. My husband and I had a fantastic wedding experience with this seasoned and caring 🙏🏽💖 wedding officiant. We would highly recommend him to others.
I Do Weddings N 7 CitiesI Do Weddings N 7 Cities
Thumbtack Customer
I thought Bishop Ducksworth was very professional and he kept me amd my husband at ease on our day. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone i know that is looking for an officiant for their perfect wedding day!!
I Do Weddings N 7 CitiesI Do Weddings N 7 Cities
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Daniel to officiate our wedding on 8/17/2014 and he was great, Beyond expectations! Reverend Campbell is an amazing preacher, I would highly recommend him to anyone! He made our ceremony feel very special and one of a kind! Greg-
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Pastor Chris officiated our wedding on May 6, 2016, and the experience from start to end was excellent. He was very prompt in his communication, he listened to what we wanted in our ceremony, and he provided helpful guidance and suggestions but ultimately let our vision guide the ceremony. He had helpful suggestions to help us organize our rehearsal, and everything went smoothly during the ceremony. Our guests gave positive feedback about both the content and delivery of the ceremony. He has a very steady, grounding, personable, and relatable presence. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone looking for a wedding officiant.
Pastor Chris WeddingsPastor Chris Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Campbell was amazing beyond words. Our wedding in our home state of WV was ruined and we decided to go to VA beach with just a few of our family members. Rev. Campbell was flexible, professional, and friendly. I could not have survived the day without Rev. Campbell. We would highly recommend him to everyone looking for the nicest wedding officiant on the entire east coast.
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
He was wonderful our wedding ran an hour late but he was early and patience and was even thoughtful enough to bless us with a meaningful gift. Dressed very nice and we couldn't have asked for a better officiant. Thank you so much for making our day special.
Pastor Chris WeddingsPastor Chris Weddings
Earl B.
Bishop Frazier officiated our wedding on June 13th 2021, he performed a beautiful ceremony for my husband and I, and our family and friends really enjoyed his words. He was professional and family oriented and we would recommend him to anyone. Thank you for such a great day and blessing !!!
Bishop Ronald A. FrazierBishop Ronald A. Frazier
Ginnie S.
He was absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend him!! He was early. I was late. We were rushed because it was about to rain. He stayed focus and on task and we finished right before it rained! Very sweet guy and super blessed he was able to officiate our wedding! If you book him, you will not be dissappointed.
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Christian P.
My wife and I are extremely grateful for having Evan officiate our backyard wedding during these crazy times. Evan was not only receptive to our COVID-19 protocols in the house, but was able to give us the Civil Ceremony that suited our tastes! Evan's overall style is customizable based on our needs; our civil wedding was more on the funny side, which included song references, pop-culture references, and inside jokes between my wife and I. Evan left my wife and me satisfied and smiling (That's what she said).
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Travis H.
I chose one star not because I worked with her but because of the lack there of. I contacted her to officiate my wedding to which she responded by sending me a message telling me to email her. I emailed her twice and sent two messages on thumbtack. She finally responds on thumbtack that she got my emails and just “didn’t respond” and that she would email me that day. That was last Wednesday. And now I still haven’t heard anything back. If it’s this difficult just to set up a consultation I could only imagine how difficult it would be to hold a ceremony. If you can get her to respond to you in a timely manner then she may be the officiant for you.
Rev. Dr. Sonja Flye OliverRev. Dr. Sonja Flye Oliver
Tonesha W.
Deva officiated our elopement at the beach and we could not be happier! She was quick and responsive with changes and wanted to make sure we had everything we needed for our big day and the service was absolutely beautiful! She was so kind and sweet and had such a beautiful spirit! She has a variety of packages to fit your needs and includes so many other extras like providing an arch or bouquet if you need it as well. Our wedding day was so perfect! Thanks Deva!
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
You were way more than we expected...we were pleased to have you officially marry us....glad you stuck around and enjoyed food favors and the reception...most would jus say what they say straight forwArd get there money and leave....we love how down to earth and really Inote rested and I valves you were with our wedding....I will be recommending you out to anyone that I know in the future and hope to stay in contact :) UR amazinggg
Lighthouse Wedding OfficiantLighthouse Wedding Officiant
Kathryn P.
We could not have asked for a better officiant for our wedding ceremony. Evan always stayed in communication and took all the stress out of our day. He was able to personalize the ceremony without even meeting us beforehand. Evan was also extremely flexible as we planned our ceremony at the very last minute and coordinated to ensure after being booked by another couple that he could still do ours as well. He is extremely nice and personable. All details were explained and our day was perfect! I would definitely recommend him to anyone.
Married by EvanMarried by Evan
Thumbtack Customer
Ed Lilley officiated our wedding in Virginia Beach, he was absolutely wonderful to work with !!! We live out of state and he made it so easy and comfortable. He went above and beyond with everything for us. The person who marries you is such a huge part of your day and I am so thankful that it was Ed. He makes you feel like you have known him forever. He is easy to talk to, a great listener and has a great sense of humor. He personalized (with his own touch) our ceremony, which we both thought was GREAT !!! We are so happy to say that he was part of our big day !!!
Rev. Ed LilleyRev. Ed Lilley
Thumbtack Customer
We hired Ed almost one year ago for our wedding. We live in FL and the wedding was in VA. That made planning a little more difficult than normal and since we didn't have a church we found a pastor online. At first, I was hesitant. I mean- we'd be married by someone we had never met in person. This turned out to be of little concern as we got to know Ed. He invested countless hours over the last year on us- getting to know us, skyping, phone calls, making sure everything was running smoothly. Day of the wedding he came and saw me first and he made everyone feel comfortable. The ceremony was absolutely perfect. He took everything he learned about us and worked his magic. Everyone kept saying how lovely the ceremony was and they thought he was an old family friend. He stuck around and met family and ate dinner. He was absolutely the perfect officiant for us. Not only was he there for us on our day but I know he will be there for us in the future if we ever needed him. He is prompt at answering you and never misses an appointment. Thanks Ed! You're awesome!!
Rev. Ed LilleyRev. Ed Lilley
Samantha R.
I've been struggling to write this since my wedding on the 22nd of Oct in Va Beach. There were some great things. But some very unsettling and moments I can never get back or redone. I had a videographer and two photographer. She did show up on time. Now the bad. If it wasn't for our first look. She wouldn't of been able to confirm some last minute details (names)( this is important for later) Ceremony started on time. As she requested because stated numerous times before because she had another wedding across the water. when saying our names. She didn't use just our first names.just said our full government names. First, middle, last. She got mine correct(bride) but absolutely murdered my husband (grooms) middle name. Taylor( she said) actual is Tyler. Then to my children. She mispronounced Ezra. Then she blessed our rings that were never previously spoken about doing. Kinda threw all of us for a loop. Now I am a pretty easy going person. I can handle a few things going weary. But the full government names and the mispronounced child's name I can't let go. When we kissed. Normally the officiant moves out the way. Not this one. She had to get a photo of her own. It was a great photo but principles. Yes we have photos that have her with her phone up snapping a photo. If it wasn't for the mentioned above she would of gotten a higher rating. But the names are pretty huge. Considering we confirmed minutes before the ceremony the pronunciation
The Wedding OfficiantThe Wedding Officiant
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