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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 Virginia Beach wedding officiants
Jenna C.
Nikki did such a wonderful job at our wedding. All the guests thought the ceremony was perfect! Couldn't ask for a better 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
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
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
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
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
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
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