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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. 

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 Bellevue wedding officiants
Joe K.
Pastor Jose was a great asset to our wedding day! He is knowledgeable, quick to respond, and professional while still maintaining a friendly attitude. We are grateful to have had him to officiate our wedding! I highly recommend him and the Best Wedding Officiant! Many Thanks Pastor Jose for saving our day!!!
"Know The Way"- Christian Services!"Know The Way"- Christian Services!
Halla B.
Betsy was awesome for officiating our little wedding! She accommodated all of my requests and was super responsive. She was also very kind and professional. Thank you Betsy!
Betsy LajuenesseBetsy Lajuenesse
Jasmita L.
I reached out to Betsy for being our wedding officiant and she was very responsive. She arrived on time and shared the procedure and formalities with us and officiated our marriage. She also helped us with our vows and after ceremony gave us really cute trinkets. Thank you Betsy, for your service. You are very kind. :) I would recommend her 100%!
Betsy LajuenesseBetsy Lajuenesse
Patrick L.
We used Weddings with Spirit and Wit as the officiant for our wedding, and I’m so glad we did! Matthew did an amazing job, he was able to work us in on short notice and still give us a beautiful ceremony that was customized for exactly what we wanted. Matthew in person was well spoken, charismatic and fun to be around, and he did an amazing job.
Weddings with Spirit and WitWeddings with Spirit and Wit
Erin H.
Unfortunately, hiring a wedding officiant online can be a risk. I wish I had read the other negative reviews before hiring as a warning. I will also preface this with saying that I have never written a negative review in my life, so I am being completely honest here. Firstly, upon hiring him I had confirmed prices for his services, as well as witnesses and his son as the photographer for the day. He then proceeded to tell me that he wanted us to stay celibate before the wedding day. I found this a bit tacky as I was hiring him online, and there wasn't any sort of marital counseling etc that we were hiring him for, so the suggestion/request was unsolicited and uncalled for. The following weeks he confirmed with me dozens of times via phone calls, messages, and emails— to which I was getting very annoyed at the constant confirmations. One or two most confirmations should be enough. On the day of the wedding, the Pastor and his family called to mention that they were late. This was not too big of a deal, however, if we had more guests and whatnot, this would have been unprofessional considering the costs we were paying them. Moments before the ceremony, the Pastor was visiting with my husband (the groom) and rudely asked, "So we're getting paid for this right?" To which, my husband responded, "Uh yes." It was a puzzling question and one that felt like they were there for the payment only and wanted to get it over. The transactional tone was very off-putting given that we were minutes away from saying our vows. We had also hired his son for photography, which his website quotes $200, but on the actual day, he said was actually $250. We didn't make a big deal of this and paid his son for the photos taken, making everything a total of $600 (including tip) for a mere thirty minutes that they were all with us. Not exactly cheap for what we got given that we received about 40 photos, many of which were sub-par, making about half of them unable to even use. Definitely NOT professional in quality. My final issue was actually receiving the photos, which took over a month after asking countless times for even a simple response or timeframe in which we were to receive our photos. They were finally sent after MANY MANY phone calls, messages, texts, and emails requesting them over a month later. My husband even had to warn them that we would be getting our attorney involved if they did not produce the goods that were paid for. Not ONCE did I receive even a response from Trent as to when we would get them or even if he was working on them. Not to mention, it took nearly a month for the pastor to even submit our wedding certificate making us very nervous the entire time that things were not even official. Not exactly professional. Overall, I would AVOID this sham pastor and family at all costs. He is nothing short of a charlatan- aiming to be there in the name of God but really just focused on the profit. Also, the endless harassment for us to write a review was incredibly TACKY.
"Know The Way"- Christian Services!"Know The Way"- Christian Services!
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