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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 Bremerton wedding officiants
Jasmine P.
Her husband & her were such a delight. Very professional and respectful. My husband and I loved every second of the ceremony, couldn’t have asked for a better wedding officiant.
It's about the LoveIt's about the Love
Lauren C.
Timothy went above and beyond to officiate our wedding. He was professional with a great sense of humor, while offering suggestions to make our ceremony even more special. Everyone enjoyed him
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Thumbtack Customer
I am so blessed to have had Rev. Delgado perform our wedding! He was very patient and flexible with the tight last minute schedule that I had had and the sudden changes that I had made at times throughout the wedding. I never felt stressed around him at all! Rev. Delgado's kind Christ-filled heart truly helped make the experience a memorable one. I am ever so grateful! If anyone is ever needing an officiant I wouldn't think twice--hire Rev. Delgado! Thank you and God Bless!
"Know The Way"- Christian Services!"Know The Way"- Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
Reverend Delgado did a wonderful job on my son's wedding. He touched base with the client many times to make sure he conducts the marriage just like the bride and groom want. He is a warm, loving person that does this as a ministry. He loves making a married couple happy, and he will counsel the couple before and after the ceremony at no additional cost. In addition, he was the most reasonable of all officiates I checked out. You will not regret having him conduct the ceremony. God bless you reverend.
"Know The Way"- Christian Services!"Know The Way"- Christian Services!
Linda E.
Rev. Michael Gregory was professional, punctual, and just down right perfect for a snap together ceremony during a difficult time/pandemic. He made my husband and I feel comfortable, answered all of our questions right away, and he even stayed around for a few minutes to enjoy a little celebration. Ceremony & Celebration took place in Liberty Bay Waterfront Park Poulsbo, WA. After the ceremony was completed, we signed official documentation, and enjoyed cupcakes. It was a perfect day and a prefect PNW wedding, wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you again for helping us fulfill our dreams on this special day. Mr. & Mrs. Epps 5-20-2020
Reverend Michael GregoryReverend Michael Gregory
Elizabeth M.
I would hate to think he was trying to be deceptive, but either that's the case or he is very unorganized and unclear. When deciding who to hire, he said he and his wife did premarriage counseling. It meant a lot to my husband and I that we did this. After we met with him and hired him, we reached out and asked about scheduling the counseling appointments. He said that the first time we met, when we all introduced each other and he told us about his life background and we said why we wanted to get married, was the only counseling meeting we would be doing. ? It was in a busy, loud Starbucks, without his wife, and he mostly talked about his perspectives. We ended up buying a self workbook and doing that instead. Not the experience we wanted at all during this special time in our lives. We sent him a copy of the ceremony script we wanted to do. When we hired him, he said his services including planning the ceremony, writing vows, and he would be flexible and do the ceremony the way we wanted. We met with him over the script and he was very pushy about using the one script he always uses. When we wanted to do a unity candle, he refused to read that section and told us to find someone else, perhaps a family member, to read it. It was too much for him to prepare. It was about a paragraph long and this was 3 months before the wedding. I started feeling very anxious and said let me think about it and get back to him. My husband and I thought a lot about it and we told him we really wanted to use the script we had developed (which was extremely run of the mill, just not HIS) and we understood if he didn't feel comfortable doing our ceremony. He responded flatly that he would do it our way. I reached out a few days before the rehearsal dinner to ensure everything was set for it and he responded that he would "see how it goes." I asked what he meant and he said pre-wedding humor. I didn't think it was funny, considering all the things I was balancing- I didn't need the officiant to wing it and "see how it goes." I needed a "yes, we are set on my end, see you on xyz day." I let it go. Then he reached out to me, again, just a few days before the rehearsal dinner and wedding, and told me since we wanted a bunch of extra stuff (The unity candle ceremony. That was the only section added to what his script's organization was), that he was raising our price. I literally burst into tears. Nothing about the experience with him was special. It felt dirty. It didn't feel holy, or spiritual. It didn't feel God-inspired. I reached out to a friend who knew another officiant and we hired him, 3 days before our wedding, and kindly told Jose that due to our differing perspectives, we were declining his services. I caution you. Be extremely clear what you want upfront. And don't expect too much besides him reading from his script.
"Know The Way"- Christian Services!"Know The Way"- Christian Services!
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