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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 Everett wedding officiants
Daiane G.
Jose is so happy and brings an amazing energy with him. Always smiling and being so kind. He is the best wedding officiant ever. I for sure recommend him.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Eli S.
We couldn't be happier with the officiate of our wedding. She was amazing she was patient and considered that we had lots of lil ones running around but it didn't waiver the ceremony one bit it was everything we envisioned and more.She helped give us the most beautiful wedding ever she is wonderful.
It's about the LoveIt's about the Love
Kristina Marie S.
Absolutely wonderful! I knew the first time speaking on the phone that he was the perfect fit. The ceremony script used was one he hadn't used prior and I swear it was written just for us. He arrived on time, was extremely professional yet down to earth. Both my Husband and I felt so at ease with him as our officiant. Once again thank you so much! You are a true blessing to have for anyones wedding officiant!
Rain City Notary Services /The Rain City OfficiantRain City Notary Services /The Rain City Officiant
Edward A.
Pastor Delgado officiated our wedding ceremony in the privacy of our home. I guess this being the " new normal" in the time of a health crisis and pandemic. He was the right person to do the job. He's totally upbeat and very professional. It was a simple ceremony but very memorable for our special day.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
Rev Delgado saved the moment. The day before the wedding my son called me and said that the wedding officiant had broken his leg and was not able to be there for the wedding. With the clock ticking the day before the wedding my son ask me to step in and help. We quickly found Rev. Delgado and sent him the wedding script that was all prepared by my son and his fiancé down to every detail. With the normal tension and added craziness building, the wedding day arrived. Right on time one and half hours before the wedding we quickly and briefly went over things. When the wedding started I was not sure how it was going to come together. Well I can honestly say that it not only went well it was perfect! Rev. Delgado with his warm smile put everyone at easy and delivered without any hesitation the most incredible wedding ceremony. Thank you again Rev Delgado for saving the moment! God bless you and your wife Stephanie.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Julia Y.
Our wedding couldn’t be more perfect without Jose’s help. He is super nice and attentive. Very open to chat on the phone or meet up in person if you needed anything. Jose was on time on our wedding day and everything went smoothly and very well. Not only was he just an officiant, but he’s someone you can talk to about anything in the long run. Thank you for making our day special and reminding us what love is really about. God bless!
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
Great wedding officiant, pastor Jose communicated very well with me throughout the whole experience, was available for any questions I had and was flexible with all my special needs. He was very punctual and patient even though I was the late one. Our wedding was small but he rolled right along with our group. Thank you for making our day so wonderful and giving us such a beautiful ceremony overlooking the water at dusk. You are a very kind, funny, and patient man and a perfect fit for the ceremony I was hoping for. I was concerned about having such a small wedding and getting a "quicky" wedding service but you went above all my expectations and gave us a truly beautiful ceremony whether I had 10 people there or 100. Thank you for everything!
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Celeste P.
We needed a very last minute wedding officiant and Rashad responded quickly and was able to work with our timeline. We arranged something the same day, and he did a great job! We specifically wanted to keep it very casual as we are planning something bigger in the future, and he did just that while still making it a very special ceremony. Thank you Rashad!
Rain City Notary Services /The Rain City OfficiantRain City Notary Services /The Rain City Officiant
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