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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 Lakewood wedding officiants
Megan C.
We are so thankful we chose Brian as our officiant for our wedding at Thornewood Castle in May! He was so kind, professional, communicative, and performed a beautiful ceremony for us. We were also very impressed by how he dressed and looked so nice for our wedding day. If you are still searching, look no further! Brian is the best there is! We only had my mother as our guest due to Covid. So we had just the photographer, videographer, musicians, and Brian at the wedding. We will forever remember Brian, not only as our wonderful officiant, but as a dear friend. We will forever be thankful to you!
Ceremonies By SageCeremonies By Sage
Lizeth C.
I hired Karen as our wedding officiant on December 24th, our ceremony was in Spanish, and she helped write our vows, which was nicely done. Overall she was very professional and responded quickly, she’s just what I was looking for, and I would highly recommend her!
Ceremonies by Karen J ManzanoCeremonies by Karen J Manzano
Wyona A.
Lonnie was amazing! He was our officiant at our wedding recently and had family/friends come up to us saying he was really good at what he does. I couldn’t have picked a better person to marry us. He is very kind and funny too! Thank you Lonnie for everything you’ve done for us!
Lonnie AndersonLonnie Anderson
Joanna n.
We selected Reverend Brian Sage to perform our wedding ceremony, where we were marrying and blending our two families together. We were so pleased with the vows that he wrote for us that lovingly United, not only the two of us— but our children as well. His personally written vows were SO meaningful and positively impacting for all of us. Also, Reverend Sage’s personality is so comforting, that he put us, and all our guests at ease. He is also a professional, in that he quickly responds to any questions or other wedding planning needs. On top of these outstanding qualities— he also gave us our vows printed up professionally in a white binder— And He gave us a beautifully framed marriage certificate to hang with our wedding pictures. These extras were of no cost— just given out of love and respect for our new union. Basically, I would recommend Reverend Brian Sage to anyone seeking that just-right officiant to oversee and bless their marriage. You can’t go wrong with him. His services, personality, and professionalism were outstanding.
Ceremonies By SageCeremonies By Sage
LeAnne B.
John made our day amazing! A week before our wedding our original officiant canceled on us and in a panic I sent out a message on this app. He had a great price and reviews so we took the chance. HE. WAS. AWESOME. Our ceremony was so elegant yet fun and personal. People even told us they enjoyed it and it made them feel great, they stayed engaged with with his speech because it was fun and personal to them as well. He helped us with our vows and his speech showed the guests what we represent and why we were all there. I am extremely happy with his work. We even left the marriage license at home the day of being in a rush and he was patient then too, working with us and waiting so we can get the paper work done. I could go on and on. But my last words will be he was mother approved, which is hard with a mother like mine who expects so much and is picky and particular. She was extremely happy. So Thank you John. Thank you for helping make it the best day of our lives.
Best Day Ever OfficiantBest Day Ever Officiant
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