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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.

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 Tacoma wedding officiants
Anthony H.
Timothy was a great wedding officiant for me and my wife’s wedding. He is the best wedding officiant to have at a wedding.
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Austin T.
She did amazing on mine and my wife’s simple wedding will definitely ask her to do our official wedding
Another One Ties The KnotAnother One Ties The Knot
Miguel C.
Honestly couldn’t have asked for a better officiant for my husband’s and Mine wedding day.
South Sound Notary ServicesSouth Sound Notary Services
Elisabeth W.
We are so fortunate to have Brian officiate our wedding. He is professional, reliable and very knowledgeable.
Ceremonies By SageCeremonies By Sage
Layla H.
I’m so glad to have Tim as our wedding officiant, he was super helpful at the rehearsal and we loved his script.
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Sabrina D.
Rev. Jose Delgado Jr did a fantastic job! He took the time to get to know my husband and I before the date kg the ceremony. The way he officiated the wedding was very beautiful and made our wedding even more special! Thank you Rev. Jose Delgado!! We couldn't have had a better person to officiate!
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Alvaro G.
Sharon did a fantastic job officiating my wedding. She guided me through the step by step process of the ceremony and created an amazing heartfelt script using the questions she sent us. I was very nervous on the day of ceremony but Sharon reassured me that everything was gonna go great and it did thanks to her. I highly recommend Sharon as your wedding officiant.
The Altar State of MindThe Altar State of Mind
Sokira C.
Timothy did an amazing job with being our officiant for our small wedding! Felt blessed to have him join us on our special day
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Thumbtack Customer
Rev. Delgado did a wonderful job officiating our small wedding ceremony. He is very patient and caring. We would highly recommend him.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Raymon B.
Brandon was extremely accommodating to our wedding ceremony. My wife and I were very pleased with the ceremony Brandon officiated for us. I would highly recommend using Brandon for any of your officiating needs. He is very professional, punctual, and courteous. Again highly recommended!
Brandon GarciaBrandon Garcia
Janie R.
My daughter and son-in-law's officiant had fallen through 10 days prior to the wedding. After doing an online search, we found Jose who was very willing to officiate the wedding for them on such short notice. He was late to the rehearsal due to traffic. I wish we would have had time for a run-through with him so that we would know how the ceremonial part of the wedding would flow for the next day. Otherwise, we are very grateful for him and his wife being willing to assist us with this very special occasion!
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Khang N.
Tim was very responsive to our requests and answered all of our questions. We liked that he was punctual and very easy to work with. Definitely reach out to Tim if you need a warning and professional person to officiate your wedding. Thank you, Tim! Best wishes, K&K Nguyen
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Yvonne E.
John was a pleasure to work with in every way! John wasn’t only our officiant but he was also our guidance throughout the whole process. We had two weddings, here in the state and one in the Philippines. We ran into few problems while doing our paperwork for our wedding in the Philippines, I called John for a favor and he was a huge help! Also, he was happy to add a few Filipino traditions in our ceremony. He is so easy talk to, very friendly, and brought humor to our ceremony which was great. John was excellent and we couldn’t be happier that we had him as our officiant. We highly recommend him to everyone! Thank you John for making our day extra special and fun.
Best Day Ever OfficiantBest Day Ever Officiant
Caroline W.
Chose pastor Jose to officiate our wedding recently . He was very friendly and a good communicator all the way through. I chose him because am a Christian and I wanted a believer who understands the Values of a union and subscribes to my faith. Thank you pastor Jose for coming through. God bless you.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Crystal S.
How can I make this short but the best?! David was hands down everything my husband and I were looking for in an officiant! David was responsive and on time in every way! From the first day I contacted him which was only a month before our wedding up to the day of David was quick to respond, clear in communication and so professional all around! We had a small walk through of our venue a couple of days prior to our wedding and he took time out of his day to come meet me and my husband and go over the entirety of details for the day of and was prompt and a few minutes early to the time we had set. Everything day of was seamless and David created the most perfect ceremony! Thank you so much for your services and will be referring you to anyone in need of an officiant in the area! Thank you for such a memorable experience!
South Sound Notary ServicesSouth Sound Notary Services
Miles W.
I found Brandon, after a friend who was supposed to officiate our wedding backed out at the 12th hour (LOL). I was pissed and panicked! After minimal back and forth, Brandon was hired! I’d secured an officiant, but I really didn’t have an idea of how he’d fit in. He was at that point, a line on a checklist. I was really nervous about hiring a stranger to perform a gay union. As we zeroed in on our date, we finalized the ceremony, what would happen; where and when. When Brandon came to our rehearsal, I was like a pot boiling over. I was so decision-fatigued, I couldn’t decide what was for dinner. Brandon’s presence is so calm and assuring. We made a few changes to the ceremony, then we were ready. On the day of our wedding, his mere presence offered us the reassurance we needed to get through the ceremony. Our, non-traditional, same-gender ceremony was amazing. Never once did we feel judged, or looked down upon. Brandon joined in our celebration with the respect and love of a beloved family member. Thanks Brandon, God bless you!
Brandon GarciaBrandon Garcia
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