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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Reviews for Tacoma wedding officiants
Austin T.
She did amazing on mine and my wife’s simple wedding will definitely ask her to do our official wedding
Cherise Klosner - Another One Ties The KnotCherise Klosner - Another One Ties The Knot
Terry S.
She is the best. Such a great wedding she officiated for me and my wife. She is Awesome.
Essential WeddingsEssential Weddings
Vanna P.
We would like to thank Janine for being a great officiant for our wedding ceremony. She was a great to work with!
Lifetime Memories Wedding OfficiatingLifetime Memories Wedding Officiating
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!
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
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!
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!
Thumbtack Customer
We couldn't have asked for a better person to do our ceremony. Rev. Valentine is very personable, professional and truly passionate over the wedding his officiates. This was one part of the wedding that was stress free. He gave a script very fast that fit exactly what we were looking for.
Reverend ValentineReverend Valentine
Thumbtack Customer
Janine was our Fabulous officiant. Before we met with Janine, I was nervous. I knew that, finding an officiant, someone who was down to earth & easy going. She was that & more. She wanted to know about us, how we met, our family, who was in our wedding party, what we wanted & didn't want. She took notes. It was a great meeting. Later she contacted us & based on our information that we gave her, she put our story together, for our wedding. On our wedding day, she checked on me, made me comfortable. She gave me advice, good advice. Our ceremony was Beautiful! Our guests abosutely Loved her!!! We highly recommend Janine. She will put together a Beautiful ceremony for. You will not be disappointed😊🌺
Lifetime Memories Wedding OfficiatingLifetime Memories Wedding Officiating
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
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