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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.

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.

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 Vancouver wedding officiants
Holly R.
Lori did a wonderful job on my daughters ceremony. I highly recommend her to officiant your wedding.
Elegant Weddings & EventsElegant Weddings & Events
Kayley L.
LaNora did an incredible job officiating our wedding. She was very kind, flexible, and an absolute pleasure to have at our wedding! I highly recommend contacting LaNora for your big day!
It's about the LoveIt's about the Love
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie was very kind and professional. It was great having an Officiant with so much experience! Ernie shared ideas and helped us create the perfect wedding ceremony. I also really appreciate that he mailed all of the paperwork for us after the wedding! We came home from our honeymoon and our Marriage License was already in our mailbox. We highly recommend Ernie to anyone in need of an Officiant! Thank you Ernie!!!!
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Brittany p.
He was the worst experience we have had with an officiant so far! His profiles description of how he would handle our wedding made him our best choice but once we started actually talking with him his personality, lack of communication, and self centered business tactics made him someone we would never want officiating anyone’s wedding! Good luck to who ever gets stuck with this guy😢
I Now Pronounce You!I Now Pronounce You!
Thumbtack Customer
Loretta was perfect for our wedding. She was extremely helpful, nice, professional, and treated us with complete dignity and respect. She even met with us a few days before to quell any questions or issues we may be having. I would recommend her to anyone, different-sex or same-sex, looking for an excellent wedding officiant. Thank you Loretta.
Loretta Rossini, Wedding OfficiantLoretta Rossini, Wedding Officiant
Michaela C.
We found DG Wedding Bliss online via Thumbtack. We knew as soon as we saw his caring smile in his profile pic that he was the officiant we wanted. My spouse and I were just married last weekend on March 13th. DG Wedding Bliss is very professional, responsive and all around awesome! Two thumbs up. Would definitely recommend.
DG Wedding BlissDG Wedding Bliss
Thumbtack Customer
I want to give a huge thumbs up to Ernie Claeson for officiating our wedding. Our first impression of him -- he was very personable, very accommodating to our needs and flexible with his schedule. During our rehearsal, he gave us guidance which smoothed the way for a wedding we will never forget and keep in our hearts forever. Thank you very much, Ernie. You were awesome!
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Jerusha R.
My husband and I wanted to have a traditional Christian wedding. We reached out to Don and he chatted with us for a while over the phone to get an idea of the kind of wedding we wanted. Don is approachable and excellent in communicating with his clients via email or over the phone. He made sure to answer our questions and was flexible in customizing our wedding script. He was very natural in the way he conducted our ceremony. We received a lot of compliments from our guests for the way the ceremony was held. I would recommend Don to any couple looking for an Officiant.
DG Wedding BlissDG Wedding Bliss
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie is a consummate professional! We had a unique wedding plan and Ernie went with it without a hitch! He stayed in touch with us for weeks leading up to the event. He showed up well before the ceremony and was very personable with our guests. We were in the middle of house hunting while planning our wedding. Our final itinerary was given to Ernie just days before, and like the true professional he is, our wedding went off without a hitch. We would recommend Ernie to anyone needing a caring, thoughtful and detail oriented officiant! Mat and Liz Cerul.
EC MatrimonyEC Matrimony
Thumbtack Customer
Jon is a very skilled and patient Officiant. we had a major delay in our wedding procession and even though we only asked him to be there for 45 min he stuck around well past his time to help us finish our ceremony. A true professional, I would highly recommend you hire Jon for your event.
Jon Turino, Wedding OfficiantJon Turino, Wedding Officiant
Akayla J.
I would not recommend this officiant, Cathryn. Cathryn asked us to fill out a questionnaire so she could get to know us better, which we both completed. Then without prior approval, she shared our answers during our ceremony and included in our VOWS, that my husband wished I would quit smoking! I'm happy my husband was honest but appalled that she would share something like that in wedding vows and especially without approval. My grandparents didn't need to know I smoke cigarettes. Also, she read the speech and was flipping through pages the entire time. I spoke to her before hand and explained our unique unity ceremony. (We mixed a little cement together, to cement and lay our foundation as one.) During the ceremony she forgot, fumbled over her words and I had to tell her what to say, in front of everyone. Also, on the legal document she wrote that we married on 7/1/2017 when we were really married on 7/7/17. Also, she wrote that we signed the document on 7/1/2016!? So the day and the year are wrong. I tried to reach out to her several times to politely inquire how to fix the errors... she wouldn't answer my calls until I called from a different number. Then she told me she couldn't fix it until the following week so I had to submit the affidavit for correction myself. I'm so hurt that she didn't treat our day like it was special. I'm sure as an officiant, weddings become a dime a dozen, but I'm so humiliated and went through so much trouble due to carelessness and lack of preparation. My heart is broken. I'm not sharing this review for any reason other than hopes that it doesn't happen to someone else. Much love.
Wedding by Divine DesignWedding by Divine Design
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