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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.

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 West Seattle wedding officiants
Rachel C.
John did an amazing job officiating our wedding! He was spot on for our ceremony and captured us effortlessly!
Best Day Ever OfficiantBest Day Ever Officiant
Tom And Paul K.
Rev. Michael officiated at our wedding with both humor and solemnity and helped to make our special day perfect. Would definitely recommend him.
Reverend Michael GregoryReverend Michael Gregory
Jeremiah H.
Cherise was a great officiant for our quick signing and declaration! She made it through downtown traffic and met us in such a busy area for a very small event and was very positive throughout the entire experience. We're planning on doing an official ceremonial wedding down the road and we won't hesitate to look to Cherise again!
Cherise Klosner - Another One Ties The KnotCherise Klosner - Another One Ties The Knot
Julie C.
Unfortunately, I didn’t have the pleasure to work with pastor Jose because we’ve decided to have our friend to officiant the wedding. Pastor Jose was very friendly and responded quickly with all my questions.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
Susan Baker was the Officiant at our wedding ceremony in West Seattle. I was impressed with how well Susan read the vows that we had written. Susan is very pleasant & professional. We would recommend Susan.
West Seattle Ties the KnotWest Seattle Ties the Knot
Justin K.
Imogen was not just our officiant for our wedding. She was like a family member that made us feel comfortable and at ease. We both HIGHLY recommend Imogen to be your officiant, minister, or just a friend to be there for your special day. If I could rate her higher than 5 stars on thumbtack, I would, but unfortunately she gets the highest possible score available. Thank you Imogen!
Imogen LoveImogen Love
Thumbtack Customer
We were so pleased with Jeanne Dembeck officiating over our wedding, she was on time, greeted each and every person in the wedding party, and very pleasant throughout. She has a good speaking voice and the vows we chose were delivered in a very calm and heart felt manner. I would be glad to recommend her to anyone.
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Paul S.
Pastor Jose officiated our ceremony this past weekend, and we could not be more pleased. He was punctual, accommodating, and responded quickly to all correspondence. Even with a week’s notice, he was willing and more than happy to officiate our intimate wedding experience. His son Trent was also hired as a photographer, and he too was beyond our expectations. We would highly recommend Pastor Jose to officiate your wedding. Also, if needing a photographer, we would highly suggest, Trent. After our ceremony, we went down to Alki Beach, where he made us feel so comfortable with taking his directive for the perfect shots. We are truly blessed to have had a beautiful union lead by Pastor Jose. Thank you, Pastor for your prayers for our union, and our family! God bless, Paul and Nina
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
We could not be happier with our decision to have Susan officiate our wedding. Susan is punctual, professional, and very kind. She is very easygoing and worked hard to craft the ceremony we had envisioned. Susan took time to get to know us. We highly reccomend Susan.
West Seattle Ties the KnotWest Seattle Ties the Knot
Thumbtack Customer
If you decide to hire this officiant, you will want to get a backup plan. After committing to our date and one hour after sending the wedding contract to us, she sent me an email stating she is now going to marry someone else on our date. So disappointing and unprofessional!
Weddings In Washington/ High Alpine ChapelWeddings In Washington/ High Alpine Chapel
Dan D.
I reached out to LaNora the morning of the wedding as we had our officiant cancel that day. She responded within 30 minutes and could not have been more pleasant and professional to work with under a stressful situation. LaNora did a into phone call with the Bridge and Groom, arrived on-time for the ceremony, walked us through the flow of the ceremony and was open to including our preferences. She was a wonderful officiant who provided positive loving energy to the marriage ceremony. Everyone present commented about how much they liked LaNora! Nothing but 5 stars!
It's about the LoveIt's about the Love
Chan L.
Like many couples during these tough times my wife and I had to make many changes with our wedding. Rosslynn really made this entire experience so special and enjoyable for us with her responsiveness, her positive vibe, many helpful advice regarding the planning of our wedding day, and with a lovely ceremony. She is very communicative and professional. She spent time with us virtually when we first hired her to get to know us better, stayed in communication via text/email leading up to the wedding day, came early on the day to scout the wedding venue, and stayed in touch with us after the wedding when we had questions about the marriage certificate. She provided such great service! I feel confident recommending her services to anyone who is looking for a top quality officiant for their special day. Thank you Rosslynn!
Essential WeddingsEssential Weddings
Thumbtack Customer
Susan was absolutely amazing and so sweet! She officiated our wedding on June 18th of this year. I know that we weren't the easiest couple to work with seeing that we live out of town, and I was very scatterbrained, but she kept us on track and gave us loads of information, help and encouragement. Two thumbs up and would defiantly recommend her to anyone getting married in the Seattle area.
West Seattle Ties the KnotWest Seattle Ties the Knot
Della T.
Tim officiated our wedding last weekend. I would highly recommend him to anyone considering booking him as their officiant. From start to finish, Tim is responsive, warm, and collaborative/easy to work with. We wanted to have an intimate, non-denominational ceremony in our favorite park in West Seattle, and Tim was flexible about date and helped share his favorite ceremony script templates for us to read and modify in advance of the day. We only ended up changing one or two lines, it was so thoughtfully and beautifully written as he had it. We wanted to keep the event restricted to just us and our infant daughter in attendance, so Tim was kind enough to offer to bring his lovely wife and his friend as our witnesses for the marriage. On the day of the ceremony, Tim was a thoughtful and excellent officiant. He genuinely loves what he does and it shows. You won’t be disappointed to book him for your event. Thanks, Tim!
Forever in LoveForever in Love
Keyton K.
I spoke to John on the phone a few months before my wedding, stressing out about finding the perfect officiant. From our first conversation, I knew he was the one! He was professional, kind, funny, and put me at ease about the whole ceremony. I could just tell he would do a great job. He sent us a rough draft of what our ceremony would look like, I sent him a couple of edits that I wanted to be changed, and he took them and tailored it to make our ceremony just how we wanted. An officiant can really make or break the ceremony (obviously) and sets the tone for your whole wedding I think. John really played a part in making our big day the BEST DAY EVER! My parents loved him and guests told us how much they enjoyed our ceremony. We would totally recommend him to anyone!
Best Day Ever OfficiantBest Day Ever Officiant
Thumbtack Customer
Don was the magic we needed to complete our wedding. He wrote the absolute most beautiful ceremony it was perfectly fitted to the two of us. He showed up early and we were not able to convince him to stopping helping with the setup! I had 2 officiants b4 him cancel out for one reason or the other...He was our lucky charm of the evening. I was amazed with the service that he provided. My wedding could not have been more perfect and Don was the special touch that helped. I couldn't be more appreciative. He will always hold a place in my heart as the person who joined me lawfully with the love of my wife! THANK YOU Don!!
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Daniel B.
Can't say enough good things about LaNora. We were a little nervous about using an officiant we hadn't met prior, but those worries were misplaced. Prior to the ceremony LaNora quickly responded to my emails and we had a phone call the week prior to discuss details. On the day of, LaNora and her husband Allen showed up 20 minutes early and helped us with the paperwork prior to our ceremony (we did a zoom wedding because of the coronavirus). Ceremony script was thoughtful and professional. Huge unexpected plus was that Allen is a great photographer and took some great photos of the ceremony with the monster camera he brought along. Highly recommend LaNora, you're in good hands with her whether you're doing a small quick elopement to a large traditional wedding.
It's about the LoveIt's about the Love
Juliet Q.
Hannah was great! I am not great at communication and Hannah was very flexible with us. With little communication from my end, she showed up very professionally and did a phenomenal job. We were able to create our own meaningful vows and everything! She offered to host our event on Zoom for our families who couldn't make it to tune into. They loved it and we felt so connected to our loved ones abroad. In addition, I embarrassingly forgot our wedding license at home the day of the wedding. Hannah was very patient and understanding and just asked to reschedule to do the signing. Within 48 hours of the ceremony, the paperwork was signed and Hannah sent in the paperwork on our behalf. If you are looking for a patient, understanding, and flexible officiant for a very reasonable price, she's the one!
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Melissa M.
John was an amazing officiant. He made the ceremony so special and what he wrote was actually heatfelt and authentic. He had quite a few glitches to contend with at our prticulatr wedding and his responses made the glitches endearing and memorable. Many of my guests came up to us after the ceremony to ask how we knew John bc he conducted such a warm and engaging event. I one hundred percent recommend John, he is kind, attentive and genuinely knows what he is doing! He was great to work with!
Best Day Ever OfficiantBest Day Ever Officiant
Tami S.
First thing I want to say is that Pastor Jose' will truly make your ceremony special!! He was always in touch, reminding us of when to apply for our wedding license, would we need help finding a photographer, any help with our vows we might need, he assist just ask,ect... his response time back to us when a question was asked was immediate. He arrived at our home with such a happy and calm presence, and his smile made me personally feel so joyful and put me at immediate ease. Our ceremony was in our home and not having family with us with very difficult emotionally. I know this pandemic has been really hard on so many couples and families when it comes to celebrating a wedding together, but I have to say Pastor Jose' brought such a personable presence and made us feel like we had known him for years, and we truly felt such love and joy during the whole ceremony, so... when we are able to gather with family and friends once again, we will DEFINITELY be hiring Pastor Jose' and his son, who was the photographer for us, to officiate our vow renewal in front of our loved one's!! Don't worry or hesitate about looking for the right officiant, if you're reading this review you're right where you need to be, in the best of caring hands, Pastor Jose' will make your special day all you need it to be!! Tami and Tray Rose 01/01/2021
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
Thumbtack Customer
My now wife and l never had to search for a officiant. We definitely are very happy and satisfied with our choice. Rev. Jose L. Delgado communicated with us before our ceremony, giving us the feeling of relief knowing we could trust and rely on him. He brought his wonderful wife and a great smile.. He was punctual and patient. Our wedding was announced 4 days before our July 4th ceremony date. Short planned and not rehearsed. He was very pleasant wh our guests and us. Our guests could hear the ceremony and our vows, he helped guide us, "broke the ice" and shared our sense of humor making it entertaining and unforgettable. He truly touched our hearts and blessed us both with beautiful memories of our special day forevermore. Thank you Rev.Delgado and God Bless. We would recommend him to our friends and family.
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
I booked Pastor Delgado for my nephew's wedding and he was amazing! This is what the newlyweds had to say about his role in their big day: "The best decision we made was getting him as an officiant. I promise you, you won't be disappointed. He is valued at much more than what he charges. He responds so quickly to each and every question and request. He accommodated us throughout the whole process. Before, during and after the wedding. We were running behind time and I mean by hours, and with ease he accommodated us so gracefully. I think anyone else would have either left or charged us even more for his/her time. He didnt expect anything more but he deserved so much more! Without him, it would not have happened! And we are so grateful for his counsel, his time and his services! He is passionate about what he does and you can see it and feel it! Some people may just be looking for someone to show up and get the job done and carry on, this man doesn't take his job lightly. He cares about the couples he marries and is invested in the wellbeing of their marriage. I would highly recommend you take him up on his services of counseling pre-marital and marital. Its included in his price! Also, our guests loved him! He was so funny and amazing. Thank you Pastor Delgado for everything, Johnny and I are so grateful for you and wish you nothing but blessings!"
"Know The Way" Christian Services!"Know The Way" Christian Services!
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