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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 Green Bay wedding officiants
Susan M.
She was the first to contact me, we talked and I knew from her personality and online credentials she was the perfect officiant for our upcoming wedding.
Lovely Love NuptialsLovely Love Nuptials
Thumbtack Customer
Brother Paul did outstanding on our wedding! I could not be more pleased with how it turned out. He was very attentive to how we wanted to personalize it. Since the wedding, we have received numerous compliments on the ceremony. I highly recommend going with Brother Paul if you are looking for someone to officiate your wedding!
Paul Ballinger
Thumbtack Customer
Brother Paul was the perfect man to officiate our wedding for us! We are such a happy family, and brother Paul made it real special! It's amazing how much he really cared 😉 Not to mention, we also gained a lifelong friend!
Paul Ballinger
Shana V.
After speaking with Pastor Dan I knew he was the right person to officiate our wedding! He was quick to contact me back and wanted to get to know me, and my fiancé. He is open minded, pleasant, easy to talk to! He wanted to make our wedding about us and the things that are important to us and our family. He is non judgmental, supportive, and friendly. I would recommend him for a wedding or as a counseling/life coach because he has the experience and skills to help and to make your wedding personal and memorable!
Pastor Dan CarlsonPastor Dan Carlson
Thumbtack Customer
Bro Paul did a WONDERFUL job officiating our wedding! He did a great job building our ceremony around us and our life! And he incorporated our 3 daughters into the ceremony. We are very happy with the decision to use him for our ceremony instead of going to the courthouse as originally planned.
Paul Ballinger
Mariah k.
Ken was an AMAZING officiant. I'd highly recommend him to anyone getting married. He was so sweet and really helped us relax. He drove almost 4 hours just to officiate my wedding! You can definitely tell he loves his job! He connects with everyone so well that he starts to feel like family. That's a win in my book! I'd say I hope to work with Ken again, but Im hoping this is my only marriage 🤣 Thanks for a great ceremony, Ken! You were the best :)
ThymeMark CelebrationsThymeMark Celebrations
Thumbtack Customer
Bro Paul did a fantastic job officiating our wedding at Lambeau Field. He was professional, courteous, on time and just wonderful. He added just the right touch of humor to the ceremony and made it meaningful for us and our families. He was flexible, worked with us on our needs and took care of all the details. He took the time to get to know us to ensure our ceremony was personal to us. We recommend him to anyone!
Paul Ballinger
Katie C.
During this rough time Paul was more than happy to still give us the wedding we dreamed of! Covid did not stop our love!!! Paul was very open to our goofy micro ceremony in our dairy barn! He gave a beautiful talk about love and what it means! He brought some spice into the ceremony having us wear masks and fist pump! He was the perfect officiant 🤗 we highly recommend him! Thank you again Paul! So happy you were a part of our history!
Paul Ballinger
Thumbtack Customer
We highly recommend Brother Paul to anyone looking for an officiant.  We are so pleased with the assistance he provided us with. He took the time to meet us in person to see exactly what we were looking for.  We were looking for something short and sweet, but we also wanted to have a lot of things covered.  I mentioned that I wanted my teenage step daughters to be included in our ceremony but I didn't know how. Brother Paul suggested a few fantastic examples of how we could include them. At our rehearsal the event manager at the site tried to rush us through. She suggested we pretty much needed to do everything the way she had Imagen. Luckily for us Paul noticed and reminded us "this is your day, do it how you want it." Which he had said quite often to us. The day of our wedding, the  ceremony was beyond perfect. I felt like I was walking into the wedding scene of my favorite movie, A Walk to Remember. Paul and our pianist worked amazing together. We we able to have everything we wanted and the ceremony was completed in the time frame we wanted. Thank You Brother Paul!!!
Paul Ballinger
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