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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.

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 West Allis wedding officiants
Jillian G.
Anthony was everything we could have dreamed of for our wedding officiant. Seriously. Our initial discussion was amazing. He truly listened, and all of that came through in our wedding ceremony. It was beautiful - our whole family is still talking about it a week later. If you are looking for an amazing, attentive, and passionate officiant, Anthony is your guy.
Anthony L. Smith MinistriesAnthony L. Smith Ministries
Shanell c.
My husband and I was very grateful that Anthony L. Smith was our wedding Officiant ..... it was a blessing to have his Service, even our Guest was very Complementing of his work ......the way he shared our couple song was breathtaking every thing he has done was warming and up lifting!! It was as if he knew us for years he made us feel very comfortable with him being involved . Thank you again for what u do I Believe it was God order for you to be the wedding officiant at our ceremony! Service provided was beyond good !!
Anthony L. Smith MinistriesAnthony L. Smith Ministries
Felicia R.
I got married September 7, 2019 and I must say that Mr. Smith did an amazing job officiating my wedding. Not only was he professional and knowledgeable but he made it feel personal and intimate. He also had the calm and patience of a saint considering I was very late and (unintentionally) somewhat of a bridezilla. All of my guests loved him. He was a hit and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for an officiant.
Anthony L. Smith MinistriesAnthony L. Smith Ministries
Tiffany R.
He’s A Amazing Man ! We Appreciate His Service And What He Brings To The Table With His Knowledge. Honored To Have Him Officiating Our Wedding. Back again ! Mr. Anthony Smith was very professional and extremely helpful eith everything, he was very attentive to our special request, customized our ceremony and made sure that our wedding day ran smoothly. We highly recommend his services!!!
Anthony L. Smith MinistriesAnthony L. Smith Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Jim was very personal. He stayed in touch with us and helped us make the ceremony personal. He even calmed down my nervous husband with kind words before the wedding. He made everyone laugh and cry. I couldn't have asked for a better officiant! I highly recommend Jim.
Wedding OfficiantWedding Officiant
Dawn D.
Jerod officiated our wedding on May 5th in Milwaukee and he was amazing. We live in Chicago and he made everything as convenient as possible for us throughout the planning process. He made sure we were comfortable throughout the whole preparation for the ceremony and personalized the ceremony which made it even more special for us.
Jerod Walker - Pastoral ServicesJerod Walker - Pastoral Services
Aaliyah C.
Minister Anthony provide us with the best ceremony possible. He knew exactly what we needed to do and created a custom ceremony for my husband and I. He has so much knowledge and attention to detail when it comes to wedding ceremony and the rehearsal is a must. My family loved him and the services he provided for us. Towards the end it started to feel like he was a part of the family! I couldn’t have asked for a better person to officiate our union.
Anthony L. Smith MinistriesAnthony L. Smith Ministries
Thumbtack Customer
Craig was the perfect person to officiate our wedding at the Pritzlaff Building in downtown Milwaukee. He was very accommodating and made sure the service "felt like us." Craig always made sure to contact us or respond quickly with information. We had SO many guests come up to us and say it was the most emotional/sentimental, but funny service they had been to. We highly recommend Craig for anyone who would like their service to be slightly more unique or tailored to what they would like to include. Thank you, Craig! Mandy & Nick
Bishop Craig MinistriesBishop Craig Ministries
Caitlin G.
We are SO thrilled to have worked with Jerod and cannot recommend him enough. It was very important to us to get to know our wedding officiant well before our big day. We wanted him/her to know us well, bring personal things to our ceremony and perfectly weave faith with humor. Jerod nailed all of these things! Over the course of planning our wedding, we attended 'coaching sessions' via VC with Jerod and shared more about ourselves. We learned lessons about faith, marriage and each other. I loved that Jerod took the time to offer these sessions to us and share his own experiences. During the ceremony, Jerod brought a sense of humor and calm to us and our guests. He led the ceremony with ease, made sure our vows and the readings we had moved smoothly and he was a genuine pleasure to get to know. If you're looking for a wonderful person to marry you, someone who is genuine, kind and experienced, Jerod is your guy!
Jerod Walker - Pastoral ServicesJerod Walker - Pastoral Services
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