Impeccable service is our priority at Virginia Officiants, and we’re always happy to answer your questions! Please read through our FAQ below, and feel free to reach out anytime if you need more information!
WHEN SHOULD WE BOOK OUR OFFICIANT?
Virginia Officiants books up quickly in the busier wedding months of April through October. For this reason, we recommend you contact us as early in your planning process as possible for a greater chance we’ll be available for your date. Most of our clients hire us six to 12 months prior to their big day. Of course, we’ll accommodate last-minute requests as our schedule allows, but we can’t guarantee we’ll have availability! We hope you’ll reach out quickly!
WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES?
Our pricing structure is based on the date, time and location of your wedding, and whether it’s a full-scale wedding or an elopement. With all of these factors considered, we’ll always offer you our best possible price for your wedding. We want to earn your business!
ARE ANY DISCOUNTS OFFERED?
While some discounts are common among businesses, we aim to offer everyone our best pricing, which leaves no room for discounts for any specific individual or group. However, we often run specials or promotions, which we will happily tell you about after you contact us to check availability for your date. We will always give you our best price no matter what!
CAN YOU HOLD OUR DATE FOR US?
Of course, we want you to have time to meet with your officiant and go through our paperless booking process. We’re happy to place a courtesy hold on your date for 10 days from the time we match you with an officiant.
WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT?
We collect a 50% deposit for full-scale weddings at the time we’re hired, with the balance due 30 days prior to the wedding. (While we’re happy for you to pay in full with the signed contract if that’s your preference, we don’t require it!) For elopements, we require full payment at the time of signing.
CAN I PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD?
Yes – we only take credit cards, as a matter of fact! We have a convenient online booking process that enables you to sign your contract and pay online.
CAN WE CUSTOMIZE OUR CEREMONY?
Of course – we encourage you to do just that! Our full-scale wedding clients enjoy complete customization of their wedding ceremony, with their officiant working directly with them to ensure every detail perfectly reflects their style and values. Meanwhile, our elopement clients have the opportunity to select from a variety of simple yet special ceremony scripts, for a wedding that’s true to them. More details on our elopement packages can be found on our Virginia Elopements page.
CAN YOU DO A WEDDING WITH DIFFERENT RELIGIONS INVOLVED?
This is a very common request among our clients, and one we’re happy to accommodate! We’ll work with you to create a ceremony that reflects both parties’ faiths and traditions, and can draw from our extensive library of resources to make this easy and provide additional inspiration.
WILL YOU PERFORM A RELIGIOUS (OR NON-RELIGIOUS) CEREMONY?
Your wedding ceremony is your own, and we’ll perform it to your specifications whether you want to include lots of religious elements or leave out religion and spirituality altogether. Your officiant can discuss lots of ideas and options with you, so that you’re sure of a ceremony that fits with your vision.
DO YOU PERFORM WEDDINGS FOR LGBT COUPLES?
Marriage equality is very important to us at Virginia Officiants, and we will proudly marry any couple in the state of Virginia.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CHANGE THE DATE OR OTHER DETAILS OF MY WEDDING?
While we can’t guarantee we’ll have an officiant available if your plans change, we do understand that sometimes things happen, and we’ll do everything in our power to accommodate you in these circumstances. If a change is necessary, please be sure to contact us immediately so we can work with you on a solution that is suitable for everyone.
WILL YOU COME TO THE WEDDING REHEARSAL?
A wedding rehearsal generally is just a chance to practice walking in and out of the ceremony – not the actual ceremony itself – so we recommend you have a friend or family member lead your rehearsal with the help of our free Wedding Rehearsal Guide. If having an officiant attend your rehearsal is important to you, though, and we have availability, we will provide a separate contract for this service for an additional fee.
IF WE’RE ALREADY LEGALLY MARRIED, CAN YOU STILL DO A CEREMONY FOR US?
Absolutely! As long as your marriage complies with local laws and you can verify this with a copy of your marriage certificate, we’ll be happy to perform a “do-over” ceremony in front of your family and friends. This is actually a common request of our officiants and we love giving these couples the wedding they’ve dreamed about, with timing that works for them.
HOW DO WE HIRE VIRGINIA OFFICIANTS FOR OUR WEDDING?
We make it very simple! Just complete our contact form, and we’ll get back to you with a price quote and all the steps to hiring Virginia Officiants for your big day. DC Officiants makes it easy! All you need to do is complete our contact form, and we’ll provide you with a price quote for your date and the steps to hiring one of our officiants.