Post # 1
Hello Brides to Be!
I have been looking through the posts related to having your ceremony in a church…I am quite suprised at how pricey it is! I have a very resticted budget and I am almost thinking that it might be cheaper to get married in someones yard! Have any of you brides out there had to make the decision? How much did your church ceremonies cost? What about your yard ceremonies? The main concern for me with a outdoor ceremony is ‘what if it rains?’ The big question!! What did you brides have arranged for your rain plan? Thanks so much!
Post # 3
It really completely depends on the church and denomination. My FH was a UM pastor for five years, the pastors weren’t allowed to charge but accepted donations and some churches were the same. Others were very reasonable like $100. I drew up in AG church where it tends to cost at least $3000 just to use church. Pastors wanted $500. He didn’t even have to travel just walk next door. I guess it would also depend on the area. The more rural you go you could proably get one for $100 or less while cities would be alot more. It may pay to check out different denominations too but realize some would insist on doing premaritial counseling. And please whatever you do pay the poor pastor’s travel expenses. May seem like a no-brainer but you would be surprised how many don’t.
An outside ceremony can get expensive if you have to rent a tent in case of rain, plus chairs. Maybe a local park would let you rent a pavillion? That tends to be cheaper than a tent.
Post # 4
I don’t know how much my temple would have cost, I always knew I wanted an outside ceremony. We got married at a B&B, and the ceremony site was free as long as you spent a certain amount on food and drinks (which we did). We looked at a lot of outdoor spaces, and I would completely rule any out if they didn’t have a plan b for rain. It was important for me to not have to worry about that on wedding day.
Post # 5
I always dreamed of a church wedding.
My historic church is free, but you have to be a member. You have to use their orgnaist ($300), but that’s it. I think donations are pretty much expected for the church use though.
Post # 6
We’re doing the ceremony and reception at the same place. The ceremony itself is free as we’re already paying for the reception, and in case of rain, we’ll do the ceremony in the reception hall. We have UM minister who we’re giving a donation to.
My sister is doing a church wedding. It’s around $2,000 for her to rent the church *after* a discount, plus she has to pay the organist and another person from the church to help organize the wedding (non-optional). I think they were about $500 and then she’s expected to make a donation to the church.