Post # 1
Hi Bees – I am in the early planning stages (mostly budget) for my wedding and keep forgetting that we will need to rent a Church for our ceremony. Since I am marrying in Southern CA and my “home” church is in Nor Cal, I will need to contract a church near our reception venue. I know it greatly depends on the location, kind of church, etc, but can you tell me how much to expect to pay for the church? I literally have not even a ballpark idea. Thanks!!
Post # 3
Like you said its going to depend. I don’t think its possible to even give a ballpark. I’ve seen free to 4k in my own search.
Post # 4
like you said it dependds
i got married at my home parish (catholic)
it cost me around $700
$100 to reserve our date
$400 for music
$200 for wedding director
(in the catholic chruch you are supposed to give a stipend of at least 100 to the priest) DH uncle married us so we spent much mor than that on a plane ticket for him to come. but i didnt include that in my total
Post # 6
haha I didn’t either and there are a lot of posts on this topic which seemed to range all the way from free to more than $1,000. In the end, I was happy to learn that as a member of my parish, we only had to pay $250. Aparently it is also customary to donate the floral decorations to the church (maybe this was just my parish) so I specifically ordered alter arrangements from a nice florist and in the end there was a wedding the next day (Sunday) so I had to remove everything immediately after the ceremony. There also happened to be 2 funerals in the week leading up to my wedding so the church was overflowing with alter arrangements which we removed becasue they were not the right colors. Sorry to get off track, I wanted to share the inconsistancy that is booking a church.
ETA: On the advice of my aunt, we gave the priest another $50. The $250 included an organist and the use of the building, we did not have a coordinator or alter boys, just the Priest and Deacon.
Post # 7
Up here in San Francisco proper, the Catholic Churches ranged from $1000-$2500. PLUS music.
Post # 8
If you’re not a member of the church, they usually charge you a fee of $500 to $1000, plus any other fees related to the church (parking, coordinator, music, priest, etc). We had some friends rent an episcopal church in Orange County and I think the paid like $1200.
Post # 9
I’d say it’s safe to say you’ll spend at least $1K for most places. Ditto on what other said about additional fees. The larger the venue the more it seems to costs, too.
Post # 10
I am paying 700 dollars. $200 for the pastor and $500 for the church itself. If we were members we would have only had to pay for the pastor.
Post # 11
For me the cost of the church and officiant (which was included) was $900 and I was not a member. While I was looking it pretty much stayed around $800-$1000