(Closed) Did you pay your officiant's travel expenses?

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
1736 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I really like your idea for a thank you letter and a gift card from Travelocity or Orbitz. I think that’s WAY generous of you and they will be surprised and so thankful that you did anything. What a great idea! Leaving it open-ended is the best case scenario. If they want to bring their children, it should be up to them to cover those expenses.

My grandfather is our officiant and of course, we are covering his travel expenses! 🙂

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Yes, this is a good plan: send them a flat contribution toward their travel, and then they can figure out how to allot it and what to do about the kids.

Post # 5
1238 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Wow, that’s really generous of you.

Our officiant is taking public transit to arrive, and we’ve arranged a private driving service for her to get home. It’s a company with an adorable name, Driving Miss Daisy, which specializes in getting seniors around, and she was tickled pink when I offered. 

She didn’t want to put us out, knowing we are on a budget, so we’ve agreed to split the $80 fare in half. Bless her heart.

Post # 6
4194 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I think the gift card is a great idea. We figured out the mileage cost (hour+ drive), and paid for that, since the ceremony wasn’t at my church. 

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