(Closed) how much are civil officiants normally?

posted 7 years ago in Secular
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ask him/her but when we priced out civil officants they were anywhere between $50-$200 depending on the officiant.

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours is $300

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Yup – we are making the ENTIRE thing!

He has samples that we can choose from but we are designing the whole ceremony and as of right now we are not using any of his samples.

We are having a non-religious ceremony. And so I have found some nice sayings and things that are not religious that we are using as well as we will be writing our own vows!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

ours is $275

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We used our mayor.  He was free.

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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think our officiant is $300 or close to that. She specializes in alternative type wedding and will put as much or little religion into as we want. The problem with using someone from the courthouse is they won’t always go to where you want them to go. My sister got married in a very small town where it was hard to find a non-preacher to d a ceremony. My Grandma lied at the Masonic home at the time so my sister used her minister. He was non-denominational so there was a little “God” here and there but nothing over-the-top (just enough to please the grandparents). Depends though how picky you are abuot whether God or Jesus is actually mentioned. Keep in mind that if you take out the religion your ceremoney might be only 15 minutes long (which I will enjoy after going to my cousin’s catholic two hour ceremony).

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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Ours is $300, too.  In our area of the country (northern New England), that’s pretty standard.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

In Massachusetts, a justice of peace can only charge a maximum of $100 for ceremonies performed within their hometowns and $150 for ceremonies performed outside of their hometowns.

I know a lot of people think that a justice of peace doesn’t provide as personal of a ceremony, but we actually found one that provides a fully customized ceremony (she’s going to work with us to write our own vows!), so we’re very happy with that.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ours was $75. A real bargain for a such a superb lady…our guests were raving about her all night!

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