Post # 1
Ok i am in a serious dilema… my fiance and i are getting married on private property outside in the fall. We are not religious, so we need to hire a justice of the peace, judge, officiant, etc. The last officiant i contacted quoted me $1000. Are you freaking kidding me? For a 20 minute ceremony? I have contacted a dozen people or so that are asking about $500-$700. I live in Albany NY. Is this a NY thing or are people paying this much in other states too? How much is reasonable? What should i do?
Post # 3
@FutureSully99: Have you considered having a friend do it? They can get the certification really cheap, since you’re not religious you don’t have to worry about that part, and as a bonus you get married by someone who actually knows you two.
We’re being married by a friend of ours who has also married several of our friends. Him and his wife are coming as guests and we’re getting him a small present.
Post # 4
I was quoted by an Ohio officiant $350. We’re looking at having our wedding party do it in a symbolic ceremony and just going to the courthouse before hand for the actual license signing. I’ve heard of insurance companies challenging the legality of online certifications, and I’m paranoid.
Post # 5
$1000?!?! Holy crap! The one we went with is $400, and she’s got rave reviews on pretty much every site we’ve looked at. Maybe it’s a NY thing?
Post # 6
We paid $50 + mileage. We didn’t need a minister so we used a civil celebrant (often called Justice of the Peace).
My friend got married in Albany but she had a friend that is a minister do the ceremony so it was free. Check with the county where you get your license and see if they have a list of JOPs and set a limit on how much they can charge. Since our civil celebrants are licensed by the county, they have a set fee they cannot go over ($50 + mileage) though you can tip as much as you like.
Post # 7
$300, in central PA. Includes rehearsal, but there’s a yet-to-be-determined mileage fee. She’s an ordained minister (mainstream Protestant denomination). We found her through weddingwire. She didn’t have a lot of reviews, but those with many reviews were much more expensive and wanted to control every word that was said. Other quotes were up to $550 + $100 for rehearsal.
Post # 8
For my top choice officiant we are paying $350. Though without the military and other discounts we are getting he would have been $550.
Post # 9
@FutureSully99: ours didn’t actually require a cost, but it was considered polite to pay him something. He was the church pastor and we gave him $200.
Post # 10
@FutureSully99: also forgot to add, I am in upstate NY
Post # 11
My wedding will be in NYC and my officiant is $375 for a fully customized ceremony. I did tons of digging through WeddingWire and that’s how I found her.
Post # 12
We got married in upstate NY and we had one of our close friends be the officiant. It only cost like $40 for the certification. Plus we didnt want some random stranger to marry us, so it worked out great and it was fun! Here we are fooling around
Post # 13
450. I think it’s insane.
Post # 14
Ours is a friend, so free. But we’re getting him a really nice gift, so essentially about $200
Post # 15
We are paying $600 for a celebrant who is doing our atheist wedding. She sent us a questionnaire that we fill out separately (and it’s loooooong!). It will take us several hours tdo complete. We’ve already metwith her once, I think we meet with her again, then she writes writes our ceremony from all that info. Also, her style is that she stands off to thstride, moves around the room while telling “our story.” Fiance and I will be in the front by ourselves. We beliscum her price is fair for this much customization and work she is putting into it. Her ceremonies are typically 25 mins, but we want ours to be 15 mins. (open bar waits for no one!).
Post # 16
We paid $150, he is a friend of my dad’s though.