(Closed) How much did you pay for your officiant?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: I know you Bees love polls. ;) How much did you pay?
    $0-$50 : (21 votes)
    29 %
    $51-$100 : (5 votes)
    7 %
    $101-$150 : (4 votes)
    6 %
    $151-$200 : (8 votes)
    11 %
    $201-$250 : (6 votes)
    8 %
    $251-$300 : (6 votes)
    8 %
    $301-$350 : (3 votes)
    4 %
    $351-$400 : (2 votes)
    3 %
    $400 or more : (15 votes)
    21 %
  • Post # 3
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    793 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I voted $0-$50, but my dad will be performing our ceremony so I’m not sure if that really counts… Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful!

    Post # 5
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    1074 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    My FI’s family friend is doing it for free! He’s done other weddings and is supposedly really good (funny, etc.)! 

    Post # 6
    Member
    11353 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    There actually was no set price for my pastor to marry DH and me, but, because my DH is also a pastor, he felt very strongly that we should pay our officiant well, and we gave him $300.  His services included not only officiating at our wedding and presiding over our rehearsal but also conducting six pre-marital counseling sessions with us.

    Post # 7
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    1832 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I kept getting quotes for $450-$500 and there was no way we were going to pay that, I kept looking, and asking friends and family on facebook and finally found an officiant that has been in business for 20 years that will marry us for $195! We met with him to make sure we were comfortable and booked him! Just keep looking and met with them before agreeing, what if your just not “comfortable”, you have to get a good feeling about the officiant, make sure his attitude and manners will fit your wedding day.

    Post # 8
    Member
    116 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’m paying like 150-200 dollars which includes rehearsal

    Post # 9
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    1765 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ours was around $500 if I remember correctly. He created a completely personalized ceremony for us. We really wanted to do something customized, and our minister was actually the cheapest for what we wanted. 

    Post # 10
    Member
    12250 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    We paid for the Church’s service, not the individual Pastor/organist. We were supposed to pay $400, but we rounded to $500 as a donaton to the Church for letting us get married there!

    Post # 11
    Hostess
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I looked around and found most in my area to be around $300 – $500. You have to keep in mind that they only work once or maybe twice a week. That was still too high for our budget though, so we had a friend get ordained online for $30. 

    Post # 12
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    960 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Its about 250 including the alter servers (this is Toronto area Catholic Wedding)

    But to get married in the catholic church we need to do the Marriage Preparation course. The Toronto Archdioces runs them at $250 a couple, but our church runs it for $150 a couple.

    I checked off the 200-250 because I don’t really consider the 150 a cost for the priest?

    Post # 13
    Member
    94 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    $50! That includes the rehersal 😀

    i know the guy though so that could be part of it.

    Post # 14
    Member
    290 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I am paying $30 for mine

    Post # 15
    Bee
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    We did months of pre-marital counseling with our pastor, and so we made our church’s recommended donation of $400 for his mentoring and officiating.

    Post # 16
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    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ours is $550. If we want a rehearsal, it will be another $200.

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