Post # 1
I’m curious as to how much is normal to pay your wedding officiant. I just spoke with a retired Catholic Priest who has great reviews online and seems like a perfect fit for my fiance and I. But he charges $1200 and that just seems like a lot to me. It covers a 2 hour meeting to plan our wedding, his travel to our location, the ceremony, and filing our marriage license for us. It still seems like a lot of money, but maybe I’m wrong, maybe that’s normal?
So I’m asking you all how much did/will you pay your officiant?
Post # 3
If I remember right we just made a $100 donation to the church.
Post # 4
We’re getting a great deal on ours because she is a family friend of FI’s family, but in our area anywhere from $500-$800 was what we were quoted through the churches.
I spoke to a retired Catholic priest too and he only quoted $400, not sure what that included though.
I imagine NYC is just generally going to be higher though.
Post # 5
@NYCcaliBRIDE: That is outrageous in our area! We are friends with the pastor (even though we’re not members of his church). We’re donating $100 to his church and he is doing the ceremony for free.
Post # 6
A family friend is officiating mine and I believe that he normally charges between $200 and $300. Since it looks like you are in New York that might be a regional cost difference. $1200 still seems exceptionally high so I would get quotes from other officiants in your area just to get a ballpark figure.
Post # 7
Free! We got a friend of ours to get registered online, it was free and easy. She did the most wonderful job and it meant more to us having someone who cared and was personally invested into us to do our ceremony.
Post # 8
We’re getting married in California, but it’s Los Angeles area so I guess prices will be a little higher than normal.
You all have already convinced me to shop around a little more. This guy was great but I feel like thats a lot of money to spend on a 20 min ceremony.
Post # 9
We are getting married by a pastor in our church and he knows us pretty well. He said he is not charging us anything, which is very nice of him! We have to pay 300 for the use of the church though(that includes a few items,like the sound guy,etc) , but at least we dont ALSO have to pay the pastor!
I never asked him how much he charges. Kind didnt want to. Wouldnt be surprised if it was a couple hundred though.
Post # 10
$75 dollars to the Church & he was free.
He has known my husband since he was a small child & we got married in his family Church. But still 1200 dollars seems like way to much, In My Humble Opinion.
Post # 11
We’re also having a retired priest officiate our wedding, and he’s charging us $400. That includes coming to the rehearsal as well as the ceremony and, helping us design the ceremony, etc.
Post # 12
Ours was included in our elopement, so I don’t know how much he charged.
Post # 13
@NYCcaliBRIDE: Would you consider having a friend or family do it? A small fee to register with the county is all you would need in Cali and to get licensed online.
Post # 15
@tksjewelry: We’ve thought about it, and now will probably be thinking about it a little more. But we really wanted to try and find a retired Catholic priest who could marry us at our outdoor ceremony. I guess we’ll keep looking, but the idea of having a friend marry us is becoming more appealing
Post # 16
We’re getting married in Los Angeles County and our officiant is $175. It’s the cheapest I’ve found, most quoted us around $300 some up to $500 but $1200 seems ridiculously high to me.