Post # 1
We are having our wedding in a church for a full mass. The church isn’t charging us anything, but we want to give some amount of money to the priest. I didn’t know how much was appropriate. $100? $150? $200? Any thoughts?
Post # 3
wow… my church has set fees… for the priest it is 150… everything else comes to 350 🙂
Post # 4
Our priest had no fee (catholic) but our church did. He was not a priest in that parish. We gave him a gift card to a golf course (he loves to golf) for $50 and then $100 cash on top of that.
Nothing is required, but we wanted to show our appreciation.
Post # 5
Our church leaves it up to our discretion as well. We live in the midwest, not near a major metropolitan area, so I think we are going to go with about $150… We are not doing a full mass, so he is really only working for about a half and hour to forty-five minutes.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
Wow, I envy you guys. The deacon hasn’t told us yet what kind of ‘donation’ they want. But I heard from our day-of coordinator at the reception venue that other brides reported our church has a set fee of $2000. I guess everything is more expensive in the Northeast, huh? 🙁
Post # 7
The required donation to our priest was at least $100, so we gave him $150 (since we belong to that church and he’s known my husband for years… wanted to at least give him a little more than the required amount). We had a church fee too, $100 and an organist fee $200, and altar servers were $10 each.
Post # 8
We paid $500 for the church and then made a donation to a local charity in the name of our priest and gave it to him with a card expressing our appreciation. Since he was not local, we also paid for his hotel room for two nights and fed him at the rehearsal dinner and reception (there was free breakfast at the hotel, so we figured he was on his own for lunch!)