(Closed) Is you church ceremony expensive?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ours is going to be 1,500.  And then 300 for the minister. 

Dang!

That will be more than the flowers!  (but have I got great bang for the buck designs for the church decor!!!)

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I live in NYC and almost every church I looked at was $1,000-$2,000!  Unbelievable.  But I did find one church that was cheaper and that is the one I am going with- $165/hr which is still quite a bit.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Mine is about $550 plus another $175 for the music director.  Which is cheap(er) for Brooklyn, but nodboy wants to get married in my parents neighborhood!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

mine won’t be. we’ll probably marry in my church which is free to members [they actually don’t rent out the church so it’s only members that marry there] so the only costs will be the gratiutiy/gift to our pastor and any decorating costs

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our wedding is taking place too far from my home parish so we had to find another church. Almost every church I spoke to increased their prices if you were a non-parishoner- from like $300 to $1,000. And one church secretary made the mistake of saying to me- “Well everything else is so expensive for weddings, it’s a way for our church to make some money too” Awesome. We ended up finding a church that only charges $400. I suggest calling around- every parish charges a different price. I didn’t try to negotiate at all, but it can’t hurt to try.

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I hear you girls! Our (Catholic) Church in upstate NY is $800 plus around $275 for Pre-Cana, Crazy!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

The cost for our Catholic ceremony is $650 for the church and a $150 officiate fee!  I must admit, I was shocked at this amount too!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

How long is the ceremony? Is it an hour like a regular mass?

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

It’s insane how much churchs will charge! I’ll be getting married at the church I’m a member of, which means it’s free, and we give a love offering in exchange for the use of the church/minister. Which is how it should be. I can understand why they would charge non-members a few hundred, but still. Some of the prices are downright extortionate.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Even though our family is a very active member of the church we are getting married in, it is still costing $400.  That covers the facilities, the pastor, and the music director.  

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Our church in Philly was $3500! Most of my married friends paid around $1000-2000 for the church, but I was willing to pay $3500 because the church was beautiful and at least the expense will be put to good uses and be tax deductible for us.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We got married in August 2008, in the Albany NY area.  We paid $75 for Pre-Cana, that was an all day Saturday retreat.  Our ceremony fee was $300, and then $100 to cover music directors fee and coordinator at church.  We then also tipped the priest a bit.  We had no alter servers.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Ours isn’t expensive. We are using the same church for the ceremony and reception and it comes with tables, chairs, a TECH, sound and light, and a facilitator for about $750.

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