Lutheran Church

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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279 posts
Helper bee

Maybe find a different church? My parents married in a Lutheran church and only donated what they could. It is weird that a church you are a member of charges extra. I thought only churches you weren’t a part of charged extra. 

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was married in the church grew up (Lutheran also)  The fees were high.  It was if remember right and was a suggested donation even though it actually was just a plain ole fee of $500.00 for using the church.  Even though I grew up in that church because I hadn’t gone to a service or went to actual church there in over 5 years. ( I live over an hour away) I was considered a non member.  If still had gone to services and was by their standards an active member it would have been half that.  On top of that it was $50 to the the paster.

 

Post # 6
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@bard04:  I grew up Catholic, my FI was brought up Catholic, but his family converted to Lutheran some time ago. Our daughter was baptised Lutheran, also. 

We are getting married at a historic church in the city he grew up in (which is just 10 minutes from where I grew up). The cost to rent the church and reception hall is $1,700 + tax. Plus the officiant. Luckily for us, his uncle is an Episcopal pastor and can marry us in our state. We are going to pay for his plane ticket, however. 

I would put together your budget (we are paying for our own wedding, too). And sit down with the pastor or coordinator and ask about the fee, explain your situation and see if there is any wiggle room. If not, maybe look at other churches, or ask what the fee would be if the pastor married you somewhere else that is less expensive.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

FI and I met at our Lutheran High School and attended different Lutheran churches. My church has no mandatory fees, just donations for pastor, organist, muscians, etc. but free to use church and we are also using the church room for bridal shower and getting ready day of free of charge.  So we will just be making a donations. FI’s church requires a coordinator that they have and I’m not sure of their other fees. I would just talk to them about a payment plan and see if you can make it work.

Post # 10
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576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It can’t hurt to ask if there’s any chance of a lowered fee. But it seems to be the way churches are going lately – I’m Catholic and to get married in our parish is $1,000+.

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