Post # 1
A good friend of the family did our wedding (she’s a methodist minister) this past weekend and we never talked about money, so we are trying to figure out how much to send her.
Do you all mind sharing how much your officiant charged you for the ceremony?
Post # 2
elskan: It may depend somewhat on where you live. In mid atlantic area of US the officiant fee seems to average around $500.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Cape May
I’m currently on the hunt for an officiant in NJ so I can give you the exact quotes I’ve received. 350$ and up for a local ceremony close to officiants home. Anything personalized Adds $$$. Travel fees are often tacked on. The most recent quote I received was 190$ For a basic simple ceremony.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2014 - Easton's Beach Rotunda Ballroom
elskan: Our officiant is costing us $375 which includes the rehearsal dinner. My father is planning on giving him $450 to include gratuity.
Post # 5
Most I’ve found in the St. Louis area go for 400-700, with the average being about $500. After some searching, we found one for about $250 who is very reputable so we are very happy!
Post # 6
I think we finally found an officiant but the prices in NC seem to be in the $400-$500 range if you want a ceremony and a rehearsal the day before. But if you just want the bare bones minimum the price seems to be closer to $300.
Post # 7
Ours was 200, but he was a family friend.
Post # 8
Ours is $175, but she is local. I know her prices for travel (which include a hotel stay) can be about $300.
Post # 9
SF and $800 which also includes travel about an hour.
We interviewed about 6 different officiants and chose her (although the most expensive), as she was the best fit for us personality wise and we really liked her style.
Post # 10
Ours was $200, but he’s a court commissioner who does secular weddings on the side because he enjoys it. It’s not a primary source of income, and there’s no church affiliation (which usually raises the price)
Post # 11
Our officiant is charging us 700 but she will create a very personalized ceremony for us using a questionaire she has sent to the both of us. We also got along very well with her so to us she is worth every penny
Post # 12
Ours (also a United Methodist) is charging us $100 plus mileage. But we are part of a rural community so $500 seems exorbitant to us.
Post # 13
Our officient is charging $425, we are having the ceremony in Peterbrough Ontario, she has written a personalized ceremony for us and we’ve had a number of skype meetings with her to make sure we are comfortable with everything.
We are also having a very secular ceremony.
Post # 14
We didn’t pay anything for our officiant because she is a very close friend. Instead, I made a handmade card as thanks to give her at the reception and we’re having them over for dinner tonight.
Post # 15
It is so weird you asked this, because I was going to start a thread on the same thing! I need research to show someone at church who doesn’t believe me how much people pay for an officiant! Ours will not charge a set fee. One, because he is the pastor of my church where I am a member, and two because it is against the rules. A donation is good though.
On the flip side, however, if you are not a member of the church he will marry a couple, but it will cost $500. He doesn’t keep that money, though, it goes right back into the church. If he has to travel a distance, the fee goes up.