Post # 1
So I just talked with an officiant that I think we will go with…however, his fee is $400 which seems pretty expensive to me – it covers 3 meetings and the ceremony which I guess adds up to a decent amount of time, but still…$400?!
I’m trying to get an idea of what officiants usually cost…is that expensive or normal? How much are you paying for your officiant?
Post # 3
We paid $350 for an officiant who did 1 pre-ceremony meeting and attended our rehearsal in addition to conducting our ceremony. She was also available via email for consultation.
Post # 4
we’re paying $750 for our officiant in NYC. But he’s creating a custom-ceremony, so it includes a few hour meeting, the writing of the ceremony (and any revisions we make), the rehearsal and the ceremony itself.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2009 - Bernardo Winery
I wasn wondering the samething! We’re having a friend do it but I still think we should pay her… it is such an awkward question.
Post # 6
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
That sounds reasonable. We paid $300 for a judge with no meetings beforehand, and this was over 4 years ago.
Post # 7
We’re paying $300 in the Baltimore suburbs. This includes a meeting beforehand and the rehearsal.
Post # 8
The prices we’ve been getting here in Iowa are $350 for an officient and $200 for a judge (outside of the courthouse.)
You can always get a friend to become an officient over the internet! 😀
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School
I’m paying $600 for our Rabbi (whose a friend of my cousin’s no less!) but because she lives in NYC but our wedding is about 2.5 hours upstate, there is some travel fees included…$400 sounds pretty reasonable to me…
Post # 10
That’s sounds normal. We’re paying $500 which included 1 meeting, rehearsal, a fair bit of email back and forth on the ceremony wording, and obvsiouly the ceremony itself.
Post # 11
We’re paying $250 for our officiant in Milwaukee. We had one meeting, will have a rehearsal and ceremony of course. We actually did a lot of the work assembling our ceremony ourselves based on TONS of examples of stuff he sent us which for the price we are paying I was more than happy to do.
Post # 12
We’re paying $250. He’ll be at the rehearsal and then at the ceremony. I honestly don’t know much more than that since my FI is taking care of this part. I just asked that I be involved with the script for the ceremony so it doesn’t turn out too religious or too Wedding Crasher-ish with the readings 🙂
Post # 13
Celebrants in Northern NJ charge from about $400 to $1000 for custom ceremonies, including rehearsal, meetings, etc. A lot of work goes into writing the ceremony, meetings, materials, travel time, research, etc, etc. If you are looking for your officiant to write your ceremony, I don’t think it’s unresaonable – if you’re just looking for a very simple ceremony, that you wrote or they have prewritten, I don’t think under $300 is unreasonable – but we put a lot of time and care into our ceremonies.
Also, just a note – check the laws in PA before going the friend ordained over the internet route – PA is especially strict when it comes to their who can preform a wedding ceremony laws.
Post # 14
ours is $1175 for the church, priest, organist, choir
I think I still have to give the priest another $ for donation like $100
Post # 15
Our ceremony will cost us $375 here in San Diego, CA. It may be different where you live. But he based it on our ceremony size and the venue. The fancier the venue, the more he would charge.
Post # 16
I believe our officiant (Center City Philadelphia area) was $325, which included one meeting with him, and the ceremony. We used his template to create our own version, and added our own readings, etc, and then sent it off to him. He embelished a little, and made it even better.