(Closed) officiant fee

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Why not have someone you know/who is special to you do the online course to get qualified so they can marry you.

My godfather is marrying FI and I. He’s a judge but doesn’t have jurisdiction where we are getting married, so he’s getting qualified online to do it.

Post # 4
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Worker bee

I am getting married in California, so it’s pretty easy to have just about anyone you want officiate your wedding. We’re having my FFIL marry us, so it’s going to be free! It’s a good option if you want it personal, easy, and budget friendly 🙂

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

$500 for my rabbi. i couldn’t shop around though – there’s only one rabbi belonging to my movement where i’m getting married. if you’re going for someone non-religious, it should be much, much cheaper.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For lots of reaons, we are doing a small ceremony with just family on the 18th (omg 12 days) and she was going to charge us $300, but when I told her this was juts in front of family, she told us she would charge us the elopement fee of $200.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I haven’t really looked yet, but I have set aside $300 in my budget for an officiant so $400 doesn’t seem too insane to me, but I bet you find someone cheaper!!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@mrs.jk:  I just did a quick google search and it looks like you could have a friend get ordained online (which I think is pretty easy) and then they can apply for an Ohio Minister’s license from: Ohio Secretary of State at 30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor; Columbus, OH 43266-0418.  The minister’s license only costs $10

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re paying $200 for our officiant – wedding and 30-minute rehearsal.  We’re in Iowa.

I do have a friend who took the online classes so she could marry a family member.  If you  have someone in mind that would be good in front of an audience, it’s definitely something to consider.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i was told ($100) min. is recommended in the catholic church.

My FI’s uncle is a catholic priest and will be marrying us. we got away with not having to “tip” him but we are paying for his flight…so around $400 dollars..

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

@mrs.jk:  Oh, you apply for the minister’s license via mail.  No need to go in person.  I got my uncle who is in Ohio a license in Mass while I was living in TN : )

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The average i’ve seen is $300-500. Plus travel fees, usually. We had my mom officiate for free!

Post # 15
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Helper bee

Our officiant fee is $225.00.  That includes a rehearsel session and unlimited phone calls/emails.

She will also give us a personalized booklet of our ceremony of our vows and a blessing.

I found this to be right in the middle.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If we go secular we will be paying 350$ minimum for a justice of the peace — if we want it on a weekend tack on another $100 + 13%HST.

You girls in the States are LUCKY, in Canada your wedding isn’t considered legitimate if you’re married by someone ordained online. Lame.

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