Post # 1
So I’m just starting to look for an officiant for our October wedding, and have been mildly surprised by what I’ve found. Just to clarify – I’m not talking about contacting a church minister/priest, etc, but someone who provides officiant services as like a business (my understanding is that the pricing can differ greatly between the two). I was prepared to pay $400-$500 (including tax) for a 20 minute ceremony and maybe 30 minutes to sort everything out in a rehearsal. Does this sound reasonable?
I’ve contacted two officiants and was quoted one price of $500 plus tax and one of $625 plus tax. These were for locals, so this was without any additional transit charges or additional meetings (beyond a meet+greet).
So what do you think is reasonable?
Post # 3
We have been quoted between $350-450 based on the travel. The person we think we are using is $400 for everything.
Post # 4
Ours is $300, which includes unlimited contact, help writing your vows if you want it, and rehearsal coordination (and a free consultation/meeting to get to know each other). I thought that sounded expensive, but they’re really great people. I actually found them on here through Google, and they’re VERY highly rated, especially by non-traditional brides. We met with them, and what is usually a 20 minute meeting turned into an hour, haha. They have an 18 page packet they send you with a walk through of the ceremony and a ton of options you can choose from.
Their ratings on here, out of 53 are all 5 out of 5, except for ten (all above 4.5), and one outlier due to a scheduling mishap/misunderstanding.
Post # 5
This is going to vary widely with your region and the services provided. Here in DC we paid $500 and our officiant had two in-person meetings with us and unlimited email contact (we did do a fair amount of discussion by email, probably 8 different topics and maybe 40 emails in total), and she created a custom ceremony for us. We also paid an extra $100 for her to participate in the rehearsal.
In our jurisdiction (DC) we obtained the marriage license but she had to file the signed licenses after the ceremony which meant a trip to the courthouse for her, which was included in her $500 fee.
I definitely feel we got our money’s worth though!
Post # 6
Ours is a non-demonitional officiant – he is charging us $550 for the ceremony. It would be an additional $200 if we decide to do a rehearsal.
Post # 7
Mine is $300 for unlimited time and meetings, rehearsal, coordination, help writing vows, writing the ceremony together, etc. He had great great great reviews.
I was also quoted $150 by someone else for just 1 meeting, rehearsal, and service.
Post # 8
Where in Ontario are you???
I am getting married outside of Ottawa. The MOST I have been quoted is $360 (this is also a man who does Ottawa weddings)
I am going with someone who is $150. Thats much more reasonable for me.
Try to find a local online swap shop/buy and sell o n facebook. Ask them and you should get lots of responses.
Also go to your town hall, they should have a list of officiants who serve the area
I should mention, if you go with a company that hires out officiants your going to pay alot more because they are the middle man. You can hire an minister who will do non religious ceremonies.
Post # 9
Also- I have heard that the Salvation Army Church will marry couples, for a donation of $50.
Post # 10
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
If you’re a member of the church, they should waive the site fee. The officiant’s fee is usually around $150. If you’re not a member of the church, I’ve seen site fees from $1000-$4000 and officiant fees from $300-$500.
Post # 11
We’re getting married by the ship’s captain for $250. We get to specify gender and meet with him/her the week before the wedding to smooth out the details. We were given a packet to plan the vows once we signed the contract.
I thought it was pretty expensive, except for the problems it solves (not using a minister, and making sure the officiant dresses all right). I suggest shop around.