(Closed) PreCana classes?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Ours were $150 per couple.  We paid $250 for our church and $475 for music.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our pre-cana classes were $75.  The church use fee is like $200, the organist is $125, and priest will be about $150–definitely an unexpected expense!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

JennyChicago, that’s comparable to what we are paying in Chicago, if that makes you feel any better.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We paid $195 for our classes, but technically the amount for the church and organist are a ‘suggested donation’ and you don’t have to give that exact amount.  We are giving that amount, but it’s just to let you know that if you give less they still should marry you.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My church fee was $200, but I think that price was with the parishioner discount.  We gave the priest a $150 tip.  The organist was $95.  We gave a $25 tip to each altar servers.  The only flowers I bought were for the wedding party.  The church already had its easter lilies out, so I didn’t see a reason to add or change them out.

I did not include the pre-cana in my wedding budget as I did not consider that a part of our wedding. 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our Pre-Cana was $70. Our church doesn’t require a specific fee but will take a “gift”, so we have to figure out how much we’re going to give for that. Our ceremony music is $675 We could have gotten away with $400, but we wanted a violinist and to choose the cantor (which was an extra $50).

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our Pre-Cana was $70. Our church doesn’t require a specific fee but will take a “gift”, so we have to figure out how much we’re going to give for that. Our ceremony music is $675 We could have gotten away with $400, but we wanted a violinist and to choose the cantor (which was an extra $50).

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Our Pre-Cana was $70. Our church doesn’t require a specific fee but will take a “gift”, so we have to figure out how much we’re going to give for that. Our ceremony music is $675 We could have gotten away with $400, but we wanted a violinist and to choose the cantor (which was an extra $50).

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

We did the “engaged encounter” weekend, and that was $290 for both of us (it included our meals and hotel rooms).

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Whoa sorry about that! My computer flipped out 🙂

Post # 13
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We opted for the multi-week sessions with a couple from the church.  Cost us NOTHING but time.  It was the BEST experience I’ve had with the Catholic church – ever. 

So the only cost we have is a $300 fee which includes the church time, priest, musicians and wedding ceremony coordinator.  The church will already be decorated with greenery & plants so we’re spendng just a few bucks on some things for the aisle decorations.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our pre-cana is $200 per couple.  The church fee is $300 and $200 for organist and singer

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2010

$350 for Chicago isn’t bad at all.  St. Edmund’s in Oak Park was $600 FIVE years ago when one of my friends was trying to decide where to get married.

We paid $75 for a pre-cana day and $125 for the FOCCUS questionaire and for prep with the priest.  Our church situation is a little different-  I have a cousin who works at the church we are getting married at- and she waived the fee for us.   I have no idea what it would have been. FI and I both lived in Chicago for the past 8-10 years, and we are getting married in my hometown (but not at the parish I grew up in, it’s closing!).  My hometown is conveniently halfway between FI family and Chicago.  Our musicians are family friends (well, friends of my brother) and we will give them a donation for sure.  The priest who is marrying us is also a family friend, and we will give him a donation as well (not sure how much yet, but easily $1-200).

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our PreCana was $75 – lunch included 🙂

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