Pricey cost for Catholic mass wedding… (Poll)

posted 3 years ago in Catholic
  • poll: How much is your ceremony cost?
    $100-$200 : (18 votes)
    11 %
    $200-$300 : (14 votes)
    9 %
    $300-$400 : (14 votes)
    9 %
    $400-$500 : (14 votes)
    9 %
    $500-$600 : (21 votes)
    13 %
    $700-$800 : (17 votes)
    11 %
    $800-$900 : (1 votes)
    1 %
    $900-$1000 : (13 votes)
    8 %
    $1000-$2000 : (29 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
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    2222 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m very surprised that parishioners would have to pay that price. That’s crazy!

    i think mine ended up some where around $500- organist, cantor, altar boys, church “optional” donation.

    Post # 4
    Member
    324 posts
    Helper bee

    @vintagebride143:  Mine is going to cost close to nothing, but SO and I did look into having the ceremony (including a Catholic mass) at the church on my college campus. It’s probably the most beautiful college church ever haha so it was really pricey. Upwards of $3,500. I really don’t think that’s the norm. Good luck!

    Post # 7
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    1754 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Our church – donation to the pastor (~$150), actually using the church space ($500), premarital councilling ($50), the piano player ($150), sound guy ($150). I think there might have been a small fee to the wedding coordinator, but I don’t remember. We go to a large modern Protestant church. 

    Post # 8
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    18 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Wow, $3200 seems high! The parish I am getting married in costs $375. It is huge AND gorgeous. Are you and your fiance both Catholic. For some reason, I think I heard that the price can go up if it is not two catholics marrying one another? I could be way off… not sure though!

    Post # 10
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    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    @vintagebride143:  Wow! That does seem like a crazy price to pay! Ours would have been practically free, but our church wasn’t big enough to hold all our guests so we had to rent a different church and have our priest officiate. 500 to rent the church 150 for music 150 to the priest and I think we spent about 100 for premarital counseling but I don’t really count that as part of the ceremony fees. I would’ve been shocked by anything over 1500 to be honest.

    Post # 11
    Member
    2839 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Wow, even though you’re a parishioner? We gave our church a $500 donation, but our priest told us that we didn’t have to give them anything, since we were parishioners. The organist also didnt ask for payment – we gave him $150 anyway. $3200 seems super high! 

    Post # 12
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @vintagebride143:  I’m Presbyterian, not Catholic, but the fee for my church (Fourth Presbyterian on Michigan Ave in Chicago–the one across the street from the Hancock Center) is crazy as well. Ours is $2000 for the ceremony, rehearsal, pastor, organist, church coordinator and counseling. I also didn’t care that it was a fancy society church–I just wanted to get married where I worship every Sunday!

    FI is Catholic, and his church (Old St. Pats) is similar I think but maybe a little less. They also have it so you pay separate for everything and maybe people don’t notice it as much.

    Post # 13
    Member
    15 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    It was $500 dollars to get married at my catholic church in Brooklyn. Plus $250 for pre-cana. $3200 seems really high. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    562 posts
    Busy bee

    I would definitely be surprised as well!!! We are getting married in a Catholic church, and I forget the exact figure, but I think we are giving a “donation” of around $300. This includes a wedding planner for the ceremony, as well. If you are really strapped for money, they let you use the church to marry for free.  

    Post # 16
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    45 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    My church is in Northern NJ, Bergen County. We have to pay a $300 “mandatory donation, haha” and $175 each for the organist and cantor. The best part is that we have to pay  their muscians even if we bring in our own! I thought ours was expensive, but your cost is unreal!

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