Question on officiant

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 2
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6604 posts
Bee Keeper

Where I live, the county has a list of officiants that will do wedding ceremonies. We, however, are getting a pastor in my neighborhood to be our officiant. We are not members of the church, and we’re paying $300, which is fine. 

Perhaps a member of the local clergy might have a lower price. Would you consider just doing a city hall marriage and then whatever celebration later? City hall marriage is about $100 where I live. You could also ask others in your area who they used as an officiant as a springboard for ideas. 

Post # 3
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5012 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

andi_isit303:  We paid ours $400. She wrote our entire ceremony for us, based on what we wanted and it was great. 

Also – I am TOTALLY against asking friends/family to do the ceremony UNLESS it’s someone you are certain will do a great job. We went to a wedding where the father of the groom performed the ceremony and it was SUPER awkward. He even started reading their vows at one point accidentally, and the bride tried not to laugh throughout the whole thing. It was AWFUL. 

Post # 4
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767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

andi_isit303:  We are having our friend do it because the people around us were wanting wayy to much for my taste lol 

Post # 5
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1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I don’t live in your area so I am not sure what is an average price for where you live but our officiant cost $750 and is creating our entire ceremony from questionnaires we answered so it will be really personal to us as a couple.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

Are you sure about that law? I was under the impression they did not have to be licensed in the state, but friends or family could not do it unless they are licensed (but a couple can solemnize the marriage themselves, sans officiant). 

That being said I THINK they can sign up on those free websites to become ordained and they could then perform the ceremony. 

Post # 8
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437 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We paid $400 so that price seems reasonable! 

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