Tipping the Officiant?

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
  • poll: How Much Do We Tip Officiant?
    Zero - You already paid him $200 for his services : (10 votes)
    83 %
    $25.00 : (0 votes)
    $50.00 : (0 votes)
    $75.00 : (0 votes)
    Other - Will Explain Below : (2 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you are paying him directly for his services (not the church) you should treat him as the owner of his own company and a tip is not required. If he is affilated with a church you can opt to donate $50 or so to the church. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    157 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    We did not tip our officiant and thank goodness we didn’t! We got married on 7/13/13. He reassured me numerous times he would take care of sending in our marriage license (which he only has 10 days to do). Well, guess what, I contacted him this week because we hadn’t gotten it and he FORGOT to send it again! Therefore, he didn’t do half his job! I would have been so irritated if we had tipped him and this happened!

    Post # 5
    Member
    518 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @jules24chi:  +1  exactly this.  Unless your officiant “comes with” the church, you don’t need to tip any extra.  If he “comes with” your ceremony location, then an “honorarium” is expected.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I would not tip if you are paying him directly, as others have said.  If he does go above and beyond and really impresses, then you may want to tip a bit but it’s not required (maybe at least give good reviews online or refer him to others).

    We’re having a friend officiate so we’re just paying the fees to make it official and he’s getting a gift similar to the groomsmen gift.

    Post # 7
    Member
    9412 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @al0818:  I am paying my officiant $250 + HST for less than an hour of work. No, I am not tipping him even if I am supposed to.

    Post # 9
    Member
    4483 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Other, how ever much you want. However, I don’t think anything is required.

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