(Closed) “Affordable” Officiant?

posted 9 years ago in New York City
Post # 3
1047 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Since you want a simple civil ceremony, have you considered having a friend or family member be your officiant?

That’s what we’re doing and it’s insanely cheaper. I’ve heard officiants can be anywhere from $600-1000 in NYC, whereas we are having a good friend get registered and he will perform the ceremony for us. I think the cost for all of that stuff was only $35 or so (for NYC officiant registeration and the paperwork from the orgainization he was ordained through). It’s going to be way more meaningful to us to have our friend do it rather than someone we never knew before.

Post # 4
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I actually received a lot of quotes for a very simple ceremony in the $100-200 range because we started off doing the same thing. We ended up going with a more personalized ceremony for $400. Wedding size definitely plays a role, but you may be able to find someone who it doesn’t matter if you let them know you just want something simple). Flexibility is important. I had my best results (i.e. most affordable) by checking 2 places–craigslist (just verify they are legit) and a place called thumbtack.com (you create a listing for what you want and the vendors are the ones who email you quotes). The latter saved tons of time and gave me an idea what kind of pricing to look for. PM me if you want to know more details.

Post # 5
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I have no idea what your state laws are, but here, a notary of republic can perform weddings and it’s legal everywhere. It’s cheaper to do that than higher an officiater and more intimate than hiring someone you don’t know. And you and the friend/non-direct blood relative who would become a notary can cater your ceremony as you want it.

Post # 6
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The officiant prices range from $300 – $900 here in New York City.  There are many great ones out there that you can check out on wedding wire or the vendor’s section here at the bee’s.

I usually charge $350 for a personalized ceremony; in case you are interested here’s my website. http://www.knotbythesea.com

Best of luck,


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