Church Ceremony: How much are you paying?

posted 12 months ago in Catholic
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We read a lot of similar things online, but ended up getting pretty lucky with our church. It was $200 for music, $300 to the church. We got married in DC. The $300 was our decision in terms of how much to donate – they just said “whaever you feel is commensurate with the day”. We may have gone a bit low, but don’t regularly attend this church or anything, so felt it was enough.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I personally don’t think that’s outrageous. You’d have to pay for a traditional ceremony venue if you hadn’t chosen a church. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

The church we chose charges $1000 to have your ceremony there. There are more expensive ones, though.  We’re in Chicago.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

The Church of England has set fees for parish churches which in 2018 is £474 to include the legal elements (this excludes extra Banns being read if you live in a different parish) plus extras for musicians, bells, heating, etc. Special Licenses (eg for cathedrals or school chapels etc) bring the fee up to about £650 plus extras. Musicians in a parish setting are likely to only be paid a token fee but obviously the musicians in cathedrals (being professionals) get paid properly so can easily cost several hundred for a full choir. I think our total was about £650-700 with extra Banns and bells. My mum arranged lunch for the choir (as she sings with them) at about £10 per head (15-20 singers) as a thank you to them too.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

chyangra :  Yup, sounds about right!  We looked at Old St Pat’s, and they were $1500 before any other fees.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We paid $1,000 to the church (non parishioners pay more) and a $250 donation to the priest. I don’t remember the fees to the cantor and musicians, but I think it was $300 – $400. We also paid $500 for the FOCCUS assessment and counseling, around $275 for the required retreat, and an additional fee I cannot remember for the natural family planning class. 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2019

We’re in a city, and most Catholic churches run around $1,000-$1,500 for the ceremony. Most of the churches in our city are really old though, so I’m assuming that’s why the cost is so high. We’re getting married in a cathedral and got a discounted price of $1,250, including everything except the priest donation.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

If I wrote it down correctly our venue is charging $1100 all inclusive – music, candles, wedding coordinator, officiant, etc.

It is a hundred year old building and we’re getting a discount because I’m a member of the LCMS (FH is Church of England) and it’s an LCMS church.

It’s definitely pricier than some other venues we considered – but having everything taken care of and all inclusive was important to us. And this is also a church we enjoy attending together. 

Your cost doesn’t seem too crazy. I don’t know when churches got so expensive though?? It was so much cheaper when my sister got married!

Post # 13
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Busy bee

Our church fee was $1000 just for the use of the church. Then $200 each for musicians, a $400 donation to our priest’s charity of choice, and tips for the church’s wedding coordinator.

Post # 14
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Helper bee

Chuch “donation” was $500. Music cost us $650 for a cantor, organist and flute. $100 for the coordinator, $40 for alter servers and I think we gave our priest $250. So $1,540 total. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2019

In St. Louis, MO its between $1k – $2k just for the church depending on where you have it. It is extra for music, etc. as well. We lucked out that our church is giving us a discount since we decided to be parishners there. So we are only paying $500 +$300 for music.

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