(Closed) Church “Fee”

posted 9 years ago in Catholic
Post # 32
1552 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@HisBride2Bee: Wow, I am really sorry.  I was really under the impression that if you are a regular parishoner, your priest will work with you on cost.  Have you been talking to the church office or to one of the priests?  I’ve found that I’ve often been given one answer by the office/secretary, but that when I talked to the priest himself, he was much more flexible.  Also, have you tried having your family member priest talk to the church’s priest?  Maybe he could explain your financial situation for you.

Post # 34
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

We paid $500 to get married at an outside church, our priest thought it was crazy that we had to pay, he said tehy don’t charge parishoners to get married.

Post # 35
548 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

This makes me kind of glad I’m not getting married in a church…I didn’t realize how expensive it could be.  WOW.

Post # 36
2161 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I have no idea!  We see the priest for our second meeting tomorrow, and we will ask then.  My fiance goes to that parish (I’m not Catholic) and they think you just give the priest and church a donation.

Post # 37
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Ranch

I think it’s sad that someone would question their faith based on what a church is charging them for a wedding. I understand that you cannot afford it, and I can understand the frustration, but your faith has nothing to do with what a particular church does. Having faith is a beautiful thing. Please don’t let your Fiance walk away from his religion for this reason. I agree with what someone else said, maybe it would help if your family friend (the priest) spoke to the priest at this church. I hope it all works out for the both of youSmile

Post # 38
646 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My Catholic Church, Sts Peters and Paul, in San Francisco is $1000. The other Catholic churches in the area ranged from $1000 (for members) to $2400.

I’ll still have to hire the musician and tip the priest in addition to thta… But the church is BEAUTIFUL and I’m not even going to decorate it at all. 🙂

Post # 40
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011


OMG, I was just there 4 days ago!! Gorgeous church, my fave ..It’s all white to boot & Fr Mario is a GREAT confessor. This church is actually were Fiance and I went to on our first date. So cute!

After mass on Sat we wondered how long we could park our car (we were looking for a bank) and he seemed like a Priest waiting outside of the rectory, so we asked him & he said we could stay an hour…As we thanked him and walked away clutching our hands together he goes “2 more hours!!” We all laughed. Funny.

If I lived in SF I’d go to that church for sure.  


boop_a_doop2 /SandyThePoet/LindaB : You all said it perfectly.


On a side note, most parishes that are large do require more to operate. L.A. can get very pricey. It’s NOT uncommon to see that in most churches. Good luck though. 

We would have liked the Cathedral in Sac (b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l) {Our first date in Sac/Where he proposed} , but it’s soo busy our wedding would have been pushed back quite a bit. We opted for his parish which is tiny, but it had tiny prices and available. 2 bonuses and we’ll always have memories everywhere we go. <–Which is amazing! 🙂 

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