(Closed) Cost of Church/donations?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Helper bee

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kimberlypaige28:  This is just my take, but it sounds like the suggested donations to the priest, organist, and altar servers are in addition to the $500 to the church. For example, our church requires a $450 donation as well as a $250 honorarium to the pastor. There’s also a separate $50 cleaning fee (which we won’t incur as we won’t have any decorations).

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

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kimberlypaige28:  Those are likely additional costs. Our Catholic cathedral is $1350, which, I believe, includes the stipend for the organist (historical organ, we have to use their staff organist). We will also have to give a stipend to the priest who presides and the cantor. As well as the Pre Cana. Ouch. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I would think those are additional costs. I paid $650 for the church I got married in, I had my own officiant and sound/music people so the fee was just to “rent” the church. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are not members of a church, so we also are techncally “renting” the church, as well as their pastor (he will marry people outside of the congregation). The church rental is $950, which includes use of the church for the ceremony, rehersal the night before, a wedding coordinator and a building facilitator (althouugh I have yet to determine what these people do). There is an additional $250 suggested donation to the pastor, so $1200 in all. 

And the funny thing is that we’re looking at doing a 15 minute or less ceremony, so it ends up being the most expensive part of the wedding when you look at it from how long we’ll be there. But it’s convenient (directly across the street from our reception location) and very pretty inside (not too gaudy or “churchy”). Besides, we figured that with all the money we’re spending, what’s another $1200 bucks?

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Helper bee

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kimberlypaige28:  It might be worth reaching out to the church to see if they can lower their required donations. That’s what we did with our church because 1) we’re having a super small wedding and 2) we won’t have any decorations. Our church fee was reduced to $250 (from $450) and the $50 cleaning fee was waived. Your church may not budge on their fees, but it can’t hurt to ask.

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Helper bee

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kimberlypaige28:  I agree – it would have been much more helpful if the church had communicated ALL the donations required at first. Perhaps you can mention this when reaching out, like “I mistakenly thought the only required donation would be $500 and didn’t budget for more than that” and say that coming up with the extra will be difficult.

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