(Closed) Cost of Officiant

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We originally had a non-religious officiant and she was going to charge $250.  She flaked out on us and was extremely unreliable so we found a pastor who is officiating for a donation.  We did have to take 6 weeks of counseling with the pastor and purchase two books (cost of $20).  We will also make a $100 donation to his church.  We’re getting married at a country club.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We are having a non-religious ceremony and we looked at hiring an officiant but ended up having a friend get officiated online for free (contacted city to make sure it was okay). We are giving him a gift and thats it for payment.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’ve never looked into non-religious officiants, but all of the pastors I know don’t charge to marry people. It is nice to pay them, but they don’t have a specific fee they charge and are often paid nothing if a couple can’t afford it up to a few hundred dollars. It really depends.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

In VA, the most you’re supposed to pay is $50.  It’s a state law (found it on the page for the requirements for getting the liscense).  

Might wanna check your laws to see what the max is that they can charge.  IF there is a max amount.  I’d guess it varies from state to state, but it can’t hurt, right?

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Non-religious ceremony.

We’re paying $500, which I think is kind of ridiculous. I know we could have found someone cheaper, but I really just didn’t have the patience to shop around. It’s the first woman we met with, Fiance and I both clicked with her really well so we just said “eff it” and booked with her.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Zinzerena: You HAVE to share that link with me.  I can’t imagine that’s how much some of the people in Cville are charging.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

@milesbella: We’re doing the same thing. One of our church’s pastors is performing the ceremony, and he isn’t requiring us to pay anything. Of course we’re going to make a donation, and we’re not getting married in a church either. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - Sunset Harbour

Ours is $500, but so far I think she is worth it. She will be helping us word out programs, our vows, and has been wonderfully supportive of our hand-fating ceremony ideas. And other Long Island couples have had to pay the same amount for a church ceremony. 

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Jeannine @ Small Chic: http://www.vdh.state.va.us/vital_records/marry.htm

Fees – Any person authorized to celebrate the rites of marriage shall be permitted to charge a fee not to exceed $50, Section 20-27, Code of Virginia, Domestic Relations. This information should be confirmed with the court as we may not always be notified of changes that occur.

There you go!!!!!  (Gotta love it, huh? 😉 )

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think when all is said & done (fee + tip) it will be about $500. Honestly, she’s traveling about 45 minutes to our venue, and this includes the rehearsal the Friday before so it doesn’t seem so bad to me. To me, it’s not like “oh, she’s only working 15 minutes” when you consider travel time & then add in her experience in performing ceremonies… there is so much else to take into consideration.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Different side of the country but we are paying $150 (plus he is traveling about 35 minutes each way) and that is CHEAP. the only thing that’s cheaper is a county judge.  Average price here is about 250+ for just the basics.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m not sure if they can charge traveling fees, but that MIGHT explain how they’re able to charge more.  

If in doubt, call your local attorney general.  THAT is how I learned VA does NOT recognize the Universal Life Church or anything to do with being ordained online.  (Had a nice chat with one of the local attorney generals about it…)

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