(Closed) Do you have to get the priest a gift?

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our deacon made it clear in our preparation meeting that he was expecting a tip.  He didn’t specify the amount though. I don’t remember what we gave him because Darling Husband took care of that.  My guess would be $50.

We also tipped the altar girl $20, which is also expected in our parish.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We tipped our priest $100, it is generally expected that you tip whoever is performing your marriage ceremony. We had to pay a fee of $525 to get married in my church but that cost goes to cover the ceremony musician, cantor, coordinators and flowers for the altar. We also invited the priest to our rehearsal dinner and reception.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We gave our priest $150.  The church fee was $1000.  The church actually told us a “recommended” gift amount in all of the paperwork they gave us with the rules and stuff.  If you’re not sure how much to give, I would just ask the parish secretary. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our priest told us specially he does not charge for the ceremony and our church fee is only $200 (pianist is $50/hr in addition) so we are planning on giving the church a $400 donation and $150 tip to the priest.  We over estimated in a few areas of our budget so we are already under budget and this is not a place we want to scrimp to save money.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

A tip is highly recommended/expected. You could also include a physical token of your thanks, like a saint medal of the feast day you’re getting married on.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We’ll be doing 100-200, and inviting him to reception. 

Our ceremony fee is 200.  Not sure on music yet.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We offered $200 to ours.  He came in from out of town so we also paid for his hotel room. I offered to buy his ticket, but he would not accept.

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