(Closed) Donation/Gift for church doing our pre-marriage counseling?

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depending on what denomination the church is, there’s a good chance the priest is living a vow of poverty, in which case it would be inappropriate to give a gift directly to the priest.  A special donation to the church sounds like a very good idea.  My suggestion is to ask the church how much of a donation they normally ask for couples who are getting married in the church, and try to match that amount if possible.  Otherwise, you could always take your priest out to lunch after the last counseling meeting!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’ve also heard of couple giving their priest/minister a round of golf at a nice golf course – maybe he golfs?  Or a nice bottle of wine or whiskey (maybe that’s just us Catholics…)  Wink

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

If it helps, my pre-marriage counseling through the Presbyterian church cost me and Fiance $295.  Just to give you an idea what churches who do charge for it cost!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

If you can I’d try to swing both a personal gift and donation to the church (so he doesn’t feel guilty about receiving the personal gift).  50 or more to the church and whatever you feel like giving for a personal gift. 

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