(Closed) Have you found an Officiant? How much are you paying?

posted 9 years ago in September 2012
Post # 32
1577 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’re paying $450 for a civil officiant. We checked out several, both more & less expensive; but we were also picky and wanted a someone who we liked & who only does civil ceremonies.

Most of the more-expensive officiants were booked out already, and there were several around the same $450 price point that we got a really bad vibe from.

Post # 33
2413 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Several quoted us $500…seems about right…

Post # 34
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We asked my Future Mother-In-Law who is thrilled to be our officiant =) She’s not a professional but she has officiated her brother’s wedding before. We wanted someone who knew us both to preside over our ceremony. Applying for a one-day officiant certificate (or whatever it’s called) cost $80 where I live.

Post # 35
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wow, I cannot imagine paying $300 for an officiant. My youth pastor from HS who is now an ordained minister is marrying us.  She didn’t ask for payment, we are gifting her $100 as well as inviting her husband and girls to enjoy the reception. 

Post # 36
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Not sure how much it’ll be yet.  I have to find out. LOL.  I don’t expect to pay more than $100.

Post # 37
478 posts
Helper bee

We haven’t found one yet.  We wanted a non-religious, African-American one.  That has not been easy to find, really.  Contacted one and she was not availabe for that date.  Found 1 other, and he’s a bit above our budget, with $450 for the ceremony plus $100 for rehearsal (Chicago).  Not sure what to do . . .

Post # 38
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Our officiant is the minister from my grandmothers church.

She is doing is for free, but we are paying for her hotel for 2 nights, since she is marrying us in a hotel and will be there for the Rehearsal Dinner and the actual wedding 🙂

Post # 40
72 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

wow i dont know if its because i’m in the UK but our registrar is costing £550 (approx $859) for a half an hour sevice, we choose the wording, vows and ring ceremony. seems a little expensive after reading all these posts

x plc x

Post # 41
7567 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Mine is normally $450, and that’s for the ceremony only, no rehearsal. He’s $650 if you want a rehearsal.

He’s VERY sought after here locally, and books up extreamly fast. He happens to be a good friend of mine and we actually planned our date around his availbilty. 

Post # 42
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

ours was $350 and it included an interview, a custom written ceremony based on our views of love, religion (if any), marriage and family and all that jazz. She attended our rehearsal and organized all members of the bridal party and directed the whole thing. Well worth it!


Post # 43
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Wow.  I was quoted between $600 and $965 for a simple, non-religious ceremony (in New York).  In the end, my cousin decided to get ordained to perform the ceremony. 

Post # 44
950 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our mountain top ceremony location only has one officiant that serves it. The package deal is $1800 which includes the helicopter rides and the officiant. I believe the officiant gets about $300 from that. He seems really nice and has a cool moustache!

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