(Closed) Hope its not rude to ask but how much is your church costing you?

posted 14 years ago in Money
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

For our church (catholic) which I am not a parish of..


$500 for the church

$10 for the 2 ushers

$125 Church Coordinator

$125 Cantor

$125 Organist

and how ever much you would like to give the priest.  So yes, approx. $1000. 

Post # 4
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

These are my costs for our church ceremony (Anglican):

$200 "donation" to the church

$100 for the organist

$20 Administration fee

$225 for the officiant

$50 donation for flowers (they keep the flowers afterwards)


For a Grand Total of:  $595

Post # 5
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

Good question. I wasn’t planning on getting married at a church so I never looked into this. While talking to my parents this weekend, they made it known that they wanted us to have a church ceremony.  Since my boyfriend is catholic, and I WAS a catholic, I’m willing to compromise.  Definitely curious to see what the associated costs are.

Post # 6
1485 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I’m not sure there is a "normal" charge.  It sort of depends on the the demand for the church, the season, and sometimes on whether you are a member.  My sister was married in the Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe; they charged $600 off-season (she was married the weekend of Thanksgiving) and $1000 regular season – the chapel seats about 100 people.  If you want to get married on Valentine’s Day, it is $6000.  We enquired at three different Lutheran churches in our area, and found fees between $500 and $1500 for a Saturday in July, for churches seating between 100 and 250 people.  Those prices are not including the officiant, music, or any other services, by the way.  In the end we decided to get married at the country club where we are having our reception. No driving for us or the guests, and no facility fee.

Post # 7
38 posts
  • Wedding: May 2004

For my church (christian)  it costed me:


$200 for church – if you are a christian or a member

$250 for pastor – a personal friend

rest I hired my own people to help me being usher and organizing the decorations 


total about $450 if you know people  that is willing to help you

Post # 8
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

sigh…i could have used my father’s church for free…but the location did not fit with keeping the wedding in a neutral place for his family.

 that said, we went with the chapel of our alma mater. its non-denominational and will be costing us $300 for a 2 hour block. we could have paid double for a 4 hour block but i decided that it wasn’t worth it…..we’ll just keep the decor there nice and simple.

 i’ve booked our minister, though i havent asked him how much he would like as a donation. lol…i was just sooo happy to find someone willing to marry us! and i’m confident that the rate is not outrageous.

Post # 9
8 posts

A thousand sounds about right.

Church Donation:  $500
Wedding Coordinator:  $125
Cantor:  $125
Pianist:  $125
Alter Servers:  $20
Priest Stripend:  ???  (depends on us)

Cali*Boy wants to fly in his friend who is a priest to marry us, so it’ll cost a little more for us.

Post # 10
31 posts

400 dollars for the church which includes custodian and a lovely coordinator who will serve as mistress of ceremony (dunno what that means, honestly lol). about 80 expected donation for pastor as we do not know him nor are members of the church. It’s a small town wedding but even the biggest church in downtown was only 500 to rent! I think location really matters though. Good luck!

Post # 11
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

We are using a historical church that does not currently have a parti, and it’s costing us roughly $1000. We are giving our officiant, who is visiting from another state and is a friend of the family, a monetary gift of $200.

Post # 12
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

*Parti= particular donomination

Post # 13
162 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Our church is $2000 (Catholic Church – Basilica)

I am not excited about the price but FIL’s are excited about the church so that makes me happy. 


Post # 14
23 posts

$175 for 3 hours – doesn’t include anything but use of the space, haven’t gotten too far with this part of the planning yet.

Post # 15
18 posts
  • Wedding: August 2008

Our church (Presbyterian) is $2000.  And I think it’s more for non-members! I almost fell over when the church wedding coordinator told us the price. But I love my church! The preacher is fantastic. I can’t imagine having it somewhere else. As with many things wedding related, I take the Scarlet O’hara approach: "I won’t think about it now. I’ll think about it tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day." And then I just think the same thing tomorrow!

Post # 16
26 posts
  • Wedding: September 2008

wowza! i had no idea it was so expensive. this makes me even happier that we are both atheists! 🙂  my fiance’s parents paid $50 total in the 1970’s. so long ago though. it’s nice to see how much it might cost for an officiant though.  

this is a great question. thanks for asking cinderellasmom.

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