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

posted 14 years ago in Money
Post # 17
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Caligirl, are we getting marired at the same church?  Same price specs!  Hehe ;D

Post # 18
1497 posts
Bumble bee

mine will be free since i’m a member, so all that would be left would be the pastor’s donation fee or what have you.

Post # 19
39 posts

our church rental fee is $1,000 for the chapel (max 400 ppl) as opposed to the sanctuary which i think may be for $2,000 (max like 1000+ people ). also, our fees are higher cuz we’re nonmembers… church members pay like half that price.

this fee includes the minister’s donation, musician fee, wedding coordinator fee, cleanup, and a wedding seminar.

i think it depends on the churches in your area.  this price was on the lower end compared to others so we were happy with this price.   

Post # 20
8 posts
  • Wedding: April 2008

We are getting married in a chapel (catholic) that is set up specifically for alums of the high school to be married in.  It is a "non-functioning" chapel and you must provide everything and includes serious guidelines, but it is classically beautiful.  It cost us $1000 for the chapel with a 2.5 hour block.  We will donate to the priest what we feel appropriate, he is at a parish that I went to as a child, but I have never met him.

Post # 21
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

$2,500 for 2 1/2 hours. includes music, priest, parking.

Post # 22
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA

Like Damora, ours was also a high school chapel. It cost $300 to hold the ceremony there.

Post # 23
292 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2022 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

Our church is about $1000 for non-members or non-active members, and about $500 for members.  This covers the fees for the sexton, the coordinator, and the organist.

Post # 24
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

our church is around $250-300: (lutheran, in los angeles, seats about 150)

$75 for coordinator

$75 for organist

$50 for the custodian 

and then $50-100 for the pastor, whatever we decide on.

i was incredibly thrilled when the pastor stated the charges and said "we’re not here to make money off young people." i just about kissed him.

Post # 26
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

1000 sounds right…

Post # 27
156 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

non members at our catholic church – $1250 + $500 for music

members – $250 + $500 for music

we are semi-new members so we are paying $750 + $500 for music.

it really all depends on location of the church & how long you’ve been going there. if you have been going since you were a child it’s bound to be under $500. if you walk in off the street & say marry me! it’s pretty expensive.

Post # 28
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2022

Church (christian) $500

Organist $250

 What was strange is we had to pay $300 if we didn’t use the organist for a sitting fee for someone to sit next to our own organ player. 

Post # 29
28 posts

I am getting married at a catholic church outside of NYC.


$500 for the church

$250 for music director

$250 for trumpet

Not sure about the Cantor maybe another $200.

PreCana runs about $85.

Plus we have to tip the priest which will probably be $300- we are also inviting the priest to the rehersal dinner and the reception. Keep in mind for catholics you will meet with the priest several times before you get married to go over your pre-cana information and to plan your mass.  The priest 95% of the time does not get a part of the church donation. 


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