How much are you paying for your officiant?

posted 9 years ago in San Francisco Bay Area
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’m in Massachusetts so my fee is different from yours ($275) but I do know that MA regulates how much an officiant can charge, like a JOP. Don’t know if it’s like this in all states but it might be a fee that the state of CA has set and not so much the individual.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We are paying $425 for ours. AND an extra $165 for the rehearsal.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

He’s a family friend, so he’s free… but we’re giving him a small honorarium- $200.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re paying $600 in Chicago, which does cover rehearsal, and frankly I think it’s a bit of a rip-off.  However, he’s a former nondenominational pastor, and my fiance and I are born again Christians but I was raised Jewish and he was raised Catholic, so this way we get an officiant who shares our beliefs without having to get married in a religious building that would be majorly offensive to our families.  And, we’ve been able to work with him to customize the ceremony a great deal.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

$200, which I find quite steep for our officiant because she also lives just down the road from where the ceremony is being held coinsidently. I would have been happier with $150

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

ok, just read others posts and $400+ for officiants?! holy moly!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m going with a friend (free!), but before I asked him I looked into wedding ministers who only do weddings.  One quoted $500 and the other $450.  They are not affiliated with a church and weddings are their only source of income so I guess i can understand the cost once you consider the time needed to meet and personalize the ceremony.  Although this is in North Carolina, I have to admit I was honestly shocked at the prices and was expecting more of the $200-300 range.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

We are having two officients (jewish and christian) and paying them each $800.  It’s a lot of money but it’s important to us to have both of them there and they are traveling from 70+ miles away.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Hotel Vitale

We had a Rabbi- which I are more expensive than an officiant from what I can tell- we paid $800. But we did have a bunch of meetings with him, so i *think* it was worth it.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

$225 which includes the rehearsal the night before

Post # 13
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Helper bee

We’re paying $700 (down from $1000) for our officiant. He’s a great writer and will be meeting with us to construct a very personal and customized ceremony of our choice and his delivery is great. I know it’s pretty pricey, now I’m reconsidering our 30 minute ceremony and thinking of making it 1-hour… Lol

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

All together for the church and officiant it’s about $940. Catholic weddings are expensive.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

$295 in upstate NY (includes rehersal)

Post # 16
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Newbee

400 sounds a lot more reasonable than 800 – which is what the officiant that my wedding planner found is asking for!!!

My wedding is in SF and I am looking for some more cost-effective leads…

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