(Closed) How much did you pay for your Catholic Church?

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 17
563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Reccomended (required) minimum donation: $500

Organist: $125

Soloist: $125

Post # 18
13 posts

I was shocked when I looked into getting married at the church I grew up going to. Its a gorgeous 1800s catholic church/ school for troubled boys and they charge 1,000$ plus a 400$ donation to an entirely different church within the same parish! so 1,400$ plus the musicians and to rent the courtyard for the reception (with nothing included) is 3,000 !!! its making a garden wedding more tempting…

Post # 19
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Ceremony: St Patrick\'s Basilica Reception: Southern Cross Ballroom, Esplanade Hotel Fremantle

$940 for our basilica :), it includes the organist, flowers, priest and hire of the church. We are not regular parishoners of this church because we live an hour away from it, but we chose it because i’ve loved the area since i was little. The price goes up every year, in 2015 it will cost 1,440!


 inside of basilica

and the marble podium 🙂

Post # 20
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

$500 and thats JUST the church and our church isnt nearly as big as the ones you guys have pictured so far….

if we want to use their kitchen its +300

their organist +175

not sure on altar servers…

Post # 21
657 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

The church we’re getting married in required a $600 deposit to book our wedding day. We will get a $300 refund if there’s $300 worth of recordable donations (in the envelopes on Sundays) in the 3 months prior to the wedding. Also, that $600 includes all the precana preparation as well.

We have to pay for the organist and cantor separately – I think those are about $200 each.

That seems to be the norm for members in our area. We were looking at a church where we’re not members, but it was $2000 for non-members! I think it ends up depending on the size of the church and other factors. Someone’s gotta pay for the electricity bill I guess Smile

Post # 22
445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Church – $150

Organist – $150

I’m obviously going to give a little more than that for the church but it seems like I’ve gotten off cheap!

Post # 23
926 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Church: $150 (recommended donation)

Organist: $150

If we have a vocalist it will be another $100-150 depending on the person. 

Post # 24
1201 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@futuremrscortez:  The Catholic church that Fiance and I are getting married in was his church growing up and his parents were activive members there so they are giving us the member rate.

We are paying:

Deposit (for damages, believe it or not I guess the church has had the issue in the past but we get it back after wedding): $150

Church Fee (to use the church, this is the member rate or else it would be $400): $300

Organist Fee: $200 (or we can use a string quartet which I think would cost more!)

Donation to Church/Officiant: $150-200

So I guess paying under a $1,000 isn’t too bad! I don’t mind the fees, after all churches to rely on the generosity of their parishoners to maintain the church. I also like the significance of the fact that we are marrying in a church that holds a special place in my FI’s heart. And it is a beautiful older church. This church was more reasonable, when we were looking at churches we found a beautiful episcopal church that wanted to charge us $2200 for the usage of their church and musicians. Yikes!

Post # 25
4334 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We paid $500. I do know of situations where if the family *truly* cannot afford the cost, it can be waived (but I can’t see them doing this for non-active parishioners or non-parishioners,) but if you can afford $10,000 for the reception, then $1,000 for the ceremony (which should be more important than the reception) shouldn’t be a big deal.

Post # 26
413 posts
Helper bee

@futuremrscortez:  The church we want is 900 + a seperate stipend for the priest. Also, we will have to pay for our pre-cana workshop. I really want to be married in a church, so I don’t think it is that expensive. Also, as someone stated above we have to pay the harpist and violinist a seperate fee. The organist is included in the church fee. Hopefully my sweetie’s parents will spring for some of those fees since they are the Catholic ones and they care more about it than me. Our wedding church is very gorgeous though, and a lot of non-parishoners decide to use it for their wedding.

Post # 27
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We paid the parishoner’s fee of $400, including cantor & organist. And we gave another $250 in tips to various people. I don’t know how much non-members are charged in our parish.

Post # 28
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ours is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. However, since they doublebooked our wedding and we had to move up to an earlier time they have waived the fee for us LOL. I guess one good thing came out of all the drama and stress!

Post # 29
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m dropping $1200 as well for the Catholic Church Fiance and I are getting married in.  We’re also non-members. It was the only option in our area.  Luckily they just completely renovated the church, so at least it’ll be nice and pretty on our wedding day! 🙂


My sister got married at the Catholic Church we grew up in (parents are still members) and all she had to pay was a “donation”.  I think they “donated” $300-$500. 


Post # 30
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

  • $300 for administrative costs/use of the church
  • $295 for Engaged Encounter
  • $50 for NFP class
  • $200 vocalist
  • $200 pianist

All told, that’s $1,045 for the whole shebang. This is the first time I’ve added it up – yikes! I had no idea it would end up being that much.

Post # 31
79 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our noncatholic church that we are both members of costs $450.  Then it’s another $150 for the pastor gift. 

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