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

posted 8 years ago in Catholic
Post # 47
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Wow those prices!!! We’re paying $400 (which I couldn’t even believe)!! This is the oldest church on the island! I thought it was going to be way more expensive. 

 

Post # 48
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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@pegaloca:  Wow, that’s fantastic!! Beautiful church!

 

Post # 49
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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@solidarity:  Yes!! I love it, my grandmother was who actually told me to check it out. I originally thought it was going to be out of our budget. I owe her!! 🙂

Post # 50
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are paying somewhere around $2500. Crazy, I know! But it’s a really pretty, recently renovated Cathedral. It’s like a city landmark. We’re not members (but I am Catholic). They book out over a year in advance. The church I am actually a member of doesn’t let you do weddings there until you’ve been a member for like a year and I just joined. Having a Catholic wedding is really important to my parents, so they offered to cover the church fees. Otherwise it would have been way too much for us!

Post # 51
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

$350 for the church

$150 gift to the priest

$200 for the organist and vocalist

 

Post # 52
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wow, I thought ours was high, but turns out it’s typical.  Church 400 (includes flowers), Music – up to us, choir of 4 plus 4 musicians is also close to 400, plus voluntary donation to the priest (~100$).  The kicker is that we only have 1 hour, there is a mass 5-6, 6 is our wedding and another mass at 7.  So there is a high probability we will be kicked out without taking pictures afterwards.

Engaged encounters was another 400, but I am not counting it in – we chose to do this format to get done in 1 weekend as opposed to weekly evening classes that were cheaper or free.

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 1999

My church was $1000 plus their priest $300 plus organist $150. It’s located on the grounds of my school where I graduate the day before the wedding. I have dreamed of this church for years. I think it is so beautiful and the sentimental value of it far exceeds the cost, in my opinion. 

Post # 54
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We are members and our charges are as follows:

Parish Fee $290

Liturgical Consultant $45

Parish Musician $200

Parish Cantor $125 

I thought my musician/cantor fees are a bit too much, but I don’t want to bother trying to find someone else (and they charge some fee if you decide to use someone outside of the parish).

So, $660 in total.  

Post # 55
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We got married in my parish, and it was a suggested donation of $500. I know for non-parishioners it’s $1500. 

We also brought in a family friend priest, our cantor, a violinist, and a cellist (all family members, too).

We HAD to use their music coordinator—who played the organ during mass too, and she cost $250. We also had to pay one of their cantors $100 NOT to use him. 

I didn’t mind the $500 donation to the church, as I never mind giving them the money, I know they need it to keep the church looking beautiful. It was annoying to pay the cantor we didn’t use! 

 

Post # 56
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m perversely glad to see how much everyone is spending, because I thought we were getting monstrously ripped off somehow!

$200 to our local parish because we’re not getting married there but they had to do all the prep work with us

$500 to the church in Cleveland (where his parents are semi-regular parishioners) because we’re not members ourselves

$150 for the organist

$100 for the cantor

$245 for the Pre-Cana weekend retreat

$50 for other assorted prep materials (InFoccus quiz, Strengths Finder quiz)

And then I don’t even know how much for the priest/altar servers/etc.

 

Here’s a question for the bees – the priest who is doing our ceremony is not the normal priest for that church, he is an old family friend of my fiance’s parents. He hasn’t mentioned money yet, but I assume we should pay him something. Is there a delicate way to bring it up when we meet him next week? I don’t want to just guess and then grossly (and insultingly) undershoot or anything.

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Looks like we are getting off easy on ours! Our church does not charge members for using the church or the parish hall (where we are having out rehearsal dinner). The only fee is the $100 stipend for the priest.

Post # 58
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Approx. $800 (member fee) which includes preist/deacon, organist, cantor and precana weekend.  We paid an additional $175 to hire a trumpet player.  Trumpet sounds amazing inside the church!  

Post # 59
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We are members of our church, so our fees were as follows:

 

Church Donation- $200

Music Minister Fee- $195

Priest Donation- We decided on $200

 

So Total $595 which wasn’t bad at all! 🙂

 

 

Do you have time to become members than apply to be married? Usually they want you to establish yourself for like 2-3 months. (Basically attend Sunday Mass and give a donation everytime in your envelopes)

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