Post # 1
We are having my fiance’s pastor marry us. He goes to a non-denominational Christian church. We haven’t talked money with him yet but I’m worrying about how much he is going to charge.
What did you pay for your officiant if you used a pastor?
Post # 2
We paid a $100 downpayment for the officiant and photographer together. It’ll be like, $395 after all is paid, but that is for both the photographer and the officiant. They were a package deal.
Post # 3
Our officiant cost $300. She is a pastor but we are not members of her church. Generally, I think the cost is lower if one of you is members of their church, and if you are financially strapped, I’m sure he/she would work with you on the cost.
Post # 4
We are not members of any church locally, but we are both Christian and are having a non-denominational Christian ceremony. The officiant we hired is $400, which seemed like a lot to me, but that seems to be the going rate where I live. I believe it’s usually less if you’re using the pastor of a church that you are members of or attend regularly. Sometimes it’s even on done on a “donation” basis.
Post # 5
We used our pastor. My parents paid him $50. But that’s normal for around here
Post # 6
We paid $75, but she was a friend of my brother-in-laws family.
Post # 8
Fiance is a government employee, and knows a lot of judges. We’re having a judge do our ceremony for free. We lucked out.
Post # 9
$600ish. I think it’s on the high end, but when I looked around, all of the officiants nearby charged approximately that much.
Post # 10
$150 gratuity for a judge to perform off site ceremony.
Post # 11
Fiance and I aren’t religious so we don’t attend a church. We found a local minister who officiates secular ceremonies off-site, and he charges $400. That includes a custom ceremony script, rehearsal coordination, and a keepsake book with the ceremony script in it.
Post # 12
We are paying $200 she normally charges like $375 or something along those lines but we got a discount because my fsil is a wedding planner and pretty much owe her a favor so that happaned.
Post # 13
Ours was $300 for the ceremony and rehearsal the day before. Everyone else we found was like $400 and up and there was no way I was gonna pay that.
Post # 14
$275 for rehearsal and ceremony
Post # 15
ours is $150, which is a great deal. She’s new on the scene, but has great reviews and our personalities clicked. I got a bunch of quotes for $300- almost $800 (ridiculoussss! the more personalized you want your ceremony, the more expensive they get! lame!)