Post # 1
This is a bit of a tricky subject fellow bees- dont get me wrong I want to get marriage in a church but a was a little taken aback by the financial aspect of it- my small suburban church cost $300 and then there are addiional cost
1. donation for the priest (would totally give this anyways!)
2. coordinator – $150 (i dont really know what she does cos i already have a DOC for the ceremony and reception)
3. flowers- $200 for alter arrangements (for some reason my church only wants REAL flowers and you cant take them to reception afterwards)
4. optional organ player $100
I know this might be uncomfortable for other brides but i was curious to know how much your church cost and what was included/extras?
Post # 3
this is a little different, but i’m paying $500 just for a rabbi to officiate for us. we’re not using their space or anything, but we paid the cost of an out-of-town membership for the synagogue.
Post # 4
Between the cost for the church, officiant, organist (required), and pre-cana classes, it’s costing over $1,000. This doesn’t include any decorations for the church.
Post # 5
880 is the total cost of to be married in my church. It goes down to 560 if you’ve been a member for over a year.
I was shocked at the cost compared to my small town church but it seems to be the average rate for my new town of 100k +
Post # 6
Church – $750
Cantor – $75
Organist – $100
Premarital counseling – $200
Engaged Encounter – $375
Flowers – $700 (reused at reception)
Post # 7
the church fee for that day is $125. the only thing extra that they require is live music, but it doesn’t have to be their choir. if we have friends and/or family members that are musicians/singers, we can have them provide the music for us, which is exactly what we’re doing.
now if you throw in flowers, marriage prep classes, ect., we’re looking at a total of ~$700 for everything church-wedding related. but it was our choice to have the floral arrangements (the church didn’t require them and in fact will already be decorated for the advent season). the prep was required (pre cana), but we did it in the diocese where we live (which is different from where we’re getting married).
so overall, was it expensive? i suppose (more expensive than going down to the courthouse anyway). but nothing compared to what we’re spending on the reception. and in my opinion, it’s worth every penny.
Post # 8
We are being married in our church. As members there is no cost. Of course, we will give something to our minister and a donation to the custodian, other than that, there are no cost. Now, if we were not members, I beleive it is $800 to have the ceremony. The benefit of membership.
Music is extra in either case. We are having alot of musicians. Not sure what the cost will be yet. That is our choice because we both want the best live music.
Post # 9
Deposit (to save the date) -$100.00
Music director: $200.00
wedding director: $200.00
Pre Cana Class: $99.00
Officiant: $100.00 minnimum
about $700 total…… booooooooo
I’ve been a parishioner here for 18 years…
Post # 10
We were looking to be married in a church, but were also taken back by the cost. it was about $800 dollars for the church, donation to priest, day of coordinator and a musical director even though we were going to bring in our own musicians. In the end we ended up hiring a pastor to officiate our ceremony at our wedding venue.
Post # 11
Ours is $550 for the minister and the organist, and the church itself of course (I forget how it’s actually split up). We also paid $150 for our pre-marriage class.
It’s a small Anglican church in the burbs!
Post # 12
For just the basics, literally just the chapel and the reverend, is 780- $500 to rent the chapel, and the reverend I found charges $280 to perform a ceremony.
Post # 13
At my church it is free for members: including Pastor, Wedding co-ordinator, musicians, and pre-marital counselling. The church also has some flower arrangements and decorations that I can use. A phenomenal deal by the sounds of it!
Post # 14
Wow, after reading these posts, I seem to be paying wayyyyyy more. But then again, maybe its because I’m in Los Angeles and they charge more for everything here. The church cost is $1600, but it includes the officiant, the coordinator, pre-martial counseling and the organist. No decorations included. Its a beautiful cathedral like church though. It would have cost us $300 if I went with the church where I’m a member, but it was too small to host our wedding.
Post # 15
$2000 for church included organist, cleanup, and ceremony coordinator, paid an additional $250 honorarium for the pastor (and that’s the member price). But that’s the going rate around here for all Christian denominations in reasonably sized churches (now if you want a 50 person chapel, it’s different).
Post # 16
I paid 500.00 for our church. That included the pastor, pre-marriage counselling and cleaning up before and after. (we also got in on a thursday night and did a rehersal).
We paid an extra 400.00 to have a string trio come in and play and we just brought some flowers from our garden for the church. 🙂