(Closed) how much did your church ceremony cost?

posted 10 years ago in Christian
Post # 3
4136 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
309 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

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
3343 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Church – $750

Cantor – $75

Organist – $100

Premarital counseling – $200

Engaged Encounter – $375

Flowers – $700 (reused at reception)

Post # 7
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
572 posts
Busy bee

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
6995 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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
4383 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

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
2312 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

$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
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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. 🙂

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