How much do officiants cost these days?

posted 2 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Our pastor is $400. He has no travel fees (he’s commuting 1 hour) and it includes our rehearsal. 🙂

Post # 19
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Sugar bee

daydream0324 :  in southeast, WI, it was $500-$700. We were incredibly lucky that my cousin agreed to get ordained online and do the ceremony for free.

Post # 20
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2026

$160, no rehearsal, 10 minute ceremony. All he has to do is read off a script I wrote myself. Easiest job ever. 

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We haven’t booked one yet but in Saskatchewan the most an officiant can charge is $75.00 for the ceremony and $25.00 if there’s a rehearsal. Plus, about 40 cents a kilometre for mileage so ours should be at most 150.00 but probably closer to $125.00.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Most I saw was $400-$600 without a rehearsal. 

We are getting a friend of my mil who does weddings to do ours. She’s doing it for free and I’m doing some work for her. Good trade to me! 

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper

$300 two years ago in a Midwest suburb. She was a pastor but didn’t do a lot of weddings. 

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

mine charged $500 I believe.  I couldn’t find anyone cheaper.  I was whelmed.

Post # 26
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Helper bee

Mine was one of the top rated guys in the area- 400 including rehersal. He did a good job. Some people I know got a friend thats ordained or someone off craigslist much cheaper.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee

I’m in the process right now to find someone too. We’re still debating about getting married in a church or go with a smaller, non-denom chapel. 

I’m seeing pricing range from $500-$600+ in SE PA for a minister/officiant. I was like whoa!! Didn’t expect them to charge so much. 

(15yrs ago I got married by the town mayor, I think he charged $100).

Post # 28
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Newbee

I’m in Ontario; the officiant at city hall was $280, I found an officiant for $260, but ended up deciding to go to Niagara Falls for $325+tax and go to a chapel with music, flowers etc.

Post # 29
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

The first one we went through the contract process with was $450 including rehearsal & travel

Then, that fell through because she was talking with multiple couples at the same time and didn’t let us know, and they gave her a check one day before we did (still a bit salty about this…)

We did find someone else amazing, just a good bit more $$ but we really liked her so we went with it. She is $600 including rehearsal plus accommodations the night of the rehearsal.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Ours is $475 with rehersal. I was so shocked at first! We are in PA, and they are a company. I wish we just got a district justice or a judge, but oh well!

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