Post # 1
I’m planning to ask a friend to officiate the wedding. Since he is a friend, I’m fairly certain he wouldn’t charge me, but I’d like to give him a gift in equivalent monetary value as a thank you – however, I have no idea how much is appropriate.
How much do typical officiants charge for their services?
Post # 3
Ours is $375 plus $70 for the rehearsal. Most range from $240-$450 in our area.
Post # 4
Mine is $175 including the rehersal
Post # 5
Mine is 375 not including the rehearsal!
Post # 6
Ours is a suggested price from our church (came in our church paperwork) and we are members-it is $250 and includes both the ceremony and rehearsal. We have invited both our pastor and his wife (who is my soloist) to both the rehearsal dinner & reception. He is also giving the blessing at the rehearsal dinner-I didn’t assume, I asked to be sure.
Post # 7
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
I never found anyone for less than $390. The most expensive I talked to was $1,000.
Post # 8
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
We paid $300 for a judge, but that was almost 5 years ago.
Post # 9
My fees range from $200 to $750, with most being about $500ish. Our wedding officiant is charging us $750, which is on her low end.
Post # 10
Wow, this must be another regional thing…we paid $100.
Post # 12
i got a quote from one for $300. we decided to go with a church wedding instead though!
Post # 13
Ours is $325 and that includes the rehearsal. I met with another woman who was very popular in the area and she was $850! That seems like way too much.
Post # 14
We had 2, one was $750 and the other was $800 and they didn’t do the rehearsal. It was a lot but we wanted a preist and a rabbi and really had no other options.
Post # 15
Ours did not charge us, but we paid for his hotel, invited him and his wife to dinner with our families one night and then gave him a visa gift card for $250
Post # 16
Wow officiants are expensive! Oracle, we too are having a friend officiate–she is a very good friend so she too will not charge. We think of her as an extension of the wedding party–ie, she will come to the rehersal dinner, gets the bridesmaid gift, will sit at the head table, etc. Probably we should throw something extra in since her job is so much more stressful than the bridesmaids! 🙂 That may not be an option if for you if your friend is not a really good friend but I thought I’d throw it out there!