(Closed) How much is/was your wedding officiant?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How much is your officiant?
    $100-$500 : (63 votes)
    66 %
    $500-$1000 : (14 votes)
    15 %
    $1000- $2000 : (0 votes)
    other, let me explain below : (19 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2010

    If I remember right we just made a $100 donation to the church.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re getting a great deal on ours because she is a family friend of FI’s family, but in our area anywhere from $500-$800 was what we were quoted through the churches.

    I spoke to a retired Catholic priest too and he only quoted $400, not sure what that included though.

    I imagine NYC is just generally going to be higher though.

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee

    @NYCcaliBRIDE: That is outrageous in our area! We are friends with the pastor (even though we’re not members of his church). We’re donating $100 to his church and he is doing the ceremony for free.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    A family friend is officiating mine and I believe that he normally charges between $200 and $300. Since it looks like you are in New York that might be a regional cost difference. $1200 still seems exceptionally high so I would get quotes from other officiants in your area just to get a ballpark figure.

    Post # 7
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Free!  We got a friend of ours to get registered online, it was free and easy.  She did the most wonderful job and it meant more to us having someone who cared and was personally invested into us to do our ceremony.

    Post # 9
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    We are getting married by a pastor in our church and he knows us pretty well. He said he is not charging us anything, which is very nice of him! We have to pay 300 for the use of the church though(that includes a few items,like the sound guy,etc) , but at least we dont ALSO have to pay the pastor!

    I never asked him how much he charges. Kind didnt want to. Wouldnt be surprised if it was a couple hundred though.

    Post # 10
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    $75 dollars to the Church & he was free. 

    He has known my husband since he was a small child & we got married in his family Church. But still 1200 dollars seems like way to much, In My Humble Opinion.

    Post # 11
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re also having a retired priest officiate our wedding, and he’s charging us $400. That includes coming to the rehearsal as well as the ceremony and, helping us design the ceremony, etc.

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    Ours was included in our elopement, so I don’t know how much he charged.

    Post # 13
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @NYCcaliBRIDE:  Would you consider having a friend or family do it?  A small fee to register with the county is all you would need in Cali and to get licensed online.

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Ours is charging $250.

    Post # 16
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We’re getting married in Los Angeles County and our officiant is $175.  It’s the cheapest I’ve found, most quoted us around $300 some up to $500 but $1200 seems ridiculously high to me.

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