(Closed) How much to donate to priest?

posted 5 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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990 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

If it is a priest then yes $100 should be ok, that is what we are doing. However since this is the cathedral if you have a bishop or senior priest I think out of respect it should be a bit more. Talk to the Cathedral they probably can let you know the norm there

Post # 4
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Were were married in a Catholic church as non-members of that particular church.  The Priest gave ideas as how much to “donate” (they did not charge any fees) for each portion.  We ended up donating $300 for the church (which was in the middle of his suggestion).  We ended up giving the Priest he arranged for us $200.  Our Priest told us $100 is pretty standard for Catholic Priests (in our area) who are performing a ceremony, but because this Priest was coming from out of town, doing the rehearsal the night before, staying over night, and then the performing the ceremony the next day, he thought $200 would be a bit more accurate for his time.

Considering the Cathedral price, do you think the Priests normally get a little more?  Is your Priest local?  I would say anything between $100-$200 is more than generous. 

Post # 5
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1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m planning on giving the priest a tip/gift of around $175-$200.  The church is costing us $750, and the organist/cantor is another $300 pp (eep!).   I think something around 15- 20% seems fair…

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@FutureDrZ:   Honestly?  No.   I think $300 is so darn expensive that frankly they don’t need more of a tip on top of that.    

 

 

Post # 8
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1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

With the amount of money we’re shelling out for annulments, NFP seminar, engaged encounter AND the standard fee for marrying in the church, we’re already at $1500. Would we like to give more to the church? Absolutely. But we can barely afford to get married in the church period and are most likely not going to have a reception because of it. If we offend our priest by not giving even more, I guess I don’t really care! Wow, that sounds bad, lol.

Edited to say that I don’t think our priest would be offended, anyway. I may spend some time doing volunteer fundraising for them, anyway.

Post # 9
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@FutureDrZ:  I would say best time to tip would be as you’re leaving the church (cathedral) after the ceremony, after pictures, etc. I would have it ready in an envelope with a thank you card, and hand it to him as you leave to your next spot. 

Also, I agree to tip with what’s in your budget.  $100 is more than enough; it is a tip after all. 🙂

Post # 10
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2968 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FutureDrZ: we gave our priest $50. if we could have given more we would have, but that was all we could afford at that point.

we gave him the donation the last time we met with him before the wedding.

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