(Closed) How much to pay or what to gift a friend officiant?

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Sometimes giving money to a friend feels too business-like. A thoughtful gift could be better. You could ask him or his wife, if you don’t want to talk to him spoil a gift surprise, and see if they would like you to give him compensation for his duties. If they don’t want anything, I suggest you get him a gift. Many people suggst cufflinks for men. If you want to get him something more religous, since he’s going to be ordained, you could possibly look into personalized bibles, bookmarks, etc. If you have a local christian store, that would be a great place to start. You could also get him something associated with his hobbies.

Post # 4
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have a friend officiating our wedding and we offered to pay for his hotel room for him & his wife on the night of the wedding.  He seems to be very happy with the offer…

Post # 5
7308 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We have a friend officiating, and we are hooking him up with a humidor and cigars as a thank you gift.

Post # 6
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@missneen: I have a great friend doing mines and I have offered to pay for his hotel room for the night as well


Post # 8
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i had the same dilemma as you. So far i think i’m just going to give her a gift card to her favorite restaurant so she and her boyfriend can go and enjoy a nice meal together. ANd also a thank you card of course!

Post # 9
2440 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

My fiance officiated a friend’s wedding and they gave him a case of his favorite old fashioned cream soda and a $50 gift certificate to one of our favorite restaurants.  It was really thoughtful because he wasn’t expecting anything.

Post # 10
3253 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We didn’t pay our officiant, who was a mutual friend of ours. Instead we took him out for a nice dinner and gave him a giant bag of official Angels gear- a jersey, duffel bag, etc. because he’s a huge Angels fan. He seriously got teary because it showed that we knew him so well and that he meant so much to us. 🙂

Post # 11
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Whenever I am looking for a thoughful gift ideas I go to Etsy.com!

Post # 12
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We are having our school principal(used to be our principal since we are obviously out of school now) officiate our wedding! He said he would do it for free but we are insisting on paying him something for being so sweet. We will have our best man give him an envelope with $50.00 in it. We arent the richest people so thats what we can afford and do 🙂

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