(Closed) How much to pay the priest?

posted 8 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

wow… my church has set fees… for the priest it is 150… everything else comes to 350 🙂

Post # 4
26 posts

Our priest had no fee (catholic) but our church did.  He was not a priest in that parish.  We gave him a gift card to a golf course (he loves to golf) for $50 and then $100 cash on top of that.


Nothing is required, but we wanted to show our appreciation. 

Post # 5
240 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our church leaves it up to our discretion as well. We live in the midwest, not near a major metropolitan area, so I think we are going to go with about $150… We are not doing a full mass, so he is really only working for about a half and hour to forty-five minutes. 

Hope that helps!

Post # 6
1766 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wow, I envy you guys.  The deacon hasn’t told us yet what kind of ‘donation’ they want.  But I heard from our day-of coordinator at the reception venue that other brides reported our church has a set fee of $2000. I guess everything is more expensive in the Northeast, huh? 🙁

Post # 7
2397 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

The required donation to our priest was at least $100, so we gave him $150 (since we belong to that church and he’s known my husband for years… wanted to at least give him a little more than the required amount).  We had a church fee too, $100 and an organist fee $200, and altar servers were $10 each.

Post # 8
529 posts
Busy bee

We paid $500 for the church and then made a donation to a local charity in the name of our priest and gave it to him with a card expressing our appreciation. Since he was not local, we also paid for his hotel room for two nights and fed him at the rehearsal dinner and reception (there was free breakfast at the hotel, so we figured he was on his own for lunch!)

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