(Closed) How much was your officiant?

posted 4 years ago in Secular
Post # 2
9527 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I depends wher you live. Check out theknot and see what the prices are

Post # 3
133 posts
Blushing bee

Ours is $595 that includes a visit to write the vows and her services on the day

Post # 4
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Ours was $225 (found them on thumbtack). We could have met with them before but didn’t find it necessary. They showed up to our pop up ceremony and even had a wireless sound system that they played our music choices on. 

Post # 5
3305 posts
Sugar bee

$650 AUD includes all legal documentation, help with vows and anything else for the ceremony, and the rehearsal the week before.

Post # 6
534 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

$85, but we are having a very short ceremony and no rehearsal dinner which kept the cost down. I used thumbtack as well.


She is a minister, but she is doing a secular ceremony for us, so not sure if that counts.

Post # 7
432 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

I’m in Ohio and an officiant is provided by the venue. She would be $185 but we haven’t decided if we’re going with her or the pastor at my church (he’s new so not the pastor I knew growing up). 

Post # 8
704 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

495 🙁 so expensive but he’s amazing, I’m in Orange County so everything is high lol

Post # 9
4891 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I know that ours varied depending on where you lived to the proximity of her. I can’t remember exactly, but I think $150.

Post # 10
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We had a friend officiate for ours, it costed us a bottle of Jack Daniels. lol 

Post # 11
4516 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We used a judge – it cost us nothing. He wasn’t even allowed to accept payment or gifts. 

Post # 12
1740 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Ours is $450.  She’s a minister at a nearby Unitarian Universalist church.  I’m a long-time UU but do not go to church, and am not a member of the the church, because I work on Sundays.  

Post # 13
3874 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

Not too much! We’re in DC and we received multiple quotes from Thumbtack, all between $100-400. The one we chose charges $150 and has let us have as much input with the ceremony as we want. We are not relgious, but both of our families are very Baptist, so we wanted someone who was comfortable doing a non-denominational ceremony that was mostly secular with a tiny bit of Bible stuff sprinkled in for our parents. He’s religious, but has been fantastic about doing it the way we want.

Post # 14
2631 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

We are in the midwest. Ours is $350, but that includes a few hours of pre-marital counseling, the rehearsal, and the ceremony.  He is a UU minister.  We liked this option because we got a little bit of the spiritual ascpect of things, but not overtly religious.



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