(Closed) How much was your Officiant (only people who didnt donate to a church)?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How much was your officiant
    100-200 : (5 votes)
    18 %
    200-400 : (12 votes)
    43 %
    400-600 : (8 votes)
    29 %
    600 and up : (3 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    Hostess
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    We paid about $300 for the ability to customize our wedding vows and the activities.  I didn’t really look for a lot of other options since there wasn’t much available where I was though.

    Post # 4
    Member
    809 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I paid $425 including travel time and a rehearsal. It was really important to me to have someone we both really liked officiate and I was willing to pay for it I guess. The average cost of an officiant where I live is around $250-300. 

    Post # 5
    Member
    1049 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 1998

    We paid $850. Worth every penny.

    Post # 6
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    3564 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    $950…eek! So expensive, I know. But he’s a suuuuper reform rabbi who’s basically letting us customize our own ceremony, without the mention of God/use of Hebrew, etc. So it was worth it, since my dad won’t come if we don’t have a rabbi officiate (whole ooother story, lol).

    Post # 7
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We’re paying the rabbi $500.  I wrote the ceremony, he approved it and we’re meeting once or twice more before the date.  He’s also travelling about 2 hours on a holiday weekend.

    Post # 8
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    2144 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Ours was $150, but looks like that’s not quite the norm! We got to customize, she attended the rehearsal, everything. Also, she just got her certification thing online though, so you may not consider her an “official” officiant.

    Post # 9
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    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I dont know how you would feel about this, but…

    Fiance & I both grew up in church together. However, the pastor we grew up with is no longer the pastor and we’re not extremely close to our current pastor. We decided to have my grandfather marry us. The laws differ from state to state when it comes to licensing but you could always look into it and if there’s someone you know that you would want, they could marry you. That would probably save you a good bit of money and make it a little more personal. (:

    Post # 10
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    229 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Ours is $550 and totally worth it, IMO.  He is very thorough and detail oriented.  We have been so happy with our choice.

    Post # 11
    Member
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    our rabbi charges $400 for people who don’t belong to our temple. (for some reason they told us it would cost us that much and then said no charge since my parents are members). we got 2 prep meatings, one to talk about the ceremony and one to talk about us, and the ceremony. but it was beautiful, we’re married, so it was worth it! (the donation).

    Post # 13
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    832 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    haha i totally agree. its not convenient at all if they dont live close! that would be even more stressful!!

    Post # 14
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    75 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    You can have someone “ordained for a day” by going through your state’s marriage office.  

    It’ll cost $75 to have my fiance’s stepmom ordained to have her officiate at our wedding.  It used to be $35 for the state of California, but it went up this year.

    My sister had our aunt ordained for her wedding, and a friend had his friend from Australia ordained for his wedding, so it doesn’t even have to be a US citizen to perform the ceremony.  My other sister hired a unitarian minister, who was reasonably priced, but who always booked well in advance.

    Post # 15
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    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    $210. I felt like $200-$400 was a huge range. We didn’t get married in a church by hired a pastor from the local  baptist church that performs al ot of services at the palce we got married.

    Post # 16
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    1067 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    We are paying $400. Since Fiance is not Catholic and I am the priest agreed to bless us but not do the formal Catholic wedding.

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