(Closed) How much was your officiant?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I’ve been hunting for a secular officiant (in the Chicago area) and I’ve been getting quotes from $200-$800.  Originally we wanted a friend to officate, get them ordained online, so the only cost would be the $20 to get a certificate that shows their ordained.  But trying to find a friend who is right for the job is proving difficult, so we might hire.

Post # 18
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

350 for our officiant.  Personalized ceremony and we will meet once.  

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

double

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Weare paying $300 for our officiant for the day of and the rehearsal.  Also unlimited communication via email.

Post # 21
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mom married us – so, free! She paid $50 to the state of CA to be a licensed officiant for a day, technically, but she gifted us the fee.

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

$125 and so far she seems awesome! She gave us some great suggestions for our venue and sent me an email with around 6 different ceremony options, or has given us the option to write our own.

She is a psychiatrist who specializes in marriage counselling and is also a commissioner on the side.

ETA: This includes personalized ceremony (or just the standard civil one), one meeting in person beforehand or a 1 hour phone call, and unlimited emails.

 

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Ours is a guy FH used to work with. He’s doing it free but FH doesnt even know what religion the man is. All I know is his name is Richard and he’s a coon ass (if you’re not familiar with that term it means he’s a cajun with a thick accent most likely… think Swamp People lol). FH’s mom made a comment the other day of “are people going to be able to understand Richard?” So I’m not really sure what he’s gotten us into but it’s free! lol

Post # 24
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

$300 and she’s fantastic!  $300-$400 seemed normal in my searches around Pittsburgh.

Post # 25
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Busy bee

I think 650, and worth every penny. 

 

He had me in tears (happy tears, just imagining our ceremony) at our first meeting and we just knew (I hate when people say that, but its actually true!) His personality and sense of humor were a perfect match for us and no one could believe we just happened across him on the internet! He graduated seminary but fell in love and married a girl on her way to becoming a nun before taking his vows.  Everyone thought he had known us for years.

 

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We paid $350.. Well worth it because he was great!

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Our pastor is marrying us and it’s standard that we give whatever we feel led to give. It doesn’t go to him, but to the church. I wish we could afford to give more, but we are giving $100. He has done so much for us and is just amazing. I know if we try to give HIM money though he won’t take it.

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

our pastor is an extremely good friend of my family and I. I asked him a couple of times how much he wanted and wouldn’t respond so we’ve given him $200. It’s how much getting a random officiant would have been for us (we looked into it) 

He hasn’t mentioned it at all and I’m not sure what to think. :/

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

$300 for Justice of the Peace. Cheapest thing about this wedding! haha

Post # 30
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Sugar bee

$152 She did a great job and was very accommodating. We found her online.

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