(Closed) If an officiant charges, do we tip?

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 3
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I looked it up on theknot.com, and an extra tip is usually only expected (in the form of a donation) when the officiant is from a church and not charging you for their time.  If the officiant is nondenominational, a tip is optional and is usually $50-$100.  But yikes!  $1000 for an officiant?  Unless he goes above and beyond in an extreme way, I think he’s already been seriously compensated.

Post # 4
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think you should not tip him extra because:

1) You’re not using his church (or any church) for your ceremony.

2) The check goes out to him, not to a religious organization.

3) He’s charging you $1000 already!

Post # 5
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m not tipping ours, and she’s “only” charging $400. We’re having a civil ceremony and I think that’s plenty for her time, which will probably only total about 3 hours(including travel, ceremony and writing the ceremony script).

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