Post # 17
The officiant will be there for an hour tops. If you think about how much money they’re getting for that amount of time (although yes, they also do need to do prep work and meet with you, etc) it’s a lot of money. Alcohol for a whole wedding’s worth of people? It just costs more.
Post # 18
I think its perfectly fine!!!
Post # 19
Thanks Bees, I feel better about it now….we’re doing one Irish Blessing as a reading and a sand ceremony, I think it will be lovely and elegant and simple…just like what we always wanted.
Post # 20
Umm, our officiant came part of the package when we reserved the registry office for that day! We gave both the officiant and the registra a favour box to say thank you at the end just because I had made loads extra and that was it. I say it’s fine 😀
Post # 21
Don’t feel bad. The bar is the bride’s reward for not killing everyone in her path during the stressful wedding planning process.
At least that’s what I tell myself, anyway. Lol. 😉
Post # 22
Regardless of importance – if the officiant is only doing the ceremony (no pre-wedding counseling) they’re actually being paid more PER hour than you’re paing for your bar – hope that makes you feel better about it!
Post # 23
I think it’s that’s the norm. To pay more for alcohol than for the officiant. Strange as it is, the officiant seems to be the least expensive of all the vendors!
Post # 24
Alchohol/open bar will be multiple times as expensive as your officient. No worries, I think you are in the average with that!
Post # 26
We’re the only people I know who actually spent less on open bar than on the officiant. But that was because we got a price of $250 for a five-hour open bar for 60 people!
Post # 27
Liquor is so totally more expensive. Dont feel bad.
Post # 28
We paid $350 for our officiant, and that covered one counseling session, the rehearsal, and the ceremony. I think $250 is fair if all they’re doing is the ceremony.
Post # 29
hrm.. even if your ceremony was an hour… $250 per hour is some pretty dang good money for a 15 mile drive. so when you think about it.. she’s making out even better. i think it’s ridiculous to ask for $450 for 15 min of talking. After all… land of free speech 😉