(Closed) Is it wrong to spend more on the open bar than the officiant?????

posted 11 years ago in Food
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think its perfectly fine!!!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

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
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Liquor is so totally more expensive.  Dont feel bad. 

Post # 28
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Sugar bee

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
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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 😉

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