(Closed) Is you church ceremony expensive?

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Ours is about $3,000 for all Church related fees/ weekend retreat/ etc.

Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m quite grateful that ours is £490, which includes organist and everything except flowers — the Church of England has a set rate of around £320 which includes all legal fees, paperwork, etc (ie we won’t need a separate marriage licence), and individual churches can charge what they like on top of that.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Ours is $850, no including the officiant fees.  It’s a non-denominational chapel

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are getting married at the State Capitol, so we are just paying for the rental of some chairs and the officiant fees, which should not be more than 500$ for both!

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Holy Expensive Church!  I thought mine was reasonable until I looked at this thread.  We are spending $1,300!!  It includes the officiant fee and music, but geez louise, it certainly seems like a lot now.

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Ours was $2,000 – and that was the discounted rate for members.

Post # 23
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Newbee

First let me say this:  I think if you’re willing to pay lots for flowers, a dress, or photography then one should be willing to pay for the actual Sacrament.  With that said, I’m certain that the Churches you’re looking at have a policy that if you are broke or have little funds, then they can work with you especially if you’re a parishioner.

 

In my diocese, to get married at the Cathedral (Lafayette, IN) and you’re a non parishioner it’s $800 + their marriage prep $125 not to mention the pre-cana, not to mention the cost of your own priest (donation) $200, and then cantor/music $250.  A parishioner can expect to pay only $100 and the priest and cantor fees.  I wanted to get married there but after reviewing the costs and my budget, I cannot afford it.  My fiance and I decided that we would get married at our simple Church, it’s not fancy, actually it’s very very very plain but we love our priests (Domincans ROCK!) and the staff is amazing!  We haven’t been quoted a price yet but I’m assuming it’ll be $300-500.  Pre-cana in our diocese is $40.  Plus we want to get married during the Easter season, since it’s a celebratory season and the church is decorated already–save on flowers!

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ours is $50 for the janitor to clean up.
We are very active members.. so I think that waived the fees. Not sure what it would have been.

 

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Our is $1000 for an outdoor rotunda. Good thing is, our reception is at a hall that has a beautiful outdoor plaza on the same grounds. The total is $3000, and $1000 of that will be returned (damage deposit).

Post # 26
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Helper bee

My jaw dropped when I saw how much the ceremony would cost at the church I grew up in.  $1100, and that’s for members.  I think it’s $250 more for non members.  Ouch… Im not sure what are going to do.  We’ve started tossing around the idea of a tiny church wedding in a few months, but I don’t think I we can drop that much for a ceremony consisting of 10 people. 

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@LovestheBear, that is crazy expensive! Especially for 10 people!!! Did you explain that there would only be 10 people? It seems that should make a difference, as I would think a lot of the fee could be for clean-up. What about an outdoor ceremony?

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