(Closed) Justice of the Peace brides….

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I found one online in my state, I just researched “wedding officiant.”  Some will meet you ahead of time and plan with you.  I found one who will just show up and perform the ceremony, a secular ceremony.

Post # 4
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are getting a justice of the peace and have just recently started looking into it. most of the ones we’ve found are $200-$300 actually…

but they meet with us to design the ceremony, be at the rehearsal, and do the wedding..i think it’s a decent price for that work.

Post # 5
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I sounds kinda crazy, bu I found our officiant on craigslist.com under the event services tab…he’s charging us 50 bucks…we feel the same way…the prices are outrageous, but getting married ahead of time seems like cheating our guests who’ve come a long ways for everything…ours lives close by the venue, so no extra driving fee…he even sent us a copy of the ceremony reading he does…and he’s not asking for the money ahead of time, so I’m not worried about paying for something and him not showing up…just make sure you get some refererences though from previous brides…that way you’re not going in with some crazy person looking to make a quick buck…best of luck!

Post # 6
5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

WOW.. thats crazy. From what I remember you “gifted” your officiant.

200-300 bucks is OUTRAGEOUS.. who are these guys… celebrities?!

Sheesh I might go with Justice of the Peace too or get a Friend officiated

Good luck!

Post # 7
1025 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Okay, I read someone the other day that (I think) said in VA there was another option? A JOP type person that state mandated only charged $50? I’ll do some research and report back.

Post # 10
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

my officiant only charged $100 so $200-300 would be hard to swallow!

Post # 12
806 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours is $150 I think.  Maybe you can find one for less? 

She allows us to customize our ceremony, but most of the actual work (finding readings, etc) is on us.  I wouldn’t pay more unless they were actually doing the legwork for you.

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