(Closed) Looking for an officiant

posted 9 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We hired an officiant here in Philadelphia, and we’re paying $500. We like him a lot.

Have you considered getting a “self-uniting” license? I don’t know if you are familiar with Quaker weddings, but this license is made for that type of service, and doesn’t require an officiant’s signature. You don’t need an “official” quaker ceremony to use one.  A few of my friends have done this. It costs $90 instead of $80 in Philadelphia County.

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

For a custom, non-cookie cutter ceremony, where an officiant will be spending time getting to know you, and write an original ceremony for you – $400 + is the going rate, depending on your specific location and market.  Even if a ceremony is relatively simple and short, there is still a lot of time and planning that goes into it.  For non-custom ceremonies, where the officiant will more likely just pop your name into the script, or have you write it, and they simply make it legal – you may be able to find someone cheaper.

Post # 6
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116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I am currently looking for an officiant in Montgomery County, PA.  I was also very surprised to find out an officiant was going to cost $400-500 (for a 15-20 min ceremony, that’s like $30 a minute!)  But what jessieblum says makes sense, it’s not just the 20 min ceremony, but all of the planning that goes into it that you are paying for. 

Post # 7
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374 posts
Helper bee

I know someone who does fantastic weddings and indeed has married people in the Philly area.  You can send me a personal email if you are interested.  She interviews the couple to make sure the fit is right and she asks you to do ‘couple work’.  She doesn’t care about the answers, she just wants you to go into your marriage with you eyes open.  She doesn’t even check the answers, or hear your answers, but trust’s you did it.

Her services are wonderful.  You are paying for the attention she gives you to make your service unique.  She has so many ideas and she lets you pick and choose what you want in your service.  She gives you choice of ring exchanges too.

She does Prot/Cath; Jewish/Christian; non religious.

She charges $200.00 for the service, plus RT train fare, and someone needs to transport her RT to and from the train station.  But you are paying for a professional…would you ask a volunteer to give you an operation or clean your teeth?

I would not have someone licensed for the day.  It’s my opinion.

 

 

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