(Closed) officant costs?

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
5498 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

For us it was going to be a $200 donation plus hotel and gas costs before he pulled out. You’re right, though. It vaires per person and where they are located.

Post # 4
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It definitely varies per person, the officaint we asked said there is usually a donation of about 120+. But we are blessed to have a pastor in the family who when we asked how much he would like us to pay/”donate”. He just laughed and walked off.

Post # 5
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I think the going rate around the Twin Cities is $200-300.

Post # 6
229 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ours (in NJ where everything costs way too much) is $550.  After meeting with him and seeing how thorough he is and how much he includes with his fee … well worth it, IMO! 

Post # 7
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Ours is $275 with counseling, rehearsal, etc.

Post # 8
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Damn, we are getting ripped off in DC. The cheapest I could find was $500 but I’m sure it would be way cheaper if we actually knew a pastor at a church we attended. But we don’t go to church so that’s not happening, haha.

Post # 9
22 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

We’re getting ours for $300 here in San Diego.  She said it be extra though for rehearsal. Its okay though 🙂

Post # 10
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Uh, we have to pay $1,000 for a rabbi, but likely only because we’re not members of the temple…

Post # 11
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

Ours is $500, for two ceremony writing meetings, a million e-mails, rehearsal, and ceremony.  He so far has been an excellent choice!

Post # 12
15 posts
  • Wedding: August 2018

If you don’t have a religious preferance, you can ask a friend or family member to become ordained online to perform your ceremony. For my wedding, my soon to be brother in law will perform the ceremony. The online fee is under $20, and you can write exactly how you want the ceremony to go, and he signs the marriage certificate. Each state might have different laws, but here is the website http://www.themonastery.org/. It’s kind of a personal alternative to a justice of the peace.


Post # 13
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think ours was the most expensive I’ve seen.  We ended up paying $1,500 for the rabbi.  Of course, one of the reasons was that as a same-sex couple, we couldn’t get married locally, and thus had to be married in a synaogue of which we were not members.

@nmcparlan, any couple considering use of an officiant ordained online should check out this article.  In at least some states, use of such an officiant can invalidate the marriage–and the couple may not discover that they are not legally married until decades later, when they don’t have the rights on death or divorce they thought they had.

Post # 14
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

We haven’t decided which minister will marry us yet, but my church doesn’t allow the ministers to get paid for weddings (whether you are a member or not). They don’t even ask for a donation to the church, however we will give a nice sized offering to the church that Sunday.

My Future Sister-In-Law recently got married in the Catholic church & she paid over $2000 in fees to the parish!

Post # 15
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Just booked mine in Traverse City, MI (small but surprisingly expensive city) for $250! I had other quotes ranging from $250-$500 but we really like who we went with. No rehearsal though.

Post # 16
18 posts
  • Wedding: March 2011

Mine is 500.00 in Atlanta but that includes premarital counseling, rehearsal dinner and helping us write our own vows and the ceremony! We have our first session Saturday…super excited!!!

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