(Closed) Officiant Cost

posted 7 years ago in Jewish
Post # 3
1199 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

@lanipapillon: OMG!  I was totally floored that we are paying about $900, which is the cost of a 1 year membership (for a first-time couple) to FH’s childhood synogogue, so we could have his cantor marry us.  We don’t actually have to pay the Cantor.  I thought that was high….

$1800 sounds totally off the wall!!  I live in NJ outside Philly, I can’t imagine its THAT much higher a few hours north…

Post # 4
2157 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lanipapillon: Oh wow, that is WAY too high! I have never heard of an officiant over 1000 (or even close to that!). Around here i’ve  only heard of them costing $250-400

Post # 5
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

From my experience, that’s average for big cities like New York and Los Angeles. Our rabbi was a friend and charges about $1200.

Post # 7
860 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

omg! that is crazy… we are having a fully customized ceremony and ours is $380

Post # 8
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I was afraid our rabbi would be that expensive after reading stuff like that online, but fotunately when we asked he said they didn’t charge for members/members kids. This is from the synagogue in Kentucky where Fiance grew up. The rabbi is even travelling 5 hours for our wedding. Keep looking – it seems like costs vary wildly!

Post # 9
294 posts
Helper bee

wow – that seems a little high.  our rabbi requested an honorarium of $600 which ultimately got donated to the temple where he is affiliated (we are not members)

Post # 10
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ours was $1,500 (in the Boston area), and I thought that was high!

Post # 12
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

That is just nuts. We were getting quotes for $500-$700. Ultimately, we are going with  a family friend, but honestly, we would have had a good family member pay $25 to become legal to perform the ceremony for the day.

Post # 13
187 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

We are hoping to get our rabbi for about $500, he married my sister and doing her baby naming in a few weeks (maybe there’s a family rate!), and are having a very secular but traditional ceremony.  And I thought what we were paying was high… wow!

Post # 14
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am having my wedding at the synagouge and the Rabbi is included in the cost, however it would be more if you wanted a Rabbi from a different synagouge to  come.

Post # 15
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@lanipapillon:  our was $800 plus we paid for him to fly in and we gave a donation…

Oh, and our was a customized, non-jewish wedding by an orthodox rabbi. 

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