(Closed) officiant cost?

posted 8 years ago in Denver
Post # 3
Member
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

My officiant priced us at $350..  she gave us about 6 or 7 ceremony readings to look at/choose from, i believe there was no additional fees either.

Post # 4
Member
1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

Mine was $850 but the woman is an effing genius.

Post # 5
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

We had an officiant from Lyssabeth’s.  We had the classic custom ceremony for $389.

Post # 6
Member
144 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Wow!  We’re paying $50, but I think this is the price mandated by the province where we’re getting married.  She’s been really sweet so far Smile

Post # 7
Member
215 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Hi, I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you were posting in a denver forum.. I just clicked on the post and thought I would respond.  Sorry for the confusion!!!

Post # 8
Member
253 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

That seems about right for a customized ceremony.  We budgeted the same amount and decided to write our own, our officiant if going to edit it, help us make it run smoothly.  She also offers several pre-written ceremonies and is really the nicest woman ever!

Gabrielle, Mindful Marriage Consultants

http://www.mindfulmarriageconsultants.com/

Post # 9
Member
118 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m a wedding officiant out of NJ and NYC, and my ceremonies range from $450 to $750, depending on a few factors.  I offer my couples a completely custom written wedding ceremony, unlimited consultations and updates, and guidance and help along the way… along with officiating at the ceremony and taking care of all legality.

Wedding professionals, officiants included, put a lot of time, energy, effort, and experience into making your wedding really perfect for you.  You can find officiants for less, but if you are looking for them to custom write your ceremony for you, it’s worth the peace of mind.

On another note, my fiance and I are getting married in October, and our officiant is $750.  We had quotes from other officiants for $500 and $600, but the extra money is worth it because our celebrant is awesome.

Post # 10
Member
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

holy shit! that’s crazy to pay that much, it just seems outrageous. I understand lots of times go into it, but damn, really??? I’m not even there yet, but luckily, we don’t NEED a special officiant or anything, we’re already married, just now getting to the wedding, so now i have to just find a friend!

Post # 11
Member
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

we are not being “charged” anything. we will make a very generous donation to the synagogue. Religion and the meaning of our wedding is is most important to us and so therefore this is the place we will splurge (the most we can afford…we are not rich my any means). πŸ˜€

I dont think of it at a charge or paying too much. I think of it as an opportunity to show our Rabbi, family, and community how much we appreciate them; it is the least we can do. I could go on and on about how this is the best place for US to splurge πŸ˜€

you should ask your officiants what this money goes toward. that is what i would be most concerned about. is it a donation to your church/synagogue or is it payment directly to them personally?

Post # 12
Member
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m not religious, but yea it should be a donation rather than a charge to your church or whatever you believe in. kind of why i’m having a friend do it!

Post # 13
Member
1385 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re not being “charged” anything per say but we are flying the Pastor (a family friend) and his wife out to Sedona for the wedding and are putting them up for 2 nights. So that ends up being roughly $600.

Post # 14
Member
5984 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

AzinAugust-we are flying them in as well. πŸ˜€ it sure adds up. 

PirateJenn-well said πŸ˜€ that is pretty cool you are having a friend marry you. if we were not religious then we definitely would never spend as much as we plan or as some people are. its whatever is important to you. like when i see someone who spends $4000 on a dress, i almost pass out πŸ˜€ hehe

Post # 15
Member
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

My jaw also hit the floor when I learned how much officiants cost in my area (NY/NJ).  I figured we would encounter high prices with photography and catering, but I was blindsided by the ceremony costs.

That said, we’re going with an celebrant who charges $700, and having her officiate is one of the things I’m most excited for with the wedding.  When we met with her, both my fiance and I were in tears because she’s so perfect for us.  In the end, I think it’ll be worth it.

Post # 16
Member
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

well technically we’re already married, and finally getting around to the wedding, oh, 5 years later, lol. But if we needed someone to marry us, i’m sure one of our friends would still help us out. I have a 3k budget, so 700 for an officiant is outrageous to me. The cheapest I’ve even seen, from getting emails, is like 150, which i guess isn’t bad, but I would find it odd, because thats a stranger, so I think it’d be weird, but hey people do it everyday. I agree with people who spend 4k on a dress is insane, but its all about priorities, i’d totally spend a bunch of money on a dress, if i had the money for it. My dress was just over 2k (it was a gift or else i’d be getting married in rags, lol) and I find that insane to pay for it!

The topic ‘officiant cost?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors