(Closed) officiant cost?

posted 12 years ago in Denver
Post # 17
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8941 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Since you two are already married, why do you even need a real officiant?  You could just have a friend stand up there and lead the ceremony.

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

yea we don’t need a real officiant, our plan is to use a friend, but before we ran off to the DMV and got married (not my choice, but gotta do what you gotta do), i was looking at prices, and i was just shocked. And now i get emails about pricing through some other site, which just has a huge email list and sends out specials from vendors. And I’m halfassedly paying attneiton, cause I’m trying to find a friend who wants to do that, and what if they all bitch out (i have little trust in the human race, lol, always need a backup plan).

Post # 19
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3952 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our ministers’ honorarium is $300.  Imho, somewhat reasonable cost.  But he’s also a family friend too.

I think I need to take up a side job and do a few weddings!  What a happy job too! Who couldn’t use a few extra hundreds for an hour or two of work?  Sign me up! lol!

 

Post # 20
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@ piratejenn…we are finally having our “wedding” 8 years after going to the Justice of the Peace, so very similar! we are trying to find someone we know who seems official enough, but since some of our family doesn’t know-we’d like to keep em fooled lol. officiant cost is way out of our budget, but my husband and I both did the online thing where we’re official/legal to marry people, and from what I’ve read, you can actually marry yourselves-if you’d be into that, and instead of having someone marry you, you can get up and recite vows etc. i think it makes it a little more personal.. 

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

well since none of it is for legal purposes, it doesn’t matter who “marries” us or anything. I’m too chickenshit to have us do it ourselves, i think it would be kinda weird, lol. I need someone to keep me on track, because I’m not gonna remember what to say or anything, and I have ADD, really bad idea for me personally, but I’m sure for the right couple that would work out great.

Glad to know someone else is in the same situation, as i don’t know many people who are, and lots of people think its a stupid idea for us to have a ‘wedding”…..but now we just have 2 ring bearers, lol.

Post # 22
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Simone, since you posted this in the Denver board, I’m assuming you are getting married in CO.  If this is the case, you should know that CO is one of the few (only?) states that permits the bride and groom to self-solemnize.  That is, you sign the license, he signs the license, send it back to the County, and that’s it.  No witnesses, no officiant needed.  You can, of course, use an officiant if you wish (and then he or she has to be the ‘usual’ priest, rabbi, leader of native tribe, etc).

This is a huge opportunity that I’d encourage you to take advantage of, if it fits your religious (or other) views.  My husband and I had a dear friend ‘officiate’ the ceremony, b/c we weren’t religiously affiliated and didn’t want a stranger to marry us.  Technically speaking, we self-solemnized, b/c he and I were the only ones that signed the license.

Incidentally, CO license are good for 30 days, and are $30 (or $35?—ours was $10 but they raised the price just after we got married).  You both have to show up in person.  You do not have to be a resident of the state of CO.

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