(Closed) Officiant Fee!!??

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
8668 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think that’s super high, but then again we didn’t have any meetings with our officiant. He came to the rehearsal for about an hour, and then the actual ceremony and that was it.

Post # 4
2 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

The officiant fee seems really high! I got married this last September in Central MN and the cost of our officiant was $275. However, we did not have a personalized ceremony or rehearsal (I think the total cost for these would have been an additional $50). PM me if you are interested in the details.

Post # 5
4495 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We paid $500, which I thought was ridiculous. Most of my friends’ officiants married them for free and they just made a donation in the amount of their choosing to the church.

Ours just included the rehearsal and ceremony, though I guess I could have met/emailed him if I felt it was necessary to discuss something further.

Post # 6
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I do think that’s a bit high. I work in a church and our officiant fee breaks down to $425 for non-members and $325 for members (the whole price is $1575 non-member or $700 member and that includes use of the church, organist, officiant, programs, and all the set up).

Post # 7
1814 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

Jeeze! Ours was only like $300 for rehearsal + ceremony + personalized ceremony by mixing and matching different portions out of a book his organization wrote (or supplying our own readings, of course). And I wasn’t a member of his church or anything, just hired him after a google search!

Post # 8
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

We paid about $800 for ours, not including rehersal.
That would be an extra $150.

I live in a higher-priced area, so that’s part of the reason why.

Post # 9
2610 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

It does seem on the higher end. One officiant I contacted cost that much, and we went another way. Our officiant is $550, which is still high but we really liked her. That includes a personalized (but not considered custom, which was $100 more) traditional or contemporary ceremony, one meeting, unlimited edits/e-mails, the rehearsal, and the ceremony. We thought it was worth the money because of all the additional details about ceremony set up she provided. We told her where our ceremony was and she immediately drew out the location told us exactly how they usually set up, how and when the bridal party can enter and walk down the aisle etc. She knew some good tips very specific to our site so it was peace of mind knowing that too.

Post # 10
474 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Wow, both prices seem to be a lot for an officiant.

I think we would have looked at around $400 MAX if we had hired one (my brother ended up doing it as his gift to us, and we couldn’t have been more pleased).

Post # 11
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ours was about $550 – very high for this area, but she was the only professional who was NOT affiliated with a church and would do exactly the ceremony we wanted, which was spiritual but not religious. (It included a Cherokee prayer, words from Rumi, a wine ceremony.) I had a lot of people say that our ceremony was the best they ever went to – that and the food/drinks were the top two compliments we received.

I think it all depends on how you feel about the officiant. Do you feel comfortable around them? So they make you excited for your ceremony? Do they seem interested in your story and what you want? Does committing that percentage of your budget to them fall within what you have outlined as “important” in your wedding plan? 

Post # 12
457 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014


That’s about the price I found to be average where I live (near NYC).  After quite a bit of searching and being in awe by the price, I ended up asking a reverend my family is familiar with – and he said no fee!

Fiance and I have put aside $300 still, to thank him.  He basically let us write our own ceremony, tweek it as much as we wanted, and has been awesome like a friend.  We love him!

So I think if you have a relative or a friend who has a close officiant figure, you should ask around.  It may help you out.

Post # 13
1639 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine was $200. The norm around here as far as I know is ~$350ish. O_O That seems excessively high for a 15 minute (if you’re doing it short and sweet like we did) ceremony. Yikes!

Post # 14
191 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@soontobehisbride:  The first officiant we met with (who seemed AMAZING) was $900 for rehearsal and ceremony.  But, he also wanted to meet several times with us for two hours at a time to get to know us and form the ceremony.  We did not choose him because it would have been too much money.

The officiant who I think we will be booking is $400 and he will stilll allow us to create the personalized type of ceremony we want.  

I think if you keep looking you’ll be able to find someone for a more reasonable rate. 

Post # 15
5371 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Ontario, Canada ♥ EDD- April 2016

That seems really really high! The officiants in our area are like max $350. Maybe you just live in a really expensive area where they can get away with charging more? I would keep looking for other prices to compare those to.

Post # 16
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@soontobehisbride:  We are paying each of our (religious) officiants $550. We are also paying one of them an additional $75 to come to the rehearsal.The first one we met with was $950 and told us we could make the check out to her son’s school… we obviously did not choose that one, although there were other reasons behind her.

In our part of MD (which includes Baltimore and DC, so a little pricier), the range I saw was $300 to 1200, but I mostly focused on religious officiants. I think $700-850 is reasonable for around here, but at the high end of the range.

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