(Closed) Officiant Fee – what is typical?

posted 12 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 32
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

This is a good post. I was curious as to what to budget for the officiant.

Post # 33
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It can definitely change depending on the time spent, the distance traveled, the number of guests, the lenght of the ceremony, whether or not there is rehearsal, etc.

Here in New York City I usually start at $300 and work higher depending on the needs, but they usually include unlimitted communication.

I guess $400 is right; the key is always to shop around and check review sites, etc to arrive to the best officiant possible. More expensive doesn’t necesrily mean better service.

Best of Luck!




Post # 34
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In Chi I have talked to all price brackets.  Here is what it included:


  • $??? – priest, they said no way, your ceremony should be in a church!!
  • $350 – retired priest, one meeting, rehearsal, robes,
  • $350 – reverend, one meeting, no rehearsal, wears a suit
  • $600 – reverend, one meeting, rehearsal, suit or robes
  • $900 – reverend, two meetings, rehearsal, suit or robes
  • $000 – pastor, 8-10 meetings, pre-marital couseling included, rehearsal, suit or robes

The last one is doing it for the right reasons.  The first few really felt impersonal for such an intimate ceremony.  Obviously we are going with the last one.  We will probably give them $400-800. Depending on how much I can convince Fiance to give them!!

Post # 35
6109 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

$200 Jackson Hole Judge Officiant

Post # 36
1551 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were married for free by the mayor of the city we live in.  We tried to make a “donation” but he told he wasn’t allowed to accept anything.

Post # 37
34 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

Wow, we got off pretty lucky! The officiant we contacted doesn’t want anything! He said that is just part of his job, we will do 4-6 one hour meetings before the ceremony. The beautiful church he is with is only 100 dollars! We plan on giving the Pastor something, I feel bad him doing it all for free.

Post # 38
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011



In British Columbia Canada, we are going to pay $100 dollars for his service. That inculded a meeting before hand. If we needed him for a rehershal, it would be $25 dollars more.


Prices on here are really expensive, wow

Post # 39
5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1999

Our celebrant/officiant was $350 in St. Louis.  This was for two face-face meetings, creation of our personal ceremony, multiple e-mail’s, rehearsal, and day of.  She also gave us a printed copy of our personal ceremony in a frame as a wedding gift.   

Post # 40
4634 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

in WA – $250 for weekend. $100 for evening. $50 for immediately after the work day (ie at court house)

Post # 41
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

View original reply
@baletrina:  Hey, I saw a comment on a previous post you left regarding the price of officiants on Chicago. I’m finding that these officiants are charging an INSANE amount of $$! Would you mind givng me your officiants info or website so i can contact him/her for pricing? Please please please!
Thanks in advance :]  

Post # 42
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We are paying $450 for ours.  Custom ceremony, meetings before, etc.  Compared to other’s I’ve seen here for a non-denominational ceremony, he is a steal.  

I found cheaper ones, but I don’t want an officiant with a ponytail and wearing sandals.  Portland is not the most expensive city (I’m from the SF Bay Area) but things not cheap here either. 

Post # 43
169 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Mine is only $200 and this includes our own vows we select.

If he writes his own vows, it would have only been $100.

Don’t forget to tip him!  I read $50-100 is the “norm.”

Post # 44
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Portland, Oregon here and we are having a Judge marry us. He charges $175. He charges extra for the rehearsal but our venue’s coordinator is taking care of that so we won’t need him there anyway. The other officiants I looked at were anywhere from $300-500. 

Post # 45
14 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

For a Myrtle Beach wedding and a highly receommended officiant we paid $225. That was including rehearsal, day of and sand ceremony!

Post # 45
1 posts

It’s absolutely amazing to me how people complain about the costs of the person who will MARRY you but not bat an eye at the ridiculous costs of flowers, favors, and other non-essential elements of the wedding. Get your priorities in order people! ugh.

The topic ‘Officiant Fee – what is typical?’ is closed to new replies.

Find Amazing Vendors