(Closed) officiant fee

posted 8 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Why not have someone you know/who is special to you do the online course to get qualified so they can marry you.

My godfather is marrying Fiance and I. He’s a judge but doesn’t have jurisdiction where we are getting married, so he’s getting qualified online to do it.

Post # 4
68 posts
Worker bee

I am getting married in California, so it’s pretty easy to have just about anyone you want officiate your wedding. We’re having my Future Father-In-Law marry us, so it’s going to be free! It’s a good option if you want it personal, easy, and budget friendly 🙂

Post # 5
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

$500 for my rabbi. i couldn’t shop around though – there’s only one rabbi belonging to my movement where i’m getting married. if you’re going for someone non-religious, it should be much, much cheaper.

Post # 7
303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

For lots of reaons, we are doing a small ceremony with just family on the 18th (omg 12 days) and she was going to charge us $300, but when I told her this was juts in front of family, she told us she would charge us the elopement fee of $200.

Post # 8
2714 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I haven’t really looked yet, but I have set aside $300 in my budget for an officiant so $400 doesn’t seem too insane to me, but I bet you find someone cheaper!!

Post # 9
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrs.jk:  I just did a quick google search and it looks like you could have a friend get ordained online (which I think is pretty easy) and then they can apply for an Ohio Minister’s license from: Ohio Secretary of State at 30 E. Broad St., 14th Floor; Columbus, OH 43266-0418.  The minister’s license only costs $10

Post # 11
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re paying $200 for our officiant – wedding and 30-minute rehearsal.  We’re in Iowa.

I do have a friend who took the online classes so she could marry a family member.  If you  have someone in mind that would be good in front of an audience, it’s definitely something to consider.

Post # 12
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i was told ($100) min. is recommended in the catholic church.

My FI’s uncle is a catholic priest and will be marrying us. we got away with not having to “tip” him but we are paying for his flight…so around $400 dollars..

Post # 13
1927 posts
Buzzing bee

@mrs.jk:  Oh, you apply for the minister’s license via mail.  No need to go in person.  I got my uncle who is in Ohio a license in Mass while I was living in TN : )

Post # 14
10366 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The average i’ve seen is $300-500. Plus travel fees, usually. We had my mom officiate for free!

Post # 15
398 posts
Helper bee

Our officiant fee is $225.00.  That includes a rehearsel session and unlimited phone calls/emails.

She will also give us a personalized booklet of our ceremony of our vows and a blessing.

I found this to be right in the middle.

Post # 16
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If we go secular we will be paying 350$ minimum for a justice of the peace — if we want it on a weekend tack on another $100 + 13%HST.

You girls in the States are LUCKY, in Canada your wedding isn’t considered legitimate if you’re married by someone ordained online. Lame.

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