Officiant-How much did you pay them?

posted 3 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

This may not help because our officiant was the husband of my dad’s business partner so we would have invited him anyway and he didn’t want us to pay him. We paid for the hotel for 2 nights for he and his wife and bought him a nice bottle of wine and I think a gift certificate to a restaurant. So probably in total we spent $300 on him even though we didn’t exactly pay for his service. 

Post # 4
737 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Mine was about $750 (he was an ordained interfaith minister). I thought that was sort of pricey but my mom paid for it and said she didn’t mind (I wouldn’t have wanted to pay this on our own).  This included him traveling 1+ hour to our site, walking us through marriage license process, and writing the ceremony for us, in addition to officiating. He also sort of indirectly provided pre-marriage counseling by having Darling Husband and I fill out this long questionnaire both together and seperately, about our relationship and what we wanted out of our marriage.  

Post # 6
2583 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Ours is $500. She used to do day of coordination and will bring some of those services to our wedding day. She also includes custom ceremony wording that we will decide on together and will have it printed along with our vows on a special book that we will use as a guest book after we are married. 

Post # 7
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

ours is $150

Post # 8
7609 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

hunting_bride :  ours was a relative so not the same, but we spent about $150 on a nice bottle of scotch as a thank you gift. 

Post # 9
1351 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

We are having a cantor and a monsignor so it’s pricer we are paying 1700. 

Post # 10
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Our officiant is a close friend, so we’ve bought him a bottle of the Macallan 18 and some nice whiskey glasses and are paying for his plane ticket and some of his travel expenses. Around $700 total

Post # 11
11455 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Our officiant was my then-current pastor. He didn’t have a fee, but we paid him $300. The services he provided to us in addition to officiating at the day-before rehearsal and our wedding (both of which required more than an hour’s travel in each direction) included administering a personality profile test to us and meeting with us for six sessions of pre-marriage counseling. We obviously also invited him and his wife to our reception.

Post # 12
1945 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

We paid ours approximately $250. He was so lovely and besides conducting the ceremony he gave a wonderful speech at the reception as well where he gave us a lovely pair of turtle doves in glass from Malta (where he vacations). 

Post # 13
6523 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Forty bucks and he made us take half of it back. I think the guy just enjoys marrying people. We had my husband’s dad ‘really’ officiate though. The other guy was our legal formality 

Post # 14
549 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

We used our pastor. Since we are church members, e was no fee. I asked the secretary what most couples pay. She said that $250-300 is average. It is a wealthy congregation though, and we are far from wealthy We ended up paying him $150.

Post # 15
1169 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Ours is pricier, 700, but it’s a completely customized non religious ceremony.

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