Post # 1
I just talked with our officiant today and we are locked in for our wedding! I did talk earlier about how our officiant had retired, but he agreed to marry us! I asked him about his fee, and he said he lets us choose.
What did you end up paying your officiant?
Post # 2
hunting_bride : I think ours was $200-$300 a couple years ago.
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
hunting_bride : Our officiant’s fee is $300.
Post # 6
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 # 8
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
We are having a cantor and a monsignor so it’s pricer we are paying 1700.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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
Ours is pricier, 700, but it’s a completely customized non religious ceremony.