(Closed) Officiant Price’s

posted 10 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
7581 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Normal price is $200-$300 now

Post # 4
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a priest officiating.  He doesn’t have a price exactly.  There’s a “suggested donation” of 100 dollars.  

Post # 5
2140 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Depends on where. We got married in NYC and I found officiants ranging from $150 to over 1K!

If you call your local town clerk they usually have a list of officiants (officiants, ministers, judges) that usually have reasonable prices.

Having a friend ordained online (ie ULC) is also an option. Completely free but again I would check with your local town clerk to make sure it’s legit in the state of GA. And if I were you I would check in  your home state of TN as well.

Post # 7
857 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We were told $250, but since ours is a good friend of my husband’s family, he apparently waived it for us.

Post # 8
4753 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

In Vancouver they go for 400-1500 I shit you not.

Post # 9
2889 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

FH has never “charged” anyone for the privilege of marrying them. In his conference they weren’t allowed to charge nor would he. Most weddings they gave him a tie or plaque in appreciation and some were even kind enough to cover his travel expenses. Our discussion last week is that we might have to ask in the future for travel expenses if it is very far as gas is so high. I find those prices extremely high. Are you asking them to travel far? Have you looked at different denominations? There must be someone in that area who is more reasonable.

Post # 11
830 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are paying $200. This includes a $50 travel fee so he can attend the rehearsal the night before and stay in a hotel that night.

Post # 12
23 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

We’re paying $350 + $50 travel fee.  This includes meeting with her in person 2 times (about 2-3 hours total) prior to the wedding to plan the ceremony and review relationship questions sent in advance.  We live in Philadelphia and this is about the cheapest I could find in this area that include this level of personal service.

I gathered information from at least 6 other officiants in this area — average seemed to be about $500.  Others were as high as $900 or had a base charge of $400 for the generic ceremony with extra charges if you wanted to speak on the phone with or meet with the officiant ahead of time — CRAZY!!.

Post # 13
552 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are paying $150 for our officiant but we came across several that charged $250 and up. We wrote our entire ceremony so all she has to do is read it and sign our marriage license so we felt $150 was more of an appropriate fee for our situation.

Post # 14
30 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

We had a JOP, who requested a $100 donation to an organization he has helped start.  Husband and I were raised Jewish but don’t practice.  I would not have minded a rabbi, but most of them do o not perform weddings on Saturdays.(we wanted to have it on Saturday since some guests were traveling for it.) But this JOP, per our request incorporated the glass breaking ritual–he wrote a very meaningful ceremony.  I had a chuppah too. It was perfect!

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