Post # 1
I was curious as to what everyone is paying for their officiant… Ours fell through, we were hoping to use a cousin of my aunt’s son in law, unfortunately he ended up having prior engagements & can’t.. So now four months before the wedding we are struggling to find someone.. I had thought after looking through when we first got engaged that the rate was around $150-200 but everyone so far is charging $350-400..
That just really seemed so outrageous to me.. And adds yet another expense I was not factoring in.. I’m so stressed at this point I’m about ready to lose my deposit at the venue & just elope.. 🙁
Post # 3
Normal price is $200-$300 now
Post # 4
I have a priest officiating. He doesn’t have a price exactly. There’s a “suggested donation” of 100 dollars.
Post # 5
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 # 6
Thats what we were planning on paying the minister we were planning to use, which we have no problem with.. He had referred us to another minister that he knows but he has communion that day at his church.. There were even some people that I have talked with that were charging an extra $100 for traveling, the city I’m getting married in was only 30 miles away.. And those prices also didn’t even include the rehearsal if we have one.
Post # 7
We were told $250, but since ours is a good friend of my husband’s family, he apparently waived it for us.
Post # 8
In Vancouver they go for 400-1500 I shit you not.
Post # 9
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 # 10
No the traveling would be from between 15 miles to maybe 40 miles, if even that.. I’ve contacted I want to say about a half a dozen to a dozen different ministers/officiants & all of them have all offered non-denominational ceremonies.
Post # 11
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
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
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
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!