Post # 1
How much were you quoted or did you pay for your officiant (rehearsal and ceremony)?
I was shocked to receive a $650 quote. We’re not very religious and our ceremony will be about 30 mins tops.
Its hard to grasp the concept of paying someone $500-600 for a hour or so of their time….I’m pretty sure that’s more than some top lawyers make per hour.
[if you’re getting married but your church pastor/priest/rabbi, family, friend or its free no need to reply]
Post # 4
@mstellah: K. My grandfather is doing mine (so free) but a friend who is mutually planning has to pay $450 for their 15 minute ceremony (they just round up by the hour here aparently..) :/ ick.
Post # 3
That blows my mind!!!
Our officiant cost us $119 EXACTLY, including tax and travel costs. This covered a rehearsal the night before and his services on the day.
Post # 5
So I’m not crazy? Thank you both for your replies.
Post # 6
Ours technically was free but I know my parents gave him some cash afterwards. I think $200-250.
Post # 7
I guess with most things wedding realted, prices really determine location. In my region of Ontario every Officiant we contacted was between $300-$350, which I found to be really expensive.
$650 seems really steep, especially since you also have to pay for your Marriage License as well. I would continue to ask for quotes. Check out Kijiji, you can find some great, affordable vendors under the Weddings tab.
Post # 8
mine is costing $350 🙂 it is the only thing you NEED is the wedding (other then bride and groom) so i can justify the cost
Post # 9
$200 for the ceremony and $100 for the rehersal! I thought this was a great deal, especially as they are highly sought after in the Orlando area.
Post # 10
I will add here that I think the reason mine was so cheap was that he is an agent of the Province we live in, and I think it’s a set price province-wide for any provincial commissioner. He also had a per/km price for travel that he used to determine travel costs. I think the rehearsal fee he set himself though.
Post # 11
I got three quotes, all flate rates.
1. $450-initial meeting, rehearsal, ceremony, and filing of papersork
2. $425-rehearsal, ceremony, filing of paperwork, and ceremony music on a bose radio.
3. $195-initial meeting, ceremony, filing of paperwork.
I went with the cheapest option 3, we are not doing a rehearsal so wow should I pay the extra money for that service when its not needed. That $200+ difference will be going to all the other million things needed for the wedding.
Post # 12
@mstellah: Oh no. Not crazy. I think for standing up and reading a darn page for 20 minutes you don’t deserve several hundred dollars. Sorry bout it, but add that to the travel/hosting fees and this person suddenly costs as much or more than your cocktail hour.
Post # 13
We paid $650 and were quoted by another guy for $850. We did not have any relationship with either and found them online. The guy that married us was actually a grammy award winner for songwriting. We were very excited about that haha
Post # 14
I got quoted for $200 in Jackson Hole, WY (uber pricey) for a Judge who could perform ceremonies outside in peak wedding season on a Saturday. No rehearsal was needed.
For the actual wedding (which happened in Canada) we paid $206 for travel, license, officiant, one meeting.
Post # 15
Ours was $800 and that was the cheapest we found.
Post # 16
In Chicago or another big city, I don’t think it’s crazy. They should be giving you way more than an hour of their time! They should be writing your ceremony with you (which would probably require meeting at least once), going to the rehearsal, and officiating the wedding. I would see if they would do it for $500. Always negotiate!