Post # 32
We paid $500, but it the pastor was a personal friend and we left to to: part blank so he could sign it over to a charity if he wanted. He wrote the ceremony (except the vows) and it was amazing and personal, so I didn’t mind at al. Not sure if he cashed the check to himself or a charity though.
Post # 33
We initially booked with someone who was going to charge us 400 bucks, I thought that was ok considering i had been looking at people who charge 650++. Then our venue changed and they said they wouldnt do it anymore so we had to find a different person to do it. Luckily our friend knew someone and her cost with travel and tax’s is 230. Which is MUCH better in my oppinion!
Post # 34
@mstellah: I can’t remember how much my first officiant charged, but it would have been an extra $200 if I had told them I wasnt Catholic (yes, I lied to the priest to save money. I think that is BS). We also had to pay a church fee and a fee to the organ player regardless of whether he played or not. What a croc.
This time the officiant is free (family friend). I’m not sure if we should pay him something anyway…
Post # 35
Just used a currency converter to find out the cost of mine in dollars (I’m a UK bee), it’s $988.69! This is just for us to go and give notice of marriage at our local registry office and for the registrar and attendant to come to our venue to do our half hour ceremony. Don’t think we even get to meet them before the day and they don’t customise the service – we can add readings if we want (but have to have them approved before the day to make sure they don’t contain any religious words). Sigh, no wonder my hopes of this not costing us our house deposit money have gone straight out of the window 🙁
Post # 36
we received some high quotes too but ended up going with my childhood pastor. His fee is only $100 but we are paying his milesage to us which will be about $300.