(Closed) Officiant Services – What is reasonable?

posted 5 years ago in Ceremony
  • poll: How much would/did you pay for officiant services?
    Under $300 or free (because of church affiliation or performed by loved one) : (14 votes)
    47 %
    Under $300 because that's what a business quoted you : (8 votes)
    27 %
    $300-$600 : (8 votes)
    27 %
    $600+ : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1257 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We have been quoted between $350-450 based on the travel. The person we think we are using is $400 for everything.

    Post # 4
    11234 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Ours is $300, which includes unlimited contact, help writing your vows if you want it, and rehearsal coordination (and a free consultation/meeting to get to know each other). I thought that sounded expensive, but they’re really great people. I actually found them on here through Google, and they’re VERY highly rated, especially by non-traditional brides. We met with them, and what is usually a 20 minute meeting turned into an hour, haha. They have an 18 page packet they send you with a walk through of the ceremony and a ton of options you can choose from.

    Their ratings on here, out of 53 are all 5 out of 5, except for ten (all above 4.5), and one outlier due to a scheduling mishap/misunderstanding.

    Post # 5
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    This is going to vary widely with your region and the services provided. Here in DC we paid $500 and our officiant had two in-person meetings with us and unlimited email contact (we did do a fair amount of discussion by email, probably 8 different topics and maybe 40 emails in total), and she created a custom ceremony for us.  We also paid an extra $100 for her to participate in the rehearsal.

    In our jurisdiction (DC) we obtained the marriage license but she had to file the signed licenses after the ceremony which meant a trip to the courthouse for her, which was included in her $500 fee.

    I definitely feel we got our money’s worth though!

    Post # 6
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Ours is a non-demonitional officiant – he is charging us $550 for the ceremony. It would be an additional $200 if we decide to do a rehearsal. 

    Post # 7
    9570 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine is $300 for unlimited time and meetings, rehearsal, coordination, help writing vows, writing the ceremony together, etc. He had great great great reviews.

    I was also quoted $150 by someone else for just 1 meeting, rehearsal, and service.

    Post # 8
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Where in Ontario are you???

    I am getting married outside of Ottawa. The MOST I have been quoted is $360 (this is also a man who does Ottawa weddings)

    I am going with someone who is $150.  Thats much more reasonable for me.

    Try to find a local online swap shop/buy and sell o n facebook. Ask them and you should get lots of responses.

    Also go to your town hall, they should have a list of officiants who serve the area


    I should mention, if you go with a company that hires out officiants your going to pay alot more because they are the middle man. You can hire an minister who will do non religious ceremonies.

    Post # 9
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    Also- I have heard that the Salvation Army Church will marry couples, for a donation of $50. 

    Post # 10
    3340 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    If you’re a member of the church, they should waive the site fee.  The officiant’s fee is usually around $150.  If you’re not a member of the church, I’ve seen site fees from $1000-$4000 and officiant fees from $300-$500.

    Post # 11
    464 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    We’re getting married by the ship’s captain for $250.  We get to specify gender and meet with him/her the week before the wedding to smooth out the details.  We were given a packet to plan the vows once we signed the contract.

    I thought it was pretty expensive, except for the problems it solves (not using a minister, and making sure the officiant dresses all right).  I suggest shop around.

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