Post # 1
Why are officiants so danged expensive? And why is the fee based on the number of guests? FH is working on this part in between his 2 jobs. Good grief. We’re having a microscopic ceremony with a handful of guests in a central location. We need someone to come in, say the magic words making us legal & go.
This should not cost $750! Grrrrr. I’m thinkin I’m in the wrong business . . .
Post # 3
I don’t know about California, but in some states you can get married by someone who becomes an officiant online. I am not sure where you check about this for California, but I bet some bee knows. Do you know of someone who you’d like to ask to marry you? Family member or friend? 🙂
Post # 4
@sassy411: In addition to my being a cry baby (as I listed on a previous post about booking officiants), cost is another reason we haven’t booked an officiant. I haven’t started researching but have seen Craigslist ads that start at $150. You might want to try Craigslist if you haven’t checked there yet.
But I do agree with you, $150 for 30 minutes worth of work….geez! Like a PP has written, my friend’s boyfriend got his license online and married someone in MA. Worse comes to worst, we may just have him do ours assuming they are still together in 8 months.
Post # 5
Wow, I thought our $450 was steep! Never heard of it being based on the number of people attending though. Here officiant fees are mostly based on location it seems. The further they have to travel, the higher the fee.
Post # 6
Officiant’s charge by the number of guests attending?!? I did not know that.
Post # 7
Yes, the fee based on number of guests surprised me as well. Here is but one example:
Post # 8
Have a friend get licenced online, it isn’t that hard Jean Simons wife/girlfriend did it on the show (Simons Family Jewels) and got licenced in a few hours (she did it online then the local courthouse).
Post # 9
I completely agree, officiant costs are absurd. The one we’d like to work with is $600, and that’s without a rehearsal or any extra ceremonies like candles or sand. Thankfully we don’t need a rehearsal and don’t want the extras, but even so…
We’re still considering getting the one-day marriage allowance for a family friend. Only a handful of states still do this (MA is one) and it’s way cheaper, but I’m slightly wary of composing our own ceremony.
You’d think that the *most important part* of your day would be a little more, I don’t know, reasonable?!
Post # 10
@BostonBaby: Just google wedding ceremonies, they really have some lovely ones out there. My FH and I both cried when we read the hand ceremony and we both knew it was the one.