Officiating my first wedding: how much to charge?

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Can you go off of what your supervisors charge?  At least that would give you an idea of how much couples normally spend for your area/church. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

When looking I’ve found alot of officiants charge according to budget or amount of people in the wedding. Doesnt make much sence tho because they do the same amount of work regardless. The guy I chose charges a flat rate of $210. The price is the same whether there is 50 people or 500 people. I have no clue if that is a reasonalble price in NYC, where I live its a bit below average.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Our pastor did not charge.  He did say he would accept a donation.  DH gave him $100.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Most officiants we looked at charged $300-500. That’s why we had my mom officiate 😉

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@worcesterbride:  I should clarify.  The gentleman that married us was not the pastor at the church we are active members of.  (long story)  He is the pastor at a church we have never attended but I referred to him as our pastor, meaning the person that performed our wedding ceremony.  Even though neither of us are members of his church he still did not charge us.  He accepted our donation.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

20-40 hours of work?  i feel like i’m underpaying my officiant.  he’s charging us $200.  he’s a minister and former professional baseball player.

Post # 11
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Wannabee

malisa0607 :  40 hours seems a bit high, but if the pastor is doing pre-marital counseling with the couple (a requirement when I marry people), preparing remarks, participating in the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception, it could very easily be 20 hours…

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