Post # 1
So our pastor will be performing the ceremony and he says he will do it free of charge so it would only be appropriate to donate to the church what we would have been paying. So what’s a good normal ammount to pay for an officiant or donate to a church?
Post # 3
@kris325: Ooh I’m not the best one to ask about how much to donate for your church, but I know my officiant costs $600 (and I heard that’s toward the higher end). So I would say anywhere from $300-600 is pretty standard?
Post # 4
I’m paying 790 euros for my officiant
Post # 5
Haha, very different results :/ Thank you all for your replies. I’m very confused on the prices lol
Post # 6
I paid $750 for my church ceremony, including the pianist and didn’t donate anything. You could always ask the pastor, secretary, or whoever takes care of finances at the church what the average is. If you give money to the church regulary, I think it’s fair to donate a little less.
Post # 7
Maybe ask for some estimates on paying for an officiant in your area? Ours was 450 and I’d think if it was free that money would get donates to the church if I was in your situation
Post # 8
So many things are at play here – what kind of services you’ll be having (i.e., is the pastor helping you with your vows? Writing them for you?), how long the wedding lasts/how many hours total the pastor will be spending on the wedding day/rehearsal and so on.
I’d say maybe around $200 to $300 to donate if it’s just a standard wedding and rehearsal. Otherwise, you could ask others at the church what they donated for weddings/what their relatives donated.
I paid a friend $200 to do a 10-minute ceremony, 20-minute rehearsal and just read exactly what I wrote, and I think he was grossly overpaid.
Post # 9
To help you out some more, consider all the people involved. We had the minister who we met with and provided us a ‘choose your own ceremony’ suggestion booklet where we had a few options for intro, readings, etc. but had freedom to suggest whatever we wanted. The ceremony itself was fairly short, about 20 minutes.
We had a hostess and a small room to be in while everyone was seated. We did our rehearsal on a Thursday, and they allowed us to drop off things then, and I believe the hostess put on the pew bows, etc.
Janitorial staff would have also have to been paid.
Post # 10
I say ATLEAST $200. My officiant is charging us $450 for 20 minutes and many that I looked at were in the $700-900 range.
Post # 11
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
I’m paying $125 for a justice of the peace, so I’d say between $125 and $200 seems appropriate
Post # 12
I should have mentioned after reading some responses, the ceremony and reception will not be at the church but will be at a friends house.
We will be doing the traditional Christian ceremony, however there will be another 5 minutes max added to it for a native vase ceremony . So we will need him for the ceremony to perform and the rehearsal dinner of course but that’s it.
Post # 13
@gelaine22: $700 – $900?!? Unless they’re gilding a copy of the vows with gold, that’s absurd. I’m all for fair compensation, I realize that this is a one-off gig for officiants…but a service that may take – what? – a total of ten hours (and I’m being generous here; travel time, rehearsal, wedding day, preparations before these events)?
That’s $70 – $90 an hour.
kris325 – assuming that he does have to travel, and he’ll presumably spend 2 – 3 hours on the rehearsal/rehearsal dinner, then another…say…2 – 3 hours for the actual wedding, I would think that around $300 would be a fair donation.
But again, ask others who attend the church or know someone who was married there. I’ve also considered where you live – the median household income in Clearwater is about $40k a year (I live in an area where it’s $30 – $35k a year).
$300 here would be a nice chunk of change for a service like that. I would say, even in your circumstances, $500 or so would be the very upper limit.
$300 – $400 is reasonable, IMO.
Post # 14
Our minister doesn’t “charge” if you are a member of the congregation. And, only one needs to be a member. However, a donation is appreciated to the church. He will charge for non-members though. It can run into $500s, especially if it is at a location other than the church. But, all of that money, sans gas of course, goes to the church. He doesn’t keep it.
Post # 15
We are giving our officiant a gift card for a nice restaurant for $150 -$200. He is also a good family friend.
Post # 16
Its hard to say what someone would donate or what someone should donate, everyones financial situation is different