Post # 1
Hey bee’s I need help. I have no idea whats appropriate for the Priest donation…. I went over some details with the office reception and she said the fee for basically “renting the church” was 200 dollars, and then of course the priest donation/tip whatever it is….
How much is appropriate??? I wasnt planning on too much :s
and on a sidenote: do you guys generally tip photographers in the same way other vendors??? Given how much you pay for the photos I kinda figured the “extra” was included (outside of sending flowers/thank you basket once you get your photos back). Our day is gonna cost us around 5000 PLUS having to buy albums/digital right etc after…so more like 6000+
Post # 3
I have no idea about priests since I don’t go to church and we are having a civil ceremony. For photographers, my understanding is that you don’t have to tip them since they set their own prices (unless they’re part of a company).
Post # 4
@shanbp: I would ask the lady that works in the office what would be considered appropriate! I am pretty sure you aren’t the first bride who has asked that question! 🙂
Post # 5
First off, it’s referred to as an honorarium, not a tip….usually you take 25 percent of what the church charges…in your case, $50, and be sure to invite him to dine at the reception. Be sure to seat him prominently and among like minded and aged guests.
Post # 6
I would ask what their fees already include. We ended up paying the church $750 (I don’t recall if this included the pianist or if that was extra, I do know the fee was separate, so it may have been $600 + $150) and didn’t give a donation to the church/honorarium as the fee was set with the intention that a donation was no longer expected. That was in Calgary, but was not a Catholic church.
Post # 7
@AB Bride: Thanks! yes I’ll ask. She did say in passing that the honorarium was seperate… (the fee 200 plus “what you want to give for the priest”), I did try to ask what exactly it was but Im not sure she totally understood (english not first language). I was thinking in the ballpark of 100, but maybe when I go in to hand in the baptismal certificates Ill ask the receptionist.