(Closed) Tipping Priest etiquette… (live in Calgary/Canada)

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
10453 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

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
1202 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
5956 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

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
10601 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

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.

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