Post # 1
We have hired an officiant and we don’t know him at all – not affilianted with his church or anything like that. He does this for a living. He charged us $200. Do we tip him on top of this price? Just curious how this works!
Post # 3
If you are paying him directly for his services (not the church) you should treat him as the owner of his own company and a tip is not required. If he is affilated with a church you can opt to donate $50 or so to the church.
Post # 4
We did not tip our officiant and thank goodness we didn’t! We got married on 7/13/13. He reassured me numerous times he would take care of sending in our marriage license (which he only has 10 days to do). Well, guess what, I contacted him this week because we hadn’t gotten it and he FORGOT to send it again! Therefore, he didn’t do half his job! I would have been so irritated if we had tipped him and this happened!
Post # 5
@jules24chi: +1 exactly this. Unless your officiant “comes with” the church, you don’t need to tip any extra. If he “comes with” your ceremony location, then an “honorarium” is expected.
Post # 6
I would not tip if you are paying him directly, as others have said. If he does go above and beyond and really impresses, then you may want to tip a bit but it’s not required (maybe at least give good reviews online or refer him to others).
We’re having a friend officiate so we’re just paying the fees to make it official and he’s getting a gift similar to the groomsmen gift.
Post # 7
@al0818: I am paying my officiant $250 + HST for less than an hour of work. No, I am not tipping him even if I am supposed to.
Post # 8
Okay, great! This is what I was thinking. He runs this business and it doesn’t appear he is affilated with a church. I just wanted to be sure I’m not going to “stiff” him.
Our photographer and DJ both own their business to, so I haven’t included a tip for them, either. However, I am thinking it would be best to tip the DJ a bit because he has to haul his equipment down an elevator to get to our venue. It seems like a bit of a challenging task for him.
Post # 9
Other, how ever much you want. However, I don’t think anything is required.