(Closed) What are you paying for your officiant?

posted 7 years ago in Ceremony
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The voluntary donation for a religious official to officiate the wedding is in reference to whether you should tip them or not. There is usually a charge for their services.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

mine is $500. he’s free for members of the congregation, but yearly dues are around $1k.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

Maybe it’s your location or the particular officiate? I’ve seen $200+ fees, but $600 does seem high. I would think that it would be a reduced fee for church members, but I guess it’s up to the pastor and how he values his service or how well he knows you. The tip is pretty much expected (I always thought, per etiquette) and is usually $75+ and not included in the base fee.

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ive never heard of a Pastor asking for a fee!  All you are required to do is TIP & feed them.

FYI A way around this is to get a friend or family member to go online and become a Ordained Minister.  Then you get a wedding kit and can perform the Ceremony.  Its more personal, and tipping them would be a bonus 😉 $200 seems more than fair.

 

Kristen

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Wow, I’ve never heard of that. THat’s pretty crazy. 

My fiance’s best friend is officiating our ceremony. He was ordained with Universal Life Church Online and he only had to pay twenty bucks to get the certificate. We’ll have to pay a small fee to process the paperwork in the county we are getting married in, but it will be under $50 for him to perform our wedding.

It might be something to check out for you! 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

WOW! We are paying 150 for our officiant! 600 sounds crazy.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

Mine is 150$ with a donation to the church

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

600 sounds outrageous! But I dont know what to expect since we havent started that process yet! Is it because its New Years Day?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Our rabbi is $500 and our minister is free… but considering he is my dad I would hope so!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Before we decided on our friend, everywhere we looked was between $100 and $200.

This must be one special guy! lol

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Wow…$600 seems high.  I thought they were typically $150-$200.

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@heatherrobyn: nothing! FI and I qualify for a self uniting marriage lic. in PA because I’m buddhist. We don’t need a third party to marry us. However, we are still getting my best friend to read the ceremony.
PA doesn’t honor those ordained online unless they have a following and meet on a regular basis. Sucks. But yay for self uniting!

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