Officiant fee
What is the customary fee for the wedding officiant?
The pastor from my church is going to be our wedding officiant, but the wedding is not at the church, it's at an outdoor location. Since his fee is not included as part of our wedding location, I wanted to get an idea on what to pay him.

Married: 08/01/2009
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Posted On: Apr 25, 2009 at 1:38 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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Married: 06/26/2010
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Apr 25, 2009 at 1:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Our officiant fee is $200 for him to come to our wedding location. I think that is about typical.

Married: 04/10/2010
Apr 25, 2009 at 2:09 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I call my local court house and found ours, and he is charging us $50.00 and $25.00 for travel time.

Married: 04/10/2010
Apr 25, 2009 at 2:43 PM • Flag As Inappropriate

Married: 07/23/2010
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Apr 25, 2009 at 2:51 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
my officiant is charging us $125...

Married: 07/25/2009
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Apr 25, 2009 at 8:26 PM • 
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Apr 26, 2009 at 4:49 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I think it depends in what part of the country you live in and whether you're located in a metropolitan, suburban, or rural area. Costs increase depending on the cost of living. $200 was the lower end. Some charged $400. And I have heard that others would even charge $600! But there is definitely room for negotiation. Shop around and try to get a feel for the officiant--whether your personalities mesh. It's actually kind of important and will be a lasting impression/memory for you as you look back on your wedding day and ceremony. For your situation, I think anywhere from $50-$200 would do. But that's just my opinion. Also, is a rehearsal included? Will he coordinate that the day or night before the wedding? Is he available and willing to go out to the same location too?

Married: 10/31/2009
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Apr 26, 2009 at 9:47 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I agree with picoult81. It was $100 for a deposit for our officiant to remove our date from his books, and $150 will be due the day of the ceremony. If you're a member of the church, I think most people usually give them $100-$150 for their time.
Apr 28, 2009 at 12:04 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
A customary fee for a basic wedding officiant is $200.00. Wish you the best!

Married: 05/02/2010
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Sep 29, 2010 at 11:37 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
We paid $250.00 to have a ceremony customized just for us. Then I paid an additional $25.00 for the sand ceremony supplies. In our area there were some as low as $150.00 and others as high as $699.00. I think you get what you pay for. The low end of the field didn't seem to have much experience and the conversation on the phone with them was not very cohesive. The officiant we used was perfect and I am glad we hired them.
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