Victoria
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Wedding Officiants

Victoria, on January 8, 2020 at 12:51 PM Posted in Connecticut Planning 0 11
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Hello!

I was hoping to get some thoughts about prices of wedding officiants. What is considered a reasonable quote? One Justice of the Peace gave me a quote of $500 and I thought that was outrageous! Our wedding is at Aria in Prospect, Connecticut for what it's worth.

Any other wedding officiants you know of that may be more affordable?

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Latest activity by Chrysta, on January 8, 2020 at 3:42 PM
  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    We are in Denver and paid $250 for our officiant. He was a pastor.

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  • Victoria
    Beginner June 2021
    Victoria ·
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    See now that sounds way better than $500 lol. Even though you are in Denver, maybe I should price a pastor then. Thanks!

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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
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    We got a ton of quotes, from $250-$1,000. The pastor we hired didn't do weddings a business, more a side job.

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  • Cherry
    Expert February 2020
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    We're in NM and we paid $150 (half up front and half 2 weeks out before the wedding). Super reasonable. She also charges another $75 for a rehearsal, which would bring the total to $225, but we opted not to do it.


    Your officiant isn't doing anything more than saying a few words and signing your paperwork. I would expect to pay $500 for caterers, photographers, etc. - people who are doing actual work for hours at a time. LMAO! But to get paid $500 for about 30 minutes of work is asinine. I'm angry for you, girl!


    Check here on Wedding Wire to see recommendations on their Vendors tab
    and you might find someone more reasonable. We did a Google search for
    ours and she was the first to pop up, followed by a few more reasonably
    priced officiants. So I'd suggest Google and scour this site to see what other women have said, or check that Vendors tab. Also try searching for officiants in nearby cities who will travel for a small fee. Absolutely run from whoever this person was that quoted you $500. Good luck!! Smiley heart

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  • Cherry
    Expert February 2020
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    Yup! Our officiant has another job so this is just side money for her, which is likely why she was more affordable. On the plus side, she was also the highest rated in our area so that was a bonus!

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    Dedicated August 2021
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    Following this thread because I’m looking for an officiant in CT too!
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  • Victoria
    Beginner June 2021
    Victoria ·
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    LOL! Thaaaaank you! I thought I was the only one that was gonna think $500 was insane. I could absolutely use that money towards another vendor. Good thought on checking recommendations on the vendors tab. I honestly just picked someone random whose been to my venue before. Thanks so much again!!

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  • Cherry
    Expert February 2020
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    I mean, for all I know, they're totally worth $500 and they do magic tricks and turn into a celebrity when they're done. But if not, it wouldn't be worth it for me! LOL!

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    Champion July 2019
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    We laid $500 for ours to attend rehearsal and the wedding.
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  • Amber
    Master February 2020
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    We found ours for only $125, but the others in our area were anywhere from $400-$1000

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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
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    Ours is $400 in New Orleans
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