Although Officiants are listed as "vendors" on most wedding websites, your relationship with your Officiant is a unique one which usually exceeds a mere exchange of money for services rendered or products purchased.
Getting to know your Officiant and understanding the amount and depth of attention he/she will provide you is important and should be reflected in the Officiant's fees. My fees for ministerial services are consistent with my professional ordained clergy colleagues. NOTE: Weddings performed in Unitarian Universalist churches will conform to UUMA rates ( $450 with rehearsal, plus travel).
" "I Do" Package: Elopements and Brief Non-Customized Ceremonies" $250 (typically does not involve a rehearsal, a large crowd or a wedding party)
The "Dearly Beloved" Package: $450
The "Radiant Vows" Package: $675:
Payment: A 50% deposit is expected at the time of signing the letter of agreement. The remaining 50% is due at the rehearsal. A three-payment option is available upon request. Credit card payment through Paypal is accepted.
*Travel Costs: Travel is additional for ALL packages and is calculated at the standard $.50.5 per mile rate. Minimum $25 travel fee is added to all weddings (except those at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh). Accommodations expected for destination wedding (more than 150 miles round trip from Pittsburgh if a rehearsal is scheduled).
Off Season Rates: 10% off the Dearly Beloved or Radiant Vows Package, January 1-April 1 (excluding Valentine's Day weekend) ; November 15-December 30 ( excluding Christmas Eve and New Years Eve).
PREPARE Program alone for couples who have engaged another Officiant is $325 (materials and three hours of meeting time).
FULLY ENGAGED – personal counseling for brides and grooms, in person or by phone or Skype. To discuss family tensions, relationship or personal issues, cold feet, etc. is $75 per hour.
I would love to hear your love story. Contact me today for a free consultation to discuss the particulars of your wedding, including fees.
**A note about officiants and fees (generally speaking):
By law, a Justice of the Peace cannot charge more than $125 to officiate at a wedding. Many JPs charge the same fee if there is a rehearsal, plus travel. (so count on $250 plus). He/she can "legalize" your marriage, but will not really "solemnize" it as an ordained clergy does. Consider whether the presence and participation of clergy will be significant to you and/or to family members. Most JPs have minimal professional training and are not qualified to offer pre-marital counseling or marriage preparation.
Most Catholic Priests will marry couples from their parishes or Catholic couples who agree to engage in Pre-Cana counseling and raise their children as Catholics. Fees vary for priestly services; often Pre-Cana is $125-250.
Most seminary-educated and ordained Ministers will marry couples who are active members of their congregations free of charge, although counseling may require an additional fee or be referred to a colleague. The Officiant fee for non-members typically ranges from $350-$600, plus mileage. (Please be sure your "minister" did not get ordained on the internet as these "ministers" may not qualify to sign your license. Most "celebrants" are trained, but are not ordained ministers.)
Most Rabbis will only marry Jewish couples or interfaith couples who undertake special counseling and training, and then agree to raise their children as Jews. Rabbi fees usually begin at $1000.