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How Much Does a Wedding Officiant Cost?

If you are planning your wedding and are looking for a wedding officiant then you may wonder how much it will cost and how it will affect your budget. Continue reading to find out how much it will cost to hire a wedding officiant.

Generally, it will cost most couples in between $500 and $800 to hire a wedding officiant. If you have someone in mind that you know personally, you may decide to pay them whatever you want. Sometimes you can simply give a donation to the church or organization that your officiant is apart of.

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Wedding Officiant Cost FAQs

What does a wedding officiant do?

A wedding officiant is someone who leads your wedding ceremony with the vows, rings, and sometimes a small sermon.

When do you pay the wedding officiant?

Traditionally if you know the officiant personally such as a pastor a friend that has been legalized with the state law, you would pay them $50 to $100 for their services. If they don’t personally want to take the money you could choose to donate it to their church or organization of their choice.

When to book officiant for wedding?

If you want a religious leader or pastor to officiate your wedding you really don’t need to worry about timing. If you know them personally and you are also having your reception and/or ceremony their you can ask them on your own time to do so.

Continue reading to find out more information on hiring a wedding officiant for your wedding ceremony.

What Does a Wedding Officiant Do?

A wedding officiant is someone who leads your wedding ceremony with the vows, rings, and sometimes a small sermon. Your officiant must be legally recognized by the state you are married. If you are being married in a church, they must also be recognized by a religious organization.

The officiant also handles legal matters that are concerned with your marriage. They must make sure that you and your fiance can be married according to state laws and that there is no reason you shouldn’t be married.

They must also give a signature saying they witnessed your marriage and vows and pronounce you husband and wife in the presence of two witnesses not including themselves. Who you would like to officiate, as far as whether you would like it to be a pastor or not is completely up to you.

When Do You Pay the Wedding Officiant?

This is entering up to your or what your officiant prefers. You can either pay them immediately before or after your wedding. You will need to pay a certain amount of money to get married, so you can pay a personal amount along with the necessary payment.

Traditionally if you know the officiant personally such as a pastor a friend that has been legalized with the state law, you would pay them $50 to $100 for their services. If they don't personally want to take the money you could choose to donate it to their church or organization of their choice.

When to Book Officiant for Wedding?

This depends on what officiant you would like to officiate your wedding. If you want a religious leader or pastor to officiate your wedding you really don't need to worry about timing. If you know them personally and you are also having your reception and/or ceremony their you can ask them on your own time to do so.

If you are hiring someone from the court of law to officiant your wedding, you would do best to book them as soon as you have booked your venue. That way you at least have a venue and an officiant for your wedding. This would also be a good time to hire food vendors, DJ’s, and other services for your wedding.

Share your best wedding officiant tips and experiences in the comments!

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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