What Is the Minister's Cost for Officiating a Wedding?


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In 2013, newly married couples paid an average of $215 to $258 to their officiants, including officiants who were friends or family members of the couple. Ordained ministers typically charge $500 to $800, depending on the size, location and formality of the wedding.

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Many couples prefer to hire a personal or family friend to officiate their weddings. These officiants often perform the ceremonies free of charge or at discounted rates. In these circumstances, it is not uncommon for the couple to show their appreciation by giving the church or the minister a gift that's comparable in cost to the traditional cost of performing the ceremony. An honorarium of $200 is acceptable in most cases.

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