Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings

CostHelper.com > Weddings  > Officiant > User Comments Page 1 / 2

Officiant Cost - Buyer Experiences and Price Information


Read the Full Article - How Much Does an Officiant Cost?

Officiant Comments


Page 1 of 2   -   1   2   Next >>  

 

We LOVED our professional officiant
Amount: $389.00
Posted by: Misty Tremont in Denver, CO.Posted: October 30th, 2009 04:10PM
We worked with Maureen Thomson of Lyssabeth's Wedding Officiants and we couldn't have been happier. She has a team of officiants who work for her. She respected our own beliefs, encouraged our input but gave us as much guidance as we needed. On the day of the wedding, we had a freak snowstorm and everything had to be changed at the last minute. Our wedding planner freaked out but Maureen was the picture of calmness. I felt SO much better having her there.

I agree, this is not a job you want to leave to an amateur.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Best Officiant EVER
Amount: $375.00
Posted by: Happily Wed 09 in long beach, CA.Posted: October 21st, 2009 02:10PM
Type: Fun and Romantic
Alan Katz is the best Officiant in the So Cal area.
His team of 15 Officiants professionally perform any type of ceremony. Religious or Non religious.
They show up early and help you custom design your ceremony.
They also issue your marriage license.
Stay away from the low price losers. this is the price point you need.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
pro schmo
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Sara in Wolfeboro, NH.Posted: September 28th, 2009 08:09PM
My brother's non-religious wedding was in a small NH town. There are only 2 justices of the peace in the area. One was very evangelically religious (not a good fit) and had a stutter, so they picked the other. She was terrible. She couldn't speak in public, arrived at the last minute, and had nothing meaningful to say in the ceremony. I am now planning my own wedding in the same area and have gotten one of my friends ordained online to do it. I chose carefully and picked someone who is outgoing and has lots of experience speaking to crowds. Its not hard to research online all the necessary requirements for an officiant, ceremony, and licensing in each state. I like the idea of having someone who really knows us and not a stranger who I've just met 3 or 4 times. I would rather have a friend or relative who can say something meaningful about us and our marriage even if they stumble a few times, than a polished 'pro' who can do the ceremony in his sleep but lacks sincerity or depth.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Experience is what counts...
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Officiant Eric in Agoura Hills, CA.Posted: July 12th, 2009 09:07PM
Type: Wedding Officiant
Hi everyone. I am a wedding officiant in the Los Angeles are and wanted to share with you some information.

In every area of the country you can find "cheap" officiants to perform your wedding, however I must say this is one area in which you should find someone experienced.

Remember, this person will have the attention of all of your guests, plus the bride and groom. You will want someone that is a good public speaker, doesn't get frustrated easily, and has a great personality. A little humor wouldn't hurt either.

-Officiant Eric Schwartz
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
SuzieQ not so accurate !
Amount: $250.00
Posted by: Reverend Lisa in Rosemead, CA.Posted: May 25th, 2009 12:05PM
Type: Hire a Pro ! REALLLY?
Suzie before you bash a fellow poster, please be sure of the quote you are making. It is not Family Code 400, that is the definition of an Officiant, the code you are referring to is Code 300 and that specifies the need for a marriage consent and the license, the consent and license become valid as a marriage contract as long as it is followed by a solemnization by a person that is defined in code 400.

See below-
(a) Marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman, to which the consent of the parties capable of making that contract is necessary. Consent alone does not constitute marriage. Consent must be followed by the issuance of a license and solemnization as authorized by this division, except as provided by Section 425 and Part 4 (commencing
with Section 500).
(b) For purposes of this part, the document issued by the county clerk is a marriage license until it is registered with the county recorder, at which time the license becomes a marriage certificate.

I would suggest as PRO you reread it and refrain for quoting inaccurate information.

http://law.onecle.com/california/family/index.html
Reverend Lisa
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
This is WHY you need to hire a PRO
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: SuzieQ in Tempe, AZ.Posted: May 12th, 2009 11:05AM
Type: Hire a PRO
Brianna- Sorry to tell you but California Family Code sections: 400 states that you must have the DECLARATION OF CONSENT. So, this is why paying someone $50 (like you) who doesn't know what they are doing, makes my point. Thank you for your ignorance!!!! While your couples may want to bark like dogs durring the ceremony....that is fine.... but for couples who want the ceremony to be LEGAL...... and want to be actually married..... leave it to the PROS! Thank you Brianna! You are a perfect example of WHAT COUPLES SHOULD NOT TO DO!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Legal Officiant
Amount: $50.00
Posted by: Brianna in Redding, CA.Posted: May 4th, 2009 01:05PM
Type: Officiant
I am a legally ordained minister but you wouldn't know it at all! :-)
Someone like me, who has no experience would only charge a friend $25-$50 depending on where the wedding took place. We are in Shasta County (Northern California) where a GOOD EXPERIENCED officiant will run you about $150-$200. In California, there are no set words that one must say. Heck, you could bark like a dog if you wanted to, so long as the couple asked you to do so as long as you signed the marriage license and had at least one witness!
Friends get nervous, yes, but having someone meaningful with you rather than a stranger if you're doing something a little more informal and less traditional (and I don't mean by way of outfit and party decor!) if you humbly ask said friend to practice and rehearse, they're not going to be offended!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Legal Officiant- Some States NOT Legal
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: SuzieQ in Tempe, AZ.Posted: April 25th, 2009 04:04PM
Type: officiant
"Couples on a budget might wish to have a friend or relative get ordained online for free and perform the ceremony at no charge". Our friends had a friend perform their wedding and he totally choked. Plus I know the MUST say certain things to make it legal. Friend don't always get it right. I say if you can afford it...leave it to the pros..afterall it the reason for the wedding...The Wedding Ceremony. Jsut my thoughts
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Phoenix Officiants
Amount: $400.00
Posted by: a user in Phoenix, AZ.Posted: March 20th, 2009 02:03PM
I've gotten quotes for mostly about $300-400 for Phoenix officiants. It definitely seems like the quality is a lot better than for people who charge less. I think it's expensive but it is worth it. I really like the lady who is going to officiate our ceremony in October. Her name is Gwen Waring.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
retired judge in chicago
Amount: $275.00
Posted by: D.D. in chicago, IL.Posted: March 1st, 2009 06:03PM
Type: nondenominational
typical price for professionals with wedding experience. agree with comments above about the misleading nature of these averages.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Officiant Cost.
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Christine Stonger in San Juan Capistrano, CA.Posted: December 17th, 2008 03:12PM
Type: Cleric
Chris Gilbert was our cleric.
He was Perfect.
Light-hearted, but well presented...
My guests loved him.
(as did my husband & I)
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
wedding officiants
Amount: $300.00
Posted by: Susan Gates in Long Bach, CA.Posted: October 6th, 2008 06:10PM
I worked with a reverend Peter Otto with Divine ceremonies. He showed up always on time, both to rehersal and on our day. Very friendly, warm, and understanding. Our service was just beautiful. I am so glad I choose to go with hi.
Here's his site: www.DivineCeremonies.com
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
Cost of Wedding Officiant
Amount: $0.00
Posted by: Miranda in Dayton, OH.Posted: July 23rd, 2008 08:07PM
I think the above comment has missed the point of this page entirely. It's pretty safe to assume that areas (like San Diego) that include a higher cost of living will also mean that services are going to cost more. The national average is just that, an average. The website administrator isnt going to do the leg work to find the cost of every officiant in every city. They are trying to give a general idea, so when people, like myself need to draw up a rough wedding budget, we can do so without already knowing the whole picture.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
cost of a wedding officiant
Amount: $525.00
Posted by: B Crandall in San Diego, CA.Posted: June 4th, 2008 01:06PM
Type: nondenominational
I found as I looked for wedding officiants in San Diego that their was a big difference between the $200 officiant and the $400 plus officiant. And I'm not talking about money, I'm talking about quality of service and experience. You don't help couples or officiants by quoting national averages and applying them to a market that they don't apply to. It takes a lot more work to figure out what is appropriate in this area. Break your numbers down and you'll probably find that $263 works well in Omaha, NB. Your information is way to 'general' to be helpful to most couples and it probably makes things worse for the professionals that are trying to serve them.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
wedding officiants
Amount: $450.00
Posted by: dsl in Seattle, WA.Posted: December 16th, 2007 11:12PM
My wife and I ended up paying a little more for our civil officiant. The quotes we were given in the Seattle, WA area ranged from $300-$500. I personally interviewed 8 candidates before deciding on our officiant and, in the end, know I made the right decision. The candidates were either too intellectual, too fidgety, etc. It was important to select someone who would reflect our values - warm and welcoming. This will vary from couple to couple so I would recommend giving this some serious thought! In the Seattle, Washington area, the following website is a good starting point:
http://www.myseattlewedding.com/categories/ministers_clergy/index.html
good luck!
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam

Page 1 of 2   -   1   2   Next >>  
     
 

 




Comment On Your Experience With an Officiant

 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.