While she's been working on setting a date based on my availability and her own, I've set out trying to figure out what on earth is a fair price for this. Most definitely, whatever we settle on will be an agreement that's perfectly acceptable to both myself and them. But, I figured I'd do some research to see how much most ministers of other faiths may charge for their services. Heck, it's not like I've ever done this before.
I admit, I'm a tad astounded.
Some clergy are very active. "$350 buys you a freakin' wedding planner who will also legally marry you for no additional charge" was the basic message of the first site I looked up. Others are so uninvolved it's amazing. "$400 (plus mileage and other incidentals), I arrive 20 minutes before the service, depart 30 minutes after the service, I don't do rehersals or receptions, and there's a charge for a timely filing" was the basic message of another clergyperson.
I can see how folk make those clergy credentials pay off!
So, because I have at my disposal a very large and amazing resource of folk who have been married, who have married others, and who have more opinions than any other group of people I've met, I want to ask you all: what's a "fair" price (however you define it) for a minister to charge for a wedding? Relevant info is welcome, like what you expect for that price, what you wish your minister/clergy/priest/ULC-ordained-by-m
Thanks in advance, and I look forward to hearing some interesting tales. . .
"$150.00 to $250.00"http://www.figstreet.com/guesthouse/weddingsfees.html
"$100 to $300 or more, with travel and facility costs extra."http://www.ehow.com/how_111536_find-ideal-wedding.html
"$250 up to $600"http://www.chicagomarriage.com/fee2.htm
- Monday - Thursday: $150
- Friday - Saturday: $200
- Sunday: $400
- New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, Christmas Eve, National Holidays and other special dates may be more
"In-Town: $795; Out-of-Town: $895 - $995"http://www.blueridgeweddings.com/pricing.htm
and then there's this really, really odd minister listing on CraigsList, where he makes sure to describe himself as "Tall and fit (6'4", athletic)": http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/evs/324917633.html