Emily
Beginner December 2022 Ontario

Officiant Cost

Emily, on October 18, 2021 at 17:18 Posted in Wedding ceremony 0 23
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I'm just curious to see what other people paid their officiant! I've come across such a different range of prices and I'm trying to figure out what a normal price point would be.

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Latest activity by Laura, on November 25, 2021 at 14:07
  • Laura
    Devoted June 2022 Ontario
    Laura ·
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    We're searching actively now as well and are pretty surprised at the cost of many of them. It sounds like we'll be paying $500 (and might get a rehearsal) for downtown Toronto.

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  • KELLY
    Curious October 2023 Ontario
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    That's how we lucked out on a photographer!

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  • Emily
    Beginner December 2022 Ontario
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    Yea that’s absolutely Nuts!!! Our officiant ended up being included with the ceremony venue we booked (thank god). Honestly your best bet is to know someone who knows someone Lol!
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  • KELLY
    Curious October 2023 Ontario
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    We are in the same boat- no idea where to look next- pricing is crazy in the GTA! We found one who wanted $800 +GST plus mileage and he is in the GTA!!!!

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  • Jamie
    Curious June 2022 British Columbia
    Jamie ·
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    This is for our officiant. This is for a civil ceremony, but they are allowing us to say our own little piece as well.
    Total Estimate (No rehearsal): $ 166.25

    Total estimate (With a rehearsal): $ 232.75
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  • T
    Beginner May 2022 British Columbia
    Tracy ·
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    We are getting married in BC and went with just someone off the Government commissioner list. The government sets how much they charge so it's cheaper than other ministers that specifically market themselves as Officiants. So we will be less than $200 with the rehearsal and ceremony.

    Base Civil Ceremony: $75 plus GSTMarriage commissioners are permitted to charge additional fees for the following:
    • time spent over the one hour included in the base civil ceremony: $25/hour billed in 15-minute increments
    • mileage (distance travelled to and from the marriage ceremony and rehearsal): $0.55/km
    • parking or ferry costs (if applicable)


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  • Megan
    Frequent user July 2023 Ontario
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    I got some really high quotes. One wanted $900 without rehearsal. I couldn't justify it. We are now paying $300 for ours, I believe it's an extra $50 to add a rehearsal which we haven't decided on yet.

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  • Carmel
    Featured March 2021 Ontario
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    Yes huge range!! They ALL offered completely customized/personalized ceremonies and rehearsals. Although the $900 one would charge extra for the rehearsal not to be at their house 🤦🏻‍♀️. I highly recommend having meetings with all the ones you're interested in - the feeling you get with them is so important. We felt so comfortable with the one we chose, she reminded me of my mom 😆, and we were so happy. She really got to know us and our ceremony was so special and perfect; she nailed our story and us as individuals and a couple.
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  • Audrey
    Curious July 2022 Ontario
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    $450 plus another $100 for rehearsal although she offered a 50% discount on the rehearsal for signing up before end of month.
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  • Kara
    Frequent user June 2022 Ontario
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    Ours was $500.
    We met with a few- cost ranged from $275 to $600 but we loved ours the best, even though she was on the higher side of our budget.
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  • Rayanne
    Featured January 2022 Ontario
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    Ours has no rehearsal either
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  • Dee
    Newbie June 2022 British Columbia
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    Hello! We are likely paying $595, no rehearsal though.

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  • Vinod
    Featured August 2017 Ontario
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    We paid $350 for our Officiant. He was amazing for what he offered 30 minutes of civil marriage.
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  • Samantha
    Frequent user May 2022 Ontario
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    Hey Emily. Our Officiant is $300 for the Ceremony.

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  • Rayanne
    Featured January 2022 Ontario
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    Purs is around $400
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  • Meghan
    Frequent user September 2022 Ontario
    Meghan ·
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    We paid $400 for ours!

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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    We're paying $425 and that includes the rehearsal as well.
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  • Stacey TC
    Featured August 2022 Saskatchewan
    Stacey TC ·
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    Our officiant is a good friend who just graduated from ministry in the spring and we haven't discussed costs. I've found in my city the range is 200-450, we'll probably pay him $300.

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  • Emily
    Beginner December 2022 Ontario
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    Holy Cow! Yea that is quite the rangeSmiley surprise Thankfully people have a small town mentality where im from and dont attempt to charge over a thousand dollars! Oh my goodness!

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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    Ours is $300.
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  • Carling
    Frequent user November 2021 Ontario
    Carling ·
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    Our officiant is travelling from about an hour away. For the ceremony and the rehearsal plus travel we are paying $500 total.
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  • Carmel
    Featured March 2021 Ontario
    Carmel ·
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    $500. The first ones we spoke to (a pair but you only get one) were $900 and offered less than the one we had. They did offer a lot more cockiness and entirement though 😅. The ONLY Jewish non-religious officiant in our area we spoke to was $1200. So it is a huge range.
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    I would say it averages to around $300-$500. Depends on travel requirements, availability in the area etc.

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