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Wedding Officiant Pricing and Fees

Oftentimes I am asked: ‘Rudy what can I expect to pay for a Wedding Officiant in Durham Region?’

That is a great question – but as in most things in life – less does not necessarily equal good.

Before you keep reading: ‘If your aim is to get a cheap wedding officiant please do not call me’ there are plenty of cheap and inexpensive wedding officiants around but remember you get what you pay for!

Allow me to use the analogy of buying a car. You can purchase a very economical car that will do the basic job – but it has no bells and whistles.

Of course if for whatever reason that is your choice, by all means opt for the  basic package. But remember you get what you pay for. Don’t expect a Cadillac if you’re only paying for a very basic car.

On the other hand, since this after all is the most important day in your life, you want to ensure you select the right Officiant. A person you feel a personal connection with, a person who has energy and  able to engage not only you, but also your guests.

Check his or her reviews from past couples, often these can be found on independent websites such as

Does he/she offer an initial no obligation meeting? Are there additional meetings available at no cost? Does he/she provide a protected client area allowing you to personally build your ceremony? Is the Officiant available by email, Skype, Face Time or Phone?

These will provide you with an excellent overview of various choices you can make. If you cannot find any reviews nor receive the answers you’re looking for then you ask the officiant the question: “why not?” In the end it is your day, you must be totally comfortable with your choice, and if not keep searching!

As for cost? I believe a good way of analyzing, is to look at your overall wedding budget. Let’s say your wedding budget is $30,000.00 and the Officiant’s fee inclusive taxes  = $350.00 or with a rehearsal $450.00 plus – that only works out to be about 1.50 percent of your overall budget.

This is a minuscule amount compared to your overall wedding budget. It is well worth hiring the right person for the biggest day in your life!

So in the end, ‘how much should you expect to pay for a Wedding Officiant in Durham Region?’ The above noted should at the very least provide you with some inside.

Don’t skimp on the Officiant for the sake of a few dollars and be sorry afterwards! It is just not worth it!

Let me blunt if I may: ‘If you want a cheap wedding officiant please do not call me!’

Have a wonder-filled Wedding

Rev. Rudy H. Heezen M.T.S.

Wedding Officiant Toronto and Durham Region

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