Rev. Bill Cochran is the owner of Say “I Do” Your Way. In this company, Bill & his wife Joyce offer their services as wedding officiants and pre-marriage Counselors. They have been working with couples for the past thirty-nine years and have conducted hundreds of weddings. Bill also serves as a trainer for Life Innovations certification of counselors and clergy in the Metro Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area. His extensive background in marriage and pre-marriage counseling has prepared hundreds of couples to navigate the tough issues of relationship building.
Over the years, Bill & Joyce have built an exciting and fulfilling marriage relationship. Thus they see weddings as the greatest event in life. Helping other couples to share the same positive experience they enjoy in marriage is their primary goal. They LOVE weddings!
How much does a wedding officiant cost?
Rev. Bill Cochran of Say "I Do" Your Way discusses the typical cost to hire a wedding officiant.
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Host: How much does a wedding officiant cost? Bill Cochran: I hate to say this again, but it does depend on the area of the country you live in. On the East Coast where I am working, in the cities the average going price for wedding officiant is around $500. You maybe horrified by that, I know some people are, keep in mind wedding officiants are just trying to make a living too and though we like what we do and would love to do it for nothing, we have our financial pressures as well. So sometimes it's possible to negotiate a bit. The price I quoted you is what officiants charge on say on prime time like Friday night and Saturday. Some brides and grooms now are planing their weddings mid-week and they are getting discounts from a lot of different vendors including officiants. Sometimes a Sunday wedding isn't quite as pressing as a Saturday or Friday. If you press your officiant perhaps you could get a bit of a discount there. Again, it depends on the officiant, but you certainly have a right to bicker a little bit with them, it's your wedding.