There are many costs associated with a wedding: venue, catering, music, flowers, attire, cake, decorations, beverages, transportation, gifts for the attendants, wedding planner, invitations, photographer, videographer, hair and make-up, bachelor/-ette parties, honeymoon, postage for invitations and thank-you cards, and other related costs. It is often a mystery, then, as to why couples would question the fee for hiring a professional wedding officiant to provide a top-notch experience with the ceremony. A reliable officiant will communicate regularly, listen to the couple's vision, ensure that the "script" for the wedding meets with approval, travel to the venue, and provide a memorable ceremony for the couple and their guests. Officiants stake their reputation on being responsible, attentive, and professional. Those who provide this service as a career and not just as a hobby deserve respectful wages, as their time is as valuable as that of the photographer and florist. Also, did you know that it IS conventional to tip your officiant? There isn't a particular percentage suggested....just whatever you think is reasonable. As with any vendor who will make your day special, officiants appreciate being appreciated!