Wedding Ceremony: Can We Get a Gift for our Wedding Officiant?

by The Knot

My fiance and I will be married by a priest who was our professor in college. We are flying him across the country and paying for his hotel, meals, and transportation. I know traditionally the wedding officiant should be paid for the service, but we feel uncomfortable offering him money since we know him so well. Is it appropriate to buy him a gift instead?


Absolutely! Your close relationship with your officiant makes giving a gift instead of money more appropriate. He'll appreciate the personal touch. And because you're paying his way, don't feel obligated to make it a pricey gift -- something heartfelt and thoughtful is best.

Up Next
Bride and groom announcement in church wedding ceremony
Your Guide to Wedding Officiant Fees and Donations
The ins and outs about when, how and what to pay your wedding officiant.
by simone Hill4 min read