Code of Virginia Governing Marriage Commissioner Authorization and Pricing
Marriage commissioners are individuals authorized by the court to perform marriages in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Marriage celebrants are authorized to charge $75 for mere performance of a marriage at their residence or place of business. "Celebrants are free to negotiate additional fees with the parties to the marriage; however, for traveling to other locations, for attendance at rehearsals, for providing facilities or accommodations for wedding guests, and for other optional services, including reimbursement for mileage and other out-of-pocket expenses." (Title 20-27 and the 1992 Report of the Attorney General 101
§ 20-27. Fee for celebrating marriage.
Any person authorized under § 20-25 to celebrate the rites of marriage shall be permitted to charge the parties a fee for the ceremony not to exceed $75 for each ceremony. Such person and parties may negotiate payment for any additional services agreed to by the celebrant and the parties. Additionally, such person shall be permitted to charge the parties travel expenses to and from the marriage site. If conveyance is by public transportation, reimbursement shall be at the actual cost thereof. If conveyance is by private transportation, reimbursement shall be at the rate specified in the current general appropriations act of the Commonwealth. In either event, the actual cost of the ceremony together with travel expenses shall be given to the parties at least three days prior to the marriage ceremony.
Code 1919, § 5083; 1970, c. 362; 1975, c. 644; 1993, cc. 941, 966; 2006, c. 625; 2014, c. 529; 2020, c. 181.
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