Q: We are searching for a Rabbi for our wedding ceremony and we are puzzled. We spoke to 3 different Rabbis who are available and their fees differ from each another. One asks for a fee of $500. Another requests $800 and the 3rd will officiate for $1,500. Our expenses are mounting up. There is the Music and the Florist and the cost of the Huppah and the Photographer and the Videographer and the Wedding Planner. And then there is the Hotel and the cost of the dinner. Our head is spinning. In view of all of these expense we feel tempted to engage the Rabbi who is the least expensive. But, we can’t help but think of the old adage that “You get what you pay for.” WHAT TO DO?”
A It is conceivable that the least expensive Rabbi will be spectacular, provided that he /she meets the following criteria:
- Is the Rabbi Ordained at a recognized Rabbinical School?
- Does he have a pleasing speaking and singing voice?
- Can he create a ceremony that will be exciting,and moving?
- Will he be willing to take the time to really get to know you?
- Is he qualified to provide you with free marriage counseling?
Remember, long after the taste of the Roast Beef is gone and the the sound of the music is a faint memory, the only thing that will remain will be the memory of that high moment in your life when you became husband and wife. Before you consider cost, fist consider qualification.