Are you looking for the cheapest way to get married or are you looking for a minister who will work with you to develop a ceremony that reflects your values and values your input?
Is the cost for a meal the same at Angus Barn the same as Golden Corral? Nope. Each place has it's patrons, and they go there based on the value they perceive for what they receive. I eat at both places. I also have a realistic understanding of the difference between the two.
For some ceremonies, there is no rehearsal, no travel, and the ceremony is pretty much a traditional one with exchange of vows and rings.
The fee for this wedding ceremony will, of course, be less than the fees for a wedding where out of town travel is required, a rehearsal, and a ceremony on which we will have collaborated at length will be conducted.
While I do have a fee range, I do not quote a price before meeting with a couple, or at least speaking with them at length. I do this, because, frankly the chemistry between us determines whether or not the ceremony will be fulfilling and vibrant, and that it will be a celebration of an affirming event.
The contribution I provide to your wedding is different than pictures, cake, reception, horse drawn carriage. No other person has the legal obligation and parameter for your wedding that I do. No other person will enter into an emotional plane with you as I do. While it might be easy to confuse me with your other vendors, this does not present an accurate portrayal of what I provide you, versus what you expect from them.