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 Morgan's Tavern & Grill the same as IHOP? 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While I do have a fee range, I do not quote a price before meeting with a couple and least speaking with them at length.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 obligations and parameters 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.