Booking Process

Steve Durkac Gulf Coast Beach Wedding Officiant Minister Pastor

I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Form. If I am available I will ask you to submit my Confirmation Form.


General Provisions…

• If you are not sure of the exact date or time, just let me know when you email me because I can always check my general availability over a few days or a morning or evening.

• You can email or call me as often as you want or need to in order to work out details on planning.

• I ask if you have any church background just so I know your frame of reference on wedding ceremonies, not because it will win you any brownie points for getting in my schedule.

• No deposit is required or needed to book my officiating services. I only ask that if your plans change you drop me an email let me know. You can pay the base fee at the time of the ceremony when take care of the marriage license.

• If several hours or a day goes by and you haven’t heard from me, please contact me again. If you haven’t heard back from me, especially if you use a Yahoo or AOL for your email, please check your email client’s Spam Folder to be certain that my reply email is not there. I use as my email and sometimes Gmail and Yahoo and other email clients like to mark each other as spam.

• By inquiring and booking my officiating services you acknowledge my church’s Wedding Officiating Policy Statement that subjects my officiating to church Bylaws and only for one-male and one-female marriage/vow renewal evangelical Christian ceremonies.

• On the rare occasion that an emergency or scheduling conflict prevents me from actually officiating (it has happened 3 times out of 4000+ bookings), I will try to arrange for another minister to be available and then notify you as soon as possible and as far in advance as I am able.

• When sever weather like tropical storms or hurricanes are forecast I aim to be flexible to officiate either earlier or later than booked. In serious weather warnings along the coast, lodging is usually proactive in notifying of cancellations or accommodating couples who planned on an outdoor beach ceremony.

• I have enjoyed providing Photography services over the years, but my main interest in officiating, so please do not feel like you have to use me for photography too. I am more than than happy to take photos with your camera or smartphones for no additional cost.

• My officiating services of an Alabama Covenant Marriage Ceremony does not require the couple to sign and submit a State of Alabama affidavit document, but couple must meet the same requirement of not be currently bound in legal marriage to another in any state of the union and any divorce decree must be finalized with judge’s signature.

Location Information

Please visit the following state pages to begin your search of information for your wedding or vow renewal:

Alabama • Mississippi • NW Florida

You can also jump straight to a one of the specific location/city/area page below for ideas on deciding on where to have your beach wedding or vow renewal.


Where at Beach

I am sometimes asked “Where at the beach is the best place to have the wedding?”

The answer to that depends on if you are staying at a condo or other lodging along the beach and if you’re asking about the Alabama, Mississippi, or NW Florida beach. Usually, the best spot is right where you are lodging because it is easiest to use the beach area out behind your condo/hotel/house.

Everyone on the beach respects a wedding and if you are down at a busy time, you’ll hear a loud applause when the groom kisses the bride. If it is a rainy day, which is not that often and usually passes quickly, but if it is a rare bad rain day, there are a few public gazebos where I’ve done a few weddings, before.


Sunset Information…

Sunset times are usually important for your outdoor and beach weddings, especially when it comes to photography. There are two things to remember when planning a sunset wedding…

1) The rate at which the sun will drop: During the Spring and Fall months, like April and October, the sun will actually appear to drop quicker than during the summer months. So when the sunrise/sunset calendar says 7:59 PM it mean that at 8:02 PM the sun will be gone. I have timed the drop of the sun from anywhere between 4 minutes to 12 minutes of “usable” sun light after the sunset time.

2) Photography is something to consider and I suggest talking with your photographer on this, too. If you figure a typical wedding ceremony of about 12 – 15 minutes, and figure in at least 20 minutes to 30 minutes for your after photo-shots, it’s is usually wise to start anywhere between 1 hour to 45 minutes ahead of sunset.

Here are the links to a sunrise/sunset site to help with your planning:

Alabama Sunset/Sunrise TimesFlorida Sunset/Sunrise TimesMississippi Sunset/Sunrise Times