I do not take a salary from my small church so when you pay me an officiating fee to officiate your wedding or vow renewal or Covenant Marriage Ceremony you help keep me active in ministry.
In accordance with laws related to banking, I have to post fees for my clergy services available to nonmembers of he church I pastor.
Those fees are listed below as “base” fees with an option to “tip” as customarily done with wedding services but it is not requirement.
For 15 years I had straight fees of $150 for weekday and $200 for weekend, however some couples often gave me less and some couples often gave me more. I have always been grateful for the Lord’s blessings and have never made the amount an issue.
Now, my fees are lowered to a base fee and according to the location to help cover expenses for driving further since I reside on the west side of Mobile, Alabama.
$100 — Mississippi Gulf Coast to Mobile Bay
Including Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Mobile County, Mobile, Dauphin Island.
Church Chapel in West Mobile officiating fee is $50 [learn more]
Hattiesburg & Central Mississippi officiating fee is $150 [learn more]
$150 — Baldwin County to Navarre Beach
Includes what’s known as the Eastern Shore, Daphne, Fairhope, Point Clear, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Keys, Florida and Pensacola Beach, Florida, Navarre Beach and Santa Rosa Island.
$200 — Northwest Florida
Includes what’s known as the Emerald Coast beaches from Fort Walton Beach to Destin to Miramar Beach. My officiating fee is higher for this area because it is a 2.5 hour drive from my home to Fort Walton-Destin.
*Payment – The officiating fee can be paid by cash, check, or credit card. If you prefer to use a credit card I have a PayPal account at the Online Payment page.
*Hardship – From time to time couples in financial hardship ask about my availability for a fee they can afford, and sometimes that works for me so don’t feel bad about asking. Just don’t do as one couple did several years ago who asked if I could officiate for a very low fee and when I arrived I found a large gathering at a large beach house with an expensive professional photographer I knew and to this day have not received that fee.
*West Mobile Chapel – The officiating fee for a ceremony at our church Chapel location is only $50 for simple wedding ceremonies and only a handful of family and guests.
*Sunrise/Sunset – There is no extra cost to have me officiate your sunset or sunrise ceremony, but if you are interested, just ask if I am available and you can check times at this link: Sunrise/Sunset Calendar.
*Deposit & Honorariums – Advanced deposit is not required, payment at time of wedding is fine, base fee and honorarium given contributes to my pastoral ministry because I do not receive a salary from my small church.
* License Signing/Certificate – For all areas, my base fee includes signing and filing the marriage license, taking any photos that you may want using your camera/phone, and if it’s a vow renewal I will bring a frame-able keepsake Certificate of Vow Renewal. If it is an Alabama Covenant Marriage Ceremony I will bring Marriage Covenant Certificate.
If you would like to ask me about officiating your wedding or vow renewal, please visit the Check Availability page and fill-out the form there that gives me the necessary information I need to determine my availability.
If you do have any questions, please ask me!