Officiating Fees

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 the Patriot Act and online banking, I have had to post fees for my clergy services for nonmembers of the church I pastor.

Those fees as listed below have reminded unchanged and are based on demand of my schedule. According to the Knot the average officiant fee is $350 for clergy services only. My officiating fees are $150 for weekday booking and $200 for a weekend booking.

The $150 weekday officiating fee is Monday through Friday morning. The $200 weekend officiating fee is from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.

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.

Please let me know if you have any questions as you try to match your location, too.

 

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]

$100 weekdays  $150 weekends

 

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.

$150 weekdays  $200 weekends

 

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.

$150 weekdays  $200 weekends

 


Miscellaneous Considerations….

*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.

*Weekday/Weekend – The weekday officiating fee is Monday through Friday morning. The weekend officiating fee is from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening.

*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.

 

Book Process…

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!