According to The Knot, the median price for a wedding officiant has steadily rose to median of $350 for simple officiant only.
I am a full-time small church pastor and do not receive a paycheck from my church so my officiating fees go to keep me involved my church ministry at CrossHope Chapel.
I have not raised my fees since 2006, because they are based on my scheduling demand, travel, and not on size of the wedding or the complexity of the ceremony. They’ve been set at $150 for a weekday and $200 for a weekend.
It has become easier to schedule weekday weddings in the Mobile, Alabama and Mississippi Gulf Coast area so that fee has been lowered to only $100, as shown below.
As far as officiating fees is concerned, weekday is any time Monday morning through Friday afternoon and weekend is any time Friday evening through Sunday evening.
Biloxi/Gulfport – Mobile – Dauphin Island…
Mississippi Gulf Coast to Mobile Bay including from Mobile to Gulfport, including the Gulf Coast beaches, cities, and counties of Mississippi and Alabama. West Mobile Chapel officiating fees here. Hattiesburg and Central Mississippi officiating fees here.
Weekday: $100 Weekend: $200
Gulf Shores – Eastern Shores – Pensacola Beach – Navarre…
Alabama to Pensacola Gulf Coast including from Daphne to Navarre Beach, including the Gulf Coast beaches, cities, areas of Baldwin County, Orange Beach, Perdido Keys, and Pensacola Beach, Florida including Santa Rosa Island.
Weekday: $150 Weekend: $200
Fort Walton Beach – Destin…
Northwest Florida east of Navarre Beach, Florida including the Emerald Coast beaches 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.
Weekday: $200 Weekend: $250
*Officiating Fee – The officiating fees are based on my schedule demand and are for the assurance that your ceremony is in my calendar and will not be bumped for a bigger fee ceremony, since I do not rate fees on the size or complexity of a ceremony.
*Weekday/Weekend – As far as officiating fees is concerned, weekday is any time Monday morning through Friday afternoon and weekend is any time Friday evening through Sunday evening.
*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.
*West Mobile Chapel – The officiating fee for a ceremony at our church Chapel location is only $50 for weekdays and $100 for weekends, 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!