According to The Knot, the median price for a wedding officiant in 2011 was $238, with 21% of couples paying more than $300 and here along the Gulf Coast the typical website search will show you beach rates from $200 to $400. In recent years officiating fees have been bumped up to $300 to $500.
I would like to think that my wedding officiating fees are reasonable, although they are not just another revenue stream for wedding ‘business’ but go directly toward my support in my small church ministry as pastor of CrossHope Chapel.
Fees are based on the consideration of the demand for time in my schedule, both from the standpoint of the assurance that I will be at your wedding as booked (and I do get calls from frantic brides explaining that their officiant didn’t show), the demand on my weekend vs weekday, family and pastoral activities, location of your wedding, and are not based on the complexity of the ceremony.
The filing of your marriage license is also customary for the minister to take care of after the ceremony, unless you need to keep it with you for traveling purposes or simply prefer to return yourself, then I’ll sign it when I arrive for the ceremony.
Here are my wedding officiating fees by general locations and times of the week. You can view and find information on all area locations at my Availability page. If you do have any questions, please ask me!
Biloxi – Mobile – Dauphin Island…
West of Mobile Bay including from Mobile to Gulfport, the Gulf Coast beaches, cities, and counties of Mississippi and Alabama.
$150 Weekday – Mon. Tues. Wed. Thur.
$200 Weekends – Fri. Sat. Sun.
Chapel Fees – Please visit the Chapel page.
East of Mobile Bay 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.
$150 Weekdays – Mon. Tues. Wed. Thu.
$200 Weekends – Fri. Sat. Sun.
East of Navarre Beach, Florida including the Emerald Coast beaches to Miramar Beach…
$200 Weekdays – Mon. Tues. Wed. Thu.
$250 Weekends – Fri. Sat. Sun.
*Holidays – There is an additional $100 Holiday Scheduling Fee for weddings on a holiday, which are New Year’s Eve/Day, Valentine Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween Night, Thanksgiving Eve/Day, Christmas Eve/Day.
**Sunrise – I enjoy the peace and tranquility of the sunrise early morning on the beach, but because of my schedule I rarely accept wedding ceremonies earlier than 9:00 AM for beach locations.
CHECK MY AVAILABILITY…
If you are fine with my Wedding Officiating Policy guidelines of my pastorate, and do not require me to wear a coat and tie, please check if I’m available to officiate your wedding on the date that you have chosen at my Availability Form page.
Q: What do you provide for the wedding officiating fees?
A: First and foremost, I provide the peace of mind and assurance that I will be there and provide the officiating service, as an ordained vocational pastor, which will make your wedding ceremony legal, dignified, and relaxed. The officiating fee is for my time, and there is certainly no extra fees from me for adding anything like a sand ceremony or whatever you may may want to include. I will even be happy to take a few photos with your camera while I’m there, no cost.
When you book me to officiate your wedding, the fee secures your wedding time in my schedule and gives me reason to not book any other appointments in my calendar. That of course means I sign your marriage license, which makes it legal, plus it includes no additional costs for any planning assistance, answers for your planning questions, vendor help, premarital counseling, relationship help resources, and pastoral availability after the wedding.
I do not provide an arch, chairs, or other decoration services because I am a local church pastor, not a wedding vendor who has the time and investment for necessary permits or effort of decorating.
Q: If you are unavailable can you give a recommendation on another minister?
A: Yes, I do know a few clergyman who may be available to officiate and I will gladly give you a recommendation if I am not able to help. I can only refer you to church ordained Christian ministers, and not an “online officiant” because of legal risks concerning the use of internet officiants.
Q: Do you require cash or is a check OK?
A: I do not require cash, but I certainly do accept it. I also accept checks and credit cards at our Online PayPal page.
Please visit the FAQ page for more answers to questions!