Officiating Fees

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. Some of the online ordained officiants are charging less and sometimes an additional revenue stream to their photography or event business.

I am a full-time small church pastor and do not receive any compensation from my church so my fees go to keep me involved my ministry as pastor of CrossHope Chapel.

My fees are based scheduling and not on size of the wedding or the complexity of the ceremony. My fees are based on the demand of 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.

Scroll down to find fees based on three zones: 1) Biloxi/Gulfport – Mobile – Dauphin Island; 2) Gulf Shores – Eastern Shores – Pensacola Beach – Navarre;  3) Fort Walton Beach – Destin.

 


 

Zone 1 | Biloxi/GulfportMobileDauphin Island

Mississippi Gulf Coast to Mobile Bay including from Mobile to Gulfport, the Gulf Coast beaches, cities, and counties of Mississippi and Alabama. (Also including Hattiesburg and some areas in central Mississippi.) 

Weekdays – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. AM – $150 

Weekends  – Fri. PM, Sat, Sun.  – $200

West Mobile Chapel – Please visit the Chapel page for fees/honorariums there.


 

Zone 2 | Gulf ShoresEastern ShoresPensacola 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.   

Weekdays – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. AM – $150 

Weekends  – Fri. PM, Sat, Sun.  – $200

If you would like to ask me about officiating your wedding or vow renewal, please visit the 1st – Check Availability page.

 


 

Zone 3 | Fort Walton BeachDestin

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.  

Weekdays – Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri. AM – $175 

Weekends  – Fri. PM, Sat, Sun.  – $225 

If you would like to ask me about officiating your wedding or vow renewal, please visit the 1st – Check Availability page.

 


 

 All Areas….

*Weekday/Weekend – For officiating fee purposes, which are based on my schedule: “weekday” is Monday AM through Thursday PM; “weekend” is Friday AM through Sunday PM.

*Holidays – There is an additional $100 fee for weddings scheduled on a holiday (New Year’s Eve, Valentine Day, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Halloween Night, Thanksgiving Eve/Day, Christmas Eve/Day).

*Sunrise – The is no extra cost to have me officiate your sunset ceremony, but because of my schedule there is an additional $100 fee for sunrise beach weddings. [Sunrise/Sunset Calendar]

*Deposit & Honorariums – Advanced deposit is not required, payment at time of wedding is fine, fee and honorarium given contributes to my pastoral ministry because I do not receive a salary from my small church.

* Officiating Fees/Suggested Honorarium for all areas 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 frameable keepsake Certificate of Vow Renewal, advanced deposit is not required, payment at time of wedding when we take care of the marriage license is fine. The fee and honorariums or any tips given do contributes to my pastoral ministry because I do not receive a salary from my small church.

    

 

CHECK MY AVAILABILITY…

If you would like to ask me about officiating your wedding or vow renewal, please visit the 1st – 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!

 

 

 

QUESTIONS ANSWERED….

Q: Do you require a deposit?

A: No. I don’t require a deposit, but should you have any changes in plans, just let me know so I can reflect that change in my schedule. I fully understand that plans change, people change, budgets change, so don’t feel bad about canceling with me.

 

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  or a credit card accepted?

A: I do not require cash, but I certainly do accept it. I do accept checks and credit cards can be used at our Online PayPal page.

 

 

Please visit the FAQ page for more answers to questions!