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.
My officiating fee is only $100 along the Mississippi and Alabama coast and $150 along the NW Florida coast. Tipping beyond that is not required.
Mississippi Gulf Coast to Mobile Bay
Including Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, and Mobile County, Mobile, Dauphin Island. Hattiesburg & Central Mississippi officiating fee is here.
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.
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.
*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.