Fees for Ceremonies:
I understand that brides and grooms are working with a limited budget; therefore it is my goal to design the ceremony to fit the budget of the wedding. It is completely understandable for couples and their guests to assume officants earn an unusually high amount of money for simply prompting the couple through their vows and pronouncing them husband and wife, but that is only part of the story – the most visible part.
Once we meet and I understand exactly what you expect from me and what you want for your ceremony, we discuss the fee. The final fee considers the time spent writing, customizing and editing your ceremony, travel time to and from your venue, my participation at the rehearsal, involvement with event planners, proper filing of the marriage license and more.
Generally, my fees range from $100 to $600 depending upon the degree of personalization desired for the ceremony, participation with the rehearsal and venue location. For couples considering an elopement ceremony, you choose a prewritten ceremony, non-denominational or secular. For couples desiring more involvement and customization of their ceremony, my services include:
• Initial complimentary consultation
• Unlimited ceremony-writing/review meetings
• Unlimited telephone, email and/or Skype consultation
• Access to vast resources for ceremony ideas, with unlimited number of additional options
• Ability to add ceremonial elements
• Individually written, creative ceremony that is uniquely yours
• Individual consultation to write your own wedding vows
• Prior consultation with ceremony participants (readers, speakers, singers, musicians, photographers, etc.)
• Counseling, nurturing and any other help needed along the way
• Facilitation of rehearsal
• On-site pre-ceremony coordination 60 minutes prior to ceremony
• A calm presence to keep the stress levels down
• Performing of ceremony (Co-officiant service as requested)
• Filing of License
Some couples want to have complete control over the content and simply desire their officiant to show up and lead the service. While others prefer the officiant be integrally involved in designing the flow of the service and delivering a long marriage sermon or message. My rates are reflective of a wide range of needs and budgets.
I recommend that you put the same amount of research into selecting your Officiant as you have for your table linens and cake. Once we have had our complimentary meeting, I’ll send you home with my ceremony questionnaire that will assist you for your wedding planning and my contract to review.
Large or small, traditional or unconventional, I'll do all I can to make sure your ceremony is all you imagined it could be and more; I will work with you so that your ceremony best expresses the unique love that you share.
Sound System Use:
There are so many excellent D-Jays and entertainment companies in this area that will provide ceremony sound and may charge an additional fee to provide microphones for the Officiant. As a courtesy, I offer a sound system for my use that includes a wireless lapel microphone. Should you plan on having a family member or friend do a reading during your celebration, my system comes with an additional reader microphone and stand so everyone can hear! This is complimentary.
Pre-Marriage Counseling available for contracted couples.
Fees for Blessing Ceremonies: Beginning at $150
Fees for Funerals and Memorials: Beginning at $150
Travel: Distances beyond a 45 mile radius from my residence will be assessed at a rate of $.34/mile and $25 an hour for travel time. Destination weddings will include an additional fee to be determined pending location specifics.
Deposit Required to Secure Services: *A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold non-holiday dates and $100 to hold a holiday date.
*To officiate a ceremony on Major Holidays an additional fee of $50 will be added. Major holidays include: New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
NOTE: All account balances are due before the ceremony, either during rehearsal or upon your arrival to the ceremony site. This allows you to relax and enjoy your day without having to "remember" where the envelope/check is, where I am, or hoping that the best man took care of the payment. (No offense to Best Men everywhere.)