WHY ARE DEPOSITS "NON-REFUNDABLE"?
For two good reasons:
1.) I am reserving this date, time & location for you and you alone. I will have to turn down anyone else requesting your date
& time due to your reservation.
.... AND ....
2.) I will be sending you a carefully researched ceremony
created just for the Bridal Couple. I feel my talent and work should be compensated.
HOW MUCH DO
fee is based upon how many rituals you decide to add to your ceremony, NOT the amount of guests
attending. There are NO hidden charges, or last minute charges.
You will receive a written contract spelling out all the details,
and will also include a deposit-receipt.
My standard fee starts at Two-Hundred & Seventy-Five ($275.00) Dollars. A rehearsal is an additional Seventy-Five
However, there is no requirement for a rehearsal. It's highly recommended, if you have six (6) or more attendants
in your wedding party.
My fees do not include your marriage license or permit fees or
park entrance ticket fees, parking charges, etc., that specific venues might require. If I, or another Officiant
is to stay overnight, you are to provide the accommodations at a nearby local hotel / motel. Also, please
be sure to pay in-advance for any "parking fee" that your venue may charge me. Just let the venue staff know
that the Officiant is not to be charged to park. This situation happens a lot!!!
DO YOU ACCEPT
PayPal or any Other Credit Cards?
Sorry, we are not set up to accept credit
cards. However, we will accept your Personal Checks, Cash, U.S. Postal Money Orders or a Bank's Cashier's
Check. EXCEPTION: On your wedding day, the balance is to be paid
in Cash or a U.S. Postal Money Order. There are no exceptions.
HOW DO WE RESERVE OUR WEDDING DATE
call or e-mail me to see if your date and time is still available. Once you decide to use my services, we will require
a Fifty ($50.00) Dollar "non-refundable deposit" to reserve and hold your day & time in our event calendar.
That deposit will be deducted from the total balance due and is applied to the balance due, to be paid at the wedding or before
If this a "short notice" situation involving an Elopement or other emergency, I can probably fit you in between
other booked weddings or have one of my staff officiants perform your service. There are many popular dates in the year
when we are fully booked far in advance. Most couples book my services a minimum of six (6) months to twelve (12) months
in advance. This will ensure you have your wedding day and time covered. Remember, that I cannot hold your wedding
date and time without a deposit.
DO YOU FURNISH A CONTRACT?
Yes, we do. To protect you and us and to ensure everything
we promised you is in writing and clearly laid out in simple to understand terms.
ARE WE REQUIRED
TO HAVE A REHEARSAL ?
Actually, you are not! A rehearsal is not mandatory. However, if you choose to have one and choose to
have me or one of our Officiants conduct it, there will be an additional Seventy - Five ($75.00) Dollar fee, PLUS
a travel charge if the event is more than sixty (60) miles one-way. We can also furnish a FREE detailed outline for you to conduct your own rehearsal.
there are six (6) or more attendants in your wedding party , we strongly recommend a rehearsal. Many venues will assign
a member of their staff to conduct your wedding rehearsal - FREE. Ask them about it!
PLACE WHEN WE MEET?
I will have a relaxed consultation with the engaged couple, which usually takes an average of between 60 to 90 minutes
or more, if necessary. In that period, I will carefully listen and then discuss with you all of your requirements,
wishes, and dreams about what you want in your wedding ceremony. I will always do it your way. Guaranteed!
I will show you examples of high quality ceremonies to give you some ideas. You can choose to use any of our many (offered
free) ceremonies from our vast research library, OR we can custom-personalize one just for the two of you at NO
additional cost. Another good reason for us to meet in-person is to learn whether
or not you like me well enough to perform your wedding service.
WHAT TIME WILL YOU ARRIVE AT OUR CEREMONY?
Usually, I arrive at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start of your ceremony.
I usually consult with your D. J. or other musicians and your photographer / videographer to ensure everyone is "working
off the same page." It eliminates mistakes! For a rehearsal, my arrival is usually 20 to 30 minutes before
starting time. Usually, a rehearsal takes about 1 hour, depending on the size of your wedding party and other rituals
that you want included in your ceremony. I never speak the actual words in the ceremony nor do I rush through it.
DO YOU STAY FOR THE RECEPTION ?
Although wedding etiquette dictates that your Officiant should be invited to the reception,
it is not expected, and you will not hurt my feelings if you do not have the budget, space, or inclination to invite
me. In many instances, the Bridal
Couple asks the Officiant to stay at the reception to say "Grace" before the food is served, however,
that would really depend on whether there's another event I must attend after your wedding. You are certainly free to discuss this with me at your meeting.
I will have my event calendar
WHAT KIND OF CEREMONIES DO YOU PERFORM?
Religious, Non-religious, Non-denominational, Traditional, Interfaith, Multicultural, Civil / secular, Military, Christian,
Jewish, Catholic, Hindu, Islamic, and Themed to mention a few. Our officiants are ordained in their particular faiths and come from a variety of diverse backgrounds.
This allows them to be very knowledgeable in various faiths, customs, and traditions. Most of us have served as military,
hospice, hospital, and as well as police & fire Chaplains and are very knowledgeable with other religious faiths besides
WHAT OTHER SERVICES DO YOU PROVIDE
Renewal of Vows & Anniversaries
Christenings - Baptisms - Baby Naming
Requested Hospital Weddings (including
National Emergency Responses / (disaster response team)
Blessing for a New Business, Building, Home or boat
Blessing for a Veteran's "welcome home"
Invocations / Blessings for veterans organizational functions
Funerals & Memorials * Blessings for
Speakers Bureau: available
for organizations & groups.
WHAT DOES THE OFFICIANT DO WITH MY LICENSE?
The officiant is charged
with the sole responsibilty to return the marriage license to the same location where you originally purchased it. I
mail it to the county clerk the very same day that I signed it. They have your application and the form you filled
out when you first applied. I must return that license within ten (10) business days from your wedding date. The
clerk will "stamp it" and process it. Usually, in Pinellas County, the clerk will have mailed it back to you,
(certified) within ten (10) days from when they received it. I strongly recommend that you order at least six (6) "certified copies" because
you will need every one of them to show the Motor Vehice bureau to change the bride's name, as well as the Social Security
Administration, your bank accounts, CD's insurance companies, stock brokers, employers, credit cards, the passport
agency, U.S. Immigration (if applicable) , and your spouse's health insurance plan, just to mention a few. Do not assume
they will know about it without you contacting them, because they won't.
WILL YOU TRAVEL OUTSIDE PINELLAS COUNTY ?
Yes we will.
We travel statewide, nationwide and internationally. Such travel will require all travel and auto fuel expenses
to be paid by you. If travel out of Pinellas County for Sixty (60) miles one-way is required, then our Officiant
will have to stay overnight at a nearby hotel / motel. This is especially
true if a rehearsal is to occur the day before your wedding. Please be sure that the hotel / motel costs are
pre-paid by you. Fuel-costs (if we travel over 60 miles one-way) are your responsibility for such distances,
at fifty ($0.50) cents per mile.
HOW LONG DOES A CEREMONY TAKE ?
time frame is measured by how much the Engaged Couple decides to personalize it, by adding various readings, vows, rituals,
religious customs, poems, etc. as well as how elaborate the processional and recessional is to be. In general, our weddings
usually take about 20 - 25 minutes. A real elaborate wedding can take up to 45 minutes. This is always accomplished
without ever "rushing" the ceremony. It would not be appropriate to do so. A Catholic Mass is
different and should be discussed with our Priest.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT
RAINS? (for outdoor weddings)
It is the Engaged
Couple's responsibility to arrange a back-up plan (Plan "B") in case of inclement weather. You are contracting
our services to go to the beach or other outside location and perform your wedding ceremony. No refunds will be given
due to inclement weather; however, you will have the option of a one-time rescheduling of your ceremony. Inclement weather
includes, but is not limited to rain, lightning, anticipated thunderstorms, hurricanes, or other dangerous weather conditions.
NOTE: If you are planning a reception, your ceremony can be moved to that location OR we can postpone
your ceremony until the next available day, subject to our availability. In the event that your wedding must be postponed
to a future date, your "Deposit" will still be honored for that date. HOWEVER, that future date cannot
exceed Nine (9) calendar months from the original wedding date, for your deposit to be honored. There will be no guarantee
that we are still available to perform your wedding if another wedding has previously booked our services on your NEW date.
I would make evry effort to have another clergyman - officiant available for your NEW date, if I am not.
THERE ANY ADDITIONAL CHARGES FOR GETTING MARRIED DURING A HOLIDAY?
there is, but for just 3 special holidays only. An additional charge of One-Hundred ($100.00) Dollars for weddings
performed during the following holidays. They are: Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Eve and New Years Day. (Jan. 1st)
NOTE: We are closed for Christmas Eve and day, Easter and Thanksgiving.)
IS A GRATUITY EXPECTED?
We are often asked that question. Our Officiants always answer "that's
up to you." There is no correct answer! This is based upon what you believe your Officiant's services are
worth, as well as what you believe is the right thing to do. Tips / gratuities are always appreciated. Referrals
to other brides are also appreciated.
CAN MY CEREMONY INCLUDE MY CHILDREN
/ PARENTS, ETC. ?
Absolutely! I will be delighted to create your ceremony to fit your needs and wishes.
I am happy to incorporate your
family members to participate in your ceremony. After you read and approve your ceremony, your signature will be required to sign-off on it. This
gives you an opportunity to add or delete items in it. This protects you! This is your "big day"
and we want it to be perfect.
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS I CAN
Many Florida beach locations require an "Event Permit" that is costly for gatherings that
exceed fifty (50) people or more. It is strongly reccomended that you contact the location and City Hall for more information.
As for our Officiants, there are no limitations or extra fees. The fee would be the same if you had 5 guests or 1,000
CAN YOU MAIL A BROCHURE TO US ?
I have never needed to print brochures!
My affordable rates, in addition to maintaining high quality standards of service through the years, has caused me to use my "website" as a brochure
A printed representation could not compare to the amount of information, photographs and descriptions
on my website. We will furnish sample ceremonies, vows, poems and readings at our FREE in-person consultation.
After your ceremony has been completed, I can furnish a beautiful 81/2" X 11 1/2" framable wedding
keepsake certificate with our organizational gold seal placed upon it, and signed by the Officiant. There is an additional
small fee of Fifteen ($15.00) Dollars for this certificate. It looks so much nicer than what the State of Florida furnishes!
HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I RESERVE MY DATE?
strongly suggest that you reserve / book as soon as you have decided on and reserved a date, time and location-venue for your
wedding ceremony. Most officiants are booked a full year in advance and more. Call me to confirm my availability
for your date. Then I can schedule an appointment to meet with you and yours. The Tampa Bay region is one of the nation's top
wedding destinations for brides. There are over 30,000 (thirty-thousand) weddings in Pinellas County alone annually.
If you ever need to change your date and you have already reserved your date and paid a deposit, the amount that you submitted will be fully applied
to the "balance due" and the NEW date. The "new date" must be within nine (9) calendar months from the previous date.
Sunset is a very quick spectacle, only lasting about 5 - 10 minutes,
and once the sun sets, it becomes dark very quickly and therefore limits good photo opportunities Weddings are usually
scheduled about one to one and a half hours BEFORE sunset. If you schedule a sunset ceremony and there is clouds in
the sky, you may not be able to see the sunset at all.
ARE YOUR WEDDINGS RECOGNIZED BY OTHER
Weddings solemnized by ordained clergy of the Catholic, Protestant
and Jeweish faiths and other traditional faiths are recognized in all parts of North America and europe by all religious
and civil authorities.
WE'RE PLANNING A "THEME WEDDING."
WILL YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE FUN?
Yes! Our Officiants are open-minded
about such things. We have worn costumes such as a pioneer circuit rider preacher for a wedding in a log cabin or a park,
another wedding was performed on the stage in a theatre in 17th century French court costumes, still another holiday wedding
for a young family active in a motorcycle club saw everybody but the bride wearing leathers in the center of a circle of 50
Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Occasionally,
we are asked to wear western boots and jeans because the American West is still being celebrated at weddings, (once
in a while we even get to ride a horse). Some brides arrive in a horse-drawn carriage with a driver. Anything
WE HAVE A CHURCH BUT WE NEED A MINISTER! CAN YOU DO A WEDDING
IN OUR CHURCH?
Yes, but it is considered bad manners for a minister to go into
the church facility of another minister without first obtaining the host clergy's permission and / or invitation. Ordinarily,
when you ask a congregation to have your wedding ceremony in its church building, that also includes the services of their
pastor. If you find that you are incompatible with that pastor, you may have to find another location for your wedding.
Some churches are more open and hospitable. They will invite you to bring your own clergy for a wedding service, especially
if their own clergy staff is not available for some reason. There are also "Wedding Chapels" available "for
rent" and allow outside clergy personnel to officiate weddings at their hall. We also perform weddings on
the various Military bases, utilizing their chapels. This is only for active or retired military personnel.
are two (2) rental (historic) non-denominational chapels in Pinellas County. They are: Andrews chapel (circa 1850)
in Dunedin, FL which can seat approx. 100 guests, with a large bridal dressing room and two (2) rest rooms. ALSO, The
Palm Harbor White Chapel at 1190 Georgia Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL., (727-491-3872) WEBSITE: www.thepalmharborwhitechapel.com with a capacity of 150 guests,
two bridal changing rooms, extra rest rooms, a nice reception area with all pinewood floors throughout. The chapel
has a bell in the top belfry which can be rung by a guest when the ceremony is over. There is ample parking available.
WILL YOU PERFORM WEDDINGS FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES?
I am sorry, but my religious
beliefs and federal law, do not permit us to perform these services and I we would be in trouble with our church leaders if
we ever did. There are NO exceptions!
WHAT DO YOU WEAR?
Usually, I wear clergy / religious robes and a clerical white collar that's are perfect for your wedding.
However, I can also wear a dark suit and tie. At our initial consultation, I always show the engaged couple detailed
color photos of the various robes available so they can choose which one they would like me to wear. I always give the