Wedding Ceremony Terms and Fees
If you are like most couples, you are attempting to work within a budget for your wedding. As the father of two girls who have been married, I understand the concerns associated with the fees and costs of a wedding.
I also understand the tendency of people to judge what is a fair value based upon what they see. While you and your guests will see your officiant at the wedding ceremony – perhaps at a rehearsal if you choose to have one – most will not see the hours spent before the big event in preparation. The following fees are based upon the total time involved, both before, during and after the wedding ceremony.
Elopement Service – $149.00 weekdays and $199.00 weekends
This type of service is designed for a small group (12 or fewer including the couple and witnesses) and allows for no advance preparation and little flexibility in terms of the elements contained in the service. You choose either a pre-scripted non-denominational or secular ceremony. Wedding ceremony and all paperwork completed in approximately 30 minutes. Weekend rate applies from 5:00 p.m. Friday evening through Sunday.
Custom Wedding Service – starting at $399.00
This type of service includes:
- A written contract for services;
- Initial surveys and additional consultation as required to create your unique ceremony;
- Individual consultation with bride and groom to compose your own wedding vows if desired;
- Consultation with other participants (speakers, musicians, photographer, videographer) as required;
- Arrival at location of wedding ceremony at least 45 minutes before scheduled start of ceremony;
- Performance of the actual ceremony;
- Posing for pictures as desired after ceremony;
- Full manuscript of your ceremony;
- Marriage certificate suitable for framing;
- Completion of all legal paperwork;
- Filing of all legal paperwork with the register of deeds.
Fees stated above are for services conducted within Wake, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties. Services outside of these counties will be assessed a surcharge for mileage and time. Destination weddings can be accommodated and will require additional fees based on the location and time involved.
Fees stated above do not include services held on or near holidays. Services during these times will be assessed a surcharge of $50.00.
Fees stated above do not include attendance at a wedding rehearsal. While Rev. Randy Ivie is delighted to attend your rehearsal a surcharge will be assessed based on time required.
Fees stated above do not include premarital counseling. While Rev. Randy Ivie encourages couples to participate in counseling, additional fees will be assessed. See below for details.
Deposit and Contract
A non-refundable retainer is required to reserve your wedding date and time and is to be tendered with your signed contract.
Inquiries regarding availability do not reserve a date and time for your ceremony. Reservations require payment of the retainer fee and submission of a signed contract.
Fees for Other Ministry Services
Standard Renewal of Vows Ceremony – starting at $249.00
Custom Renewal of Vows Ceremony – starting at $399.00
Standard Baby and Toddler Dedications – starting at $149.00
Memorial and Funeral Services – starting at $149.00
Counseling Services – $30 per hour for premarital and marital counseling related to a purchased ceremony package. Counseling not related to a ceremony is $49.00 per hour.