Beach Wedding Officiant

I have officiated 5000+ simple beach wedding ceremonies and I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Request. If I am available I will ask you to confirm with me by email. 

A simple beach wedding or vow renewal can be meaningful, memorable, and easier to arrange than you may think. You can have your beach wedding where you are staying at a condo or other lodging along the beach or by using any of the beach access parking areas popular along the Gulf Coast.

Learn more at my www.durkac.com site and these pages: Elope at Beach • Gulf Coast BeachesVow RenewalsBridal ReviewsPhoto GalleryFAQPremarital Planning • Officiating PolicyOfficiating FeesBooking Me • Availability RequestCeremony Keepsake

 

Gulf Coast…

Some of the locations I travel to along the Gulf Coast of Alabama, Mississippi, and NW Florida include: Dauphin Island, Fairhope, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Mobile, Orange Beach, Point Clear, Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Hattiesburg, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola Beach, Perdido Key, and Navarre Beach.

 

Simple and Intimate…

Invest in your vacation, not the flash and frills of the ceremony. You can have a simple ceremony without a great expense, that will be meaningful and dignified without being over the top with unnecessary costs.

I do not take a salary from my small church pastorate 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.

Officiating fee? My officiating fee is only $100 for weekday ceremonies (Monday – Thursday) and $150 for weekend ceremonies (Friday – Sunday. Some distant areas of NW Florida and Mississippi have different fees but please visit the Officiating Fees page to learn more.

Need help with photos? I am happy to give a referral to a professional full-time photographer. I am also happy to take photos with your own camera or smartphone, at no additional cost. Or if you have a friend bringing their camera I am more than happy to take photos of your whole group with everyone in it the picture before I leave the beach. Just let me if I can help.

I’ve learned a few things after officiating 5000+ beach wedding and vow renewals ceremonies along Gulf Coast Mississippi, Alabama, Northwest Florida, having been featured on ABC Good Morning AmericaFox News, and the Christian Television Network, and I’ve tried to share as much as may be helpful at these pages:

 Elope at Beach • Gulf Coast BeachesVow RenewalsBridal ReviewsPhoto GalleryFAQPremarital Planning • Officiating PolicyOfficiating FeesBooking Me • Availability RequestCeremony Keepsake

 

Fun and Relaxed…

Officiating is fun for me, and my ceremonies are always relaxed, yet dignified and meaningful. We will laugh, but you may also cry, because I’ve learned a thing or two about having the right flow in the ceremony that begins with a spiritual note than moves into a romantic focus.

There was a time when I actually worked as a Christian Comedian, so you will find some interjected humor, but not a comedy show because the ceremony is about you, your spouse, and your marriage.

It was while working as a hospital chaplain that I began to receive requests to be a wedding officiant for couples coming to the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. And, it was also as a hospital chaplain that I became a Certified Laughter Leader providing therapeutic programs for patients and caregivers.

So while you can be assured that I am responsible enough to show up for your wedding and though I bring a life-long vocational ministry background with me, I can also assure you that we are going to enjoy a few laughs and a relaxed time.

Learn more at my www.durkac.com site and these pages: Elope at Beach • Gulf Coast BeachesVow RenewalsBridal ReviewsPhoto GalleryFAQPremarital Planning • Officiating PolicyOfficiating FeesBooking Me • Availability RequestCeremony Keepsake

 

Meaningful and Memorable…   

Over the many years that I have been officiating weddings, I have presided over large ones with $50,000+ budgets, 300 quests, one at a historic hotel that charged $10,000 an hour for their banquet room.

I have officiated for couples who stood in the parking lot of Walmart, McDonalds, gas stations, and even several on the USS Alabama battleship. I can tell you that simple is better, and more meaningful to the couple, their family, and to the marriage.

I have received hundreds of unsolicited testimonials from brides and groom and you can read a large sampling of those at my Bridal Review page. You can also view some photos at the Photo Gallery page.

If you book me to officiate your ceremony, you’ll have my experience of over 4000 weddings, both small and large, simple to extravagant, outdoor to indoor, with every possible kind of family dynamics you can imagine, familiarity of Gulf Coast beach spots of Mississippi, Alabama, NW Florida, and I will be available to answer your planning questions, help with any coordination, or even to take photos with your camera – no additional fees.

I use a 2-step email process for booking your wedding or vow renewal officiating into my schedule and calendar that consists of first submitting my Availability Request. If I am available I will ask you to confirm your booking.

If I am unavailable to officiate your wedding, I will happily direct you to other church ordained ministerial friends who may be available, and you can still enjoy the planning helps available here or at my social media.

 Elope at Beach • Gulf Coast BeachesVow RenewalsBridal ReviewsPhoto GalleryFAQPremarital Planning • Officiating PolicyOfficiating FeesBooking Me • Availability RequestCeremony Keepsake

 

Where at Beach?

I am sometimes asked “Where at the beach is the best place to have the wedding?”

The answer to that depends on if you are staying at a condo or other lodging along the beach and if you’re asking about the Alabama, Mississippi, or NW Florida beach. Usually, the best spot is right where you are lodging because it is easiest to use the beach area out behind your condo/hotel/house.

Everyone on the beach respects a wedding and if you are down at a busy time, you’ll hear a loud applause when the groom kisses the bride. If it is a rainy day, which is not that often and usually passes quickly, but if it is a rare bad rain day, there are a few public gazebos where I’ve done a few weddings, before.

 

When is Sunset?

Sunset times are usually important for your outdoor and beach weddings, especially when it comes to photography. There are two things to remember when planning a sunset wedding…

1) The rate at which the sun will drop: During the Spring and Fall months, like April and October, the sun will actually appear to drop quicker than during the summer months. So when the sunrise/sunset calendar says 7:59 PM it mean that at 8:02 PM the sun will be gone. I have timed the drop of the sun from anywhere between 4 minutes to 12 minutes of “usable” sun light after the sunset time.

2) Photography is something to consider and I suggest talking with your photographer on this, too. If you figure a typical wedding ceremony of about 12 – 15 minutes, and figure in at least 20 minutes to 30 minutes for your after photo-shots, it’s is usually wise to start anywhere between 1 hour to 45 minutes ahead of sunset.

Here are the links to a sunrise/sunset site to help with your planning: