It is the heart that gives,
the fingers just let go.

~ Ibo proverb

Fees and Services As Your Wedding Minister or Officiant

Rev. Robin Renteria tying the knot for Chris and Tim in the Hand-Fasting Ceremony, J. Eric Morris photographer
Rev. Robin Renteria's fees are competitive with other local wedding ministers officiants.  She discusses fees and works out payment plans at your free consultation.
Since each wedding ceremony is unique, so a conversation is the best way for you to know what Rev. Robin Renteria can offer you.  

The length of a wedding ceremony is no indication of the time required to create it.  In addition to planning, meeting, review, writing, and travel time, Rev. Robin Renteria arrives about 45 minutes before your ceremony for essential coordination, and sets aside an hour for your ceremony so that there are no worries.  Even a small backyard wedding can easily require eight to ten hours of Rev. Robin Renteria's time.

To know more, read on or go to:

Your wedding ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding day.  

The only truly essential element of your wedding day is the ceremony.
Rev. Robin Renteria, Umstead Park, Raleigh, NC wedding officiant
As a UU minister, a non-denominational wedding minister, a wedding officiant, or a wedding celebrant Rev. Robin Renteria primarily serves the NC Triangle: Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance counties and the towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham, Raleigh, Hillsborough, Cary, Mebane, Holly Springs, Fuquay Varina, Apex, Bahama, Burlington, and Efland.
How Ministerial Fees for Weddings Are Determined by all clergy:

When clergy officiate weddings for members of their congregation the member of the congregation, by their annual tithing, pays for ministerial services.  And it's still customary to add an additional honorarium from $100 to $400.  

A minister or rabbi may do weddings ‘on the side’ for people who are not members of their congregation and be paid separately from their salary paid by the congregation.  A fair fee is often suggested by the church or synagogue.   

Wedding ministers or officiants not serving a congregation may make celebrating life passages their full time ministry.  Those who do believe our rituals are essential to who we are as people, families and communities.  Rev. Robin Renteria derives her income from the services she provides basing her fees upon her costs, time spent, and the skills she offers.  

Ministers who specialize in ritual create sacred space for your ceremony and respond gracefully to whatever situations arise, an attendant may faint, the flowers not arrive, rain suddenly pour, sound systems fail, a parent refuse to walk down the aisle, musicians play at the wrong cues, children cry during the ceremony, unity candles not light, uncontrollable tears or giggles, and much more.

Your wedding only happens once.  You want the moment to have all the meaning, inspiration, and joy it deserves as well as to be a calm center and firm foundation upon which to start your marriage.

A Good Wedding Minister Is Someone Who:

Respects you, your beliefs, and your life choices
Is professional and competent
Is open to new ideas
Handles last minute surprises with grace and ease
Is warm and genuine
Enjoys working with you
Has experience over many different situations
Has resources to guide you
Knows that the ceremony is about you, not about them
Is a calming presence in the planning and at the wedding
Listens deeply to your unique concerns
Responds promptly with needed communication
Is computer savvy
Works well with other wedding professionals 
Guides your rehearsal with clarity and ease, and
Says only words that you have agreed are appropriate for your ceremony.

A professional minister or officiant will require a contract, which ensures you can count on them.  They won't bow out at the last minute and leave you stranded.  They'll be a calming presence. They'll be full of ideas and excited about working with you.

And they will charge a fair fee for their services which respects their commitment to your wedding and the skills and experience they bring.  This is no time to shop for a bargain.  Your ceremony is the heart and soul of your wedding.  

It's the words of your wedding and your wedding vows that will live long after your wedding day to see you through life’s joy and sorrow, sickness and health, for all the days of your lives. 

It is your minister who will help bring your ceremony alive for you, filled with your love and your hopes for your future.  

Some Good Questions To Ask The Minister You're Considering Are:

What is your experience?
Do you have reviews of your services by others that I can see?
Do you have theological restrictions to the type of ceremony you officiate?
How long will a typical ceremony you officiate last?
What happens if you can’t be there?
Do you co-officiate with other ministers, rabbis, or priests?
Can other people participate in the ceremony?
Do you do inter-faith ceremonies?
Have you performed a wedding at our venue before?
What do you wear for the ceremony? 
Do you file the necessary paperwork?  What does that entail?
Do you have a sound system?  For readers?  For the couple?
Do you guide rehearsals? When should you have a rehearsal?   Is there a separate fee for this?
Do you personalize your ceremonies?
Do you stay for the reception or rehearsal dinner?
Do you provide a unity candle, roses, wine, or other props?

Also, make sure to ask about any special concerns you may have
Reverend Robin Renteria, Ph.D. 
Wedding Minister   
A year after their wedding, one couple wrote to Rev. Robin Renteria saying:

Dear Robin,  It's hard to believe that a year has already passed since our wedding.  In the past year we have shared so many wonderful moments together and have learned to love on a deeper level that neither of us knew we were capable of.  We wanted to take the opportunity to thank you again for starting us off on the right foot - not only by officiating our beautiful ceremony, but also by leading us through those first conversations about what's important in love and marriage.  We feel truly blessed to have met you and we can't thank you enough for the gift you gave us by leading us into marriage last year.  We hope you are well and that you and yours have been blessed throughout the year.  Much love, Jessica and Thomas.
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