​​​NO stipend/fee is EVER charged for initial meeting; nor for follow-up consultations after booking, by phone, email, texts.

Meetings are at my Cathlamet WA home  (32 miles NE of Astoria, OR) 

or in Portland/Vancouver metro Monday, Wednesday or weekends when I have a wedding scheduled.

I  will ALWAYS keep your cost as low as possible

All stipends are based on 1 hour of service at your venue and on your wedding day,

without rehearsal, and no mileage is charged**. 

  • Elopement * (with only the couple, limited close family and 2 witnesses) minister/officiate services at our Cathlamet WA or Cathlamet Park  location (33 miles from Astoria, Oregon OR on a ferry ride across the Columbia River. You can be married with a Washington or Oregon license too if you wish, depending on your license: $ 160.00;
  • Longview/Kelso Washingtion metro $185.00
  • "Local" venue WEDDING within 90 miles from Longview, WA and outside of Cathlamet WA: $ 245.00   LOCAL is considered the Portland/Vancouver metro Oregon City, Oregon north to Centralia Washington; from Portland/Longview along the Hwy 30 (Or) and Hwy 4 (Wa) west to the coast, Cannon Beach Oregon to Long Beach Washington
  • Venue  greater than 90 and up to 120 miles from Longview, WA: Minimum $ 325.00, and negotiated** if venue is further than 2.5 hrs one way

 Please note:95% of the time a rehearsal with minister/officiate is not required. I want you to avoid this usually unnecessary expense.

Ask how and WHY to avoid this usually needless expense.

If you REQUIRE rehearsal time and if I am available, add 50 % more to stipends above if rehearsal is on Sunday thru Thursday, and 75% if Friday or Saturday. NOT recommended unless your ceremony is unusually highly orchestrated.  Limited to 50 miles from Cathlamet. THIS ADDED COST IS BETTER spent on your HONEYMOON ! Call me and I will explain WHY a minister/officiant need not be at your rehearsal

* ELOPEMENT CEREMONY is a brief  wedding ceremony  in Cathlamet, WA without rehearsal , limited to the couple, 2 witnesses and close family in attendance. Small wedding on a ferry no more than 2 cars (8 people), we can board on the Oregon side or Washington side.

Your choice. Ferry fare is MY TREAT.



​​Stipends for Oregon and  Washington

Wedding with Rev. Mel officiating  

Lulu and Rob's Wedding and their

Center Ice Winter Hawks Ceremony

​Review is On-Line

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Minister-Officiant /Reception Emcee Services

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ReceptionMaster of Ceremonies /Emcee  Services

If Emcee services (MC) are in addition to Officiate services, $95.00 per hour after ceremony,

or an portion thereof, in addition to officiate stipend agreement.

If  ONLY Emcee services are required (within 90 milesof Longview): $285.00 for 2 HOURS minimum, and $95.00

per hour, or any portion thereof, after minimum 2 hours of service. Greater than 90 miles, mileage negotiated.**