$200 ~ Elopement Ceremony (at your chosen location in the Des Moines Metro Area, with no more than 2 attendants and small gathering of family and friends. Witnesses can be provided for an additional charge.)
*Wedding rehearsal required if 2 or more attendants for each of the bride and groom
PLEASE NOTE: Fees are all inclusive. No additional fees for:
Special ceremonies or any other traditions or special touches in your ceremony
Travel/mileage within 15 minutes of my home. Trip fees ($12.50/each additional 15 minutes of travel time) apply thereafter
Unlimited emails, phone calls, and consultations
Mailing the marriage license to the Recorder's office after the ceremony
All couples who book a full ceremony with me will also receive a free copy of Marty Younkin's book, A Wedding Ceremony to Remember, Perfect Words for the Perfect Wedding, as my gift to you (a $20 value).
Travel: I will travel up to 60 minutes one way from my home in Urbandale. The first 15 minutes each way are free. Thereafter, I charge $12.50 for each additional 15-minute increment of travel time each way. Please note: The Travel Fee is on a “per day” basis. If you have a rehearsal you will be charged a traveling fee for rehearsal day as well as a traveling fee for the wedding day. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask me.
Example: A wedding at Reiman Gardens in Ames
Reiman Gardens is approximately 45 minutes from my home
4 x $12.50 (fee for each 15-minute increment) = $50.00
$50.00 Rehearsal Day Fee
Same calculation as above
$50.00 Wedding Day Fee
Total Travel Fee: (Rehearsal + Wedding) = $100.00
Holidays: When booking weddings and rehearsals that fall on holidays, an additional fee of $50 will be added (holidays = New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day)
Overtime/Late Charges: $25 per each additional 15 minutes beyond the allotted 45 minutes for the rehearsal and allotted 1 hour for the weddingprovided my schedule allows me to remain past the allotted time frame. I recommend having the wedding party arrive 15 minutes prior to the rehearsal and wedding times.
The non-refundable deposit and signed contract are required to reserve your date and time. Balance is due 2 weeks prior to wedding date. If payment is not received 2 weeks before wedding, only cash will be accepted before rehearsal begins. Please note: If final cash payment is not received prior to the beginning of the rehearsal, I am not obligated to perform your wedding.
I accept checks, money orders or cash. All checks and money orders should be made payable to Rev. Dawn Halstead and mailed to: Rev. Dawn Halstead, Ceremonies of Celebration, 4734 76th St., Urbandale, IA 50322.