FAQ, Fee, Help

​Frequently Asked Question

​​​How long have you been doing this?​​
I have been involved in the wedding industry (as an event coordinator and hospitality employee) for almost twenty years. I was ordained as an officiant in May of 2016 and have performed or consulted on almost 30 weddings since that time.

 What are your credentials?
I'm a non-denominational minister ordained through the Universal Life Church based in California (May 2016). I am also a commissioned notary with the state of Florida and a member of the National Notary Association and American Society of Notaries. I am licensed and bonded. In addition, I have worked as an Event Planner, Wedding Planner and Wedding Consultant in the Tampa Bay area for almost twenty years.

What forms of payment to do you accept?
​We accept cash, money orders and Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. When accepting credit cards there is a $2.50 processing fee.

​My Fiance and I come from different religious backgrounds do you work with this?
Absolutely. I will work with you to create a ceremony that is tailored to your specific needs and wishes. I have a great deal of experience creating blended and beautiful inter denominational ceremonies.

​We are looking for a religious ceremony can you provide that?
Yes. I am able to create a ceremony that celebrates the love and beauty of your faith. Any of our ceremonies can be tailored to include any religious reference. Here are some examples:  Modern ​  Traditional​  Simple 

​We don't want to mention (God, religion or any type of spiritual reference) in my ceremony. Do you do that?
Definitely! While I'm a non-denominational minister I am happy to work with you to create a custom ceremony that is authentic to you and your beliefs, whatever they may be. An example of a ceremony which doesn't mention God can be found here Civil

​Do you perform same sex ceremonies?
Yes! As a member of the LGBT Community I have a unique perspective creating a ceremony that celebrates your love with pride and dignity.

​We're already legally married (but no one knows). Can you still perform a ceremony?
Yes. This question is frequently asked by students who have traveled abroad, military couples and couples who have eloped. My ceremony is exactly how you would like it to be and, if you choose, no one would have to know but you and I.

We want to get married NOW or very soon. Can you do that?
This is something I specialize in... after you obtain your Marriage License  I can meet you at any location you choose and we can perform a personal and intimate ceremony provided I am available. You will need two witness' and a copy of your marriage license. For more information please Contact Us 

​How much do you charge?
My fees start at $125. This includes an initial consultation (usually done by phone), a one hour consultation where we discuss the type of wedding you are having,  type vows you plan to exchange and other details about your wedding day (usually done in person). On the day of your wedding I arrive an hour early, greet any special guests, perform the ceremony and after the ceremony you and your witness' sign your Marriage License. On the next business day I will file your marriage license with the appropriate Clerk of the Court. Last minute weddings, attendance at your rehearsal, providing a blessing at your reception may increase my base fee. For all the details please visit my Home  page.

​Will you come to our Wedding Rehearsal?
Yes. Provided I am available The best way to make sure I am available is book both dates for the wedding rehearsal and wedding ceremony. Generally, there is an additional fee.

​Do you charge seperate travel fees?
No, all travel is included in the price I quote you provided all of the information you provided is correct. However, if you have selected a venue that does not offer free parking, you are responsible for either validating or paying for parking and any entrance fee. For destination weddings and weddings outside the Tampa Bay area, additonal travel and overnight accommodations may also be required.

​Do you stay for the reception?
Generally, no. This is your time to celebrate with family and friends. However, if you would like to have me provide a blessing, and I am available, there would be an additional fee.

​Do you expect a tip or a gratuity?
This is completely up to you. Tips are always appreciated but not necessary.

​OK...we are ready to book our event with you. What's next?
First, please send me an email using the Contact Us  tab on this website. I will confirm my availability and set up the initial phone contact with you.
​After we confirm my availability there is a $50 non refundable booking fee which must be paid at the end of our consultation. The balance is due on the day of your Wedding.  We accept cash payments and we also accept credit cards. If you choose to pay by credit/debit there is a $2.50 processing fee in addition to the fee's we agree upon.

​We booked our event but the date has changed...what happens?
Contact me immediately. If I am available I will work with you to book the new date. There are no additional fee's for date changes as long as I am availble. If I am not available on that date then please see the FAQ "What if we change our mind and we don't want to get married" which discusses how we process return fee's.

​Refund Policy: What if we changed our mind and we don't want to get married or you aren't available if we change the date, etc.
This has happened. If you have paid your entire wedding fee's up front we will process a return to you. However, we do keep the $50 non refundable booking fee. Returns may take up to 30 days to process.  Please remember that if you used a credit/debit card your banking institution may take longer to process your return once it is submitted by us. In addition, If you have only paid the deposit that is considered non refundable. Process fee's charged during the booking are not refundable. A refund may also be processed (less booking fee) if, due to Tropical Storms, Hurricanes and other restricting event occur, and we are unable to rebook the date(s) you have requested. In addition, event dates cancelled by Bergeron Ministry out of a reasonable concern for safety or where there is a possibility of harm or danger to property or person will be subject to the non refundable terms of our Refund Policy. Booking Fee's are refundable when an event has been cancelled by Bergeron Ministry due to illness of the wedding officiant, a death or other event which prevents the officiant from attending your event. Customers must submit a request, in writing, within ten (10) days of the originally scheduled event for a refund. In the event of a dispute a respresentative from Bergeron Ministry will contact you, explain our position and you have up to ten (10) business days to respond. Bergeron Ministry will make every attempt to resolve and arbitrate all disputes within thirty (30) days. For more indepth information please visit our Refund Policy

Tropical Storms, Hurricanes and other restricting events
​If a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Warning or Watch is issued by the National Weather Service for the Tampa Bay region it will be necessary to reschedule your event. Please contact us immediately so that we can discuss alternative plans. Other restrictive events include (but are not limited to) Natural disasters, National disastors (which may include acts of violence or terrorism) or any other event where harm or danger is a possibility and may result in the termination or delay of your event. Please contact us immediately so we can discuss what options are available. Please note that Bergeron Ministry does reserve the right to cancel our attendance at any event where there is a possibility of harm or danger to property or person. If we choose to cancel our attendance at your event we will issue a refund as outlined in our Refund Policy above.

​Is my information safe when using this site?
​Yes, Bergeron Ministry/Weddingsbygary.com are secured sites. We employ Site Lock to provide our Website and Email security. Any information you submit to us through our Contact Us page ​is encrypted. Further, we do not collect, retain or sell any information for use by a third party for marketing or contact purposes. Please visit our Privacy Policy​and our Terms of Use ​ page for complete details. Please note that if you land at www.bergeronministry.com or www.weddingsbygary.com from a third party website (Wedding Wire, Thumbtack, etc) we assume no responsibility or liability for how your information was used by that third party vendor. We encourage you to review their policies regarding privacy, terms of use and data collection and management.

​I would like to contact you...we still have questions.
Of course, you can send me a contact request through email Contact Us  or you can call me or text me directly at 727-743-8880. If you call or text please provide me some information and a phone number I can use to reach you. Please remember that I may not be available immediately but I do respond within 24 hours to all emails, phone calls and text messages.