Membership 1st, Buddypress 2nd?

I am setting up the registration process...
1st looking to harvest people as free members to access a registered level, 1 above stranger level access.
#1 Once they register, is there an email verification to activate the account?

#2 I want to then offer the $10/month subscription on the next possible page. If there is an email verification process I will put it on the redirect after the account has been verified. If there is no redirect, I will put it immediately after the account registration on the site.

#3 I had buddypress activated 1st and I am getting goofy over lap between buddypress activation and membership activation. If I activate people through membership and in buddypress allow syncing of wordpress users with buddypress users will that be sufficient?