How much do Celebrants cost?
A similar question might be “how long is a piece of string?”
I never cease to be amazed at how many family and guests come to me and comment on how much they enjoyed the ceremony and how “I got them” (the couple). They are equally keen to share the not so good experiences (sometimes horror stories) they had at previous weddings, including their own. It has helped me to understand how important it is to get the right celebrant for your wedding. Remember, they don’t just marry you, they make your celebrations kick off on the right foot!
What should you pay for your celebrant?
While celebrants are trained and authorised by the Commonwealth Attorney-General, there is no set fee structure. As in any private business, a celebrant can set their own fees depending on the type of business they operate. (It’s important to know that there are significant overheads to running a celebrant business including annual registration fees, professional development, professional association fees, insurance, etc). There are many different celebrants to choose from and fees will vary from approx. $350 up to $1800 depending on who, where, when, experience and type of wedding. A suggested median price will vary between $700 – $900.
What do I get for my fee?
It’s commonly believed that celebrants turn up, say a few words, complete some paperwork and viola! You’re married!! It is true all celebrants need to complete the basics of a legal ceremony but what happens above and beyond is what takes your ceremony to the next level, makes lasting memories and sets the tone for the rest of your day.
To make your ceremony zing I employ the 6 Ps:
Personal – taking the time to get to know you (meeting, chatting and answering all your questions)
Planning – planning your ceremony with you to ensure it meets your brief
Personality – engaging with you and putting you at ease 😊
Professionalism – reliable, trustworthy, attention to detail, presentation, writing, editing and delivery skills are critical
People skills – engaging your guests and putting everyone at ease and making the process of marrying fun and memorable (and managing any hiccups on the day). Working with the venue and other vendors (eg. photographers) is also an important part of the celebrant role.
Price – formalises the relationship, skills, resources and experiences the celebrant brings to your marriage. Professional fees are readily available on my website with all payment options considered.
These are only a few of the many skills and experience that I can bring to your marriage and wedding. If you would like more information on pricing or other roles such as your wedding MC please get in touch via this website.