Celebrant Pricing

What do celebrants charge?

The issue of celebrant pricing is an interesting subject. It has often been said that the celebrant cost less than the bridesmaid’s shoes. Of course that’s a bit of an exaggeration but it’s not far from the truth.

Price is one of the last things to consider when selecting a celebrant. The important factor to consider when selecting a celebrant is can you work with them? Do you have a rapport with them? Have an idea of the style of celebrant you are looking for. Some people prefer a male celebrant, other's a female. Some have a vision of an older celebrant, some a younger person. Are you looking for a formal or casual ceremony? Imagine selecting a celebrant on price, only to find on your wedding day that the celebrant style doesn’t suit you and your vision for your ceremony.

Of course there are a number of factors, which will affect the cost of your celebrant. Location and type of ceremony are the main factors affecting celebrant pricing. Other factors could be :-

  • Travel time
  • The number of rehearsals
  • The number of planning sessions
  • What equipment they supply (PA systems, signing tables, etc)
  • Dress / costume requirements

The basic style of ceremony will be pre-written and the names changed to protect the innocent. There is little work required on the part of the celebrant in the creation of the ceremony. These styles of ceremonies can be as low as $250 - $500.

A bespoke wedding ceremony should be on the plus $600 to $1500 range. There has been reports of some celebrants charging between $1300 & $3500, but these celebrants would be few and far between. Remember that to provide a bespoke style of ceremony the celebrant will invest between 10 and 15 hours in your ceremony. Even to provide a basic style ceremony the celebrant will invest between 7 and 10 hours in your ceremony. Every celebrant should provide a rehearsal.

So our advice to you is to review the celebrants who can look after your proposed location, read their profiles and look at their photos. From them, find a celebrant who you feel would be right for you and then complete the enquiry form on the right of their profile. Our advice would be to meet with at least three celebrants. You can then catch up with them and chat about what you're trying to achieve for your big day.

Good luck with all of your planning!