4 easy payments of $300
$300 due 14 days after the invoice date
$300 due 40 days after the invoice date
$300 due 60 days before the ceremony date
$300 due 30 days before the ceremony date
*Fees can be subject to change*
Travel is free anywhere within 40kms of my home at Bateau Bay. Thereafter I charge $1 per kilometre. I don't make a profit from my travels. I simply cover my costs (if that).
Jimmy Raper Photography
So now you're wondering why on earth celebrants charge so much money? I mean, all we do is show up and read from a script, right? You couldn't be further from the truth. One of my favourite Melbourne celebrants kindly put her hand up to give you the low down on how much a wedding celebrant costs and, most importantly, why.
Getting married doesn’t have a fixed price. It can cost you as little as $300, or over $100,000. It just depends on what your priorities are.
Most celebrants these days charge between $800 – $1500 to write and deliver a customised wedding ceremony. There are some that charge less, there are some that cost more, it just depends on what you’re looking for. When you look at that number some people think it’s a high price for what we do. But it really isn’t. Let me break it down for you.
A registry wedding held by the BDM (Births Deaths and Marriages) will cost you between $320 – $490, depending on the day you want to get married and how many people you want to invite. For that, you will have a set ceremony, with very little or no personal touches involved.
You will have the choice of two different rooms to get married in. If you personalise your vows you can only add another 110 words into them, which really isn’t anything at all. You will have to say the official wording that makes your wedding official and then you’re out. It normally takes between 10 – 20 minutes.
An authorised celebrant however, will work with you to create a ceremony that tries to encapsulate the best of you and your partner. We will talk with you to find out what you’re looking for, what you’re NOT looking for and from there create something that is perfect for you.
We will consult with you on the music, discuss with you if you’re looking for readings or rituals and advise you on your personal vows and wording for ring exchanges if you’re struggling.
On the day your ceremony will still only generally go for 15 – 25 minutes (depending of course how much you want in it!) but what you will get for your money is a lifetime worth of memories.
WHAT DOES A CELEBRANT ACTUALLY DO?
A question I get asked a lot is how can a celebrant charge this much when we’re only there for 15 – 20 minutes on the day?
All in all, each ceremony a celebrant creates can take anywhere from 20 to 30 hours to prepare (from first meeting to the final draft), customise and deliver. It’s a substantial amount of time. We also need to be there 40 mins – 1 hour before the ceremony starts to make sure that everything is going smoothly for you, to set up and check things over with a venue manager or point of contact on the day to ensure there’s no on-the-day hiccups.
We talk through with the photographer (and sometimes videographer) before the ceremony to make sure the shots that you and they want are captured, calm down any nervous bridesmaids or groomsmen and have a chat with your great aunt Mildred about how different weddings are these days compared to the 50s and 60s – I mean who knew you could get married outside of the church???
All in all, we are your go to person for your wedding ceremony – and whether you’ve been dreaming of this day since you were five, or had never given it a thought before – it’s definitely worth investing in.
Written by Precious Celebration 8th February 2018