Choosing a Celebrant . . . 1

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Commitment Ceremonies, Recent & Favourite Ceremonies, Renewal of Vows, Weddings | 2 comments

Do I choose my celebrant on price?    

OR  do I look for quality?


Choose your celebrant on price  . . .

In my work as a celebrant, one of the things that happens very often is that the phone rings . . . and the voice at the other end says . . . “What do you charge for a wedding?” There are “horses for courses”  . . . it really depends on what you want!


The speaker assumes that engaging a celebrant is rather like buying a washing machine and that the only thing that matters is price . . . and that a wedding is a wedding . . . which it is not. There are good weddings that you will always remember with great happiness and pleasure, and there are dreadful weddings where the couple and their families forever cringe at the thought. Choosing a good celebrant will make a great difference.

But, as with the washing machine, the next question should always be . . . what do I get for the price?

My usual answer to the question about price is . . . what sort of ceremony are you looking for? And I listen to the speaker tell me about their expectations.

Regarding price, some celebrants will charge you their going rate, and then add on all sorts of extras, and you find that you get a much bigger bill than the one you expected.

My approach is always to have an inclusive fee. It includes booking the date, time and place, and virtually everything else – with the exception of a few things that most people don’t want anyway. This way there are no hidden surprises.


Choose your celebrant on quality and inclusions instead . . .

One of my favourite quotes is to remind people that firstly, you get what you pay for.

Or put even better by Aldo Gucci . . .

The bitterness of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness

of a lower price has faded from memory.

Part 2 of Choosing a Celebrant will  be about Quality.   It will consider the inclusions you might expect in a well-presented wedding . . . and the different packages that you might be offered  . . . from comparatively inexpensive right through to one “with the works”.



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