Costs for a wedding celebrant – Everything you need to know

Costs for a wedding celebrant – Everything you need to know


When you’re planning your wedding, it’s important to consider all of the different costs involved. One cost that is often overlooked is the cost of a wedding celebrant. On average, wedding celebrants prices start from about $500 at registry offices and heads into the $’000’s, so it’s important to do your research and find one that fits within your budget and needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering how much a celebrant will cost for your wedding.

Type of ceremony

Depending on the type of ceremony you want, celebrant costs can vary significantly. For a traditional religious ceremony, you may have to pay a set fee to the church or synagogue. For a more non-traditional ceremony, your celebrant may have more flexibility in their fees. 

Preparation and time for a wedding celebrant

Preparation for a wedding celebrant can vary depending on the scope of the wedding. For an elopement or casual ceremony, a celebrant may only need a few hours to write and rehearse their remarks. However, a celebrant will typically need several days or even weeks to prepare. In addition, a celebrant needs to meet with the bride and groom several times in order to get to know them and their story. The more time a celebrant has to prepare, the more personal and unique their remarks will be. As a result, couples should start planning early and give their celebrant plenty of time to craft a meaningful ceremony.

Travel and expenses

If you’re planning on having a destination wedding, one of the things you’ll need to budget for is your celebrant’s travel expenses. While most celebrants are happy to travel to your chosen location, they will need to be compensated for their time and effort. Typically, celebrants will charge a flat fee for their services, plus their travel expenses. This can include airfare, accommodation, ground transportation, and meals.

See list of locations I travel to.

Tips when reviewing the price for your celebrant

  1. Research different celebrants and their prices
  2. Compare the services offered by each celebrant
  3. Ask for referrals from friends and family
  4. Meet with the celebrant to discuss your needs
  5. Pay the deposit to reserve your date

Prices and Packages

Elopement Packages

From $560
  • A short no fuss ceremony with two witnesses of your choice or they can be provided. Plus any children of the couple and/or parents can attend.

Legal Only Packages

From $360
  • A legals only ceremony is just the couple and celebrant with two witnesses where only the legal requirements form the ceremony.

Wedding Ceremony Package

  • A beautiful ceremony designed and delivered exactly how you always dreamt your special day would be.
  • Official paperwork and organisation of your official marriage Certificate from Births, Death & Taxes
  • Rehearsal before the day to help settle everyone’s nerves of what is to be expected on the day
  • Bound copy of your ceremony for your keeping along with other information to help you start your married life.


When budgeting for your wedding, it is important to factor in the cost of a celebrant and all the different factors for their fees. Notwithstanding the legal paperwork that the celebrant must prepare for your marriage to be declared legal.

If you would like help getting started, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I am more than happy to have a chat with you about your specific needs and work out a quote that fits both your budget and your dream ceremony.