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Celebrant Price Point- Uber Vs Uber X

There’s always so much talk in wedding world about price. Price of celebrants in particular.

 

The thing is, like anything in life- you get what you pay for.

 

FACT: The majority of celebrants in Melbourne charge between $800-$1600. In the $800 spot you’ll get yourself a fresh recruit or a mid ranger.

 

At $1500 you’ll get a shiny Uber X with a free bottle of water and a heated seat.

 

It depends what you are looking for.

 

As a celebrant myself, I obviously place a decent amount of worth on what we do.

 

For the record- you can get married in a bog standard ceremony amidst the salubrious surrounds of the Registry Office in the city for between about $400 and $600, depending on what day of the week you want. This means you go to them, there is zero personalisation and it’s purely a stiff legal affair basically. Too easy if that’s all you want.

 

However, if you want something more personal you’re going to have to pay more.

 

If you want someone to absolutely smash it- again- you’ll be paying more.

 

The greatest misconception is that a celebrant is charging you ‘$1200 for 20 minutes work’. That conveniently disregards the meetings, the travel, the document preparation, the research, the use of our audio equipment and yeh, the actual ceremony presentation.

 

For me personally, this encompasses a minimum 15 hours per couple. I put a lot into my ceremonies and into developing relationships with my couples. As such, my service is pretty popular and I’m often booked more than a year out from the wedding date.

 

A really amazing celebrant is a gifted writer and a charismatic presenter. They’re organised, experienced and reliable. They will get to know you, be approachable and available and full of good ideas- and take you into the day calm and ready. Then they’ll smash it. It’s a real talent to be able to engage people on the right level.

 

When all your guests are remarking on the ceremony and you’re all on an absolute high afterwards- you see the value then for sure. But it’s a bit harder to see it when you start your celebrant search. Perhaps you’re not really sure what a celebrant does, what differentiates an average one from a good one- from an absolute weapon.

 

So, when you’re sending out emails to celebrants – can you have a quote etc and you get one for $800 -900 and one for $1400-1500- there’s a reason for that price divide. That cheaper celebrant doesn’t have the same experience/ popularity or dynamic of the dearer one. They may do, in time mind you. But at this point you are getting what you pay for.

 

So, it depends on what you place value on. Call me naïve but if you’re getting married, I’d hope that there’s some importance placed on the actual ceremony itself- not just getting boozed afterwards. That being said, if you’ve never seen a brilliant ceremony then it’s possible you haven’t considered the value of dynamic.

 

I’d love to say the days of cookie cutter dross delivered in a monotone voice are past us. But they’re actually not. There’s still plenty of that that goes on. And plenty of ceremonies that are not written from scratch. Just the same pap rolled out at every single wedding blah blah yawn. You’ll get that cheaper for sure.

 

If you want an absolute banger that is totally you as a couple, that’s been lovingly crafted based on your celebrant’s relationship with you and their excellent writing capabilities- then you pay more. If you want the one where your guests laugh out loud and are totally captivated throughout- it costs more for that level of skill.

 

So, before you compare quotes, first of all, decide what kind of experience you want to have.

 

Then make sure you’re comparing apples with apples.

 

If you receive a quote for $1500, you can be sure that person is at the top of their game and you’ll be bloody lucky to get them.

 

Incidentally, these celebrants are being referred by photographers, venues and previous clients and their guests constantly. What does that say to you?

 

So, if you’re happy with a Camry- then you order standard Uber. If you want something spesh then you order Uber X.

Who is the best celebrant in Melbourne?

Great question. Stick with me whilst I give you a short summary and then a convoluted answer..

The answer is: It depends what you want!

If you want fun, relaxed and a bit loose- or demure, classy and sincere or funny as in telling jokes and putting on a performance. Maybe you just want safe, middle of the road, a little of column A, a little of column B.

Do you want someone to hold the show because you’re not limelight people?

Want to be really involved and to share the space with your guests and bridal party with your celebrant leading the way?

Perhaps you want someone a bit cheeky who will take the piss a bit and have everyone in stitches?

Someone quirky and cool, a little left of centre?

Or you want a nurturer- someone warm and lovely, perhaps a little bit older?

Someone confident and experienced who can handle a crowd? If your wedding is going to be rowdy and full of big personalities you want someone who can roll with that and allow some looseness but not let things get out of control.

See where I’m going here? Some of these qualities will cross over in each celebrant of course and that’s rad.

Me personally, I’m never going to be the celebrant doing fancy elaborate weddings south of the river- it’s just not my jam. But there are plenty of celebrants who fit that bill perfectly and are awesome at it.

I’m a local venue/ bar/ warehouse/ backyard/ winery kinda girl. Anything a bit different that attracts people like me: people who love good food, great booze and mad tunes, I’m in.

Think about what you want and then stalk the shit out of us on Insta and see who you think is the best fit for you.

I'll let you in on a secret: celebrants do the stalk too. We want to see if you might be a good fit for us also before we get to meeting stage.

Narrow it down to a few heads you like the vibe of and then meet up.

Don’t sleep on it though. Great celebrants are booked at least a year ahead. Tick tock!

Finding (and choosing) the right celebrant for you- 6 TIPS

How to find and choose the right celebrant for you

Ah, here’s an area that’s fraught with confusion. There are a LOT of celebrants in Victoria and just quietly, there’s a lot of pretty ordinary ones too.

How, in this big pool of different people, personalities and price ranges do you find the one who is right for you?

Word of Mouth

Ask your mates who they had or take note at weddings you attend- what is it you like or don’t like about their ceremony? Your photographer is often a good person to ask also as they work with us all the time. As far as venues recommending celebrants- that’s all well and good but you are still entitled to seek one from elsewhere if the ‘preferred suppliers’ don’t float your boat.

 Directories

Hello May, Ivory Tribe, Easy Weddings etc. Scroll and find heads you like the look of, read their bios and narrow it down to a contact list

Instagram

Instagram is a goldmine for finding the right wedding suppliers! You can totally stalk someone and get a great feel for their vibe just from their Insta page. You can often hear them speak in Stories and vids also which is invaluable. A good Insta profile will tell you exactly who that celebrant is and how they roll. Look at the type of weddings/ types of clients they have, the way they speak, dress and their personality should shine through the photos.

Reviews

Read reviews on directory listings, Facebook biz pages or Google. You will find reviews tucked into Insta pages also, perhaps pinned as stories at the top or throughout the feed. These give you a great idea of the experience you could get from this person.

Google/ Hashtag search

What are you looking for? A funny celebrant, a funky celebrant, a quirky celebrant or a fun celebrant? We often tag our pics with these descriptors to make it easy for you to find us. We’re all different but there’s pockets of celebrants within our networks that roll a similar way. We talk to each other, refer to each other and know that if we can’t do the wedding, the person we’re passing it on to has a similar vibe and style and will bring the goods.

Final Words

I often say to my couples when I meet them- choose someone you could drop into your reception with your guests and they’d fit right in and have a good time. It’s a fairly intimate relationship- you’re sharing a lot of stuff about your relationship so you want to feel comfortable about it. Also, you want to head to your meetings looking forward to seeing your celebrant. You should be able to have a chat and a laugh with them (and a wine too in my case). You should feel you can rely on them and that their presence is calming.

Prices vary widely but as a guide, any celebrant worth their salt in Melbourne currently is charging $800-$1600. Which is still a very small percentage of your wedding budget- for the only thing you legally require to be married. Don’t be governed by your pocket. Choose the person you click with, who you can see standing up there and owning it for your big day.

It feels awesome for me when I'm mobbed post ceremony by guests telling me they loved it. It's going to feel the same for you too, knowing you chose well. 

Is it wrong that I'm singing 'You're Welcome' like Maui from Moana now?