How to choose a celebrant?
Choosing a celebrant is a very personal choice. I am always happy to have a chat on the phone first before setting a meeting date. I have had many couples say that after chatting on the phone they knew I was "the one" and then we arranged a meeting at their place. Please do not base your choice on cost. You might save $200-$300 using a celebrant who is new or does just a few ceremonies in a year, but the difference between the quality of celebrants is enormous.
What is my fee?
I like to say that I charge you less than I am worth......lol. You want your ceremony to be remembered for the right reasons, not because things went wrong, but you saved some money. When you see the amount of work that I do for a wedding you will understand that I am not expensive, as normally I am the cheapest part of your wedding. What I provide and help with, ensures that your wedding is great and full of memories, not an average ceremony that you only remember for what went wrong. I spend on average 20-30 hours on each wedding. Even if your wedding is a few years off, I hold your fee at the price agreed upon, with no increases along the way. I do offer smaller packages if you are having a small wedding and do not need all the bells and whistles, but still wanting a beautiful wedding.
I do offer discounts for winter weddings, very simple ceremonies at home, mid week weddings, and also weddings on Mt Dandenong. (One discount only, not all added together). If you are just after the basic legal requirements and you are only having a few guests I do offer a significant discount. Please do not let price be an issue, if you have a very strict budget call or email me and lets see how I can help.
The Diamond Ceremony
Your perfect dream wedding, with all the "bells & whistles." It will have a sense of occasion, it will have that traditional wedding feel, (if you want), it will have some laughs from a great story I write about you both. NO JOKES, it's your ceremony, not the comedy festival so I never tell jokes, it’s all about you. We have the crowd having a laugh by me telling great stories about the two of you. I really am a great story teller.
I have a very simple, fully inclusive pricing structure:
Monday – Friday $1500
Public Holidays $300
Significant travel, eg, Daylesford
Payments are made either as:
Payment in full upon booking OR
$200 booking fee, 50% upon the 1st draft of the ceremony being written or 3 months before the wedding and the remaining balance one month before the wedding. This can help with budgeting.
Meetings: At your home anywhere around Melbourne till 9pm, Monday-Wednesday and weekends after weddings. My office is also available and is located on Queens Road Melbourne to make it easy for you after work if that helps.
Rehearsal: At the ceremony venue or my chapel. See my chapel pics here
Free no-obligation meeting to chat about ideas etc. I visit couples all over Melbourne, whether you live in Pakenham, Cranbourne, Werribee, Mernda, Melton and Craigieburn.
100 page ceremony guidebook filled with ideas, and it is yours to keep. This is amazing, it is filled with ideas that you highlight and that gives me a sense of direction for how I write your ceremony.
Unlimited face-face meetings.
An amazing beautifully written ceremony filled with all your ideas. I tell a great story about you both that will have your family & friends having a laugh. I don't tell jokes, just great stories.
Personal vows that we build together, all the help you need.
Face-face ceremony draft reading (so exciting). I do not email this first, you hear it from me
Unbelievable amount of support for calls and emails and face-face meetings.
All 3 stages of legal work.
Beautiful copy of the ceremony as a keepsake. There is also a handmade gold embossed Buckram cloth keepsake folder for your certificate of marriage and your ceremony script available for purchase at cost.
A beautifully printed marriage certificate with calligraphy font.
High Quality PA system & microphones.
I arrive one hour before the ceremony.
Behind the scenes dealing with all your ceremony suppliers.
All travel within 100 klm of Melbourne.