Before we talk packages & prices, let’s cover a few basics about who I am and how i go about things
Many websites, forums and advice articles all suggest questions that you should ask potential celebrants and while I’m not going to cover all of them here, let’s tick a few boxes right at the start.
Q: how long have you been a celebrant & how many weddings have you done?
A: I received my registration as a celebrant in March of 2017 and I marry about 75 couples per year.
Q: Do you marry same-sex couples?
A: Yes. I’ll marry anyone who wishes to invite me to be their celebrant.
A quick PSA: There is only a small group of celebrants who are legally able to decline to marry couples based on their sexual orientation.
These bigots are obligated to identify themselves specifically as a “religious marriage celebrant” on all public material as opposed to “Celebrant”, “Civil Celebrant”, “Authorised Celebrant”, etc.
Q: do you include a rehearsal?
A: No, but I do offer them as an optional extra.
As an alternative, I include a local catch-up with everyone who would come to a rehearsal where we’ll run through all of the details in both of my traditional(ish) wedding packages.
Q: Do you book more than one wedding in a day?
A: I guarantee exclusivity as part of my signature package (including scheduling meetings with other couples), however, I may take more than one booking, or schedule meetings with other on the day of your wedding if you select my other packages.
Q: How many meetings are included?
A: It varies based on the package that you select; however, I meet with most couples three times before the wedding.
Q: when is our payment due?
A: After our initial meeting I will send you a formal quote for you to review and accept. This quote will expire after 14 days at which stage I ask that you touch base to ensure your date is still available.
Once you accept this quote, a booking fee is required within 14 days and the balance of my fee is due either two months before the wedding or nine months after you accepted the quote, whichever is earlier.
Q: what form of payment do you accept
A: I accept payment through direct deposit, credit or debit card (through Stripe) or cash (please note that I do not accept “Cash *Wink, Wink*” payments).
Q: Do you have your own PA system & is it good?
A: Yes, I actually have several, however, my primary PA System is the Bose S1-Pro which is widely considered (and outlined in great detail by my friends at the Celebrant Institute here) to be the single best all-round portable PA system on the market.