How much does a wedding celebrant cost?

Celebrant led wedding in a country house hotel

There is no fixed cost for a Wedding Celebrant. Celebrants are self-employed and set their own fees. However, the fee for a celebrant to work with you creating your ceremony and then leading it on the day generally ranges from £450 – £800.

Costs are usually the same regardless of when or where a ceremony takes place. A Ceremony can take place at any time, on any day and in any venue which doesn’t have to be licenced. It can even be in your own garden, on a beach or a location that has special meaning for you.

Most Celebrants require an initial payment to secure your date and to pay for their time as they begin to work on your ceremony. This is usually followed by one or more further payments to reflect the work being carried out at each stage of the process. The balance payment is usually required before the final ceremony script is shared with you which will be several weeks before your wedding leaving time for any amendments.

Some celebrants also offer a shorter ceremony often consisting of a symbolic ritual to follow a full Registry Office or church service – prices will vary depending on the content.

Celebrants may charge additional travel expenses, usually at 45p per mile if the ceremony takes place more than a certain number of miles away from where they are based. They will explain this when you contact them and may have details on their website.

If your celebrant needs to stay overnight before your ceremony there will usually be an additional charge to cover the cost of accommodation and will be discussed fully with you.

What is included in the price?

A Celebrant will create a personalised ceremony for each couple they work with, no two are the same.  They don’t use a set formula or wording, every ceremony is written based on your ideas and wishes.

Celebrants work in slightly different ways but these are the sort of things they will do:

Planning

  • Your celebrant will talk to you about what you’d like your ceremony to be like. Whether you’d like a traditional, spiritual, culturally significant or alternative style. Whether you’d like a themed wedding or a symbolic ritual or to include religious elements.
  • You will be able to choose every element of your ceremony such as the wording for your vows, and exchanging rings, readings, poetry, prayers or a blessing, music or symbolic rituals.
  • Your celebrant will be able provide guidance and suggestions to help you decide what you’d like your ceremony to be like, but it will always be your choice.
  • There is no time limit on the length of your ceremony, it will depend on what you wish to include. Your celebrant will discuss this with you.

Personalising your ceremony

  • Your celebrant will spend time getting to know you before your wedding so that you’re comfortable to talk to them about yourselves and your relationship. This means your celebrant will be able to reflect your personalities and incorporate special anecdotes into a ceremony which will be created just for you.
  • Once your celebrant gets to know you and has collected the information you’re happy to share they will write a bespoke ceremony that isn’t a standard formula but one which focuses on you.
  • Your celebrant will talk with you about the wording of your ceremony including personalised vows to make sure your ceremony is unique and meaningful to you.

Making sure all goes well

  • Whenever possible your celebrant will attend the venue with you to work out where everyone will be on the day and to liaise with venue manager about any practical elements of the ceremony.
  • Your celebrant will talk to any of your family and friends who has a specific role in your ceremony reading a poem or prayer or taking part in a symbolic ritual to make sure everything goes smoothly.
  • Throughout the planning process your celebrant will be available to talk to and answer your questions, by email and phone.

On the day

  • You will know your celebrant well by the time your special day arrives and they will know exactly the right tone for your ceremony. It’s great to have a familiar face guiding you through your ceremony.
  • On the day your celebrant will liaise with other professionals such as the venue manager or wedding co-ordinator, your photographer and videographer in relation to your ceremony to make sure everything is as you wish it to be.
  • Your celebrant will lead your personalised ceremony on the day. Most celebrants only conduct one ceremony a day.
  • Some celebrants provide you with a commemorative copy of your ceremony after the ceremony.

Additional Costs

You will need to arrange to have a Registration Only service to legally register your marriage in the presence of 2 witnesses. This is a formality and will Cost £57 including a Marriage Certificate (Cost at 1st April 2021).

If you choose a symbolic ritual to enhance your ceremony the items needed for the ritual can be purchased directly by you. Some celebrants will provide the items at cost and some wil loan equirment if appropriate.

If you’re looking for a truly personalised ceremony that doesn’t follow a set formula and can take place wherever and whenever you wish then choose a celebrant led ceremony.

Anne-Marie Ledson May 2021

My Fees

Wedding or Civil Partnership £500

Why choose a Celebrant?

Your wedding ceremony is a unique event and by choosing an Independent Celebrant you can fully personalise your ceremony, unlike a religious or civil ceremony which follows a set formula. With a celebrant you can express your personalities.

  • You can use traditional elements putting your own unique twist on them
  • Your ceremony can include religious and cultural elements if you wish
  • You are not restricted by legal requirements or religious rites
  • You can have your ceremony anywhere, including outdoors
  • You can have your ceremony at any time

As an Independent Celebrant I will help you to create a very special personalised ceremony, unique and meaningful to you. I will spend time with you getting to know you and your ideas and wishes.

Celebrant Handfasting Ceremony

Woodland Handfasting

Personalised Ceremony Options

As an Independent Celebrant I will meet with you to discuss your ideas and I will be able to provide information and make suggestions for you to consider. I will be available to chat to on the phone or by Zoom throughout the planning process. I will lead your ceremony on the day.

We will create your ceremony together so it will just what you would like it to be. Your ceremony can include:

  • Your love story–how did you come together, fall in love, decide to marry.
  • Your vows – write your own or adapt some examples which I can provide
  • Exchange of rings – choose your own wording
  • A symbolic ritual to enhance your ceremony – see my blogs on many different options
  • Readings, poetry, prayers or blessings. – See my blog with some examples
  • Music – recorded or live
  • Involve your pets
Symbolic Sandblending for your wedding

Symbolic Sandblending

This is just a starting point and you may already have your own ideas.

I will be contactable throughout the process of creating your ceremony. I will visit the venue (dependent on distance) to ensure I know the layout and to discuss practicalities with you and the venue coordinator. 

Remember it’s always your choice, as long it is safe, anything goes!

Legal requirements: It isn’t necessary to have the registration of your marriage and your wedding ceremony at the same time or on the same day. Many couples complete the legal formalities at a Registry Office with just a couple of witnesses then have their personalised wedding ceremony at a place and time of their choosing with their family and friends.Find more information here 

What is a Wedding celebrant?

Wedding Celebrant Anne-Marie
Wedding Celebrant

What is an Independent Wedding celebrant?

An Independent Celebrant is someone who can create a unique ceremony designed with you. There are no restrictions on what you can include in your ceremony, which you can hold anywhere and at any time.

A wedding celebrant will get to know you so that they can create a truly personalised wedding ceremony with you. Your celebrant will listen to your ideas for your special day and help you to make them a reality. They will be able to provide inspiration and make suggestions about every element of your ceremony such as your vows, exchange of rings, any symbolic rituals you may like to include and how you can involve your family and friends in your ceremony if you wish to.

A wedding celebrant will spend time with you face to face and through virtual meetings and they will be available on the phone and via email as you plan your wedding. You’ll develop a relationship with your celebrant so that you’re comfortable to talk to them about yourselves and your relationship – how you met, how you fell in love, when and where you got engaged, things you love to do together and things you love about each other. This means your celebrant will be able to reflect your personalities and incorporate special anecdotes into a ceremony which will be created just for you.

A wedding celebrant doesn’t have to follow a set formula when writing a ceremony. You can choose whatever wording, readings and poems, music, or symbolic rituals you wish – these can be religious, spiritual or secular. This is particularly useful if you come from different faith backgrounds and would like to use elements from both in your ceremony. Your celebrant will help you to create a ceremony that is meaningful to you, reflecting your personal views, values and beliefs.

Some Wedding Celebrants have a particular style or specialise in specific types of ceremonies such as Pagan or Spiritual ceremonies. Others will adapt to suit the style you are looking for including formal or informal, traditional, spiritual, culturally significant or themed ceremonies. All celebrants will base the ceremonies they create on your wishes.

A wedding celebrant can’t register your marriage, you will need to do the legal elements with a Registrar. This shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes at the registry office in the presence of 2 witnesses and will cost £57 (price at April 2021).

A wedding celebrant is usually self-employed, many Celebrants are professionally trained and may  also have a national qualification. Your celebrant should follow all GDPR procedures in relation to your personal information. They should have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance. Many Celebrants belong to professional organisations such as The Association of Independent Celebrants, The Fellowship of Professional Celebrants, The United Kingdom Society of Celebrants, etc. You can search for a celebrant in your area on these professional organisation’s websites and on Google.

A professional Wedding celebrant is a good listener who will get to know you and then write and lead a personalised ceremony based on your wishes.

If you’d like to create a ceremony that will be a unique and memorable occasion for you and your guests, then choose a wedding celebrant.

Anne-Marie Ledson April 2021

Recently engaged? Find out how to have a unique wedding ceremony!

Celebrant Anne-Marie conducting a ceremony
Outdoor Beach Wedding

Congratulations! Your status has changed – you’re now an engaged couple. Whether you had a festive Christmas Day proposal,  a dreamy winter woodland walk proposal, a romantic windswept beach proposal or a cosy cuddled up on the sofa proposal you’ll now be thinking about your wonderful wedding day to come.

Would you like your ceremony to be as personal as your proposal?

The heart of your special day will be your ceremony – when you declare your love for each other in the presence of your family and friends.

What sort of ceremony will you choose? Maybe you’ll go for a church, temple or synagogue wedding – a traditional religious service. Perhaps you prefer a standard registry office or a civil marriage at a licenced venue.

Would you like a bespoke ceremony created just for you at the heart of your wedding day?

Maybe you didn’t even know this was an option. Instead of a conventional service you can choose every element of a fully personalised ceremony which can be: formal or informal;  traditional, culturally significant or alternative; secular, semi-religious or spiritual or you may opt for a themed ceremony. Your ceremony can be whatever you wish it to be.

Fire up your imagination and let your personalities shine through!

You can choose your own vows and the words you use to exchange rings; you can share the magic of your own love story with your guests – what led you to this momentous day; you can choose your favourite poems and music; you can incorporate religious readings or music within a secular ceremony; or include cultural or spiritual rituals, readings or poems; you may decide on a symbolic ritual perhaps a traditional Handfasting, Oathing Stone or Loving Cup ritual.

With an Independent Celebrant your ceremony will be unique!

An independent celebrant will meet you and get to know you so that they can create your unique ceremony with you. You can talk about your ideas and your celebrant will be able to make suggestions and provide inspiration.

A personalised ceremony is particularly popular with couples who come from different faiths or beliefs who don’t want a full religious service but want to include some religious, spiritual or cultural elements in their ceremony. You can even have a short secular, religious or symbolic ceremony before your reception following a religious or registry office service.

You can hold your ceremony anywhere!

You may be dreaming of a wonderful woodland, a balmy beach or charming countryside wedding. You may decide on a favourite place – indoors or out – to make your vows. You can set up a marquee in your own garden or go for a festival themed wedding. You won’t be restricted to licenced venues.

Find out more

If you’re looking for a truly unique ceremony and would like more information my name is Anne-Marie and you can contact me on 07484 235561 email: amledson@btinternet.com or go to the wedding page on my website for more information