What It Costs

A wedding is a statement about your relationship. How you do that is your choice, for some that means a lavish event and for others, modesty is more fitting to their budget.

If you are on a tight budget but want a personalised ceremony I can help you with simple service.

The cost of a simple ceremony is £425. This is not a bespoke ceremony, and the vows will be fairly standard, although they can be taken in a variety of formats. You are free to choose prayers or poems, and music. I will not give a personalised address but will say appropriate words throughout, with a blessing at the end.   

For a more personalised ceremony I prefer to meet with a couple and work out what is right for them before quoting a price.

A unique ceremony is a creative process, a piece of

art created for you and your relationship.

My aim is to create the service and content that you need at a price that is comfortable for both of us. However, since some couples want to know about the finances before speaking to a celebrant, here is a fairly accurate guide:

Guide to Celebrants and their fees

Be sure you are comparing like with like

As with all services, when it comes to paying for the ceremony, what it costs will depend entirely on what you want. When comparing prices offered by different kinds of celebrant, please be sure that you are comparing like with like in terms of what they are offering you.

Interfaith Ministers £450 to £650

As an Interfaith minister, my bespoke ceremonies will cost between £475 and £575. The difference depends mainly upon content and length. A ceremony is usually around 45 minutes in length. It may include music, poems/prayers, a minister’s address – which is totally personal to you, and other carefully chosen elements.

The ceremony is carefully crafted, with the personalized vows at its heart. This section may include declarations of intent, and sometimes handfasting or hand tying.  Any rituals that we choose will be meaningful and appropriate to you (such as toasts, floral gifts, and many others). These may involve guests or family members and are woven into the script so that it all flows together as a unified piece.   

There is a suitable dismissal blessing at the end. All the options are fully explained before we decide to go ahead. 

It is the creation and delivery of a symbolic ritual that gives a wedding meaning to you and all of your guests. It creates memories that last and will anchor and enrich your married life.

As an interfaith minister, I am not bound by any rules and regulations other than the basic legalities. Interfaith ministers are trained to offer meaningful ceremonies to people of any belief system. Our fees vary according to what we offer, but are likely to range in the main between £450 and £650. The fee may include travel and accommodation costs in a package, but you need to ask about that.

 How Does this Compair

Other types of Ceremony include:

The Registrar  £120 to £400

Their costs vary quite widely, so you will have to enquire locally. This will be a civil service comprising just the legal logistics and will last ten to fifteen minutes. In the Registrar’s office you can pay as little as £120 on a weekday, more at weekends. Many registrars will come out to your own choice of venue, but it will still be basically the same service. This is likely to cost £300-£400 plus a mileage travel cost. You cannot have any religious or spiritual elements in a civil wedding (such as a spiritual poem or any mention of God).

A Church Wedding  £150 to £500 plus 

Again costs are quite variable. Some churches make a charge for the minister and anything else, such as the organist and the choir, is charged additionally. Others will offer an inclusive package. Other churches may charge for the actual venue, and then the charges for what you choose to have are all additional.

A small church ceremony can cost as little as £150 whereas some church weddings may cost as much as £1000. Somewhere between £300 and £500 is pretty standard.

A church ceremony is standard so far as the legal rights are concerned. It is not personalised, though you will be free to choose readings and hymns. The rector/priest will have meetings with you prior to the wedding to talk with you about the meaning of marriage within the church. Who might be excluded, for example divorcees and same sex couples, depends both upon the rules of the particular denomination and the views of the individual priest.

A Humanist Wedding £400 to £600

Humanist weddings have become very popular in the past few years and humanist celebrants are supported by their organization, for example in marketing themselves, and hence sometimes charge a little less than other self-employed celebrants. Humanist weddings might start at just over £400, but you will probably be asked to join the Humanist society, which incurs a fee. Some humanists do charge a lot more than this, depending on what you want to be included in the ceremony.

Humanists are atheists. They will not include prayers or spiritual poems/songs in their ceremonies, though some individuals have broken with the mainstream in this. Other than that, the wedding can be entirely personal to you.