What should you pay for a Wedding Celebrant?

What should I pay for a Wedding Celebrant?

You have a budget for your Wedding. What should you allow for your Wedding Celebrant?

To make a wedding legal there are 3 things that must occur as well as completing necessary legal documents. The rest of the ceremony is up you to plan with the assistance of your Celebrant.

The reason I am a Celebrant is that I love talking to people and sharing stories. My role then is to relate this to guests in a way that represents you as a couple and makes your day completely unique. I have a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of Education and the Performing Arts and believe that one of my key strengths is communication.

I have 3 basic service agreements that I can share with you. The service agreements and fees are there to start a conversation. I prefer to meet with a couple first, then negotiate the style of Wedding and associated fees if you believe I can fulfill your requirements.

My fees start at $500 for a simple No Fuss, “legals only” Ceremony of 7-10 minutes. From there you may work towards a fully personalised ceremony, $1,100, which can include music, readings, sub ceremonies and involve other family members, friends or even pets!

Everything is up for negotiation and discussion.
If you would like to know more about me you can find information on LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/geoffhayhow/ or Facebook www.facebook.com/geoffhayhowcelebrant/

Let’s chat!

More information on services

Professional conversations: Ask and listen

How often do we give the gift of our time for others? Having a positive conversation can be very easy and if you practice the art of listening, incredibly fulfilling for your colleague.

“Tell me a time when you were at your best”?
“Tell me about something you have done really well this week/month/term/year”?

Just listen. Don’t interject or ask questions.

Listen and identify the skill – e.g. preparation, persistence, empathetic, energy, researching, thinking outside the square, controlled etc

Confirm the skill you have identified.

“How do you or could you apply this to other situations?”


A positive conversation that won’t take too much of your time.

Try it. I expect you will be thanked for your time.

Professional Conversations: Talk to the person not about the person!

“OPINION is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding”.
Bill Bullard

Have you ever thought of doing an audit on your own conversations? How many in a day or a week are what you consider professional conversations? Conversations that move you forward, that find a solution, that result in immediate action.
Whilst there is always time for some social chat, there should never be time for gossip, perhaps disguised as expressing concern, or conversations that have no result. Conversations that talk about someone without really trying to fix a problem. Talk to the person not about them. If you are in a conversation like this, shut it down or look for a genuine solution.

Some points remember

Rumination is the focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions.

Reconstructive memory is a theory of elaborate memory recall proposed within the field of cognitive psychology, in which the act of remembering is influenced by various other cognitive processes including perception, imagination, semantic memory and beliefs, amongst others.

Confabulation is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.


In the unfortunate circumstance of the loss of a loved one please call me to discuss options for your funeral arrangements. In time of grief I would like to assist. Taking care of all details to ensure the commemoration of your loved one is perfect.

POEMS OF GITANJALI by Gitanjali Ghei

It was beautiful as long as it lasted, the journey of my life, I have no regrets whatsoever, save the pain I’ll leave behind. 
Those dear hearts who love and care, and the heavy with sleep ever-moist eyes, the smile in spite of a lump in the throat and the strings pulling at the heart and soul, 
The strong arms that held me up when my own strength let me down, each morsel that I was fed with was full of love.
At every turning of my life I came across good friends, friends who stood by me, even when the time raced me by. 
Farewell, farewell my friends, I smile and bid you goodbye. 
No, shed no tears, for I need them not, all I need is your smile, If you feel sad, do think of me, for that’s what I’ll like, when you live in the hearts of those you love, remember then…… you never die.

Let’s talk! Significant milestones shared in a Ceremony

Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending. -Maria Robinson

As a graduate of the International College of Celebrancy I have come to realise that all of life’s major milestones should be celebrated with a personal and meaningful ceremony. I am pleased to offer my services to help you create an occasion that is unique and special to you. With over 30 years experience in education, human resources and the performing arts I can develop a ceremony or celebration that will incorporate aspects of music, prose, poetry and symbolism that will leave a lasting impression on all those who attend.

As an outstanding communicator, I enjoy meeting people and discussing life’s journey and finally presenting your thoughts and needs to a wider community. You may wish to be married, make a commitment to your partner or renew vows; celebrate a special birthday or a special life that has passed. Is it new employment or a new house? A coming of age or a naming ceremony. I would like to work with you to create a very special occasion. Let’s make a time to chat!

My commitment to the Celebrant Code of Practice assures you that your ceremony will be conducted according to this code and with full attention to the ceremonial and legal requirements of this day.

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. -Saint Francis of Assisi