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How much does a marriage celebrant cost??
They contact Jill, a Canberra civil marriage celebrant and ask if Jill would conduct the ceremony. Jill arranges to meet Mark and Richard one evening after work and spends about two hours with them completing the legal notice documents and discussing their ideas for the ceremony.
Over the next four months, Jill keeps in regular contact with Mark and Richard by email and phone. Jill reviews all the information she receives from them, makes sure all legal requirements are met and writes a draft ceremony for their approval. She makes changes to the first draft to accommodate the developing wedding plans.
Jill arrives 30 minutes before the ceremony in time to greet guests before Mark and Richard arrive together. By the time she has delivered the 25 minute ceremony Jill has spent more than 13 hours working to make the ceremony a personal and memorable occasion for Mark and Richard at their choice of time and location. She will travel home and spend another 30 minutes finalizing the legal paperwork.
Yes, if a guest saw Mark hand over $706 for a 25 minute ceremony they would probably start researching how to become a marriage celebrant!
Between the time they met and the ceremony, Jill also went to her hairdresser to ensure her hair was neat and presentable. She also paid for her car to be serviced, so she could arrive as she usually does, reliably on time for the ceremony. Her working ceremony shoes needed replacing too. (nobody wants shabby shoes on their celebrant) Whilst she was printing the ceremony script, the ink ran out in her printer and she had to replace 2 cartridges. I could continue.... So many couples have a very uninformed opinion of our worth. Education is the key for some, and for others they will shop around for the best deal