Cost of hiring a celebrant

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Celebrants charge an average of $75/hr for their services. Prices can increase or decrease depending on the type of ceremony, but it generally ranges from around $50/hr to approximately $150/hr.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Celebrants on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Cost of common celebrant jobs

Celebrant Task Typical Quoted Prices
Wedding officiating $500
Wedding organising $1,200
Renewal of vows $550
Simple wedding ceremonies $400
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What do celebrants consider when giving quotes?

When getting a celebrant to officiate your wedding or any other event, you must first ask yourself about the specific roles that you need him/her to play. Do you need a celebrant to simply officiate, or do you need them to cover more aspects of the ceremony? This will help you in preparing the right budget and getting the perfect celebrant for the occasion.

Of course, once the celebrant is aware of the extent of the service you require, he/she will be able to provide you with an accurate quote. Here are some of the things that a celebrant considers when offering prices:


Since celebrants will need to travel to where your ceremony will be held, their travel expenses would be a main determinant of how much they’re going to charge you. If it’s too far from where they are based, ready your pockets as you’ll probably be covering for their fares.


Your event can be as long as you want. It’s a special day, so the choice is definitely up to you. However, if you’re planning a long ceremony, it’s best to keep in mind that celebrants can charge on an hourly basis.

Type of ceremony

The main task of celebrants is to officiate ceremonies. However, you can also ask them to assist in planning your event or finding suppliers. It’s common for celebrants to have a wide network, so they can definitely help in organising catering and other aspects of your event. There are also celebrants who offer flexible service packages, which can give you bigger savings.

What’s the cost of hiring celebrants in different states?

The cost of a celebrant’s services varies from state to state, so you’ll find that celebrants in some states charge lower or higher than their counterparts in other locations.

Victorian celebrants charge the lowest rate in the country at around $60/hr. Meanwhile, in New South Wales, the services of a celebrant have an average price of $75/hr.

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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