FEES and FAQs
First and foremost, you need to know that I love what I do and you can be confident your day will be memorable, personal and wonderful. You can rely on me!
I am an in-demand celebrant and wise couples book early to avoid disappointment.
I always offer an initial conversation so we can get to know one another and you can put your finger on my pulse and judge whether I get your vibe. I never ask you to decide whether you want me to be your celebrant. I ask you to take your time and choose wisely.
My fee structure is transparent, and set out below. Fees include the first 50 miles, after that it’s a standard 45ppm. I can provide additional materials including vow bells, ribbons/cords for handfasting, horn cups for Viking weddings, oak ring bowls at cost price.
I am often booked 18 months ahead at peak times. A mid-week wedding is on-trend at the moment!
I also offer micro-weddings, elopement ceremonies and #popup weddings using my own vintage caravan with snazzy canopy and twinkly lights, so please do ask me about this if you are interested.Vow renewals, naming ceremonies, adoption celebrations, a ceremony to mark an important transition, or a landmark events are part of my repertoire. It’s not just about weddings!
What is a Humanist celebrant?
A Humanist celebrant is trained, accredited and quality assured by Humanists UK www.humanism.org.uk
All Humanist UK celebrants offer ceremonies without reference to religion.
This makes Humanist ceremonies ideal where couples with families who have different cultures, beliefs or life-views and want a position-neutral ceremony that can incorporate all the family and friends. It is also the ceremony of choice if you have no faith or belief-system yourself.
Choosing a Humanist ceremony should be a positive and active choice – which will make your ceremony all the more special, dignified and memorable – and truly represents who you are and how you live your life. H
Inclusion and freedom ?
My approach to life, as well as ceremonies, is to treat everyone well, equally and with humour and with respect. I positively welcome everyone – whatever their culture, gender, sexuality or belief, their physical and mental wellness or challenges.
Why choose me?
My couples say I am fun, quirky, reassuring, engaging, flexible, easy to be with and reliable. I also have a campervan. Bizarrely, that seems to attract people and I found that over the past two years, 40% of my couples also own a campervan. Bizarre! You don’t have to own one of course, but it does mean I can meet you anywhere and we can have tea and cake!
Is a Humanist wedding ceremony the same as a legal marriage?
No. Humanist wedding ceremonies are not (yet) legal in England and Wales. (They are in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Jersey). We are campaigning to change this. At the moment if you want a legal marriage you will need to have a separate Register Office ceremony. Most of my couples have a simple ‘early bird’ legal ceremony with two witnesses at the Register Office either a couple of days before or just after their Humanist ceremony. Most choose to exchange rings and vows, however, in their Humanist ceremony. If you think it’s crazy that a Humanist celebrant can perform legal marriages in other parts of the UK but not in England and Wales, lobby your MP!
What’s the cost? Depends what you want!
Clients often say to me “we only want a little ceremony”. But believe me, the number of guests does not equate to the amount of time it takes to write a unique ceremony! It takes about 35 hours to meet, liaise, draft, craft, re-draft, source materials, travel and deliver a ceremony within 50 miles of here. A wedding ceremony will last between 30 and 40 minutes, renewals and namings about 25-30 minutes. What you are paying for is experience, reputation, reliabilty, skill, confidence and presence. Oh. And humour!
Friday, Saturday Sunday and Bank holidays
‘Fee: £950 includes two symbolic elements and travel within 50 miles
Monday to Thursday
Fee: £850 includes two symbolic elements and travel within 50 miles
Fee: £600 depending on distance – tell me what you’re looking for and we can design something really special
Fee: £1100 includes the popup caravan with twinkly lights, flared canopy, window boxes, champagne, rugs and chairs. Additional costs might be involved depending on distance, so let’s talk about what you’d like
Renewing vows and promises
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays
Fee: £600 & includes one symbolic element and travel within 50 miles
Renewing vows and promises
Monday to Thursday
Fee: £500 includes one symbolic element and travel within 50 miles
Naming and ‘Welcome to your new World’ celebrations
includes new babies, adoption, age/stage of life transition for children and young people. Accommodates changes of status from married to single including divorce and celebrates the life you had together and your commitment to have positive regard for your ex-partner.
Also includes bespoke ceremonies to celebrate and affirm gender transition and reassignment.
Fee: £500 Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Fee: £400 Monday to Thursday
Celebrating Life Itself!
Friday Saturday Sunday
A ceremony for your family friends to celebrate life itself, being together, bursting out the other end of illness or unhappiness, a landmark event, a graduation, a new job, or simply survival in this tough old world. This includes writing and leading a fully inclusive and fun ceremony with lots of laughing and involvement. It takes some planning but it’s well worth it!
Can I pay you after the ceremony later?
Nope! No more than you would go into a shop, choose a dress, take it away, wear it and pay for it at some point in the future!
You will appreciate that as a business committed to providing you with high-quality service, a 25% deposit will be requested when you book. Many couples take advantage of paying in equal instalments following the deposit payment. If this makes it easier for you to budget just mention it when you book. Payment of a deposit with 7 days of telephone or email confirmation plus signing our agreement (what you can expect from me and what I need from you) confirms your date in my diary.
I only do one ceremony a day. That day is yours.
What if something goes wrong?
To be honest, things do go wrong sometimes but this is usually to do with the weather, or transport or lateness of guests or even the bride, hiccups with clothes, worries about nerves, someone backing out when they said they would read something……….. what you need to remember is that my job is to be in control of all these things and there are always contingencies up my sleeve!
Communication is the most important element in our preparation – the better the rapport, the better the ceremony – and I rely on you responding swiftly to my emails so I can produce the best for you. I also appreciate your understanding that I may well be preparing other ceremonies whilst we are working together – and although I am an old hand, and adept at pulling rabbits out of hats, I prefer not to finish your ceremony manuscript the day before the wedding!
*Photo Credits: Top www.boomarshallphotography.co.uk