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What are you getting for your money?
What are you getting for your money?

13 August 2020

Unless you’ve worked with a civil celebrant before, you don’t really know what you’re getting when you engage one. There are plenty of them out there. Of course, they all have their individual personalities and quirks. That means that one celebrant is not going to be the same as another.

One may shine at razzamatazz, while another will be great at atmosphere building. One may prefer formality and gravity; a different one may throw in humour.

What are your requirements? What do you need to look for? How can you be sure of value for money?

As with choosing any supplier, you need to do some research.

You may be able to rely on first-hand testimonials. You may be attracted by someone’s website. You will have a budget that you do not want to exceed.

So how do you actually choose?

One of the pieces of ‘homework’ you should always do is to speak to the potential supplier. Ask the questions you need answering and get a feel for the supplier. Compare (like-for-like, if possible) with a similar provider.

As a celebrant, I know I am not the most expensive out there, but I am dearer than a number of my competitors. I know I “start at the extra mile”, so I justify this easily enough.

There will be some celebrants who don’t offer the same level of service, but who may well charge less. This will attract some clients, and that’s their decision!

Of course, paying ‘loadsa money’ does not necessarily guarantee quality, but there is a fair chance that someone at the higher end of the scale will supply wonderful service.

It may be useful to study a few reviews before you decide. What do clients recognise that they have gained from working with a celebrant? Is that what you’re looking for?

As a minimum, the celebrant should provide the opportunity to create a personalised ceremony that is beautifully delivered on the day. They should work hand-in-hand with you in order to achieve this.


At the end of the day, you have to settle on what price you are willing to pay, but don’t just jump for the cheapest! Find out how the supplier works and what they offer before deciding.

Michael would love to have a non-obligation call with you, to show you how he can help you achieve your dream ceremony.


Michael Gordon can help prepare and conduct a tailor-made civil ceremony in or around London or, indeed, in Europe. Telephone me now on +44 (0)7931 538487 or contact me directly by e-mail.

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