Ceremony Fees and Information

The Celebrant Fee is only a small percentage of the overall cost of your wedding, but the Ceremony I will perform, and ensuring the legality of your marriage, are the most important parts!

My services for a wedding include:

  • initial meeting and discussion – I can come to you, or you can come to me
  • completion of Notice of Intended Marriage (NOIM)
  • creation of your ceremony
  • emailing draft ceremonies, phone discussions etc
  • second meeting at my office to finalise the ceremony, if needed
  • a Canberra based rehearsal
  • finalising your ceremony
  • tastefully decorated signing table and chairs
  • powerful wireless PA system  – battery powered – no plug-in power source required
  • the PA plays music & your videographer can record the sound through this system
  • your Wedding Day!
  • completion of all official marriage documents and lodgement with the appropriate State or Territory Births, Deaths and Marriages.

My fees will vary if there is additional travel outside the ACT region and the complexity of the ceremony and this fee can be agreed between us at our first meeting. As I live in the ACT, I travel to Collector, Yass, Gundaroo, Queanbeyan and Bungendore without additional charge. I am more than happy to travel to Goulburn, the South Coast or to the Snowy Mountains, although Ceremonies which are held outside the ACT Region (that is 75kms or more over the ACT border) will attract an additional time and travel fee.

A non-refundable deposit of $350 is requested at the time we complete the NOIM, with the balance payable two weeks prior to the ceremony.

Weddings start at $750, vow renewals, commitments ceremonies start at $550, and funerals are $400.

I will work very hard to ensure your ceremony is memorable for all the right reasons.

Murrumbateman wedding

There may be charges for ceremonial equipment such as bottles and sand for a sand ceremony, for instance, but these will only be an at-cost charge and will be detailed on my Statement of Fees.

rings flowers

2 thoughts on “Ceremony Fees and Information

  1. Daniel


    Just want to request a quote for a wedding at a family farm with no more then 40 guests. Will be at around 4pm and location will be wamboin NSW.




    1. Celebrant for Weddings, Life Events Lauren Nelson

      Hi Daniel

      Congratulations on your decision to be married! I don’t provide a quote until I meet couples and discuss the kind of wedding they would like. A wedding such as I think you may be having usually costs $750.00.

      Womboin is absolutely fine, but I need to know the date you are thinking of so I can see if I am available then.

      It’s always good to meet (no obligation) and talk about your plans. To book your date, we would need to complete the Notice of Intended Marriage form at least one month prior. I would need to see either your birth certificates or current passports as well as one other form of ID. At the time of completing this form, that means you are booked in and I ask for a $350 non-refundable deposit so I can provide you with a draft ceremony and ideas for your vows, readings, wedding poetry etc. I like to spend some time to get to know you both so I can write a really personal ceremony.

      Anyway, please let me know your thoughts, the expected date of your ceremony, and whether you would like to meet.

      Warm regards

      Lauren Nelson
      Registered Marriage Celebrant


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