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How do "civil" celebrants set their fees - some are wildly different?
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Most professional civil celebrants are professionals in private practice.
That is, unlike most religious celebrants, the civil celebrant has to cover all their costs of operating a home-based celebrancy practice from the fees they charge 'up-front' for their ceremonies, BEFORE they make an hourly rate for their work.
- Couples have not 'lay-buyed' part of their ceremony as couples have via donations to a church or via government taxes to a Registry Office.
- A religious celebrant is usually supported financially by their church stipend and has their travel, phone and other expenses covered by their religious institution. Likewise registry office celebrant.
- A independent civil celebrant is required to ensure the ceremony suits the individual couple.
- In most cases, this requires considerable extra work in sourcing wedding prose, poetry and other materials, or even writing of new material by the celebrant.
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