Our celebrants are members of the Humanist Ceremonies™ network, which ensures their quality and guarantees high standards. As individual celebrants, they set their own fees, but we make recommendations for fee-bandings to help you know what to expect. These bandings are reviewed annually and take into account our aim of being accessible to all, at the same time as delivering a highly personalised service.

Fees for humanist ceremonies are different for each kind of ceremony and also vary from celebrant to celebrant according to variables such as locality and the complexity that each ceremony involves. Please note that extra travel and accommodation costs may be charged in addition to the agreed fee, but always by prior agreement.

For weddings and naming ceremonies, you should expect to check fees directly with the celebrant, and pay them directly. For funerals, the fee to the celebrant is usually included as part of the funeral director’s charges for disbursements.


The recommended fee bandings for 2016 are as follows:


Recommended fees for 2016

Payment of Fees   
Funeral Celebrant  £150 – £280 This fee is for a standard length ceremony and is payable directly to the Funeral Director as part of charges for disbursements
Memorial Celebrant £150 – £300 Payable directly to the celebrant
Wedding Celebrant £350 – £1,000 Payable directly to the celebrant
Partnership Celebrant £350 – £1,000 Payable directly to the celebrant
Naming Celebrant £150 – £350 Payable directly to the celebrant


A percentage of the fees above is paid by our accredited celebrants as a contribution towards celebrants’ training and quality standards and to promote and develop the BHA’s Humanist Ceremonies network. This contribution also pays for full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance for each celebrant.

Find a trained and accredited humanist celebrant in your area.