How Much Does It Cost To Get Married?

How Much Does It Cost To Get Married?

How much does it cost to get married?

For many couples this is an important factor and is often a reason why couples keep delaying their wedding day. However, there are ways to keep costs down and still have a day to remember.  Besides, not everyone wants a traditional wedding with all the trimmings – some couples would rather just slip quietly away and have a no fuss wedding somewhere special.  Keeping it Short and Sweet.

I have conducted Surprise Weddings at pubs, backyard bbq’s, park picnics – and even, most recently, in the middle of Christmas Lunch when all the family were gathered together, glass of wine in hand. (That was fun!)  Go to my Reviews to read what Donna and Ed had to say about their Christmas Day Surprise Wedding.

I conducted a Simple Marriage Ceremony at the Crystal Room in Burswood Towers last year, which was perfect for this particular couple. The groom was shy and hated crowds, so their parents paid for a night at the Crown Towers as their wedding present. We met just before sunset and went through the 5 minute ceremony, with 2 staff members as witnesses. The views were magnificent. The couple had a memorable dinner and a wonderful mini-break in a fabulous setting. Next day, they joined their parents back at home for a family lunch. Perfectly lovely and no need to mortgage the house!

So how much does a simple, registry style wedding cost in Perth?

  1. Midweek, simple ceremony in a central location. Any time, from 6am – 7pm. Less than 10 guests.  From $300.
  2. Weekend, simple ceremony in a central location. Any time, from 6am – 7pm. Less than 10 guests.  From $350.   (Mid to late afternoons will cost a little more).

If you want something more traditional, then I can create a beautiful, fun and personalised ceremony for you. We would work together on this, so that we tell ‘your story’ and have your guests feeling truly present with you and hopefully having some fun – and maybe even a few tears – along the way.

How much does a traditional wedding cost in Perth?

  1. Midweek, traditional ceremony in a central location. Any time, from 6am – 7pm. $450 – $600
  2. Weekend, traditional ceremony in a central location. Any time, from 6am – 7pm. $550 – $800

In summary, there are a number of ways to keep costs down.  Some ideas below:

  1. Have no guests and no reception.  Elopement Style Wedding. At a park, at a restaurant or the beach.
  2. Have a Surprise Wedding.  This way you can keep things very simple at a gathering that has already been planned.
  3. Have a Traditional Wedding – but be creative with the timings.  Monday – Thursday will bring savings all round, as vendors will usually discount these days.  If a Saturday or Sunday, sometimes you can negotiate a discount for morning or lunchtime ceremonies.  Having a lunchtime reception works particularly well if there are young children involved.

Remember, you can always have a simple, registry style wedding now whilst funds are tight – and then have a Wedding Celebration (or Renewal of Vows) later.  Complete with Wedding Dress, Bridal Party, Reception etc…  How much fun would that be!

If you would like a chat about some of these options, I am happy to run through some of these ideas with you.  No ‘hard selling, I promise’ 😊   Just click on the name here…. Liz Hayes Celebrant.

Perth Weddings

Budget Weddings

Budget Weddings

So it’s 2019.

And you have met the woman or the man of your dreams. The one you want to spend the rest of your life with.

Yes, you want to get married, but money is tight.  What should you do? Do you keep waiting for things to get better and keep saving up for that dream wedding?  Or do you bite the bullet and get married now?  Facing the challenges together, growing as a couple and building your solid financial wellbeing together, side by side?  For better or for worse.

Things to consider:

I have a couple of suggestions…. So that you CAN draw that line in the sand and face the future as husband and wife earlier than you thought.

1.     Meet with a Celebrant (mobile registry office 😊 ) at the park, with a bottle of champagne, some cheese and biscuits and a bunch of roses from the garden.


An Elopement Ceremony by the Swan River maybe? Or at the beach?  What could be more romantic.  <3


After this, perhaps you can just let people know what you have done and leave it at that – or you can invite everyone to the pub for a celebration drink at the weekend?


2.     You want something more ‘weddingy’?  Wedding outfits, Cars, Reception, Bridal parties etc.  A wedding ceremony with family and friends as your witnesses?  Well, why not try to plan a budget wedding?


If you choose a week day wedding, immediately you will cut costs considerably – plus you won’t have the problems with venue availability etc.  Yes, people may have to take a day or two off work – but you’re not asking them to go to Bali for a week!


The British Royal Family always used to have their weddings on Thursdays, but I don’t think it was for the discounts somehow 😊


There are a number of DIY Wedding FB pages; and lots of ways to keep costs down – but the first saving will be on choosing a less popular day of the week.  I recently conducted a full wedding ceremony, with beautiful cars, full Bridal Parties etc, at a popular Perth venue, on a Wednesday.  It was wonderful…  This venue is usually difficult on Saturdays, with several weddings often at the same time. Traffic and congestion can be a problem. But for this wedding, it felt like marrying film stars or VIP’s, with having the whole venue to themselves.  Really special.

Time is not forever and each day is precious.

Wouldn’t you rather be spending it together? And in years ahead, when finances are stronger, you can organise your Big Wedding Day, perhaps with your children as the bridal party?  Your Certificate won’t be a legal one from BDM, but the day itself can be a wonderful affirmation of your love for each other and what you achieved together.  Very beautiful.

Contact me today, if you would like to talk through some ideas and see how creative you can be with this, so that you can work together to make your dreams come true – starting sooner rather than later!

Budget Weddings

Surprise Wedding?

Surprise Wedding?

Can it be done?  How is it done?  Is it legal?

The lovely thing about Surprise Weddings is that they take away all the stress and expense of organising a big event.  Usually a Surprise Wedding will be held at a gathering that has already been arranged.

It can be done in a matter of weeks (4 weeks’ notice to the celebrant needed if the wedding is to be fully legal on the day, so that the Notice of Intended Marriage can be completed).  Or you can arrange the Wedding in a matter of days, if you don’t mind the brief, legalising ceremony taking place at a later date.

I have just taken a booking for a Surprise Wedding to be held at the couple’s home on Christmas Day, with only 10 days’ notice.  We will have a short meeting 3 weeks later for the legal ceremony, with only 2 witnesses.  They realised that as the whole family was going to be together for the first time in years, that it was the perfect opportunity.


1.     No stress or anxiety for you in the planning.

2.     No pressure on your guests to take extra time off work, or to buy presents.

3.     Very emotional, exciting and fun.


1.     Can be difficult to keep the secret.

2.     Guests might be missing, who would have definitely attended had they known it was a wedding.

3.     No presents.

If you think a Surprise Wedding is for you, then contact me on my website:   or phone me on 0424703399.

Surprise Weddings can be such fantastic fun!!  (But no, you cannot surprise each other… that is definitely NOT legal. 😉  Only the guests can be surprised.)

Surprise Wedding!

Legal Marriage Now: Wedding Day Later?

Legal Marriage Now: Wedding Day Later?

Sometimes couples just want ‘that bit of paper’, that a legal marriage provides – but the timing might not be right for the Actual Wedding just yet?  The reasons for having the small ‘legal only’ ceremony are varied……   Maybe it’s about moving to another country – or maybe it’s about applying for a visa – or maybe it’s about financial constraints – or maybe you just want to get married and set up home together – having the ‘Wedding Celebration’ later?

The later ‘Wedding Celebration’ in many ways, would be the ‘Real Thing’ – as that would be the day when you, as a couple, exchange rings and declare your everlasting love and commitment to each other, with your family and friends as witnesses.  That would be the day that you walk down the aisle and publicly declare your love for each other.  Missing would be the Monitum, which is the part spoken by the Authorised Celebrant during a Legal Marriage Ceremony.

I recently had the pleasure of quietly marrying a young couple who needed to marry earlier than planned due to a family situation.  They aren’t in a position yet, to have a ‘proper’ wedding, with family and friends present – so we met at a lovely restaurant, with two of their close friends as witnesses. (However, passers by can also be witnesses as long as they are over 18 years of age).  We sat quietly and discreetly at a corner table and the Monitum was said; the vows were spoken and the Certificates were signed…. even the staff didn’t know a Marriage had taken place! This took about 5 minutes.

In a couple of years’ time, once this couples families and friends can all be gathered in one place (currently scattered all over the world) – the Wedding Celebration will take place.

If this is something that appeals to you, for whatever reasons, ask me how we can set this up – under certain conditions this can cost as little as $300 – I think that’s less than the Registry Office charges?  (and without the inner city parking hassles!)

Contact me here if you would like a chat about this, to see if it would suit your situation.


the ring exchange

Simple Wedding overlooking the Swan River

Swan River WeddingA simple wedding overlooking the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia can be very beautiful, even if only a few guests.  Have a look at this fabulous photo and see if you would like this for your combined wedding/ honeymoon in Western Australia……  Australia also happens to be one of the simplest places in the world to get married.  There is no need to spend weeks in the country beforehand – in fact you can get married as soon as you get through Immigration – leaving you free to go off on your travels immediately!  There is a document that needs to be completed and legally witnessed at least 4 weeks ahead, but that can all be done in your own country and then emailed to your celebrant.   Contact me for a chat or email me if you have some questions about this.   PS. You don’t need to be coming from another country to ‘elope’ either, you know…

Bali Wedding Cost? How much is it? Depends what you mean, really….

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Bali Wedding cost – a frequent question! Well, firstly….. what is a Bali Wedding?

A Bali Wedding Cost varies greatly depending on what A Bali Wedding means….  To some, it means an incredible clifftop venue, overlooking the crashing waves of the ocean.  To others, it’s a fabulous villa event, complete with fine dining and wonderful music.  Or it could be a jungle resort in Ubud, with the sounds of the nearby Ayung River tumbling over boulders.  With maybe 100s of guests flying in from all over the world

These weddings can cost anything from $25,000, up to ….. well, up to anything really.  The sky’s the limit for a Bali Wedding.

For others, the idea of slipping away quietly to a tropical island, perhaps with their children and/or a couple of close friends, to be married in a romantic and stress free setting – is all that is needed.  Simply wonderful and simply romantic. ❤

If you choose a Bali Elopement Wedding, this is what is offered.