While surfing around the British Humanist Association website, I was amused to find the page giving Fees for Humanist Ceremonies. The fee ranges are given as follows:
- Funerals/Memorials - £130-£175
- Weddings/Partnerships - £320-£700
- Namings - £130-£250
- Funerals - £119 under the same arrangements (payable to funeral director as part of charges for disbursements) although this fee is not in any way insisted on.
- Weddings - voluntary donation. I am normally given something like £100-£150. £300 would be exceptional.
- Baptisms - voluntary donation. I am normally given something like £20-£50. £100 would be exceptional.
Curious to find out what happens at a naming ceremony, I had a quick google. There is one with Richard Dawkins taking part as a celebrity humanist (but not the "celebrant") and here is a sample ceremony. The humanist ceremonies are not at all unlike the kind of creative liturgy you get offered at some Catholic retreat centres. They made me revise my opinion of the humanist fees: I don't think £250 would be enough to make it worth sitting through something like that, let alone presiding at it.