There is a wonderful piece written by John Ruskin simply known as ‘Value’.
Ruskin (1819-1900) was the leading English art critic of his era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, water colourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote many pieces and other well know quotes but Value has always been a favourite of mine.
“It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot – it can’t be done.
If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will have enough to pay for something better.”
What is good value?
Difficult to quantify really isn’t it. Value is often a perception rather than anything measurable.
We all see the offers at the supermarket, ‘buy one get one free’, ‘buy three for the price of two’. Seems like good value and it probably is. That is easy to identify as good value.
But when you are buying a service, how do you choose and select the best value.
We’ve all heard of the tales of that cheap unqualified uninsured unskilled builder who beat all the other builders on price for that job that then had to be re-commissioned with someone better because it hadn’t been done properly…Is that good Value?
Choose your Celebrant wisely
The services that Celebrants provide can vary widely and so does their Value. The quality of their work can vary widely too from excellent to very poor. The fee that Celebrants charge also varies but where you get your real value is in choosing a full time, fully qualified, trained and professional Celebrant. In my area the fees for a Funeral as an example vary by around £70. I am not the cheapest and neither am I the most expensive but what I provide is excellent value and top-class service for my clients.
There is currently no requirement for anyone to formally train as a Celebrant. Anyone can just set up and start a practise. Quite a few do. They may well charge the same fee as a qualified professional, but would you really want to trust your big family ceremonies to a part timer with other work commitments or to someone with an accredited qualification who will provide you with the very best ceremony and their whole attention.
So is it good value when you save a few pounds on a Celebrants fee and possibly get a second-rate poor value service. Or should you spend just a little more and engage a professional? The choice is yours but before you make that choice just read again the wise words of Ruskin and consider what you perceive to be good value.
I am a fully qualified and accredited member of the leading training provider for Celebrants, the UK Society of Celebrants. I qualified in May 2014 with a Diploma in Family and Civil Celebrancy under the tutelage of their CEO and Lead Tutor and now a good friend of mine Mr. James Convery.
Remember, if you thought hiring a professional was expensive wait till you try the amateurs.
Why not call or contact me for a free and informal chat to discuss what Steve Brown at Amicus Celebrants can do for you and your family ceremonies.