How Much Should an After-Dinner Speaker Cost?

If you’re planning an event, you may be considering booking an after-dinner speaker to help elevate the proceedings into something truly special. You may even already have some ideas on who you’d like to bring some humour to your event, but as well as choosing the right after-dinner speaker, it is also important to consider your budget.

Balancing the price of your speaker with how much you can realistically afford to spend can be precarious, but we’re here to help make sure your event goes without a hitch, with an after dinner speech your audience is sure to remember for years to come.

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What is an After-Dinner Speaker?

If you’ve been searching our website for a speaker, you may have noticed several different categories we offer, from motivational speakers to keynote speakers and a lot in between. If you’re unsure of the difference, what it boils down to is the purpose of the speech and what sort of tone you require. For example, while a keynote speaker should educate your audience and keep them informed on a specific topic, and a motivational speaker sets out to inspire, an after-dinner speaker is primarily focused on entertainment.

Generally, an after-dinner speech will be more informal and light-hearted, allowing the audience to relax and enjoy themselves, though this isn’t always the case and after-dinner speakers are often called upon to deliver more serious talks when relevant. Often, the after-dinner speaker is the highlight of any annual dinner, awards ceremony, or conference, and comes in the form of a recognisable household name to look forward to listening to.

Depending on your event, you may be looking for a speaker with expertise in a particular niche. We offer after-dinner speakers with a broad range of specialisms, and are happy to help you book the perfect guest for your event.

What is the Average Cost of an After-Dinner Speaker?

The cost of an after-dinner speaker can vary dramatically. Whilst all of our after-dinner speakers are experienced, entertaining and confident in delivering incredible presentations to wow any crowd, there will be a variation in price depending on just how big of a name they are. For lesser-known talents, you may be able to secure a speaker perfect for your event for less than £3,000. However, if you’re looking for a big celebrity, you should expect to pay more, with some high-profile after dinner speakers costing over £20,000.

Ultimately, the cost of a speaker will depend on exactly what you want from them. There is no one-size-fits-all price, which is why it is important to think about the right fit for your event, and make your decision accordingly.

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Below £3k

For events with a smaller budget, you should consider a lesser-known speaker. Whilst an after-dinner speaker costing below £3,000 may not always be a household name, that doesn’t mean they won’t be a hit! Our range of after-dinner speakers for under £3,000 include plenty of options at this lower price point without compromising on the quality of their performance, leaving your audience both impressed and entertained.

As well as rising stars and lesser-known personalities, some of our after-dinner speakers in this price bracket include sports heroes such as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, comedians like Alfie Moore, and legendary broadcasters such as Garry Richardson.

Mid-Range Speakers

If you’ve got a little more money to play with, we recommend taking a look at our after-dinner speakers who cost between £3,000 and £10,000. Often, these will be recognisable names in their respective fields, whether that be business, entertainment, sport, or a specific industry.

Whilst our top names can command a higher rate for after-dinner speaking engagements, this price bracket is still packed with famous faces. Why not consider comedian Paul Sinha, the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, or leading sports anchor Jason Mohammad for your next event?

High-End Speakers

At the top end of the scale, our high-end speakers cost over £10,000, and include household names that are sure to draw a crowd. If you’re looking to bring people to your event, and have the budget, a top-tier after-dinner speaker could prove to be the perfect draw.

Our range of high-end speakers are incredibly accomplished celebrities in their own right, and are sure to deliver engaging speeches that will captivate your audience from start to finish. If you’re looking for a well-known face, why not look at TV presenter Clive Myrie, or comedy impressionists Rory Bremner and Alisitair McGowan?

How Much Should You Pay?

Ultimately, how much you should be spending will vary. Each event is different, so while we can give an idea of how much our after dinner speakers cost, determining what price bracket is right for you requires thought and consideration.

If you’re still unsure of how much to spend, we can help. Our expert team is on hand to support you and answer any inquiries, and can provide assistance in making your final choice and booking the perfect after-dinner speaker.

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