Congratulations, your engaged and you have set your wedding date. This ‘getting married’ thing is starting to feel very real and now it is time to find the right wedding vendors who suit your personality as well as your needs. These vendors will become your ‘A Team’.
When looking for your ‘A Team’ ensure that you are diligent with your research as these people will have a great impact on the running of your day and how you and your guests remember your wedding. The feels you have on your wedding day will be with you forever, so it is essential to get this right.
One of the most important vendors on your list is your Marriage Celebrant unless of course you’re getting married in a church. Your Celebrant is the person who will assist you and guide you through to your big day so it is important that they have good communication skills. They will take care of all the legal stuff, so they need to be very organised and professional. Your Celebrant should be someone that you feel comfortable with, can respect and have confidence in, as they will set the tone for your ceremony and make your guests feel welcome.
Without a doubt, it should be your Celebrant’s priority to make your wedding ceremony the highlight of your wedding day, after all, this is why you have invited your family and friends to gather together to celebrate and to party with you.
Things to consider when choosing your Marriage Celebrant
Contact a few Celebrants and organise face-to-face meetings with the ones you get a good vibe from so you can see who you really connect with. If the conversation flows easily and there is some genuine laughter between you, then more than likely, you are a good fit. Good communication is so important from both the Celebrant and yourselves to have a good working relationship and to make sure that your ceremony lives up to your expectations.
Check out the Celebrants’ website, Facebook page and Instagram account to see how active they are with their celebrancy work and read through their reviews. This will give you a feel for the type of person they are, how they conduct their ceremonies and whether or not you like their style.
Ensure that the Celebrant has a backup plan if they were unfortunately unable to conduct your wedding ceremony at the last minute due to some unforeseen circumstance? Backup
Think about what you want and don’t want for your wedding ceremony so you can ask all the important questions. A good Celebrant will draw from their experience and creativity to give you ideas that you may not have thought of to enhance your ceremony.
What is the process used by the Celebrant to create your wedding ceremony? Do they offer a few standard templates for you to choose from or do they gather information about you and your partner to draft a personalised and custom ceremony or do they simply ‘wing it’, on the day.? Also ask how long will the ceremony run for and do they give you a copy to read through and edit, if needed before your wedding day?
Your vows will, most likely be, what your family and friends look forward to hearing the most at your ceremony. Ask the Celebrant if they give you samples or offer assistance with writing your vows, if you are having trouble? If so, what is the process?
Does the Celebrant offer a wedding rehearsal or a ceremony run-through? If so, where does this take place and who can attend?
Your Celebrant will discuss with you, the legalities to ensure that you and your partner are eligible to legally marry in Australia and if so, they will need to sight your identification to fulfil your legal requirements.
Talk about fees, deposits and when the final payment is due. Ask what is included in their fees such as equipment and travel, as well as any additional costs. Most importantly, check if the Celebrant has an Agreement so you know where you stand if something unexpected happens, i.e. you need to change your date, time or venue.
About Marriage Celebrants
A big myth about Marriage Celebrants is that they just turn up to your ceremony, say a few legal words and then leave about 15 or 20 minutes later. The fact is, that the majority of dedicated Celebrants, whether they be full-time or part-time, put in a lot of time, effort and consideration to ensure everything is taken care of, for your wedding ceremony to be the best it can be.
We estimate that for each wedding ceremony a Celebrant will invest approximately 20 hours of work. This is to complete all meetings, emails, phone calls and correspondence with their couples; ensuring the legal paperwork is completed and all required identification is sighted; drafting a personalised ceremony taking into consideration each couple’s individual wishes; conducting rehearsals, if required, to ensure that everyone is on the same page for the big day, especially you; delivering the ceremony on the wedding day and of course, completing the registration of your marriage.
During this time, your Celebrant is also getting to know you and your partner, your relationship, your story and the real reason you want to spend the rest of your lives together as a married couple. Your Celebrant does this to ensure that your wedding ceremony is focused on you and you have no doubt that it feels like it is all yours.
So yes, your Celebrant has a huge role to play and as you can see, not only on your wedding day but before it and after it, so finding the right Marriage Celebrant for you is so very important.
How to Find your Perfect Marriage Celebrant
Now with are over 8,000 Marriage Celebrants in Australia finding your perfect Celebrant can be somewhat daunting and there are many websites, expos and wedding fairs you can check out. However, we believe the easiest and most convenient way to find your perfect celebrant is on our Celebrant Connect Australia website because we are the only dedicated Celebrant Website which answers all of your initial questions, up front, especially those regarding availability and fees. It doesn’t get simpler than that.