A young bride contacted me recently and asked if I would be available to perform her ceremony, but unfortunately I was already booked. She then asked…”So what should I look for in a Celebrant?”
With such a large number of Celebrants now registered to perform legal ceremonies, couples are spoilt for choice, although this can be quite overwhelming.
Getting married is one of the most important days of your life, so it makes sense to choose a Celebrant that you feel most comfortable with to help you make one of life’s most important promises.
Your Celebrant should be able to understand your feelings and ideas of love and communicate them well. This can make all the difference to your special day.
So where do you start?
The most important credentials of an Authorised Marriage Celebrant are
– Good reputation
– Reliable and trustworthy
– Accessible and approachable
– Well respected and highly regarded
– Welcoming and accommodating
The first step is usually online. Google is your friend 🙂
Search for Celebrants in your area and have a good look through their website.
What do they include in their ceremony packages? Are they easily contactable? Do they present well and suit your wedding style?
It’s also a great idea to take the time to read through Testimonials and reviews to see what other couples have said and how have they rated their experience.
The next step is to contact the celebrant and arrange a face-to-face, no obligation meeting. This is an opportunity to meet and greet, for your Celebrant to find out all about you and to make sure you feel totally comfortable with your choice. It’s important that you are able to relate and communicate well together.
Once you have made this important decision, your Celebrant will guide you through the ceremony process by providing a thorough explanation of the legal paperwork and what is required of you. Your Celebrant is required to provide you with the following information:
– A copy of the Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants.
– Advice on the availability of relationship education services.
– A brochure titled ‘Happily Ever…Before And After”, which contains Important Information for couples planning to marry, once the Notice of Intended Marriage form is signed.
– How to make a Complaint against a marriage celebrant, if you are not happy with the service you are provided.
Another great way to meet celebrants is by attending Wedding expos and venue open days. At these events, you will usually find everything and everyone you need to plan your perfect wedding day.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me.