Finding a Celebrant
Questions to ask celebrants when you’re ‘shopping around’
You want your wedding to be special so how do you find the right celebrant – especially as you don’t get a second chance to make the right choice. As well as meeting a few celebrants for a chat – and trusting your gut feeling – you may also like to ask the following questions:
Do you write individual ceremonies for each couple or are there just pre-prepared ones to pick from?
After talking to you both and seeing if there is anything special you would like included in your ceremony, I sit down and write your ceremony from scratch – starting with your story. It really makes a difference!
Do you provide a CD player?
I have a built in CD player in my sound system and it’s got plenty of oomph! You can also plug in a memory stick.
Are you willing to meet you at a time that fits in with you and your partner’s working hours?
I am happy to meet you after work, or on weekends. I know it is too hard to get time off work, especially if you both have different work schedules.
Will you order the standard marriage certificate for (needed for change of name on driving licence or passport)?
I can order the standard/ commemorative certificate for you and save you the job. The cost is just whatever Births, Deaths & Marriages is currently charging.
Do you have a quality, portable sound system so that all the guests can hear the ceremony?
It is crucial that your guests hear your ceremony. I have a very high quality sound system (with six hours of battery power & 3 microphones). PS… also have an iPod connector.
Will you come up with ideas for our wedding if we want to do something a bit different but don’t know what?
I really enjoy creating special elements for weddings. As a culturally inclusive celebrant and LGBTI ally (and crazy adventure seeker) I can incorporate anything that is important to you into YOUR wedding ceremony. We can discuss this during our very first meeting.
Thank you Juju for being our wonderful Celebrant on our big day! It was so meaningful to us, being married by my big sister, who knows me/us so well and helped us have the most magical, heartfelt and fun day. You made the ceremony beautiful and so special. You put a lot of thought and effort into preparing the perfect words to make us feel so connected. We are truly so grateful for all the time and effort you put into making our wedding day such a success. Thank you for being such an amazing sister and Celebrant - we couldn't have done it without you and Allan, our favourite, ever helpful and loving Scot! xo
15 March, 2023