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:
Does the celebrant 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!
Is the celebrant 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.
Does the celebrant 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.
Does the celebrant 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.
Will the celebrant order the standard marriage certificate for you (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.
Will the celebrant come up with ideas for your wedding if you want to do something a little 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.