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What should I look for when choosing a wedding Celebrant?
What is the difference between a Humanist and a Celebrant?
Why would I choose a wedding Celebrant over a Registrar?
We married abroad but would like a ceremony in my home town, can this be done?
Is a Celebrant led wedding ceremony legally binding?
In which way are Celebrant led ceremonies personalised?
Can we meet wedding Celebrants before deciding?
Can we meet wedding Celebrants before deciding? Absolutely. In fact, it’s something we strongly recommend. Most Celebrants will prioritise this themselves, and arrange an initial consultation for you to meet, as well as a meeting prior to the big day as a minimum.
If you live outside of the country you wish the Ceremony to be held, you could meet your potential wedding Celebrant over Skype/Facebook/WhatsApp call before deciding: it’s the second best way to meet (and something we’ve all become more comfortable with throughout 2020!).
You are putting a lot of trust in your Celebrant; it’s up to them to lead the perfect day for you! You want to know that they are the right person for the job, and that will truly listen to and understand the unique relationship that you and your partner hold.
The best way to confirm this – and feel happy with your decision – is to meet them as soon as possible and have lots of regular contact with them if you would like it. There is no set number of times a couple will be in contact with their Celebrant throughout the process, it’s driven by you as the couple.
What questions should we ask when we meet wedding Celebrants before deciding?
It’s important that you really get to know your wedding Celebrant before deciding and signing on the dotted line. This is a relationship that truly matters, and you want to get it right.
A few questions that you may want to ask potential Celebrants include:
- Why did you become a wedding Celebrant in the first place?
- What is your style of ceremony?
- What qualifications do you have?
- How long have you been a Celebrant? What is your background?
- How many ceremonies have you conducted?
- What are your fees (including any additional costs)?
Also consider any elements of the ceremony that are particularly important to you (for example, if you want to have an outdoor ceremony): check whether the Celebrant has experience in this area, and what they believe they would bring to it.
Essentially, it’s all about connection: do you trust that the Celebrant will design and lead your perfect day?
How many Celebrants should I meet before deciding who to choose?
Since picking your wedding Celebrant is such a personal choice, there is no right or wrong answer to this question.
It’s good practice to meet your wedding Celebrants face-to-face before deciding; that way, you can get a better idea of whether or not you would work well together. Some couples will meet a handful of Celebrants before making their choice, others will meet just one and know in their gut that they are the right person for you.
Let your instinct guide you; this is a huge part of your big day, and one that needs to feel perfect for you.
Is it important to choose a Celebrant that lives close to the venue?
Yes and no. Choosing a Celebrant that lives close to your venue can ease the stress for anxious brides and grooms as it minimises the risk of traffic or closures getting to the venue. Plus, if you live close to the venue, it makes it easier to meet your Celebrant more regularly face to face.
However, if you have your heart set on a certain Celebrant – and they don’t live close to the venue – it shouldn’t get in the way of your decision. You will need to check how far the Celebrant is prepared to travel (including if this means working overseas) and any additional costs for travel and overnight accommodation, if needed.