Choosing a Wedding Celebrant

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Choosing a wedding celebrant

Choosing the perfect Wedding Celebrant is an important task. Just picture this scenario, you’re walking down the aisle, waiting for your partner to spot you. They turn and see you and you take their breath away.  After weeks, months or even years of planning, you are finally taking your vows in front of your loved ones on probably the most important day in your lives.

The person standing together with you in front of all your guests, welcoming them and officiating your ceremony is one of the most significant people at your wedding.  They are the one asking you to commit your lives together and you now have the opportunity to find the perfect Celebrant for you as a couple with The Celebrant Directory!

You may decide on a festival themed wedding and would like a Celebrant that is happy to wear wellies. You may decide on a more formal occasion and would like the ceremony to follow a certain traditional structure, or you are a couple that find yourselves never on time, and need a Celebrant who is relaxed and doesn’t mind the start time being a little flexible.

You can choose, speak to and meet many wedding Celebrants before deciding on the right one for you.  You can find someone that suits your style, someone you really connect with and trust to have the responsibility on the special day.

Well, we are here to help! Let us help you find that ideal Celebrant, you deserve it. Here are our top tips to choosing the right Celebrant for your wedding day.

Decide the tone of your ceremony

You’ve probably been to a few weddings before, or you’ve looked at enough wedding magazines to figure out the type of ceremony you’d like. Now, simply ask yourself whether you are looking for an informal ceremony filled with laughter with a relaxed tone, or whether you’d like your ceremony to be formal and follow a traditional structure. Or would you like a combination of the two? This will ultimately be the framework for your search and help guide you to the ideal match.

A good Celebrant will ask these questions and will work with your style and requirements to create something highly personalised. They will understand your humour, confidence, shy nature or nerves, and should put you at ease so that their creation is something that makes you feel totally confident about your special day.

Use your venue choice as a guide

If you are still unsure about the type of ceremony you’d like, use your venue as a guide. Have you chosen an outside wedding, a tipi wedding or perhaps a ceremony on a beach or farm? Any outdoor wedding requires a Celebrant with either a strong voice or a microphone system to cope with nature and different acoustics!

Ask your favourite Celebrants to talk about their experience with the type of ceremony you’d like and for ideas. A good Celebrant will get your creative juices flowing and give you a taster of what they can offer! The best bit about having Celebrant led ceremony, is there are no limitations at all!

Read the reviews

It’s great when Celebrants have reviews. You can learn a lot about them by reading through the real-life reviews and also by reviewing the reviewer! The couples that left the review and their venue choice will give you a good insight into the Celebrant’s style and flexibility.

Personalising your Ceremony

There are many truly special ways to personalise your Wedding Ceremony. From sand ceremonies to handfastings and many more, with the support and guidance from your Celebrant you can include a unique symbolic addition if you’d like to. Some Celebrants specialise in this, so when reviewing profiles, take extra care to spot what they have experience with, or make it one of your questions when asking for more information.

You may also want to include religious content, or something faith based. Your ideal Celebrant will either have experience of this or be willing to be guided by your choices and influences as the process will be two way and you will work as a team to make the ceremony perfect!

The choices are endless when it comes to personalisation, which is why you have chosen a Celebrant who can offer total flexibility to deliver a unique ceremony.

Get in there early

Celebrants get booked up fast, especially good Celebrants. Ensure you leave plenty of time to book in a consultation and pencil in a date. The last thing you want to do is find the perfect Celebrant that is already booked for your date!

The Celebrant Directory offers an availability calendar, but its worth contacting the Celebrant from the site should you find your perfect match that doesn’t appear to be available, as you or they may have some flexibility with dates or times.

Finally, how comfortable do you feel when speaking to them?

Using the Celebrant Directory, you can get a good understanding of your chosen Celebrants style in advance along with reading their reviews, so you are armed with some great information before contacting them.

But it’s important you have a good rapport with your Celebrant as they may be part of your wedding journey for some time.  If you are unsure at all, book a consultation and meet with them in person before deciding.

Most importantly…

The main advantage of having a Celebrant is that you trust they will deliver the perfect ceremony on your special day.  As you will have gotten to know them throughout the process, you know your ceremony is highly personalised to you as a couple, which will add more significance to your wedding.

So get searching today to find that perfect Celebrant using the Celebrant Directory, you deserve it!

Photographer Credit: Alisa Roberts

Jennifer Claire is the Founder of The Celebrant Directory and lives and breathes all things ceremony! After officiating big days for 10 years, she now focuses on giving you the tips you need to create your perfect celebration.

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