When beginning to plan your wedding, one of the most important elements is choosing the right celebrant who will bring the ceremony to life. It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to selecting the person who will lead such a significant day. Making the right decision for your celebrant will ensure the ceremony is unique, personal and meaningful.
Start by understanding who a celebrant is and the type of service they offer. A celebrant is a qualified professional who is qualified to sign a legal marriage certificate. They will create a ceremony that is tailored to your wishes and is meaningful to you both. It is important to feel an emotional connection to your celebrant as it will be this connection that brings your ceremony to life and makes it unforgettable.
The next step is researching qualified celebrants in your area to find the perfect fit for you. Look through different celebrant websites to get a feel for their personalities, or even better, watch some celebrant videos to visualise how they communicate and present themselves. Don't be afraid to ask questions either, you may wish to ask about their approach to creating a ceremony, flexibility, special requests, cost and other charges, and the way they customise a wedding ceremony.
When you have narrowed down your search to a few favourites, you may wish to arrange an in-person meeting with each celebrant. To ensure connectivity, view the meeting as an opportunity to get to know the celebrant and to learn about them and their services. Arrive with a list of queries and at the end of the meeting make sure you find out what to expect should you decide to proceed with them as your celebrant.
Next, once both sides have mutually agreed, discuss the ceremony and create a plan that expresses your individual love story. Work shoulder to shoulder with your celebrant so that you can be assured the couple that attends your ceremony is the exact couple that says ‘I do’. This aim is achievable when the celebrant captures the couple’s vision of their special celebration of love.
Finally, don’t forget the most important part of your wedding; the ceremony. This is the premier part of your celebration and the one you’ll be remembering for a lifetime. Make sure you connect with your celebrant and ensure they have the passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for creating something special. With the right celebrant, your wedding ceremony will be something unforgettable.