Choose the Best Celebrant for You
The celebrant is one of the most important people at a wedding – next to the bride and groom, of course! This is why it’s vital to find the right one for you and your other half, and here’s how to do just that.
Ask for testimonials
As with any other vendor, you want to see examples of previous work – you look through a photographer’s portfolio, try out a caterer’s canapés… So, you need to talk to previous customers to get their opinion and find out more about their style and personality.
Look for videos
Video clips will back up the feedback from previous clients – look through a few celebrants and make a shortlist of the ones that fit with your style and ideas, Make sure he or she has a clear voice and a commanding presence.
Meet your shortlisted candidates
You can really get a feel for someone if you meet them face-to-face. Obviously if you’re planning an overseas wedding them something like Skype might have to suffice, but it’s usually good enough.
Ask if your celebrant has good ideas
Your celebrant may well have some great ideas about how to make your wedding even better. They may also be confident enough to tell you if one or two of your ideas isn’t really a goer. If you find someone like this, you’re probably on to a winner.
What equipment do they have?
At the very least, a decent PA and a good car. They also need to dress to look the part.
Are you the only couple on that day?
It won’t always be possible, but it’s best to be the only couple your celebrant is marrying that day. If he or she is officiating at one other, it’s not great but it’s not a disaster either; any more, though, and you might get that “conveyer belt” feeling.
So, to sum up, you want a warm, engaging celebrant with a way with words, a decent car and some good ideas, and who you feel is willing to work with you rather than for you. You should also make sure that they belong to a professional body and that they’re fully insured – it is your biggest day, after all.
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