The question’s been popped! You said ‘yes’. You might have an idea about what you’d like to wear, where you’d like to get married, who you don’t want at the wedding, who you absolutely need to be there, but often choosing a celebrant can be a tricky thing.
Here’s what happens. You go to Google and type in your suburb and celebrant. Up pops at least ten to choose from, but let’s face it – websites can be deceiving. Once you’ve made the call and met with your celebrant it is hard to say ‘no’ if you don’t really like the person.
So, how do you choose your celebrant?
It depends on what’s important to you. Let your inner design guide your choice. Here are my top tips:
1. Do you like what you see on their website? The images and wording on the website will be a give-away whether or not the celebrant matches your style. If they have a more conservative website and you are hoping to have a themed underwater wedding, it is probably not the celebrant for you. If you are going for a more minimalistic elegant ceremony look for a celebrant whose website matches your idea.
2. Look for transparency. Most celebrants are upfront about their costs and charges. If the price does not match your budget – look elsewhere.
3. Voice. Give the celebrant a call first. Do you like his/her voice or accent? Remember that you’ll have to listen to their voice throughout your ceremony.
4. Culturally appropriate. If you have a cross-cultural wedding, it is better to go with a celebrant who advertises that they are multi-lingual. This way they are more likely to be able to pronounce all the names correctly or at least give it a go.
If you have more questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org