for a joyful and sincere wedding!
it’s time to choose your marriage celebrant. You have decided to marry. You want to declare your promises to each other and share the occasion with people who are special to you. Joy and celebration await! Now.
How do you decide who is the right wedding celebrant for you? This is not a celebration, like a birthday or anniversary, which will come around next year.To whom can you entrust the lifelong memory of your wedding?
Five things to think about when choosing your marriage celebrant:
You probably already know a lot about each others likes and dislikes.
Discuss weddings you have recently attended. Focus on details of the wedding and simply make a note of how you liked them.
Like all services for your wedding, there are many style and a range of providors.
Searching the net has pitfalls. How do you know who is qualified and experienced?
There are a number of membership organisations for marriage celebrants. A code of ethics applies so you can be sure that the celebrants listed are ethical.
There are also a number of directory listings, often based on regions. If you know, enter your proposed location. If you are not sure where you would like to be married, your celebrant should be able to assist you with ideas.
If you have been recommended to a celebrant, “Google” their name and check out their website.Remember, you are entrusting your celebrant with a lifelong memory. You want to be sure you choose the best one for you!
A celebrant’s website will give you a good feel of their style of presentation. Most professionals include an image and this can also assist you in deciding if you feel comfortable with their look.
Apart from the style of the website giving you an idea, check out what they focus on the website.
A “to do” checklist from your celebrant is a helpful addition (Check out the one on this website).
Remember if you are not happy with the services provided by the celebrant the Attorney General’s Department has a complaint system in place.
Your celebrant doesn’t just turn up on the day – there are many “behind the scenes” things to be done!
For a marriage ceremony to be legally binding, there are essentially 3 requirements on the day:
Other aspects, such as rituals, symbolism, exchange of rings, readings and music are of your choosing.
Note: You will need to advise the Registry of Births Deaths and Marriages if you change your name.
Appropriate visas eg spouse visa, are your responsibility. Your celebrant can provide you with a letter of support for the relevant embassy.
There is no set price for a marriage celebrant. Price varies depending often on the location and additional inclusions.
Ask your celebrant for details of what they include – some offer extra services.
A deposit is generally required. This ranges from a flat fee to 50% of the fee.
Check what amount is non-refundable. The balance is due prior to the wedding, often at your final meeting.
If the celebrant is unable to attend on the day, it is their responsibility to provide you with a replacement.
Now you are set for the joy, the laughter, the warmth and the sincerity of your wedding… and the creation of a lifelong memory!
Brought to you with the compliments of Vivien Reed, J.p. authorised marriage celebrant . Member AMC
Reproducing of this report is not permitted without the express permission of the author Vivien Reed:
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