Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life, and the person who officiates the ceremony plays a vital role in making it unforgettable.
Choosing the perfect wedding celebrant can be a daunting task as there are so many factors to consider. Below I'll share with you my ideas on how you can choose the best wedding celebrant so that you can have the wedding ceremony of your dreams.
Tip #1 - Look for experience and reputation
When searching for a wedding celebrant, it's always important to choose someone with experience and good reputation. Make sure that your celebrant has performed numerous weddings before and seeks to have a deep understanding of your expectations and preferences.
Additionally, look for recommendations and reviews from previous clients to get an idea of their personality, professionalism and how they will conduct the ceremony.
You want to hire someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident, and who will deliver the perfect ceremony you imagined.
Tip #2 - Determine the type of ceremony you want
A good celebrant should have a variety of ceremony styles and options that they can offer you. Some may specialise in traditional ceremonies, while others may offer more modern and creative styles. Decide what type of ceremony you want and make sure that your celebrant is comfortable delivering it.
Be sure to discuss different options and rituals that they can offer, and who can customise the ceremony to reflect your unique personalities and love story.
Tip #3 - Meet them in person or via video call
Meeting your celebrant in person, or via a video call, is crucial to understanding their personality and whether they are a good fit for your wedding day. Schedule a meeting to have a chat about your preferred ceremony style, your vision for the special day and how you want your wedding ceremony to unfold. This not only helps you build a rapport with your celebrant but can also set the tone for how the ceremony will feel and go.
Tip #4 - Ask about their availability and pricing
It's important to check early on that your celebrant is available on your date and how much they charge for their services. Be clear on any hidden fees, such as travel costs, extra hours, and any necessary bookings such as rehearsals.
You want to avoid any surprises on your wedding day, so make sure to discuss the pricing upfront and get a clear contract that outlines the terms of your agreement. Don't forget to confirm the time and location of the ceremony well in advance.
Tip #5 - Personalise your ceremony with stories and details
Finally, make sure that your celebrant can personalise your ceremony as much as possible, enabling you to have a wedding ceremony that is unique and memorable. Share as much of your story and relationship history as possible with your celebrant, to enable them to create a ceremony that reflects your personalities and values. This can include personal vows, family readings, customised music and much more. Make sure that your wedding celebrant is up to date with your ideas, or ask them for any suggestions that would enhance your ceremony.
Choosing the right wedding celebrant is an essential part of planning your dream wedding. Take your time, research, and meet with different potential celebrants until you find someone who understands your vision and can deliver the ceremony of your dreams.
So, follow the tips listed above, and you'll be a step closer to finding the perfect wedding celebrant for your special day.
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Hey I'm Amy 👋 I'm an Auckland based Wedding Hair & Makeup Stylist that has worked with hundreds of Brides in the Matakana and Auckland Regions.
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