It’s a choice that you don’t often find yourself faced with….who shall we choose as a celebrant?
Here are a few tips:
- Set your date. Firstly, you (generally) have to have a date and location before you choose a celebrant. This can vary, but the main reason is because you can’t ask if someone is available on your wedding day if you don’t know where and when it is!
- Set your location. Some celebrants may travel, but generally you’ll choose one either close to where you live or close to the venue location.
- Ask friends of family for recommendations – sometimes conversation amongst friends and family may lead you to finding a great celebrant – also they know you best so will only suggest a good fit (hopefully). Word of mouth recommendations are often always the best.
- Set your criteria:
Male or female celebrant - do you prefer one or the other or are you not fussed? Make sure you ask your partner too! Sometimes you just ‘assume’ they’ll want the same as you, but don’t ever assume!
Style - does the celebrant have a certain thing they do at every wedding that you’re not in to? Worth asking! What kind of tone / vibe / atmosphere do they bring? Do you think you’ll feel comfortable around them? Does this person ‘fit’ into your wedding? Do you get on with them and generally like them?
Religion - does the celebrant need to represent or have knowledge in certain religions or customs?
Experience - Most celebrants can show you copies of previous ceremonies that they’ve done and/or photos too. This is great for getting an idea at how they like to conduct their ceremonies. A good celebrant should have no shortage of feedback from happy couples
Look - One thing which is often overlooked is do you like the look of the celebrant? You’re going to be photographed a LOT on your wedding, especially when you’re saying your vows and going in for the big kiss. Think of what the face in the background is going to look like!
Cost - According to weddings.co.nz celebrants charge between $350-850 for their services. There are no ‘set’ fees though, so make sure you check with your celebrant! You don’t want a surprise bill. A good celebrant will be upfront with pricing, and have no hidden extras
All the best with your celebrant choosing experience!